May 2012 Admission Newsletter

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Welcome to the May edition of the Whitman E-Newsletter! In this issue, you will find:

Connect with Whitman this Summer

Now that senior year is nearly here, it’s time to get started with the college search in earnest! There are many ways to stay in touch and learn more about Whitman. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for important updates, fun facts about the College, and opportunities to connect with current students. Browse our blogs to get a taste of student life and advice on the admission process, and don’t hesitate to leverage the powerful Ask an Alum tool. Check our travel schedule to see if we’ll be visiting your area this summer and, lastly, don’t forget you can schedule a visit to campus anytime. We hope to see you soon!

Whitman Students Quietly Stack Up Prestigious Fellowships

The 2012 fellowship season has been another banner year for Whitman students. Our very own Senior Admission Intern, Zach Duffy ‘12, of New York City, was one of thirty college seniors across the nation to be awarded a Watson Fellowship this spring. He will be traveling to Japan, Singapore, China, Thailand, Germany, and the U.K. to study how those nations are helping unemployed youth gain traction in the workforce. Go here for more on Zach’s trip and the impressive list of this years’ other fellowship winners.

Wondering about Student Research? Look No Further than Annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference

On April 10, hundreds of Whitman students, faculty, and staff gathered in classrooms, auditoriums, and ballrooms around campus to witness an incredibly diverse and impressive array of 100% student research presentations. This festival of the intellect is an annual Whitman tradition; classes are canceled and the entire community joins together to hear students present on everything from the impact of the SOS Urgent Care Clinic on Walla Walla’s healthcare system to “The Roots ‘undun’ as Sociopolitical Critique,” or the genome structure of the Australian Lungfish. Browse the entire program and get inspired!

Megan McCain Visits to Discuss Future of Republican Party

Political columnist Megan McCain, author and award-winning blogger, took the stage in a packed Cordiner Hall a few weeks ago to be interviewed by Whitman professors and students. Topics ranged from the future of the GOP and social issues in America to healthcare and being a woman in the arena of professional politics. Other heavy-hitting speakers in April included state representative Maureen Walsh and best-selling author and international activist Mark Mathabane, to name a few.

Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s White Bread: Delicious!

Professor Bobrow-Strain published his latest book, White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf, this spring, which explores the rapid pivot Americans made from home-made to mass-produced white bread around the turn of the 20th century and the myriad social meanings within. Read this interview with Bobrow-Strain in the Boston Globe or an overview of the food writers’ panel at the annual Festival of Books by the LA Times for more.

Adam West ’51 First Whittie on Walk of Fame

Whitman alum Adam West ’51 was granted a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame last month after an illustrious half-century career in show business. First famous for his role as the original Batman (that’s right, the original, four decades before Christian Bale took over), you will probably better recognize West from his role in the hit series Family Guy, where he plays himself, Mayor Adam West. Read the full story and enjoy this compilation of a few of Mayor West’s choice moments.

Walla Walla: Keep the Accolades (and Food) Coming

Last month our lovely hometown of Walla Walla made the newsletter for being named one of “America’s Prettiest Winter Towns” by Travel & Leisure, but with summer and thus the imminent explosion of the valley’s culinary offerings almost upon us, the seemingly monthly awards are focusing back in on food. This April, The Daily Meal named Walla Walla one of the “Ten Best Small Towns for Food” in the country, noting its “pretension-free and wine and food obsessed” culture.

Varsity Athletics Rewrites College Record Books

For the first time in Whitman’s history, three varsity athletic programs have brought home Northwest Conference Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the same year. Records were broken this April when both Men and Women’s Tennis and the Women’s Golf team claimed first in the conference. Read all the glorious details here.