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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Serrurier, 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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  • 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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  • Mutu Bronze Sculpture Joins College’s Collection
    Campus News

    May 14, 2020 A new work of art is finding a home at Whitman College 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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  • 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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  • Blues Baseball Video Series Keeps Love for Sport Alive During Closures
    Campus News

    May 6, 2020 Instead of their annual weeklong training camp, which hosted between 50-75 children ages 4-11 from across the Walla Walla Valley, this spring each player on the Blues Baseball team created their own video demonstrating techniques and teaching drills for children to practice at home.

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  • Coronavirus Cuts Short Spring Athletic Seasons
    Campus News

    May 5, 2020 Cancellation of the spring athletic seasons due to COVID-19 was a heartbreaking turn of events for the college’s scholar-athletes.

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  • Watson Fellowship Allows Cameron Conner ’20 to Explore Communities Across Globe
    Campus News

    May 5, 2020 Cameron Conner ’20 believes strongly in the power of communities. He demonstrates that it in his actions, whether that’s volunteering as a wrestling coach at a Spokane, Washington, high school, becoming certified as an EMT, co-founding a nonprofit or helping the city of Walla Walla create a neighborhood-building program. Moving forward, he’ll dig deeper into what makes communities work as a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

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  • Brotherly Love Fuels Watson Fellowship for Evangelos Sarantinos ’20
    Campus News

    May 5, 2020 This spring, Evangelos Sarantinos ’20 was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study rare disease and caregivers around the world.

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  • Studying the Impact of Politics on Children
    Whitman Magazine

    Associate Professor Erin Pahlke joins psychology researchers to ask how much children really understand about politics — and how we can help make the rhetoric less frightening

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  • A Burning Passion for Disaster Management
    Whitman Magazine

    Sam Perkins ’17 is an Idaho-based smokejumper for the U.S. Forest Service. But he also has a more global perspective to fire management. After graduating from Whitman College with his degree in sociology-environmental studies, Perkins received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and spent a year traveling the globe exploring how other cultures approach the environmental uncertainty of natural disaster.

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