September 14, 2015

Save the Date: Presidential Installation

Save the date for the Installation of Dr. Kathleen M. Murray, 14th president of Whitman College‚Äč.

‚ÄčThe Presidential Installation will take place on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at 4 p.m. in Cordiner Hall, with a reception to follow on the Cordiner side lawn. For more detailed information on all the Installation weekend events, visit

Dr. Kathleen Murray

New hires

Please welcome our newest additions to the Whitman College staff and faculty.

Jeffery Barnett

Sarah Bell
Administrative Assistant, Sports Studies, Recreation and Athletics

Bridget Danielson
Administrative Assistant, Admission

Cheney Doane
Accompanist, Department of Music

Melissa Fortin
Administrative Assistant, Admission

Christie Fuller
Administrative Assistant, Admission

Lindsay Kibler
Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach

Kristina Smith 
Public Relations Coordinator, Communications

Book in honor of former Whitman president

A new book in honor of former Whitman College president Tom Cronin was just published and presented to him at the recent meeting of the American Political Science Association.

The Quest for Leadership: Thomas E. Cronin and His Influence on Presidential Studies and Political Science (Cambria Press, Amherst, NY) is edited by Michael A. Genovese and was inspired by Cronin's outstanding scholarship on the subjects of presidency and leadership. The book asks some of the top scholars in the nation to apply their craft to sorting out the state of leadership in their respective areas of expertise, and includes an essay by David Schmitz, Robert Allen Skotheim chair of history.

More information is available here.

Tom Cronin

Campus Events

Beginning Whitewater Kayak

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $90.

Sept. 18 and 19

River Overnight Rafting

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $90.

Sept. 18 and 19

Presidential Installation

The Installation ceremony for Dr. Kathleen M. Murray, Whitman's 14th president, will welcome faculty and staff members, students, alumni and friends of the college, as well as academic leaders from other colleges and universities. The ceremony will be followed by a reception outside Cordiner Hall. More information, including a schedule of events, can be found here.

Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. Cordiner Hall

Presidential Installation: All-Campus Picnic

All members of the Whitman College community are welcome to enjoy an all-campus picnic in celebration of Dr. Murray's Installation as the 14th president of Whitman College.

Sept. 19, Ankeny Field

Lecture: Craig Thompson

This lecture is part of the SEEING STORIES: Traversing the Graphic Narrative series, which runs at the Sheehan Gallery until Dec. 11. A book signing and Sheehan Gallery viewing will follow.

Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. Maxey Auditorium, Maxey Hall

Standup Paddleboard

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $35.

Sept. 20

Presidential Installation: Piano Recital by Alexander Bernstein

To conclude the Presidential Installation weekend festivities, there will be a piano recital by Alexander Bernstein on Sept. 20. The recital is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Sappho's Gift fund and by the Whitman College Department of Music.

Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. Catharine Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music

Athletic Events - Home Games

Men's Soccer vs. Walla Walla University

Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs. Pacific University

Sept. 19 at noon

Women's Soccer vs. George Fox University

Sept. 20 at noon

Parting Shot

Parting Shot - September 14, 2015

In a photo taken on "campus day" some time between 1917 and 1920, Whitman's third president, Dr. Stephen Penrose, takes a rake to Lakum Duckum. Penrose was Whitman's president from 1894 to 1934. This photo is "from the scrapbook of Mrs. W. R. Davis."

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