Week of March 14, 2016   Volume 3 Issue 27
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday at 5:30 pm in the Parcell Room
SAIL is sponsoring a movie night in a galaxy far, far away this Wednesday! The show starts at 5:30 pm and there will be snacks as well as raffles for some awesome Star Wars themed prizes!

Plot Synopsis
Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn (John Boyega) crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights.

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Today's Events
Maxwell Application Deadline is Today

Get Your Application in by 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 today at 5:00 pm . 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).
  
Housing Selection Registration Opens today
 
Registration for Housing Selection will open today at 5:00 pm on the Residence Life Spire page.  Student have until Friday, April 15 to sign up and select their group of four.  Students who do not have a group of four can contact Residence Life for assistance.

Yoga Class

Tonight at 8:00 pm
Yoga Club is hosting their weekly yoga class tonight a 8:00 pm in The Alley (Hub LL). All are welcome to attend!

Announcements
W&J Weekly Hiatus Over Spring Break

W&J Weekly will not run over Spring Break and will resume on March 28. Please note that any submissions received this week (excluding those for this week's Weekender email) will be slated for the March 28 edition.

Back Gym of Henry Memorial Closed

Due to construction of the new coaches' offices, the back gym area in Henry Memorial is now closed and will not be able to be used for recreational activities until the construction work is completed.

Last Call to Sign-up for SAB's DC Trip

Limited Spots Available - Sign-up Today!
There is still time to sign up to go to Washington, DC from April 8-10 with SAB.  Have you ever wanted to be in DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival or visit the White House?  NOW is your chance. Sign up by emailing SAB@washjeff.edu and then pay $60 for 2 nights stay, transportation, and a pending White House tour.  

Donate Your Used Sneakers!
 
Support the PAC Nike Grind Project
Donate your used athletic sneakers to the Presidents' Athletic Conference Nike Grind Project, sponsored by W&J's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The Nike Grind project uses all parts of donated shoes by recycling and turning them into athletic surfaces such as sports courts, playgrounds, tennis courts, and tracks. Any brand of athletic sneaker are accepted and donations can be placed in the wire bin located at the entrance to the Swanson Wellness Center until March 18.

Bike Storage Available After Spring Break!
 
The weather is breaking, and it's starting to get warm out there! What better way to enjoy the weather after spring break than to ride around on your bike? Bring your bike to campus this spring, and we have the place for you to store it! The Sustainability Committee is offers indoor bike storage to students on campus. This is only available to a limited number of students, and it will be on first come first serve reservation basis. The bike storage unit will be in the lower level of Beau in a locked unit, and you will be able to lock your bike to wall-mounted bike racks in the room. Students utilizing the bike storage will receive a key to the room. If you have questions or would like to reserve to reserve a spot for your bicycle, please email sustainability@washjeff.edu.

Share A Ride Home This Spring Break
 
Did you know that the W&J Sustainability Committee has rideshare opportunities? To reduce carbon emissions and costs, carpool home with a friend or other student living in the same city over break. The rideshare board is located behind the Mailroom. Sign up by filling out a notecard with your name, phone number, email address, and destination. Questions? Email sustainability@washjeff.edu.

Vote for the Next SAIL Movie!

SAIL needs your help to select the movie for the next movie night on April 8. Vote here today!

Interested in Being a Mentor for Class of 2020? 

Become a LINK!
Student Life is excited to begin the application process for the LINK Mentor Program during the 2016-17 Academic Year! The application deadline is Monday, March 28 at 5:00 pm. For a complete job description and application information please visit the LINK Mentors Spire page.
 
All questions may be directed to Tyler Tenney, coordinator of co-curricular innovation (ttenney@washjeff.edu).

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.

Upcoming Events
This Week's Parkhurst Dining Events


Today
Make Your Own Smiley Cookies at the Commons

Tuesday
Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas at G&T's

Wednesday
Traveling Chef at the Commons

Thursday
German Day at the Commons
Pulled Pork Burger at G&T's


International Tea Time

Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the Hub Fireplace Lounge
Do you like tea? What about international music? If you said yes, come to the International Tea Time hosted by the International Club! This is our first tea time, with many more to come. Bring your favorite songs on your phone, a flash drive, or even just the title and you can hear your favorite songs while you drink a cup of steaming tea. Snacks and tea provided! Come to the Hub Fireplace Lounge on Tuesday at 7:00 pm to immerse yourself in culture and fun!


PAC Undergraduate Asian Studies Conference

Deadline for Registration is Tuesday
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 Tuesday, March 15.

Remember to Apply for 2016-17 FAFSA

Returning Students - Be Sure to Apply by Tuesday
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 this Tuesday (March 15).  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.

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 lookout for talented writers interested in writing about a variety of topics ranging from 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.

The Matthew Brown Fellowship

Application Deadline is Wednesday
Join an exclusive group of W&J honor students in a small stipend-based community volunteer program. Fellows volunteer at community agencies to accumulate hours and attend one monthly meeting.  The fellowship is "graduation-recognized" and open to any rising sophomore, junior, or senior. Program application and agency listings are available below: 


SGA General Assembly Meeting

Thursday at 7:00 pm
SGA's General Assembly will be meeting this Thursday at 7:00 pm in Yost Auditorium.


Sophomore Teacher Certification Apps Due

Friday at 3:00 pm
Sophomore Admission Applications for the Teacher Certification Program are due Friday at 3:00 pm in Burnett 020.  Please visit the Education Department before the deadline for information and an application.

Same Room Selection Due Friday

Those who wish to stay in their same rooms for the next academic year must submit the Same Room Selection form by this Friday at 5:00 pm. This form is available here (on Spire).

Southern Teachers Agency - Interviews

Submit your Resume by Monday, March 21 at 5:00 pm
Southern Teachers Agency is the premiere PK-12 teacher and administrative recruitment service in the South.  STA offers free teacher placement for candidates, and will be on campus Tuesday, March 29, to interview students regarding teaching positions. Please submit your resume to careerservices@washjeff.edu by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 21. In the subject line, type Southern Teachers and then your name, please.

"Free The Girls" Bra Drive Sponsored by KKG

Help Us Assist Victims of Sex Trafficking by Donating Bras
Let's face it, ladies: the back of your lingerie drawer is most likely filled with bras you don't wear anymore or that never fit right in the first place. Now you can use those old bras to make a difference! The sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma will be collecting gently used bras from March 27 through April 6. All collected bras will be donated to Free the Girls, an organization that aides victims of sex trafficking. You can bring your bras to our table sits at G&T's from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm and the Commons from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, or place them in our collection bins located in each sorority house as well as in The Hub, The Rossin Info Desk, and in the Student Life Suite (Upper Level). Feel free to contact Danielle Shellgren with any questions at shellgrendv@jay.washjeff.edu

Student Research Competition

Energy, the Environment and Sustainability  
The CEPM and the Sustainability Committee will hold its second annual Energy, the Environment and Sustainability Student Research Competition on May 10.  Cash prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place research projects.
 
Important deadlines:
  • March 28 -Register (send notice of intent to participate to Dr. Robert Dunn and Diana Stares)
  • May 2 - Submit research papers
  • May 10 - Present research poster at the Spring Poster Session (reception to follow immediately thereafter).
The EES Student Research Competition was created in the spring of 2015 to encourage and showcase the many W&J student research activities in these sectors.  Seven students participated, submitting research projects addressing biology, chemistry, EVS, economics, and political science. 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.
 
For further information contact Dr. Robert Dunn (rdunn@washjeff.edu) or Diana Stares, director of center for energy policy and management (dstares@washjeff.edu).


PERC Education Job Fair

Wednesday, March 30 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
The PERC teacher job fair is a well-respected regional and national recruitment event. Representatives include employers of certified teachers from across the United States-including Pennsylvania. Participating employers interview and hire teacher candidates in all Pre K-12 disciplines as well as related certification areas such as counseling, therapies and administration. http://percjobfair.org/

Strategic Social Media Training

Thursday, March 31 at 4:00 pm in Burnett 103
Learn about how you can use social media effectively to network and pursue jobs and/or internships.

BSU Talent Show Auditions!

April 4 - 7 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Do you have a unique talent that you'd like to show to the world? Come audition for the Black Student Union Talent Show on April 4-7th in Olin room 102 from 6:00 -8:00 pm. The talent show will be held April 19th in Olin Theater starting at 7:00 pm. To find out more and sign up for auditions click here.

CEPM Student Policy Workshop

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm in Burnett 015 & 016
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.
 
Senior Marketplace - Mark Your Calendar!

Wednesday, April 6 from Noon until 5:30 pm in the Ballroom
Class of 2016: If you're wondering about all the steps you need to take before graduation, wonder no more! Senior Marketplace 2016 is Wednesday, April 6 from noon to 5:30 pm in the Ballroom.

This event will help you take care of the majority of your graduation business. You will be able to make sure all your graduation requirements are fulfilled and obtain cap & gown information. There will be detailed information on Senior Week, and tickets will be available for purchase. Everyone will get a gift just for attending and be eligible to win FABULOUS prizes! Refreshments will be served. Be sure to stop by the Senior Marketplace on Wednesday, April 6 from noon to 5:30 pm!
Any questions regarding this please contact careerservices@washjeff.edu or better yet, stop by. 
 
Sustainable Sushi Night is Back!

Register Today!
We're excited to tell you that Green Club's annual Sustainable Sushi Night will kick-start Earth Month taking place on Thursday, April 7th at 5:30 pm in Rossin Ballroom. During this event, sustainable sushi from the region will be served. We are showing a short documentary about sustainable fishing to raise awareness about declining fish populations. This event is free! 

However, we are requiring that students sign up for this event beforehand (we will be checking off names at the door) since spots are limited. To sign up, please email Sydney at bynumsm@jay.washjeff.edu.

Volunteer Opportunities
Scout Cookies Fundraiser - They're Back! 

This Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm!
Girls from Troop 16210 will be selling your favorite Girl Scout cookies in the Rossin Campus Circle from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 15! Tagalongs, Mints, Samoas, Savanah Smiles, Do-Si-Dos, Rah-Rah Raisin, Trefoils are all $4/box, and Gluten Free Toffee tastics are $5/box. Buy 5 or more have a chance to win 5 cases of your favorite cookie! Proceeds support Girl Scouts of Western, PA. When you buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies, most of the money stays with the Girl Scout you purchased cookies from, her troop, and right here in our local community. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program fund new adventures and the life-changing opportunities girls get at Girl Scouts-from trips to our nation's capital to community projects to spending the summer at camp. Buy yours right here at W&J and support a great cause!

Humane Society Volunteer Opportunities

This Saturday!
The Washington Area Humane Society has a ton of off-site events coming up! If you are interested in helping with any of these events, please send an email to the volunteer coordinator, Rachelle, or sign-up at the shelter! Upcoming volunteer opportunities this Saturday: Observer Reporter Kid's Fest at 10:00 am and Bark and Bowl from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Rachelle can be reached at volunteer@washingtonpashelter.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Info Sessions

March 28 & 29
Start something BIG! Big Brothers Big Sisters can help you to make a BIG impact in a local child's life. Volunteers meet one hour a week with children at Washington elementary schools, both within miles of campus. Program only runs during the W&J academic year while classes are in session. Please contact Briana D'Alesandro with questions or if you would like to learn more at (724) 228-9191 or bdalesandro@bbbspgh.org! For additional details or to RSVP, check out the Spire events for March 28 at 5:00 pm in the Media Room and March 29 at 7:00 pm in Burnett 107.

America Cancer Society Info Session

March 30
Join the local branch of the American Cancer Society to learn how you, your organization, fraternity, sorority or team involved with supporting this great cause. Representatives of the ACS will be there to talk about events already available in Washington, PA and the surrounding area, as well as how W&J students can take their involvement to the next level. To learn more, contact Dillon Spencer at dillon.spencer@cancer.org or go to www.cancer.org. The information session will take place on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:00 pm in Burnett 109.

Tri County Patriots 5K Run, Walk, Roll Event

The Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living will be holding their annual 5K Run, Walk, Roll event on Saturday, April 23rd 2016 at Mingo Creek Park from 8 AM to 1 PM. Registration for the event begins at 7:30 am on the day of the race, or can be completed prior to the day of the race. The cost of registration is $20, and includes a t-shirt, course map, race bib, and other goodies.  If you are interested in volunteering or participating in this event, please contact Josh Makepeace (jmakepeace@washjeff.edu) to obtain a registration form. 

Schedule of EventsEventsSchedule
Monday
General Housing Selection Sign-ups Begin
Parkhurst Event - Make Your Own Smiley Cookies, Commons
4:00 pm - Dean Eva's Open Office Hour (until 5), Student Life Suite (Rossin UL)
5:00 pm - Maxwell Endowment Application Deadline, maxwell@washjeff.edu

Tuesday
FAFSA Priority Submission Deadline
Parkhurst Event - Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas, G&T's
2:00 pm - Baseball vs La Roche (DH), Ross Memorial Park
3:30 pm - Girl Scout Cookies Fundraiser (until 5:30), Campus Ctr. Circle
7:00 pm - International Club Tea Time, Fireplace Lounge
7:00 pm - The Rush Shopping Shuttle, Campus Ctr. Circle
8:00 pm - Zumba, The Alley (Hub LL)

Wednesday
Parkhurst Event - Traveling Chef, Commons
1:30 pm - Reproductive Health Clinic (until 4:00), WHS Family Medicine Center
3:30 pm - Softball vs Marietta (DH), Brooks Park
5:00 pm - Matthew Brown Fellowship Application Deadline
5:30 pm - SAIL Movies - Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Parcell Room (Commons)
6:30 pm - Martial Arts Class, The Alley (Hub LL)

Thursday 
Parkhurst Event - German DayCommons
Parkhurst Event - Pulled Pork Burger, G&T's
3:30 pm - Men's Tennis vs Baldwin Wallace, Swanson Tennis Center
6:00 pm - Women's Lacrosse vs Franciscan, Alexandre Stadium
7:00 pm - SGA General Assembly Meeting, Yost Auditorium
7:00 pm - The Rush Shopping Shuttle, Campus Ctr. Circle
8:00 pm - Zumba, The Alley (Hub LL)

Friday
Final Day of Donations for PAC Nike Grind Project, Swanson Wellness Center
1:00 pm - Free Bowling with W&J ID (until 3:00), Alpine Lanes
3:00 pm - Sophomore Teacher Cert. Program Application Deadline, Burnett 020
4:00 pm - Men's Tennis vs Pitt Greensburg, Swanson Tennis Center
5:00 pm - Spring Break Begins!

Saturday
Spring Break!
1:00 pm - Men's Lacrosse vs Hanover, Alexandre Stadium


Sunday
Spring Break!
1:00 pm - Women's Lacrosse vs Thomas Moore, Alexandre Stadium



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