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The latest news and event releases from the Office of Media Relations.

  • Marking the Women’s Centennial, Washington College has invited Sylvia Acevedo, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts, to deliver the 2020 Commencement address on October 17. 

  • Washington College keeps students off campus and implements remote teaching for the remainder of the semester.
  • Marking Arbor Day this April 17, Washington College will add a new specimen to its Virginia Gent Decker Arboretum—a tulip poplar descended from the lineage of a tree still standing at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
  • Nicole Porter of The Sentencing Project offers a public talk, “Expanding the Franchise: Challenging Mass Incarceration through Enfranchisement.”
  • Guardian Reporter Nina Lakhani to speak on “Dangerous Business: Violence Against Environmental and Land Rights Activists in Latin America”
  • Winner of the 2018 Akron Poetry Prize, the first poetry collection by Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, assistant professor of English and creative writing, is published by University of Akron Press.
  • Henry Red Cloud, Tina Bjarekull, and the Kent County League of Women Voters will be among those honored at WC’s Convocation on Feb. 21.

  • A professor of clinical psychology who taught at Washington College has passed away.
  • Matched by a $1 million grant from landowner Harry Sears, the Maryland Department of Commerce grants $1 million to endow a director for the College’s River and Field Campus.
  • Washington College’s $150 million Forge a Legacy campaign meets a record goal ahead of schedule.

  • A local youth swim team’s volunteer coaches, who work with WC students and staff, earn statewide honors for their efforts to help Special Olympics athletes hone their swimming skills.
  • With wildlife conservation and the great outdoors her lifelong passions, Alexis Johnston ’20 is working to become a Maryland Natural Resources police officer.
  • A “mocktail” reception with young alumni in the environmental field provides graduating seniors in environmental science and studies a chance to hone their networking chops.

  • Samina Soin-Voshell ’21 loves being involved in a variety of activities and classes, and she’s left few stones unturned while at WC.
  • A busy summer in Bermuda and Wisconsin gave Jake Vassalotti ’20 a chance to combine his diverse interests in environmental policy and transportation.
  • Decades in the envisioning, Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall is dedicated on the Chester River.
  • The dedication of Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, WC’s most innovative academic building to date, is set for Oct. 18 at the College’s waterfront campus on the Chester River.
  • For a brief time, Washington College was the center of American pryotechnics. A new art installation in the Toll Science Center, Radiant Echo, honors the two WC professors and alumni who made it so.
  • A new minor in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship supports students in the creative arts disciplines.

  • Thanks to a $1 million grant, WC’s Department of Business Management will create the Warehime Fund for Student Excellence in Business, allowing new opportunities for student research, entrepreneurship, professional networking, and other initiatives.
  • “The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation” examines Washington’s lifelong engagement with Native Americans.
  • As part of the College’s Explore! program for incoming students, a collaboration with local artist Fredy Granillo brings a boring campus wall into bloom as a beautiful public mural.

  • As a PhD student in entomology, Ellie Field ’14 is focusing on mosquitos that are responsible for vector-borne illnesses like dengue fever, chikungunya, and the Zika and West Nile viruses.

  • Washington College remembers Toni Morrison, who visited campus in 1987 to receive the first Washington College Literary Award and to read from the galleys of her newest work, “Beloved,” which would win the Pulitzer Prize.

  • From Antarctica to Belize to Bermuda, three recent alumnae are finding careers in the cutting-edge science of using drones and remote sensing to study coastal and marine environments.

  • During her 10-week REU—Research Experiences for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation—Olivia Butler ’21 studied how climate change is affecting a delicate balance in the northern Florida salt marsh ecosystem.

  • After an $8.2 million systems renovation, Cullen Hall will be ready for students this fall.

  • Former President Sheila Bair donates $20,000 more to the Washington Scholars program, bringing to $1 million her personal donations for the program.
  • With an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an $89,000 grant from Maryland, and a $100,000 private donation, Chesapeake Heartland, an innovative public history project led by the Starr Center in collaboration with community partners and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is gaining rapid momentum.
  • Marketing and branding executive Thad Bench is joining Washington College’s Board of Visitors and Governors

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