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. She is also pursuing a Master of Strategic Communication from Washington State University. 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

  • Spring Semester Re-Launches with Focus on Online Learning
    Campus News

    March 31, 2020 In response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, on March 12, 2020, President Kathleen Murray announced that Whitman would move to online learning for the remainder of spring semester. With classes restarting March 30, Whitman’s faculty and staff had only two weeks to move their material and prepare students — and themselves — for the unprecedent shift.

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  • Andy Burnstein ’20 Wants to See More Students ‘Pop the Bubble’
    Campus News

    March 23, 2020 Graduating senior Andy Burnstein ’20 has advice for Whitman College students coming behind him: Get involved in the community. Register to vote in Walla Walla. Give back through local organizations. Be part of the city and culture. “Many Whitman students feel separate from the community, which is really unfortunate,” Burnstein said.

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  • Everybody Needs a Friend: Whitman Friends Brings Elementary School Programs Together
    Campus News

    March 16, 2020 In March 2020, Whitman College, Friends of Children of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Public School District (WWPS) signed a new letter of understanding to consolidate and strengthen two different mentoring programs to better serve — and reach more — children.

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  • Students Honored for Campus and Community Engagement
    Campus News

    March 5, 2020 Three Whitman College students are being honored this spring for their outstanding contributions to the college and the greater Walla Walla community through the Campus Compact Presidents’ Civic Leadership Awards and Newman Civic Fellowship programs.

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  • WINcubator Creates Space for Community Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Campus News

    February 25, 2020 On Feb. 21, 2020, Whitman Innovation Network hosted an open house to introduce the WINcubator to the college and Walla Walla community. Located in the basement of the Whitman College Technology Services building on Main and Touchet streets, the project was funded by a $25,000 grant from the Port of Walla Walla, a nonprofit dedicated to tourism and business development in the valley.

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  • Activist Angela Davis Calls for Transformation and Justice
    Campus News

    February 20, 2020 The Whitman College and Walla Walla communities welcomed Angela Davis to Cordiner Hall with a standing ovation Wednesday evening, Feb. 19, 2020. As the keynote speaker for the 2020 Power & Privilege Symposium, Davis spoke broadly about systems of inequity and injustice, both in the U.S. and abroad, while also sharing her own story and her work in the prison abolitionist movement.

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  • Scholarships Help Scholar-Athlete’s Dreams Take Flight
    Campus News

    February 18, 2020 When Anthony Nevoso ’20 graduates from Whitman College this May, he will be the first person in his family to earn a degree. But that’s just one piece of a trajectory that will take Nevoso literally into the skies. This summer, the economics major and captain of the Whitman Blues baseball team will begin flight school, fulfilling a lifetime dream of being an airline pilot.

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  • Distance Track Program Expands Competition for Cross Country Athletes
    Campus News

    February 11, 2020 Beginning this spring, Whitman College’s scholar-athletes have a new opportunity to compete nationally in the NCAA. The college has formalized its nontraditional cross country season as an NCAA-recognized distance track program.

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  • 2020 Power and Privilege Symposium Aims to Build Bridges Across Difference
    Campus News

    February 11, 2020 Dismantling mental health stigmas. Addressing racism in the medical field. Being Christian and LGBTQIA+. Gun violence. Islamophobia. The Whitman College community will take a hard look at these topics and more during the eighth annual Power and Privilege Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

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  • Al-Rahim Merali '13 Redefines Success at Google
    Campus News

    February 10, 2020 Psychology major Al-Rahim Merali '13 thought he knew what he needed to be successful. Today, the User Experience Researcher at Google knows that success is more about flexibility and critical thinking then what kind of degree you have.

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  • Sophomore Summit Helps Second-Year Students Find Direction
    Campus News

    January 24, 2020 Hosted by the Student Engagement Center (SEC), the 2020 Sophomore Summit brought together more than two dozen students with alumni and community leaders to explore careers and gain professional skills.

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  • Unity Week Brings Community Together to Focus on Social Justice
    Campus News

    January 16, 2020 The Walla Walla community is invited to join Whitman College in creating positive social change during its inaugural Unity Week events, Jan. 20-24, 2020. It’s a week that brings together community members, leaders in social justice, and college students from Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) and Walla Walla University (WWU) with speakers and workshops aimed at transforming a passion for equality into action.

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  • Jordon Crawford ’21 Works to Improve the World Around Him
    Whitman Magazine

    Since coming to Whitman from Jamaica as a Davis United World College (UWC) Scholar in 2017, Jordon Crawford ’21 has partnered with others to improve the experience for international and underrepresented students, particularly other men of color.

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  • MULTIMEDIA: Marcus Amerman ’81 Pushes Boundaries of Native American Beadwork
    Campus News

    December 16, 2019 Native American beadwork artists Marcus Amerman ’81 pushes the envelope on traditional beadwork by creating realistic pieces based on historic photographs. A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Amerman earned a degree in art from Whitman College and often infuses his work with sociopolitical messages.

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  • Murdock Conference Gives Students Valuable Opportunity to Present Research
    Campus News

    December 3, 2019 Each semester, dozens of students at Whitman College work closely with faculty mentors in labs and classrooms across the campus. These collaborations often result in research papers, journal articles, capstone projects for graduating seniors, and presentations at the Whitman Undergraduate Conference. This fall, nearly two dozen science students had the opportunity to share their research projects with other scientists and students at the 28th annual Murdock College Science Research Program Conference in Vancouver, Washington.

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  • Hasan Kwame Jeffries Encourages Students to Take an Honest Look at ‘Hard History’
    Campus News

    December 3, 2019 It’s important to study history, the old saying goes, because history tends to repeat itself. If we study the past, we can avoid repeating our mistakes. When it comes to America’s history with slavery, Hasan Kwame Jeffries thinks we still have plenty of reflection and work to do.

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  • First-Year Writing Program Recognized for Improving Student Success
    Campus News

    November 25, 2019 Whitman College is celebrating the success of its first-year writing assessment program, which has received the 2019 Beacon Award for Excellence in Student Achievement and Success from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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  • Chris Bromley '97 Combines Knowledge of Law and Water to Benefit Ski Resort
    Campus News

    November 25, 2019 Many people never think twice about where water comes from - it falls from the sky, it is easily available through any faucet, and it covers 71% of the globe. It seems a nearly infinite resource. Chris Bromley '97 knows it's not - and as a water rights attorney, it's his job to help individuals and businesses find the balance of the many demands on water.

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  • Over 40 Whitties Receive Prestigious Honors for 2018-2019
    Campus News

    November 21, 2019 More than 40 students and alumni from Whitman College received fellowships, grants or scholarships from prestigious programs during the 2018-2019 academic year. The recipients are also among the college’s most diverse: more than 40 percent represent first-generation students or those from diverse background, according to Keith Raether, director of the Office of Fellowships and Grants.

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  • Special Topics Psychology Class Examines Development of School Shooters
    Campus News

    October 29, 2019 This fall, Whitman College psychology Professor Melissa Clearfield is teaching PSYCH 347A, a special topics class examining how teen school shooters develop, looking at cases from Columbine to Parkland. Clearfield spent her sabbatical during the 2018-2019 school year developing the syllabus for the course, including searching for scholarly resources on a topic that has drawn lots of interest, but little research.

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