Spring 2012

Alternative Spring Break

W&J students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Americorps in Liberty City, Fla., as part of an Alternative Spring Break trip in March.

W&J Campus Connection


Welcome to the fourth 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 they call home.

Presidents and Steelers team up to benefit Washington County Special Olympics


Steelers game
W&J students jump to block the Steelers' James Harrison's shot.

W&J students and faculty members took on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a charity basketball game March 6 to raise money for the Washington County Special Olympics.


While the Presidents lost a close game, scoring 69 points to the Steelers' 75, W&J sold more than 300 tickets, up 50 tickets from last year's game. 


"We thank the Pittsburgh Steelers for participating and giving W&J the opportunity to not only give the local community the opportunity to see some of their favorite players in action, but to raise money for a very special cause," Steve Anderson, associate dean of student life at W&J, said.


After the game, Steelers took time to sign autographs and pose for photos with W&J students and community members at Henry Memorial Center.


Participating Steelers included linebacker James Harrison, quarterback Charlie Batch, safety Ryan Mundy, offensive lineman Ramon Foster, tight-end Weslye Saunders, and linebacker Mortty Ivy.


If you are interested in working with a W&J athletics team for charity, e-mail athletics@washjeff.edu.


W&J hosts local teen self-esteem week
Huong Nguyen
Huong Nguyen, featured here in W&J's new ad campaign, is spearheading a teen self-esteem week on campus.

W&J opened its campus to hundreds of young women from 14 area middle schools Friday, March 23, as the College kicked off a week dedicated to self-esteem.


Washington County's 12th annual Sister to Sister Summit gave 7th and 8th grade girls the opportunity to engage in important dialogue and participate in activities designed to promote self-esteem, self-defense and positive body image.


"My goal is to encourage girls to focus more on their strengths and accomplishments and less on their body image and appearance," said sophomore Huong Nguyen, who spearheaded the event at W&J.

In addition to the summit, carnations are being sold in the Rossin Campus Center March 26-30 to support a national campaign called "The Girl Effect."  


On Wednesday, March 28, W&J also will hold a screening and discussion of the movie "Miss Representation" in the Rossin Ballroom. The popular film looks at how the mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.


To learn more about how W&J students like Nguyen are making a difference at W&J and in the community, visit www.BeAPresident.com.

W&J sophomores to reunite Holocaust survivor and liberator at campus event


Zoe Levenson (left) and Jacqueline Radin (right) organize Holocaust discussion at W&J April 12.

A survivor of the Holocaust and one of the men responsible for his freedom from the Buchenwald concentration camp will reunite to share their experiences in a public forum at W&J. The event will be held April 12 at 7 p.m. in W&J's Rossin Campus Center Ballroom.


Leading the reunion are W&J sophomores Zoe Levenson and Jacqueline Radin, who are organizing the event on behalf of W&J's Hillel Society. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring together two men who went through so much in their lives and for those in our community to hear directly from them what it was like during that time in history," Levenson, president of Hillel, said.


Holocaust survivor Sol Lurie of Monroe Township, N.J., was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp April 11, 1945, on his 15th birthday. Clarence Brockman of McDonald, Pa., a member of the 80th Infantry Division, was among the first Americans to enter the camp.


Last year, the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation Museum invited Brockman and others who freed the prisoners to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day in Weimar, Germany, where he and Lurie met. Their second reunion at W&J will take place a day after Lurie's 82nd birthday.


The event, sponsored by the Hillel Society and Office of Diversity Programs and Multicultural Affairs, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Levenson at levensonzy@jay.washjeff.edu.

V-Day performances raise awareness of violence against women
Vagina Monologues
Junior Amirah Polite participates in a performance of "The Vagina Monologues."
The W&J community presented its annual
evenings of dramatic readings of "The Vagina Monologues" in February to support the V-Day College Campaign, a global movement aimed at ending violence against women and girls.


The event raised more than $1,000 to benefit the Washington Women's Shelter and V-Day Spotlight Campaign.


"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 we were able to bring it back to W&J to increase awareness and raise money for such an important cause."


The Washington Women's Shelter provides safe, temporary and confidential shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

W&J students give back to community in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day


President Tori Haring-Smith joins W&J students and staff in celebrating MLK Day at campus reception.


A dedicated group of 35 W&J students sprang into action in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in January.


The student volunteers participated in a variety of community service activities, including assisting the American Cancer Society with its annual Daffodil Day Mailer, assembling book bags for the Literacy Council, cleaning at The Washington Humane Society, sorting clothes for Dress for Success, and packing items for Community Action Southwest Precious Packages.


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


If you are interested in working with W&J students, please fill out the online volunteer request form. If you have any questions, email volunteer@washjeff.edu.

Issue 4
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In This Issue
Steelers Basketball Game
Teen Self-Esteem Week
Holocaust Speakers
V-Day Performances
Historical Symposium
W&J Energy Summit
Olin Fine Arts Center
Upcoming Events


President impersonators to highlight historical symposium at W&J

Freshman Gadwin Stewart meets W&J's new President mascots.

W&J is hosting an evening of conversation with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Friday, March 30, at 6:15 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. The event features Dean Malissa, official Washington interpreter for Mount Vernon, and Bill Barker, official Jefferson interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.


The event will kick off the fourth Symposium on 18th Century Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania March 30-31. Held at W&J, the symposium is sponsored by The David Bradford House and Washington County Bar Association.


"We are proud to join forces with W&J and the Washington County Bar Association to bring two of the nation's most renowned historical interpreters to Washington," Clay Kilgore, historical director for The David Bradford House, said. "If you ever wondered what it would be like to meet George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and talk to them, here is your chance."


The symposium, which draws nearly 100 academics, historians, writers and community members, continues March 31 at 9 a.m. in W&J's Howard J. Burnett Center's Yost Auditorium. 


The event is open to the public. For tickets, call 724-222-3604 or email bradfordhouse@verizon.net.



Eisenhower to headline W&J Energy Summit


Susan Eisenhower
Susan Eisenhower will speak at W&J's Energy Summit April 23.

W&J's new Center for Energy Policy and Management is holding its first official event Monday, April 23. The Energy Summit will bring together key energy experts in lecture and panel formats to provide a balanced view of the opportunities and challenges facing us as a nation.


Susan Eisenhower, president of the Eisenhower Group and chairman of the Eisenhower Institute's Leadership and Public Policy Programs, will serve as the keynote speaker. Additional speakers include Katie McGinty, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Eleanor Clift, contributing editor for Newsweek and panelist for "The McLaughlin Group," Congressman Tim Murphy and State Senator Tim Solobay.


For more information, contact Diana Stares, director of the Center for Energy Policy and Management, at 724-531-6863 or dstares@washjeff.edu.

Glenn Miller Orchestra to take Olin stage


Glenn Miller Orchestra
A popular act returns to the W&J stage in April.

The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is returning to W&J's Olin Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., after playing to a sold-out crowd in 2008.


Touring consistently since 1956 and playing an average of 300 concerts a year, the orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Popular songs from Glenn Miller include: "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "In The Mood," and "String of Pearls."


The W&J community looks forward to Music Director Gary Tole closing out the Olin Fine Arts Series' 30th season.


For tickets, call 724-223-OLIN (6546). For a full schedule, visit the Olin Fine Arts Center online.

Upcoming Events  


March 27: German Day competition

W&J's Department of Modern Languages will host its annual German Day competition for 350 middle and high school students Tuesday, March 27, in the Olin Fine Arts Center theater..


April 5: Jehanne Dubrow poetry reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month, acclaimed poet Jehanne Dubrow will be reading work from her three collections Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Burnett Center's Yost Auditorium.


April 12-14: "The Pledge"

W&J presents the premiere of "The Pledge," an original play written and directed by theater professor T. Scott Frank. Shows are April 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Olin Fine Arts Center theater.


April 24: "Environmental Pollutants and Cancer"

 Dr. Sandra Steingraber, aninternationally recognized expert on the connection between environmental pollutants and cancer, will be speaking in the Olin Fine Arts Center theater Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact  Dr. Candy DeBerry at cdeberry@washjeff.edu

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