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Green Sheet: Vol. VII, Number 3: November 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.

HR News

Open Enrollment for your 2019 Benefits will run through Nov. 16

This is the time of year when employees can make changes to his or her medical, dental, vision and flexible spending accounts. This includes first time employee enrollment, employee re-enrollment, and employees adding or changing coverage for a dependent. The annual Open Enrollment is the only time throughout the year when changes in coverage or plans can be made without a qualifying life-changing event. Changes made during Open Enrollment are effective Jan. 1 If you need additional benefits information, please visit 2019 Benefits Open Enrollment.


  • Please take a moment to congratulate the following employees who have milestone service anniversaries with the College in November:
    • Erin Jones, Communications, 5 years (Nov. 4)
    • Benjamin Stoviak, Information & Technology Services, 1 year (Nov. 1)
    • Jonathan Miles, Campus & Public Safety, 1 year (Nov. 7)

  • Please welcome the following new employees to W&J:
    • Rachel Stalker, Student Life (Oct. 9)
    • Heather McIntyre, Facilities Services (Oct. 18)

  • 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!

    • Rachael Bolden, Library
    • Beth Miller, Library
    • Suzanne Myers, Advancement
    • Denise Spinnenweber, Alumni Relations
    • Donna Gruhalla, Campus & Public Safety

Scholarship

  • Assistant Professor of German Cathy Altmeyer has been selected by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association as the winner of the 2018 Post-Secondary Outstanding World Language Educator of the Year award. The award recognizes educators with 10 or more years of experience who have contributed considerably to the profession. 


  • Assistant Professor of Music Kyle Simpson recently scored a short documentary about the residency of glass artist Kelly O'Dell at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The film was created and produced by Pittsburgh filmmaker Tom Kurlander of Jump Start Films. The short documentary can be viewed on Simpson's website online here.


  • Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department Jim Longo, Ph.D., will have his latest book Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Fuhrer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals, published this November by Diversion Books, iNew York. He began his research on the book during his sabbatical teaching as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of the Gender and Women's Studies program at Alpen-Adrian University in Austria, and through extensive travel throughout Germany, and Bosnia-Herzagovina. The book is based on extensive interviews with the Habsburg descendants of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assassination triggered the First World War. The book will be available in hardback, ebooks, and as an audio book. In addition to being published in English, it is being translated into Russian and other European languages. This is Dr. Longo's eighth book.


  • Librarians Samantha Martin and Ronalee Ciocco presented with librarians from Ursinus College at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in October. Their session, “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Inter-College Collaboration Using IL Instruction to Support At-Risk First-Year Students,” reported on the results from an Institute of Museum and Library Grant that W&J, Ursinus, Goucher College, Washington College, and McDaniel College received in 2017.


  • Librarians Beth Miller, Jacqueline Laick, Samantha Martin and Ronalee Ciocco presented at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in October. Their session, “There’s Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself... and Negative Faculty Feedback: Building Relationships with Faculty through Weeding,” detailed the process the librarians used to involve faculty in preparing the library collection for the recent renovation.


  • Director of Assessment and Institutional Research Lindsey Guinn held a workshop on developing and implementing a process for self-study in September for faculty and administrators at Point Park College. She also lead a workshop in October on best practices for integrating periodic assessment in the new middle states standards for representatives from Thiel College, Penn State, Wagner College, and Middlesex County College. In addtion, Guinn served as a peer reviewer in October for Union Theological Seminary’s reaccreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; gave a presentation on accreditation at the 2018 assessment institute and served on a panel that discussed effective survey use for improving student learning and experiences at small institutions; and authored Chapter 5 – The Impact: Liberal Arts Institutions in Generally Speaking: The Impact of General Education on Student Learning in the 21st Century

College Announcements

  • The W&J Camerata Singers, led by Professor of Music Susan Medley, Ph.D., will perform a concert at The Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. The program, a concert of works by Italian Renaissance composers, will be presented in conjunction with "The Splendor of the Medici" portion of the Frick's "Fashioning Art from Paper" exhibit.

  • The Office of Financial Aid has launched a brand new way for students to check and review financial aid online. This new interactive system will allow students to accept or decline awards, report outside scholarships, and view items and documentation that will need to be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid. The system will become available to students for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Office of Financial Aid will notify students using their JayMail account when their 2018-2019 awards are ready to review. You can learn more about Financial Aid Self-Service by visiting our website.

  • The Faculty Development Committee is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Class of 1970 Fund. The Class of 1970 Fund for Faculty Development has been established to support projects leading to better teaching and student learning through independent faculty research and study. This fund is meant to assist faculty in completing scholarly and curricular projects that will enable them to refine their current skills and knowledge or develop new expertise that will make them stronger teachers and scholars. Specific requirements and procedures for applying for the Class of 1970 Fund can be found under Current Items of Interest to the Faculty on the wiki page for the Faculty Development Committee. This fund will be administered through the Faculty Development Committee, with additional assistance from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. For 2018-2019, a total of $6,500 is available through the Class of 1970 Fund; the Committee will grant at least one award each year, though it will consider proposals for grants of any size up to the fund limit. The application deadline for 2018-2019 is Nov. 26, 2018. All materials must be received by this date to be considered by the committee. Please email your application to the Chair of the Faculty Development Committee (Rebecca McDonald). Awardees will be announced by the end of Fall semester.

News

  • The Biology Club conducted an outreach project for sixth grade students on Saturday, Oct. 27. An experiment was conducted to separate and identify leaf pigments. Eight members of the club and club advisor, Professor of Biology Alice Lee, Ph.D., organized the project. 

W&J Diversity & Leadership Initiatives

  • The below faculty and staff members completed Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Training through the Office of Diversity & Leadership Initiatives. Safe Zone is an opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine biases to better engage with W&J community members​.​ If you are interested in Safe Zone, contact Sammie Walker at swalker@washjeff.edu
    • Elizabeth Bennett, Psychology
    • Stevie Berberick, Communication Arts
    • Rachel Bolden, Library
    • Marian Chambers, Development & Alumni Relations
    • Ronalee Ciocco, Library
    • Tom Contreras, Biology​
    • Cheri Duball, Library
    • Sarah Dudik, Marketing and Communications​
    • Danielle Ficco, Sociology
    • Jennifer Gentzel, International Programs
    • Anudeep Gill, Economics
    • Tiffani Gottschall, Economics
    • Jill Gregory, Student Life​
    • Greg Hallenbeck, Computing & Information Studies
    • Kelly Helm, Library
    • Tory Irwin, Marketing and Communications
    • Erin Jones, Marketing and Communications
    • Jason Kilgore, Biology
    • Rob Litchfield, Business
    • Karin Maresh, Theater
    • Samantha Martin, Library
    • Dana Poole, International Programs
    • Ketwana Schoos, Student Life
    • Arlene Shaw, Olin Fine Arts
    • Rachel Stalker, Student Life
    • Ben Stoviak, Information and Technology Services
    • Kevin Totty, Financial Aid


  • Faculty and staff interested in highlighting upcoming diversity and leadership events to students are welcome to subscribe to this new and regular newsletter! To review the first copy and to join the email list, click here

Library Times

  • Save the Date! PAWS for a Study Break will return to the library on Reading Day, Dec.5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Several of our librarians participated in Legislative Day at the Pennsylvania Library Association's Annual Conference in Harrisburg. They visited State Senator Camera Bartolotta, and State Representative Timothy O'Neal. Pictured below are Library Director, Ronalee Ciocco; Coyright & Subscriptions Librarian, Beth Miller; Representative O'Neal; Research & Collections Librarian, Samantha Martin; and Systems Librarian, Jackie Laick. The librarians delivered the message to both officials that with proper funding and support libraries can move Pennsylvania forward. 


  • Systems Librarian, Jackie Laick, demonstrates how easy the new microfilm reader is to use and some of the special features included with the software. The reader is located at a computer close to the User Services Desk, which is where you can also stop and ask for an overview of how to use our new reader.


  • The library's grandfather clock has been relocated to the alcove on the lower level of the stairwell. The clock was made by J.C. Jennes & Son, G.T. Sutton St., London c.1875 and was donated by Mrs. Thomas H. Eddy in the 1970’s. It has two chime types: Westminster and 8 Bells. The mechanical workings of the clock were stored during the library renovation and installed recently by retired Librarian Dave Kraeuter and Professor Emeritus John Bauerlein (Music Dept.)         

New Acquisitions

The following books can be found in the New Book area:

  • A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America 1865-1925 by Thomas Misa
  • Beyond Abortion: Roe V. Wade and the Battle for Privacy by Mary Ziegler
  • The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot
  • A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe's Encounter with North America by Sam White
  • The Face that Launched a Thousand Lawsuits: The American Women Who Forged a Right to Privacy by Jessica Lake