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Josh Melander '14 spends a great deal of time on the Leica Confocal microscope as a member of "Team Dendrite."

The team, named after the branch-like structures on brain cells that receive information, is able to conduct neurological research thanks to annual fund gifts that help put cutting-edge technology at the fingertips of Whitman students.

In a video shot by local filmmaker Sarah Koenigsberg '02, Melander underlined his appreciation for the support of generous alumni who give to the annual fund and support the college through the Now Is the Time Campaign.

"Your donations have helped me use state-of-the-art technologies to put my studies in context," Melander said.

Helping students like Melander explore the world is what Whitman is all about.

"Every gift is a vote of confidence in the mission of Whitman College and an investment in our students' success," said Brian Dohe, director of annual giving.

"Giving helps support students who are here today and gives alumni the opportunity to thank others who gave gifts which supported their time on campus."

With the end of the fiscal year rapidly approaching on June 30, it's important to give to fund groundbreaking research by students like Melander.

This support helps Whitman reach its year-end goals and allows students to reach their academic goals. Plus, as Dohe said, it feels good to give.

"There's a sense of fulfillment when you know you are helping someone else enjoy the same experience you had."