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“Infinite Threads”

April 1, 2021
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Mixed-media artist Quoctrung Kenny Nguyen, a native of South Vietnam, sees his art as a means tocapture the many transitions and transformations in his own life. These changes have taken him from his training as a fashion designer in Ho Chi Minh City to his BFA degree in painting at the University of North Carolina. …  

A Tip of the Dink

April 1, 2021
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Never walk past an upperclassman without tipping your dink. That was the rule of the Freshman Court, or Lex Ultimo, at W&J in the early and mid-20th century. Failure to tip, of course, could land a freshman student in front of the Lex Ultimo. Or possibly worse. So what was a dink? It was a …  

W&J Names To Know: Jonathan Letterman, M.D.

April 1, 2021
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Dr. Letterman was a famous American surgeon who, during theCivil War, developed new strategies for medical management on the battlefield as medical director of the Army of the Potomac. His innovative system, which included field triaging, mobile field hospitals, and a new Ambulance Corps., saved the lives of thousands of wounded soldiers during the war. …  

Saving Ben Franklin’s Books

April 1, 2021
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Benjamin Franklin would be grateful. When this renowned colonial entrepreneur, journalist, statesman and American Founding Father donated 50 pounds sterling to the fledgling Washington Academy in 1789 to buy books for the school’s library, he probably hadn’t envisioned that some of those books still would be available to the College’s students and faculty 231 years …  

Paying It Forward

April 1, 2021
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Joe Gigler ’77 endows a scholarship to honor his cousin’s education legacy Mark E. Schweers ’75 and Joe Gigler ’77 were more than just cousins – they were classmates who both shared a love for their time at W&J. Schweers was a model student-athlete – excelling both on and off the field – and someone …  

W&J’s Pandemic Planners

April 1, 2021
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The logistics of navigating as a liberal arts college through the daunting perils of a continuing global pandemic aren’t for the faint of heart. But don’t tell that to the teams of tireless W&J faculty, staff, students and trustees, as well as more than a few dedicated alumni experts, who have been leading the charge …  

Pandemic Pledge

April 1, 2021
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How W&J will keep its faculty, staff and students safe this spring With an unprecedented fall semester behind them, W&J faculty and staff are looking forward to spring. Even though it still won’t be exactly “normal,” they acknowledge, they’re ready. The Spring 2021 semester continues with the model W&J adopted for Fall 2020, which includes …  

Courageous Conversations

April 1, 2021
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W&J College is committed to fostering a universal respect and embracing individual differences so that we are all able to thrive in our increasingly diverse campus and global community. It is our belief that, to fulfill our mission of producing individuals of uncommon integrity, we must proactively address and remove barriers that prevent our students …  

Re-imagining the (liberal arts) student experience

April 1, 2021
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While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the normalcy of a calendar and academic year, it has not slowed down W&J College’s commitment to its strategic plan, which was approved in the fall of 2019. The College’s subcommittees have been working diligently to bring forth an academic curriculum and student experience that distinctly positions W&J as …  

The Life of Walter Cooper ’50, Ph.D.

April 1, 2021
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Walter Cooper ’50, Ph.D., has spent a lifetime championing science, education and civil rights in the lab, in the halls of academia, on the field, and in city neighborhoods. His contributions to his community are many, as are his distinguished accomplishments and honors. Below are just some of the highlights of his decades of work. …