Winter 2011

Bright new banners line the campus walkways at W&J, greeting students and visitors with the word "welcome" in 10 different languages. 

W&J Campus Connection


Welcome to the second issue of Washington & Jefferson College's community e-newsletter, "W&J Campus Connection." In this newsletter, we 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.
Students volunteer in honor of MLK Day  


MLK Day Students

W&J students bring Valentine's Day cheer to patients at Anova Hospice & Palliative Care.

More than 70 students sprang into action in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., during "MLK Day the W&J Way: A Service Challenge."


Student volunteeers gathered at the Henry Memorial Gymnasium in January to complete a variety of service projects for the Washington community.


"MLK Day is a nationally recognized day of service, but what Dr. King stood for is something the students at W&J strive to achieve every day-making a positive impact on the lives of others," Meg Schreck, director of volunteer programs at W&J, said.


Projects completed by the students included Valentine's Day wreaths for patients of Anova Hospice & Palliative Care Services, self-sustaining watering features for Gardening Partners, and no-sew blankets for Connect, Inc. 


If you are interested in working with W&J students, please fill out the online volunteer request form. If you have any questions, contact the Volunteer Programs Office at volunteer@washjeff.edu or 724-503-1001 ext. 3086.

College sets sustainability goals with EPA

EPA Signing

W&J and EPA representatives enter into partnership to advance green efforts on campus.

W&J is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to advance its sustainability efforts on campus.
President Tori Haring-Smith was joined by Jessica Greathouse of the EPA during an official signing at the John A. Swanson Science Center, W&J's first LEED-certified building on campus.


"This building is a kind of statement, a rather bold statement, I think, of our commitment to sustainability," Haring-Smith said.

When speaking about sustainability at W&J, Haring-Smith pointed out environmentally friendly features in the Science Center, including a storm-water reclamation system that utilizes rain water for flushing. Other steps are being taken by W&J in the area of food services and in the implementation of a campus-wide recycling program. 


Read the full story and watch a video of the signing ceremony online. 

Student performers raise money for Washington Women's Shelter 

Student co-director Abrianne Rhoad takes the stage. 

Members of the campus community presented two performances of "The Vagina Monologues" to packed houses in February.


Dramatic readings of the Eve Ensler play were performed by students, faculty and staff members in support of V-Day, a global movement aimed at ending violence against women and girls. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Washington Women's Shelter.


"Each monologue tells a story that empowers women," Teanca Shepherd, assistant dean of student life and director of diversity programs at W&J, said. "The support for 'The Vagina Monologues' grows every year and I am proud that we were able to bring it back to W&J to increase awareness and raise money for such an important cause."

W&J celebrates treasured resident's 100th birthday


Steve Muka Birthday 

Members of the College community gathered in the John A. Swanson Science Center in January to celebrate local resident Steve Muka's 100th birthday. The party was held in the Science Center because Muka came out nearly every day to witness its construction. A regular visitor to campus, he is treasured by W&J students and faculty members.

Issue 2
George and Tom
In This Issue
MLK Day of Service
W&J and EPA Partnership
W&J V-Day Campaign
Resident's 100th Birthday Celebration
Basketball Food Drive
Steelers Charity Game
Olin Fine Arts Series


Basketball benefits  local food bank  

Vanessa Rivera

The Presidents' Vanessa Rivera drives the ball against Bethany.


During W&J's basketball doubleheader with Bethany College in February, students and fans teamed up to raise money and nonperishable items for the Greater Washington County Food Bank. 

The W&J athletics department waived ticket prices for the men's and women's basketball games and accepted money and food donations in lieu of admission fees. More than $200 was collected as well as an entire shopping cart filled with canned goods and nonperishable items. 

W&J athletics teams are available for community service projects throughout the school year. If you are interested in working with the Presidents, contact Director of Athletics Bill Dukett at 724-250-3461 or wdukett@washjeff.edu.

To attend an upcoming game, visit W&J athletics online for a regularly updated schedule.


Steelers to play charity game at W&J


A W&J football coach gears up for the charity game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on W&J students and faculty in a charity basketball game at the Henry Memorial Gymnasium March 16.  


Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the game will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased by calling 724-223-6015.


All proceeds will benefit the Washington County Special Olympics.

Olin Fine Arts Center plans spring shows

Spelling Bee

W&J students will bring a Tony Award-winning musical to life on Olin stage.

A Tony Award-winning musical will be brought to life on the Olin stage this spring when the W&J theater department performs "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Performances are set for April 7-9 at the Olin Fine Arts Center.

Other upcoming shows include "The Shape of Things," presented by the W&J theater department March 10-12, and "Galumpha," presented by the Olin Fine Arts Series. April 14. 
For more information, a full schedule of events and a form to purchase tickets
are available online. For questions, call 724-223-OLIN (6546).


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