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Green Sheet: Vol. VII, Number 1: September 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

  • It’s an exciting time for the Presidents as we start another academic year. As you know, fall is the time we welcome home our graduates at Homecoming & Reunion Weekend! We would like to invite you to take part in Homecoming & Reunion Weekend by offering you two complimentary tickets for the following activities on Saturday, Oct. 13: Tailgate Lunch from noon – 1:30 p.m. (Under the Tent, Olin Lawn) and Fifth Quarter from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Under the Tent, Olin Lawn).  If you choose to take advantage of the complimentary tickets, please email your name, guest’s name, and dietary restrictions to alumni@washjeff.edu by Friday, September 21. Once your registration has been made, tickets can be picked up on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Barron P. McCune Alumni House.

  • W&J College Arts Series invites you to Cashore Marionettes' “Life in Motion” on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performance has astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others. In the performance "Life in Motion," Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classical music, and poetic insight, the Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults. Joseph Cashore has received numerous awards for his artistry including a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art, based upon his artistic accomplishment; a Henson Foundation Grant, an award intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences; and a Citation of Excellence from the UNIMA-USA, the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive. The Cashore Marionettes are so well conceived and projected, the movement so convincing, the illusion so powerful, that the result is a compelling, unforgettable, theatrical experience. Two FREE tickets are available per W&J Id. Please call the Olin box office at 724-223-6546 Monday through Friday, noon- 6 p.m. to reserve. 

Scholarship

  • In August, Director of Assessment and Institutional Research Lindsey Guinn held a workshop on general education assessment on our campus for teams from Bethany, Juniata, St. Vincent, Thiel and Wilson colleges. She will be offering a number of assessment and accreditation workshops for school in the area this fall. In September, Guinn will be giving a presentation on working with trustees at the Pennsylvania ACE Women’s Fall Retreat at Theil College. 


  • Professor of Music Susan Medley, Ph.D., conducted the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale in a concert tour of Italy that included performances in Rome, Florence, Ravenna, and Venice. The PCC also sang mass at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Stevie Berberick, Ph.D., recently had her article "The Paradox of Trans Visibility" published in the Journal of Media Critiques. 

HR News

  • Save the Date! Our Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Fair will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17! More details coming soon!

  • W&J's Annual Walking Challenge will start this month! We are pleased to offer our second annual Walking Challenge here at W&J! This is an opportunity for employees to focus on fitness while winning prizes and interacting with their co-workers. More details coming soon!

  • Please welcome the following employees who have joined W&J!
    • Grace Groeger, Admission (Aug. 27) 
    • Kenny Clark, Admission (Sept. 3) 
    • Carmen Martinez, Modern Languages (Sept. 5)
    • Richard Barber, Academic Affairs (Sept. 17)

  • Please congratulate the following employees who have milestone service anniversaries in the month of September:
    • Cathy Altmeyer, Modern Languages, 15 years (Sept. 1)
    • John Lambertson, Art, 15 years (Sept. 1)
    • Michael Leonard, Chemistry, 15 years (Sept. 1)
    • Karin Maresh, Theater, 15 years (Sept. 1)
    • Sam Gidas, Economics, 20 years (Sept. 1)
    • Dana Shiller, English, 20 years (Sept. 1)
    • Scott Frank, Theater, 25 years (Sept. 1)
    • Roman Wong, Mathematics, 40 years (Sept. 1)
    • Michael Crabtree, Psychology, 45 years (Sept. 1)
    • Alison Valerio, Athletics, 5 years (Sept. 2)
    • Marissa Rush, Athletics, 1 year (Sept. 5)
    • Angelica Petrisko, Advancement, 1 year (Sept. 11)
    • Kevin Totty, Financial Aid, 1 year (Sept. 25)
    • Billie Eaves, Student Life, 20 years (Sept. 28)

  • The following employees have departed W&J. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.
    • Kayleigh Stultz, Admission (Aug. 20)
    • Aaron Chapman, Admission (Aug. 24)
    • Erik Rueter, Communications (Aug. 31)

  • 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!
    • Frank Moyer, Campus & Public Safety
    • Debbie Silver, Academic Affairs
    • Hannah Aloia, Admission
    • Ketwana Schoos, Student Life
    • Jackie Laick, Library
    • Rick Lough, Facilities
    • Cathy Usleton, Development
    • Mary Williams, IT
    • Margie Mahramus, Academic Affairs
    • Maureen Valentine, Conference and Events
    • Mike Lesako, Athletics

From the Sustainability Committee

  • Want a fresh start for the new academic year? Post your unwanted, gently used items on the WashJeff Exchange Facebook page. Search Wash Jeff Exchange on Facebook and request to join. Already a member? Don't forget to set up notifications, so that you don't miss out on new items being posted. For questions, contact site administrator Rebecca McDonald (rmcdonald@washjeff.edu).

Library Times

What's Happening in the Library?

A lot of stuff, and we can't wait to see you all when we move back soon!

Above is a view of the new carpeting, lighting, printer stations and glass-enclosed study rooms. The pictures below show the elevator and bathrooms added to the upper level.

Within the next few weeks, finishing touches will be added, technology installed, and furniture assembled. We look forward to showing the W&J community our improvements in the very near future!