August 19, 2013

Volume 7 | Issue 52 | August 19, 2013

Whitman campus ranked third best in nation

The magazine Business Insider ranked Whitman No. 3 in Best College Campuses. The college finished just behind Bowdoin and Claremont McKenna.

Business Insider used 2014 Princeton Review rankings regarding architecture, services and facilities to form its Best College Campuses list. The Princeton Review ranked Whitman No. 5 in the “Best health services” category, No. 9 in “Best college library,” No. 6 in “Easiest campus to get around” and No. 10 in “Best quality of life.” These high marks helped the college secure its top ranking on the Best College Campuses list.

March with PFLAG in the Frontier Days Parade

Members of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) are seeking volunteers to march with them in the SE Washington Frontier Days Parade on August 31 at 10 a.m.

The parade is a chance to show residents of Walla Walla that their community is open and supportive. Feel free to wave at the crowd, carry signs or simply walk quietly.

Please contact Sharon Kaufman-Osborn at if you’re interested in marching. She will let you know where to meet as soon as PFLAG is notified about their position in the parade line-up.

Seeking volunteers for opening day

In less than two weeks, a new class of first-year students will arrive on campus, ready to move into their residence halls. Jamie Kennedy is currently looking for volunteers to greet first-years moving in to Jewett and Lyman and to help these new students unload their belongings. Assistance is needed from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and volunteers can sign up to help for as long or short a shift as they’d like.

Email Barbara Maxwell at if interested.

Business Office to host timesheet workshop for student employee supervisors

The Business Office has put together a workshop on student web timesheets for all supervisors of student employees. Whether your office is new to web timesheets or you simply need a refresher, join them on Aug. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Maxey 204.

If you’re planning to attend, please send an RSVP to Nancy Jungmann at If you have questions, send them to Kellie Emigh at or Susan Brown at

Faculty News Brief

Helen Kim, professor of sociology, and Noah Leavitt, assistant dean for student engagement, were recently cited in the leading newspaper for Jewish world news, Haaretz and in the Jewish Daily Forward.

Both articles focus on Angela Buchdahl, the first Asian-American rabbi, and on the question of finding a Jewish identity in multiracial families. Kim and Leavitt conducted a two-year sociological study on Asian-Jewish identity by interviewing dozens of Asian-Jewish families across the country. They found that most Asian-Jewish couples today are raising their children as Jews, just as Buchdahl’s parents did.

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Students in the WISE program listen in on a science lecture. Full size.

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