Matt Banderas '04 is a Whitman graduate. Originally from San Diego, California, he relocated to Walla Walla and hasn't looked back. A photojournalist at heart, Matt strives to create imagery that is beautifully honest. He worked for nearly eight years as a photographer at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin before circling back to Whitman. He lives with his wife, Margarita Banderas '05, and kids Nico and Sophia (future Whitties?). When not creating images, Matt is often playing outside, cooking (because that leads to eating) and cycling or playing soccer to balance out the eating.

Email: banderm2@whitman.edu

  • Whitman College a "hidden gem," says College Raptor
    Campus News

    November 22, 2017 Whitman College is a "hidden gem," according to college planning website College Raptor’s 2018 rankings. The publication recognized Whitman on its lists of "Hidden U.S. Gems and "Hidden Northwest Gems."

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  • Finding Their Voice
    Whitman Magazine

    Kaitie Dong ’18 and Cassandra Otero ’18 share more than having lived in the same section in Anderson Hall as first years. They also advocate for social justice—and move the bar forward in significant ways.

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  • Video: Jillian Briglia '19 on Northwest Film Center internship
    Campus News

    October 19, 2017 Jillian Briglia '19 leveraged her film and media studies major to attain technical skills, experience and networking opportunities as an intern at the Northwest Film Center in Portland.

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  • The Forgotten Emotion
    Whitman Magazine

    Does Professor Thomas Armstrong’s research into the psychology of disgust hold the key to more effective treatments for anxiety disorders?

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  • Video: Kaitie Dong '18 interns at Refugee Women's Alliance
    Campus News

    October 12, 2017 Whitman College politics major Kaitie Dong '18 translated her passion for politics into working with underrepresented populations while interning at the Refugee Women's Alliance in Seattle.

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  • Video: Matthias Argenyi '18 on interning at Goldman Sachs
    Campus News

    October 5, 2017 Economics and mathematics major Matthias Argenyi '18 channels his interest in wealth management at his Goldman Sachs internship in Seattle.

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  • Whitman wins Chamber of Commerce $mart Business Partner Award
    Campus News

    September 29, 2017 Campus Sustainability Coordinator Brandon Bishop called the milestone “the culmination of years of effort by our faculty, staff and students” to improve Whitman’s resource management, greenhouse gas offsets and reduction of its global and regional ecological footprint.

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  • Video: Student thrives at Wild Salmon Center internship
    Campus News

    September 29, 2017 Emma Hansen '20 connected her studies to future opportunities while interning at the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, Oregon.

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  • NSF grants promote faculty-student research
    Campus News

    September 28, 2017 Four Whitman faculty members received three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) research grants this year emphasizing the integration of teaching and research.

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  • Good Chemistry
    Whitman Magazine

    Senior Lecturers of Chemistry Deberah Simon ’72 and Machelle Hartman mastermind a course so popular with Whitman students that there’s a three-year waitlist for it. The imaginative design of Chemistry in Art, a lab class for non-science majors, appeals to students across the disciplines.

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  • Whitties attend first day of classes
    Campus News

    August 29, 2017 Back to school! Whittie students took notes, asked questions, completed assignments and did homework across the disciplines today to mark the first day of the fall semester.

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  • Meet Whitman’s new faculty
    Campus News

    August 24, 2017 Twenty-two faculty members spanning the disciplines join Whitman’s ranks for the 2017-18 academic year. Who are they?

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  • Literary connections: lunch with Alexander Maksik '95
    Campus News

    July 5, 2017 Twenty-five years may separate their time at Whitman, but acclaimed author Alexander Maksik ’95 and Bashar Haidar ’20 found plenty to talk about when they met to discuss Maksik’s novel You Deserve Nothing.

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  • College signs memorandum of understanding with CTUIR
    Campus News

    June 1, 2017 The document constitutes a formal commitment to collaborate on the development of curricula focused on Native American studies while strengthening Native American recruitment and retention at Whitman. President Kathleen Murray called it a natural extension of the college's central mission to promote student learning and embrace diversity.

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  • Class of '67 gives more than $1 million, commits to $9 million in estate planning
    Campus News

    May 30, 2017 The class of 1967 raised almost $1.4 million for their alma mater, the second highest gift total for any graduating class in Whitman’s history, and they have estate commitments to Whitman valued at more than $9 million—the most for any Whittie class.

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  • Before moving tassels to the right, decorate mortarboards
    Campus News

    May 26, 2017 The internet buzzes with stories, tips, and photos about decorating mortarboards for graduation. Some of Whitman’s 374 walking and 346 graduating seniors from the class of 2017 showcased their handiwork and the inspiration behind it before Commencement last Sunday.

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  • Whitman legacy families share thoughts on Commencement
    Campus News

    May 23, 2017 Numerous legacy families watched their next generation graduate from Whitman College last Sunday at Commencement. The newly minted alumni followed a long line of kinship tradition.

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  • Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg '01 counsels Whitman graduates to do good
    Campus News

    May 21, 2017 Commencement speaker Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg ’01 delivered a motivational imperative to the Whitman College graduating class of 2017 today: privilege carries "an obligation to make the world a better place."

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  • Parents appreciate their graduates—and Whitman
    Campus News

    May 21, 2017 Parents of graduating seniors applauded their progeny and Whitman College at the 131st Commencement ceremony held earlier today. Families came from around the region, country and world to witness the festivities that involved 374 walking and 346 graduating seniors—and took a few minutes to share an affirming, appreciative thought.

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  • Which students will be honored at Commencement?
    Campus News

    May 16, 2017 Every year, select Whitman students distinguish themselves to such a degree that they garner leadership roles at Commencement. Meet the prestigious group for 2017.

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