The Office of Alumni Relations invites you and a guest to join us for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 

October 19-20, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Tailgate Lunch*

Under the Tent, Olin Lawn

Western PA-themed meal, pre-game cheers and child-friendly activities

4:30 - 7 p.m. - Fifth Quarter*

Under the Tent, Olin Lawn

Friends, food and fun in a party-style atmosphere 

*There is no cost to you and your guest for these events.

We hope you will join us to celebrate Homecoming & Reunion Weekend with alumni and the campus community. To view a complete schedule of the weekend's events, please visit

If you would like to register or have any questions, please email or call Denise Spinnenweber at ext. 6079 by Thursday, October 11, 2012. 

Tickets will be available for pickup beginning Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Office of Alumni Relations.

Nominations for the Rule, Hughes, Murphy Prize are being solicited from the faculty and staff. The Rule, Hughes, Murphy fund was established by an anonymous donor to honor these three W&J alumni. Income from the fund provides cash awards each year to students in their sophomore year to be selected by the President of the College.

You are encouraged to nominate deserving sophomore students for this award. Academic achievement, academic promise and leadership potential should be among the criteria considered in the selection of nominees. A list of sophomore students is available in the Office of Student Life, 3rd Floor, Rossin Campus Center for your consideration.

Please submit nominations by replying to Kindly include a brief explanation for your nomination based on the listed criteria. ALL NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17.

Questions: Contact Cindy Smith at Ext. 1360 or

This notification was approved by Byron McCrae, Vice President and Dean of Student Life.

The Green Sheet

The October issue of the Green Sheet is now available here:

Please continue to submit information (send items to by the 20th of each month. Submissions are accepted via campus mail or online ( as well. We hope it becomes a valuable resource for you.

W&J 2012 Holiday Schedule

As a friendly reminder, the W&J 2012 holiday schedule is available on the Human Resources website. 

Here are the upcoming holidays:

Thanksgiving Holiday - November 22 & 23, 2012

Winter Break - December 24, 2012 - January 1, 2013
(Employees are expected to return to work on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.) (Non-essential employees, who are not required to provide 24-hour coverage, 7-days per week, will be granted time off and be paid for regularly scheduled hours.)

The entire 2012 holiday schedule can be viewed by visiting Human Resources online.


Message approved by Denny McMaster, Vice President for Business and Finance

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany has selected Washington & Jefferson College as one of 25 universities nationwide to participate in this year's 2012 Campus Week (October 1st - October 5th), with the theme "Think Transatlantic--The US and Germany in the 21st Century," and the Department of Modern Languages would like to invite you to participate. 

This week is dedicated to raising awareness about the past and continued importance of German-American relations. There will be different events each day, including a workshop, a film showing, a German lunch and a daily information desk, and students will also have a chance to win great prizes. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners at  W&J will receive gift cards, and the first prize winners will be entered in the embassy's national contest. The national winner's essay will be published in a renowned political magazine, featured on, and they will receive a financial reward.

For more information on the contests please visit Think Transatlantic@W&J. We look forward to your involvement, and we hope you will be thinking transatlantically with us next week!

Heather Painter

Student Project Manager, "Think Transatlantic"

Washington & Jefferson College 2013

This notification was approved by Byron McCrae, Vice President & Dean of Student Life.

The Environmental Studies Grant funds original projects designed to promote environmental conservation/sustainability anywhere in the world. The broadest definition of “environment” is applied to include natural and human-built ecosystems.    


  • Two grants of up to $3500 each will be awarded during the academic year.


  • The project must be completed within one calendar year of receiving the funds.


  • The grant MAY be used for necessary travel.


  • Applicants must be full-time enrolled and in good standing with the College.


  • The grant is available to all students in all classes.


  • The project proposal may be part of a class project, including a senior capstone project.


  • Grantees are expected to share the outcomes of the projects in appropriate classroom presentations, public presentations, and/or poster sessions.


  • Deadline for proposals for the upcoming year is 1 November for Intersession and 1 March for summer.


  • One hardcopy of the proposal must be submitted via the campus box of Dr. Robert East (# 3150), and one electronic copy must also be submitted to


  • Proposals may be any length, should be well-written and organized, and must contain:


o   Introduction/Background – Describe the relevance/importance of the project, including a brief literature review where appropriate. Mention relevant coursework/experiences you have had.

o   Goals/Objectives – Make them very specific and realistic. If experiments are involved, properly articulated hypotheses should be included.

o   Materials/Methods – Describe where your project will be implemented, the people to be involved, materials to be purchased, how any data will be analyzed, activities to be carried out, and how success/failure will be measured.

o   Timeline and Budget – Indicate weeks/months and specific costs

o   Appendices with the following: most recent transcript and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Contact Dr. Robert East at 724-503-1001 (x 3358), or

Show your SCHOOL SPIRIT during our "Celebrating Differences Spirit Week"


Hosted and sponsored by the Diversity Programming Board!


By participating, you can enter to win a $25, $15, or $10 gift card sponsored by SAIL by taking a picture of you dressed up during each themed day and signing in at our DPB kick-off event (Friday at 8pm in the HUB Alley)!


Post on the DPB Facebook page or send pictures to!


Winners will be chosen based on creativity and participation!


Tuesday: Back to the 80s Day


Wednesday: Random Acts of Kindness Day


Thursday: Jersey Day


Friday: W&J Day AND the DPB Kick-off event @8PM in the Alley, sponsored by SAIL



This notification was approved by Byron McCrae, Vice President & Dean of Student Life

Pharmacy Network Change

This message is intended for Highmark Health Insurance members regarding the Pharmacy Network Change Effective January 1, 2013.  Please disregard if you do not have Highmark Health Insurance through W&J.

Highmark is now offering a new pharmacy network with better prescription drug discounts for members. Effective January 1, 2013, your employer as a member of the Private College and University Consortium will be moving to Highmark’s new Premier 2012 pharmacy network. This network includes all of the pharmacies you currently have access to with the exception of Target and Walgreens. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy will not be affected by this change.

You will receive a notice in the mail from Highmark. For additional information on your pharmacy network, visit the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield website at If you have any questions about the new pharmacy network, please feel free to contact The Reschini Group Customer Service Department at (800) 442-8047.

Message approved by Denny McMaster, Vice President for Business and Finance 

If you have not already done so, please visit the College’s Election 2012 page for information about completing an absentee ballot, registering to vote in the state of Pennsylvania, and links to election resources.  Please also participate in the many election-related events organized by students, faculty and staff this fall.  This email message will provide you specific information about local voter registration and your voter identification options.

The deadline to register to vote in the state of Pennsylvania is October 9, 2012.  The local voter registration and election office is very close to campus, at the following address:

Courthouse Square

100 West Beau Street

Suite 206

Washington, PA 15301

Primary Phone: 724-228-6750

Voter Registration and Election Office

Acceptable forms of voter identification include a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT photo ID card (valid for voting 12 months past expiration date), a U.S. passport, a military ID, or an employee photo ID issued by the Federal government, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania County, or Pennsylvania Municipal government.  You may also consider completing an Absentee Ballot.

Some W&J student ID cards are already in compliance with the new PA voter ID law.  First year students who received ID cards at LAUNCH III already have expiration dates printed on their ID cards.  Going forward, student ID cards will include an expiration date, as is the practice at many other colleges and universities.  The College will issue expiration date stickers for students who do not have an expiration date printed on their ID card.  Stickers will be issued in the Office of Student Life beginning October 1, 2012; more information is forthcoming. 

We also strongly encourage students to consult VotesPA to inform themselves about all of their options.  Like many other colleges and universities nationwide, we encourage you to think of voting not just as a right, but as a responsibility.  When you cast your ballot in November, you will be fulfilling a civic responsibility.  


Byron P. McCrae

Vice President & Dean of Student Life

Dear members of the W&J community,

Interested in language, cognition, and different figures of speech?  Participate in a 5 minute survey for native English speakers about language and cross-cultural differences in cognition..  Successful participation earns you a 1/10 chance of winning your choice of a $10 iTunes card or a Barista Cafe gift certificate.  Survey responses will be kept confidential and will be used only for statistical and research purposes.


To participate in this brief online survey, click on the following link.


Many thanks for your time and help in providing valuable information for current research on this topic.



Dr. Hanna Kim
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Washington & Jefferson College

Dear faculty and staff colleagues,

Academic Affairs compiles this listing of regional events and lectures and sends it out at the end of each week. It is run through listserv software at West Virginia University. If you would like to subscribe, you will find instructions for doing so at the bottom of this email. We are sending this week’s email vial the campus all-staff mailer in order to inform new members of the community of this resource.

Carnegie Mellon University
School of Art Lecture
Julie Heffernan uses a process called image streaming to create open narrative paintings. Her work endeavors to see more deeply inside to those myriad selves that accumulate over time; hence the titles: Self-Portrait as Wreck and Self-Portrait as Random Perfect Being.

Tepper School of Business W.L. Mellon Speaker Series
The W.L. Mellon Speaker Series presents Eric L. Butler (BS/E'81, TPR'86), Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Union Pacific Corporation.

Adamson Writers Series Presents Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University. The recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego.

Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?
The Sixth Nash Distinguished Lecture Series in Quantitative Finance presents Andrew W. Lo, the Harris & Harris Group Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the director of MIT's Laboratory for Financial Engineering, and a principal investigator at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. In this talk, Professor Lo will provide a brief overview of the key role that financial innovation played in the crisis, and how a deeper appreciation of human nature and incentives may allow financial engineers to focus the enormous power of global financial markets on one of society's most pressing challenges: curing cancer.

The Honorable Tom Ridge: Political Leadership in the Presidential Election Season
As we enter the final stages of the 2012 election season, voters must look beyond political rhetoric as they decide which presidential candidate they want to define America's goals and lead the way forward. Governor Ridge will survey the political landscape and explore the primary issues of this campaign season and of America's future. Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Thomas M. Kerr Jr. Pre-Law Program.

Duquesne University
Energy and Environment in the Alleghenies
Co-sponsored with the Air & Waste Management Association, Allegheny Mountain Section, this conference will explore government policy and industry practice in the southwestern Pennsylvania energy sector.

University of Pittsburgh
Lecture by Natasha Tretheway
Natasha Tretheway is the current U.S. Poet Laureate and author of Native Guard, for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.  It is the first lecture in the University of Pittsburgh Writing Program’s 2012/13 Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series.

Becoming Mexico: Culture, Politics and the Imagined Americas
Symposium sponsored by Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies, Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and others.

Lawyers, Music, and Money: From Dreams to Reality with a Pitt Law Degree
Lecture given by Scott R. Jablonski (GSPIA ’04, LAW ’04), lawyer and singer-songwriter. Sponsors are Pitt’s School of Law Center for International Legal Education and Innovation Practice Institute.

Achieving Social Justice in the Obama Era: Power and Legalities
Lecture by Mary Frances Berry, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. The event is cosponsored by Pitt’s Office of Public Affairs, the School of Social Work, and the ACLU of PA.

The Emerging Legend Series presents a free performance by the local Celtic quintet Callán from noon to 1 p.m., Cup & Chaucer Café, ground floor, Hillman Library, 3960 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The free series is presented by the University of Pittsburgh Library System and Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society.

West Virginia University
Reproductive cancer susceptibility gene products in women
Seminar presentation by Jacqelyn Hand, Ph.D. student in reproductive physiology.

The Benefits of Diversity
Lecture by Dr. Scott E. Page, author of "The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies," about how we think in groups and why collective wisdom works.


The Office of Academic Affairs at Washington & Jefferson College compiles this list of events and lectures at colleges and universities in the region. It is sent each Friday and includes events for the following Monday to Sunday period. To have your public calendar events included in this weekly message, email a link to your calendar to

To subscribe to this list, send a message to with the single line

subscribe regionalevents

To unsubscribe from this list, click here.

Faculty Colloquium
Dr. Rosalie Carpenter
Department of Education

“True Conversion: A Change of Mind and Direction in Naturalistic Intelligence”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Media Room


Lunch will be provided

Faculty/Staff: Go through the line at the Commons and bring your lunch downstairs.  Let the checker know you are attending the Faculty Colloquium.  Trays and a sign-up sheet should be available.



Future Events


Faculty Development Workshop

Integrated Semester for Fall 2013 – “Conflict and Community”

Beth Bennett, Richard Easton, Anthony Fleury, Jim Longo, Andrew Rembert

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Media Room, 11:45am


Tara Fee

“Opium for Infants, and Other Advice on Home and Family from the Nineteenth Century”

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Media Room, 12:00pm


Karin Maresh


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Media Room, 12:00pm



Its time to submit your news for the October issue of the Greensheet at The deadline for submissions is tomorrow, September 20th, so don't delay!

Phishing Scam Reminder

ITS has been alerted to a phishing attack based on emails sent to W&J staff and faculty over the past several hours; this particular phishing email has the subject "Security Alert".

If you receive an email asking you to "confirm" or provide account credentials (usually items such as user names, passwords, banking or credit card account numbers, social security numbers, etc), please DO NOT click any links within the email or send your information or credentials via email to the address as requested in the email.
W&J ITS WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO PROVIDE YOUR ACCOUNT CREDENTIALS TO US IN AN EMAIL OR ON A WEBSITE OUTSIDE OF THE WASHJEFF.EDU DOMAIN, nor will we ever send you an email notifying you of maintenance or an issue with your W&J account from an email account outside of the domain.

If you received a phishing scam email and provided your W&J account credentials, please change your W&J password immediately.  Instructions for doing so are available here:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the helpdesk.


Mike Camden
Assistant Director for Academic Technology
Information & Technology Services
Washington & Jefferson College

Constitution Day Today!

Greetings –

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Held this year on Monday, September 17, Constitution Day provides opportunity for Americans to celebrate this important event by participating in activities in communities around the country. You can discover more about Constitution Day by visiting, and you can join in the celebration locally by taking part in happenings on campus.

The Department of Political Science will host a discussion on the topic “The Supreme Court, Judicial Review, and the Role of the Chief Justice.”  Led by Drs. Joe DiSarro and Buba Misawa, the event will take place at 3:30pm in the Media Room. All students attending this event will receive a copy of the U. S. Constitution.

This year, the U. Grant Miller Library will be celebrating Constitution Day with both a traditional window display in the lobby and a Constitutional geocaching game. Starting September 17th, you will find coordinates and clues to geocache the Constitution on the Library’s Facebook page ( and at the Get Involved display in the Library. The entire campus is invited to join the fun, and all completed entries will receive $1 in Miller Money to use toward Library late fees. The grand prize, a $25 Max & Erma’s gift card, will be drawn from all the entries at Live @ the Library on September 21st.

John E. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty