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Image of the Phi Delta Theta house at Whitman College.
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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Mwamba Mutanga smiling.
May 24, 2024

Mwamba Muntanga Helps Fellow African Students Pursue Their U.S. Dreams

Mwamba Muntanga ’25, a Sociology major from Zambia, is driven by personal experience. Using that experience and a desire to be of service to others, he relentlessly advocates for accessible education for all with his nonprofit Education24. During his first year at Whitman, Muntanga’s efforts secured more than $2 million in student scholarships for his nonprofit by winning the prestigious Mwape Peer Education Excellence Award.
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Frank Dunnivant in their office surrounded by plants.
May 24, 2024

Q&A: Fast 5 with Chem Professor Frank Dunnivant

Professor Frank Dunnivant shares why he has spent his career focusing on environmentalism, conducting research with students, and why he isn’t retiring anytime soon.
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Whitman College student gardening outdoors.
May 24, 2024

Landscape Course Encourages Students to Reenvision the Whitman Campus

As a student, recent graduate Quinn Miller ’24 created a biology course, Campus Landscape: A Living Laboratory that was offered to fellow students in Spring 2024. The course and lab focused on developing projects that helped reintroduce native plants and Indigenous culture into the Whitman College campus.
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Sueli Gwiazdowski
May 24, 2024

It’s Award Season: Grants & Fellowships of Note

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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2024 Whitman College Commencement Graduates
May 19, 2024

Finally, Their Moment—Whitman’s Class of 2024 Receives Diplomas

More than 300 graduates—and their families and friends—had their moment to celebrate well-earned diplomas at Whitman College’s 138th Commencement. Cecilia Kang, Whitman alum and award-winning National Correspondent at The New York Times, delivered the Commencement speech.
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Group photo of students in a Human-Centered Design (HCD) class at Whitman College in 2024.
May 14, 2024

Human-Centered Design Program Gets Boost From Major Grant Funding

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Whitman College nearly $150,000 to develop new curricula for the Human-Centered Design concentration. The NEH grant will provide two years of support for faculty to design, refine, enhance and implement the core components of the program.
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Whitman College students at commencement.
May 10, 2024

Celebrating the Class of 2024: Whitman College’s 138th Commencement

A preview of how graduates, families and the Whitman community will commemorate this joyous occasion, and celebrate the exceptional accomplishments and bright futures of its Class of 2024.
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