December ’15 SEC Newsletter



December ’15 Newsletter
Distributed via iEngage


Buddy Program volunteers at their bowling event on Nov. 13th.

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 Exciting Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Dec 9 ~ How To Find an Internship Over Winter Break, Reid 207, 12 – 1pm
Thursday, Dec 10 ~ Spring Internship Grant Application Deadline, noon
Saturday, Dec 12 ~ Service Saturday Gift Wrapping, 1520 Kelly Place, 9 – 12pm
January 5th – 7th ~ Whitties Helping Whitties, See below for details

Whitties Helping Whitties

Are you looking to expand your Whitman connections in Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco?

Mark your calendar now Winter Break Whitties Helping Whitties networking events! These events are a great opportunity to meet Whitties working in a variety of fields, reconnect with someone that you haven’t seen in a while and strengthen the Whitman community in each of these locales.

January 5, 7 – 9pm, SAN FRANCISCO • Offices of Farella, Braun & Martell, LLP

January 6, 5:30-7:00: PORTLAND • Ecotrust at Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center

January 7, 5:30-7:30: SEATTLE • Wework, Holyoke Building hosted by Kate Coll ’15 and Davey Friedman ’11

Pitch It! to Return Next Year… with a $10,000 prize!

Congratulations to Whitman’s own Conner Myers, Brock Wade, Andrew Durand and Duy Tran who competed in this year’s community Pitch It! event.

Keep those ideas rolling as next year we’re upping the ante… to $10,000 intended to help you launch your idea! Contact Kim Rolfe in the SEC ( with any questions about next year’s event.

Summer and Spring Internship Opportunities

How to Find an Internship Over Winter Break

Unsure about your summer plans? Excited to find an internship in an interesting field but don’t know where to start? This workshop is perfect for you! Join us to learn search and networking strategies to help you find a TERRIFIC summer internship! We’ll see you on Wednesday, December 9th from 12-1pm in Reid 207. 

Spring Internship Grant

Want to get paid for creating your own internship? Check out the Spring Internship Grant application on our website here: (click the download button on that page).

Submit your application via email to Applications are due at NOON on Thursday, December 10th. If you have any questions about your application, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Internship Coordinator Victoria Wolff at

Community Service Round-Up

Mentor Family Night at Edison

Family Mentor Nights began as a pilot program last year when then Whitman Mentor Intern, Leslie Rodriguez ’14, made her vision a reality by creating a bridge between the Whitman mentor, the mentee (the Walla Walla Public School student), and the mentee’s family. The Family Mentor Nights occur at each of the six WWPS elementary schools, Berney, Blue Ridge, Edison, Green Park, Prospect Point and Sharpstein. Pizza is consumed in large measures, games and crafts ensue and conversation connects individuals who most likely would not cross paths in a given day.

This year, the first Family Mentor Night was at Edison Elementary. Over 65 guests were in attendance and 15 pizzas were enjoyed. One hundred Thanksgiving leaf and turkey cookies were decorated and enjoyed while socio-economic cultures, languages, compassion, pursuit and appreciation were exchanged as Whitman students engaged with the family members of their mentee.

Service Saturday – Gift Wrapping!

Whitman students, staff, faculty, and other community members have generously donated gifts for dozens of families in need this holiday season – now it’s time to wrap them all, and learn about the program that makes all this possible! The event is scheduled for December 12th from 8:50 AM to Noon. It will take place at Blue Mountain Heart to Heart at 1520 Kelly Place. Breakfast and coffee provided! You can sign up by following this link.

Thank You!

We here in the SEC would like to end our last newsletter of the semester by expressing our gratitude to all the students, staff and faculty that make our programs possible. We truly appreciate your support and hope you have a wonderful holiday season.Thanks for reading!

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