From the Interim Provost of Washington and Lee University
Welcome to Washington and Lee! And please forgive my use of the English language in extending this greeting. In your weeks in Lexington you will hone your language skills and immerse yourselves in unique programs of cultural and intellectual enrichment. Please enjoy your time on our campus, and let us know, in whatever language you choose, how we can help you make the most of your Governor’s School experience.
From the Dean of the College
You are remarkably fortunate to have this unique opportunity. As the most accomplished students of French, German, and Spanish in Virginia, you will enjoy a three-week immersion program that will enhance your language proficiency, cultural awareness, and communication skills. It is a great advantage in life and in a career, to be proficient in a second language. Make the most of this special experience.
At the same time, don’t neglect to take full advantage of the campus and this beautiful university setting. The W&L facilities are here for you to enjoy, and the faculty and staff of the Governor’s Schools and the University are eager to assist you. You are lucky to be in a place, here in the Shenandoah Valley, of both unsurpassed natural beauty and historical significance. Be prepared to do some serious work and have some serious fun! We are very pleased to have you as guests on campus. Have a wonderful time. Bonne chance! ¡Buena suerte! Viel Glück!
From the Dean of Students
Welcome to the Washington and Lee campus. I hope you will enjoy your time with us and get a glimpse of what life is like as a college student. This is a friendly place so don’t be surprised when people speak and smile and ask you about your day. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the incredible community we feel fortunate to call our own.
Sidney Springfield Evans
From the Coordinator of the Full-Immersion Academies
One of Washington and Lee University’s most unique qualities is its academic competitiveness in a serene environment. At this tier-one institution, the students and faculty create the competitiveness; the staff, administration, and location provide the serenity. The common goal is superior achievement, which everyone is given opportunity to attain and in which the entire University community plays a role. As members of the Virginia Governor’s Language Academies for 2012, you will have many opportunities to encounter competitiveness, challenges, and serenity, while you achieve the many goals and objectives established by the superior faculty and staff.
Paul R. (Dick) Kuettner