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

  • People, Nature, Technology
    Whitman Magazine

    How have humans shaped their environment, and how has the environment shaped us? Tackling these issues with Associate Professor of History Nina Lerman.

  • Video: Instant Play Festival brings plays to life in 48 hours
    Campus News

    November 3, 2016 Seven student playwrights receive three prompts and have until the following morning to incorporate them into 10-minute plays. Follow Tara McCulloch '17 as she navigates this year's Instant Play Festival.

  • Object Lesson: Source Code
    Whitman Magazine

    The Gutenberg Bible, also known as the “42-line Bible,” was completed in 1454-1455. Of the 180 copies that were produced, 47 more or less complete editions are still in existence, each consisting of 643 leaves - one of which can be found in the Whitman College and Northwest Archives.

  • Focus on Faculty: The Body Rhetoric
    Whitman Magazine

    All rhetoric is bodily. All bodies are rhetorical. So says Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking Lydia McDermott in her new book.

  • Spring Athletics Highlights
    Whitman Magazine

    Whitman’s spring semester brought several outstanding conference performances from its athletics teams.

  • First-year class examines empathy with Summer Read author Leslie Jamison
    Campus News

    September 8, 2016 The Empathy Exams was chosen from a list of more than 40 suggestions compiled for the 2016 Summer Read.

  • Second Summer Fly-In Program
    Whitman Magazine

    In June and July, Whitman flew two cohorts of incoming first-generation students from across the country to Walla Walla for a special pre-semester orientation program.

  • Whitman welcomes Class of 2020, celebrates 135th convocation
    Campus News

    August 26, 2016 In high school, this academically talented cohort achieved a median GPA above 3.8, and a median SAT score above 1950.

  • Whitman's Class of 2020 arrives on campus
    Campus News

    August 25, 2016 This year's batch includes 427 new first year and transfer students from around the country and across the world.

  • New dining hall to be named in honor of dean Chuck Cleveland
    Campus News

    August 24, 2016 Cleveland has been an important part of many students’ experiences at Whitman over the past three decades.

  • Mind the Gap
    Whitman Magazine

    Where urban planning meets questions of equity and inclusion: there, Oregon Department of Transportation’s Talia Jacobson ’04 has found her calling.

  • Left to Their Own Devices
    Whitman Magazine

    Whitman's alumni app developers convert new concepts into code.

  • The Solitary Bee
    Whitman Magazine

    Professor of Biology Heidi Dobson and her students study the relationship between bees and the flowers they visit and pollinate, revealing more about the world of insects.

  • The Sound of the Cosmos
    Whitman Magazine

    In a historic discovery, the LIGO Project recently detected Einsteinian gravitational waves. Professor Greg Ogin, who was involved, explains what that means.

  • How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes
    Whitman Magazine

    Yes or no? You currently live near where you grew up. You regularly have experiences outside the neighborhood where you live. You identify as a person of color. You have held a minimum wage job. These are just a few of the questions posed to audience members during How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (With 99 People You May or May Not Know).

  • Dare to be free: Justice Mary Yu addresses the class of 2016
    Campus News

    May 22, 2016 Speaking at Whitman’s 130th Commencement ceremony on May 22, Justice Mary Yu told the 360 graduates gathered on the south lawn of Memorial Building to “dare to take risks for the sake of the common good—dare to be free to be summoned by life without fear.”

  • Cob ovens: A final project with lasting effects
    Campus News

    May 16, 2016 As students finished up the semester, many found themselves holed up in the library with final papers, studying for final exams or completing creative projects. But one final project for an introduction to environmental studies course was particularly unusual: five students had to build an oven out of cob—a simple mixture of straw, clay and sand.

  • Whitties Helping Whitties program paves the way for professional development
    Campus News

    May 1, 2016 Since its inception in 2013, Whitties Helping Whitties has continued to grow in popularity, drawing record numbers to recent events in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, the cities with the largest concentrations of Whitman students, families and alumni.

  • 18th Annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference highlights student achievement
    Campus News

    April 14, 2016 More than 150 students shared their work at the 2016 Whitman Undergraduate Conference, a yearly event dedicated to showcasing student research.

  • Whitman College climate survey approaches 40 percent participation in first two weeks.
    Campus News

    March 1, 2016 Whitman College has embarked on a landmark project to solicit feedback from all students, faculty and staff about what it’s like to live and work on campus.