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The Installation of Dr. Kathleen M. Murray, September 18, 2015
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Presidential Installation

All alumni are invited to the Installation ceremony for Dr. Kathleen M. Murray, Whitman’s 14th president, at 4:00 p.m. on September 18, 2015.

Dr. Murray is a passionate advocate of the liberal arts and the residential learning experience, and she believes that her undergraduate years in such a setting developed her potential as a scholar and artist, laying the foundation for her rewarding career and life. For more information and to RSVP for the ceremony and events throughout the weekend, go to

Can’t make it back to Walla Walla for this historic event? Send your welcoming messages to President Murray using the hashtag #BigWhitmanWelcome! Post your video, photo or text on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag. Visit the installation multimedia page to see how the Whitman community welcomes our 14th President!

2015 Reunion Weekend

2015 Reunion Weekend, Septmber 24-27Classes of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2005
Registrations are due September 11th. To register and see who else is registered, click here. Remember, even if you sent in an RSVP letting us know you were “likely to attend” you need to register to sign up for events and pay in advance. Welcome home!
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W Club Golf Tournament

The Sixth Annual W Club Golf Tournament will be held during Reunion Weekend, on Friday, September 25, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Cost for an individual golfer is $125, a foursome is $500.

Whitman College W Club logoRegister yourself or your foursome here.

Download the brochure for details.

Presidential Receptions Introducing
Dr. Kathleen Murray

Join Whitman College alumni, parents and friends for a series of receptions introducing our 14th President, Dr. Kathleen M. Murray. Hear from Dr. Murray about initial plans to build on the success of the Now Is the Time Campaign and create a shared vision for the College’s future. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Read more and register online:
September 29, 2015 - New York City
September 30, 2015 - Washington, D.C.
October 8, 2015 - Seattle, WA
October 18, 2015 - San Francisco, CA


Welcome Potluck for alumni from the Classes of 2000-2015 • Boston, MA
September 10, 2015 • 6:30-9 p.m.
Home of Eric Rietveld ’09
Read more and Register online.

South Sound Welcome Reception for alumni, parents and friends • Gig Harbor, WA
September 15, 2015 • 7 p.m.
Home of Alan and Mary Deming Barber ’78
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Whitman News

Mumford & Sons take on Whitman’s soccer teams
As Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road tour arrived in Walla Walla this August, a group of Whitman soccer players took on the band and their roadie team in a quick game of pick-up soccer.
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Whitman College to host sculpture by internationally renowned artist and activist
Whitman will host a sculpture by contemporary Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei starting in September. The piece, titled “Refraction,” is a large, stainless steel sculpture created to simulate a bird’s wing.
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New Award Recognizes “Pete Reid Day” in Walla Walla

Pete Reid ’49On August 6, Rotarian and Walla Walla Mayor Jerry Cummins announced at a Rotary Club of Walla Walla meeting that Pete Reid ’49 would be the first recipient of a new civic award instituted by the city. Reid was presented with the award and Cummins proclaimed August 6, 2015, as “Pete Reid Day.”

Reid came to Whitman in 1946 after naval service in World War II and graduated with an economics and business degree. In 1949, he became a staff member, assisting with the new job placement office and traveling for a few weeks each fall and spring for the admission office. Over the course of his time at the college, Reid worked in areas including career services, admissions, alumni and special fundraising projects. His primary role, though, was in the business office where he served as business manager, treasurer, chief financial officer and overseer of the Whitman Farm Committee. He later served as special assistant to the president. Reid Campus Center is named in honor of Pete and his wife Hedda Jorgenson Reid ’49, and the Pete and Hedda Reid Scholarship Endowment was created in 1990 to honor them and to support Whitman students with financial need.

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Hire a Whittie – The SEC can help your organization hire Whitman talent

HIRE A WHITTIE – The SEC can help your organization hire Whitman talent. Recruiting season is upon us – for seniors seeking post-graduate positions and for underclassmen seeking summer internships. Many organizations have begun their recruiting process or will in the coming weeks and we want to be sure that Whitman students are in the hunt. Please help us connect to your recruiters by introducing them to Kimberly Rolfe, Director for Business Engagement. Email Kim.

Why We Love Whitman!

Photo by Matt Banderas ’04, Whitman visual editor/photographer

Whitman Soccer vs Mumford and Sons

As Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road tour rolled into town, a group of Whitman soccer players from the men’s and women’s soccer teams took on Marcus Mumford (back row, far right), the rest of the band and their roadie team in a quick game of pick-up soccer.

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Class of 1966 Fiftieth Reunion
May 19-22, 2016

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Join members of the W Club at the Seattle Mariners Spring Training in Arizona, March 9-12, 2016. Read more

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