January 6, 2014
Volume 8 | Issue 18 | January 6, 2014
Office of Communications welcomes Chief Communications Officer and Director of Digital Communications
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.
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.
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.