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  • Message from the President
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    Message from the President

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  • New First Year Seminars Build Intellectual Community
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    This fall, new students are exploring these questions and more while they sharpen their writing, reading and discussion skills in Whitman College's new First Year Seminars program. The program—which replaces the Encounters curriculum for first-year students—has been built by faculty over the past two years, with the goal of preparing students to make the most of a liberal arts education.

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  • A Commencement Like No Other
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    It was a spring semester dramatically disrupted, which led to the college's first virtual send-off for graduates. Faculty, family and friends logged on and followed along for Whitman College's 134th Commencement on May 24, 2020.

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  • Doing the Work
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    As the nation grapples with social and racial unrest, Whitman College stands committed to providing an equitable and diverse learning and working environment for all. "Our community, like our nation, is imperfect. But we will continue to work to make it better," Murray said. The Whitman Inclusion Task Force's mission: Develop an action plan that would create meaningful and measurable improvements in the campus climate.

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  • Changing Course
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    Whitman College is famed for its challenging academics, deep community engagement and the way it uniquely empowers students to create their best life. Last spring, when COVID-19 forced the college to move to online learning, professors had to ask: How do we translate Whitman’s robust academic programming, community-building and close connections to a virtual format?

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  • On The Front Lines
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    In the spring of 2020, elaborate equipment, extra sterilization, and multiple layers of masks and gloves became the new normal for hospitals and health care workers around the globe as the novel coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19, spread and surged. For Whitman alumni working in health care, each day brought new challenges.

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  • Whitman’s First-Ever Academic Theme Explores Race, Violence, and Health
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    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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  • Message from the President
    Whitman Magazine

    In this issue of Whitman Magazine, we’re highlighting members of the Whitman community who are supporting each other and their communities during the current COVID-19 crisis. Whitties are too creative to let a global pandemic keep us from building community and doing important work.

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  • Coming to the Table
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    A collaboration between Whitman College and the Washington State Penitentiary brings students from both institutions together to discuss relevant ethical issues in philosophy course.

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  • Studying the Impact of Politics on Children
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    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
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    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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  • Cross country star, Spanish major Whitney Rich ’20 off and running into career
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    Cross country star Whitney Rich ’20 finds room to explore a career in medical translation and passions for the environment and running at Whitman

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  • Heather Wright ’99 Loves the Collaboration and Challenge of Life as a Volcanologist
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    Heather Wright ’99 is a research geologist with the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and USAID’s Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance. Based in Vancouver, Washington, the program works to prevent volcano-related tragedies by collaborating with scientists and public officials around the world.

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  • A Holistic Approach to History
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    As an advisor and historian, Associate Professor Jacqueline Woodfork works to build relationships and see connections with her students and subject.

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  • Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills Make Liberal Arts Grads Ready for Tech Industry
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    Technical skills are increasingly important in this digital age, but that doesn’t mean the skills emphasized in a liberal arts education — often considered “soft skills” — are any less valuable. The high-tech industry has long valued the versatile, creative mindset and soft skills that are hardwired in those who study in the liberal arts tradition.

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  • Crystal Ellis ’01 Fights to Make Furniture Safer for Children
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    After losing her toddler in a furniture tip-over accident, Crystal Ellis has dedicated herself to campaigning for laws that demand furniture manufacturers meet a higher safety standard.

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  • 3-2 Engineering Program Allows Students to Build Technical Career on Liberal Arts Foundation
    Whitman Magazine

    In the nearly 70 years Whitman’s 3-2 Engineering program has been in place, more than 200 students have completed the program, which includes three full years at Whitman College, and then an additional two years at a partner engineering school. The student finishes with two complete bachelor degrees — one from each institution.

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  • Sociology Course Builds Bridges Between Students and Disability Community
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    Though books and lectures are the foundations of traditional academic learning, some lessons require hands-on experience.

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  • Jordon Crawford ’21 Works to Improve the World Around Him
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    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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  • Music and History Blend Together for Conductor Paul Luongo
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    For Whitman College orchestra conductor Paul Luongo, it makes no difference what his students study, as long as they love the music. One year, the lead violinist in the Whitman Orchestra might be a music performance major preparing to compete for a place in a major conservatory. The next, it might be a student majoring in English literature, biology or anthropology.

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