Archive for January, 2010

Lacrosse Magazine on the Keiglers

Will Keigler '10

A feature story in Lacrosse Magazine tells the story of Washington and Lee’s Keigler connection — father Tom ’77 is a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer; son Will ’10 enters his senior season tied for 16th on the all-time scoring list at W&L. See the story here. W&L lacrosse fans of all generations will enjoy reading about the father and son. As the story notes, former Washington and Lee lacrosse coach Jack Emmer called Tom “the best defenseman in the college game . . . one in a million” when he entered his senior season. Interestingly, son Will said that, growing up, he never really knew how good his father had been, telling Lacrosse Magazine: “He never would say that he was an All-American and played on a World Team. It was something I hadn’t seen before and it was pretty amazing.” Will, first-team All-ODAC and honorable mention All-America on the field, was also named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District III At-Large squad. Will and the Generals open their lacrosse season on the road at Birmingham-Southern on Feb. 23.

Habitat Helping Haiti

Members of W&L's Habitat for Humanity chapter, from left, Charles Wilson, Robert Thorpe and Elizabeth Krausnick, with the banner signifying their recent grant from State Farm Insurance.

Washington and Lee students continue to work on Haitian earthquake relief on several different fronts. W&L’s Habitat for Humanity chapter has received $2076.90 to donate for disaster relief in Haiti from the student Executive Committee. The EC allocated these funds based on both the historic success of W&L’s Habitat for Humanity andits innovative plans for the future. This donation will be combined with a $4,000 donation from the Rockbridge County Habitat for Humanity and will be earmarked specifically to help finance transitional shelters for the hundreds of thousands who have become homeless. Transitional shelters cost around $2500 and serve as both a temporary housing solution and a foundation on which inhabitants can build a permanent residence. W&L’s Habitat chapter, incidentally, recently won a matching grant from State Farm Insurance. Meanwhile, Change for Haiti has set up a raffle and has developed plans for a benefit concert. You can follow Change for Haiti on its Facebook page here. Dining Services has its special lunch tomorrow, Jan. 29, in the Marketplace. Dining Services will donate $3 for each lunch served to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief.

General Knowledge 101: The Answer

And the answer is?


The Calyx was first published in the same year that Virginia Tech’s yearbook, The Bugle, began. Both came after Harvard University’s was first published in 1889. But the oldest college yearbook is Yale University’s Banner, founded in 1841.


Earlier this week officials of Corks and Curls, the yearbook at the University of Virginia, announced that it was ceasing publication, a casualty of the digital times. The Calyx continues. Corks and Curls first published in 1888. So here is the first in an occasional series of trivia tests.


Working Simply in Charlotte

Carson Tate (from Working Simply Web site)

This month’s issue of Greater Charlotte Biz magazine features alumna Carson Tate’s company, Working Simply. Here is a link to the article. Carson, a 1998 graduate who majored in psychology, is president of Working Simply, which she founded in 2003 and has developed into an award-winning consulting firm that specializes in partnering with organizations, teams and individuals to improve performance and profitability. In short, they get you organized and have a client list that ranges from Duke Energy to Harris Teeter. As the Greater Charlotte Biz article puts it, “Working Simply’s sweet spot is comprehending a company’s big picture and translating it into tasks as detailed as managing an inbox or paper flow, designing a form, or a delegation process.” Check out the Working Simply Web site where there is a wealth of information about how to become more efficient.

Robert Mosbacher ’47, ’84H Dies at 82

Bob Mosbacher, left, and his brother, Bus, were featured on this 1959 Sports Illustrated cover for their sailing accomplishments.

Robert A. Mosbacher, a member of W&L’s undergraduate class of 1947 and law class of 1949, who served as secretary of commerce for President George H. W. Bush and as general chairman of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, died Sunday in Houston. He was 82 and had suffered from pancreatic cancer, according to the various news reports. A business administration major who entered W&L from Choate School, Bob Mosbacher built one of the largest private energy companies in the country, Mosbacher Energy Co., and eventually became known as a legendary political fundraiser. The University awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degreein 1984. According to the Washington Post’s obituary, he was one of the Bush Administration’s leading proponents of free trade with Mexico and instrumental in negotiations on NAFTA. Former President George H.W. Bush said: “Bob Mosbacher was an honorable and a first-rate businessman, and perhaps the shrewdest dealmaker I ever knew. But more than that, Bob was a true Point of Light, someone who generously helped so many different causes — but never seeking the limelight.” In addition to his success in business and his work in politics, he was a world-class sailer who won the U.S. men’s sailing championship in 1958 and world championships in 1969 and 1971. For details on his life and death, see these obituaries:

Truth in Advertising?

Andrew Keller

If you happened to be watching NFL playoff games in the past few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly seen a new advertising campaign for Domino’s in which the company confesses that its pizza has been, well, bad. The spots show Domino’s employees reading customer comments like “Worst excuse for pizza I ever had” and “‘The sauce tastes like ketchup.” Andrew Keller, Class of 1992, is the executive creative director for Colorado-based Crispin Porter + Bogusky advertising agency, which created the campaign. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Keller said that social media creates a transparency “that can happen to you or you can take advantage of.” Experts disagree over whether the campaign will work, but Steven Colbert designated Domino’s his Alpha Dog of the Week for the commercial campaign. More on the Pizza Turnaround on the Creativity site.