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  • History Professor Elyse Semerdjian Discusses Turkish Incursion into Syria
    Vox

    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
    HuffPost

    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"
    Time

    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
    Science

    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
    Forbes

    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
    MSN

    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.

  • Math Professor Adam Graham-Squire '98 Receives Distinguished Teaching Award
    Highpoint

    May 20, 2019 The associate professor of mathematics was honored with the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching-Service Award during High Point University’s 2019 Commencement ceremony. The award is named for Meredith Clark Slane and has been given annually since 1973 to recognize excellence in teaching. Graham-Squire has been teaching at High Point since 2011.

  • Aisha Fukushima '09 Returns to Tell Her Story at Commencement
    NWPB

    May 14, 2019 The notable alumna returns to Whitman May 19 to deliver remarks on her worldwide journey as an artist and activist as the college's 2019 commencement speaker. "An image came to my mind of a cycle, of 10 years, and returning full circle," Fukushima said of being asked to address the graduating class. "I’m excited, I’m curious. I’m coming in with an interest in their goals. I hopefully have a message that the next generation of leaders need to hear."

  • Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain Publishes Nonfiction Border Story
    The New York Times

    May 2, 2019 In his new book, "The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez," Professor of Politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain weaves "a rich, novelistic tale of a young woman whose life spans both sides of the United States-Mexican border."

  • Bécquer Medak-Seguín '10 Examines Impact of Spain's Election
    The Nation

    April 30, 2019 Bécquer Medak-Seguín '10 is an assistant professor of Iberian studies at Johns Hopkins University. He co-wrote this essay titled, "In a Polarized Spain, Voters Give the Socialists Another Chance." It reports on the latest political shifts within Spain's government, including Socialist gains as well as the emergence of a strong far-right.

  • Patrick Page '85 Nominated for Tony Award
    The Spokesman-Review

    April 30, 2019 The actor earned his first Tony nod for his role in the new Broadway musical "Hadestown," from director Rachel Chavkin and singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. The show, which brings the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice and their journey to the underworld to 1930s America, leads the field of Tony Award nominations this year with 14, including Page's for best featured actor in a musical.

  • Lauren McCullough '12 Featured in Photography Series on Multilayered Identity
    NPR

    April 28, 2019 A politics major at Whitman who currently resides in Seoul, McCullough provided this statement to accompany her portrait: "I'm Korean. I'm American. I'm an adoptee. I don't care to hyphenate or qualify; if I did, where would it end? I push against the rigid boundaries of Koreanness." Korean-Canadian photographer Hannah Yoon, who is behind the project, says connecting with other Koreans abroad while collaborating on her work led to a deeper understanding of her own life experience.

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