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Washington, D.C., Virtual Alumni Gathering

May 6, 2021
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D.C. alumni are invited to attend a virtual alumni gathering with remarks by President John C. Knapp, Ph.D., and Vice President for Development & Alumni Engagement Carolyn Campbell-Golden, Ph.D.

Neuroscience, Religious Studies Help Alum Navigate Increasingly Diverse Field

March 17, 2021
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At Washington & Jefferson College, Samuel Florentino ’18 supplemented his traditional science and lab courses with religious studies as he planned a career in medicine.

Tasha Mwanakalando ’20 forges path toward career in human rights sector

March 16, 2021
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Photo taken by Madison Vaughan ’19 of Vaughan Photography.  WASHINGTON, PA (March 16, 2021)—Tasha Mwanakalando ’20 is used to carving her own path. When the first-generation college student suddenly was faced with online classes during her last semester at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) and entering the workforce amidst a global pandemic, she adapted, just …  

Capturing History: Symposium on Democracy speaker Pat Benic ’70 reflects on career, recalls experience at Jan. 6 insurrection

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—It was supposed to have been the easy job. At least, that’s what Pat Benic ’70 thought when he went to work on Jan. 6, 2021, to photograph congress certifying the votes in the 2020 Presidential Election. On Feb. 17, Benic retold his experience from that day to a virtual audience …  

Advocating For Equality

March 1, 2021
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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

March 1, 2021
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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

March 1, 2021
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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

March 1, 2021
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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”

March 1, 2021
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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

March 1, 2021
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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 …