Alumni News


  • Donation Expands College's Collection of Handcrafted Artists' Books

    October 15, 2019 • Peter Newland ’67 and Robyn Johnson have shared their love of artists’ books for nearly 25 years. Now, they are sharing that love — as well as their collection of dozens of the handcrafted works of art — with the Whitman College community.

  • Andrea Chin '15 Hones Research Skills at OHSU Laboratory

    October 14, 2019 • Andrea Chin ‘15 hasn’t been one to stray from her goals and the path that leads her to them. While at Whitman, Chin was a biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology (BBMB) major. She had her sight set on Whitman from the moment she was accepted to the college’s Visit Scholarship Program, which provides a free trip to campus for students from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • Whitman Names New Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

    October 7, 2019 • Whitman College President Kathleen Murray announced the appointment of Steve Setchell as the college's new vice president for development and alumni relations.

  • Recruiter Email Leads Jake Harwood '14 to Career in Project Management

    September 26, 2019 • The art of the 30-minute conversation is a skill Jake Harwood '14 mastered while working as an Admission intern during his senior year at Whitman. As part of his internship, Harwood interviewed prospective students trying to get to the core of the student's persona during a brief 30-minute window.

  • Life After Whitman: Kelly Katon '01 Finds Calling in Event Management

    September 26, 2019 • Sociology and geology major Kelly Katon '01 is the manager of events at Pokemon Company International in Bellevue. Katon found her passion for event planning the first day she stepped foot on Holland America Line cruise ship as crew staff and there was a sail-away party happening on deck.


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Alumnus Finds Purpose in Guiding Youth

Fred Capestany '86

For Fred Capestany ’86, serving others is more than a feel-good deed, it’s a basic living expense.
“I always had a sense from my parents that service is sort of the rent you pay for living,” Capestany said. “There was a strong belief that it’s just what you have to do, and that we all must do our part to help confront injustices and inequalities to help make the world a better place.”

Alumnus Shares Passion for Purpose

Phil Gardner ’69

One of the leading consultants on academic student success and professional development, Phil Gardner '69 believes purpose is the key to pursuing one's passion throughout life.

"Many students who seek a liberal arts degree are driven by their passion for a field of study," Gardner said. "But, when it comes to linking college and career, there is a big difference between having passion and having purpose."