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Baker Weilert-Pekar
February 14, 2024

Q&A: Fast 5 With Whitman’s Director of Debate & Forensics

Baker Weilert-Pekar shares insights on his role as Whitman’s Director of Debate and Forensics—including what makes Whitman students special to coach and mentor.
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Award-winning poet Derrick Austin.
February 6, 2024

Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Derrick Austin

Whitman College welcomes award-winning poet Derrick Austin for the 2023-2024 Visiting Writers Reading Series.
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Two students pose on a climbing wall with an issue of Whitman Outdoor Journal.
February 2, 2024

Meet the Whitties Behind The Whitman Outdoor Journal

Whitman College has long been known for its robust Outdoor Program and adventurous outings. Two current students—Harrison Whittemore ’25 and Arden Hunt ’25—are leading a team who have trekked into new territory on campus with the creation of a slick four-color print magazine, The Whitman Outdoor Journal.
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Personality Laboratory sign
January 24, 2024

What Happens in Whitman’s Personality Lab?

Don’t let the simple sign fool you! Whitman College alums provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Personality Lab, where they gained valuable skills, self awareness and leadership experience while carrying out fascinating research with Psychology professors.
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January 12, 2024

Alum Roger Amerman Brings Native American Heritage to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Classroom

Roger Amerman ’80 is a Choctaw beadworker who brought his expertise to the Marvel series "Echo." Now he's returning to Whitman as the O'Donnell Visiting Educator in Global Studies for Spring 2024. Amerman will teach a new course delving into the paleo-history, history and ethnogeology of salmon-centric Tribal Peoples in the southern Columbia River Plateau.
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January 12, 2024

Whitman College Names New Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Whitman College President Sarah Bolton announced the appointment of Dr. Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak as the college’s next provost and dean of the faculty. Joining Whitman on July 1, her responsibilities will include oversight of the development of the academic program, hiring and supporting faculty, and overseeing accreditation and assessment.
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Katie Krummeck wears a black and white striped referee shirt as she leads a group of educators in an activity involving many colored post-it notes, pens and other items
January 12, 2024

Whitman Receives Gift to Bring Designer-in-Residence for New Human-Centered Design Concentration

Whitman College students in the new Human-Centered Design (HCD) concentration will have access to additional experts thanks to a generous $100,000 gift from the Lawrence Parke Murphy Trust. This gift to the college’s Upward Together campaign will fund an exciting designer-in-residence program beginning in the 2024–2025 academic year.
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Erin Pahlke
January 5, 2024

Pahlke Discusses Parenting and Racism in Atlanta Black Star

Associate Professor of Psychology Erin Pahlke discusses what she's learned from decades of research in “Should White Parents Have the Racism Talk with Their Kids?” with the Atlanta Black Star, the largest black-owned digital publication in the United States.
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December 18, 2023

Rolfe Discusses Career Prep With Inside Higher Ed

Kimberly Rolfe, Co-Director of the Career and Community Engagement Center, shares insights on integrating career exploration and development programs throughout campus to support students and young alumni.
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Three first-year students are playing a handmade board game.
December 15, 2023

Whitman’s First Ever Game Expo Showcases Student Learning

Students in the First Year Seminar Games learning community spent their first semester at Whitman learning about the philosophical and psychological aspects of socializing through playing games. It is part of Whitman’s First Year Seminars which are designed to immerse students in deep thought and transformative conversations while helping students gain the skills needed to succeed in college.
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First responders de-stressing at the Sheehan Gallery
December 7, 2023

First Responders Destress at Sheehan Gallery Exhibit

Xiaoze Xie’s exhibition, “PANORAMA: Cantos Unfolding,” at Whitman's Sheehan Gallery provided the backdrop for employees from Walla Walla's Providence St. Mary Medical Center to process some of the emotional and physical stress created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Pasena-Littlesky as the first Miss Pášx̣apa
November 22, 2023

Pášx̣apa Powwow Celebrates Culture and Collaboration

Whitman College, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and Walla Walla Community College partnered to host the inaugural Pášx̣apa Powwow. More than 400 people came from three states and five tribal communities to attend this monumental event.
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