April 2014 Newsletter



April Newsletter Distributed via iEngage

We start April off with a whirlwind first week! Be sure to read the internship testimonial from last Fall.

This newsletter is archived on the SEC website.


Spring Service Day

Tri-College Spring Service Day – Sunday, April 6th

Get out, and give back! This is an exciting opportunity to share your time and talents, connect with the Walla Walla community, and meet students from the other schools. There will be a kick-off event at Walla Walla University at 9am (transportation from Whitman will be coordinated) and individuals will depart from there for their service sites.

FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 400 sign-ups

Jonathan Lewis

April Featured Events

Whitman Social Entrepreneurship Clinic Monday March 31st and Tuesday April 1st, 7:00pm

Join Jonathan Lewis for the final sessions of his Social Entrepreneurship Clinic. The Monday session will focus on How-to Convert Your Convictions Into A Career, while the final session on Tuesday will outline How-to Use Ambiguity To Pioneer Change.

Lunch with Richard Mates ’64 Tuesday, April 1st, 12:00pm. Reid 110, Lunch Provided.

Does your major define your Career? Richard Mates ’64 graduated with a degree in English… went on to a career in publishing… and transitioned into a role that involved mathematical modeling. First and second years are encouraged to attend! This lunch will be a great introduction to the Academic Majors Fair held on Thursday, April 10th at 5:30pm in Reid Ballroom.

Juliette DuaraJuliette Duara ’82, Women and Law in India Tuesday, April 1st, 4:00pm. Maxey 306.

After two decades as a practicing lawyer in Chicago, Juliette Duara is currently finishing a Ph.D. in law at National University Singapore. Her area of expertise is women and the law in India, and it is on that topic that she will be giving a presentation, and answering student questions about international law work. Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Department

Lunch with David Yamashita ’64 Wednesday, April 2nd, 12:00pm. Reid 207, Lunch Provided

Mr. Yamashita is a solo attorney located north of Seattle, this free lunch will be a great opportunity to ask David about working in law.

Talk with David Yamashita ’64 and Richard Mates ’64 Wednesday, April 2nd. 7:30 pm

Join these two dynamic alumni to hear about their experiences with race and religion while growing up in mixed households. Co-sponsored by the HAPA club.

Tri-College Spring Service Day Sunday, April 6th, 9:00am – noon. RSVP here. Free T-Shirts to the first 400 signups!

There will be a kick-off event at Walla Walla University at 9am and individuals will depart from there for their service sites. Transportation to the University will be coordinated from Whitman – RSVP and stay tuned for more information!

Networking Training session Wednesday, April 23rd, 12:00pm. Hunter Conservatory, Lunch Provided

Are you planning on attending networking events over the spring or summer? How about the Whitties Helping Whitties on Friday April 25th? Attend this training session to warm up your networking skills and become eligible for numerous SEC networking events.

Whitties Helping Whitties Alumni Connections Friday, April 25th, 4:00pm

Join members of the Alumni Board and local alumni for a networking session. Stay tuned for more information about this networking opportunity.

Management Consulting: What it Takes to Make It Wednesday, April 30th 4:00pm. Location TBD

A panel of Whitman alumni who work in various areas of the industry will share their knowledge about the field, the challenges of getting in the door, and how a Whitman Education can be an excellent preparation for the industry…

Panelists include: Joe Davis ’80, Matt Dittrich ’12, Chau Dang ’06, Rashid Farroqui ’00, Aaron Perrine ’99, Gina Olson Stafford ’00, Bill Way ’80

Fernando Medina Corey ’14 reflects on his experience interning at the Walla Walla Small Business Development Center

There isn’t much you can learn from ordering coffee. Fortunately, at the Walla Walla Small Business Development Center (SBDC), you don’t have to.

For anyone thinking of starting a business, going into consulting or management, or even just wanting to spread their work-experience wings a little: jump on any chance you have to work at the SBDC.

Fernando sbdc

Not only will your experience with Joe Jacobs, the Business Adviser in Walla Walla, be an incredible learning opportunity, it will also be rewarding, sometimes challenging, but mostly-fun.

This experience itself provided me with a trove of over 300 business tools for situations ranging from cash-flow analysis to E-commerce. These tools helped me and two partners win first place in a local entrepreneurship competition beating out contestants from two other universities.

Attending and contributing to client meetings is the best experience I gained from the SBDC. I analyzed problems facing a variety of businesses owners and helped them tackle these challenges.

My only regret is that I didn’t have more time to work with clients more independently, a side-effect of my limited one-semester stint at the SBDC. I would encourage others, especially those interested in entrepreneurship, to apply for an internship with the SBDC.

You won’t ever have to visit the coffee shop, but you might just learn how to start your own.

Fernando Medina-Corey interned at the SBDC in Fall 2013 and received funding from the Whitman Internship Grant

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