Admitted Students' Day - Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 18, 2015

(Subject to Change)

7:45-8:15 a.m.

REGISTRATION.  Complimentary continental breakfast.  Cheney Doane ’15 will perform.  Foyer, Reid Campus Center. Registration continues in Penrose House (Office of Admission) after 8:30 a.m.

8:15-8:50 a.m. WELCOME TO WHITMAN COLLEGE.  George S. Bridges, President of Whitman College, and J. Antonio Cabasco, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, will remark on the “Whitman Experience” and provide schedule updates.  Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.
9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m CAMPUS TOUR.  Take a walk through the Whitman College campus with a student guide.  The tour will depart from Reid Campus Center steps.  Subsequent tours will leave from the Penrose Library steps at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
9:00-9:50 a.m. SAMPLE A CLASS.  Whitman classes generally take the form of discussion-based seminars, but you can get a taste for the intellectual life of the College by attending a presentation by a Whitman professor.
  • A Field Guide to Water: Finding Patterns in Streams. Nicholas Bader, Assistant Professor of Geology.  Room 151, Hall of Science.
  • The Emergence of Rock 'n' Roll. David Schmitz, Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History.  Room 207, Maxey Hall.
  • Shapes for the Ages: The Five Platonic Solids. Patrick Keef, Professor of Mathematics.  Room 157, Olin Hall.
  • Guess What’s for Dinner? Racism, Sexism, and the Rights of Animals. Rebecca Hanrahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy.  Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.
  • Cell Physiology and Signaling. Leena Knight, Assistant Professor of Biology.  Room 100, Hall of Science.
10:00-10:50 a.m. OFF-CAMPUS STUDY.  Susan Holme, Director of Off-Campus Studies, along with a panel of student participants, will discuss Whitman’s vast array of international and domestic off-campus study programs.  Room 100, Hall of Science. >
10:00-10:50 a.m. INTERCULTURAL CENTER: Matt Ozuna, Interim Director for Intercultural Programs and Services, and student organization leaders will host a panel on campus diversity initiatives and signature campus wide cultural programs. Reid G02, Reid Campus Center.
10:00-10:50 a.m. STUDENT POINT OF VIEW.  A panel of current students will talk about the Whitman experience and answer questions.  Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.
10:00-10:50 a.m. GREEK LIFE PANEL.  Members of Whitman’s fraternities and sororities will share their experiences with Greek Life at Whitman and answer questions.  Room 157, Olin Hall.
10:00-10:50 a.m. RESIDENCE LIFE INFORMATION SESSION AND TOUR.  Nancy Tavelli, Associate Dean of Students: Campus Life, and Andrew Johnson, Assistant Director of Residence Life & Housing, will answer questions about residence life and then lead you on a tour of the five potential living options for first-year students.  Meet in Maxey Auditorium, Maxey Hall.
11:00-11:50 a.m. SAMPLE A CLASS.  This is another chance for you to sample a class taught by a Whitman professor.  Again, Whitman classes generally take the form of discussion-based seminars, but you can get a taste for the intellectual life of the College by attending one of these presentations.
  • Prisons in the United States (and in Walla Walla, Washington): What They Tell Us About, and Their Larger Consequences For, American Society. Keith Farrington, Peterson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences.  Room 207, Maxey Hall.
  • Dislocation: Finding Our Place in the Universe. Andrea Dobson, Associate Professor Astronomy & General Studies. Room 100, Hall of Science
  • Socrates’ Ambiguous Apology.Dana Burgess, Charles E. Margery B. Anderson Endowed Prof of Humanities. Room 157, Olin Hall.
  • Why Teenagers Take Dumb Risks: Cognitive and Social Determinants. Erin Pahlke, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Room 306, Maxey Hall.
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Am I a Chiral Molecule? Marion Götz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Room 159, Hall of Science.
11:00-11:50 a.m. THEATRE INFORMATION SESSION AND TOUR. Tory Davidson ’15, Theatre/Biology Major, and Roxanne Stathos ’17, Theatre Major, will talk about Whitman’s Theatre program, answer questions, and lead a tour. Meet in Foyer, Harper Joy Theatre.
11:00-11:50 a.m. INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.  Join Noah Leavitt, Associate Dean for Student Engagement, along with current students to discuss service learning and internship opportunities.  Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.
11:00-11:50 a.m. SEMESTER IN THE WEST. Past Whitties will share their own experiences from this one-of-a-kind semester program.  Maxey Auditorium, Maxey Hall.
12:00-12:50 p.m. HAVE LUNCH ON US!  Join us for a complimentary picnic luncheon on the Cordiner Hall Side Lawn.  Please present your meal ticket (one meal ticket per person).  The TKE Jazz Band will perform. If weather prevents an outdoor picnic, lunch will be served in the Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.
1:00-1:30 p.m. PRE-PROFESSIONAL, COMBINED, AND COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS.  Faculty members and current students will present overviews and lead discussions about Whitman’s pre-professional, combined, and cooperative programs.
  • 3-2 Engineering and Computer Science. Frederick Moore, Professor of Physics.  Room 100, Hall of Science.
  • Environmental Studies. Don Snow, Senior Lecturer of Environmental Humanities/General Studies.  Room 130, Olin Hall.
  • Pre-Law Advising. Noah Leavitt, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement.  Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.
1:45-2:15 p.m. ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS.  Faculty members and current students will present overviews and lead discussions about other highlighted Whitman programs.
  • Pre-Health Professions. James Russo, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology, and current pre-health students.  Room 165, Hall of Science.
  • Fouts Center for the Visual Arts Tour and Open House.  Michelle Acuff, Assistant Professor of Art.  Foyer, Fouts Center for the Visual Arts.
  • Music Department.  Susan Pickett, Catharine Gould Chism Chair of Music.  Room 201, Hall of Music.
  • Outdoor Program Slideshow.  Aleyna Porreca ‘17, current student and Outdoor Program employee.  Room 130, Olin Hall.
  • Glover Alston Center Open House.  Come join the Intercultural Center at the Glover Alston Center for an informal showing of the facilities used by organizations such as the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, GLBTQ organizations, the Black Student Union, and other intercultural groups on campus. Glover Alston Center (26 Boyer Ave).
2:30-3:30 p.m. ANSWERS TO THE TOP TEN PROSPECTIVE PARENT QUESTIONS.  Chuck Cleveland, Dean of Students and Nancy Tavelli, Associate Dean of Students: Campus Life, will lead a discussion on the transition to college.  Maxey Auditorium, Maxey Hall.
2:30-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-4:45 p.m. GET WHITTIE. An opportunity for admitted students to get to know different aspects of Whitman. Please note: there are two sessions of Get Whittie offered and most sessions repeat.
  • KWCW.  Music and radio aficionados can join Nicole Holoboff ’15 and top DJs for a tour of the station and the music library and record a KWCW station ID to be put on the rotation.  KWCW Studio, Mezzanine Level, Reid Campus Center. Sessions I and II
  • The Pioneer Join Aleida Fernandez ’15, Emily Lin Jones ’15, and other members of The Pioneer staff to investigate the inner workings of Whitman’s weekly newspaper, ways to get involved in journalism on campus, and read old issues of the paper.  Pioneer Newsroom, Room 236, Reid Campus Center. Sessions I and II
  • Organic Garden Join the Organic Garden crew to feed chickens, plant some seeds, and get your hands dirty! Meet on the steps of Penrose Library, and walk over to the Organic Garden (Corner of Penrose Street and Isaacs Avenue) together. Session I and II
  • Green Tour. Join Tristan Sewell, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, for a talk and tour about campus sustainability and environmentalism. Meet in front of the Environmental Interest House (424 Boyer Ave). Sessions I and II
  • A capella. Join Whitman’s a capella groups for a discussion, performance and sing-along. Meet the Sirens of Swank, Schwa, and the Testostertones in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. Sessions I and II
  • Humans vs. Zombies Mission. Whitman Action Games will be hosting a Humans vs. Zombies game on Admitted Students’ Day! During Session II, everyone can try their hand playing as humans or zombies in a short mission with all players and newly admitted students invited. Meet in the middle of Ankeny Field! Session II only
  • An Introduction to Chanoyu: The Japanese Art and Practice of Serving Tea. Join Professor Akira Takemoto and his students who will explain and demonstrate the procedures and the aesthetic ideas connected with the serving and receiving of matcha (green powdered tea). The demonstration will be held in the Whitman College Tea Room called "Chikurakken" located in Olin Hall East Room 110. Space is limited to the first 20 visitors. Participants will be greeted in the Olin East first floor Lounge and then escorted into the Tea Room. Session I only
  • Tour of Walla Walla Bicycle Race. Join Alberto Santos-Davidson ’15 and Becca Mellema ‘14, of the Whitman Cycling team, and watch cyclists hailing from the U.S. and Canada ride by in a race hosted on campus. Meet on the steps of Reid Campus Center. Session I only 
5:00-5:50 p.m. ICE CREAM SOCIAL.  All admitted students and their families are invited to an ice cream social with current students and staff. The Testostertones, Sirens, and Schwa will perform.  Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.
AFTER HOURS Before you go, use your Whitman College bookstore coupon to pick up a Whitman sweatshirt!  The bookstore is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.  Also, please refer to the document in your packet entitled EVENTS@WHITMAN for a listing of campus events this weekend.

Questions? Stop by the Information Booth at Penrose Memorial Library or at Penrose House, Office of Admission