Risa's Landing in Olin Library

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The transformed Olin Library at the heart of the Danforth Campus offers new, engaging spaces for the discovery, collaboration and instruction of the future.
Rebecca Rothney in her home in Raleigh, North Carolina

Five pounds of change

When Rebecca Rothney realized she could use the extra space in her luggage to bring a donation to the country where she was traveling, she knew she had to spread the word. So she founded Pack For a Purpose, which allows travelers to easily leave behind much-needed donations when they travel abroad.


University Libraries hold some 1,000 collections in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. On display on Level A of the Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration is Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu’s “Atlas Maior…” (Amsterdam, 1665) (James Byard/Washington University)

Exceptional selections

The transformation of the John M. Olin Library provides a new home for the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. With more than 1,000 collections, the ­department is among academia’s largest and most diverse.

Jasmine Brown and Mimi Borders, Ervin and Rhodes Scholars

A family of leaders

In 2017, the Ervin Scholars Program celebrated its 30th anniversary. Known for its supportive, family-like atmosphere, the prestigious program continues to cultivate students who both excel academically and have a deep commitment to improving the world.

Jonathan Losos feature image

Sustaining life on Earth

In the midst of what scientists consider to be a sixth mass extinction event, Washington University is joining forces with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo to collaborate on ­life-saving research and conservation efforts.

In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Miguel’s love of music ultimately leads him to the Land of the Dead where he teams up with charming trickster Hector. Alumnus Chris Bernardi served as set supervisor on the movie. (© 2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.)

On an animated journey

One of the many skilled artisans behind the enchanting visuals in Pixar movies is alumnus Chris Bernardi. On the Oscar Award–winning “Coco,” Bernardi served as set supervisor, leading a team of designers who beautifully bring to life a boy’s dream against the backdrop of Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

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