Every week, Senior Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn sends all new students helpful emails to prepare for entering Whitman. If you happen to miss one, or would like to go back and read a previous email, we have them listed here for your convenience.

Hello Whitties,

Welcome to Whitman College! Congratulations on your college decision. Now, you may be wondering, what’s next?

Each Monday throughout the summer, I will send you an email with important information, tips and deadlines.

What’s Due Soon

Today, I’d like to encourage you to complete  three critical Whitman tasks. You’ll want to take care of these as soon as possible.

  • Activate your Whitman email account. Once activated, please check it regularly. That’s where you’ll receive your Monday emails from me, and all your student email as a Whittie.

Your ID number: To activate your Whitman email account, you’ll need your Whitman ID number (also known as your WID#).

  • Complete your online advising questionnaire. Why is this so important? We use your input to select an academic advisor for you. The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete.

  • Sign up for a Group Advising Session. I am meeting online with first-year and transfer students to discuss advising, distribution requirements, registration and expectations around academic integrity. Group Advising sessions start today and will run through June 13.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to email me, and I will make sure you get an answer.

Again, welcome to Whitman — we’re all very excited about you joining us in the fall!

Juli Dunn
Senior Associate Dean of Students

Hello Whitties,

We are excitedly counting the weeks until you join us on campus.

For those of us preparing for your arrival, this time will zip by as we finalize orientation and registration, housing assignments and pre-major advisor selections.

Here are a few items to make sure are checked off your list.

What’s Due Soon
Today, I’d like to encourage you to complete three critical Whitman tasks. You’ll want to take care of these as soon as possible.

1. Activate your Whitman email account. If you haven’t already, please do so at whit.mn/acct.

Activating your account will also give you access to MyWhitman. This is where you’ll complete online forms, search for classes and generate your course wish list. You’ll also want to check your Whitman email on a regular basis. Like on Mondays, when you’ll hear from me!

2. Attend a Group Advising Session (whit.mn/new-student-advising). I will meet online with first-year and transfer students to discuss advising, distribution requirements, registration and expectations around academic integrity. Save your spot — these sessions will run through June 13.

3. Determine if you need to take online placement exams. If you’re considering advanced courses — above introductory level — in chemistry, calculus or a foreign language, you'll need to complete your placement exams by July 15

Placement tests help you enroll in the correct course and have a successful first year — and they are required for some courses, including language classes. See more details and access the exams at whit.mn/place.

Note: If you plan to start a new language, the 100-level classes are where you’ll want to begin. In that case, you will NOT need to take a placement test.

Once again, we are thrilled that you have decided to call Whitman home. Even in uncertain times, you can be assured that we’re committed to both your safety and academic success.

Best,

Juli Dunn

P.S. Have you filled out your Residence Life Questionnaire on your application portal? It’s designed to help you think about your future living situation and preferences, while giving us information we need to consider the best housing option for you.

See previous orientation emails.

Happy Monday! It’s a deadline day. Time’s a tickin’ — so make sure these tasks are done as soon as possible. And be sure to read all the way to the end. There's good stuff coming up.

 
What’s Due Today: June 15

  1. Activate your Whitman email account! If you haven’t already, please do so at whit.mn/acct. Starting next week, you’ll receive my Monday emails at your Whitman email (unless you’re in a part of the world that doesn’t allow Google access).
    Your ID number: To activate your Whitman email account, you’ll need your Whitman ID number (also known as your WID#)You received it in your email.
  2. Submit your Residence Life Questionnaire.
  3. Complete your Pre-Major Advising Questionnaire.

Last chance: If you haven’t attended one of the required Group Advising Sessions, please sign up for one of the two final sessions offered this week. If you’re unable to make one of these times, please email me to let me know.

Make Your Preferences Known!
First Year Seminars: "Exploring Complex Questions"

During fall semester, you'll be part of a learning community exploring one of six fascinating topics. Let us know your preferences.We'll use your input to place you in a class. Take the survey.

Orientation News & Fun Stuff!

  • Mark your calendar. Wahoo! Here’s your Whitman Move-In Day: Thursday, Aug. 20. You’ll be sent your specific check-in time later by email.
  • Your Student Welcome Guide is now available online. It’s full of helpful information on everything Whitman. (We’ll also be sending a printed version in the mail in the coming weeks.)
  • New! On a screen near you: “Whitman Faculty and the Temple of Zoom.”  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, departments and programs are offering virtual info sessions (Zoom meetings). Faculty and staff members will share specifics on programs, and answer any questions you have. These sessions are drop-in (come and go), so you can attend multiple sessions, if desired. See available sessions and times.

Best,
Juli

First, let me put all the urban legends and Facebook myths to rest: No incoming first-year students have registered and no incoming first-year students know who their advisor is yet. You’re all good!

Here’s a quick review and updates as we begin the final preparations for summer advising and registration.

What’s Due Now

By now you should have done the following. And it's not too late!

Later This Week: Your Writing Assessment!

As part of orientation, all new students take a brief writing assessment. It’s a timed exercise — 20 minutes. You need to complete this exercise between noon PDT, Friday, June 26, and noon PDT, Saturday, June 27. 

Just find a quiet spot, relax and do your best. Our writing faculty uses this assessment to help students increase their success at Whitman, so don’t stress about it. 

Learn more about it and access the link.

If you need accommodations for the writing assessment or any department placement exams, please contact Antonia Keithahn in the Academic Resource Center.

What's Due by July 15

  1. Send us your pic! Be on the lookout for an email about your official Whitman ID card. You’ll use your card for so many things around campus, including entering buildings and buying food — and it needs a photo of you. The email will direct you to a platform to directly upload your picture. In the meantime: Tips for your ID card photo.
  2. Transfer any college credit. You can report those classes for credit using the Transfer Credit Eligibility (TCE) form. You’ll also need to send final transcripts as soon as possible, also due by July 15. Please note that you need to use your Whitman ID and email account when completing the TCE form.

Finally, if you missed it last week, check out your Student Welcome Guide online.

You’ve been a busy group — you’ve already been the responsive and dedicated students that we expected when we admitted you to Whitman College.

Many of you have taken care of tasks, placement tests and other to-dos that will make your orientation and transition to Whitman smoother sailing. Well done! 

Or maybe you have some catching up to do. Check out my earlier emails to see what’s been shared and what’s expected.

You can also find a helpful checklist inside your Student Welcome Guide. If you haven’t already received your physical copy of the guide, it should arrive in the mail soon.

More News and Resources

Connect with a current student. Our Student Academic Advisors — you’ll get to know them as SAs — live and work in first-year residence halls. SAs are talented students who are trained to support your academic success. This year’s SAs are reaching out to new students now to introduce themselves and connect, and they can be a great resource as you prepare for your pre-major advising appointment.

Are you at higher risk for COVID? As we prepare for fall semester, we understand that there are members of our student community who may have conditions that put them at higher-risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you have concerns about safely being on campus — and/or would like to request an accommodation for all-remote class attendance — please contact Antonia Keithahn in the Academic Resource Center. You can reach Antonia at keithaam@whitman.edu, 503-320-2950, or antonia.youcanbook.me

You can ship boxes early! The Whitman post office uses your name to assign you a mailbox. Your mailing address for the next four years:
 
Your Name
Whitman College
280 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla WA 99362

We are happy to hold on to packages until you arrive. You can ship them to yourself at the address above — but not too early. Boxes should arrive at Whitman no earlier than Aug. 8.

In the next four years, you’re going to have so many opportunities in and outside the classroom. This week, our Student Engagement Center (SEC) wants to show you just some of the ways you can get involved — on campus, in the Walla Walla community and beyond.

It’s time to get inspired!

Join the SEC for fun and informative drop-in Q&A Zoom sessions — on volunteering, work opportunities, internships and more.

Student Panel on Connecting with Walla Walla   
When: Thursday, July 9, 2020, 1 p.m. PDT

Register in advance for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Get Off-Campus with the SEC Staff
When:
Friday, July 10, 2020, 11 a.m. PDT

Register in advance for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Also, be sure to activate your Handshake account by logging in with your new Whitman email address. Want to schedule time with an SEC staff member? Look for "request appointments" to book your slot.

Meal plans, you ask? You have options.

Our on-campus food service provider, Bon Appetit, offers students three meal plan options. The midlevel Meal Plan 2 is automatically assigned to students living on campus. If you would like to adjust to a larger or smaller meal plan, you can do that at my.whitman.edu. Learn more about the meal plans.

You can also rent a mini-fridge for your residence hall room. Go to whit.mn/fridge for more details.

One last reminder … connect with your advisor

You’ll need to respond to an email or text from your advisor to set up your individual appointment. Appointments will be scheduled between TODAY and July 17. The purpose of this meeting is for your advisor to get to know you as a student, discuss your classes for the fall, and help you populate and prioritize your wish list.

In preparation for this meeting, make sure that you have completed all the required elements: the pre-major advising questionnaire and any needed placement tests (calculus, chemistry and foreign languages).

Summer is whizzing by, so I am checking in today with deadline reminders. You've got this!  

What's Due This Week

Lets see how you are doing on the list:

  • TAKE placement tests, such as for chemistry and foreign languages.
  • MEET with a pre-major advisor virtually to complete your course wish list. If you have not yet heard from your advisor, please email me. Be sure to double check your Whitman email as that where the faculty, including your advisor, will most often communication with you.
  • SEND final high school or college transcripts from all previous institutions to the Office of Admission. And fill out the transfer credit eligibility form, if applicable.
  • SUBMIT photo for your Whitman ID card. You should have received instructions by email.
  • COMPLETE Whitman’s online Alcohol Education and Sexual Violence Prevention programs. You should have received links to these by email.
  • CHOOSE a Deferred Payment Plan for Fall semester, if desired. Learn more.

Did You Know? It's also time to get you AP and IB scores in!

For those of you who completed Advanced Placement (AP) classes in the spring, scores are being released starting on Wednesday, July 15.

If you have not yet requested that your International Baccalaureate (IB) or AP scores be sent to Whitman directly, do this as soon as possible. See the 2020-2021 Course Catalog to learn how your scores might equate to earned credit.

Wow! It’s just over a month until your first day of classes. 

Today, I want to share some important things to know as you become a Whitman College student.

We expect great things from you and your classmates — and that includes academic curiosity and integrity. 

That means we will expect you to create original thoughts and ideas. We take academic dishonesty and the importance of your ideas very seriously. Whitman does not differentiate between intentional or unintentional plagiarism or academic negligence. To ensure that you have a good understanding of your skills, I would strongly recommend that you test your understanding of the appropriate way to summarize, paraphrase and quote directly.

Here’s a helpful tool: Assess your skills using this plagiarism resource self-test.* It only takes about 15 minutes to complete and you can find other resources on the site to learn more and improve your skills.

You’ll also need to review and agree to Whitman’s Statement on Academic Dishonesty, if you haven’t already. Many of you did this during your group advising session.

Whitman admitted you because we believe in you and your academic ability and potential. You’re going do amazing, and sometimes hard, things — and learn so much.

You’ll Be Part of Whitman’s Remarkable History

Watch your Whitman inbox! In the next couple days, you will receive an email from Neal Christopherson, director of Institutional Research at Whitman, with a link to our new student survey.

Incoming Whitties have been taking this national survey for years — like 50 years. Don’t miss your chance. You’ll answer questions about yourself, including your goals and opinions. We ask that you complete this survey before arriving on campus.

*Originally funded by the Center for Educational Technology, Middlebury College, and developed by Colby, Bates and Bowdoin colleges.

Dear incoming first-year students:

By now, you should have received an email from Whitman President Kathy Murray announcing that all fall classes will be remote, and that students will be, with very few exceptions, expected to live at home this fall. 

I know this decision is incredibly disappointing for many of you, and indeed for our staff who have been getting ready to welcome you to Whitman’s campus in just a few weeks. Still, our faculty and staff have been planning for the possibility of remote learning, and I believe you will receive the best of a Whitman education, even though it may not be exactly what you were planning or hoping for.

So, for the majority of you who will move forward and fully join the Whitman community in a remote fashion in just a few weeks, welcome again to Whitman. We will continue to move forward with your online orientation, and will be adding and adapting that virtual experience as the beginning of the semester approaches.

I think you’ll find that even remotely, your first semester will be fulfilling, rigorous and full of many of the new experiences that you would expect from your first year at Whitman. But for those of you who don’t believe an online first semester is the right choice for you at this time, I understand that as well. For that reason, Whitman continues to live our philosophy of being flexible and presenting options that will best meet your needs. To that end, we are still offering gap semester and gap year options for those who wish to go in that direction. 

I’m also pleased to announce a new option, single-course start, that will allow students to take just one course, your first-year seminar, on a pay-by-credit basis. This will allow you to pursue gap-semester experiences alongside one Whitman course, keeping you connected to the Whitman community. This will also give you full access to all of Whitman’s resources available to students, including completing orientation with your classmates. Through our hands-on advising process, we will then work with you over the next four years to help you catch up with your classmates and very likely graduate with the rest of your class. 

While I believe this semester will be a great, if non-traditional way to start your Whitman education, I hope having these options softens a tough decision, and gives every family a choice that works for them. If you do wish to consider a gap program or our single-course option, please reach out to Adam Miller, our director of admission, at millera@whitman.edu to discuss the details.

My best,
Josh

Josh Jensen, Ph.D.
Vice President for Enrollment and Communications

We’re disappointed that we won’t be together on campus this fall. But it was a decision to help protect you and our entire Whitman community.

As we move forward, we’re planning for a great semester.

We know your classes will fuel your curiosity, deepen your Whitman connections and set you up for an amazing experience in the years ahead. We’re all committed to seeing you succeed. Faculty, staff and your peers can offer guidance, insight and support.

We’re all in this together.

And once a Whittie, always a Whittie. In fact, I’d like to share this special message from our Alumni Board president to our incoming Class of 2024. As Aaron Blank ’01 says, “Where there’s a will, a Whittie will find a way.”

A Few Updates for You …

First some fun! The student leaders on the Whitman Events Board (known as WEB) are excited to be welcoming you to our community. Yes, they study hard — but they play hard too. And they’re eager to hear what types of online social events you’d enjoy to get to know your classmates. Take this quick survey to let them know what sounds most fun to you!

Say your name. Your name is part of what makes you unique — and we want to pronounce it properly. That’s why each year, we make the effort to gather recordings of our new students speaking their names. It’s a simple thing, but it matters. Please use this online form to upload a recording of your name. We’ve also created short how-to videos on recording and uploading the audio file: iPhone or Android.

There’s been a delay. In a previous Monday email I mentioned that you’d be receiving an email urging you to complete Whitman’s online Sexual Violence Prevention program. Because of federal policy changes, this resource is currently being revised and you will receive it at a later date. For now, you can mark that one off your to-do list.

You and your family will also be invited to a town hall meeting with President Kathy Murray to discuss fall plans and get your questions answered. Look for an email invite and link to the Zoom session which will be Wednesday, July 29, at 4 p.m. PDT.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything. 

I just have to say: You all impress me with your resilience — and your readiness to take on the next chapter of your lives. You can do this!

Speaking of which, Whitman’s Online Orientation will open this week! We’ve created these virtual experiences to help you get to know us better and to share resources that can help you succeed and thrive. You and your family can view the videos at your leisure, but keep in mind that our expectation is you view all your assigned modules before classes begin. We’ll send you a text message this week when the orientation program is live!

We're also putting the finishing touches on the live parts of orientation that will happen in the days leading up to the first day of classes. We'll have more information next week along with a schedule for when you need to “Zoom” in or Gather! 

So … you’re going to need some books.

We want to make this as easy as possible for you. All textbooks and school supplies (plus Whitman gear!) will be available for purchase online starting this Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Whitman College Bookstore.

The bookstore offers physical books, as well as digital formats when available. Textbooks and other items will be shipped directly to your home. Our bookstore staff also double-checks that you are purchasing the correct textbook based on the course information from your professors. So mark your calendars and check back on Wednesday to start getting your books ordered for the fall!

If you need to use your Whitman student account for purchases (financial aid allowance), please select pay at store and put a note in the order comments field.

Here’s a quick guide to ordering textbooks online. Need more information? Call 509 527-5274

Can you believe there’s only two weeks left before you start your college career?! You have already accomplished so much, but there’s still a little left to do before your life as a Whittie begins!

Got books? Last week you received your course schedule, now it’s time to order your books! Head to the Whitman Bookstore website and place your order to have your books shipped directly to your house. You can charge your books to your student account and the bookstore will even verify you ordered the right ones! Now that’s service!

Orientation is now live! Have you checked out the orientation programs yet? We have created an online orientation experience that’s designed to introduce you to the many aspects of Whitman life. The content is spread over more than 20 short modules that will take you about an hour and a half to watch.  Parents trying to watch over your shoulder? They’ve got their own parent portal to log in to! Check it out today and remember, you need to complete the modules before classes begin.

Save the date! Opening week is always a time of celebration at Whitman, and this year will be no different. No matter where you’re learning from this fall, we’re putting together live sessions offered multiple times and days beginning Thursday, Aug. 20. These sessions will give you a chance to meet your classmates and kick off the semester right! There’ll be a chance to talk about this fall’s common read (see the bottom of this email), learn secrets of academic success from current students, and find out about employment opportunities (yes, even virtual!). PLUS: The Whitman Events Board is hosting a Netflix party! Vote on which movie you want to watch! You can also check out student clubs at the virtual Student Activities Fair on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PDT. We’ll send you a complete schedule next week! 

Don't forget: All new students are asked to submit a recording of yourself speaking your name. Your name is part of what makes you unique, and we want to pronounce it properly. Please use this online form to upload a recording of your name. We’ve also created short how-to videos on recording and uploading the audio file: iPhone or Android.

Still have questions about the fall semester? Don’t hesitate to reach out.

Woah — only one week until you are officially a college student.

 Whew! We are excited.

Get Ready to Party! Hopefully by now you have finished your online orientation and check-in tasks (and ordered your books) — now it’s time for the party to begin! Starting Thursday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 23, we’ll be offering synchronous (that means live!) events at multiple times. Please join us for as many as you can. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll see:

  • Strategies of Success: Get tips from our student academic advisors (SAs) for a great start at Whitman.
  • Understanding Your Finances: Decode financial aid and your tuition bill, and get other money management tips and info about work-study jobs from the pros in Financial Aid, the Business Office, HR and our Student Engagement Center.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Meet the diversity and inclusion team at Whitman, and learn why this is such an important part of who we are as Whitties.
  • Book Discussion: Dive into this year’s common read, “How to be an Anti-Racist.”
  • Whitman Events Board Events: Painting night, game night, movie night, trivia night — your student-led events board has fun activities planned to help you get to know your fellow first-years.

Find all the event times and links to join.

Two Remaining Learning Modules: Watch your email this week for information about completing the learning modules for sexual violence prevention and staying healthy and protecting yourself from COVID-19. These will be similar to the alcoholEDU module you received (and already finished, right?). Please complete these short trainings this week.

New Emails Coming! I have loved getting to know you through these weekly emails, but today it’s time to transition. This is the last of our Monday email series — but we still have important information to communicate. Starting today, you’ll begin to receive Whitman Today in your email inbox. This is our all-community newsletter and is packed with important information — everything from COVID-19 data and safety tips, to events, to tips to help you succeed and connect you with resources. Make it part of your routine to read this email each morning.

Say “Hi” with a Whittie Welcome! Our alumni are a huge part of Whitman life — and they are excited to meet you! Fill out this form to get connected with an alum who can tell you all about their life as a Whittie.

Still have questions about the fall semester? Don’t hesitate to reach out