January 6, 2014

Volume 8 | Issue 18 | January 6, 2014

Office of Communications welcomes Chief Communications Officer and Director of Digital Communications

Michelle Ma

Today we welcome Chief Communications Officer Michelle Ma on her first day at Whitman College. She assumes the leadership role of the Office of Communications. Michelle moved from Placentia, Calif., to Walla Walla with her husband, Bernard, and their two children, Teddy, 1, and Oliver, 5. Previously, Michelle served for eight years as director of marketing, public relations and governmental affairs at Coastline Community College in Orange County, Calif.

As CCO, Michelle will report directly to the president and devote much of her first year to developing a broadly-based strategic communications plan for Whitman in collaboration with the budget officers, elected faculty leadership, senior staff members and governing board members. In doing so, she will devote a great deal of time to getting to know Whitman's people and culture, along with learning about the college's commitment to education in the liberal arts and sciences.

Although the Office of Communications will continue many of its most important ongoing functions, under Michelle’s leadership Communications staff members will play a critical strategic role in increasing Whitman’s visibility to prospective students and college counselors, in addition to strengthening our communications with and messages to our alumni, donors and friends. With Michelle's arrival, David Brauhn's title as acting director of communications will change back to associate director of communications.

Kristen Healy

Also on her first day of a new job in the Office of Communications is Kristen Healy, who was recently hired after a nationwide search to become director of digital communications. Kristen was previously the online content specialist at the college, a position she has filled since August 2013. She moved to Walla Walla with her husband, Sean, from Boulder, Colo., where she was a senior engineer at CenturyLink Communications. The newly created director of digital communications position at the college will be responsible for providing best digital communications and marketing practices insight and providing team leadership to further the college's vision of advancing its digital marketing and communications efforts.

Please join us in congratulating both Michelle and Kristen. You can reach Michelle at mamk@whitman.edu or x5768. You can reach Kristen at healykc@whitman.edu or x4412.

New temporary staff members join Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Liesl Olson '11 (left) and Jessica Asmus '13

The Alumni Relations Office and the Office of Annual Giving are pleased to welcome two alumni as temporary employees while other employees are away on maternity leave. Jessica Asmus ‘13 (German Studies major, Sociology minor), will substitute for Rikki Gwinn, administrative assistant for the Alumni Relations Office, during Rikki's maternity leave. Liesl Olson ‘11 (Geology/Environmental Studies), replaces Brenda Michels, annual giving officer, in the Office of Annual Giving. Brenda and Rikki will return to Baker Center from maternity leave in March. In March, Jessica departs for the Peace Corps where she will be assigned to Albania.


Faculty News Brief

Assistant Professor of Music Paul Luongo had three publications released at the end of 2013. They are all musical editions, published by A-R Editions, Inc.

His new edition of “Arrangements for Small Orchestra” by Theodore Thomas (pictured right), the first renowned American orchestral conductor and founder and director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, includes Thomas’ orchestral transcriptions of Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song,” three songs by Beethoven, and Bach’s Violin Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016.


Whitman Wellness
Contributed by Fitness Facilities Director Michele Hanford

Join the next Movement that Matters session!

Remember to sign up for the ninth session of Movement that Matters, which runs from January 13 through April 25. Movement that Matters offers a selection of 10 classes every week, each providing the opportunity to be well and seek solace for the mind, the body or the soul.

Especially exciting during this session is “Wise Exercise,” a class taught by yours truly and aimed at advancement amongst participants who may be honoring a sore spot or a physical challenge. This class boasts stretch, strength and balances in its repertoire, and will not disappoint! The class is 45 minutes, and will be taught in the inspirational space of the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center Skybox. Come dressed in clothes to move (no jeans) and layers that can be pared down! Light hand weights will be available, as will chairs which can be used as props for either standing or sitting.

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

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