October 2, 2017

Student athletes to host disaster relief concert

Whitman College athletes are organizing a fundraising concert to benefit victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria as well as the earthquakes in Mexico. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Reid Campus Center's Young Ballroom. Admission is free with entertainment, food and drinks provided. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page


Faculty & staff news briefs

A special session titled "The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, a Retrospective" was held in recognition of Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History David F. Schmitz's two books, Thank God They're on Our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1922-1965 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999) and The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1965-1989 (Cambridge University Press, 2006), at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in June 2017.

Two Whitman staff members who serve as board members for The Health Center were present for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Walla Walla High School location last week. Director of the Student Engagement Center Noah Leavitt and Senior Director of Communications Gina Ohnstad (pictured, second and third from right, along with school board member and Administrative Assistant in the Office of Provost and Dean of Faculty Ruth Ladderud, second from left) helped usher in the expansion, made possible in part through funding from last year's Mr. Whitman pageant. In partnership with Walla Walla Public Schools, these clinics provide both primary care and mental health services to students as well as care coordinators to connect with other services in town. The Health Center began operating at Lincoln High School in 2009, Blue Ridge Elementary in 2012 and Pioneer Middle School in 2016.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony crowd
Photo courtesy of Walla Walla Public Schools.


Staff additions and transitions

Welcome the latest additions to the Whitman College staff:

Joshua Adams
Gift Planning Coordinator


Campus Events

Tatsuya Nakatani Performance and Lecture

Whitman welcomes acoustic sound artist and master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Nakatani performs and tours all over the world and has taught master classes and workshops at universities. Born in Osaka, Japan, he has had his music released on more than 60 recordings in the United States and Europe.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio 


Athletic Events - Home Games

Volleyball vs Linfield College

Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs Whitworth University

Saturday, Oct. 7 at noon

Volleyball vs Pacific University

Saturday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m.


Parting Shot

Parting Shot - October 2, 2017

President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind Kirk Adams '83 returned to campus last Thursday on the invitation of Whitman's Delta Gamma chapter, which supports the sorority's national philanthropy, Service for Sight. Nikki Antenucci '18 (at podium), a psychology major and vice president of the sorority, introduced him. Photo courtesy of Delta Gamma.


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Compiled by: Gillian Frew