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“The Right Education of Youth”

August 30, 2021
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When the minutes for the first meeting of The Washington College were being taken, the founders could hardly have envisioned that their work would leave a centuries-long legacy. What they did have was the prudence to realize that education was needed to make the recently founded country a success. The notes of the act to …  

Pat Benic ’70: A Life Lived through the Lens

August 30, 2021
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Pat Benic ’70 knows he has been a lucky man, but he wasn’t always sure that a career in photography would pan out. With some fortunate breaks and a willingness to say yes, this W&J math major continues his decades-long career of capturing world-shaping events across the globe. Benic is currently a Washington, D.C.-based photographer …  

Familiar Facades: Netflix returns to campus to film new series

August 30, 2021
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After considering several small college campuses in the region, Netflix selected W&J as a filming location for scenes of a new series, “The Chair.” The series features Sandra Oh as the lead, playing the chair of the school’s English department. Jay Duplass, Holland Taylor, and others round out the cast. “The Chair,” which premiered on …  

Prez Proud: Celebrating the Successes of W&J Students

August 30, 2021
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Math Majors Make Their Mark An exploratory project in their junior year led Alexas Iams ’21 and Hannah Johnston ’21 to being published co-authors in a mathematics journal during their senior year. The two math majors, along with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Robert Muth, Ph.D., continued researching their MTH320 “Junior MathTalks” project throughout the summer …  

In Full Swing: Twenty-Two Athletic Teams Return to Competition this Spring

August 30, 2021
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In sports, seasons are often described as a marathon, not a sprint. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent adjustments, that thought was turned on its head. The W&J Department of Athletics saw 22 teams complete varsity seasons during a 102-day span this spring. The Washington & Jefferson women’s swimming & diving team hosted Franciscan …  

W&J’s Space Pioneers

August 30, 2021
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Patrick McCormick ’62, Ph.D. – Physicist and retired principal investigator of NASA’s SAGE (Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment) research program; endowed professor and co-director of Hampton University’s Center for Atmospheric Sciences Neal Pellis ’66, Ph.D. – NASA research scientist, retired; studied the effects of long-duration, extreme-environment space exploration on biological systems at the cellular and …  

Presidents in Space: W&J’s history with NASA and beyond

August 30, 2021
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By Daniel Bates W&J-educated physicists, neuroscientists, and even business administrators are making a significant impact on the country’s resurging space exploration – and life on Earth. Somewhere roughly 265 miles out in space and traveling more than 17,000 miles per hour, the International Space Station (ISS) is passing once again over the earth. Alongside the …  

Founded Here: W&J’s new brand strategy looks to the future while honoring the past 

August 30, 2021
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In 2018, W&J began work on a strategic plan to move the College forward, creating a responsive educational path for Generation Z and the generations that follow. College leadership, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students worked together to produce a comprehensive plan to ensure W&J’s continued competitiveness in the higher education market as …