Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.

Dear <<First Name>>,

"It's always more fun to share with everyone." 

Lately, I've been thinking about those lyrics from entertainer Jack Johnson's catchy tune, The Sharing Song. Indeed, it's true--blessings are sweeter when you can enjoy them with others.

This year we celebrate WWU's 125th birthday, and it'll certainly be much sweeter if we celebrate together!

Join us for Homecoming Weekend (April 27-30), where you'll experience a full slate of rich activities. You shouldn't miss this year's Thursday night banquet program, featuring all of WWU's living past presidents. Hit the links on Friday for a spectacular day of golf. On Sabbath, soak in the wonderful music (that organ!) as we worship together, and then close out the day with the Messengers (and more birthday surprises). And don't miss our annual Alumni Fun Run and Car Show...and lots more!

Find a complete schedule and registration information here.

Whether you spend the weekend or just drive in for a day, WWU's birthday celebration will be that much better because you are with us. See you soon. 

Jodi Wagner
Vice President, University Relations and Advancement

P.S. Can't join us for Homecoming? Look for us at Pacific Northwest camp meetings, or watch for fall alumni events in your area.


Celebrating 125 Years During Homecoming Weekend
   This year, we are celebrating our 125th birthday throughout the year, and most certainly during Homecoming. Enjoy celebrations throughout the weekend as we recall the blessings of our university's history. In addition, we will be celebrating the Aviation Program's 50th anniversary and 10 years since the establishment of the WWU chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
   The Messengers, the well-known WWU singing and traveling group lead by Mike Loewen in the 1970s and 1980s, will have a reunion as well as a concert Saturday evening during our "Blast from the Past" birthday celebration.
   Our honor classes this year are 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1987, 1982, 1992, 1997, and 2007.
   A weekend schedule as well as registration information, discounted hotel listings and photos from the 2015 celebrations are online. You are also welcome to call Alumni and Advancement Services at 1-800-377-2586.

Aviation Program Marks 50th Anniversary
   The Aviation Program is celebrating 50 years of flight this year. Today, they have a fleet of seven planes, including this Piper Arrow (pictured right). The program offerings have expanded through the years to include bachelor of science degrees in aviation and aviation management.
   You can also learn more about the program at or on Facebook at

Have news to share?
Send it to us at

ASWWU Sends Refugees to School
   This year, the Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) are working with Impact Hope to help Congolese refugees in Rwanda finish high school. Founded by Hans Thygeson (1990 business administration major) and his wife, Mindy, Impact Hope sends displaced student refugees to Adventist boarding schools for around $600 per year.  
   When ASWWU contacted Impact Hope, they had sponsored around 200 refugees to attend Adventist boarding academies in Rwanda. In fall quarter alone, ASWWU’s Hope in the Hills campaign raised enough to send an additional 77 refugee students to school! The ASWWU goal is $75,000 and they are nearly 75 percent complete.
   We’re inspired by how our students practice generosity in service, a core value here at WWU. And you can be part of it too! Find more information or contribute to ASWWU’s Hope in the Hills campaign by clicking this link.

Construction Begins on Bowers
   A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, Jan. 16, to mark the beginning of a renovation project that will transform Bowers Hall, home of the Walla Walla University School of Business. Click here to read more.

Like Walla Walla University Alumni News & Events - March 2017 on Facebook


• Come stay with us. The three alumni guest rooms, housed in the Havstad Alumni Center, continue to be a great and convenient value for lodging in the WW Valley. Formerly managed by Alumni and Advancement Services, the Alumni Association is now overseeing their usage. To make an online reservation, click here. The rate is still $60/night plus tax.

• Camper/RV accommodations available. Looking for a place on campus to stay while visiting? Camper/RV parking is available behind Sittner, the men’s dormitory. Power, water, and sewage hook-ups are included in the $10 nightly fee. It is a first-come, first-serve arrangement. Contact Sittner Hall if you have questions: (509) 527-2111.

• Share what's new in your life! Whether you're recently married, received a promotion or an award, completed a new degree, or had a baby, we want to hear about it. Send your information to: University Relations, 204 S. College Ave., College Place, WA 99324.

  Like Walla Walla University Alumni News & Events - March 2017 on Facebook

Share this eNewsletter:

Walla Walla Sweets Baseball Game
Click here for more details.

Rosario Alumni Sabbath
August 25-27
Click here for more details.

For more information about any of our events,
call Alumni  and Advancement Services at
or click here
for our web page.

Spring Quarter Begins
March 27 

April U-Days
April 2-4 

June 11, 8:30 a.m.


Bob ('47) and Audrey (att.) Watts joined President John McVay for WWU Alumni Sabbath in Chico, Calif., on January 21. Bob and Audrey were married their freshmen year at Walla Walla College, and especially remember going on picnics in the nearby fields.

We were entertained by the stories of Dr. Hoe Poh ('52, here with President McVay) at our Napa, Calif., alumni dinner on January 22. It took Dr. Poh weeks to travel to Walla Walla from Singapore, first by cargo ship, then by train. He remembers being quite surprised when he finally reached the Walla Walla Valley.

New acquaintances are often made at WWU's alumni events. Here, Stewart Shankel '54 (left) visits with Heidi Spady '16, Missy Murdoch '16, and Kevin House '12/'14 at the WWU Alumni Vespers/Supper in Loma Linda, Calif., on February 10.

WWU's young alumni enjoyed "Pie with the President" and a chance to reconnect in Loma Linda, Calif., on February 11.

That smile! Litte Emry (daughter of Matthew '09 and Briana '10 Toelke) enjoys some Sweet Basil pizza while sporting a "future graduate of Walla Walla University" bib. Click here to get your free WWU bib! 
Alumni Currents is a publication of the Alumni Department of Walla Walla University. It is emailed three times a year to alumni and friends of the university who subscribe to it. For questions or concerns, email the editor at

You are receiving this email because you have given us your email address for communication purposes.

Unsubscribe <<Email Address>> from this list.

Our mailing address is:
Walla Walla University
204 S. College Avenue
College Place, WA 99324

Add us to your address book

Copyright (C) 2017 Walla Walla University All rights reserved.

Forward this email to a friend
Update your profile
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp