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 October 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: Launched in 2000, the 10th Reunion Scholarship Endowment celebrates this milestone reunion through a need-based scholarship fund.
Goal: $35,000 in gifts and pledges with 100% participation
10th Reunion Fund Co-Chairs: Laura Keane and Andrew McLean
Class Representative: Jackie Wong
Reunion Fund Committee Members: Sara Bliss, Calandra Childers, Michael Herman, Samantha Howell, Nancy Sanchez, Kristen Tjerandsen, Jackie Wong
Project: Initiated three years ago, the 25th Reunion Scholarship Endowment was established by the College to ensure that each graduating class can contribute to the benefit of future generations by making a substantial donation at its 25th Reunion.
Goal: $250,000 in gifts and pledges with 100% participation
25th Reunion Fund Co-Chairs: Dana Reid and Laura Bales
Reunion Fund Committee Members: Cameron Allison-Sadjo, Art Barkley, Don Black, John Burpee, Kate Carter, Gwyneth Williams Cassaza, Alice Cho, David R. Johnson, Jennifer Ball Kaden, Tom McBride, Eric Pedersen, Heather Pilder Olson, Sarah Sanford, Katie McCullough Simmons, Jonathan Sposato, Amber Olsen Walker, Michelle Williams and Susan Wickwire
Project: The 40th Reunion Scholarship Endowment was established two years ago to ensure that future generations of students will have the opportunity to attend Whitman College. You may honor this milestone anniversary of your graduation from Whitman by supporting the 40th Reunion Scholarship, or you may designate your gift to a project of your choosing.
Goal: $197,400 with 50% participation
40th Reunion Committee Co-Chairs: Bonnie Bennett, Doug Bennett, Sandy McDade and Mia Wessels
Class Representative: TBD
Associate Class Representative: TBD
Reunion Committee Members: TBD
Project: The 50th Reunion Scholarship Endowment is a fund that all graduating 50th reunion classes can contribute to on this milestone anniversary of their graduation from Whitman College. You may support this project or designate your gift to a project of your choosing.
Goals: Attendance: 50% ; Giving Participation: 80% ; Class Gift: $500,000
50th Reunion Fund Co-Chairs: Julia Sims Ball, Charles W. Clarke, James R. Knowles, and Janice Hough Rolfe
Class Representative: Charles W. Clarke
50th Reunion Fund Committee Members: Ralston W. Barnard, Joanne Allen Branch, Jean Davis Burpee, Diana Sharp Deshler, Ernest A. Elliot, Joan Lucile Hartley, Peggy MacGown Johnsen, Stephen Kafoury, Terrence H. Kneebone, Lucille Murray Mates, Richard S. Mates, Linda Mason Moats, George F. Pollock, Jr., Stephen E. Ronfeldt, Suzy Muldown Ronfeldt, Mary Jo Jepsen Toivola, Anita Biklen Williams, and David Yamashita