W&J Campus Connection
Welcome to the first issue of Washington & Jefferson College's community e-newsletter, "W&J Campus Connection." In this newsletter, we will strive to keep you informed of the latest campus activities and events that impact your work and your lives, along with stories of what our students, faculty and staff are doing to give back to the Washington community. We look forward to using this newsletter as a way to stay connected with you throughout the year.
|Freshmen Give Back on Day of Service
W&J freshman Gordon Mathews volunteers at the Washington County Literacy Council.
More than 250 freshman students participated in W&J's second annual First-Year Day of Service in September, volunteering for a variety of local non-profit organizations in the Washington community.
Meg Schreck, W&J's director of volunteer programs, said First-Year Day of Service is designed to introduce more students, particularly freshmen, to the value of volunteering. The goal of the program is to match the needs of local organizations with the experience and interest of the students.
"Implemented last school year, First-Year Day of Service is quickly becoming a tradition at W&J," Schreck said. "Our students look forward to the opportunity to make an impact and to be a part of their new community. This initiative is also helping to further reinforce W&J's commitment to service."
The Washington City Mission, Washington Women's Shelter, Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army were just a few of the organizations where W&J students volunteered their services. Projects included organizing and cleaning, sorting food, moving boxes and cleaning up streets in the city of Washington.
"First-Year Day of Service is such a great way to get our newest community members - the freshman class - out into the area of Washington to learn about the numerous opportunities for volunteerism in our region," said W&J junior Michael Harding, who helped organize the event.
If you are interested in working with W&J students, please let us know by filling out the online volunteer request form
. If you have any questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 724-503-1001 ext. 3086.
|Campus Enjoys Taste of Washington at |
Annual First Thursday Event
SGA President Katy Rowley, Mayor Sonny Spossey, and W&J President Tori Haring-Smith gather at the First Thursday event in September.
Local merchants and restaurant owners visited the W&J campus on the first Thursday of the school year to give the College community a "taste of Washington."
Mayor Sonny Spossey officially welcomed the students to the Washington community, and was presented with a key to the college by W&J President Tori Haring-Smith. On behalf of the student body, Student Government Association President Katy Rowley offered Spossey a W&J chair so that he would always have "a place to sit on campus."
Christy Kirkwood, owner of the new Cafe Bellatini on Main Street, saw the event as a good opportunity to get the word out about her business, which offers coffee drinks, pastries, sandwiches, and free Wi-Fi access to customers. She added, "It's a great way to see what food the students like. The pepperoni rolls are already gone!"
Did you know?
Six student organizations
at W&J are dedicated to volunteerism - Alpha Phi Omega, Big Brothers Big Sisters, International Justice Mission, G.I.V.E., Lion's Club, and Up 'til Dawn. In the last two years, the members of Up 'til Dawn have worked to raise $36,000 for St. Jude's Hospital.
Field Hockey Team "Plays for the Cure"
The field hockey team is 8-2 this season. Pictured is sophomore Jennifer Marabella.
The W&J field hockey team held its annual "Play for the Cure" game in October versus Elmira College at Cameron Stadium.
Money was collected and donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The team also sold pink wristbands in which all proceeds were donated to Komen Foundation.
The Presidents sported pink warm-up shirts and ribbons, and the official game ball was pink throughout the game.
For the latest sports news, along with a full schedule of fall sports, please visit the W&J athletics page.
Legendary Musical Acts to Perform at W&J
The Artie Shaw Orchestra in action.
The Olin Fine Arts Center will welcome two legendary musical acts to W&J this season. The Artie Shaw Orchestra will perform Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., and the Max Brod Trio will take the stage Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
The Artie Shaw Orchestra pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of Shaw, who was a leading musician of the swing period. Familiar songs include "Georgia on my Mind" and "'S' Wonderful."
The Max Brod Trio joins musicians from the Czech Republic and Germany to perform music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Schubert.
The performances are part of the Olin Fine Arts Series, which brings world-class musical and theater acts to W&J each year.
For more information on the Series, a full schedule of events
and a form to purchase tickets
are available online. Questions? Call 724-223-OLIN (6546).