Week of March 28, 2016   Volume 3 Issue 28
Welcome Back!
Whether you spent your time relaxing, studying, working, or on a service trip, we hope you had an enjoyable spring break and have returned ready to wrap up the last few weeks of the semester.

We have a number of exciting events coming up here at W&J in the next few weeks that you will find listed below.

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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).

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!

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).

First Day for S/U Requests

Beginning today! 
Visit Academic Affairs for more information!

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.

Housing Selection Registration
Registration for Housing Selection is available 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.

SAB Directorship Applications

The Student Activities Board (SAB) will be posting applications for directorship positions on the SAB Spire page on Monday, March 28 at 6:00 pm and will be due by Monday, April 4 at 5:00 pm.  

Spots are open for any and all full-time students to apply. If there are any questions about the positions or about the SAB, please contact sab@washjeff.edu or smihal@washjeff.edu (Advisor). The available positions are:

  • Big Events Director (2)
  • Off Campus Director (2)
  • Publicity Director (2)
  • Monticello's Executive Director (1)
  • Monticello's Director (3)

Move-In Crew Applications!
We all know how much easier it is to have extra hands when moving in/out of dorm rooms. Help make next year's class first move-in an enjoyable experience by becoming a part of the Move-In Crew! The deadline to sign-up is April 22 by 5:00 pm and you can contact Ashley Crews to do so at acrews@washjeff.edu.
Bike Storage Available!
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 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.

Global Summer Academy
This is a friendly reminder of The Global Summer Academy (GSA) that will occur on our campus this summer for students in grades 8-12. I hope that you will share this exciting opportunity to engage in our college community with your family and friends!
During the GSA, students will challenge themselves in areas like veterinary and forensic science, college preparation, creative writing, business and economics, international studies and more. Students will also benefit from relationships with professionals working in their area of interest and will have the opportunity to take off-campus, major-specific trips, supplementing their in-class learning with real world experience. For more information, please visit www.wjsummer.com
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the admission office at admission@washjeff.edu or 724-223-6025. Thank you in advance for promoting this opportunity and for sharing your enthusiasm for W&J!

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! 

Upcoming Events
This Week's Parkhurst Dining Events

Banh Mi Sandwich at G&T's

Wraps at the Commons

Lo Mein at G&T's

Late Night Wings at G&T's

"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 8. 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 The Hub, The Rossin Info Desk, and in the Student Life Suite. Feel free to contact Danielle Shellgren with any questions at shellgrendv@jay.washjeff.edu

PERC Education Job Fair

Wednesday, March 30 at the Monroeville Convention Ctr.
The PERC teacher job fair, which takes place from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, 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/

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.

"Threats: Protecting the Grid"

Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 pm in Yost Auditorium
The last program of this year's Energy Lecture Series will examine threats to the grid system and changes that can protect against those threats.  The program will be presented in a talk show format with Bill Flanagan as the moderator.  I hope you and your students will join us for this interactive, informative and fun program!

Moderator: Bill Flanagan (Host and Producer of WPXI's "Our Region's Business")

Panelists:   Greg Reed (Pitt Engineering Professor)
                  David Tipper (Pitt Telecommunications and Networking Professor)
                  Steve Bossart (DOE Senior Energy Analyst) 

To register for the program, visit www.wjenergy/Events/.

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.

SGA General Assembly Meeting

Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm in Yost Auditorium
SGA's General Assembly will be meeting Thursday at 7:00 pm in Yost Auditorium. 

The attire for tonight's meeting, as usual, is business causal. Food and beverages will be provided. For a full agenda of this meeting see the SGA Sakai or Spire pages.

Student Research Proposals Presentation

Friday, April 1 at 4:30 pm in the Media Room
Participating students and faculty of the Henry Luce Foundation's Initiative in Asian Studies and the Environment (Luce-LIASE) grant invite the entire College community to hear student research proposals presented on Friday, 1 April at 4:30 pm in the Media Room. Their projects are focused on creating environmentally-sustainable urban areas, green car battery technologies, mitigation of air pollution, and developing natural plant-based products. These students will be traveling to China this summer with Dr. Robert East and Dr. Zheya Gai to work with collaborating institutions in planning for the implementation of these and other opportunities during the next phase of the grant.

DIY Series: Painting with a President

Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Alley (Hub LL)
This month's DIY Series will be hosted by two Presidents, Jessi Price (Senior) and Seth Rimdzius (Junior)! These two students will lead you through a painting step-by-step and you will leave with your very own work of art! All materials will be provided.  Space is limited, so get to the event early! No advanced sign-ups required, first come, first serve.

GRE Info Session

Monday, April 4 at 6:30 pm in Dieter-Porter 106
Students in any major who may be taking the GRE in the near future are invited to attend a GRE Information session on April 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Dieter-Porter 106. Dr. Timothy Klitz from the Psychology Department will discuss the current format of the GRE test and review some basic strategies and suggestions for preparing for the GRE General Test. At the end of the presentation, Dr. Klitz will also make a few comments about the GRE Psychology Subject Test. This presentation is 60-75 minutes and includes a demonstration of the GRE PowerPrep software that you can use for test preparation.

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 7 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 by Monday, April 4.

BSU Talent Show Auditions!

April 4 - 7 from 6:00 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 4-7 in Olin room 102 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. 

The talent show will be held April 19 in Olin Theater starting at 7:00 pm. To find out more and sign up for auditions visit Spire.

ALD Majors Day

April 4 in the Rossin Ballroom
ALD is hosting Majors Day on April 4 at 6:00 pm in the Rossin Ballroom. 

CEPM Student Policy Workshop

Wednesday, April 6 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. 

Work with New International and ELI students

Monday, April 11 by 5:00 pm 
Would you like the chance to work with new international and ELI students during Fall 2016 Orientation? Are you interested in meeting others from diverse backgrounds? The office of International Student Services and the English Language Institute are now hiring a team of orientation ambassadors for the Fall 2016 International and ELI Student Orientation. Ambassadors help new students arrive on campus, guide them through the orientation program and generally help them acclimate to W&J campus life. If you are interested in applying, please submit the following application no later than Monday, April 11 at 5:00 pm. If you have any questions, or need additional information please feel free to contact Kara Kauffman at kkauffman@washjeff.edu

Philip Schultz Reading at Gettysburg College

Monday, April 18 at 5:00 pm in TEK 118 
Gettysburg College is hosting a poetry reading by Philip Shultz on April 18, which they will be sharing with us via LifeSize in TEK 118. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Shultz will give a public reading on Monday, April 18, at 5 p.m. The reading is hosted by the Gettysburg Review, and co-sponsored by Judaic Studies and the English Department at the college.

For more information, click here.

Remember to Apply for 2016-17 FAFSA

Returning Students - Be Sure to Apply
You can now file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-2017 academic year at www.fafsa.gov. 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.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer For A Habitat for Humanity Build Day!

Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Register today to participate in the next W&J sponsored build day with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Transportation and lunch is provided. The shuttle will leave Rossin Circle at 8:30 am. Volunteers will be helping to construct a Habitat for Humanity home, and may be doing anything from painting, to putting on fixtures, tiles, carpet and more. Spots are limited, and reserved on first come first serve basis. Volunteers do not have to commit to the full time, but will have to provide their own transportation if they do not. Sign up today here.

Produce to People Sign-up

Tuesday, April 5 by 5:00 pm
The Greater Washington County Food Bank Produce to People food distribution is in need of volunteers on Tuesday, April 5 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 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 Monday, April 4 at 5:00 pm.

Highland Ridge CDC Film Fest

Saturday, April 9 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm
Highland Ridge CDC is a local non-profit which works to improve the educational, academic, social and economic climate of the community, to become a safer, cleaner, more beautiful and prosperous place to live, work, worship and play. They are holding their annual fundraiser, the Washington PA Film Fest on Saturday, April 9 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm on W&J's campus, Dieter Porter 100. Volunteers are needed to for set up, to help community members park, direct them to Dieter Porter, work concessions, and assist with event support, and break down the event. Volunteers are not required to stay for the entirety of the event, but can sign up in shifts. Sign up here!

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 23 2016 at Mingo Creek Park from 8:00 am to 1:00 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
CEPM Student Research Competition Registration Deadline
First Day S/U Requests
Parkhurst Event - Banh Mi Sandwich, G&T's
8:00 am - Spring Break Ends
5:00 pm - Big Brothers Big Sisters Info Session, Media Room
5:00 pm - LINK Mentor Application Deadline, LINK Mentors Spire
8:00 pm - Yoga Class, The Alley (Hub LL)

Parkhurst Event - Wraps, Commons
7:00 pm - Big Brothers Big Sisters Info Session, Burnett 107
7:00 pm - The Rush Shopping Shuttle, Campus Ctr. Circle
8:00 pm - Zumba, The Alley (Hub LL)

Parkhurst Event - Lo Mein, Commons
9:30 am - PERC Education Job Fair (until 3:30), Monroeville Conv. Ctr.
1:30 pm - Reproductive Health Clinic (until 4:00), WHS Family Medicine Center
5:00 pm - American Cancer Society Info Session, Burnett 109
6:30 pm - Martial Arts Class, The Alley (Hub LL)
7:00 pm - The Grid Academy: Protecting the Grid, Yost Auditorium

12:00 pm - Dean Eva's Open Office Hour (until 1:00), Student Life Suite
4:00 pm - Strategic Social Media Training, Burnett 103
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)

11:30 pm - Feel Good Friday (until 1:00), Campus Ctr. Circle
1:00 pm - Free Bowling with W&J ID (until 3:00), Alpine Lanes
4:30 pm - Baseball vs Geneva, Ross Memorial Park
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 6:30|8:30|10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle
8:00 pm - W&J Jazz Ensemble Concert, Olin Theatre
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 - Softball vs Bethany (DH), Brooks Park
1:00 pm - Women's Lacrosse vs Hanover, Alexandre Stadium
3:30 pm - Men's Lacrosse vs Otterbein, Alexandre Stadium
5:00 pm - Men's Tennis vs D'Youville, Swanson Tennis Center
6:30 pm - Pittsburgh Pipeline (departs 6:30|8:30|10:30), Campus Ctr. Circle

1:00 pm - DIY Series: Painting with a President (until 3:00), The Alley (Hub LL)
2:00 pm - Softball vs Marietta (DH), Brooks Park
7:00 pm - Mass, Newman Center

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