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Sockeye Salmon in the water
April 11, 2024

Inaugural Salmon Film Festival: A Cultural Celebration

With a combination of film screenings, tribal speakers, cultural performances, traditional salmon bake, and ceremonies, the Salmon Film Festival is designed to educate, inspire and celebrate the heritage of regional Indigenous communities. All festival events, taking place April 12 and 13, on Whitman’s campus, are free and open to the public.
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Jock Edwards and Jim Moore in the locker room of the Edwards-Moore Clubhouse
April 8, 2024

A ‘Game Changer’—New Baseball Clubhouse Unveiled

A new baseball clubhouse—the Edwards-Moore Clubhouse at Borleske Stadium— opened to the Whitman College Blues and Walla Walla Sweets on Saturday, April 6, 2024 following a dedication ceremony that celebrated generous donors and the progress of Whitman Athletics. A photo gallery includes images of the ceremony and highlights of the new, vibrant facility.
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Ben Parker at bat on a baseball field.
April 4, 2024

Business & Baseball: Whitman Alum Pursues MBA at William & Mary and Big Wins on the Field

Ben Parker ’23 was a star baseball player for the Whitman College Blues and continues to shine at the ballpark at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, while also pursuing his MBA. At Whitman, he lead the team in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, home runs and RBI.
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April 2, 2024

Visiting Writers Reading Series Wraps Up with Award-Winning Author Maggie Nelson

Whitman College’s 2023–2024 Visiting Writers Reading Series (VWRS) is closing out the academic year by hosting award-winning author and poet Maggie Nelson.
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Students walking across Ankeny Field on Whitman College campus
March 27, 2024

Whitman Doubles Down To Expand Scholarships & Aid

In a major step toward the Upward Together campaign’s goal of meeting the full financial need of every student, Whitman will provide a 1:1 match of college funds to scholarship-designated gifts of $50,000 or more.
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Cat Posey
March 21, 2024

History of a Tech Superwoman with Cat Posey

Cat Posey ’05 uses her background as a Whitman College History major to tell the stories of women in technology. As the founder of Tech by Superwomen, Posey is a trailblazer who has made changes at CapitalOne as the Senior Director of Machine Learning and worked for the U.S. Digital Service, President Obama’s tech startup.
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Whitman College students Meron Semere and Kate Moe.
March 20, 2024

Whitties Earn Prestigious PPIA Fellowships

Two Whitman College juniors accepted into the Public Policy & International Affairs Program. They will spend the summer studying at top graduate schools. Kate Moe '25 is headed to Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and Meron Semere ’25 will attend Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.
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Professional photograph of Alvaro Santana-Acuna
March 13, 2024

The New York Times Publishes Santana-Acuña Essay on García Márquez's Last Novel

Associate Professor of Sociology Alvaro Santana-Acuña is one of the world’s foremost experts on Gabriel García Márquez, having written a study of the author’s most famous book (“One Hundred Years of Solitude”) as well as curated an international exhibition from García Márquez’s archives. This week, The New York Times published his guest essay discussing the controversy surrounding García Márquez’s new posthumously-published novel.
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Journalist Cecilia Kang ’94
March 8, 2024

Journalist Cecilia Kang ’94 Announced as Speaker for 138th Commencement

Whitman College is pleased to announce the selection of Cecilia Kang as speaker for its 138th Commencement Ceremony. Kang, a distinguished alum of the Whitman College Class of 1994, is known for her award-winning technology reporting for The New York Times.
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3-D Model renderings of the new buildings involving the Jr./Sr. Housing Project.
March 6, 2024

New Place to Call Home: Investing in a Major Addition to Campus

Thanks to gifts to Upward Together, construction is officially underway on a new residential village that will change the way students live and learn at Whitman College. Set to open in August 2025, the apartment-style living community will be home to more than 200 students—in three new residence halls designed specifically for juniors and seniors.
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Whitman College's orchestra performing in the Hall of Music.
March 5, 2024

Whitman Orchestra Heads to Portland

As part of two joint performances with Carthage College from Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Whitman Orchestra will perform in Chism Hall on March 8 and at Portland State University on March 9. Both performances explore the composers’ relationships with their homelands and are free and open to the public.
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March 4, 2024

Homecoming for Award-Winning Authors: Three Alums Return for Whitman’s Visiting Writer Reading Series

Three Whitman College alums are being featured in the college’s 2023–2024 Visiting Writers Reading Series (VWRS).
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