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Having Fun. 
Making Friends. 
Getting Active. 
Exploring Whitman. 
Staying Safe.  

Spring Orientation starts on Jan. 17, 2021. 

Hello, Whitties! We’re thrilled to welcome you to campus for Spring Semester—and to help set you up for future success at Whitman. You'll learn about resources, clubs, opportunities and more!

It's going to be EPIC—something you can tell future generations of Whitties about. Let me tell you about Spring 2021 Quarientation! 

Your Orientation Team has planned a lot of great activities to maximize fun and connection, while minimizing germs, big gatherings and all those COVID-risky things. 

The safer we all are, the better the quarantine will work!

Reid Campus Center Pickup Times

See pickup times for mail, packages and bookstore orders for the week of Jan. 18-22, based on the first letter of your last name.

See Times

Orientation Activities Spring 2021

7 p.m. Residence Life All-Hall Meetings

Res Life. Join your hall staff to get introduced to your residential space for this semester and to review general expectations of living in the halls or houses.

Zoom links will be provided by Resident Assistants (your RA).

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tri-College Celebration

Community Events. Students, faculty and staff of Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College, and the University of Walla Walla are invited to this two-part celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. King and the core values of his teachings.

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10 a.m. Learning Resources and Welcome Home With the Student Academic Advisors (SAs)

How to be Successful at Whitman. Join a livestream of campus’s must-see spots for getting things done and boosting your academic knowledge. Your SAs will show you where to find these *actual* places: the Hub, COWS, LLC, Penrose, Mem and more! What?! What do these nicknames and acronyms mean? Come to this session to find out.

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10 a.m. Chill Yoga Flow Session

Getting Active. Attend a beginner-friendly, hour-long yoga flow led by student Caitlin Barnes. Learn about the power of yoga, enjoy some quiet time and move your body.

Join Zoom Meeting

11 a.m. Speed Friending

Social Connections. Residence Life invites students on and off campus to sign up for a fun and structured way to meet other students in an online format. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 3:30 p.m.

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1 p.m. Residence Life Section Meetings

Res Life. Your Resident Assistant (RA) will lead your first section meeting. You’ll be introduced to students living near you and talk about what it’s like to live in a section.

Zoom links will be provided by Resident Assistants (your RA).

7 p.m. Just Dance 2021

Getting Active. Join the ACE Dance Team as they facilitate a virtual version of Just Dance. Request a song to dance to and follow commands as they appear on the screen. Watch special performances from the ACE Dance Team and get information on how to join.

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7 p.m. Getting to Know Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA)

Arts & Organizations. Join PPGA for an info session about the club’s history, its current plans for the spring and to get to know some of the current members.

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10 a.m. Getting ‘Engaged’ With the Student Career Advisors

How to be Successful at Whitman. A virtual meet-and-greet for you to learn a little more about the resources available through the Student Career Advisors (SCAs) from the Student Engagement Center (SEC).

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10 a.m. Tour the Outdoor Program (OP) Rental Shop

Getting Active. Join the OP for a virtual tour of what the rental shop has to offer. Learn how to rent equipment that’ll get you geared up for your own adventures!

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11 a.m. Painting & Wellness Sessions

Social Connections. Join the Mental Health Awareness Club (MHAC) and the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) Wellness Team as they introduce themselves, explain what their groups do and how students can get involved. After introductions, you’ll have a fun paint-by-number activity. To receive a kit for the session, look for a sign-up sheet coming soon.

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11 a.m. Zoomin’ with Z-Fit 

Getting Active. Join Z-Fit instructors as they lead an hour-long dance workout session on Zoom.

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1 p.m. A History of Whitman College

Welcome Home. Professor David Schmitz will speak about the long and fascinating history of the college. There will be time for questions as well.

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1 p.m. Chat with Whitties Who Love Walla Walla

Arts & Organizations. Connect with current students and learn how to get involved in community programs. Get to know Walla Walla and build meaningful relationships through these programs and many other volunteer opportunities.

Join Zoom Meeting

1-5 p.m. Outdoor Fun with the OP

Getting Active. Join us outside and around campus! The Outdoor Program (OP) staff will help you find a hike to a nearby park, get you started with a GeoCache challenge or set you up for a game of disc golf. If there is snow on the ground, they’ll have cross-country skis and shovels for some snowy fun. Meet in front of the library and dress warm. The OP will loan any needed gear items like jackets, gloves, hats and snow pants. Get ready for many hours of outdoor fun!

3:30 p.m IM Trivia

Social Connections. Join Intramural Sports (IM Sports) as they facilitate a virtual trivia session using Kahoot and Zoom. See how much you know about Whitman life, Walla Walla and various other topics. Winners of trivia will receive t-shirts.

Join Zoom Meeting

3:30 p.m Finding a Campus Job

How to be Successful at Whitman. The SEC will be hosting two on-campus job information sessions. There will be different campus employers at each session. Learn how to find jobs using Handshake and how to check your work eligibility at Whitman. Don’t miss these valuable networking opportunities.

Join Zoom Meeting

7 p.m. Film Screening of “The Other Walla”

Welcome Home. Explore the many aspects of your new home, Walla Walla, through a film screening, followed by a discussion, with Whitman alum and writer/director, Ethan Graham ’16. The short film, “The Other Walla,” explores the journey of two local students on their path to college. It gives insight into struggles that often go unnoticed for students who are undocumented or are children of undocumented parents.

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7 p.m. Virtual Escape Room

Social Connections. With a group of 5-10 students, you’ll be tasked with finding clues to solve the mystery and escape from the *virtual* room!

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10 a.m. Tech Support and Campus Printing with WCTS

How to be Successful at Whitman. The Whitman College Technology Services (WCTS) Help Desk student staff is prepared to share with you everything you need to know about accessing tech support and printing services at Whitman.

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10 a.m. Zoomin’ with Z-Fit 

Getting Active. Join Z-Fit instructors as they lead an hour-long dance workout session on Zoom.

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11 a.m. Climbing Center Virtual Orientation

Getting Active. Complete some of the steps necessary to use the climbing center so you’re all set!

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11 a.m. Men’s & Womxn’s Sweets Ultimate Frisbee: Meet & Greet

Social Connections. Join Men’s & Womxn’s Sweets Ultimate Frisbee for an info session and leader meet-and-greet. Captains of both teams will introduce themselves and share about each team, their plans for spring and their contact information.

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1 p.m. About Time! With the Student Academic Advisors

How to be Successful at Whitman. Time is a puzzle, and you’ve got just 24 hours in a day. How do you make the hours count? Learn strategies for creating a healthy schedule, setting a routine and avoiding procrastination. There’s a recipe to feed success and your Student Academic Advisors will  bring the cookbook.

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1 p.m. Chat with Whitties Who Love Walla Walla

Arts & Organizations. Connect with current students and learn how to get involved in community programs. Get to know Walla Walla and build meaningful relationships through these programs and many other volunteer opportunities.

Join Zoom Meeting

1-5 p.m. Outdoor Fun with the OP

Getting Active. Join us outside and around campus! The Outdoor Program (OP) staff will help you find a hike to a nearby park, get you started with a GeoCache challenge or set you up for a game of disc golf. If there is snow on the ground, they’ll have cross-country skis and shovels for some snowy fun. Meet in front of the library and dress warm. The OP will loan any needed gear items like jackets, gloves, hats and snow pants. Get ready for many hours of outdoor fun!

3:30 p.m. Exploring Your Bright Future

How to be Successful at Whitman. Join Whitman’s Student Career Advisors (SCAs) and learn how to match your passions with the careers that best suit you through group activities and PathwayU, a tool available to all students.

Join Zoom Meeting

3:30 p.m. Speed Friending

Social Connections. Residence Life invites students on and off campus to sign up for a fun and structured way to meet other students in an online format.

Join Zoom Meeting

7 p.m. Residence Life Hall Programs

Res Life. RAs and RDs will offer programming specific to your hall or house. Watch for information in your email once you’re on campus.

Zoom links will be provided by Resident Assistants (your RA).

10 a.m. Finding a Campus Job

How to be Successful at Whitman. The SEC will be hosting two on-campus job information sessions. There will be different campus employers at each session. Learn how to find jobs using Handshake and how to check your work eligibility at Whitman. Don’t miss these valuable networking opportunities.

Join Zoom Meeting

10 a.m. Outdoor Program (OP) Slideshow and Q&A

Getting Active. Get a virtual tour of what the OP has to offer every student, regardless of their previous outdoor experience. Learn about all of the programs offered by the OP and the funding sources that are available to help each student pay for them.

11 a.m. All About Internships

How to be Successful at Whitman. If you are considering internships, but don’t know where to begin, join us to explore different platforms and resources to get your hunt started. Learn about the Whitman Internship Grant, which can help fund unpaid internships.

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11 a.m. For Us, By Us Meet & Greet

Arts & Organizations. A casual gathering for Whitman’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to meet and get to know each other. All BIPOC students, staff and faculty are invited.

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11 a.m. Painting & Wellness Sessions

Social Connections. Join the Mental Health Awareness Club (MHAC) and the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) Wellness Team as they introduce themselves, explain what their groups do and how students can get involved. After introductions, you’ll have a fun paint-by-number activity. To receive a kit for the session, look for a sign-up sheet coming soon.

Join Zoom Meeting

1 p.m. “Got Time?” With the Student Academic Advisors

How to be Successful at Whitman. Canvas? Syllabi? Google calendar? Planners? Email? Academic evaluations? There are so many tools to organize. Your Student Academic Advisors will share the top strategies and tactics for using them.  Learn how these tools can help you  optimize your time here at Whitman and create a road map for your first week of classes.

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1 p.m. Chat with Whitties Who Love Walla Walla

Arts & Organizations. Connect with current students and learn how to get involved in community programs. Get to know Walla Walla and build meaningful relationships through these programs and many other volunteer opportunities.

Join Zoom Meeting

1-5 p.m. Outdoor Fun with the OP

Getting Active. Join us outside and around campus! The Outdoor Program (OP) staff will help you find a hike to a nearby park, get you started with a GeoCache challenge or set you up for a game of disc golf. If there is snow on the ground, they’ll have cross-country skis and shovels for some snowy fun. Meet in front of the library and dress warm. The OP will loan any needed gear items like jackets, gloves, hats and snow pants. Get ready for many hours of outdoor fun!

3:30 p.m. Open Mic

Social Connections. Share a poem, song, story or another special talent of yours! Look out for a sign-up form in early January.

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3:30 p.m. Understanding & Keeping Up With Your Student Account

How to be Successful at Whitman. Learn how to read your Whitman Student Account statement, how financial aid is applied to costs like tuition and room and board and how to stay up to date on your account status throughout the semester.

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7 p.m. Film Screening of “The Other Walla”

Welcome Home. Explore the many aspects of your new home, Walla Walla, through a film screening, followed by a discussion, with Whitman alum and writer/director, Ethan Graham ’16. The short film, “The Other Walla,” explores the journey of two local students on their path to college. It gives insight into struggles that often go unnoticed for students who are undocumented or are children of undocumented parents.

Join Zoom Meeting

7 p.m. Virtual Escape Room

Social Connections. With a group of 5-10 students, you’ll be tasked with finding clues to solve the mystery and escape from the *virtual* room!

Join Zoom Meeting

10 a.m. Basic Backcountry Skiing Safety

Getting Active. Join the Outdoor Program staff outside and in person for a lesson on how to use an avalanche transceiver. Meet at the Park street patio of the Reid Campus Center. Dress warm. No prior experience is necessary.

10 a.m. Everything You Wanted to Know About Financial Aid... but Were Afraid to Ask

How to be Successful at Whitman. Learn about budgets, what you need to know about financial aid and loans, accessing your portal and bill and how to get paid once you have a job.

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11 a.m. Chill Yoga Flow Session

Getting Active. Join a beginner-friendly, hour-long yoga flow led by student Caitlin Barnes. Learn about the power of yoga, enjoy some quiet time and move your body.

Join Zoom Meeting

11 a.m. Hot takes, Laughs and More With Whitman’s Varsity Nordic Improv Team

Social Connections. Confused and/or dazed about your first semester on campus? The Varsity Nordic Improv Team is here with candid (and only slightly satirical) advice! Our improv team will be acting out the parts of “typical” Whitman students and answering your questions about Whitman, quarientation and more! You’ll definitely get some good laughs ... and who knows, maybe you’ll actually get some good advice too! Can’t be worse than sitting silently next to your quarantined pal all day ... right?!

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1 p.m. Greek Life at Whitman: Questions Answered  

Social Connections. Forming Connections. Strengthening Community. Answering YOUR Questions. Greek Leaders will share why they value Greek Life (even when some thought they’d never join) and answer questions.

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1 p.m. Self–Advocating 101 With the Student Academic Advisors

How to be Successful at Whitman. You are not on your own here at Whitman—there are so many people to support you! But there is also plenty you have to do yourself. Like talking with professors, meeting with a tutor and asking questions. Feeling intimidated is very normal! Come to this session to learn different ways to figure out who to go to, for what, and why.

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3:30 p.m. Speed Friending

Social Connections. Residence Life invites students on and off campus to sign up for a fun and structured way to meet other students in an online format.

Join Zoom Meeting

3:30 p.m Tech Support and Campus Printing with WCTS

How to be Successful at Whitman. The Whitman College Technology Services (WCTS) Help Desk student staff is prepared to share with you everything you need to know about accessing tech support and printing services at Whitman.

Join Zoom Meeting

7 p.m. “quarterlife” is: hosting a reading

Arts & Organizations. Come one, come all poetry, prose and creative arts lovers! Join the “quarterlife” staff as they facilitate a reading of original works from within and outside previous “quarterlife” issues. We encourage people to read, sing, etc.—especially things they’ve created during the pandemic.

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7 p.m. Tabletop Games Club: Mini Game Sessions

Social Connections. Join Tabletop Games Club leaders for virtual games such as Jackbox, Among Us, and Skribbl.io. Spots are limited per game. A google form will be posted online for students to sign up first come, first served in early January.

Join Zoom Meeting

10 a.m. Chill Yoga Flow Session

Getting Active. Attend a beginner-friendly, hour-long yoga flow led by student Caitlin Barnes. Learn about the power of yoga, enjoy some quiet time and move your body.

Join Zoom Meeting

10 a.m. WEB Grow Kit Planting

Social Connections. Trying to become a Green Thumb? Well, you’re in luck! Each student will receive a planting kit within their quarientation packs to assemble themselves. If you’d like to learn how to put this together, join the Whitman Events Board (WEB) directors and staff member Greg Lecki for a virtual lesson!

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11 a.m. Getting to Know Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA)

Arts & Organizations. Join PPGA for an info session about the club’s history, its current plans for the spring and to get to know some of the current members.

Join Zoom Meeting

11 a.m. Zoomin’ with Z-Fit 

Getting Active. Join Z-Fit instructors as they lead an hour-long dance workout session on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

1 p.m. Residence Life Hall Programs

Res Life. RAs and RDs will offer programming specific to your hall or house. Watch for information in your email once you’re here on campus.

Zoom links will be provided by Resident Assistants (your RA).

3:30 p.m. Self-Care: Weaving in Self-Preservation to Sustain Yourself

How to be Successful at Whitman. Sleep. Rest. Take breaks. These acts and more are critical to self-preservation. Join the Student Academic Advisors for a reality check. They know—and they want you to know as well—that it is okay, and radically necessary, to claim healthy space for yourself here.

Join Zoom Meeting

3:30 p.m. Tabletop Games Club: Mini Game Sessions

Social Connections. Join Tabletop Games Club leaders for virtual games such as Jackbox, Among Us, and Skribbl.io. Spots are limited per game. A google form will be posted online for students to sign up first come, first served in early January.

Join Zoom Meeting

7 p.m IM Trivia

Social Connections. Join Intramural Sports (IM Sports) as they facilitate a virtual trivia session using Kahoot and Zoom., twice! See how much you know about Whitman life, Walla Walla and various other topics. Winners of trivia will receive t-shirts.

Join Zoom Meeting

Who's Hungry? Dining at Whitman

Cleveland Commons will be open starting on Friday, Jan. 15 for dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Normal hours of operation will begin on Saturday, Jan. 16. Most stations are available with the exception of the comfort food station and pizza station which will only be available on Fridays. All items will be in grab & go packaging for easy pickup. Indoor seating with one person per table will open on Feb. 1.

Cleveland Espresso will be open and serving Stumptown espresso, smoothies, retail grab & go and more.

Jewett Cafe has extended its hours and will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. beginning Jan. 18 with a hot entree available for lunch and dinner.

During initial quarantine, dining services will be available only for Whitman students with priority given to students who live on campus. After we assess peak times, social distancing challenges and transmission rates during the first few weeks, we hope to offer grab & go services to faculty and staff as well. Cleveland Commons and Jewett Café will be closed to the Walla Walla community until further notice.

Keep an eye out for the new Bon Appetit App which will be launched in the coming days and should make grab & go even easier.

Quarientation Photo Contest

Show us a slice of your Whittie life during quarantine for a chance to win some Whitman swag.

Entry Deadline: Jan. 30

Send your submissions to photocontest@whitman.edu and include your name, class year and IG handle (optional).

We'll be posting top submissions throughout the contest on the Whitman College instagram so stay connected that way and follow the hashtags #wcphotocontest and #whittielife.

Rules:
  1. Your entry must be photos you have taken. You can submit up to three photos.
  2. Whitman's Office of Communication is granted license to use, publish and republish your photo.
  3. The judges are not professional judges of photography. Winners will be chosen based on the content, creativity, appeal and quality. The decision by the judges is final. 
  4. Whitman reserves the right to disqualify any submissions that are not in accordance with the Community Pledge or are otherwise inappropriate or in poor taste.