Gifts to the Living at Whitman Initiative Help Serve Students and Build Community

Stanton HallStanton Hall

In August 2018, 145 sophomores moved into the first new residence hall added to the Whitman campus in more than 45 years. Located between Anderson Hall and Mill Creek on the south end of campus, Stanton Hall is three stories, each with three section wings, for a total of nine sections with 15 to 18 students in single and divided-double rooms. Each section has a cooking area and lounge for its residents. Stanton Hall, with its variety of common areas and meeting spaces, quickly became a favorite place for students across class years to gather to socialize and study.

Across a large green space that features sand volleyball courts and a dining patio is Cleveland Commons. This marketplace-concept dining facility has multiple stations for a variety of foods and a café that is open extended hours. This bold and welcoming state-of-the-art dining facility provides various types of seating and multiple dining rooms for more than 500 students, staff, faculty and community members to gather together or collaborate over a meal.

ZGF Architects of Portland, Oregon designed Stanton Hall and Cleveland Commons to the specifications set forth by Whitman's Residence Life committee, which was informed by multiple studies of student needs. Stanton's homelike environment and Cleveland's varied meal and on-the-go options were top priorities. Throughout the process, the designs and construction were held to the highest possible standards of sustainability, utilizing sun shades, natural lighting and ventilation, LED lights, water conservation measures, and other means to reduce energy consumption. Stanton Hall has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum level, and Cleveland Commons earned a gold rating.

Alumni, parents and friends of the College contributed more than $10.6 million toward this $40 million project, which has already transformed the residence life and dining experience on campus. As Whitman looks to the future, extending that sense of community and connectedness to more juniors and seniors is a top priority.

On behalf of the generations of students who will benefit from these facilities, thank you to all who supported the project!

Chuck Cleveland, Larry Stone and families in front of Cleveland Commons

Cleveland Commons is named for Charles E. "Chuck" Cleveland (pictured above on the right). Cleveland was a leader of Whitman College's student services for more than 35 years, retiring as Vice President and Dean of Students in 2017. Cleveland and his wife, Patricia G. Sorenson '86 (middle right in photo), were mentors to generations of students, faculty and staff. Dean Cleveland helped craft a student services program that inspired life-changing experiences and defined what it meant to be a Whittie. This facility is named for Chuck Cleveland by Lawrence B. Stone '77 and Jan Jecha (pictured left and middle left above). Stone served the College as an overseer from 2005 to 2008 and a trustee from 2008 to 2012.

The Stanton Family

Stanton Hall is named for the Stanton Family: Patrick Stanton '18, Theresa Gillespie, Tim Stanton, and John W. Stanton '77 (pictured left to right above). John Stanton majored in political science at Whitman. He served as ASWC president and Senior Resident of Jewett. In 1979, he earned an MBA from Harvard University. John and his wife Theresa E. Gillespie were leaders in the wireless industry, and in 2006, they founded the investment firm Trilogy Equity Partners and Trilogy International Partners. They are also significant owners of the Seattle Mariners baseball team, where John currently serves as Chairman and Managing Partner. Their son Timothy, a graduate of Trinity University, also works for the Seattle Mariners. Son Patrick, Whitman Class of 2018, continued on to the 3-2 engineering program with Columbia University. John Stanton was an Overseer at Whitman from 1988 to 1993 and a Trustee from 1993 to 2015, including a term as chair of the board. He also chaired the successful Now Is the Time Campaign for Whitman.

Stanton Hall RD, Adam Dawson and Nancy Tavelli

Stanton Hall's first Resident Director Adam Dawson '16 and Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Housing Nancy Tavelli in the RD apartment named in honor of Tavelli by former residence life staff and grateful alumni and friends.

Jack Fisher in the Cleveland Commons Dining Area

Jack Fisher '55 and his late wife, Carol, were enthusiastic supporters of the project, naming the TV and movie lounge on the 3rd floor of Stanton Hall and the pizza oven and dining area in Cleveland Commons (pictured behind Jack above).

The coffee shop in Cleveland CommonsCleveland Commons Dining Area
The RD Kitchen in Stanton HallStanton Hall Living Space

Clockwise from top left: 1) The café in Cleveland Commons is open extended hours; 2) Cleveland Commons features multiple dining rooms and food stations; 3) The main living area in Stanton Hall is an open and inviting gathering space; 4) Each living section of Stanton Hall features a kitchenette and lounge.