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Extra Innings: Presidents baseball makes second trip to College World Series in three years

August 27, 2019
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The 2019 season was another historic one for the W&J baseball team, which finished with 38 wins and its second trip to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 38 wins mark the second-most during a single season in program history, trailing only the 42 wins during the 2017 run to …  

Off the sidelines: W&J alumnae make their mark in professional sports communications

August 27, 2019
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Jourdan Gottlieb ’14 and India March ’18 are shooting to win as communicators in the NBA and NFL—and having fun doing it. As both women learned, a career path in professional sports, even off the field, is not an easy one. As members of W&J’s women’s soccer and basketball teams, respectively, Gottlieb and March developed …  

Engaging the Sonoran Border: W&J students travel to U.S.-Mexico border to learn about immigration policy firsthand

August 27, 2019
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Immigration policy is a much discussed subject, but few have actually witnessed and participated in the immigration debate at the U.S.-Mexico border. As part of W&J’s goal to guide students to become global citizens who can thoughtfully contribute to the world around them, Associate Professor of Biology Jason Kilgore, Ph.D., took students to the Sonoran …  

Courageous Conversations: Civil Discourse in Divisive Times | W&J's Second Annual Symposium on Democracy

August 26, 2019
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In today’s political climate, feeling divided may be one thing most people can agree on. It takes courage to sit down with those who don’t agree with you and have a civil discussion. With the rise of social media and pervasiveness of opinionated news providers the past few decades, it’s easier than ever to find …  

Will to Succeed: Samuel Willis ’98 found a path from football to medical school at W&J

August 26, 2019
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When Samuel Willis ’98, M.D., talks to the medical students who shadow him at Baylor College of Medicine, he tells them that he never expected to be there. “Growing up in Aliquippa, I never thought I would go to college,” Willis said. “It was never really a goal of mine growing up.” Willis’s father dropped …  

What Draws Students to W&J

August 24, 2019
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Storytelling is a driver for today’s Generation Z students. “All of these colleges are starting to sound alike. We have to be able to speak to how we stand out and what that means for the student.” — NICOLE FOCARETO Washington provides a close-knit community near big city opportunities. “Pittsburgh is a small city with …  

Finding Future Presidents: Vice Presidents of Enrollment and Communication and Marketing join W&J

August 24, 2019
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Nicole Focareto, Vice President for Enrollment, and Kelly Kimberland, Vice President for Communication and Marketing, bring their expertise to W&J to draw in the next generation of students Together, two new vice presidents will recruit a new generation of Presidents to W&J and increase awareness of what makes W&J a great place to be a …  

Alumni Remember Dr. Burnett

August 24, 2019
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“The Saturday after finals at the start of Christmas Break in 1978 (my junior year), my three fraternity brothers and I who lived in New Jersey piled into my old Volvo for the trip home for the holidays. I turned the key in the ignition, and nothing happened. The alternator was dead. What were we …  

Remembering W&J’s 10th President Howard J. Burnett

August 24, 2019
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Since the Howard J. Burnett Center was dedicated in 2001, hundreds of W&J students have passed through its doors, if not for a class then to attend a special lecture, record a show in the College’s radio station, or study in a computer lab. But few of those students had the chance to meet its …  

Driven to be the best: Harley Moyer '18 leads cross country program to success

August 24, 2019
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Harley Moyer ’18 began running because he relished the winning aspect of the sport. The competition drove him to accomplish one goal and then attack another. During his career as a W&J President, Moyer won often, on and off the course. “Originally, I liked to win, I liked to be good at what I did, …