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December 2014
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Whitman’s 14th President
Whitties Helping Whitties
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Spring Break Whitties Helping Whitties
Why We Love Whitman

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
December’s selection
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

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Whitman announces its 14th president,
Dr. Kathleen Murray

Dr. Kathleen Murray, Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Macalester College, will become Whitman College’s 14th President.
Chair of the Whitman College Board of Trustees Brad McMurchie ’84 announced that Dr. Kathleen Murray, Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Macalester College, will become Whitman College’s 14th President.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Murray’s appointment at its meeting on November 7. According to Chair McMurchie, “Kathy, with her rich history at institutions like Whitman, brings us a new perspective, but a perspective that has the experience we need to lead us forward at this particular stage of the College’s evolution.”

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Dr. Kathleen Murray Announced as Whitman College’s 14th President
Introducing Our 14th President, Dr. Kathleen Murray


Faculty Lecture: The Case of Jordanian Archaeology • Portland, OR
Whitman College graduate, Laura Evilsizer '11With Professor of Anthropology Gary Rollefson
December 6, 2014 • 2:30 p.m. • Architectural Heritage Center
Since 2001, more than 20 Whitman students have accompanied Prof. Gary Rollefson of the Anthropology Department to participate in his prehistoric archaeology research in various parts of Jordan. A brief slide show presentation will introduce these remarkable students and the experiences that thrilled them.
Read more and RSVP Online

Geology ROCKS! • San Francisco, CA
December 16, 2014 • 6:00 p.m. • Hotel Adagio, The Green Room
Everyone is invited to hang out, relax, and visit with Whitman geology faculty and students during Happy Hour. You may even hear a discussion or two regarding Geology at Whitman. This is a casual, no-host event with a cash bar for drinks.
Read more and RSVP Online

More Alumni Events

Whitties Helping Whitties
Whitties Helping Whitties logo
Whitties Helping Whitties career networking receptions are coming to:
  • Seattle - January 5, 2015
  • Portland - January 6, 2015
  • Bay Area - January 7, 2015
  • Bellevue - January 8, 2015
Save the dates; details to come.

Whitman News

Finding Harmony on Campus
Harmony (Paulsen) Burright ’06First generation working-class graduate Harmony Paulsen Burright ’06 learned what it truly means to feel adrift during her first year at Whitman College. She returned this fall to share her story with current Whitman students.
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Drew Shoals '05, drummer for TrainFrom Music to Mergers (and Back Again)
Drew Shoals ’05 zigged away from a career as a jazz musician to become a corporate lawyer, but this May zagged back to music, leaving law behind to drum in the award-winning band Train.
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Whitman Debate Argues their Way to No. 1
Though their season has just begun, Whitman’s parliamentary debate team was just ranked first out of 120 teams across the country.
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Livewire Magazine Summer 2014Contribute to Livewire

We’d like to hear from alumni between 2005 and 2014! Have a new job or a cool new hobby? Met a Whittie in an unexpected place? Please submit updates and photos to Liesl.

We are also accepting wedding/union and new baby photos! Need instructions? Electronically submitted photographs must be at least 300 dpi for a three- by five-inch photo and must include an accurate caption to make it in time for the next issue. Deadline is December 12.


Crest of Phi Delta ThetaPHI DELTA THETA 100 Year Celebration
Save the dates
April 24-26, 2015
RSVP online NOW!

Icon for the 50th Year Class ReunionClass of 1965 Fiftieth Reunion
May 21-24, 2015
View the schedule of events, accommodation information, RSVP and see who else plans to attend.

2015 Reunion Weekend, September 24-27
Class of 1950
Class of 1955
Class of 1960
Classes of 1969, 1970, 1971
Class of 1975
Class of 1990
Classes of 1994, 1995, 1996
Class of 2005

View the schedule of events, accommodation information, RSVP and see who else plans to attend.


Mt. Baldy, Sun Valley, IdahoSki with the President in Sun Valley
February 19–22, 2015
Join President Bridges and Kari Tupper for the last “Ski with the President” outing.
Come for the weekend or come for the day.
Read more and register online.

rafting on the Yampa River in ColoradoWhite Water Rafting Trip on the Yampa and Green Rivers with Bob Carson and Don Snow
June 5-9, 2015
Join Professor of Geology Bob Carson and Don Snow, Senior Lecturer of Environmental Humanities & General Studies for a white water rafting trip on the Yampa and Green Rivers. The Yampa is “one of the Rocky Mountain’s last undammed rivers.”
Read more and register online.

Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare FestivalOregon Shakespeare Festival 2015
August 7–9, 2015
Join Theresa diPasquale, Professor of English Language & Literature, and Whitman alumni, parents and friends for a great weekend of play going and discussions.

Antony and Cleopatra, Guys and Dolls, Much Ado About Nothing and more.
Save the dates! Details will be available soon.

wall painting in CubaCuba with David Glenn, Professor of Music-Jazz
January 9-16, 2016
Whitman alumni, parents and friends are invited to experience the sights and sounds of Cuba. This cultural tour will include visiting with Cuban musicians and artists, visiting museums and meeting the people of Cuba.
Save the dates! Details will be available soon.

Spring Break Whitties Helping Whitties

Whitman students are curious about what you do and where you work. Here is your chance to share with them!

NEW this Spring Break!!
Whitties Helping Whitties Job Shadowing
Monday, March 16th thru Friday, March 27th, 2015

Host a student for a half-day, the full day, or a whole week!
If you’re interested in participating, we are starting the list now, so please complete the form found here. More info to come as we see who’s interested.

Organized by the Student Engagement Center

Why We Love Whitman
Photo by Matt Banderas ’04, Whitman communications officer/photographer

Happy Holidays from the Whitman College Alumni Office. May you have a joyous holiday season and our best wishes for the new year.

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