June 24, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 44 June 24, 2013
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Pacific Power Foundation grant supports science tutoring at Wa-Hi

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A new, $3,500 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation will allow Whitman students to expand their reach into the Walla Walla community by serving as tutors for Walla Walla High School AP science students. Through the program, Whitman science students will earn stipends for tutoring Wa-Hi students enrolled in AP biology, chemistry, physics or environmental science.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have support from the Pacific Power Foundation,” says Leena Knight, assistant professor of biology and faculty advisor for the program. “These funds will lay the groundwork for a tutoring/mentoring program designed to boost math and science performance in high school students to help them succeed in college, especially in STEM fields. We believe the program can strengthen ties between Whitman and Wa-Hi and help pave the way for other partnered educational programs in the future.”

To read the full article, click HERE.

Whitman featured on “NerdScholar” list of favorite summer reading programs

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The higher education website NerdScholar recently highlighted Whitman’s Summer Read Program in a post titled “Favorite Summer Reading Programs.” It commends colleges and universities with summer reading programs that are designed to “not only foster a sense of community through shared experience, but also encourage students to participate in academic culture before they arrive on campus.” Whitman’s program, which is open to staff, faculty and the community, is recognized as promoting community involvement and leadership among incoming students.

To read the NerdScholar article, click HERE. For more on Whitman’s 2013 Summer Read Program selection, “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” click HERE.

Staff Profile: Alexandra Jordan
Development Officer

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Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.

Education: BA, art, California State University, Long Beach

Years at Whitman: 1 year and 19 days.


Film: “Tiger in the Snow”
Book: So many favorites! Most recent favorite “In One Person” by John Irving

Favorite sculpture on campus: Carnival, 1997, Jim Dine. I love how monumental it is, the color and texture. It reminds me of a Venus de Milo made of chunks of crayon that have been carved, scored and stained. It’s brilliant!

Best travel experience: Hitchhiking from Nairobi to the Indian Ocean and spending Ramadan with my friend’s family in Mombasa.

Interests/pleasures: Riding my beach cruiser all over town, reading fiction/non-fiction, live music, dancing, great food and wine.

Recent accomplishment: Three weeks of two-a-day workouts with the “Movement that Matters” program!

A day in the life/on the job: A typical day is spent planning visits with donors and potential donors throughout the United States. I travel by plane, car, train, bus or walk through knee deep snow (in Minnesota) to meet with alumni, parents and friends of Whitman. I love hearing how being a part of this amazing community changed their lives and helping them find a meaningful way to support the college.

Favorite aspect of Whitman: The trees; they are amazing in every season!

What I’ve learned here: No matter what their age, 23-102, Whitties are interested in everything life has to offer. I have yet to meet a Whittie who was bored or boring!

Favorite quote: “It’s not how you look – it’s how you see.” – Audio Adrenaline

July issue of Whitman Magazine to spotlight sports

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Beth Daviess ’13 throws the disc around a University of Montana defender.

The July edition of Whitman Magazine will offer in-depth coverage of Whitman athletics, with features on the women’s basketball team, ultimate Frisbee, the W Club and more. The issue also features a review of Commencement 2013, including an interview with speaker Eric Idle, as well as an alumni profile on entrepreneur Jonathan Sposato ’89 and other campus news.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

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Memorial work has moved into another seismic strengthening phase as floor joists are exposed in much of the building. Full size.

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In This Issue
Pacific Power Foundation Grant
Staff Profile
July Magazine
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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