Adopt-A-Grandparent Hoedown 2014



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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Make Service Your Thing this Spring Break – Trip Applications Due TOMORROW!

This spring break, consider making service your thing by applying to go on a spring break service trip.  Applications are due tomorrow, Wednesday, November 12th at 5pm.  You can apply here.

Trip Details:
Detroit: Community Renewal (March 14-March 21)
Leaders: Molly Emmett & Forrest Arnold
Advisor: Sara Portesan (RD Prentiss)

Portland: Urban Education (March 14-March 21)
Leaders: Karen Vezie & Jesse Moneyhun
Advisor: John Lee (RD IHC)

Pendelton: Youth Initiative with Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) (March 21-March 29)
Leaders: Joel Ponce & Lindsay Ross
Advisor: Colleen Bell (RD Lyman)

Eugene: Environmental Conservation & Sustainability (March 21-March 29)
Leaders: Paige Organick & Jessica Palacios
Advisor: Melanie Medina (RD North & Tamarac)

During your week of service, you’ll be doing hands on service, participating in educational info sessions, reflecting on your experiences, meeting alumni, learning about professions in that industry, as well as bonding with your other Whitties and exploring your city!!

To learn about some of the organizations you’ll be working with, click here.

Trip Cost Includes:
Detroit ($285 + round trip flight), Eugene ($270), Portland ($255), Pendleton ($215)

  • Food for whole week
  • Housing for whole week
  • Rental car + gas for whole week
  • SBST t-shirt
  • Entertainment (museum/dessert/coffee/meal out)
  • Transportation to location (Detroit/Portland/Pendleton)
  • Transportation back to Whitman (Eugene/Pendleton)
All groups will be doing fundraising though, so don’t let cost be too much of a deterrent!


Not convinced that a trip is right for you?

Check out some of the photos below from recent service trips and Read what previous trip participants had to say about their experiences:


“My SBST to Eugene, OR was a blast! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know a diverse group of students in a new capacity – you really bond over hard physical labor and not-so-stellar weather! Trail restoration and invasive species pulling was also incredibly enjoyable and rewarding because, at the end of the day, I could physically look back at all the work we had accomplished. Overall, I learned some things about myself and environmental conservation, while having a lot of fun along the way.” –Paige Organick ’17, Eugene Participant 2014

“I loved my Portland trip because we got such a good scope of the urban education issues they face. We got to see all aspects, from working behind the scenes with nonprofits to working  directly in the schools with students.” –Deborah DeHovitz ’16, Portland Leader 2014

“I wouldn’t trade my experience on a service trip for anything. My time in Eugene gave me perspective on my life and also many more friendships that last to this day.” –Forrest Arnold ’17, Eugene Participant 2014

Whitman Alum Offers Advice to this Week’s Pitch It! Contenders

As Whitman students are preparing to “pitch” their innovative new ideas at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week competition – Pitch It!, our own Tabor Martinsen and Fernando Medina Corey were able to sit down with Scott Alderman ’90, an investing partner at Trilogy Equity for a quick interview.  Scott has generously offered to host the winner of this week’s competition to a lunch in Seattle.  Joining them will be the CEO from one of Trilogy’s partner companies.

In this interview, Scott shared his thoughts on the make-up of a good pitch, why Whitman students should learn this valuable skill and what he looks for as he’s assessing the pitch of a new investment opportunity.  See the interview here:

Or by clicking the link below to view it on YouTube.

Join us and cheer on your classmates and friends!

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Thursday, November 13th  |  5:00 – 6:30 PM  |  Kimball Auditorium