November 2014 Newsletter



November Newsletter
Distributed via iEngage

November is here and is packed with great Community Service opportunities, the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week competition, and opportunities for professional development!

This newsletter is archived on the SEC Blog.

Get ready for Pitch It! – The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week Competition

GEW Winners

(From Left: President George Bridges, Cody Burchfield ’16, John Lee ’16 and Fernando Medina Corey ’14 and Rob Freelen ’00)

Last year, three Whitman students participated in and WON the community competition for Global Entrepreneurship Week – Pain in the Glass. Cody Burchfield, John Lee and Fernando Medina Corey created a business plan for Walla Walla Sea Glass and ended up with $1500 for their efforts thanks to the generous support of Silicon Valley Bank.

This year’s competition is a pitch competition inspired by the television show Shark Tank. If you have a product, service or business idea you’d like to pitch, SIGN-UP NOW for Pitch It!. For details about the competition and an explanation of the guidelines and judging rubric, please contact Kim Rolfe, Director for Business Engagement in the Student Engagement Center.

Here are some reflections and thoughts for this year’s event from Cody & John.

Cody Burchfield:

“We hold ourselves to very high standards at Whitman and often doubt ourselves when we develop really strong ideas.

Last year, I didn’t think that participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week would be worth my time. I was wrong. Fernando Medina Corey and John Lee talked me into participating, and I began developing a prototype of our product: Walla Walla Sea Glass. Our solution proved to be the most feasible option in a city lacking the funds to recycle glass. We were awarded $1,500 for placing first in the business plan competition! I learned that we hold ourselves to very high standards at Whitman and often doubt ourselves when we develop really strong ideas. I believe that we should push ourselves to participate in efforts to solve our community’s problems.

John Lee:

“The opportunity to refine my idea and pitch it to the judges and potentially a company CEO will be invaluable…

Entrepreneurship has always been one of my primary interests and I am looking forward to participating in this year’s Pitch It! contest. This year I plan to present Letsvid – an idea for a charitable video-based social network I have been working on for two years. I plan on expanding Letsvid to become a larger platform capable of allowing others to share their content whilst benefiting charitable causes. The opportunity to refine my idea and pitch it to the judges and potentially a company CEO will be invaluable to me as I enter the next stage of planning for Letsvid.


What we’ve been up to…

Throughout October  — Virtual Recruitment Sessions Relevant to Student Interests

Virtual Info Session

We held several virtual informational sessions throughout October. These sessions allowed us to take 30-45 minutes to connect students to organizations and companies they otherwise might not have access to. Stay tuned for more such sessions!

Friday, October 22th —  Women in Leadership Symposium

Women in Leadership

The Women in Leadership Symposium brought three amazing women from varying professional backgrounds to campus to inspire students and alumnae as they envision their futures in the professional sphere. Read more here.


Upcoming November Events:
Keep watching for more events through our website, calendar, and Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 12th — Teach for America Information Session
Noon, Reid 240
Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. They recruit a “diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community”


Thursday, November 13th, 18th Pitch it! – Whitman Qualifier and Championship Round
Qualifier – 5pm, Kimball Auditorium and Championship Round – 6pm, Olin 130
The Pitch it! competition will be an amazing opportunity to pitch an idea to a panel of experienced judges. The Whitman Qualifier will select one student to participate in the final round against WWCC, WWU and local high schools. To sign up click here. For questions contact Kim Rolfe (

Monday, November 17th Vicki Madden, Teacher and Author
Public Talk: What is college for? How should college change students? And how should students change college?

7pm, Olin 130

Whitman Teaches the Movement — Social Justice Yesterday and Today
November 19th, 7pm Reid G02
The event will consist of three student-lead discussions about the prison system, education system and feminism that will cover both historic and current civil rights issues related to each of these topics.

My Work in Social Justice With Mark Putnam ‘92 – Director of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County
November 20th, 4:30pm – Contact for more information.

Mark your calendars now to connect with Whitties during your Breaks!
Winter Break: January 5th – 8th | Whitties Helping Whitties | Networking Whitties in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco
Spring Break: March 16th – 27th | Spring Break Job Shadow | Job shadowing with your favorite Whittie Alumni

Get Ready to Adopt-A-Family!

Adopt a Family

Each year Whitman community groups including sports teams, campus clubs, and academic departments come together to support families living at or below the poverty line during the holiday season. Each group raises a sum of money to purchase needed items and gifts for those families. To find out how your group can get involved in this great event, email or read more about the program here.

Sherwood Community Fellows Program

Community Fellows Program

The Sherwood Community Fellows Program and the Fall Internship Grants are in full swing! These programs allow motivated Whitman students the chance to work with a range of community organizations relevant to their career interests or learning goals. Click Here to learn more about these amazing programs.

468 Hours – The Community Impact of Make-a-Difference Day

Make a Difference Day

Make-A-Difference Day is a National Day of service where Whitman students and Walla Walla community members join thousands of volunteers around the country to “make a difference” in our communities. This year the event generated over 468 hours of community service – the equivalent of $12,500 for the Walla Walla community.* Great work MaDD!


Do you want to hear from someone “Right After Whitman” and win $25 to Olive?

Right After Whitman Features

After a great response to “Right After Whitman” the SEC is happy to announce plans to create more opportunities to connect with alumni in relevant career fields. Based on your input, we will connect students with a recent alumni relevant to what you want to hear about and who you want to hear from!

Submit ideas by emailing with the heading “RAW Idea” to let us know your preferences!

The chosen submission will receive a $25 gift certificate to Olive.

(You can see the series running weekly in the Pioneer or on our blog here).


We’d love your feedback on what you’d like to see from us this year.

Click Here to fill out our 1 question survey.

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