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Alzada J. Tipton named new Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Alzada J. Tipton named new Whitman College Provost and Dean of the Faculty Whitman College President Kathleen Murray announced ​last month​ the appointment of Alzada J. Tipton as the College’s new Provost and Dean of the Faculty.

“Dr. Tipton brings a wealth of experience as an academic administrator and a faculty member that I am confident will serve us well as we work to advance Whitman College,” said President Kathleen Murray. “Throughout the interview process, she exuded warmth, a strong collaborative spirit and excellent leadership skills, and I look forward to our work together.”

Tipton has 15 years of academic leadership experience including almost 10 years as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Elmhurst College and five years as dean of the college of liberal arts at Hamline University. Prior to that, she was associate professor of English at Hamline University.

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President Kathleen Murray quoted in Inside Higher Ed story about gay and lesbian presidents
President Murray talks about feeling welcomed since her arrival at Whitman. College presidents across the country share similar stories of acceptance.
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Student-Athlete of the Week: Weinstein captures weekly NWC honor
Recently, a pair of first-place finishes helped Whitman College’s Cole Weinstein ’17 earn Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors for men’s swimming, announced by the league office Monday afternoon.
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Presidential Reception • Portland, OR and San Marino, CA

Portland: February 25, 2016 • 6:30 p.m. • Arlington Club
San Marino: February 28, 2016 • 2 p.m. • Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Stewart R. Smith Board Room and 14th President of Whitman College, Dr. Kathleen M. MurrayCourtyard

Join Whitman College alumni, parents and friends for an evening reception with our 14th President,
Dr. Kathleen M. Murray. Hear from Dr. Murray about initial plans to build on the success of the Now Is the Time Campaign and create a shared vision for the College’s future. Wine and refreshments will be served.

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Save the Date -
President Murray will visit Spokane on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.



Events

Building a Diverse Whitman Community • Seattle, WA and Portland, OR
Seattle: February 17, 2016 • 7-9 p.m. • Hilton Seattle
Portland: March 16, 2016 • 7 p.m. • Urban Studio
Kazi Joshua, Whitman's new Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
You are cordially invited to a reception hosted by the Whitman College Alumni Association featuring, Kazi Joshua, Whitman’s new Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion. Kazi will speak about the College’s current efforts to build and support a more diverse Whitman community.


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South Sound Leap Year Happy Hour • Tacoma, WA
February 29, 2016 • 6 p.m. • Bar Bistro
Come celebrate this unique day with Whitman College alumni, parents and friends! Liesl Olson ’11, alumni relations officer, and other Whitman staff will be on hand to talk about what’s happening on campus and around Walla Walla. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available. Drinks are no-host so bring cash or credit card.
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Whitman College Community Meet-Up • Austin, TX
March 2, 2016 • 5:30 p.m. • Contigo
Join Austin area alumni, parents and friends of Whitman College for our first event of 2016! Appetizers will be available but drinks are no-host so bring cash or credit card.
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Whitties Helping Whitties - Spring Break Job Shadow returns

Love what you do? Think your organization is top notch? How about sharing your fantastic experience with a current Whitman student over spring break?

Some of the best learning can be provided through observation and that’s what this program is all about. To help you get started, here are some ways you can help a student get a taste of what you do every day:

1) Schedule them to sit in for a staff meeting and a client call or some project work
2) Introduce them to your team and let them spend an hour or so with each member to get an understanding of how you all work together
3) Shadowing not possible due to intellectual property restrictions? Grab a coffee in the cafeteria and talk them through your work and how you got there.

Here's how it works. Simply complete this quick form [http://goo.gl/forms/xIs8p3nZef] and we’ll share your information with students looking for Job Shadowing opportunities. They will contact you to discuss timing and details. If you have questions, please contact Kim Rolfe in the Student Engagement Center at rolfekb@whitman.edu.


2015-2016 Academic Calendar

February 8, Monday Incomplete grade deadline for students
February 15, Monday President’s Day - no classes
February 18, Thursday Power and Privilege Symposium - NO CLASSES
February 26, Friday Graduation Applications due to Registrar’s Office for Dec ’16 grads; Honors Applications due to Dept for Fall thesis candidates; Last day to drop a class without record
March 4, Friday Mid-Semester
March 14-25 Spring Break

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Why We Love Whitman!

Whitties joined with community members and students from Walla Walla University and Walla Walla Community College yesterday for a peace march in honor of MLK Day. Photo by Marra Clay ’17.

Whitties joined with community members and students from Walla Walla University and Walla Walla Community College for a peace march in honor of MLK Day. Photo by Marra Clay ’17.

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