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July 12, 2024

Whitman Students & Grads Awarded Prestigious Fellowships & Opportunities

In the last 15 years, more than 500 Whitman students have earned prestigious fellowships and grants. This year was no different, with over a dozen successful applicants who excelled in the areas of academic achievement, leadership and community engagement/service.
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July 9, 2024

Whitman Receives $10.5 Million Estate Commitment

Whitman College receives a substantial unrestricted bequest from a loyal alumnus and his wife.
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Anthony Crawford ’28, Sky Smith ’28 and Allen Zamudio ’28
July 3, 2024

CTUIR Students Earn Full Scholarships to Whitman College

Three Native American students received the Šináata Scholarship created in partnership by Whitman College and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
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Maryanne Ndung’u ’26 standing on Ankeny field.
July 1, 2024

Econ-Math Major Awarded Projects for Peace Grant for Work in Kenya Market

Whitman College sophomore Maryanne Ndung’u ’26 has been awarded $10,000 from the Projects for Peace program, which enables students to develop innovative, community-centered projects addressing critical issues around the world.
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June 27, 2024

Whitman College Board of Trustees Appoints Two New Members

Kirsten Adams Gable ’01 and Cecilia Kang ’94 are the newest members of the Whitman College Board of Trustees, joining July 1, 2024.
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June 26, 2024

Strain Talks Bread in The Wall Street Journal

Breadmaking in America changed dramatically during the industrial revolution. Aaron Strain, Professor of Politics and author of "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf," discusses that history with The Wall Street Journal.
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Ella Schneider ’25 (left) and Kenzie Bay ’25 (right) at Fred Hutch Cancer Center in Seattle.
June 20, 2024

Whitman Students Head West for Summer Research Programs

This summer, four Whitman students will travel to Washington’s coast to participate in two respected summer research programs: one focused on marine biology and one on cancer research.
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June 5, 2024

Osborne Family Partners With Whitman on Gift To Improve Fraternity Housing

A gift from Matt Osborne ’93 and the late George Osborne ’66, along with an investment from Whitman College, will fund $900,000 in fraternity housing upgrades this summer.
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Image of two Whitman College graduates from the Class of 2024.
June 4, 2024

Featured Video: ‘Greatest Comeback Kids In History’

Award-winning technology journalist, Cecilia Kang ’94, urges Whitman College graduates to “be human.”
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Kate Greenberg smiling.
June 3, 2024

Kate Greenberg ’09 Leads With Purpose as Colorado’s First Female Ag Commissioner

Kate Greenberg’s path to becoming Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture has been one of exploration and service. Her Whitman College experience gave her a love for the West and informs how she thinks of her work.
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Friends Julia Ireland and Joanie Lucarelli holding hands and laughing.
May 24, 2024

Julia & Joanie: A Life-Changing Connection

In the fall of 2022, Professor Julia Ireland ’90 was facing a health crisis. She found not only a supporter and friend in fellow Whitman colleague Joanie Lucarelli but the gift of a lifetime—and a new joy and lease on life.
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Sharon Alker in front of a bookcase.
May 24, 2024

Professor Sharon Alker Feels ‘More Alive When I’m Inside a Book’

English Professor Sharon Alker shares her love of literature with her Whitman College students—and her academic interests have taken her around the world to research. She writes academic text with her sister, who is also an English professor. Alker is also an inaugural faculty member for Whitman's innovative Human-Centered Design program.
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