Summer Internship Grant – Applications out now!

Interested in creating your own internship for next summer? Don’t know where to start? Check out these SEC resources to get started:

Whitman Internship Grant database – learn where other students interned

iEngage – find posted jobs and internships in your field(s) of interest

WIG 2014 recipients – learn what grant recipients did last summer

Whitman College’s LinkedIn page – get connected to alumni in your field(s)

Ready to apply? Applications will be available on our homepage here until they are due.

Adopt-A-Grandparent Hoedown 2014

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Howdy! The AAG Hoedown this past Saturday went splendidly! We were lucky to have Brenda Jones and her team of dancers lead grandparents and Whitman grandkids in line dancing. Grandkids were eager to get up and dance routines for their grandparents. While not dancing, AAG grandparents and grandkids enjoyed eating cookies and socializing.

I was so impressed by AAG volunteers’ willingness to get up in front of grandparents and Odd Fellows’ staff to dance.  I am so lucky to be working with some outstanding volunteers this year!

I would like to give a big thanks to Brenda and her team for teaching and leading line dance routines for yet another AAG Hoedown! Also a big shout out to the Whitman women’s volleyball team who helped with the event and participated in all of the

283dances. You are awesome! Thank you Abby Juhasz for taking photos throughout the Hoedown as wonderful souvenirs of this event!

Reflection with Story Time

The Story Time Project has had a great start to the year! With over 70 volunteers reading in 22 classrooms and daycares, Whitman students are reaching out to children throughout Walla Walla to share their enthusiasm for reading. On Thursday, October 30th, several volunteers came together at the Walla Walla Public Library to reflect, educate themselves, and become even more invigorated to engage with the children in our community.

Volunteers reflect on their experience with The Story Time Project

Volunteers reflect on their experience with The Story Time Project

The focus of the reflection event was twofold: to give volunteers a space to reflect on their experiences and goals related to The Story Time Project, and to educate them about the importance of their work, their capacity to change kids’ attitudes and approaches to reading and learning, and the amazing resources and opportunities available to them through the Public Library. Liz George, the Young People’s Librarian, helped facilitate the event. She offered us words of wisdom about fostering young people’s love of reading and engagement with books, and she introduced us to all the fantastic resources the library offers to help with those goals. Volunteers then gathered to reflect on the work they do with The Story Time Project. In addition to setting goals and contemplating their effectiveness as readers, volunteers considered how they benefit from their experience, and how their work with Story Time is relevant to their lives and personal goals. Some expressed appreciation for the communication skills their reading helps them build, and others noted the value in gaining experience with children. Some brought up the importance of getting to share their interests and values with young people, through the content of stories. Overall, the theme was clear: as one volunteer put it, “spending time with kids and reading to them makes me feel valued.”

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