Savannah Tranchell is an experienced journalist and strategic communications professional. She joined the Whitman Communications Content Team in June 2018. She has a master's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University and a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Idaho. Savannah is an award-winning feature writer and worked in the newspaper industry for more than 10 years before entering higher ed communications.

Email: tranchse@whitman.edu

  • Senior Commencement Speaker Wants to Leave Classmates with a Laugh
    Campus News

    May 19, 2020 For Whitman College’s Class of 2020, the stress and sorrow of the COVID-19 pandemic has been no laughing matter. The last few weeks of their senior year happened online. Many of them moved out of their residence halls or off-campus houses, not even getting a chance to say a proper goodbye to the friends they’ve made over the past four years.

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  • Mutu Bronze Sculpture Joins College’s Collection
    Campus News

    May 14, 2020 A new work of art is finding a home at Whitman College this spring. The community has the opportunity to learn about the new piece in a video created by the Sheehan Gallery. The piece, “Underground Hornship” by Wangechi Mutu is a bronze sculpture reminiscent of an antler shed. Th majority of the work has a black patina, with the tips a vibrant polished bronze.

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  • New Musical Piece by Whitman Instructor Kristin Vining Evokes Feelings of Pandemic
    Campus News

    May 12, 2020 Composer, pianist and Whitman College music instructor Kristin Vining wrote the song, "deep calls to deep," and had each part recorded individually by Whitman students and a fellow instructor. She then edited each part together to create a musical "call and response." The song evokes feelings around the pandemic and voices calling to each other across a vast distance, Vining said. Watch the video to hear the song and read more of the story of how it came together.

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  • Caring Teams Behind the Scenes Keep Campus Going
    Campus News

    May 11, 2020 Whitman College's campus may be closed, but it is still a buzz of activity. The Physical Plant, Campus Security, Bon Appetit and Residence Life are among those teams continuing to work in-person to make sure the campus — and the students who are still living on it — are safe and cared for.

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  • Blues Baseball Video Series Keeps Love for Sport Alive During Closures
    Campus News

    May 6, 2020 Instead of their annual weeklong training camp, which hosted between 50-75 children ages 4-11 from across the Walla Walla Valley, this spring each player on the Blues Baseball team created their own video demonstrating techniques and teaching drills for children to practice at home.

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  • Coronavirus Cuts Short Spring Athletic Seasons
    Campus News

    May 5, 2020 Cancellation of the spring athletic seasons due to COVID-19 was a heartbreaking turn of events for the college’s scholar-athletes.

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  • Watson Fellowship Allows Cameron Conner ’20 to Explore Communities Across Globe
    Campus News

    May 5, 2020 Cameron Conner ’20 believes strongly in the power of communities. He demonstrates that it in his actions, whether that’s volunteering as a wrestling coach at a Spokane, Washington, high school, becoming certified as an EMT, co-founding a nonprofit or helping the city of Walla Walla create a neighborhood-building program. Moving forward, he’ll dig deeper into what makes communities work as a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

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  • Brotherly Love Fuels Watson Fellowship for Evangelos Sarantinos ’20
    Campus News

    May 5, 2020 This spring, Evangelos Sarantinos ’20 was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study rare disease and caregivers around the world.

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  • Studying the Impact of Politics on Children
    Whitman Magazine

    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
    Whitman Magazine

    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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  • A Holistic Approach to History
    Whitman Magazine

    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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  • Entrepreneur Matt Dittrich ’12 and the Magic of a Whitman Education
    Campus News

    May 4, 2020 Entrepreneur Matt Dittrich ’12 is passionate about giving back to Whitman and its students in gratitude for the scholarship that made his education possible.

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  • Senior Fund Offers Way for Graduates to Begin Giving Back
    Campus News

    May 1, 2020 The earliest records of the Senior Fund date to 1986, and it raised nearly $200,000 to support different aspects of the college. The Class of 2013 holds the record for donations, with 65% of the class contributing for a total of over $15,000.

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  • Computer Science Senior Capstones Solve Real-World Problems
    Campus News

    April 28, 2020 The five capstone teams int he Department of Computer Science presented their senior projects in the first ever virtual computer science conference on April 18, 2020.

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  • Gap Year Offers German Studies Major Path for Discovery and Growth
    Campus News

    April 23, 2020 Before starting her first year at Whtiman College, Anneke Sherry '22 spent a year traveling the globe and learning more about herself and the world.

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  • Two Seniors Receive Prestigious Watson Fellowships
    Campus News

    April 22, 2020 Two Whitman College seniors will have the chance to travel the world and pursue knowledge thanks to awards from the Watson Foundation. Evangelos Sarantinos '20, a biology major from Seattle, Washington, and Cameron Conner '20, a rhetoric and politics double-major from Spokane, Washington, are recipients of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

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  • Whitman Sciences Give Precious Supplies to First Responders
    Campus News

    April 16, 2020 Frontline workers in the medical and emergency response industries are getting a boost in access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer thanks to the generosity and expertise of Whitman College faculty, staff and alumni.

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  • President's Scholarship Allows Math Major Sylvie Corwin ’22 to Pursue Art Passion
    Campus News

    April 15, 2020 Whitman offers President’s Scholarships and talent-based scholarships in theatre arts, fine arts, debate and music. For the fine arts award, recipients have to at least minor in the Art Department. Now a sophomore mathematics and English double major, with an art minor, Sylvie Corwin included images of painted mailboxes in her art portfolio, and received a talent-based President’s Scholarship to study at Whitman.

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  • Evan Martin ’16 Finds Opportunity in ‘Riverdale’ Writers Room
    Campus News

    April 14, 2020 Archie and his friends are a long way from where they started as innocent teens in the pages of comic books. And along for the ride is Evan Martin ’16, a film and media studies major, who has served as a writer’s assistant for the “Riverdale” TV show on The CW since December 2017.  

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  • Zidane Galant-LaPorte '21 Views COVID-19 Through Lens of Community Health
    Campus News

    April 10, 2020 Even before COVID-19 hit Washington and forced the closure of Whitman College’s Walla Walla campus in March, Zidane Galant-LaPorte was already talking about the novel coronavirus in her health and illness class, led by Associate Professor and Garrett Fellow Alissa Cordner.

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