Savannah Tranchell is an experienced journalist and strategic communications professional. She joined the Whitman Communications Content Team in June 2018. She has a master's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University and a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Idaho. Savannah is an award-winning feature writer and worked in the newspaper industry for more than 10 years before entering higher ed communications.

Email: tranchse@whitman.edu

  • Learning Together: Grant Funds Summer Research Projects in Walla Walla
    Campus News

    August 27, 2020 Whitman College students are known for their passion for serving the Walla Walla community. But this summer, more than a dozen students were able to explore community engagement in a new, more holistic model thanks to a community-engaged learning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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  • Sociologist Caity Collins ’08 Has a Message for Moms: It’s Not Your Fault
    Campus News

    August 14, 2020 Caity Collins ’08 has spent her career studying families, starting during her time at Whitman College. The sociology major began with a research project with Professor Michelle Janning, looking at the way that divorce was represented in children’s rooms.

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  • Whitman-Mayo Partnership Challenges and Fosters Budding Scientists
    Campus News

    August 13, 2020 As research experiences and internships around the nation were canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Assistant Professor Michael Coronado picked up the phone. He wanted to make sure that Whitman College’s first two fellows in the Whitman-Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program didn’t miss out on the chance to work with Mayo Clinic. So he reached out to DeLisa Fairweather ’87, his mentor and director of Translational Cardiovascular Research at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

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  • Seattle-Area Neighbors and Whitties Take on the Pandemic Together
    Campus News

    August 11, 2020 Duncan “Tim” Hay ’57 and I-Chin Maeda ’98 are in a neighborly stand-off about who deserves recognition most. Hay insists that its Maeda who’s worthy of praise, for stepping up to help him and his wife Betsy (Jones) Hay ’60 with grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • John Lewis Fellowship Gives Dorothy Mukasa ’19 Chance to ‘Stir Up Good Trouble’ in Community
    Campus News

    August 7, 2020 This spring, Dorothy Mukasa '19 received the John Lewis Fellowship (JLF) based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mukasa is one of 39 Whitman graduates to receive a prestigious fellowship or scholarship for the 2019-2020 award year.

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  • Ibram Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” Selected for 2020 Common Read
    Campus News

    July 30, 2020 Like much of the nation, Whitman College students, staff, faculty and alumni are joining together this summer to dig deeply into issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of that conversation, in mid-July President Kathy Murray announced Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” as the summer 2020 common read.

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  • Beckman Scholars Keep STEM Community Connected
    Campus News

    July 29, 2020 The Whitman College campus may be largely closed, but dozens of students are still spending their summer engaged in meaningful research, though it may not look like they expected. Keeping that group connected and working to build a community among student researchers are the college’s three Beckman Scholars — new graduate Alexandra Moore ’20 and rising seniors Silas Miller and Hunter Hansen.

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  • First Year Seminar Program Opens New Possibilities
    Campus News

    July 28, 2020 What is childhood? What is the process of othering? How do we differentiate between humans and animals? How do humans experience time? How do we conceive of community and solitude outside of the boundaries of the ordinary? This fall, new students will engage these questions and more while they sharpen their critical thinking, writing and reading comprehension skills in Whitman College’s new First Year Seminars program.

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  • Into the Woods: Senior Clara Hoffman Studies the Impact of Predators in the Pacific Northwest
    Campus News

    July 21, 2020 On a late spring day, Clara Hoffman is creeping through the woods, as quietly as possible. She and her fellow researchers are using radio signals to triangulate the location of a cow elk in the area. Somewhere near her, a calf is hidden in the woods. Their mission is simple: Find the calf, blindfold it to keep it calm, fit it with its own radio collar, take measurements, and then clear out.

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  • Emily Brucia ’11 Launches Telehealth Service When Americans Need it Most
    Campus News

    July 17, 2020 In April 2020, Emily Brucia '11 launched Elemental Telehealth — a health tech company focused on connecting people with psychologists in private practice who provide holistic, evidence-based care. The business was always designed to exist in the telehealth space, but launching it during a global pandemic was never her intention.

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  • Christian Moreno ’21 Pursues Dream Puerto Rican Internship from Walla Walla
    Campus News

    July 16, 2020 This summer, Christian Moreno '21 is an intern for Haser Inc, a nonprofit group that works to strengthen other nonprofits in Puerto Rico by offering administrative support, strategic planning and proposal development and fiscal sponsorship. Moreno is helping create business plans for organizations that focus on sustainable education, agroecology and community well-being.

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  • Online COVID Course Introduces Incoming Students to Whitman Academics
    Campus News

    July 9, 2020 When prospective students visit Whitman College, they often get the chance to meet with faculty, sit-in on classes, and get an up-close view of the academic excellence for which the college is known. But this spring, the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered in-person classes, and forced the Admission Office to suspend its Spring Visitors Day and Admitted Students Day on-campus events.

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  • Infectious Disease Class Takes on New Relevance in COVID-19 World
    Campus News

    July 6, 2020 Born in a new millennium, the students in Associate Professor Jim Russo’s infectious disease course have never known a time that HIV/AIDS wasn’t treatable. But Russo was a graduate student in the 1980s as the virus was first discovered

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  • Grant Funds Creation of Course to Take On ‘Grand Challenges’ Through Civic Engagement
    Campus News

    July 1, 2020 Kaitlyn Patia brings her passion for community engaged learning to Whitman College, thanks to the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership Program in the Humanities, a grant program run by nonprofit higher education consortium Project Pericles. It’s the first time a Whitman faculty member has received the $4,000 grant, which supports the development of a course dedicated to tackling the “grand challenges” of climate change, education access, immigration, mass incarceration, race and inequality or voter engagement.

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  • Library Archives Collect Stories from the COVID-19 Era
    Campus News

    June 24, 2020 As COVID-19 reshapes life around the globe, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives at Penrose Library wants to document how those changes have affected our greater community.

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  • Faculty Turn to Student Consultants to Improve Classes
    Campus News

    June 15, 2020 This spring, Suzanne Morrissey was one of a handful of faculty participating in the faculty-student consultant program, organized and offered through Whitman College’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Now entering its second year, the program connects faculty members with a student who will spend the semester evaluating a chosen course and giving direct feedback.

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  • Whitties Talk About Life on the Front Lines of COVID-19
    Campus News

    June 12, 2020 When nurse practitioner Carolyn Korfiatis ’05 gets to work at her small rural hospital in Mammoth Lake, California, she goes through “the car wash.”

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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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  • 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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  • 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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