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  • Ross Eustis '11 Launches Bay Area Label Slow & Steady Records
    The San Francisco Chronicle

    December 3, 2019 A Chemistry major at Whitman and recipient of the Watson Fellowship, Eustis, who plays the trumpet, studied transnational dialects of jazz in Sweden, India, South Africa, Brazil and Japan after college. He now works as the digital projects manager for SFJazz Center.

  • Professor Michelle Janning and Caitlyn Collins '08 Provide Sociological Perspective on Single Parenthood

    November 25, 2019 Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning and Caitlyn Collins '08, an assistant professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, were interviewed about the double standards implicit in societal perceptions of single mothers as compared to single fathers.

  • Professor Rachel George Discusses Rise of Exclamation Point
    How Stuff Works

    November 20, 2019 George, an assistant professor of anthropology who studies linguistics and digital media, also notes that the rise of the exclamation point may be tied to the fact that research indicates young women and young people of color are linguistic innovators.

  • Professor Janet Davis on How to Welcome Women to Computer Science
    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    November 18, 2019 Associate Professor and Microsoft Chair of Computer Science Janet Davis, founding chair of Whitman's computer science department, offers five ways to help women feel more at home in computer science classes.

  • Remembering Walla Walla Foundry Owner Mark Anderson '78
    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    November 17, 2019 A celebration of life will be Saturday, Nov. 23, with a 4 p.m. service at Cordiner Hall and a reception to follow in the Reid Center Young Ballroom.

  • President Kathleen Murray Shares Community Engagement Success
    My Columbia Basin

    November 13, 2019 Whitman's president spoke to host Dan Thesman on the Grapeline Podcast about the ways Whitman students get off campus and interact with local businesses and non-profits in the community.

  • History Professor Elyse Semerdjian Discusses Turkish Incursion into Syria

    October 23, 2019 Semerdjian, who teaches Islamic world and Middle Eastern history at Whitman, shed light on Turkey's actions against Kurdish fighters in the region following the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces from Northern Syria, as well as how Russia is now seizing the opportunity to fill the power vacuum.

  • Director of Financial Aid Services Marilyn Ponti on FAFSA Tips for Families
    The Wall Street Journal

    October 20, 2019 Ponti recommends that families facing issues such as divorce that might impact their child's college funding reach out to the financial aid office to discuss the situation. Financial aid officers have some discretion when it comes to considering the use of only one parent’s income on the FAFSA and can use professional judgment in some of these special circumstances.

  • Cameron Conner '20 Helps Launch Neighborhood Engagement Program
    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    October 13, 2019 Conner says, "I agreed to take on this project because I believe the relationships we share around us make or break our well being."

  • Whitman Herpetologist Kate Jackson Debunks Snake-Filled Border Moat Idea

    October 3, 2019 After an article appeared earlier this week in The New York Times suggesting the president demanded a snake-filled moat to protect the southern border, Jackson, an associate professor of biology, explained that people who think they fear snakes "are actually afraid of the unknown."

  • Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History David Schmitz on Origins of "I Am an American Day"

    October 1, 2019 Not everyone knows that Constitution Day shares the bill with Citizenship Day, an observance dating back to 1938. Whitman Professor David Schmitz, who specializes in 20th century American history and foreign policy, explains that a Polish refugee organized the first "I Am An American Day" celebration in New York, featuring patriotic speeches, songs, prayers and a parade from Walt Whitman's birthplace on Long Island.

  • Associate Professor of Psychology Pavel Blagov Explores Link Between Personality and Music Taste
    ZME Science

    October 1, 2019 His research team surveyed 379 Americans ages 18-65 on their musical preferences, movie interests, personality traits, and psychopathic tendencies.

  • Biology Major Eli Fournier '20 Studies Sockeye Salmon Life Cycle in Alaska

    September 27, 2019 He conducted field work with Daniel Schindler, an aquatic ecologist at the University of Washington researching how the millions of fish that hatch in the freshwater lakes and streams along Alaska's Bristol Bay head out to sea and then return to their birthplace to spawn and die. A section of their anatomy called the otolith, a bit of calcium carbonate that sits within the salmon's inner ear and acts like an internal GPS, provides clues about their movements.

  • Whitman Among Top 25 Schools in the West

    August 15, 2019 Whitman joins colleges and universities such as Stanford, Caltech and Pomona in the publication's 2019 rankings.

  • Attorney Claire Noone '11 Provides Legal Aid for Asyulum Seekers
    The Glenwood Springs Post Independent

    July 2, 2019 She has traveled to the border on numerous occasions over the last year to offer pro bono legal assistance to refugees fleeing from Central America's violent Northern Triangle that includes El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Working with the nonprofit organization Al Otro Lado ("the other side"), Noone plans to visit Tijuana, Mexico, twice this month to deliver letters of support to families awaiting asylum decisions.

  • Chastity Belt's Julia Shapiro '12 Releases First Solo Album
    The Seattle Times

    June 21, 2019 "Perfect Version" is available this month through Hardly Art. Shapiro and her bandmates Gretchen Grimm '12, Lydia Lund '12 and Annie Truscott '12 met as students at Whitman before ascending Seattle's rock scene.

  • Sociology Professor Reflects on Virtual Classroom Visitors
    Inside Higher Ed

    June 19, 2019 Raymond and Elsie Gipson DeBurgh Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning looks back on her year of teaching courses incorporating digital guest speakers on various topics, and how the experience sparked questions beyond how well that format facilitated student learning.

  • Whitman Named to Most Beautiful College Campuses in America

    June 19, 2019 College Creek winds through the school's 117 scenic acres and the geothermal spring Lakum Duckum, home to the school's beloved mallard duck population. The oldest building on campus, Memorial Building, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • The Caretakers of Whitman's Tree Canopy
    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    June 2, 2019 From native plant gardens buzzing with honeybees to flowering shrubs to “celebrity” trees and all the flora and fauna in between, the campus brims with natural beauty. Maintaining its luster for everyone to enjoy is a team effort.