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Longtime civil rights activist and Georgia Congressman John Lewis received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and delivered the commencement speech recently at Washington and Jefferson College. He is celebrating his 30th year representing the Georgia fifth district and reflected on his lifetime of activism with Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer.

Retiring Washington And Jefferson College President Reflects On The Changing Campus

May 16, 2016
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Tori Haring-Smith says it took many years get beyond being introduced as Washington and Jefferson College’s first female president.

Haring-Smith assumed the role in 2005 and recently announced she will be retiring effective June 30, 2017. She says the biggest challenge coming in was working with alumni to help them understand how their college had changed since becoming a coed institution in 1970.

(Rebroadcast) Presidential Walking Tours in Washington, PA

Feb 17, 2014
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Washington & Jefferson College has a unique way to celebrate and honor past American Presidents that have spoken, stayed, or visited Washington, PA.

Professors Jennifer Harding and Thomas Mainwaring developed a walking presidential tour which offers a historical look at the connection between fifteen Presidents and the City of Washington.

How to Deal with New School Anxiety

Sep 16, 2013
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New school anxiety hits students transitioning between school levels each year. As this academic year gets underway Cathy Petchel, a clinical psychologist at Washington & Jefferson College, is ready to help.

Petchel says the major issues which contribute to new school anxiety stem from a fear of the unknown. That includes new social situations and how to build relationships in this new setting. Heightened academic expectations can also be a source of anxiety.