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This Week!

Where: G&T's

When: Monday, December 1 - Friday, December 5, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Got any meal swipes to spare? Help feed hungry families this holiday season by stopping by G&T's this week and donating your swipes to the Greater Washington County Food Bank! The Secular Student Alliance will be available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to take down your donations. 


Tonight starting at 5:00 pm!

This year's candy cane themed Holiday Light Up Night event is tonight! The event kicks off  with a holiday dinner in the Commons at 5:00 pm. Arts, crafts, and a gingerbread house contest start at 5:30 pm in the Ski Lodge, followed by the lighting of the tree at 7:30 pm. At 8:00 pm, come to Olin and enjoy a holiday concert!


Tuesday through Thursday

ALD is holding a campus wide drive for the LeMoyne Center in Washington. Various items such as new or gently used toys, shoes, perfume, socks, scarfs, hats, gloves, etc. donated will go into their store where children and the community come in to shop for their families. For each item donated you will be put into a raffle for a $20 bookstore gift card! Please come to the Commons between 11:00am-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-7:00 pm on December 2-4 to donate items! Thank you!


Tuesday at 6:00 pm

Big Brothers/Big Sisters is having their annual Holiday Party on December 2nd in the Rossin Ballroom from 6 to 8pm.  We are looking for clubs/organization to set up booths with either a craft or a game for the kids to enjoy.  The success of this event is dependent on everyone's participation, so please consider helping a good cause.  If you would like more information of have any questions, please contact Nate Ecker (eckerng@jay.washjeff.edu). All groups must be registered to participate with this event by Wednesday, November 26th.  


Medicine in Latin America


Please join us for a panel discussion on medicine and health care in Latin America from the unique perspectives of three health care professionals.  Panelists include Daniel Lattanzi, MD, Anthony Canterna, MD, and Donna Hunter, RN/BSN.  Their individual experiences, as well as problems and solutions surrounding current medicine in Latin America, will be discussed. The event is this Wednesday at 6:00 pm in Yost Auditorium.


Wednesday at 6:00 pm


The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is having its first inaugural meeting!  It will be this Wednesday at 6:00 in the Ski Lodge.  Father George Livanos and Father Dragan Filipovic will be in attendance.  The meeting will cover:

  • Introductions 
  • Meeting Fr. George and Fr. Dragan
  • Discussing the organization as a whole
  • Discussing the organization's constitution, by-laws, and eventual charter
  • Elect officers?
  • Discussing possible events for the future
    • Possibly visiting an Orthodox church in the area for a Christmas-time service
    • Events that can be planned after Christmas break
    • Volunteer projects?
  • Any other assorted business/questions
If you have any questions, please contact JJ Cadez at cadezjj@jay.washjeff.edu or Alex Toras at torasac@jay.washjeff.edu.  Feel free to bring a roommate, a friend, etc... this organization is open to all who would like to further their faith.


Thursday at 4:00 pm

Please join us for the second Senior Planning Committee meeting which will be held Thursday, December 4, at 4:00 pm in the Fireplace Lounge of the Hub. The committee will be discussing possible Senior Gift options and events for Senior Week. Questions? Please contact Kaley Tomsic, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at ktomsic@washjeff.edu.


Register this Week!

Help celebrate the holiday season by helping those in need!  The Greater Washington County Food Bank Produce to People food distribution is in need of volunteers on Wednesday, December 10 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Produce to People is the Food Bank's large-scale produce distribution program. Volunteers are needed to assist with anything from passing out the produce, to acting as runners and support. Transportation to the fairgrounds will be provided if needed. Volunteers can either sign up for the entire experience, or even an hour.  Take a break from your finals and help your community! Volunteers can sign up here.  Please sign up by Friday, December 5.


Your Donations are Needed!

Please consider donating to the W&J Donation Drive to benefit the Washington City Mission.  Donation stations are located in the Burnett Lobby (Food & Winter Weather Donations), George & Toms (Food and Hygiene Necessities Donations), and the U. Grant Miller Library (Food Donations).  You can earn Miller Money from the Library each time you donate. See the donation stations for more information. The drive will run through this Friday.


This Friday from 1:00 - 2:15 pm

The CIS department invites you to an open house this Friday to play games developed by student teams in CIS 105: Game Design and Development. This semester's games cover a variety of genres and play styles - there's something for everybody! Drop in any time between 1 and 2:15 to try them out for yourself and vote for your favorite. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is from 1:00-2:15 PM in Tech Center 222


This Friday at 7:30 pm

Everyone is invited to a free concert by the W&J Jazz Ensemble of Holiday favorites plus a special blend of Funk and R&B. The concert will take place at G&T's in the stage area. This is a special one-time concert. Celebrate the last day of classes in-style by an intimate performance of fantastic jazz by a passionate and energetic crew of musicians. Deck the Halls and celebrate the end of the semester-- funky-style. The show begins at 7:30 pm!


Kick-off the Holiday Season with the Washington Symphony!

The Washington Symphony Orchestra is proud to present its 13th annual holiday concert, "Ho ho ho with the WSO." The concert will be performed on Saturday, December 6 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm at Trinity High School, 231 Park Ave. Washington, PA. Tickets are available at the door and online at www.washsym.org


The Presidential Trail 2015

If you missed the first debate, don't worry we will be hosting more! Come out and learn about the requirements for the RA Selection process, opportunities,  and important dates. Listen to an Upperclass RA debate a First-year RA on topics related to residence life and the RA position.  Bring your questions to our PRESIDENTIAL Debate!


Sunday, December 7, 2014 @6pm in Burnett 114 (Yost Auditorium)

Monday, January 12, 2015 @6pm in Burnett 114 (Yost Auditorium)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @6pm in Burnett 109 (TBA)


Applications will be available online Tuesday, December 2, 2014. For further questions contact the Assistant Director: Residential Education Tiphane' Purnell at tpurnell@washjeff.edu or stop by the Office of Residence Life on the UL of Rossin.


For the Class of 2018

President Tori Haring-Smith invites the freshmen class to join her for a STUDY BREAK with refreshments on Sunday, December 7, FROM 8:00 - 9:30 pm at the President's House.


December 9 - 12 & December 13

Sell or return your textbooks at the bookstore on Tuesday, December 9 through Friday, December 12 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. A student ID is required. Rental books are due by December 15.

And Enter to Win!

Pandora, the student organization who brings you the W&J Yearbook each year, wants to know what you would like to see in the 2014-2015 yearbook. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey here and you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card of your choice.


Get Some Light!

Student Health & Counseling Services is once again providing use of full spectrum lights to help you through the winter blues.


For our latitude and climate, about 18% of adults can expect to see a seasonal dip in mood and functioning due to the short gloomy days.  To help, we have two full spectrum high intensity lights for your use. 


We will have the lights out and available every class day until the spring time, when the days grow longer and brighter again.  They are being placed in the lower level of Rossin Campus Center, behind the mail room. They will be out in the mornings, approximately 7:30 - 12:30ish, because that is the most effective time of day for the use of the lights. 


There will also be a 'winter wellness tip of the week' available to students, faculty or staff members who stop by.


There is information available at the table about how to use the lights properly and about the winter blues.


A very good book if you would like to learn more is "Winter Blues, Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder" by Normal E. Rosenthal, MD.


So stop by, read your mail, eat a breakfast sandwich, or catch up on some reading for class while you also catch some rays!


A New Kind of Intersession Experience for First-Year Students

Student Life is excited to offer a pilot Intersession Program for W&J first-year students. "Activating Change and Transformation" (ACT) is focused on leadership and creative problem solving, life skill development, and class affinity. While not for credit, ACT will offer students an opportunity for a robust first intersession experience, dedicated to gaining useful knowledge and experience that will help continue an exploration of self and skill development. Ask your link mentor for more information! To sign-up, please email Cindy Smith at 


This Intersession!


Immerse yourself in today's hyper-competitive business world with the Fullbridge Program. This Intersession you have the opportunity to explore a hands-on, lecture-free environment that will harness your education giving you the real-world experience you need to be competitive in today's increasingly competitive global workplace. https://fullbridge.com/campus


Collection Bins in G&T's & Hub Lobby


Washington County Toys 4 Tots bins are now in the Hub lobby and in G&Ts!!

Donate new, unwrapped toys in these bins to help local needy children have a happy holiday! Bins will be collected by Toys 4 Tots next week.


Write Your Own 10 Minute Play!


There are flurries in the air so it's time again to write a 10-minute play.  Winter Tales, W&J's annual 10-minute new play festival, is accepting submissions from the W&J Community.  All plays will be read and considered-students' plays will be given top priority.


Plays must be typed in proper manuscript form.  Proper M.S. format can be found online to explain the layout.


Submit your 10-minute play-no more than nine (9) pages-in proper M.S. form to sfrank@washjeff.edu with Winter Tales XIII in the subject line.


If you need a prompt to get you going here it is:  Write a 9-page play about a girl who has come to claim the body of a family member to take it back home.  The play should take place at night, in the dead of winter.  Or write about something you're passion about.


The winner of the best script, to be chosen by readers from outside the College, will win this year's $100.00 Reader's Prize.


For Basketball Season


The Washington & Jefferson College cheerleading squad has open spots for basketball season.  All current students are eligible to participate.  The squad welcomes men and women with cheerleader experience to join our squad!  Evaluations will begin immediately and the open spots will be filled on a rolling basis. Any questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to the Advisor, Cheri Duball cduball@washjeff.edu.


Energy & the Environment


The W&J Center for Energy Policy and Management is sponsoring a Student Research Paper Competition in the Spring Semester of 2015. 

  • Topics: Energy, Natural Resources, Environment or Sustainability
  • Who Can Participate: W&J students from any academic dept.
  • Deadline for Registering to Participate:  March 9, 2015
  • Deadline for Producing Paper:  April 27, 2015
  • Prizes: 1st ($250), 2nd ($150), 3rd ($100)

For more information go here


Contacts:  Dr. Robert Dunn (rdunn@washjeff.edu) and Diana Stares, CEPM Director (dstares@washjeff.edu)


Registration is Open


Spring 2015 Sorority Recruitment will take place February 4th-8th at W&J.

You can register here.


Students are eligible to join a sorority after completing one semester at W&J and earning a GPA that meets the requirement of the chapter they wish to join (GPA requirements vary for each chapter, but no student may join a sorority if her cumulative GPA is below a 2.50).


GPA Requirement for each sorority:

Delta Gamma: Must have a 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA to join

Kappa Alpha Theta: Must have a 2.90 or higher cumulative GPA to join

Kappa Kappa Gamma: Must have a 2.70 or higher cumulative GPA to join

Pi Beta Phi: Must have a 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA to join


All interested women must sign up for recruitment and pay a $20 fee which includes a long sleeved t-shirt and registration fee.


Mandatory for Those Staying on Campus For Intersession


As you prepare to register for classes or make plans for Intersession 2015, fill out the Intersession Housing Request Form if your plans will require you to stay on campus.  Please note that registering for a class will not automatically include you on the approved housing roster for Intersession. In addition, whether you are working for a campus office, are an international student, or registered for a class there is no charge for your housing.  The Office of Residence Life will review your request and send all approvals to your W&J email account.  This form must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life at 724-229-5120 or reslife@washjeff.edu.  


Check out the Current List of Volunteer Opportunities


Are you interested in volunteering in the local community? Check out the Office of Community Engagement's list of current volunteer opportunities. The list also includes other service, philanthropy and awareness-based community programs both on campus and in the community. There may be activities based in education, environmental stewardship, health & wellness, poverty, homelessness, and more. You can sign up for most of these opportunities online or by emailing volunteer@washjeff.edu.  See our full list here for more information!





10:00 am - SSA Holiday Food Drive (until 2:00 pm), G&T's

4:00 pm - Dean Chatterjee-Sutton Open Office Hour (until 5:00), Rossin UL

5:00 pm - Holiday Light-up Night Dinner, Commons

5:30 pm - Holiday Light-up Night Events, Ski Lodge

8:00 pm - Holiday Concert, Olin Theatre



10:00 am - SSA Holiday Food Drive (until 2:00 pm), G&T's

11:00 am - ALD LeMoyne Center Drive (until 2:00), Commons

5:00 pm - ALD LeMoyne Center Drive (until 7:00), Commons

6:00 pm - Big Brothers/Big Sisters Holiday Party, Allen Ballroom (Rossin)

7:00 pm - The Rush, Campus Ctr. Circle



10:00 am - SSA Holiday Food Drive (until 2:00 pm), G&T's

11:00 am - ALD LeMoyne Center Drive (until 2:00), Commons

5:00 pm - ALD LeMoyne Center Drive (until 7:00), Commons

6:00 pm - Medicine in Latin America Panel Discussion, Yost Auditorium 

6:00 pm - Orthodox Christian Fellowship Meeting, Ski Lodge

6:00 pm - Newman Club Homemade Dinner, Newman Center

7:30 pm - Student Recognition Recitals, Olin 211



10:00 am - SSA Holiday Food Drive (until 2:00 pm), G&T's

11:00 am - ALD LeMoyne Center Drive (until 2:00), Commons

12:00 pm - Dean Chatterjee-Sutton Open Office Hour (until 1:00), Rossin UL

4:00 pm - Senior Planning Committee Meeting, Hub Fireplace Lounge

5:00 pm - ALD LeMoyne Center Drive (until 7:00), Commons

7:00 pm - The Rush, Campus Ctr. Circle

7:30 pm - Art Series: Randy Riggle "Nostalgic Christmas Show", Olin



9:00 am - Hot Chocolate Bar (until 5:00), Student Life (Rossin UL)

10:00 am - SSA Holiday Food Drive (until 2:00 pm), G&T's

1:00 pm - CIS Games Open House (until 2:15), Tech Center 222

1:00 pm - Free Friday Bowling with W&J ID (until 3:00), Alpine Lanes

6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30),Campus Ctr. Circle

6:30 pm - DIY Series: Calligraphy, U. Grant Miller Library

7:30 pm - Holiday Jazz Concert, G&T's

9:00 pm - Monticello's Karaoke Night, Hub LL



11:00 am - Paws for a Study Break (until 1:30), Walker Room (Library LL)

11:00 am - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00), Campus Ctr. Circle

6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle

8:00 pm - Ho Ho Ho with the Washington Symphony, Trinity High School

9:00 pm - Hypnotist Eric Mina, G&T's



11:00 am - Paws for a Study Break (until 1:30),Walker Room (Library LL)

1:30 pm - Steelers vs. Bengals, G&T's

3:00 pm - Ho Ho Ho with the Washington Symphony, Trinity High School

6:00 pm - The Presidential Trail 2015: RA Information Session, Yost Auditorium

7:00 pm - Mass, Newman Center

8:00 pm - Class of 2018 Study Break with the President, President's House


To submit your event to W&J Weekly, email weekly@washjeff.edu by Wednesday of the week prior to publication.