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  • Online COVID Course Introduces Incoming Students to Whitman Academics
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    July 9, 2020 When prospective students visit Whitman College, they often get the chance to meet with faculty, sit-in on classes, and get an up-close view of the academic excellence for which the college is known. But this spring, the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered in-person classes, and forced the Admission Office to suspend its Spring Visitors Day and Admitted Students Day on-campus events.

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  • Infectious Disease Class Takes on New Relevance in COVID-19 World
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    July 6, 2020 Born in a new millennium, the students in Associate Professor Jim Russo’s infectious disease course have never known a time that HIV/AIDS wasn’t treatable. But Russo was a graduate student in the 1980s as the virus was first discovered

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  • Grant Funds Creation of Course to Take On ‘Grand Challenges’ Through Civic Engagement
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    July 1, 2020 Kaitlyn Patia brings her passion for community engaged learning to Whitman College, thanks to the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership Program in the Humanities, a grant program run by nonprofit higher education consortium Project Pericles. It’s the first time a Whitman faculty member has received the $4,000 grant, which supports the development of a course dedicated to tackling the “grand challenges” of climate change, education access, immigration, mass incarceration, race and inequality or voter engagement.

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  • Library Archives Collect Stories from the COVID-19 Era
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    June 24, 2020 As COVID-19 reshapes life around the globe, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives at Penrose Library wants to document how those changes have affected our greater community.

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  • Seeing Double: Music Student Creates Self-Duet for Final Performance
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    June 17, 2020 Liam Dubay gained several new skills this spring. He learned to play the five-string Baroque cello, an instrument which Whitman College purchased last year. He also figured out how to splice together video so he could create a unique self-duet performance for his final project of the semester.

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  • Assistant Professor Xiaobo Yuan Bridges Anthropology and Religion at Whitman
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    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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  • Faculty Turn to Student Consultants to Improve Classes
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    June 15, 2020 This spring, Suzanne Morrissey was one of a handful of faculty participating in the faculty-student consultant program, organized and offered through Whitman College’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Now entering its second year, the program connects faculty members with a student who will spend the semester evaluating a chosen course and giving direct feedback.

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  • Whitties Talk About Life on the Front Lines of COVID-19
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    June 12, 2020 When nurse practitioner Carolyn Korfiatis ’05 gets to work at her small rural hospital in Mammoth Lake, California, she goes through “the car wash.”

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  • Undergraduate Conference Showcases Student Research Online
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    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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  • Faculty Kathryn Frank Brings Passion for Inclusivity and Representation to Study of Comics
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    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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  • Neuroscientist Nancy Day '05 Brings Research on Language Development in Birds to Psychology Department
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    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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  • Art Seniors Draw Inspiration from COVID-19 for Thesis Projects
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    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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  • Do Try This at Home: Simple Science Experiments for Kids from Whitman College
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    May 27, 2020 Each spring, Whitman College’s Science Outreach program visits more than 40 classrooms around the Walla Walla Valley, bringing science education to hundreds of students. Science Outreach isn’t able to bring its hands-on lessons to schools this spring, but coordinator Heidi Chapin is trying to do one better: She’s bringing them straight into the home.

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  • Whitman Class of 2020 Celebrates With Unique Commencement Ceremony
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    May 24, 2020 Members of the Class of 2020 shared messages of gratitude and excitement — and took a moment to be a little bit silly — during Whitman College’s 134th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 24, 2020. 

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  • Whitman College Welcomes Viewers to Virtual Commencement
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    May 22, 2020 The college will host its first-ever virtual graduation ceremony this Sunday, May 24, at 11 a.m. to honor more than 400 Whitman seniors. Anyone who would like to tune in and toast their success is invited to join the online event.

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  • Bomber Jacket Serves as Memento, Final Project for Costuming Class
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    May 21, 2020 Whenever Annaliese Baker teaches costume construction in the Whitman College theater department, she rents a van and takes the whole class to JoAnn Fabric, where the students get to pick out material for their final project. But this spring, Baker was faced with the challenge of moving the entire course online over spring break in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Senior Class Banner Designer Wants to Bring Benefits of Art Therapy to Others
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    May 21, 2020 Graduating senior Eliza Wyckoff was able to explore her passion for art by creating the Class of 2020 banner for Commencement.

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  • Student Government Steps Up in Big Ways to Help Peers
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    May 20, 2020 Working quickly behind the scenes to bring relief during the COVID-19 pandemic is the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC). When Murray announced March 12 that the college would move to online learning after returning from spring break, ASWC President Isaiah Banta ’20 called two emergency meetings of student leaders from across campus to begin brainstorming what needs students might have — and how ASWC could fill them.

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  • Educational Designer Katie Krummeck ’03 Creates Innovative Commencement Address
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    May 20, 2020 Whitman College is creating a virtual event for its 134th Commencement Ceremony. The event will include remarks from President Kathleen Murray, Board of Trustees Chair Nancy Serrurier, class speaker Maude Lustig ’20 and Katie Krummeck '03, as well as the traditional reading of names by Provost Alzada Tipton, and short video clips and photos provided by the graduates themselves.

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  • Virtual Internships Help Students Stay Connected to Walla Walla
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    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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