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“Elevating the Human Experience”

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Walter Cooper ’50’s lifetime of bringing together science, education, and activism How does one even begin to capture the essence of this leader’s lifelong impact on science, education, civil rights, and humanity? Especially when he has crossed paths along the way with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert…

Introducing Cooper Hall

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Renovated Beau Hall renamed to honor Walter Cooper ’50, Ph.D. W&J’s Beau Hall, a student residence hall previously named for the street on which it is located, and one of the campus homes for first-year students, has undergone a $1 million renovation – and a name change to honor the work and life of distinguished alumnus…

Endowing Transformation

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W&J’s new VP for Development leans into the power of higher-education philanthropy Carolyn Campbell-Golden, Ph.D., knew that Washington & Jefferson College was the right fit for her and her family before ever setting foot on campus. After hearing about the open position of vice president for development and alumni engagement from a colleague, she started…

Advocating For Equality

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Life lessons from a member of W&J’s first co-ed class Fifty years ago, an outspoken, college-age Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab ’74 left her home outside of Washington, D. C., to join a seemingly radical experiment at Washington & Jefferson College. The experiment, with its share of supporters and skeptics, not to mention a bevy of committees, board…

Leading Women

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Opening doors in student government, then and now The 50th anniversary of Washington & Jefferson College’s transformation to co-education has not been lost on Cathryn Halie Hess ’21. As the current president of W&J’s Student Government Association (SGA), Hess acknowledges the roles of other women before her who opened doors for female student leaders. “W&J…

W&J Female Firsts

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1970 First woman to register for fall classes – Janet Bawell First female instructors hired – Deliea Bohm (Spanish), Roseanne Karlo (Phys. Ed.), Elaine Levitt (French), Martha Thompson (Sociology) First female administrator – Ruth Riesenman, Associate Dean of Student Personnel First woman to receive a scholarship from the Washington County Chapter of the W&J Alumni…

Mother-Daughter Legacy

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How the Worthingtons leveraged a prominent Pre-Health Program, the liberal arts, and a strong alumni network of friends to build their medical careers Not that she’s counting, but Janice Durham Worthington ’85 says she’s only days away from retiring after serving as an optometrist for Kaiser Permanente for more than three decades on the Hawaiian…

“Get Over It Guys, We’re Here”

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How the W&J co-ed experience prepared Susan Kepler ’74 for a career in the Army…and a second career back at W&J Susan Kepler ’74 didn’t let a big “Go home, co-eds!” sign, which hung from a building across from her new dorm, scare her away. In 1970, Kepler was among the first female students on…

Great Expectations

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Red & Black’s 1970 Predictions on Going Co-ed Not knowing what to expect in the fall of 1970, the all-male student editors of Red & Black took it upon themselves to speculate on the types of women who would launch co-education at W&J. Here’s what the editors wrote in the February 20, 1970, edition of…

Pioneer Legacy

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Trustee Louise Ross’s lifelong affinity with W&J Louise Kirkpatrick Ross ’74 grew up in Vandergrift, Pa., raised primarily by her grandmother, mother and aunts. “They were a force to be reckoned with,” she says fondly of the women in her family – their determination showing even when it came to her choosing a college. “I…