Admitted Students' Day - Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 19, 2014

(Subject to Change)

7:45-8:15 a.m. REGISTRATION. Complimentary continental breakfast. Josh Melander '14, Nathan Radakovich '14, and Aaron Stern '16 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 am., 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.

  • Our Violent Past: Reconstructing Earth's Earliest History. 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
  • The Tomb of Archimedes. Patrick Keef, Professor of Mathematics. Room 245, Olin Hall
  • Guess What's for Dinner? Racism, Sexism, and the Rights of Animals. Rebecca Hanrahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.
  • The Magic of Vesicle Formation in the Eukaryotic Cell. 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. 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.
  • Reclaiming Tahrir: The Rhetoric of Hacktivism. Heather Hayes, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies. Room 130, Olin Hall
  • 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. Nicky Khor '14, Theatre Minor, and Zoe Randol '14, 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 OTHER EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY. Join Noah Leavitt, Assistant 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). Student band Annie Ocean 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 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 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. Skye Pauly '15, current student and Outdoor Program employee. Room 130, Olin Hall.
  • Glover Alston Center Open House. Matthew Ozuna, Intercultural Program Advisor, and current Whitman students. 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 Kalen Bergado '14 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. Session I
  • The Pioneer. Join Shelly Le '14 and 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. Session I and II
  • Quarterlife and Blue Moon. Get a glimpse into two of Whitman's publications, blue moon and quarterlife, to see what goes into the process of creating and publishing a literary magazine or journal. Speak to the staff members about their experience and check out some of the amazing art, prose, drama, essays, poetry, music, and film that are published every year at Whitman! Room G02, Reid Campus Center. Session I and II
  • Organic Garden. Join Whitman students and get down 'n dirty in the Organic Garden. 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 Whitman's Green Leaders for a talk and tour about campus sustainability and environmentalism. Meet in front of the Environmental Interest House (424 Boyer Ave). Session 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. Session II only
  • Humans vs. Zombies Mission. Campus Gaming will be hosting Spring Semester's HvZ game on Admitted Students Day! There will be a mock mission with all players and newly admitted students invited. Meet in front of the Hall of Music and bring bandanas/socks/nerf blasters if you have any - there will be some provided for those who don't! Session II
  • 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
  • Namaste Meditation. Join Theo Cisewski '15 and Sebastian Lowe '14 and experience one method Whitties use in centering themselves. Please meet in the Prentiss Basement Spirituality Room. Session I and II
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, faculty, and staff. The Testostertones 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