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Spring 1999

"You are always welcome to visit here"

President Tom Cronin extends an invitation to all - alumni, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts, friends and guests - to visit Whitman's beautiful campus any time. Here are special occasions to share in the life of the College, from reunions to educational programs to celebration of Commencement 1999.

Spring Alumni Weekend

April 22-25

The Dovell Gose Oratory Contest, the 73rd Annual Choral Contest, Renaissance Faire. "Media and Politics," professor Mary Hanna. "Whitman Builders," professor, emeritus, Tom Edwards. "The State of the College," president Tom Cronin. Reunions: classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, and 1969.

Commencement Weekend

May 21-24

Baccalaureate: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Commencement: Sunday, 11 a.m., in front of Memorial Building. Commencement speaker: Dartmouth College president, emeritus, James Freedman. Events: senior thesis art exhibit, Harper Joy Theatre musical Anything Goes, musical salute to the class of '99, and reunion of the class of 1949.

Fifty-Plus Reunion

June 11-13

For all who attended Whitman more than 50 years ago. "Lewis and Clark on the Columbia River," professor, emeritus, Tom Edwards. Special reunions: classes of 1934 and1935, 1939 and 1940, 1944 and 1945.

Senior Alumni College

June 13-19

"The American Presidency," Whitman president Tom Cronin and professor Mary Hanna. "Medical Matters," physicians Darryk Barlow, '85, and Richard Simon, '72. "The Pastoral: Greek and Roman Poetry," professors Dana Burgess and Margo Scribner. "Floods, Faults, and Basalts," professor Bob Carson.

Whitman Summer College

June 20-26

"The Idea of Place," an examination of private vs. public places, sacred places, city places, pastoral places, and others: professors Dana Burgess, Susan Ferguson, Margo Scribner, Ed Foster, Craig Gunsul. "Media and Politics," professor Mary Hanna. "Police Surveillance of the Civil Rights Movement," professor Bob Withycombe. "Floods, Faults, and Basalts," professor Bob Carson.

Midsummer Music Retreat

July 27-31

A music camp for adult amateur and semi-professional musicians. Conductors: Roupen Shakarian, Seattle's Philharmonic Northwest; Bob Scandrett, the Seattle University Congregational Church; Rick Byrnes, Puget Sound Music Society Concert Band and Washington Wind Symphony. (For details on this program, contact Brian Dohe at the College, 509-527-5251; email


September 24-26

Reunions: classes of 1974, 1979, 1983 and 1984, 1989, and 1994.

Whitman in Wyoming

June 5-12

More than a trip, this is a rare opportunity to study the geology and ecology of a spectacular area of North America. Professor of geology and environmental studies Bob Carson and Clare Carson, a biologist, guide excursions that include Yellowstone Park, Sunlight Basin, Clay Butte, Beartooth Pass, Heart Mountain fault, and Cody, Wyoming. Base camp is the scenic Hunter Peak Ranch on the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River.