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An architectural rendering of the buildings and outdoor common spaces for the planned Junior-Senior Village.
November 3, 2023

Whitman’s Vision for a Junior-Senior Village

Whitman College is setting the stage for launching a transformative junior-senior residential village. The Board of Trustees, along with alumni and friends, initiated $10 million in gifts for this innovative project, with a goal of raising $30 million to commence construction.
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A group of Whitman athletes and Whitman community members gathering at the new Whitman turf field
November 2, 2023

New FieldTurf is an Investment in Excellence For Blue Athletics

This summer, Whitman student-athletes and coaches saw significant facility upgrades. Generous gifts of $3.6 million from alumni and friends led to the installation of a new FieldTurf surface, offering year-round training and competition. The field was dedicated on October 14, 2023, as James Hayner Field in honor of a Whitman trustee and Walla Walla community leader.
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Mark Juhasz speaking with student.
November 1, 2023

A Gift to Whitman’s Chemistry Program Allows For Academic Growth

By investing in the chemistry department, Limei and Jay seek to elevate Whitman’s status as a top-notch liberal arts college that boasts a stellar STEM program and to equip future graduates to solve the world’s most pressing problems in the process.
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Drew Shoals ’05 plays the drums during the Upward Together celebration.
November 1, 2023

‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’: Highlights from the Upward Together Launch

Enjoy highlights from the launch of Upward Together: The Campaign for Whitman College. This historic and ambitious campaign will focus on key priorities to enhance and enrich the student experience—from access and affordability to campus life and mental health.
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Roger and Rosemary Knapp stand next to each smiling. They are standing in front of a tree trunk and behind them is green grass and leaves.
November 1, 2023

The Knapp Family’s Tradition Of Giving

The Knapp family’s connection to Whitman College spans three generations and eight family members over 80 years. Their commitment to the institution is underscored by the establishment of the Knapp Family Scholarship Endowment, which supports underrepresented students at Whitman. Roger and Rosemary Knapp, both Whitman alumni, emphasize the transformative power of education and the value of a liberal arts education.
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Darrell Baggs stands smiling on a balcony with multi-story apartment buildings in the background
October 31, 2023

Scholarship Supports Small-Town Students Pursuing Big Dreams

Darrell Baggs, a Montana native, broke barriers to attend college due to his mother’s unwavering belief in education. He established the Frances Jane Ford Baggs Scholarship at Whitman College to help students from rural backgrounds access a liberal arts education. Baggs has been a dedicated supporter of Whitman, both financially and through his service on the Board of Overseers. His story epitomizes the enduring impact of a mother’s dream and the transformational power of education.
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Whitman students jumping in excitement in front of a Whitman sign
October 26, 2023

Whitman Receives $1.5 Million Alumni Gift for Scholarships & Aid

Whitman College received a gift of $1.5 million for student scholarships and aid from Gordon ’68 and Kathy Britt Keane ’67 to support the recently launched Upward Together campaign.
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October 23, 2023

Generational Threads: One Family’s Journey of Fortitude and Generosity

Esther Hook Milnes ’73, her mother Laura Rodgers Hook Kurtz ’45, and son Douglas Hook Milnes ’02 share a strong connection with Whitman College. Their enduring commitment to giving back has provided scholarships and support to numerous students over nearly five decades.
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October 18, 2023

The Whitman Community Celebrates Going ‘Upward Together’

The Whitman community came together on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, to celebrate the launch of “Upward Together: The Campaign for Whitman College.” The campaign will focus on key priorities, including access and affordability, academic excellence and a vibrant campus community.
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A student looking off into the horizon in Spain.
October 18, 2023

New Course Offers Study Abroad Students a Place to Reflect and Move Forward

‘Global Returns’ class connects international experiences with career insights, opportunities and meaningful change.
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Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky
October 17, 2023

Whitman Student Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky to Receive Indigenous Leadership Award

Whitman College sophomore Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky will be honored at the 2023 Indigenous Leadership Awards in Portland, Oregon in recognition of her significant contributions as a member of the CTUIR Youth Council.
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Upward Together campaign launch
October 13, 2023

Whitman College Announces Upward Together Campaign

Whitman College announces its largest fundraising campaign in its history: Upward Together: The Campaign for Whitman College. The Whitman College campaign will focus on key priorities, including access and affordability, and academic excellence and distinction.
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