Geology Reunion, September 16 and 17, 2022

Geology Reunion Sept 16-17, 2022

What a special weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who came and who presented and spoke. It was a very enriching time in many ways. 

Let me know if you would like to receive a link to the video of the Recollections part of Saturday night -- 

Friday, September 16, 2022

  • 8:00am         Sign-in and breakfast, Great Hall, Science Center
  • 9:00am         Field trip, lunch provided. Leave from the Science Center, ending at Jamie '81 and Alison Small's Buffalo Springs Farm, Raphine.
  • There will be a time to join the field trip for the lunch stop and or the stop before the end, at easy to access locations.
  • 4:00pm         Beer and wine hour
  • 5:15pm         Dinner
  • Rides back to town available all evening

Saturday, September 17, 2022

  • 8:30am         Breakfast, Great Hall, Science Center, student poster viewing also at this time
  • 9:30am         Presentation about past and present geology faculty, A214 Science Center
  • 10:30am       Coffee break, student poster viewing also at this time
  • 10:45am       Alumi panel and discussion about hot topics in the geosciences, including David Garner '80 (energy transition), Rebecca (Parkins) Andresen '94 (environmental issues), and Geoffrey Marshall '02 (water resources), A214 Science Center
  • 12:15pm       Lunch and talk by Jim Head '64, "From Lexington to the Moon, Mars and Beyond: Reflections on My Years at Washington and Lee and How it Prepared Me to Explore the Solar System." Jim is Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. 
  • 2:00pm         Head out to dedication of tree planted for Ed and Betty Spencer, Sunnyside Trail, Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC)
  • 3:00pm         Break
  • 5:30pm         Beer and wine hour, Evans Hall
  • 6:30pm         Buffet dinner, Evans Hall
  • 7:30pm         Reflections and Recollections
  • 9:30pm         Last call

Additional points of interest

  • Walking on the Uncas Trail. On land owned by Andrew Wolfe McThenia III and named in honor of his dad, Andrew "Uncas" Wolfe McThenia, Jr. '58. Here's the story and information, and here's a map.
  • Sunnyside Trail. On land managed by RACC. Along Ross Road near Kendal to Boxerwood. The tree planting will be at the start of this trail.


Room are reserved at the following accommodations. 

    • Already full: Morris House and Belfield, on campus. Contact Sue Woodruff at 540-458-8200.
    • Tonic (formerly The Sheridan Livery). Blocks of rooms cannot be reserved in September so we suggest you call soon if you want to stay here.
    • Best Western Plus Inn at Hunt Ridge. Call 540-464-1500 and ask for a room in the W&L Geology block reservation. $160/night. Make reservations by August 15. 
    • Sleep Inn, 95 Maury River Road. Call 540-463-6000 and ask for a room in the W&L Geology block reservation. $169/night. Make reservations for this block by August 15.
    • Econo Lodge, 820 South Main Street (next to Lexington Restaurant). Call 540-463-2739 and ask for a Washington and Lee room. This hotel was redone a few years ago and looks good. Make reservations for this block by September 1.


Contact Sarah Wilson at or 540-458-8800 (leave a message if I'm not in).