WALLA WALLA, Wash. — President George Bridges will preside over Convocation Ceremonies here Friday, Aug. 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Cordiner Hall, welcoming students, parents, faculty and staff to the 2007-2008 academic year. Classes for approximately 1,450 new and returning students will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

In addition to opening remarks by President Bridges, the ceremonies will include a talk by Jeffrey Wilson ’08, president of the Associated Students of Whitman College; presentation of the Class of 2011 by J. Antonio “Tony” Cabasco ’90, dean of admission and financial aid; a discussion of the first-year general studies program by Roberta Davidson, associate professor of English and Core Coordinator; remarks by Lori Bettison-Varga, the new provost and dean of the faculty; and the Convocation address, “What is at Stake?” by Shampa Biswas, associate professor of politics.

Whitman celebrates its 125th opening week on a high note. The college received a record number of applications for enrollment – 3,046. The 2007-2008 student body of about 1,450 men and women includes 305 first-years students, 23 transfer students and 56 first-generation students.American ethnic minority and international students make up 25 percent of this year’s entering class.

Funding for the Fouts Center for Visual Arts, expected to open in fall 2008, is complete and construction is underway just south of Reid Campus Center off Park Street. Currently underway are campaigns to fund the recently established Ralph C. Rittenour Jr. Professorship in Economics and the David Stevens Internship Endowment.

For more information about Whitman events, including opening week activities, please visit the Whitman College homepage at www.whitman.edu. For more information about admission, call 509 527-5176; for information on fund raising call development at 509 527-5166; for other questions, call the news service at 509 527-5156.

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156
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