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  • Area College Counselors Come Together to Share Self-Care Tips
    Campus News

    November 23, 2020 A global pandemic. Social unrest. A presidential election year. Across the nation and college campuses, 2020 has upped stress and anxiety to exhausting levels.That’s why counselors representing the Walla Walla Tri-Colleges came together to provide self-care tips and resources for students, faculty and staff across the three communities.

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  • New First Year Seminars Build Intellectual Community
    Whitman Magazine

    This fall, new students are exploring these questions and more while they sharpen their writing, reading and discussion skills in Whitman College's new First Year Seminars program. The program—which replaces the Encounters curriculum for first-year students—has been built by faculty over the past two years, with the goal of preparing students to make the most of a liberal arts education.

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  • A Commencement Like No Other
    Whitman Magazine

    It was a spring semester dramatically disrupted, which led to the college's first virtual send-off for graduates. Faculty, family and friends logged on and followed along for Whitman College's 134th Commencement on May 24, 2020.

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  • Doing the Work
    Whitman Magazine

    As the nation grapples with social and racial unrest, Whitman College stands committed to providing an equitable and diverse learning and working environment for all. "Our community, like our nation, is imperfect. But we will continue to work to make it better," Murray said. The Whitman Inclusion Task Force's mission: Develop an action plan that would create meaningful and measurable improvements in the campus climate.

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  • Changing Course
    Whitman Magazine

    Whitman College is famed for its challenging academics, deep community engagement and the way it uniquely empowers students to create their best life. Last spring, when COVID-19 forced the college to move to online learning, professors had to ask: How do we translate Whitman’s robust academic programming, community-building and close connections to a virtual format?

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  • On The Front Lines
    Whitman Magazine

    In the spring of 2020, elaborate equipment, extra sterilization, and multiple layers of masks and gloves became the new normal for hospitals and health care workers around the globe as the novel coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19, spread and surged. For Whitman alumni working in health care, each day brought new challenges.

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  • Whitman's First-Ever Academic Theme Explores Race, Violence & Health
    Whitman Magazine

    This is the first academic theme that Whitman has taken on, and its development has been spearheaded by Shampa Biswas, Professor of Politics and Judge & Mrs. Timothy A. Paul Chair of Political Science. In May, when people across the country took to the streets to condemn police brutality and racism—in the wake of the death of George Floyd—Biswas knew that Whitman needed to be ready to do something when students returned in the fall.

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  • Message from the President
    Whitman Magazine

    In this issue of Whitman Magazine, we’re highlighting members of the Whitman community who are supporting each other and their communities during the current COVID-19 crisis. Whitties are too creative to let a global pandemic keep us from building community and doing important work.

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  • Practicing in a Pandemic: Student Musicians Play On
    Campus News

    November 19, 2020 Although musicians have to deal with a variety of limitations, many students are still enjoying making music from home or the Whitman practice rooms.

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  • Whitman Among Top Green Colleges for 2021
    Campus News

    November 18, 2020 The Princeton Review has ranked Whitman No. 9 among the 2021 Top 50 Green Colleges. Whitman ranked highest among schools from the Pacific Northwest. This ranking acknowledges the college’s efforts to promote sustainability and environmental responsibility on and off campus. The Princeton Review determines a school’s rating based on comprehensive measures of being an “environmentally aware and prepared institution.”

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  • Whitman Votes! Showing Up for Democracy
    Campus News

    November 2, 2020 As the election nears, Whitman’s virtual campus has been abuzz with voter registration events, presidential debate watch parties, guest lectures and more. Whitman College faculty, students, staff and alumni have incorporated crucial voter education, activism and involvement into their busy schedules. In 2016, the last presidential election year, nearly 74 percent of eligible Whitman students voted according to campus voting data from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education.

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  • Jack Jackson, Associate Professor of Politics Discusses the Supreme Court in Crisis in an Excerpt from his Book "Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right"
    n+1 Magazine

    October 29, 2020 "Our moment of crisis, which should be both welcomed and deepened, calls for the rendering of judgment on the following question: will the majority of the country allow an anti-constitutional minority, empowered by an anti-democratic constitution, to rule in perpetuity?"

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  • Associate Professor of Psychology Tom Armstrong Talks All Things Disgust Just in Time for a Creepy, Crawly Halloween
    The New York Times

    October 29, 2020 “Disgust likely evolved to keep us away from sources of pathogens,” said Tom Armstrong, assistant professor of psychology at Whitman College in Washington State. “Creepy crawly insects could be repellent because they tend to live in dark, damp places where bacteria thrive. Some may be human parasites, whereas others could transmit disease. While worms or maggots in food may not be harmful in themselves, they could indicate that food has been compromised by pathogens.”

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  • Aliens, Bigfoot & the Podcaster: Exploring the Wild Side of History and Science
    Campus News

    October 26, 2020 Laura Krantz’s career has taken a few turns, but the wildest of them all is the one that got her researching Bigfoot and aliens. As she releases the second season of her hit podcast “Wild Thing” it is worth looking back to the origins of Krantz’s stories. How exactly does a history major and daily news journalist become involved in producing a podcast that tells the stories of questionable beings such as sasquatch and aliens? Krantz ’00 says it all started with a shared last name.

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  • Whitman’s First-Ever Academic Theme: Race, Violence, and Health
    Campus News

    October 12, 2020 In response to the global and national events of 2020, Whitman has selected "Race, Violence, and Health" as its first academic theme to help students navigate trying and transformative times.

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  • Associate Professor of Psychology Erin Pahlke: Kids Don't Understand Gender Imbalance in Politics
    Psychology Today

    October 1, 2020 Pahlke writes that most children today know very little about the history of women’s rights in the U.S., including the suffrage movement or the fact that a woman has never served as president or vice president.

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  • 'We Are in This Together': First Year Students Reflect on Their Virtual Start
    Campus News

    September 30, 2020 Whitman’s decision to hold fall semester via remote learning left some students feeling FOMO (the fear of missing out) about what is popularly referred to as the “freshman experience.” First years can usually look forward to the fall as a period for self-growth, forging friendships and other experiences while on an exciting new campus. 

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  • Politics Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain Wins Washington State Book Award
    The Seattle Times

    September 30, 2020 His 2019 book “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez" has garnered several awards, which now include the Washington Center for the Book 2020 Washington State Book Award for biography/memoir.

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  • Just the Facts: Alum Creates No-Spin COVID-19 Data Center
    Campus News

    September 29, 2020 Amid a global pandemic, Steve McConnell ’85, a software engineer and data scientist, was frustrated with his inability to understand what was going on. He encountered what he saw as biased and unreliable data.

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  • President Murray Signs Letter in Support of Princeton University
    Campus News

    September 28, 2020 The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education recently announced that it will be investigating Princeton University for possible misrepresentations in its reports of adherence to federal non-discrimination law because its president publicly recognized that historic racism has been embedded in the institution over time.

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