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March 2002





On Campus

Spring Reunion Weekend, April
25-28. Reunions of the classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, and 1972.

Commencement Weekend, May
17-19. Including Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises. Commencement address by Stephen Jay Gould. Fiftieth reunion of the class of 1952.

Senior Alumni College, June
16-22. Classes taught by Whitman professors. Workshops and recreational activities.

Summer College, June 28-30.

Alumni Volunteer Leadership Workshop, September 13-15.

Fall Reunion Weekend, September 27-29. Reunions of the classes of 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, and 1997.


Whitman Clubs

New York City, March 10. Reception for the Garrett and Sherwood Scholars.

Chicago, March 16. Chihuly exhibit.

Seattle, March 30. “On summiting Everest” with John Waechter, ’84.

Scottsdale, April 6. Brian Mackin, ’84, art exhibit.

Portland, April 20. “The History of a History Book” with professor emeritus Tom Edwards.



Career networking opportunities
for students, parents, and alumni:

Portland, March 11.
Seattle, March 12.


Trips and Tours

Renaissance Italy, May 24-June 9. With David Carey, associate professor of philosophy.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, July 26-28. With Nancy Simon, professor of theatre and director of Harper Joy Theatre. The plays are A Winter’s Tale, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Titus Andronicus, Noises Off, and As You Like It.

The Colorado Rockies, July 6-12. With Pat Spencer, professor of geology.

Sun Valley Jazz Festival, October
17-20. With David Glenn, associate professor of music.


The Colorado Rockies

The mountains of Colorado will be the scene of an exhilarating, educational week for alumni, parents, friends, and families July 6-12. Professor of geology Pat Spencer will lead the trip, which will be based at The Nature Place near Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pike’s Peak.

The area is known for its unique landforms, rocks of nearly every geologic period, fossils, and rich diversity of ecosystems — not to mention its majestic views.




Pat Spencer studies late Pleistocene stratigraphy, paleontology, and sedimentology of the western United States.

a sampler:

• Top of the World Hike: a walk through ancient forests to a high meadow offering panoramic views.
• Garden of the Gods: the remnants of a much older Rocky Mountain Range.
• Leavick Valley and Horseshoe Mountain: a scenic ride to a beautiful valley at 12,300 feet.
• Shelf Road: a tour down the mountain that covers two billion years of geologic history and the ecological equivalent of driving from Canada to Mexico.
• Maze Caves and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

The week includes lectures on water issues, biology, geology, history, and more; opportunities for photography and birding.

Participants must be in good health and physical condition and able to walk three miles at 9,000 feet. The cost is $1,100 per adult (double occupancy) and $780 per child. This includes lodging, meals, transportation to/from the airport, all field trips and programs, and use of The Nature Place facilities.


A New Summer College
June 28 - 30

Growing international recognition of Walla Walla wines has inspired the theme for a weekend Summer College at Whitman June 28 to 30, 2002. The program, “Whitman, Wine, and the Walla Walla Valley,” will examine the making of wine through the eyes of a geologist, a chemist, growers, and winemakers. Experts on hand will include Whitman faculty as well as alumni in the wine industry.

Summer College scholars will stay in Prentiss Hall, attend lectures, go on field trips, sample wines, and enjoy excellent meals. And this time, no oral or written exams!

A Whitty Kids program also will be offered.

For information on Summer College contact Polly Powers, director of alumni relations, at
1-800-835-9448, ext. 1, or

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