Schedule of Events for Friday, October 24, 2014

All Family Weekend events and activities are completely optional. There are no required events. The most important thing to do is spend some quality time with your student.

3-7 p.m. Information and sign-in table will be open in the Reid Campus Center foyer. Pick up a printed schedule of Family Weekend events and tickets for Varsity Nordic Improv Group and Planetarium shows (Saturday events).

2-4 p.m. Student Engagement Center Open House. You are invited to spend an afternoon in the Student Engagement Center. Meet the SEC staff, learn more about community service, career development, internships, business engagement and much more. Refreshments will be provided. Reid Campus Center, 219.

3-4 p.m. The Annual Whitman Cookie Contest is back for its 6th year! Come and share your favorite family cookie recipes for everyone to enjoy, or come and eat the delicacies yourself while meeting Whitman families and students.  For those who want to bake, the Glover Alston Center will be reserved for use from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for families to bake together.  To pre-register to bake, please click here. Reid Campus Center, Coffeehouse.

4:15 p.m. Whitman College Cycling Club invites you to join them for a 60 to 90 minute ride; group might be divided up into different rides based on ability level, and there's a possible stop at a local coffee shop following the rides. Participants will need to provide their own bicycles, helmets, etc. Rentals are available at Allegro Cyclery on Main Street. Meeting in front of Reid Campus Center.

4:30-6 p.m. Faculty/ Parent Social. Mingle with some faculty members from a variety of departments. Parents only. Wine, beer and other refreshments will be served. Baker Center.

5-6 p.m. “Fridays at 5” Hillel-Shalom Shabbat Reception. Meet other Hillel-Shalom students and parents as you welcome Shabbat by lighting candles and eating freshly baked challah. If you are able, please RSVP to Sabra Jaffe at Spiritual Activities Room, Prentiss Hall, Room 10, on the bottom floor.

5:30-7 p.m. Dinner in Prentiss Dining Hall. Family members are invited to enjoy their student’s dining experience ($13 for adults, $7 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under).

7-9:30 p.m. Whitman Sampler Concert. Enjoy performances by the Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers (directed by Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey), Orchestra (directed by Paul Luongo), Wind Ensemble (directed by Gary Gemberling) and Jazz Band (directed by Doug Scarborough). Cordiner Hall.

6-8 p.m. Mr. Whitman Fundraising Auction. Come support the Children's Home Society of Walla Walla at an auction put on by the men vying for the title of Mr. Whitman. Kappa Kappa Gamma organizes this fundraising competition each year, which culminates with a judged event in Cordiner Hall at 7pm on October 31st. For tonight, though, the competitors have decided to put aside their rivalries and host a fantastic auction, replete with donations from community members, delicious food, and performances by Schwa and Almighty Ink. Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom B.  

7-10 p.m. Alpha Phi’s Red Dress Gala to raise money for women’s cardiac care. Please join Whitman’s newest sorority in their first ever Red Dress Gala. The night will consist of wine and coffee, dessert, speakers, live entertainment, a raffle and a silent auction. This event is open to students, faculty, families, and community members. This is a great time to socialize with other parents, and help raise money for a great cause. All money raised will be donated to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which for 57 years has been helping raise awareness and fund for heart disease research. Our silent auction items include: an NFL gift basket with Seahawks merchandise, Bed and Breakfast packages around Walla Walla, private wine tastings at local wineries, tickets to the Walla Walla symphony, and many more. For more information on the event and to RSVP visit Cocktail attire. Red admired but not required. Charles Smith Tasting Room at 35 S Spokane St in downtown Walla Walla.

8 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. An intrepid Victorian adventuress, a Japanese Emperor’s mistress, Pope Joan, and a Flemish avenger are the honored guests at Marlene’s celebration of her promotion to the head of a London employment agency. Caryl Churchill’s seminal play considers the sacrifices and compromises that come with rising to the top. Tickets (available October 13): $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (60+) and free for Whitman students with their student IDs. To make reservations, call the Box Office at (509) 527-5180. For more information, visit

8 p.m. Coffeehouse. In Sherman Alexie’s book Reservation Blues, experienced by all new Whitman students as the focal point of the college’s 2014 “Summer Read Program,” the young native American protagonists in the story are visited by legendary blues musician Robert Johnson, who is seeking to escape his infamous “deal with the devil” which has resulted in him being the extraordinary guitarist that he in fact was.  This Coffee House program is a celebration of the life and music of Robert Johnson, as discussed by Whitman sociologist Keith Farrington and demonstrated by former Whitman Physics Professor (and current University of Idaho faculty member) Marty Ytreberg.  Professor Ytreberg will offer his acoustic interpretations of a number of Johnson’s most famous blues songs, occasionally interspersed with musicological commentary on Johnson’s life and the origins and nature of blues music more generally offered by Professor Farrington.  Following the acoustic portion of this program, Professors Ytreberg and Farrington will be joined on stage by several additional musicians  from the local community, to demonstrate first-hand some of the ways that Johnson’s songs and delta blues music overall have served as the powerful foundation for much of what we currently know as rock ‘n’ roll. Reid Campus Center, Coffeehouse.