Whitney Rich '20 (she/her/hers) is a recent Whitman graduate and Spanish major. Whitney brings her experience working as a student news and feature writer at Whitman. She is excited to support the marketing and communications goals of the college, by taking an inventive and collaborative approach to content creation.

Email: richwm@whitman.edu

  • Virtual Undergraduate Conference Sparks Engaging Discourse
    Campus News

    April 15, 2021 In its 23rd year, the Whitman Undergraduate Conference is an opportunity for students to present their original research from classes, senior theses, study abroad projects and summer internships. The 2021 conference showcased the work of 118 students and, adapting to the times, was held virtually. Presentations were pre-recorded and shown during the 16 panels, followed by a live question-and-answer session with attendees.

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  • Tiny House, Big Effort
    Campus News

    April 14, 2021 Just a month into his senior year at Whitman, Brayden Preskenis received a phone call from his father. The region of Oregon where he grew up was on fire. Wanting to do something for his community, Preskenis decided he would build a tiny house on a trailer in Walla Walla and drive it to Ashland, Oregon, where it would become the home of a family who had lost theirs in the fire.

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  • Senator Patty Murray and Whitman Students Discuss Health Equity
    Campus News

    April 2, 2021 In a special virtual event for the Whitman community, Washington State Senator Patty Murray took part in a panel discussion. The discourse centered on a report authored by Murray’s office titled “COVID-19 & Achieving Health Equity: Congressional Action Is Necessary To Address Racism And Inequality In The U.S. Health Care System.”

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  • Kynde Kiefel Awarded Reid Service Award for Her Dedication to Community Art
    Campus News

    March 8, 2021 Whitman College proudly recognizes Kynde Kiefel, co-director of the Donald H. Sheehan Gallery, with the Pete and Hedda Reid Service Award as part of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Higher Education Community Service Award. The 2020 Annual Community Awards banquet, hosted by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, was held virtually this year throughout the month of February.

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  • A Catalyst for Connection
    Whitman Magazine

    Biology professor Ginger Withers envisions the STEM Hub as a place of study, support and opportunity.

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  • Aliens, Bigfoot and the Podcaster
    Whitman Magazine

    Whitman alum Laura Krantz explores the weird side of history and science in her hit podcast “Wild Thing.”

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  • A Poetic Journey
    Whitman Magazine

    First-year student and poet Tejashree Jadhav connects and competes from a world away.

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  • Exploring ‘Race, Violence, and Health’ With the Artwork of Favianna Rodriguez
    Campus News

    February 2, 2021 Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies and Garrett Fellow Lisa Uddin reflects on the artwork by Favianna Rodriguez that was chosen to represent Whitman College’s 2020-2021 Academic Theme. Rodriguez is a social justice worker, a cultural organizer and a visual artist.

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  • Alum Brings Power to the Polls: 'Hello, American! Come and Vote!'
    Campus News

    January 20, 2021 Prior to the 2020 election, the U.S. faced not only a pandemic, but a shortage of poll workers. Power the Polls worked with nonprofits and businesses to encourage people to be poll workers. Over 700,000 people stepped up to meet that challenge. One of those thousands was Whitman alum and actor Kaliswa Brewster ’05. Her experience as a poll worker would prove just how essential and powerful poll workers are on election day.

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

    December 10, 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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  • A Student Serving Students: Whitman Junior Wins New Hampshire School Board Election
    Campus News

    November 30, 2020 Jonathan Weinberg '22 has wanted to make an influence on the education system in his hometown since he was a student in the district, not too many years ago. When an opportunity presented itself in the form of an opening on the school board, the junior philosophy major at Whitman felt called to step forward.

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  • Whitman’s First-Ever Academic Theme Explores Race, Violence, and 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Assistant Professor Xiaobo Yuan Bridges Anthropology and Religion at Whitman
    Campus News

    June 16, 2020 Xiaobo Yuan first worked as an anthropologist as an undergraduate student while studying at Johns Hopkins University. Yuan received a research grant to do field work in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She was investigating how faith-based organizations, specifically Christian organizations, intervened in the aftermath of the hurricane.

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  • Undergraduate Conference Showcases Student Research Online
    Campus News

    June 12, 2020 Typically the Undergraduate Conference is a day of in-person presentations and poster sessions, where classes are canceled and the Whitman community interacts with student research. But when the college moved to online learning this spring in response to COVID-19, Keith Raether knew the conference format needed to change, too.

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  • Neuroscientist Nancy Day '05 Brings Research on Language Development in Birds to Psychology Department
    Campus News

    June 11, 2020 Inside Maxey Hall’s newly constructed Avian Communication Lab, Assistant Professor Nancy Day ’05 is fitting songbirds with tiny headphones.

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  • Faculty Kathryn Frank Brings Passion for Inclusivity and Representation to Study of Comics
    Campus News

    June 11, 2020 Comics aren’t just something Kathryn Frank enjoys reading in her free time. The newest faculty member in Whitman College’s Department of Film and Media Studies is a comics and new media forms specialist.

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  • Art Seniors Draw Inspiration from COVID-19 for Thesis Projects
    Campus News

    June 1, 2020 Whitman College art major Peter Leyden didn't have a studio to return to after spring break so he found a new space, and optimistic outlook to these unexpected changes, while he worked to complete his senior thesis.

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