Week of February 22, 2016   Volume 3 Issue 24
Presidents Chopped
Friday, March 4 @ 5 pm in the Parcell Room
Teams will go head to head in this Chopped style cooking competition! Sign-up in teams(1-2 students) in the Commons Lobby during Commonsgiving Part 2 this Thursday, beginning at 5 pm. Spots are limited! If you cannot make the sign-ups, please email sail@washjeff.edu.

1st: $50 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card
2nd: $30 Chicco Baccello Gift Card 
3rd: $20 How Lee Gift Card
4th: $10 Menchie's Gift Card

Don't want to join a team to compete?  Come to the Commons to watch your fellow presidents go head to head, DIY: make your own cookbook station (including recipes that you can make in your room), and enjoy delicious desserts in the Parcell Room!

Sponsored by SAIL & Parkhurst Dining Services

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Today's Events
We Really Need an Elevator

Today at G&T's
Your help is needed! Stop by G&T's today at lunch and The Commons at dinner to learn more about our Washington Area Senior Citizen's Center fundraising project: We Really Need An Elevator! You can make a donation, sign up to get you or your organization involved in launching our event, or learn more about how you can spread the word about our project through Go Fund Me and social media. For more information on why our WASCC needs an elevator, check out the Go Fund Me Page.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Information Available Today at G&T's
The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to put the spotlight on eating disorders and improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. Millions of people across the country suffer from eating disorders, but by increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, so early intervention can mean saving lives.

3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy.
For more information, visit the  National Eating Disorder Awareness website or visit our table today by G&T's.

Career Services Etiquette Dinner

Tonight at 6:00 pm in the Ballroom
A reminder to all students who made reservations to attend the Career Services Etiquette Dinner, that the event will begin tonight at 6:00 pm in the Ballroom. If you have any questions please call Career Services at (724) 229-5126.

Housing Selection Information Sessions

Confused About Selecting a Room for Next Year?
Residence Life will be hosting information sessions for students to learn more about selecting a room for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Sessions will include information on how to register, dates to remember, and what to do if you cannot find a roommate.  Information sessions will be held:
Tonight at 7:00 pm in North Hall Library!
Want to Live in a Theme Community?
If you want to learn more about living in a Theme Community, such as the Pet House, stop by the Theme Information Session to learn more!  Those sessions will be held:
This Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the HUB Meeting Room
This Thursday at 7:00 pm in the HUB Fireplace Lounge

Pi Gamma Mu is Accepting Applications

Become Part of the Leading Social Sciences Honor Society
New membership applications for Pi Gamma Mu are being accepted this semester. W&J is the Pennsylvania Alpha Omicron Chapter. PGM has been the leading honor society that encourages excellence in the social sciences since 1924. The society not only provides recognition for scholastic achievements, but also offers enrichment opportunities through service projects, publications, scholarships and lectureship grants. 

For new membership, we are accepting applications from faculty, seniors, and juniors. For faculty who would like to join please contact Dr. Zheya Gai or Dr. Jim Benze directly.
According to PGM membership requirement, students have to be in the upper 35% of the class and need 20 semester hours in social science courses. GPA cutoff point is 3.36 or higher for juniors and 3.39 or higher for seniors. PGM constitution defines the social sciences to include the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, and human geography. If you think you fulfilled the requirements and would like to join, please send your transcript and highlight all the social science courses you took and your GPA before Monday, February 29 to Dr. Zheya Gai through campus mail. 

Housing Selection Dates & Deadlines

Housing Accommodation, Commuter, Theme Community, and Same Room Selection Available Next week!
Those students interested in proposing a new Theme Community, living in the same room, or those who need commuter status or housing accommodations, will be able to submit those applications beginning on Monday, February 29 at 5:00 pm.  Commuter forms and same room selection forms will be available on Spire, while Housing Accommodations and Theme Community applications will be available in the Student Life Suite.
Commuter status, theme community, and housing accommodation requests are due by Friday, March 11. Same Room will be due Friday, March 18.

Maxwell Student Internship Endowment

Application Deadline is March 14 at 5:00 pm
Funded by J. Robert Maxwell '43, the J. Robert Maxwell '43 Student Internship Endowment (hereinafter, the Maxwell Internship Award) is intended to support students who can demonstrate financial need in completing off-campus internship experiences. The internship is not restricted to any geographic location, major, or type of institution (e.g. academic, for-profit, non-profit, government). Sophomores and Juniors with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA and a secured internship, or who are in the process of securing an internship, during the summer of 2016 are eligible to apply.
Deadline to apply is March 14th 5:00pm . Full eligibility details and application information can be found on the Career Services Spire Page. Questions may be directed to Tyler Tenney, Coordinator of Co-curricular Innovation (ttenney@washjeff.edu).

PAC Undergraduate Asian Studies Conference

Deadline for Registration is March 15
Washington & Jefferson College will host the 4th Annual Pittsburgh Asia Consortium (PAC) Undergraduate Asian Studies Research Conference on campus on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

The PAC Undergraduate Research Conference is a one-day, interdisciplinary event for students from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Students will give a 15-minute presentation on Asia-related research topics from any discipline, with faculty from the PAC overseeing each student panel.

Paper proposals from across the disciplines and across the broad geographic expanse of Asia, including the Middle East, are being accepted. First-time presenters are welcome!

If you are doing Asia-related research this semester or have done such research recently, we strongly encourage you to register for the conference and submit a paper proposal. You can do so online at the conference website.

Please work with a professor who will serve as your faculty sponsor for your paper.  The deadline for conference registration and paper proposal submission is March 15.

Reminder to Returning Students

You can now file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-2017 academic year at www.fafsa.gov.  The priority date for returning students to file is March 15th.  PA residents MUST file by May 1, 2016 in order to be eligible for the PA state grant program.

Questions can be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@washjeff.edu or by calling 724-223-6019.

Important Study Abroad Dates

Mark your calendars! The Office of Study Abroad is excited to announce the following important dates!
Semester Abroad Showcases:
March 31 and April 28 at 5:00 pm in the Media Room, come hear all about study abroad from a W&J student's perspective. There will be FREE FOOD and we will do a drawing for PRIZES! After students share stories about their off-campus study experience you will have the chance to mingle and ask questions. This is also a great opportunity to learn about scholarships and grants for study abroad!
Off-Campus Study Application due March 1 for Fall 2016 or Full Year 2016-17:
The deadline to apply to study off-campus is quickly approaching! Do you want to hone your language skills in Cologne? Explore a different culture in South Korea? Study business in The Netherlands? Volunteer and study in Ecuador? Whatever your dream, semester-long off-campus study is an excellent way to achieve it! With programs in more than 20 countries (including the US), the Office of Study Abroad can help you begin your cross-cultural adventure.
Applications are due to the Office of Study Abroad by March 1, 2016. Email studyabroad@washjeff.edu with the country you hope to study in, your major(s)/minor(s), and a list of days and times you're available to meet (Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm). We will then contact you to schedule an advising appointment, which is required to apply.

Your Choice. Your Gift. Your Legacy.

Make a Donation to the Class of 2016 Senior Class Gift!
As graduating seniors in your final semester, it's not hard to reminisce about your college career: the lasting friendships you made, the lessons you learned (in and out of the classroom), and the memories you will never forget. Now is the time to pay it forward to the College and all those who made your four years here something you will cherish long after you graduate! Make a gift to the area of W&J that means the most to you. Remember, it is not the size of the gift that matters; what matters is that you believe in the College enough to give!
For more information or to make a gift, please visit www.jayconnected.com/seniorgift. Please contact Kaley Tomsic, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, at ktomsic@washjeff.edu or (724) 531-6864 with any questions.  

Upcoming Events
This Week's Parkhurst Dining Events

Walking Tacos at G&T's

National Tortilla Day at the Commons

Commonsgiving at the Commons

Sushi at G&T's

Free Martial Arts class for W&J Community!

Lessons Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm 
Are you interested in self-defense techniques or do you want to learn martial arts? We meet every Wednesday from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the Alley (the basement of the HUB). Martial Arts class is free and open to students, faculty and staff. No experience necessary! The instructor is Dr. Matsuno, an associate professor of Chemistry.

Want to Make Money?

Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the Alex Hall Common Room
Want to make to make some money and learn to be a journalist at the same time? The Red&Black Student Newspaper is on the look out for talented writers interested in writing about a variety of topic ranging campus, life, arts, sports, opinions. You can make up to $40 dollars a week writing for the paper. You earn a few more dollars taking photos as well. It is a great way to build your resume and make some money while doing it.

Articles are assigned every Wednesday 6:00 pm (Alex Common Room) and are due the following Sunday at 8:00 pm and must be longer than 350 words.

If you have any questions, send an email to redandblackstaff@jay.washjeff.edu.

Escape the Room

Sign-up this Thursday at 9:00 pm in the Hub!
Find hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and "Escape the Room." You have 60 minutes, so be quick! Participants 
will leave campus at 12:15 pm on March 6th. The event is in Pittsburgh.

Sign-ups this Thursday at 9:00 pm in the Hub! Cost is a nonrefundable $8 with limited spots available. Any questions, feel free to contact sab@washjeff.eduSponsored by your Student Activities Board.

Seniors, Meet the Board of Trustees & AEC!

This Friday from 5:45 to 7:00 pm in the Ski Lodge!
Members of the senior class are invited to meet the members of the W&J Board of Trustees and Alumni Executive Council during the annual Senior Trustee Reception on Friday, February 26. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, get a professional headshot taken for your LinkedIn profile, and network with the influential alumni who work very hard to make your W&J experience unforgettable!

Reserve your spot at www.jayconnected.com/seniors16. The dress is business casual, and please bring your photo identification for proof of age. Questions? Contact Kaley Tomsic, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement at ktomsic@washjeff.edu or (724) 531-6864.

Oscar Nominated Short Subjects

Live Action - This Friday at 7:30 pm in Olin Theatre
Animated - This Saturday at 7:30 pm in Olin Theatre
We're rolling out the red carpet again for our annual Hollywood soiree! Come see the nominated films for both Live Action and Animated short subjects, then root for your favorites during the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28! Awards-season attire, photo ops, grand entrances, and entourages optional!

*Tickets required but FREE with W&J Id. Please call the Olin box office M-F, noon-6 pm to reserve. 724-223-6546

Kenneth "Xclusive" Paryo Performs Live

This Friday at 8:00 pm!
Swing by the Rossin Ballroom this Friday at 8:00 pm to see Xclusive! He is a comedy hip-hop dancer and performer.

Film Club "Beasts of No Nation" Showing

Saturday at 2:00 pm in Yost Auditorium
Film Club will be showing "Beasts of No Nation" starring Idris Elba and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

Plot Synopsis
As civil war rages in Africa, a fierce warlord (Idris Elba) trains a young orphan (Abraham Attah) to join his group of guerrilla soldiers.

Washington DC Off-Campus Trip 

Sign-ups Monday, February 29 at 9:00 pm in the Hub
Interested in getting off campus for a weekend? For $60, you can take a trip to Washington DC! Trip includes 2 nights stay, a White House tour (pending approval), meal swipe exchanges for boxed dinner and snack bag (optional).

You must be in person to sign-up, only one ticket per student, no refunds or switching, and no sign-ups before February 29 at 9:00 pm.

Questions? Email sab@washjeff.edu.

Late Night Snack

Monday, February 29 at 10:00 pm in the Hub
Stop by the hub next Monday for a free late night trail mix bar!

CEPM Student Policy Workshop

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm in the Ballroom
This workshop provides students who have attended the Grid Academy sessions the opportunity to apply what they have learned in those sessions to a real-world scenario. Each student will play the part of an electric grid system stakeholder and advance his/her interests while also working with other stakeholders to find a resolution to the issue at hand. The exercise will highlight the complex nature of the electric grid system. Interested students should contact CEPM Director, Diana Stares at dstares@washjeff.edu.
CEPM Student Research Paper Competition

W&J students regularly conduct research on energy and energy-related topics in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, economics, political science, and public policy among others. In the spring of 2015, the CEPM, in collaboration with the Sustainability Committee, inaugurated a student research competition on energy, the environment, and sustainability to encourage and showcase these research activities.  Seven students participated and cash prizes were awarded to the top three research projects as judged by a group of professionals drawn from industry, government, non-profit and consulting sectors.  All of the research papers were published on the CEPM website, at www.wjenergy.org.
The CEPM will hold its second annual competition this spring with research papers due on Monday, May 2.  Additionally, research posters will be presented on Tuesday, May 10 in conjunction with the Spring Poster Session with a reception to follow immediately.
Subsequent announcements will identify the date and process for students to register to participate.  For further information contact Dr. Robert Dunn (rdunn@washjeff.edu ) or Diana Stares (dstares@washjeff.edu.)

Volunteer Opportunities
Avis Arbor Women & Children's Center

City Mission is in need of child-care volunteers at Avis Arbor Women and Children's Shelter. Avis Arbor is a safe place for women and children to seek the help they need. The women at Avis Arbor are enrolled in programs where they receive treatment or medical care, legal services and biblical counseling. During these sessions, the women must leave their children at the shelter. Selected volunteers will watch the children during this time so residents will not have to miss these appointments crucial to their recovery. Interested W&J students, please contact volunteer@washjeff.edu.

Attention all Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

We are now accepting applications for the Student Healthcare Coaches Internship, which will count as a four credit course during the Fall of 2016. 

As a participant in this program, students will attend three weeks of training at Jefferson Hospital where they will be taught by, and allowed to shadow, practicing healthcare professionals. Following training, students will be assigned a patient who has recently been discharged from the hospital and will conduct weekly visits to the home of this patient. By helping their patients with medications, treatment plans, disease management, and other aspects of daily living, the Student Healthcare Coach will help to keep these patients out of the hospital, thereby increasing their quality of life. 

This program is open to any student who will be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in the Fall of 2016. While this opportunity provides an excellent method to gain patient contact, shadowing, and community service experience for pre-health students, it is open to students of any major. 

Any interested Students should contact Joshua Makepeace (jmakepeace@washjeff.edu, office 002A in the Ski Lodge) with any questions or to acquire an application form.

Schedule of EventsEventsSchedule
4:00 pm - Dean Eva's Open Office Hour (until 5), Student Life Suite (Rossin UL)
6:00 pm - Career Services Etiquette Dinner, Ballroom
7:00 pm - Housing Information Session, North Hall Library

Parkhurst Event - Walking Tacos, G&T's
7:00 pm - The Rush Shopping Shuttle, Campus Ctr. Circle
8:00 pm - Zumba, The Alley (Hub LL)

Parkhurst Event - National Tortilla Day, Commons
1:30 pm - Reproductive Health Clinic (until 4), WHS Family Medicine Center
6:30 pm - Martial Arts Class, The Alley (Hub LL)
7:00 pm - Theme Community Housing Info Session, Hub Meeting Room (Hub UL)

Parkhurst Event - Commonsgiving, Commons
12:00 pm - Dean Eva's Open Office Hour (until 1), Student Life Suite (Rossin UL)
7:00 pm - Theme Community Housing Info Session, Fireplace Lounge (Hub UL)
7:00 pm - The Rush Shopping Shuttle, Campus Ctr. Circle

Parkhurst Event - Sushi, G&T's
1:00 pm - Free Bowling with W&J ID (until 3), Alpine Lanes
5:45 pm - Seniors Meet w/ Trustees & Alumni Exec. Council (until 7), Ski Lodge
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (6:30|8:30|10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle
7:30 pm - Oscar Nominated Short Subjects - Live Action, Olin Theatre
9:00 pm - Monticello's, Hub LL

11:00 am - Pittsburgh Pipeline (11:00|1:00|3:00), Campus Ctr. Circle
1:00 pm - Saturday Shopping Shuttle (until 5), Campus Ctr. Circle 
1:00 pm - Women's Lacrosse vs Ohio Wesleyan, Alexandre Stadium
2:00 pm - Film Club - "Beasts of No Nation", Yost Auditorium
4:00 pm - Men's Lacrosse vs Baldwin Wallace, Alexandre Stadium
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (6:30|8:30|10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle
7:30 pm - Oscar Nominated Short Subjects - Animated, Olin Theatre
9:00 pm - Monticello's, Hub LL

7:00 pm - Mass, Newman Center

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