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Alumni Board - May 2015

Whitman College Alumni Board 2015-18

Pictured left to right:
Front row: Nancy Mitchell, Director of Alumni Relations; John Blackmon '79, Kieta Mall Skoglund '89, Minda McLaughlin Merrow '62, Louise Stephens '07.
Second row: Beth Long Salaguinto '89, Mary Deming Barber '78, Sarah Deming '10, Preston Frederickson '02.
Third row: Kirsten Adams Gable '01, Greg Saliba '90, Aaron Blank '01.
Not pictured: Matt Dittrich '12, Ashley Gevaart-Durkin '12, Dennis McNair '67, Nick Paslidis '82.

Name City Email Address
Mary Deming Barber ’78
Vice President
Gig Harbor, WA email Mary
John R. Blackmon ’79
Alumni Board Overseer
Las Vegas, NV email John
Aaron Blank '01 New York, NY email Aaron
Sarah Deming '10
Young Alumni Representative
San Francisco, CA
Matt Dittrich '12 Camas, WA
J Preston Frederickson ’02 Walla Walla, WA email J Preston
Kirsten Adams Gable ’01
Spokane, WA email Kirsten
Ashley Gevaart-Durkin ’12 Lake Stevens, WA  
Minda McLaughlin Merrow ’62 San Diego, CA email Minda
Dennis McNair ’67 Johnstown, PA  
Kieta Mall Skoglund ’89 Alexandria, VA email Kieta
Nick Paslidis ’82 Sedona, AZ email Nick
Beth Long Salaguinto ’88 Bothell, WA email Beth
Greg Saliba '90 Lake Oswego, OR
Louise Stephens '07 Stanford, CA email Louise

Meet a few of the Alumni Board Members

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What is the purpose of the Alumni Board?

In 1895, Whitman College alumni organized the Alumni Association to promote the interests of its members and their Alma Mater. Today the Whitman College Alumni Association continues to foster and maintain those interests between Whitman and its extended family.

To carry out this mission, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association maintains standing committees which advise the Alumni Office on alumni matters and communicate alumni reactions to College programs.

In other words, they work to keep you connected, and to bring your concerns back to the administration. Let them know how you feel! Email the board members in your area.

Alumni Board Five-Year Plan (pdf version) (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this page. You can download a free copy from Adobe.)

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What can the Alumni Board do for me?

They are your representatives, your voice. They can take your opinions, thoughts, and ideas back to the college, and bring information home to you. If you move into one of their areas, call for information about your new city.

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Alumni Board Nominations

All alumni are invited to submit a petition for consideration for board membership. The petition should outline the individual's interest in serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, stating his/her involvement with the College since graduation (this includes participating in alumni events and volunteering on behalf of the College). The Alumni Director shall add to the official ballot the name of any candidate for Board membership upon receipt of a petition submitting the said candidate(s) name(s), provided the petition is signed by at least twelve (12) members of the association, and, that the petition is delivered to the Alumni Director 30 days prior to the spring meeting. Emails of support are acceptable.

The Board seeks qualified individuals with preferences for candidates who will contribute to the success of young alumni initiatives in Seattle and Portland.

Members of the board serve three-year terms beginning July 1. The Board should be representative of the diversity of the Alumni Association, with members who have demonstrated volunteer service to Whitman, represent various class years, geographical areas and interests. Alumni Board members meet in Walla Walla two times per calendar year and via conference call between meetings. Attendance is required at the meetings as well as expected at local area events.

If you are interested in submitting a petition for the Alumni Board, review the Alumni Board Members Job Description, the Alumni Board Five-Year Plan, and the Alumni Association Current By-laws (all pdf forms).

Nominating petitions should be sent no later than March 31, 2015, to Nancy Mitchell, Director of Alumni Relations, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362. If you have any questions, please call 509-527-5952, 1.800.835.9448 ext. 1 or email Nancy.

Once a petition is received, you will be contacted by the Director of Alumni Relations and a member of the Alumni Board Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee presents their final slate to the Alumni Board for a vote at the spring meeting on May 1, 2015.

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Whitman College Alumni Association

All graduates of Whitman College are automatically members of the Alumni Association. Anyone who has attended Whitman for one year, and whose class has graduated, can also become a member by calling the alumni office and asking to be added. You will receive the Whitman magazine, newsletters, mailings about class reunions and alumni events in your area, and will be solicited by your class Alumni Fund representative for contributions to the College. There are no membership dues for the Alumni Association.

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