Got talent?

The U. Grant Miller Library invites you to show off your creative side at our first open-mic event, this Friday, September 21 from 9pm to 11pm. The evening will start with snacks and a drawing for the winner of Geocache the Constitution, and it will end with our very own people’s choice award. We’ll be giving out prizes throughout the evening, so you won’t want to miss a second! All members of the W&J community are invited to come sing, play an instrument, read poetry, perform a dramatic reading….anything goes. Not a performer? We’ll also have space to display some visual art. Just grab your most notable artwork and head over to the Library on Friday night!

Hello Everyone!
Welcome back to campus this year!
The newest, and most talked about club on campus is back!
 The W&J Zumba Fitness Club has a very exciting year of events planned out!!!!
Our first Zumba class will be this Wednesday, September 19th at 7:30pm in the Alley (downstairs of the hub).
All Students, AND staff are invited to attend.
Get ready to sweat over 1,000 calories off in under an hour!
No dance experience is required!
Exercise clothes, tennis shoes, and bottled water are recommended.
If you have schedule conflicts, it is NOT REQUIRED that you come to class EVERY WEEK!
We have a ton of guys and girls signed up this year so you will all feel comfortable in this "no-judgment zone" aerobics class.
You don't have to be a professional dancer or even know how to dance to come and JOIN THE PARTY!
If you have ANY questions please feel free to email or!
The W&J Zumba Fitness Club

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

Happy News

I am pleased to announce the birth of a son, Hunter Jason Dille, to the family of Amy Dille (Admission Office) and grandmother Cindy Smith (Student Life).

Hunter was born at 11:24 pm on September 12: 7 pounds 6oz and 20 inches. Everyone is doing well.

Please join me in congratulating Amy and Cindy and their families for this happy news.

Robert Vande Kappelle, College Chaplain

724.223.6186 (office)

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



student employment

Dear Supervisor,

Thank you for your participation in the Job Fair last week.

A number of students eligible for work study have not been able to secure positions on campus so I am trying to quickly gauge how many positions are still available. Remember that we have a job posting website (College Central Network) for work study positions. This is our only way of advertising to students the positions that are still vacant. 

If you have remaining openings for student workers, please register your department and post your job at as soon as possible.

To register your department, click on “Employers”, “Register Now”, and fill out your information listing your company name as W&J and your department, for example, W&J Financial Aid. I will finish your registration and send you an email with your password. 

Once you have received your password via email, you can post your job. Go back to Click on “Employers” and then “Online Services” where you will be prompted to enter your login information. Choose “Post a new job” from the menu and enter your job information. Be sure to mark the job specifically as a work study position and to be viewed by students only.

Remember that students who are eligible for work study already have their Work Authorization Form (WAF).  Students should not be hired unless they have this form.  No more WAFs will be provided unless we can place the students already promised jobs.

I have a list of students who have contacted me saying they can’t find positions. If you would like a copy of that list, I will be happy to e-mail it to you. All of these students are also being told to check on the CCN for available jobs.

Please contact me at extension 6019 if you have any questions.  I appreciate your cooperation in this process. 


Chris Shaffer

Financial Aid Counselor


Email approved by Vice President Newell

Parking Enforcement

Parking enforcement will begin on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM.  Please park in the proper lot or section of lots which students/faculty/staff are permitted to park.  Students: Please retrieve your parking permit from your mailbox and place it on your vehicle's rearview mirror.  If you do not have a parking permit, you must park off campus.  You may apply for a pass in the Protection Services office.  Complete parking information, including the schedule of parking fines, is available online on the Protection Services website.


Edward E. Cochran,  Director, Protection Services


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

We hope your semester is off to a successful start.  Each fall, we provide the campus community notifications and updates regarding a variety of campus policies and safety measures. 

Student Handbook

Washington & Jefferson College's Student Handbook is online and available at


Crime & Statistics Report

In accordance with Federal guidelines, all students, faculty and staff may find the 2011 update of the Annual Three Year Crime & Statistics Report posted at

Many helpful suggestions concerning your safety, protection of personal property, rules and regulations, and advice on how to file a report in the event of an incident can be found at the Safety First page.  Additionally, Washington & Jefferson College complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.


Sexual Assault Education and Prevention

W&J is committed to helping students create and maintain a safe environment at Washington & Jefferson College that is conducive to student learning and holistic development. We therefore write to you now with information about education and prevention programs about sexual violence. This notice also identifies medical, health and crisis response resources available to W&J students.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact Student Life at 724.223.1360 or Health and Counseling Services at 724.223.6107.


Copyright Notification

This e-mail reminds you of Washington & Jefferson College's policy on the use of copyrighted material on our computer systems and networks.

Unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted material is illegal and will expose you to severe civil and criminal liability under the copyright law. This applies to all types of copyrighted works, including music, movies, software and other literary and artistic works.   Please refer to for more information. The site has information regarding all aspects of the law including penalties.  "If you do not have legal permission, and copy or distribute copyrighted music in anyway, you can be prosecuted in criminal court and/or sued for damages in civil court."

Criminal penalties for first-time offenders can be as high as five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.  Civil penalties can run into many thousands of dollars in damages and legal fees. The minimum penalty is $750 per song.  The "No Electronic Theft Law" (NET Act) is similar on copyright violations that involve digital recordings.  Criminal penalties can run up to 5 years in prison and/or $250,000 in fines, even if you didn't do it for monetary or financial or commercial gain.  If you did expect something in return, even if it just involves swapping your files for someone else's, as in MP3 trading, you can be sentenced to as much as 5 years in prison.

Regardless of whether you expected to profit, you're still liable in civil court for damages and lost profits of the copyright holder.  Or the copyright holders can sue you for up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each of their copyrighted works that you illegally copy or distribute.  If you make digital copies of copyrighted music on your computer available to anyone through the Internet without the permission of the copyright holder, you're stealing. And if you allow a P2P file-sharing network to use part of your computer's hard drive to store copyrighted recordings that anyone can access and download, you're on the wrong side of the law.  Having the hardware to make unauthorized music recordings doesn't give you the right to steal. Music has value for the artist and for everyone who works in the industry. Please respect that: 

The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA) is the trade association whose member companies create, manufacture, and distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings sold in the United States. The RIAA is authorized to seek monetary damages from individuals who they believe are guilty of copyright infringement.  Students must not make, store, transmit or make available unauthorized copies of copyrighted material using Washington & Jefferson College's computers, networks or storage media. Further, students are not permitted to use peer-to-peer file transfer services or take other actions that may promote or lead to copyright infringement. If you have stored unauthorized copies of music, movies, software or other copyrighted works on your computer, you should delete those copies promptly.

Please see Washington & Jefferson College's Acceptable Use Policy which can be found here IT Services for more information. Students who infringe on copyright protected material or violate the Acceptable Use Policy are subject to loss of service and disciplinary action.  If you have concerns that you may be sharing unintentionally, please contact the help desk at or by calling 724.223.6022.


We hope you have a productive and rewarding semester.   If you have any questions about this information, please contact Student Life at 724.223.1360.

The Office of Student Life

The Library is happy to announce that the new computer workstations have arrived! In order for the stations to be built, the computers on the Library’s main level will be unavailable starting today at 1:00pm. We expect access to those computers to be restored no later than 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 11. During the construction, computers will be available on the lower level and librarians will provide research and reference assistance in the Library’s Digital Classroom. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Alexis Rittenberger (, X3039)

Thank you,

Alexis Rittenberger

You are invited to an event that won’t happen again for about seven years (when I take my next sabbatical).  Come enjoy an afternoon of music featuring some of my talented friends.  W&J faculty member Katy Williams, soprano, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Thomas Thompson will join me in performing Schubert’s “The Shepherd on the Rock.”  W&J faculty member Matthew Murchison and I will perform his own composition, “Moonfall” for euphonium and piano.  I will share the stage with Canton Symphony Orchestra flutist Julie Sarver for Widor’s Suite for Flute and Piano, and with Malone University Professor Emerita (and my first piano teacher) Sandra Carnes for Faure’s “Dolly Suite” for piano duet.  I’ll also play a couple of solo pieces, Bach Prelude and Fugue and Debussy’s “L’Isle joyeuse.” 

(The concert will last less than 90 minutes, and the Steelers don’t play until 8:30 Sunday night!)

Susan Medley & Friends Concert
Sunday, September 9
3:00 pm
Olin Fine Arts Center

Good Afternoon,

In the wake of the Penn State Scandal, the Board of Trustees is doing a comprehensive review of our policies and procedures regarding abuse, harassment, and other issues.  My task is to identify any programs that we have that involve children (non W&J students).  This could pertain to weekend programs, summer programs, and so forth.  Please reply to my office - - if you are involved in any such programs.  Thank you for your help.



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

The W&J Department of Athletics would like to welcome everyone back to campus for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Below are the hours of operation for the athletic facilities at Washington & Jefferson College during the fall semester. The facilities will be closed on all college-recognized holidays.

Please make sure to sign in when entering the Swanson Wellness Center and Henry Memorial Gymnasium.


Swanson Wellness Center

Monday thru Friday: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm


Henry Memorial Gymnasium

Monday thru Friday: 6:00 am – Midnight

Saturday and Sunday: Noon – 9:00 pm


Henry Memorial Pool

Monday thru Friday: Noon – 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Noon- 2:00 pm

Dear Colleagues,

This fall, we are attempting to create a buzz around the diversity theme of "Access and Privilege in an Election Year."  Towards this end, we have created a poster, a small version which can be accessed at this link - .  You should see full size versions posted around campus.  (If your department or building is missing one, let me know and I'll send one to you.) You might also notice there is a large blank space at the bottom of the poster.  This if for advertising events related to the theme.  

When you schedule events for this fall that seem to be related to the theme, whether organized by faculty, staff, or students, please send me the details and I will attempt to have this information attached at the bottom of the posters as an additional means of advertising the event.  When the next related event comes along, I'll simply tape the new event over the previously advertised one.  

Much of our national debate centers on the ideas of access and privilege—campaign financing, voter ID laws, tax breaks, etc. Whatever the issues are that matter in your classes,  I hope you'll find a way to bring this diversity theme to the attention of your students sometime this semester.  


Mark Swift
Faculty Diversity Associate

Convocation 2012

Greetings to All,

I would like to join President Haring-Smith in her invitation to gather together for Convocation. The event is one that celebrates our W&J community, and I look forward to meeting you under the tent and at the picnic that follows. There are a few matters for me to mention:

-- Opening Convocation begins at 4:30pm under the tent outside Olin Hall on Monday, September 3. Because of that, all campus offices will close at 4:15pm, all "day" classes will end at 4:15pm, and all evening classes will resume at 7:00pm. Any students whose classes are affected should consult with their professors about any changes or adjustments.

-- Following Convocation will be the all-campus picnic. The event is set for the Burnett lawn and is open to employees and their families and/or guests.

-- The picnic will serve as the dinner meal for our students. Because of the picnic, the Commons will stop serving at 2:00pm, while George and Tom's will close from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

I hope your arrival into the Fall semester is a pleasant and invigorating one.

All the best,
Dean John Zimmerman


Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Dean of the Faculty

Chuck Rice, our TIAA-CREF consultant will be on campus on Thursday, September 13th and again on Wednesday, October 10th  in the Sell Law Library for individual counseling sessions on the retirement plan and other financial topics relative to your personal situation. All counseling sessions are approximately 45 minutes long and will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

You are able to schedule appointments directly on the web by using The directions for scheduling from the web page are listed below:

o   Log into


o   Click on the link to CONSULTATIONS & SEMINARS under the PRODUCTS/SERVICES heading


o   Log in with existing User ID, password and answer to security question*


o   Click on the Advice & Planning tab--top


o   Click Schedule a meeting or locate a seminar in your area under HELP--right


o   Click on At Your Workplace

 *If participants have not created an ID or password, they will need to register for secure online access first and then register for a session.

If unable to access computer, please call (800) 732-8353 to schedule appointment.


Approved by D. McMaster

Campus Parking Repairs

Please be advised that the Office of Facilities Services will be directing parking lot repairs and paving this week in several campus lots. While no parking area will be closed completely, some spots may be barricaded or cordoned off while the work is done. Members of the College Community are asked to use caution when driving and parking. Please allow a few extra minutes when parking and walking to your place of work.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the office of Facilities Services, ext. 6086. We apologize for any incovienience this may cuase.