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Alumni Recognition Awards at the 2016 Reunion Weekend Convocation
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Whitties in the Cities
Whitties in the Cities
Join Whitman alumni for a social event celebrating Whitties. Help us welcome alumni from the Class of 2016 to the Whitman family as well as alumni who may be new to your city!

Chicago, IL: Oct. 4, 2016 • 6 p.m. • Hopleaf • RSVP
Eugene, OR: Oct. 13, 2016 • 6:30 p.m. • Falling Sky Brewing House & Gastro Pub • RSVP
Minneapolis MN: Oct. 27, 2016 • 6:30 p.m. • Urban Eatery • RSVP

14th President of Whitman College, Dr. Kathleen M. MurrayPresidential Reception • Denver, CO
October 11, 2016 • 6:30 p.m. • Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Directors Room, Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex

Join Whitman College alumni, parents and friends in Colorado for an evening reception with our 14th President, Dr. Kathleen M. Murray. Hear from Dr. Murray about the College’s strategic planning process that will advance the work of Whitman and create a shared vision for the College’s future. Wine and refreshments will be served.

RSVP online for the Denver event by October 3.

‘Today will be Yesterday’: The Ruth Fluno Retrospective Exhibition and Walla Walla Modern Exhibition • Walla Walla, WA
October 21, 2016 • 5:30 p.m. • Olin Hall, Room 138 and Sheehan Gallery

Ruth FlunoThe Opening talk and celebration will take place on Friday, October 21 beginning with a discussion of her work and life at 5:30 p.m. in Olin 138, followed by a reception in the Sheehan Gallery.

The Ruth Fluno Retrospective Exhibition will run from October 17– December 9, 2016. Fluno’s work will be displayed alongside a sister exhibition, Walla Walla Modern, that will highlight two of her colleagues and decades-long co-exhibitors, Richard Jens Rasmussen and Jeannette Jackson Murphy ’55.

Whitman College Alumni Trip to New York City
Jack Freimann, Whitman College Professor of Theater Emeritus, and lifelong patron, champion and benefactor of the performing arts.
Spaces still available!

November 10-13, 2016
Join fellow theatre enthusiasts for a thrilling weekend adventure in NYC. Kicking off the trip will be a 90th Birthday Celebration honoring Jack Freimann, Whitman College Professor of Theatre Emeritus, and lifelong patron, champion and benefactor of the performing arts.

Registration extended to October 5.

We also encourage you to send a congratulatory message, favorite photo, or other memory to share with Jack on his birthday and collected in a keepsake album. These can be emailed to or sent to Whitman College Development Office - Attention: Lauren Riker, 345 Boyer Avenue,
Walla Walla WA 99362.

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Strategic Planning for Whitman College—You’re invited to share your thoughts

Whitman embarked on a strategic planning process this year—aimed at envisioning what Whitman can become in the next 5-10 years. The Strategic Planning Committee is interested in the opinions of alumni, parents, and friends. Toward that end, we invite you to share your thoughts in response to this prompt: What are your highest aspirations for Whitman in the next decade and what would success in addressing those aspirations look like? Responses should be submitted no later than October 11, 2016. Click here to share your response.

Responses will be collated and reviewed and presented to the Strategic Planning Committee. In 2017, President Murray will visit a number of cities to host Presidential Town Halls in which the progress of the committee’s deliberations will be discussed in an interactive format. Please watch for announcements in future editions of Whittie News, on the Whitman Alumni Office web page, and in the mail.

a cruise on the Danube through Budapest, HungaryDanube River Cruise with Professor Kurt Hoffman

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing the Danube River Cruise with Professor Kurt Hoffman.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and are exploring options for 2018. Please check back soon for more information.

Whitman News

Whitman College adopts test-optional application process
Beginning with this year’s admission cycle, Whitman will move to a test-optional application process for prospective students.
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Whitman ranked best liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest
In its annual “Best Colleges” rankings release, “U.S. News and World Report” awarded Whitman College an overall ranking of 41 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges.
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Josh Karp ’05 goes from Moses to Macklemore
As a religion major at Whitman, he was Josh Karp ’05. Now, he’s known as Budo—a successful musician and producer for artists including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
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Whitties Helping Whittties

Whitties Helping Whittties BannerCareer Networking for alumni, parents and students. Save the date! Details to come.

January 9 – Bay Area
January 10 – Portland
January 11 – Seattle

Save the Date for Baseball

W Club logoThe Whitman College Baseball Team will face Centre College of Danville, Kentucky in The Bud Kight Memorial Series at Safeco Field, March 4 and 5, 2017. The W Club will host a Tailgate Event inside the stadium on Saturday, March 4th. Watch your inbox, your mailbox, and upcoming editions of Whittie News for details!

From the Student Engagement Center

Does your company/organization hire summer interns? If so, please let us know!

Please share your internship opportunities through our online job and internship board iEngage. You can also join us for a virtual information session to share more information about your organization and programs.

Questions? Reach out to Internship Coordinator Victoria Wolff ( and Director of Business Engagement Kim Rolfe (

Why We Love Whitman!

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

2016 Reunion Weekend Parade of Classes

Reunion Weekend 2016 gave Whitties a chance to reconnect with their friends and the campus where they met. Nearly 900 alumni and guests enjoyed a glorious Walla Walla fall weekend.

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50th Reunion Weekend
May 18-21, 2017
Class of 1967
View the schedule of events, accommodation information and RSVP online

2017 Reunion Weekend
October 12-15, 2017
Classes of 1957, 1962, 1977, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013

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Submit a Class Note

Class notes submitted between Sept. 26, 2016 and Jan. 23, 2017 will appear in the Winter issue of the Whitman Magazine.

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Alumni Travel

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2017

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon

August 4-6, 2017
Alumni, parents and friends are invited to join Theresa DiPasquale, the Gregory M. Cowan Professor of English Language and Literature for a weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Join us in beautiful Ashland, Oregon for theater, dinner and post-play discussions led by Professor Theresa DiPasquale which will enrich the experience.

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