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Green Sheet: Vol. VII, Number 4: December 2018

This newsletter will communicate the news of faculty and staff, update everyone on campus events, and welcome new colleagues to campus. Use the online form to submit good news, achievements, and spread the word about important events to our community.

College Announcements

  • The Alumni Executive Council is actively seeking nominations for the 2019 Alumni Awards to be presented at Homecoming & Reunion Weekend: Oct. 4 -5, 2019. If you know of an alumna/us who has made a significant impact on the College or in their professional field and would like to submit a nomination, please visit jayconnected.com/alumniawardnomination to complete a brief nomination form. A description of the awards can be found at jayconnected.com/alumniawards.

    Questions regarding nominations can be directed to Kerri DiGiovanni Lacock ’09 at klacock@washjeff.edu.


  • The Office of Financial Aid offers informational sessions to high schools and community members in Washington and Allegheny counties. The goal of these sessions is to provide education and assistance with understanding the financial aid process. For more information please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@washjeff.edu Below is a list of high schools where the office has presented: 

    • Sept. 26, Trinity High School
    • Oct. 9, Lakeview High School
    • Oct. 17, South Park High School, Mt. Lebanon High School
    • Oct. 24, Fort Cherry High School
    • Oct. 25, Cannon McMillian High School
    • Nov. 6, On Campus - W&J College
    • Nov. 7, McGuffey High School 

  • W&J won the October NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll in recognition of the Washington & Jefferson College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) successful partnership with the Special Olympics Pennsylvania to host the Washington County Special Olympics Basketball Invitational. By winning 93 percent of the total votes, the Presidents were awarded $500 towards their next Special Olympics activity: basketball and swimming tournaments, which will take place March 16, 2019. The Red & Black were also recognized in the NCAA Division III Monthly Newsletter and on NCAA Division III social media channels. During last year's event, participating Special Olympics organizations came from Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington counties. The W&J SAAC put together a basketball tournament at James David Ross Family Recreation Center that featured more than 160 athletes and coaches. The SAAC saw more than 50 members of the Red & Black athletics community volunteer their time. Everyone in attendance was encouraged to sign the Pledge to End the R-Word through the Special Olympics campaign, "Spread the Word to End the Word." Anyone that was unable to pledge during the event may do so online at r-word.org. Those interested in volunteering at the upcoming event in March should contact Director of Athletics Scott McGuinness (smcguinness@washjeff.edu)

Scholarship

  • Professor of Biology Jason Kilgore, Ph.D. took two students to present their collaborative research at the Pennsylvania Botany Symposium in State College, Pa., on Nov. 2-3. Lucy Elkin '20 presented "Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) on abandoned coal mine waste: Uptake and effects of lead and cadmium on growth and physiology" and Dawlton Nelson '21 presented "What’s happening in the understory? A prelude to forest future without white ash." Lucy took second place in the Undergraduate Poster Presentations. Authors: Lucy Elkin1, Jason Kilgore1, Claire Atherton2, Jennifer Logan-Bayline2, and Cassidy Costello2  

  • Director of Assessment and Institutional Research Lindsey Guinn presented at the Middle States Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on "Developing and Implementing an Administrative Assessment Plan." 

News

  • Congratulations to the W&J men's cross country team for winning the first Presidents' Athletic Conference team championship in school history. Head Coach Derek Workman was named the PAC Coach of the Year, while Harley Moyer '19 won the individual race for the second consecutive year.

  • Congratulations to the W&J field hockey team for winning the program's second-straight Empire 8 Conference Championship. The Presidents earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs and hosted Rhodes College at Cameron Stadium for the first NCAA field hockey home game in program history.

HR News

  • We would like to congratulate the following employee who has a milestone service anniversary in the month of December:
    • Joseph Burek, Campus & Public Safety, 1 year (Dec. 21)

  • Please welcome the following employees who have joined W&J:
    • Hanna Smiley, Human Resources (Nov. 19)
    • Cole Grecco, Communications (Nov. 28)
    • Dylan Gerald, Admission (Dec. 3)
    • Corey Gibbon, Campus & Public Safety (Dec. 3)
    • Angela Colorito, President’s Office (Dec. 17)

  • The following employees are departing W&J. We wish them the best in their future endeavors. 
    • Shelby Koontz, Campus & Public Safety (Nov. 11)
    • Jonathan Miles, Campus & Public Safety (Nov. 21)
    • Sean King, Athletics, (Nov. 26)

  • We would like to highlight the following employees who were nominated over the last month in our Employee Recognition Program. Congratulations and keep up the great work! 
    • Jordon Nutter, Information & Technology Services
    • Kevin Intihar, Residence Life
    • Tom Szejko, Business & Finance
    • Patrick DeCarlo, Facilities Services
    • Jill Gregory, Student Life
    • Pat Brletic, Chemistry
    • Kim Jones, Mathematics
    • Donna Gruhalla, Campus & Public Safety
    • Lisa Chappel, Admission
    • Justin Dandoy, Student Life
    • Erin Jones, Communications
    • Susan Smith, Business & Finance

Library Times

PAWS for a Study Break

Back by popular demand, PAWS for a Study Break will return on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Therapy dogs from the Pittsburgh chapter of Therapy Dogs International will be on hand to help students relax in anticipation of finals week. Past PAWS events have drawn more than 200 students to the Library, so please encourage your students to take advantage of the furry volunteers who come visit.

Extended Finals Hours

The Library will be open extended hours on Reading Days and the first few days of finals. Please check out the calendar on our homepage for our exact hours Dec. 6-11.

Library Instruction Sessions

During the fall semester, the library offered 71 instruction sessions for a total of 71 hours of instruction time that reached 1,053 of our students!  We look forward to working with faculty during Jay-Term and in the spring semester to continue to provide this service to our faculty and students. If you’d like to schedule an instruction session for your class or need more information on the types of instruction the library can provide visit our Information Literacy Instruction Page at http://libguides.washjeff.edu/facultysupport/instruction.    

New Library Baby

Congratulations to Systems Librarian Jackie Laick on the birth of her daughter Julia Helen. Julia was born on Nov. 26 at 8:05 PM weighing 7 lbs 7 oz and measuring 20 inches long. 

New Acquisitions

The following titles have been added to the library's collection and can be found in the New Book corner:

  • Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt by Susan Wright, ed.
  • The Great Believers: A Novel by Rebecca Makkai
  • Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
  • Trajectories and Themes in World Popular Music: Globalization, Capitalism, Identity by Simone Bridge
  • Defense of the West: NATO, The European Union and the Transatlantic Bargain by Stanley Sloan