Morning Academic Sessions

Choose one from a selection of six academic experiences taught by Whitman professors. Your choice of academic session will determine your start time for the day. The morning also includes a campus tour before the session and brunch in Cleveland Commons after the session.

Science Showcase in the STEM Hub

Ginger Withers, Dr. Robert F. Welty Professor of Biology

The session will allow students to explore the STEM Hub (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the Hall of Science, including displays on student research, sophisticated lab equipment and spaces on campus, and connections with our academic and career support services. Faculty will be on hand to field questions.

Amphibians: Their Secrets Revealed

Kate Jackson, Professor of Biology

Professor Kate Jackson is a nationally recognized scientist who has built the only online database of the snakes of Western and Central Africa. Though her focus for this lecture will be amphibians, herpetology (the study of snakes) is her dominant focus. In her courses and research, Whitman students use 3-D printing to explore evolutionary biology and species classification. 

Physics and the Basics of Climate Change

Kurt Hoffman, Professor of Physics

Kurt Hoffman, longtime Professor of Physics, has conducted research focused on infrared luminescence and optical characterization, sol-gel glasses for high-speed optical communication, and combustion synthesis. 

The Public Sphere: Public Opinion in the Age of Social Media

Tarik Elseewi, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Professor Tarik Elseewi is a media and cultural studies scholar who focuses on globalization, Arabic media and political identity as well as the role of electronic media in culture and politics. At Whitman College, he teaches Middle East media, television studies and media theory. He also participated in last year’s interdisciplinary Covid-19 course, delivering a lecture on “Mediating the Virus.” 

History of Forest Fire Control in the U.S.

Bina Arch, Associate Professor of History

Professor Arch’s research and expertise covers a broad range of topics including environmental history, animal history, and modern Japanese history. Her courses are rich and interdisciplinary, and include “Changing Landscapes: Introduction to Terrestrial Environmental History” and “Pacific Whaling History.”

Reading from “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story” 

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership

Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez” is a work of narrative nonfiction exploring how the U.S.-Mexico border got to be the way it is today—and how it could be different—through the harrowing story of one young woman growing up undocumented in Douglas, Arizona during the 90s and 2000s. It is the result of more than five years of intensive research, a process shaped by many great conversations in Politics Department seminars, as well as by the participation of numerous Whitman student research assistants. 

Student Life at Whitman Sessions

Student Life at Whitman sessions are offered after brunch. You have several choices at both 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sessions are 45 minutes and many include student presenters or panelists. No registration is required for these sessions and members of your party can attend different sessions.

10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Admission and Financial Aid
Location: Kimball Auditorium, Hunter Conservatory

Our Admission and Financial Aid team will demystify the process of applying to Whitman for admission and merit-based aid, and how to be considered for need- and talent-based scholarships.

11:30 a.m. Sessions

Academic Support at Whitman
Location: Maxey Hall, Room 106

Our Academic Resource Center staff will provide information on the various types of academic support available, including assistance with navigating academic accommodations, tutoring and ongoing academic coaching.

Off-Campus Studies (Study-Abroad Opportunities)
Location: Olin Hall, Room 138

Hear from Whitman students who have studied either abroad or in United States-based partner programs, and learn about the wide-range of off-campus opportunities.

Life in the Residence Halls
Location: Lymon House Lounge

Our Residence Life team will share information about each first-year residence hall, and the immersive and supportive experience of residence living at Whitman. 

Athletics at Whitman
Location: Sherwood Athletic Center Room 222

A panel of athletes will discuss the various ways you can get involved in athletics at Whitman, from varsity and club sports to the student-run intramural sports program.

Harper Joy Theatre Tour
Location: Harper Joy Theatre

Professor Laura Hope, director of theater and chair of the department of theater and dance, will lead a tour of the performing arts venue. More than 60 percent of Whitman students enroll in a theater or dance class, perform on stage, design, build, crew, usher or work the box office before they graduate.

12:30 p.m. Sessions

Diversity and Inclusion at Whitman: A Student Panel
Location: Maxey Hall, Room 104

Whitman’s Intercultural Center provides resources, programming and spaces in support of diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus. Meet some of the student leaders—Inclusion Fellows—behind this important work.

Whitman’s Outdoor Program With Student Leaders
Location: Maxey Hall, Room 206

Whitman’s nationally recognized Outdoor Program runs trips most weekends throughout the school year. Trips include kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and more. 

Career Advising & Community Involvement
Location: Maxey Hall, Room 202

Our Student Engagement Center offers comprehensive career advising services and provides guidance for applying for fellowships, internships and awards. The SEC is also home to several volunteer programs that connect Whitman students with meaningful service learning experiences in the Walla Walla community.

Sheehan Gallery Tour
Location: Sheehan Gallery, Olin Hall 

Explore the campus’ main gallery space with Kynde Kiefel, co-director of the Sheehan Gallery. The current exhibit is “You Are Here” by artists Roger Amerman ’80 and Marcus Amerman ’81, members of the Choctaw Nation.