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Pat Benic ’70 was a photojournalist at the Capitol last Wednesday

January 12, 2021
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After snapping photos in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives last Wednesday, Pat Benic retired to the press room in the Capitol building, where he and his colleagues were engaged in routine tasks or pondering their lunch options.

Jason Hazlewood ’01 is Reed Smith’s new Pittsburgh office managing partner

January 11, 2021
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Jason Hazlewood succeeds Ron Francis as managing partner of Reed Smith’s downtown Pittsburgh office.

John Unice ’65 overcame hurdles on and off court

January 10, 2021
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John Unice, an enthusiastic, “get-after” it type of basketball player at Uniontown High School and Washington & Jefferson College and then later successful coach at Washington and McKeesport high schools and W&J, had amyloidosis – a rare and serious protein disorder with a bleak survival rate.

Amy Mercante ’91 named global business director for Teslin Substrate Products, PPG

January 6, 2021
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L&NW recently had the chance to speak to Amy Mercante, who has spent nearly 30 years with the company and has been named the global business director, Teslin Substrate Products. She provides insight on the company’s latest offerings for the label and packaging space, as well as her role within the organization.

John Snook ’00 named NABH Director of Government Relations & Strategic Initiatives

January 4, 2021
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John Snook will join the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (NABH) as director of government relations and strategic initiatives, effective Jan. 18.

Internship Leads W&J Alum to promising future with CBS

December 15, 2020
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Cole Grecco ’18 is currently the Guest Coordinator for CBS This Morning, CBS News’ national morning news show.

Rhiannon Wineland ’20 Boosts Social Media Presence for Appalachian Botanical Co.

December 14, 2020
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Rhiannon Wineland ’20 is the social media coordinator for lavender farm Appalachian Botanical Co.

Ty Greenwood ’17 awarded Asolo Repertory Theatre’s first Ground Floor Playwright Commission

December 14, 2020
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Asolo Repertory Theatre has announced that its first Ground Floor Playwright Commission will go to emerging Black playwright Ty Greenwood for a new work inspired by writer and activist James Baldwin.

Brian Blackwell ’05 named PIAA Swimming Coach of the Year

December 9, 2020
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He never saw it coming. He never even knew he was a viable candidate. So, when Seneca Valley swimming coach Brian Blackwell was informed in October that he was named PIAA Swimming Coach of the Year? “I had to be sure the person wasn’t kidding around with me,” Blackwell said. “I never expected to…

Howard W. Hughes, Class of 1911, left a mark on Washington Co. legal history

December 9, 2020
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We always knew a Washington County judge, Howard W. Hughes (Class of 1911) once called our century-old house in Washington his home.