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  • Do Try This at Home: Simple Science Experiments for Kids from Whitman College
    Campus News

    May 27, 2020 Each spring, Whitman College’s Science Outreach program visits more than 40 classrooms around the Walla Walla Valley, bringing science education to hundreds of students. Science Outreach isn’t able to bring its hands-on lessons to schools this spring, but coordinator Heidi Chapin is trying to do one better: She’s bringing them straight into the home.

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  • Art Major Creates His Own Studio to Complete Senior Thesis
    Campus News

    May 27, 2020 Whitman College art major Peter Leyden didn't have a studio to return to after spring break so he found a new space, and optimistic outlook to these unexpected changes, while he worked to complete his senior thesis.

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  • Whitman Class of 2020 Celebrates With Unique Commencement Ceremony
    Campus News

    May 24, 2020 Members of the Class of 2020 shared messages of gratitude and excitement — and took a moment to be a little bit silly — during Whitman College’s 134th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 24, 2020. 

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  • Whitman College Welcomes Viewers to Virtual Commencement
    Campus News

    May 22, 2020 The college will host its first-ever virtual graduation ceremony this Sunday, May 24, at 11 a.m. to honor more than 400 Whitman seniors. Anyone who would like to tune in and toast their success is invited to join the online event.

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  • Bomber Jacket Serves as Memento, Final Project for Costuming Class
    Campus News

    May 21, 2020 Whenever Annaliese Baker teaches costume construction in the Whitman College theater department, she rents a van and takes the whole class to JoAnn Fabric, where the students get to pick out material for their final project. But this spring, Baker was faced with the challenge of moving the entire course online over spring break in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Senior Class Banner Designer Wants to Bring Benefits of Art Therapy to Others
    Campus News

    May 21, 2020 Graduating senior Eliza Wyckoff was able to explore her passion for art by creating the Class of 2020 banner for Commencement.

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  • Student Government Steps Up in Big Ways to Help Peers
    Campus News

    May 20, 2020 Working quickly behind the scenes to bring relief during the COVID-19 pandemic is the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC). When Murray announced March 12 that the college would move to online learning after returning from spring break, ASWC President Isaiah Banta ’20 called two emergency meetings of student leaders from across campus to begin brainstorming what needs students might have — and how ASWC could fill them.

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  • Educational Designer Katie Krummeck ’03 Creates Innovative Commencement Address
    Campus News

    May 20, 2020 Whitman College is creating a virtual event for its 134th Commencement Ceremony. The event will include remarks from President Kathleen Murray, Board of Trustees Chair Nancy Seurrier, class speaker Maude Lustig ’20 and Katie Krummeck '03, as well as the traditional reading of names by Provost Alzada Tipton, and short video clips and photos provided by the graduates themselves.

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  • Virtual Internships Help Students Stay Connected to Walla Walla
    Campus News

    May 19, 2020 Sociology major Maraena Allen-Lewis ’20 and psychology major Sara Federman ’20 are both continuing to work for the benefit of the Walla Walla community, even from a distance. Federman is serving as the director’s intern for the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, thanks to funding from the Whitman Internship Grant. Lewis has a yearlong Community Fellowship with United Way of the Blue Mountains.

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  • Senior Commencement Speaker Wants to Leave Classmates with a Laugh
    Campus News

    May 19, 2020 For Whitman College’s Class of 2020, the stress and sorrow of the COVID-19 pandemic has been no laughing matter. The last few weeks of their senior year happened online. Many of them moved out of their residence halls or off-campus houses, not even getting a chance to say a proper goodbye to the friends they’ve made over the past four years.

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  • Jessica Luong '20 Reflects on Community Fellowship and Impact of COVID-19
    Campus News

    May 16, 2020 For the 2019-2020 academic year, Jessica Luong ’20, a sociology major from Honolulu, Hawaii, worked as the Healthy Eating, Active Living fellow at the city’s Department of Community Health. During the first half of the fellowship, she worked with children in area schools and introduced them to locally grown produce.

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  • Mutu Bronze Sculpture Joins College’s Collection
    Campus News

    May 14, 2020 A new work of art is finding a home in Whitman College’s Penrose Library this spring. The community has the opportunity to learn about the new piece in a video created by the Sheehan Gallery. The piece, “Underground Hornship” by Wangechi Mutu is a bronze sculpture reminiscent of an antler shed. Th majority of the work has a black patina, with the tips a vibrant polished bronze.

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  • Whitman's Virtual Admitted Students Day Sees Increased Participation
    University Business Magazine

    May 13, 2020 More admitted students and their parents attended and actively participated in the college's first-ever virtual event than previous on-campus tours.

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  • Associate Professor of History Brian Dott Traces Path of Chile Pepper in China
    KCRW

    May 13, 2020 Associate Professor of History Brian Dott, author of The Chile Pepper in China: A Cultural Biography, speak with the host of KCRW's Good Food about the chile's pre-modern journey from the Americas to a staple of Chinese cuisine.

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  • New Musical Piece by Whitman Instructor Kristin Vining Evokes Feelings of Pandemic
    Campus News

    May 12, 2020 Composer, pianist and Whitman College music instructor Kristin Vining wrote the song, "deep calls to deep," and had each part recorded individually by Whitman students and a fellow instructor. She then edited each part together to create a musical "call and response." The song evokes feelings around the pandemic and voices calling to each other across a vast distance, Vining said. Watch the video to hear the song and read more of the story of how it came together.

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  • Caring Teams Behind the Scenes Keep Campus Going
    Campus News

    May 11, 2020 Whitman College's campus may be closed, but it is still a buzz of activity. The Physical Plant, Campus Security, Bon Appetit and Residence Life are among those teams continuing to work in-person to make sure the campus — and the students who are still living on it — are safe and cared for.

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  • Associate Professor of Biology Arielle Cooley Explores Genetic Mysteries of the Monkeyflower
    National Geographic

    May 11, 2020 A model developed by Alan Turing helps explain the spots on the flowers—and many other natural patterns. Cooley and fellow biologists describe the intriguing species in-depth.

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  • President Kathleen Murray Reflects on Strength of Community During Crisis
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    May 10, 2020 President Murray writes about how Whitman is adjusting to this strange new reality and thanks the Walla Walla community for its generosity of spirit.

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  • Director of Admission Adam Miller on Decisions Facing Class of 2024
    The Christian Science Monitor

    May 8, 2020 Miller shares how admitted students are taking advantage of the enrollment flexibility Whitman has offered. When weighing the options for next year, starting their college education on time may make the most sense, especially considering gap year possibilities are likely to be curtailed due to COVID-19.

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  • Why Support Matters: Choosing Whitman Amidst Coronavirus Uncertainty
    The Seattle Times

    May 7, 2020 As graduating high school seniors ponder their next move in a time of unprecedented change, students like Rose Sosa and her family look to how helpful colleges have been during the crisis. With that in mind, Sosa chose Whitman despite not having the chance to visit campus this spring due to the virus.

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