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  • New Theater and Dance Chair Laura Hope Sees Great Art Ahead
    Campus News

    August 31, 2020 The seats inside Harper Joy Theatre may not be filled with audiences this fall. The stages may remain empty. But that doesn’t mean that the Department of Theater and Dance isn’t actively working to produce meaningful art. In fact, new department Chair Laura Hope, associate professor of theater, is excited to see the new types of performances and pieces created over fall semester.

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  • Get to Know Newly Promoted Whitman Faculty
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    August 28, 2020 Whitman College faculty members who received tenure or promotion to full professor for the 2020-2021 academic year answered questions about their areas of expertise, their passions and what they love about Whitman students.

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  • Learning Together: Grant Funds Summer Research Projects in Walla Walla
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    August 27, 2020 Whitman College students are known for their passion for serving the Walla Walla community. But this summer, more than a dozen students were able to explore community engagement in a new, more holistic model thanks to a community-engaged learning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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  • Sociologist Caity Collins ’08 Has a Message for Moms: It’s Not Your Fault
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    August 14, 2020 Caity Collins ’08 has spent her career studying families, starting during her time at Whitman College. The sociology major began with a research project with Professor Michelle Janning, looking at the way that divorce was represented in children’s rooms.

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  • Whitman-Mayo Partnership Challenges and Fosters Budding Scientists
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    August 13, 2020 As research experiences and internships around the nation were canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Assistant Professor Michael Coronado picked up the phone. He wanted to make sure that Whitman College’s first two fellows in the Whitman-Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program didn’t miss out on the chance to work with Mayo Clinic. So he reached out to DeLisa Fairweather ’87, his mentor and director of Translational Cardiovascular Research at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

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  • New ASWC President Offers Support, Unity for 2020-2021 Academic Year
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    August 12, 2020 As the United States endures unprecedented times — from a global pandemic to racial conflict and a volatile political climate — the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) are planning to step up and support students in new ways. 

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  • Seattle-Area Neighbors and Whitties Take on the Pandemic Together
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    August 11, 2020 Duncan “Tim” Hay ’57 and I-Chin Maeda ’98 are in a neighborly stand-off about who deserves recognition most. Hay insists that its Maeda who’s worthy of praise, for stepping up to help him and his wife Betsy (Jones) Hay ’60 with grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • John Lewis Fellowship Gives Dorothy Mukasa ’19 Chance to ‘Stir Up Good Trouble’ in Community
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    August 7, 2020 This spring, Dorothy Mukasa '19 received the John Lewis Fellowship (JLF) based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mukasa is one of 39 Whitman graduates to receive a prestigious fellowship or scholarship for the 2019-2020 award year.

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  • Psychology Senior Partners with Professor to Study Attention and Memory
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    July 31, 2020 Professor Matthew Prull has been fascinated by the mental processes associated with aging and memory for as long as he can remember. This summer, Prull teamed up with psychology senior Nikita Adhikari to test theories about the psychological phenomenon known as the attentional boost effect.

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  • Ibram Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” Selected for 2020 Common Read
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    July 30, 2020 Like much of the nation, Whitman College students, staff, faculty and alumni are joining together this summer to dig deeply into issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of that conversation, in mid-July President Kathy Murray announced Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” as the summer 2020 common read.

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  • Beckman Scholars Keep STEM Community Connected
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    July 29, 2020 The Whitman College campus may be largely closed, but dozens of students are still spending their summer engaged in meaningful research, though it may not look like they expected. Keeping that group connected and working to build a community among student researchers are the college’s three Beckman Scholars — new graduate Alexandra Moore ’20 and rising seniors Silas Miller and Hunter Hansen.

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  • First Year Seminar Program Opens New Possibilities
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    July 28, 2020 What is childhood? What is the process of othering? How do we differentiate between humans and animals? How do humans experience time? How do we conceive of community and solitude outside of the boundaries of the ordinary? This fall, new students will engage these questions and more while they sharpen their critical thinking, writing and reading comprehension skills in Whitman College’s new First Year Seminars program.

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  • Into the Woods: Senior Clara Hoffman Studies the Impact of Predators in the Pacific Northwest
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    July 21, 2020 On a late spring day, Clara Hoffman is creeping through the woods, as quietly as possible. She and her fellow researchers are using radio signals to triangulate the location of a cow elk in the area. Somewhere near her, a calf is hidden in the woods. Their mission is simple: Find the calf, blindfold it to keep it calm, fit it with its own radio collar, take measurements, and then clear out.

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  • Emily Brucia ’11 Launches Telehealth Service When Americans Need it Most
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    July 17, 2020 In April 2020, Emily Brucia '11 launched Elemental Telehealth — a health tech company focused on connecting people with psychologists in private practice who provide holistic, evidence-based care. The business was always designed to exist in the telehealth space, but launching it during a global pandemic was never her intention.

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  • Christian Moreno ’21 Pursues Dream Puerto Rican Internship from Walla Walla
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    July 16, 2020 This summer, Christian Moreno '21 is an intern for Haser Inc, a nonprofit group that works to strengthen other nonprofits in Puerto Rico by offering administrative support, strategic planning and proposal development and fiscal sponsorship. Moreno is helping create business plans for organizations that focus on sustainable education, agroecology and community well-being.

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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
    Campus News

    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
    Campus News

    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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