Week of November 16, 2015   Volume 3 Issue 12
W&J's Own Pete Curtis in Concert!
Live in a Free Mid-Day Matinee on December 3
Bring your lunch to the Ballroom on December 3 at 12:30 pm and hear W&J's own Pete Curtis perform his new holiday song "I Love Christmas" live, for the first time anywhere!

Leave the demands of work behind, and escape for one hour as Pete puts his own touch to the tunes of some real greats, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis,and The Drifters. 

To hear a sample of Pete's past performances click here! Be sure to mark your calendars!

This Week's Schedule of Events

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Today's Events
Intersession Course: Conservation Photography

Informational Meeting Today at 4:00 pm in Tech Center 214
There will be an informational meeting for the Intersession 2016 course, Conservation Photography: Water and the American West. The meeting is today at 4:00 PM in TEK 214.

About the course: We will drive to the Grand Canyon and back exploring how humans interact with water along the way. Locations on the itinerary include Santa Fe, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Moab and the Rocky Mountains. Approximate cost is $1250. Please contact Drs. Sam Fee (sam@washjeff.edu) or Jamie March (jmarch@washjeff.edu) for more information.  This course travels May 21 - June 8,  2016.

For more information on the course, please click here!

Documentary Screening: "Tapped"

Today at 4:00 pm in the Media Room
Bailey Mudrick, a senior studying Communication Arts, is running a campaign to show the negative effects that disposal plastic waste has on our environment, and how our campus can help reduce its disposal plastic waste footprint.

Bailey will be showing the documentary "Tapped" in the Media Room today at 4:00 pm.  This film examines the ecological and financial impact of the water bottle industry, including the toxic byproducts of manufacturing plastic water bottles. 

SPS National Lab Trip

Sign-up Deadline is Today
Consider joining the Society of Physics Students for a trip to Argonne National Labs and Fermi National Accelerator Labs between Intersession and Spring terms.  We will tour both facilities and see current, cutting-edge research! We will be traveling from Friday, January 29, 2016, through Monday, February 1, 2016, to Chicago.  Availability is limited, so spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For further details or to reserve a spot, please e-mail Savanna Starko at starkosr@jay.washjeff.edu today!

Vietnam War Lecture: Col. Ramon A. Nadal

Tonight at 7:00 pm in Dieter-Porter 100
On the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential battles of the Vietnam War, one of the battle's major players will present a public lecture to a new generation at W&J.

Col. (ret) Ramon A. Nadal, who served twice in Vietnam between 1962 and 1965, will discuss LZ-Xray ("Landing Zone X-Ray") - the Battle of Ia Drang, which occurred between Nov. 14 - 16, 1965 and was the first major battle between the United States Army and the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) during the Vietnam War. The battle is notable because it became the model by which other battles were fought during the war.

The event is a joint effort of the First Year Seminar Program, the History Department and is sponsored in part by the College's grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public.

Senior Class Gift Campaign: Res Hall Challenge

Attention Seniors! 
Your senior gift is your opportunity to donate to any aspect of W&J that means the most to you! To donate and learn more about the Senior Class Gift, visit: www.jayconnected.com/seniorgift16.
Donate to the Senior Class Gift by November 30 and help your residence hall win a pizza party! The residence hall that receives the highest percentage of seniors donating to the Senior Class Gift will receive a pizza party! It is participation, not dollar amount of the gift, that matters!  To be counted in the giving challenge, simply designate the residence hall you live in when you make your donation.
Questions? Contact Kaley Tomsic at ktomsic@washjeff.edu or (724) 531-6864 or any member of the Senior Class Gift Committee.
Attention First Year Men

Apply for the Beta Theta Pi Men of Principle Scholarship
The Men of Principle Scholarship is offered by Beta Theta Pi annually to undergraduate men dedicated to involvement and scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to two individuals in the sum of $250.00 each. The selection process will entail a single interview with the fraternity's President, Recruitment Chair and others to be determined. 
This interview will consist of a series of questions geared toward giving the interviewing brothers a better look at your credentials, your commitment to academics and your participation within the Washington and Jefferson College community. There is no need to prepare responses for this interview. We are only searching for men that we feel posses the qualities most closely associated with the ideals of Beta Theta Pi. 
To apply for the scholarship please send me an email stating your interest in setting up a time to be interviewed on either of the following days: November 17th, November 18th, and November 19th after 6:30 PM. If in the case any of these days happen to not work within your schedules please send me an email letting me know, and we can arrange another time to meet for your interview. The interview will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes and your dress attire is to be business casual (shirt and tie). 
For more information regarding Beta Theta Pi and the Men of Principle Scholarship we encourage each of you to visit our website, www.betathetapi.org.  We hope you to will apply for this great opportunity and look forward to learning more about each of you in the near future. 
If you have any questions, would like more information or just want to talk about the process please contact myself, Mac Hennessy or our fraternity's President Evan McDonough at mcdonougheh@jay.washjeff.edu. Please do not hesitate to give either of us a call or stop us in passing if you have any questions, comments or concerns. 
Best Regards,
Mac Hennessy - Beta Theta Pi Recruitment Chair 
Brothers of the Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi
Unique Course Opportunity
Dear Students,
W&J received grant funds to acquire new video conferencing equipment - imagine Skype on steroids - that allows us to offer courses in real time between various contributing campuses.  As part of the pilot phase, we are pleased to offer HIST 249 (American Intellectual History) through Gettysburg College this coming spring term.  The course description is below: 
HIST  249 - American Intellectual History
A study of the history of American ideas and the ways Americans have invoked ideological or philosophical interventions to change or protect their moral lives and cultures, whether in the form of literature, philosophical treatises, protest writings, or writings about art and architecture. Readings include primary sources by William Ames, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Hodge, William James, W.E.B. DuBois, Reinhold Niebuhr, Richard Rorty and interpretive essays.
The course will meet every Wednesday evening from 6.30-9.30 pm beginning on January 20 and ending April 27, in line with Gettysburg's semester schedule (their Spring Break is March 7-11, so you would not have class on March 9).  The course will be offered from Gettysburg, but you will be participating in real time from TEK 118 (the Global Learning Unit), joining other students from Gettysburg as well as Juniata College.  If you have any questions about the course, please contact me via email at smalinak@washjeff.edu.  If you are interested in enrolling for the course, please let me know and I'll handle the logistics of registering you for it. Note that this course will be designated as a transfer course on your transcript.  It will, however, count as a W&J course toward billing, meaning that if you take it as part of your standard load, no additional tuition will be charged.
Dean Malinak 

Course Registration

Sophomores Register Today
2016 Intersession & Spring courses are in WebAdvisor. Registration dates/times are now available at the Registrar wiki.

Please remember that prior to registration, all students must discuss their intentions for 2016 Intersession and spring with their academic advisor. If you haven't already done so, contact your academic advisor to schedule an appointment.

The Fullbridge Program Returns to W&J

Sign-up During Intersession/Spring Course Registration
Washington & Jefferson is excited to welcome back The Fullbridge Program to campus this Intersession.  This course is listed as BUS 297 in the Intersession 2016 offerings.  We are once again partnering with Fullbridge to help connect your undergraduate academic experience with real-world experience right here on campus.
The Fullbridge XBA in Entrepreneurship is a nationally recognized program that focuses on the skills and behaviors necessary to be innovative and entrepreneurial. Students are supported throughout the program by Fullbridge Coaches, who are experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals.
Here's what you will get from your experience:
  • An expert coach, who will be your mentor and practice boss
  • Confidence and the skills essential to be successful working in a variety of organizations including: non-profit, finance, business, start-ups, and more
  • A transformative experience to discuss in an interview and boost your resume
Dates: January 11 - 29; 9am - 6pm daily (Monday - Friday)
Price: The complete cost of the course is being funded by a private donor
Registration: Register for BUS 297 for Intersession 2016
Prerequisites: None
Course Credit: Offered for credit on S/U basis
Note: This course will count as one of your two required Intersession courses; however; if you have already participated in your two Intersession courses, you can still take this course at no additional charge.  This is a unique opportunity, available to us thanks to the tremendous generosity of a donor, and we want all interested students to have the chance to participate. 
From Intersession 2015:
"This was a great experience for me as a college senior preparing to enter the professional field. The skills and competencies that I developed and gained over the course of the program are comprehensive and relevant to my career advancement. I feel confident that I will be more valuable as job candidate after participating in this program."
--Fullbridge Participant, Washington & Jefferson College
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Professor Malinak

Save the Shopping Shuttles!

Drivers Needed
Due to a lack of drivers, the Rush and Saturday Shopping Shuttle are in danger of being discontinued. If you are van certified and would like to make some extra money, please consider driving one of the shopping shuttles. 

Student drivers are needed for the Tuesday Rush Shuttle:  6:30 - 8:30 pm weekly throughout the academic year (excluding academic breaks) and the Saturday Shopping Shuttle: 1:00 - 5:00 pm every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month throughout the academic year.

Requirements for both positions - minimum of three years driving experience; must have clean driving record and be van certified through the Office of Campus and Public Safety.

If interested, please contact Billie Eaves (beaves@washjeff.edu) in the Office of Student Life.

Local Business Ambassador Program

Discounts Available to W&J Students!
In an effort to promote a sense of connection for our students with the local community and help further W&J's commitment to create a dynamic relationship with local businesses, the school launched an initiative called the W&J Local Business Ambassadors program. The goal of this program is to highlight businesses which provide a discount to students at W&J through joint promotion and marketing.  Participating businesses display a W&J Ambassador Program decal(shown above) and we encourage students to visit these businesses.

Students interested in working with the local businesses in an effort to continue to strengthen the relationship between the college and the local community should contact Billie Eaves in the Office of Student Life, (beaves@washjeff.edu), to learn more about the program.

Interested in Women's Issues or Family Issues?

Are you eligible for federal work study?
The Office of Community Engagement's Community Outreach team has a position available! This position is a work study position, but will take place off-campus. It is an internship-style work study that will take place at Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA (DVSSP). DVSSP has options to work in the Washington County Courthouse, Washington Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter, or working with children through their Fresh Start program. The position entails working 8 hours a week at one or a combination of the agencies sites, and 2 office hours on campus with the Community Outreach team. 

This job has very flexible hours. Training in the Spring will involve a 45-hour domestic violence training that is able to be counted as work study hours. Preference towards freshmen and sophomores.
If you are interested in this position, please email Natalie Smith at smithnb@jay.washjeff.edu.

Winter Break Closing

Halls close at 10:00 am on Sunday, December 20th. All students should vacate the halls by this time, but are expected to leave within 24 hours after their last final. Halls will reopen on January 6th for any student enrolled in an Intersession course or participating in a W&J sanctioned activity during the month of January. The halls will reopen on Tuesday, February 2nd for the Spring Semester. 

Intersession Housing

If you intend to live on campus for Intersession, you must complete the Intersession Housing Request Form, which can be located on the Residence Life Spire page, to have swipe access to your residence hall over the Intersession Term.  The Office of Residence Life will not automatically include you on the on the approved roster for Intersession Housing just because you register for a course.

Intersession housing is designed for students that are registered for Intersession classes, student athletes in season, students working for a campus office, or an international student approved to stay.  For student workers on campus, your office will need to contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@washjeff.edu or 724-229-5120 to verify that you are going to be working over Intersession.

Intersession housing will open on Wednesday, January 6th, at 12 p.m. Classes begin the following day.

Important Info: Next Semester Meal Plans

It is that time of year again that W&J students have the opportunity to change their meal plans. We are once again doing it online so please follow the link below in order to change your meal plan for next semester.  If you want to stay on the same meal plan as the Fall 2015 semester you do not need to do anything! 
Please remember that you only have until Spring Semester drop/add to change your meal plan which is Wednesday February 10, 2016, there will be no meal plan changes taken after this date. 

If you have any questions about meal plans please contact Heather Breedlove in the Business Office.  She can be reached at hbreedlove@washjeff.edu or 724-223-6013

Japan - Intersession 2017

Contact Dr. Miller, if Interested
Registration for Intersession 2016 and Spring Term is just around the corner. Any students who are interested in the Japan 2017 Intersession trip should talk with their parents over fall break about how to use the Intersession experience and begin making plans now. If you are interested in taking the 2017 Intersession trip to Japan, Please see Dr. Miller (Old Main, 204 F) or e-mail him at smiller@washjeff.edu as soon as possible.

Winter Tales 14

Submission Deadline is December 31
Winter Tales 14 is W&J's next annual 10-minute-play festival, which will premier eight new plays this February.  This year, we present a line of dialogue to inspire any playwrights who might suffer from writer's block upon reading this message.  The line is "What's that thing for?"  All students, faculty, alumni, and staff are invited to submit up to two 10-minute plays, which may be on any subject and may contain the line "What's that thing for?"  Please limit the play's number of pages to nine and the number of characters to four or fewer.
Submit your 10-minute play to Professor T.S. Frank at sfrank@washjeff.edu.  If chosen, your play will be produced as part of an evening of concert readings.  This year the winner of the best student-written 10-minute play will receive a $100.00 cash prize.  Manuscripts should follow industry format in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, with margins at 1 inch.  The deadline for submissions is 12/31.

Upcoming Events
Parkhurst Dining Events

Pulled Pork Burger at G&T's

Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins at the Commons

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Commons

Gnocchi Bar at G&T's

Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins

Tuesday from 6:30 - 9:30 pm in the Commons
Enjoy Pittsburgh themed food at the Commons, raffle prizes, sports trivia, and indoor corn hole!

The Positive Psychology of Gratitude

Wednesday from 7:30 - 9:30 pm in the Media Room
Please join us for "Giving Thanks: The Positive Psychology of Gratitude", a fun exploration of traditions for expressing gratitude and the many positive benefits of nurturing gratitude in our daily lives! Refreshments will be provided! A joint program sponsored by Active Minds, Diversity Programming Board, and Student Health and Counseling Services.

Pi Beta Phi Milk and Cookies Sale

Thursday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pi Beta Phi will be selling milk and cookies in the Campus Center Circle from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for $1 on Thursday!

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Friday at 6:00 pm
Join the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance in honoring transgender people who have died due to violence, hate, and discrimination with a candlelight walk on Friday. The walk will depart from the First Presbyterian Church (1793) on East Wheeling Street.

Point of View Discussion:  Kwanzaa Celebration

Sunday from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Media Room
This month the Point of View Discussion Series will have a different twist!  We will partner with the Black Student Union to learn about Kwanzaa, a traditional African American cultural celebration.  We will discuss the history and purpose of the celebration, as well as the meaning of many of the principles, symbols and observances associated with it.  We will also open up the opportunity for others to dialogue about how they celebrate the holidays within their families and cultures.    
Co-sponsored by: Diversity Programs & Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programming Board

Volunteer Opportunities
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2015

To kick off W&J's support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW), we are calling on all students to help us raise awareness for hunger and homelessness issues in our community. Please stop by the George & Tom's tables throughout the day today to learn more about some of our community partners who are working towards ending hunger and homelessness in the community, and pick up an orange ribbon to show your support throughout the entire week. Finally, we have donation stations in Rossin and U. Grant Miller Library with information on HHAW. Stop by the stations for more information on what we are collecting. For more information on HHAW, go to http://nationalhomeless.org/about-us/projects/awareness-week/.
CYS Holiday Volunteering

Children and Youth Services is currently looking for volunteers to help with their toy drive benefiting underserved families in the Washington Area. As a volunteer, individuals may be working at a toy drop-off station, or wrapping gifts that will be distributed to children that will otherwise not receive gifts this year. Dates for volunteering will be December 7th - 10th in the 4-H building at the Washington Country Fairgrounds. Volunteering will take place during business hours, and the duration of volunteering will be flexible. Please contact Joshua Makepeace (jmakepeace@washjeff.edu) with any further questions or to volunteer.

Schedule of EventsEvents
Sophomore Course Registration
4:00 pm - "Tapped" Documentary Showing, Media Room
5:30 pm - Adoration, Newman Center
6:00 pm - Mass, Newman Center
6:30 pm - Newman Club Homemade Dinner, Newman Center
7:00 pm - W&J Open Gym (until 8), Church of the Covenant 
7:00 pm - Vietnam War Lecture, Dieter-Porter 100
5:30 pm - Poverty Simulation, Ski Lodge
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins!, The Commons
6:30 pm - Martial Arts Class, The Alley (Hub LL)
7:00 pm - The Rush, Campus Ctr. Circle
7:00 pm - Men's Basketball vs. Denison, Henry Gymnasium
7:30 pm - The Positive Psychology of Gratitude, Media Room

11:00 am - Pi Beta Phi Milk and Cookies Sale (until 2:00), Campus Ctr. Circle
7:00 pm - The Rush, Campus Ctr. Circle
7:30 pm - Avenue Q, Olin Theatre

1:00 pm - Free Bowling with W&J ID (until 3:00), Alpine Lanes
5:00 pm - Frisbee Friday, Tech Center Lawn
6:00 pm - Transgender Day of Remembrance Walk, First Presbyterian Church
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 6:30, 8:30, & 10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle
7:00 pm - Sorority Recruitment Event (until 9:00), Rossin Ballroom
7:30 pm - Avenue Q, Olin Theatre
8:00 pm - Women's Basketball vs. Pitt Greensburg, Henry Gymnasium
9:00 pm - Monticello's, Hub LL
11:00 am - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 11, 1, & 3), Campus Ctr. Circle
1:00 pm - Swimming vs. Pitt Bradford, Henry Natatorium
1:00 pm - Women's Basketball Tournament Game 1, Henry Gymnasium
2:00 pm - Avenue Q, Olin Theatre
3:00 pm - Women's Basketball Tournament Game 2, Henry Gymnasium
5:00 pm - Men's Basketball vs. Penn State Du Bois, Henry Gymnasium
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 6:30, 8:30, & 10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle
7:30 pm - Avenue Q, Olin Theatre
9:00 pm - Monticello's, Hub LL

5:00 pm - Point of View Discussion Series: Kwanzaa Celebration, Media Room
7:00 pm - Mass, Newman Center

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