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May 18, 2018
Commencement Student Honorees
A small selection of Whitman students will join the ranks of those recognized at the college's 132nd Commencement ceremony, alongside the Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipient, returning members of the class of 1967 and distinguished faculty.
Ashifi Gogo
May 18, 2018
2018 Commencement Speaker
Acclaimed entrepreneur Ashifi Gogo '05 is Whitman's 2018 Commencement Speaker. He will also receive an honorary degree from the college.
From left: Assistant Professor of Japanese Ron Takemoto, Associate Professor of Geology Kirsten Nicolaysen, Senior Lecturer of Theatre and Technical Director Nate Tomsheck, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies Heather Hayes and Associate Professor of Chemistry Dalia Rokhsan. Not pictured: Associate Professor of Mathematics Doug Hundley and Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Pahlke.
May 17, 2018
2018 Faculty Awards
The college honored several faculty members for excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship and mentoring at an annual end of the year reception.
May 16, 2018
Whitman professor Kevin Pogue on how volcanoes affect Italy's wine
Pogue, a professor of geology with a special interest in volcanic lava that has cooled to form basalt, explained that in some of the country's most celebrated wine regions, the rocks are 50 million years old and related to tectonic conditions that no longer exist. "They're essentially eroded so there's no chance of them erupting," he said. However, Italy's wines are still shaped by its geologic history, as the meeting of the African and Eurasian plates impacts the entire Mediterranean area.
May 13, 2018
Watson Fellow inspired by Adopt-a-Grandparent
Devin Reese '18, a biology and film and media studies major from San Francisco, is one of two Whitties to win the coveted Watson Fellowship this year (the other is race and ethnic studies major Zuhra Amini '18 from Seatac, Washington). His project centers on aging, a process he familiarized himself with during visits to Odd Fellows retirement home through Whitman's Adopt-a-Grandparent program. He plans to study how the elderly are cared for in societies around the world.
Stanton Hall
May 9, 2018
John Stanton
The Whitman College Board of Trustees voted to name its newly constructed sophomore residence hall in honor of alumnus and cellular industry pioneer, John W. Stanton '77. The building will open in the fall of 2018.
Lauran Schaefer
May 4, 2018
Director of Debate
Whitman College has hired a new Director of Debate. Lauran Schaefer, who has coached award-winning debate teams at both Texas Tech and William Jewel College, will head the reinstated program starting with the 2018-19 academic year.
May 1, 2018
Sociologist Paula England '71 elected to National Academy of Sciences
A sociology and anthropology major at Whitman who is now a distinguished professor in New York University's sociology department, England earned the honor in recognition of her achievements in original research in her field. She focuses on gender inequality in the labor market, the family and sexuality. She joins the ranks of former NAS members such as Albert Einstein, Barbara McClintock, Margaret Mead, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell.
April 25, 2018
Music professor honored for 37 years at Whitman
Catharine Gould Chism Chair of Music Susan Pickett retires this month after nearly four decades at Whitman. To recognize her many contributions to the college and community, Lecturer of Music Amy Dodds, along with fellow faculty members and friends, have organized a tribute concert featuring many of Pickett's former students and works by Marion Bauer and John David Earnest, among others.
April 22, 2018
Remembering congressman and broadcaster Al Swift '57
An eight-term Democratic congressman who represented Washington's 2nd Congressional District for 16 years, Swift sponsored what became the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, known as the "motor voter" bill for requiring that states allow citizens to register to vote while applying for a driver's license. He was an expert on telecommunications, energy and environmental policy, and earlier in his career won a regional Emmy for his work in television.
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