A testimony of early alumni support for Whitman is found in the “Class of 1908 Bridge” near Maxey Hall and the Cordiner Glen. Dedicated in 1918 on the occasion of their 10th reunion, the footbridge is an example of the legacy that your reunion fund gift through the reunion scholarship will offer for future generations of students. Each year, four reunion funds are chaired by volunteers from the 10th, 25th, 40th, and 50th reunion classes. All gifts in this fiscal year and pledges for the next four years from classmates are counted in the reunion fund, regardless of designation.
As you reflect on your contribution to the reunion fund, please consider making a gift this year and including a pledge for the following four years. As an example, to maximize your support towards your class project, you might consider a $5,000 gift to your reunion fund — a gift of $1,000 this year with a pledge of $4,000 to be paid over the next four years.
In the November issue of the Whitman magazine, all contributors are featured by class year in the College's annual report of gifts. Classmates who make contributions exceeding $1,000 in a fiscal year are also recognized as members of the President's Gift Societies.
For more information about your class's reunion fund, contact Brian Dohe, Director, Annual Fund.
Project: The Class of 2007 will celebrate their milestone reunion with a gift to the 10th Reunion Scholarship Endowment, a need-based scholarship fund.
Goal: $25,000 in gifts and pledges with 100% participation
10th Reunion Fund Co-Chairs: Russell Carroll and Betsy Russell Carroll
Reunion Fund Committee Members: Katharine E. Curles, Alexa H. Fisher, Kimsath Or, Sara Lynn Olson, Kathryn Moss Reynolds, Laura Hanson Schlachter, Louise L. Stephens, Joel R. Stimson, Stacy K. Takekawa, Nicholas C. Weinheimer
Project: The Class of 1992 will support the Living at Whitman Initiative to build a new sophomore residence hall (the first hall constructed since 1969) and an adjacent dining commons, both of which will enhance the sense of community for the entire campus.
Goal: $125,000 in gifts and pledges with 75% participation
25th Reunion Fund Co-Chairs: Amy Raschella-Oliver and Jed Schwendiman
Reunion Fund Committee Members: Megan Blair-Cabasco, Blake W. Bratt, Jennifer E. Ensminger, Tracey Setoda Gauthier, Kristine D. Handley, Hillary B. Johnson, Christina Lindquist Krutulis, Katherine M. Laddish, Michelle Mathieu, Linda A. Park, Matthew A. Park
Project: To honor the milestone anniversary of our graduation from Whitman College 40 years ago, the Class of 1977 has selected the Living at Whitman Initiative for its class project. The Living at Whitman Initiative includes the construction of a new sophomore residence hall and a dining complex, both of which will draw together students, faculty, and staff from all across campus and help build community. Whether you choose to make a gift to the 40th Reunion Fund for Living at Whitman or to a project of your own choosing, all gifts will count toward the reunion fund total.
Goal: Participation: 77%; Class Gift: $1,000,000
40th Reunion Committee Co-Chairs: K Waegelin Baxter, Bob Coleman, April Brookins Duvic
Class Representative: Rowland C. Thompson
Reunion Committee Members: Lauryn Agnew, Dave Atkinson, Mike Barr, Tom Boeckling, Susan DeMaris Gifford, Janis Knorr Glenn, Denise Burry Lundblade, Jim Lundblade, Wendy Sanger McGuire, Priscilla Morton, Janet Schilling Mowery, Larry Nelson, Mark Olson, Suelene Phipps, Peter Schoenlaub, Roxanne Shepherd, Reid Sprenkel, John Stegner, Neil Strother, Jennifer Olson Strother, Rowland C. Thompson
Project: To honor the milestone anniversary of our graduation from Whitman College 50 years ago, the Class of 1968 has selected to support Scholarship and Student Aid (immediate need) and to continue funding the Class of 1968 Scholarship Endowment. Whether you choose to make a gift to the 50th Reunion Fund for Scholarship and Student Funding or to a project of your own choosing, all gifts will count toward the reunion fund total.
Goals: Giving participation: 68%; Class Gift: $350,000
50th Reunion Fund Co-Chairs: Steve MacRostie, Michael “Sandy” McClinton, Karen Jacobson McNair, Bob Niemann and Ann Hunter-Welborn
50th Reunion Fund Committee Members: TBD