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Sadie Pierce (left) and her partner, Lilly Leyh, became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Missouri earlier this month. Leyh is set to graduate in May with master’s degrees in social work and business administration, and Pierce is a recent alum of the Brown School.

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​Washington University in St. Louis alumna Louia Kornblatt, a finalist for a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship, is working to help women overcome gender-based violence and find their voice.

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The Department of Classics in Arts & Sciences will launch a new Doctor of Philosophy in classics next fall. The program builds on the department’s nationally recognized Master of Arts but also draws on resources from across the university to create specialized tracks in ancient performance, ancient history, ancient philosophy and Greek and Roman music.

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Students and other volunteers gathered last week to plant 31 native trees and shrubs adjacent to Busch Hall on the Danforth Campus as part of a sustainable landscaping project. The Office of Sustainability notes that well-designed landscapes can provide economic, public health and environmental benefits.

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At the Oct. 3 Board of Trustees meeting, several Washington University faculty members were appointed with tenure or promoted with tenure. Read more for details. 

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Washington University in St. Louis undergraduates Kilian Suchocki (left) and Taylor Francis take a shift on the dance floor during the 15th Dance Marathon, a 12-hour fundraiser held Nov. 15-16 at the Danforth University Center. The annual student event raised more than $150,000 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. MORE

Rose Windmiller, assistant vice chancellor for government and community relations at Washington University in St. Louis, has been appointed a member of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s special Ferguson Commission. She is one of 16 members who were announced during a news conference held Nov. 18 at the Missouri History Museum.

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