WEEK OF DECEMBER 8, 2014
VOL: 2 ISSUE: 15
ANNOUNCEMENTS
RESIDENCE HALL CLOSING INFORMATION
Halls Close 10:00 am on Sunday, December 14

  

As we approach the end of the semester, we want to make sure you are completely informed about the procedures for winter break hall closing. Residence halls are closed beginning at 10:00 am on Sunday, December 14, and will reopen for Intercession on Sunday, January 4, at 2:00 pm. Keep in mind the following as you prepare to leave for winter break:

  • Residents must depart 24 hours after their last final or by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday December 14th, whichever comes first.
  • Upon all residents in the room leaving, your room will be checked by a Residence Life staff member (either an RA or a professional staff member). Residents are asked to do the follow (which will be reviewed by Residence Life):
    • Close and lock all windows
    • Close all blinds
    • Remove any personal items from the bathroom
    • Unplug all electrical items except the refrigerator
    • Take all personal trash to the dumpster
    • Turn off all lights
    • Remove any perishable items
    • Set heat to low
    • Lock your door
  • Your RA will be putting a small white sheet of paper on your front door, which has spaces for roommate names and their departure dates. This sheet is to remain on the door and each residents should sign and date the sheet upon departure. 
  • If you are moving out of your current housing assignment, see your RA for additional instructions.
  • Residents returning for Intersession, athletics, or on-campus employment will need to fill out the Intersession Housing Request Form. Residence halls will be closed and student swipe access deactivated during Winter Break and Intersession for all students NOT approved to be on campus.

For additional information, please visit the Office of Residence Life website or contact us at 724-229-5120.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Next Semester Meal Plans


It is that time of year again that you can change your current meal plan. You have until Wednesday, February 4, 2015 to change your meal plan for the Spring 2015 semester, after February 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm meal plan changes will not be accepted!


 We are once again doing it online, so you MUST go to the following link for any meal plan changes. If you do NOT want to change your meal plan, you do not need to do anything.  Again, please remember after Feb. 4, 2015 meal plans will not be able to be changed! 


 

Click here to change your meal plan.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Heather Breedlove at  hbreedlove@washjeff.edu or (724) 223-6013.

 

CHURCH OF THE COVENANT FINALS BREAK
Tonight!


 
Take a study break and enjoy donuts, beverages, and an open gym! Tonight from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Church of Covenant (across Beau St. from the Tech Center).

EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS FOR FINALS
Snacks on Monday & Tuesday!


 
The Library will be open for extended hours this week, and will be celebrating First 48 with snacks and drinks in the early morning and late night hours. 

 

Monday: 7:00 am to 3:00 am

Tuesday: 7:o0 am to 3:00 am

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 2:00 am

Thursday: 8:00 am to 2:00 am

Friday: 8:00 am to midnight

Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm

 

PAMPER YOURSELF
This Tuesday

 Indulge in a chair massage and learn some guided relaxation techniques. Fresh fruit and drinks will be available. This Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Hub Fireplace lounge.

TEXTBOOK BUYBACK & RENTAL RETURN
This Tuesday through Saturday


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

MAKE YOUR OWN PARFAIT!
Wednesday


 
Take a break during the last days of finals and make your way to the Student Life suite to create your own parfait. We will supply granola, yogurt, and some tasty toppings! Wednesday from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Student Life Suite (Rossin UL).

STUDENT FLEA MARKET IN THE ALLEY
This Friday


Come to the Alley this Friday from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm to buy or sell items that are gently used! If you have some items that you no longer want, we welcome you to come sell them!

FINALS WEEK HUB HOURS
The Hub is Closed During Winter Break


 
Finals Week (Dec 8-14)

Monday-Thursday 9am-12am (normal hours)
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday -Sunday closed

Winter Break (December 15-25)
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
Regular hours will resume on Jan 2nd

 

STUDENT CHOICE SURVEY
Choose Your Favorite Parkhurst Foods!


 
Parkhurst is looking for your feedback! Click here to take the student choice survey.

 

TELL PANDORA WHAT YOU THINK
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.

 

GOING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Share a Ride!

 

Want to save money and help the environment at the same time?
Consider sharing a ride with other W&J students.
Check out the new RideShare Board, located behind the mailroom near Career Services. Brought to you by EVS 101 and W&J Sustainability Committee.
Note: Drivers will use their personal cars and assume all liability.

 

SHORT DARK WINTER DAYS GOT YOU DOWN?
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!

 

ACT INTERSESSION EXPERIENCE
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 
csmith@washjeff.edu.

 

THE FULLBRIDGE PROGRAM IS COMING TO W&J
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

 

WINTER TALES XIII
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.

 

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS
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.

 

RESEARCH PAPER COMPETITION
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)

 

SPRING 2015 SORORITY RECRUITMENT
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.

 

INTERSESSION HOUSING REQUEST FORM
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.  

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
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!

 

LAST W&J WEEKLY OF THE SEMESTER
Last Weekender this Thursday

 

This is the last W&J Weekly (email and print version) of the semester. The last edition of the Weekender email will be this Thursday. Please send any submissions for the Weekender issue to weekly@washjeff.edu by Wednesday at 5:00 pm. W&J Weekly will resume on January 4 for the start of Intersession.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

MONDAY

9:00 am - Quiet Study Space (until 5:00 pm), Alumni House

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

8:00 pm - Church of the Covenant Finals Break, Across from Tech Center

9:00 pm - Study Snacks in the Library (until Midnight), U. Grant Miller Library


 

TUESDAY

7:00 am - Study Snacks in the Library (until 10:00 am), U. Grant Miller Library

9:00 am - Quiet Study Space (until 5:00 pm), Alumni House

10:00 am - Textbook Buyback, College Bookstore

6:00 pm - Pamper Yourself, Hub Fireplace Lounge

7:00 pm - Study Snacks in the Library (until Midnight), U. Grant Miller Library


 

WEDNESDAY

9:00 am - Quiet Study Space (until 5:00 pm), Alumni House

10:00 am - Textbook Buyback, College Bookstore

2:00 pm - Make Your Own Parfait (until 4:00 pm), Rossin UL


 

THURSDAY

9:00 am - Quiet Study Space (until 5:00 pm), Alumni House

10:00 am - Textbook Buyback, College Bookstore

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

2:00 pm - Pizza & Pool, Hub LL


 

FRIDAY

9:00 am - Grab & Go Bags, Hub 

10:00 am - Textbook Buyback, College Bookstore

1:00 pm - Student Flea Market (until 5:00), The Alley


 

SATURDAY

No Scheduled Events


 

SUNDAY

10:00 am - All Residence Halls Close, Campus-wide

1:00 pm - Men's Basketball vs. Thiel, Henry Memorial

3:00 pm - Women's Basketball vs. Thiel, Henry Memorial


 

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