Week of November 30, 2015   Volume 3 Issue 14
Washington Fellows TomTalks
Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the 
Rossin Ballroom
The Washington Fellows would like to extend an invitation to the College community to attend their TomTalks event this Wednesday. 

Based on the popular Ted Talks series, TomTalks is presented by W&J students who have done independent research on a world issue and will discuss their findings and opinions.

  • "Man Up!: Masculinity and the Modern Man"
  • "Attention Deficit... Hey Look A Butterfly"
  • "Traveling Young - The Time is Now!"
  • "Genetic Engineering and the End of Extinction"
  • "Self-Forgiveness: The Road to Achieving Self-Growth"
  • Guest Speaker Dr. McCracken: "Naturalness: Is our Universe a fluke?"
This Week's Schedule of Events

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Today's Events
Senior Class Gift Campaign: Res Hall Challenge

Today is the Deadline!
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.
Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive Kicks Off Today!

Benefits Marine Corps Toys for Tots
Washington & Jefferson College is proud to be the official Washington County drop off point for the 96.1 KISS Stuff-A-Bus toy collection for Marine Corps Toys for Tots. For the past 11 years, Mikey and Big Bob from the Morning Freak Show have had a collection for Toys for Tots. They will be at Robinson Town Centre this year and we have partnered with them, and KISS, to collect even more toys.

W&J will be accepting donations from today through 12:00 pm on December 3rd. You can bring your new, unwrapped toy to Rossin Campus Center. The collection bins are to the right when you walk in the doors. 

A Note from Information & Technology Services

As we approach the holiday season and the end of the 2015 Fall term, the Office of Information & Technology Services would like to thank you for helping us maintain a secure and stable computing environment across campus.  Please take a moment to review our recently updated Terms of Service agreement, which includes helpful information on the use of technology resources, as well as new information on supported and unsupported devices.  The ITS HelpDesk is available to assist all members of the Campus community.  Please feel free to call the HelpDesk at campus extension 6022, or send email to helpdesk@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 accessed 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 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 12:00 pm. 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

Interested? Contact Dr. Miller
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
This Week's Parkhurst Dining Events

Loaded Fries at G&T's

Hot Chocolate at the Commons

Pizza at G&T's

Pork Chop Night at the Commons

Late Night Wings at G&T's

W&J's Own Pete Curtis in Concert

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!

Next Week is Holiday Kick Off Week

This year, W&J will kick off the Holiday season with several days of events!

Monday, December 7
4:45 pm - Lighting of the Campus, Rossin Circle 
5:00 pm - Holiday Dinner, Commons 
7:30 pm - Holiday Concert, Olin Theatre

Wednesday, December 9
6:00-10:00 pm - Ice Skating, Rossin Patio
7:00-9:00 pm - Holiday Event, Rossin Ballroom (featuring craft/activity tables, snow globe photos, gingerbread house making, carolers/music, holiday desserts and hot chocolate bar provided by Parkhurst, an ugly sweater contest, houses/floor decorations, and fraternity & sorority life information tables)
8:30 pm - Contest Winners Announced

Thursday, December 10
11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Food Around the World, Commons

An Olde Fashioned New England Christmas

Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 pm at the Olin Fine Arts Center
A heartwarming return to a gentler time. Gather the community and celebrate! From O. Henry's Gift of the Magi, and Dickens' Christmas Stories, to rousing holiday exclamations by Frost, Service and a host of others. An audience sing-along and hot cider and cookie reception make this an event you won't want to miss, a secular program to summon up the ghosts of Christmas past. Tickets required for this show.

Two FREE tickets per W&J Id, but family (siblings, parents) qualifies for extra. Call or stop by Olin M-F, noon-6 pm. 724-223-6546

For more information on Joshua Kane's, An Olde Fashioned New England Christmas go to: http://www.joshuakane.com/index.html

Volunteer Opportunities
Give Back with Produce to People

Register Today!
What better way to celebrate the holiday season and the end of the semester than to volunteer?! The Greater Washington County Food Bank Produce to People food distribution is in need of volunteers on Tuesday, December 8 from 8:00AM - 1:00PM 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. Volunteers can sign up for the full experience or for shorter shifts. Transportation is provided, and a shuttle leaves campus on the hour each hour and returns to campus on the half hour. Student volunteers are eligible to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant or store! To register to volunteer, fill out the form here. Please register by Friday, December 7 at 5:00 pm.

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
Parkhurst Event - Loaded Fries at G&T's
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 - SAB Weekly Meeting, Fireplace Lounge (Hub UL)
8:45 pm - Orthodox Christian Fellowship Meeting, Ski Lodge

Parkhurst Event - Hot Chocolate at the Commons
6:30 pm - Martial Arts Class, The Alley (Hub LL)
7:00 pm - The Rush, Campus Ctr. Circle
Parkhurst Event - Pizza at G&T's
6:00 pm - Women's Basketball vs. Grove City, Henry Gymnasium
7:00 pm - Washington Fellows TomTalks, Rossin Ballroom
8:00 pm - Men's Basketball vs. Grove City, Henry Gymnasium

Parkhurst Event - Pork Chop Night at the Commons
12:30 pm - Pete Curtis Sings!, Rossin Ballroom
7:00 pm - The Rush, Campus Ctr. Circle

Parkhurst Event - Late Night Wings at G&T's
1:00 pm - Free Bowling with W&J ID (until 3:00), Alpine Lanes
4:00 pm - Frisbee Friday, Tech Center Lawn
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 6:30, 8:30, & 10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle
9:00 pm - Monticello's Karaoke Night, Hub LL

11:00 am - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 11:00, 1:00, & 3:00), Campus Ctr. Circle
1:00 pm - Women's Basketball vs. Chatham, Henry Gymnasium
1:00 pm - Swimming and Diving vs. Saint Vincent, Henry Natatorium
3:00 pm - Men's Basketball vs. Chatham, Henry Gymnasium
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 6:30, 8:30, & 10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle
9:00 pm - Monticello's, Hub LL

2:00 pm - DIY: Essential Oil Rollerballs (until 5:00), G&Ts
7:00 pm - Mass, Newman Center

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