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

  • 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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  • Virtual Internships Help Students Stay Connected to Walla Walla
    Campus News

    May 19, 2020 Sociology major Maraena Allen-Lewis ’20 and psychology major Sara Federman ’20 are both continuing to work for the benefit of the Walla Walla community, even from a distance. Federman is serving as the director’s intern for the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, thanks to funding from the Whitman Internship Grant. Lewis has a yearlong Community Fellowship with United Way of the Blue Mountains.

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  • Whitman Education, Medical Field and Heritage Influence Alumna’s YA Novel
    Campus News

    April 27, 2020 Aleksandra Ross ’14 believes that she wouldn’t have written the same book if it weren’t for her Whitman education. Ross’ first young adult novel will be released April 28, 2020. Titled “Don’t Call the Wolf,” the book is fantasy at a faster pace, Ross said, and is heavily influenced by Polish and Slavic folklore.

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  • Debate Team Duo Takes First in National Competition
    Campus News

    April 25, 2020 Whitman College debate team partners Ava Liponis ’23 and Susanna Williams ’20 had a lot on their minds as they prepared for the novice finals of the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s national championship tour in March, and it wasn’t just how they were going to craft, propose and defend their arguments. Whitman’s team of debaters competing at nationals had just received the news that the college would move all class instruction online due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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  • Co-Taught Indigenous Politics Course Brings Tribal Perspective to Pandemic
    Campus News

    April 13, 2020 Before Whitman College announced the move to online teaching in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sams and Thayne had already made the decision to shift the course to an online format out of concern for the safety of students and the CTUIR community.

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  • Supportive Environment Leads to Success for Alpine Skiers
    Campus News

    March 30, 2020 The Alpine Ski Team is one of seven club sports at Whitman College. The team isn’t only lifelong skiers like Hoffman and Carron, many of the athletes started racing in college. The night before a race, the team will sit down and talk about their goals for the race day ahead.

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  • Walla Walla Offers Plentiful Opportunities Over Summer Months
    Campus News

    March 25, 2020 This spring's summer job fair is going virtual. A smaller, in-person fair was held in early March, but throughout the spring, employers and organizations looking for volunteers, interns or paid employees will set up virtual info sessions through the SEC. The events will be held on Handshake, Whitman’s online platform for jobs an internships. The virtual info sessions make it easy for students finishing the semester remotely to still connect with opportunities.

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  • Philosophy Professor and Psychiatrist Team Up for Book Exploring New Patient-Illness Model
    Campus News

    February 24, 2020 As an associate professor of philosophy, Tom Davis, doesn’t often find himself diving into the world of medicine. However, recently he has experienced it twofold: as a cancer survivor and as co-author of the new book “Story by Story: Who I Am, What I Suffer.”

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  • Orientation Program Helps First-Year Students Understand New Home in Pasxapa
    Campus News

    February 24, 2020 What does it mean to know a place? It’s a question that Whitman College grapples with introducing to incoming new students each year during orientation. The orientation planners work to provide programming that gives an introduction to the Walla Walla Valley and Whitman College that acknowledges and informs incoming students of the human history of the area.

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  • Author Johanna Stoberock Brings Writer Lessons into the Classroom
    Campus News

    February 5, 2020 Johanna Stoberock has always been a writer. Her storytelling started young: “I guess growing up I always wrote. It was something that I really loved doing. I was a huge reader and kept a journal for years and years” said Stoberock, a senior adjunct assistant professor of Composition and General Studies at Whitman College.

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