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Let's catch up — These WWU alumni are in the news!

Homecoming Weekend 2020 — Unveiling our 2020 theme and honor groups

Beautiful Rosario — When can you register for next year?
Alumni events — Headed for Port Orchard/Seattle and Loma Linda/Redlands

The very latest — News from WWU

Catch up with your alumni family!

Dennis Herrera '19
These WWU alumni are in the news! (If you have news to share email

Ginger Ketting Weller '85, elementary education
Ketting Weller named the eighth president of the Advanced International Institute of Advanced Studies.

Lori Ciccarelli Stotko '81, communication media
Ciccarelli Stotko's book named as a finalist in 2019 Best Book Awards, Children's Educational Category.

Bethany Logan Ropa '06, French

Logan Ropa featured in American Builders Quarterly for leadership and pioneering work at UBS Investment Bank.

Karl Haffner '85, business and theology

Haffner named vice president for student experience at Loma Linda University Health.

Read more updates like these

Homecoming Weekend 2020, save the date!

Join us for Homecoming Weekend, April 23 to 26, 2020, to celebrate Village Hall's 100th anniversary, 60 years of student missions, and 50 years of art majors. 

Special reunions will be held for art majors, honor-year classes, anyone who participated in drama productions, and for those who served as student missionaries.

The weekend will officially begin on Thursday evening with the alumni homecoming banquet, where we'll honor alumni of the year. Our Sabbath guest speakers will be Joe Kidder '80 and Eileen States '95. Other weekend events will include PRISM vespers, the annual golf tournament, honor class reunions and photos, seminars by faculty and alumni, and more!

With more than 30 events planned and nearly 1,000 alumni registering for the weekend you are bound to make new memories with your fellow alumni and friends! 

Tip: Reserve lodging early — find discounted lodging options by visiting our homecoming web page.
Browse previous homecoming photos

Beautiful Rosario: Enjoying the book of nature

More than 100 alumni gathered for another beautiful Rosario Alumni Sabbath the last full weekend in August. Guests enjoyed this year's speaker, Greg Dodds '97, professor and chair of the Department of History, who spoke on the books of scripture and nature, encouraging us to study both to form a balanced view of our Creator.

In addition to visiting with friendly faces (including Donald Blake, Roland Blaich and Doug Clark this year) we can always count on Rosario's stunning scenery, excellent speakers and delicious food. Make a note on your calendar now to join us at Rosario Aug. 28 to 30, 2020, when Joe Galusha '68, professor emeritus of biology, will be our guest speaker. Reservations for the weekend open in June 2020.

Above: Donald Blake and Joe Galusha
Left: Who better to lead a Sabbath hike than Joe Galusha?
Below: WWU alumni from near and far gather in Rosario's Lindgren Hall for church and fellowship. 

Don't miss these alumni events

Mark your calendar...

  • January 10 and  11  |  Port Orchard and Seattle, Wash. Join us at Port Orchard SDA Church Fellowship Hall (5000 Bethel Rd SE, Port Orchard) for a complimentary dinner, vespers, and a WWU update on Friday, January 10, 6:30 pm. Please RSVP online or email

    On Sabbath, Jan. 11, join us at Emerald City Community SDA Church (801 25th Ave., Seattle)  at 11 am. Church service will be followed by a potluck lunch (WWU provides dessert buffet!), and a WWU campus update. No RSVP needed, but we'd love to know you'd attend. Email

  • February 21 and 22  Loma Linda and Redlands, Calif. Young alumni (2009-2019) are invited to join us for dinner and vespers on Friday, Feb. 21, 6:30 pm, in the Heritage Room at Loma Linda Academy (10656 Anderson St., Loma Linda).

    On Sabbath, Feb. 22, all alumni are invited to join us at the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church (520 Brookside Ave., Redlands) for church at 11 am with WWU President McVay at the pulpit, followed by a potluck lunch (WWU provides dessert buffet!).

    Also, all alumni are welcome to join us for dinner, vespers and a WWU update with WWU President McVay on Saturday, Feb. 22, 6:30 pm, in the Heritage Room at Loma Linda Academy (10656 Anderson St., Loma Linda).

    Please RSVP online or email
For more information about any of our events, call Alumni and Advancement Services
at (
800) 377-2586 or visit

The latest news from WWU



New dean of students

Iwasa '90 returns to WWU with years of experience and love for students
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Make a play

Stay connected to your favorite WWU team at
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Personal Bible study

Biblical scholars contribute to study Bible recently released in New International Version
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Service Day

WWU focuses on generosity in service and more than 700 participate in annual community service day
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Carnegie Hall

WWU symphony enjoys "unforgettable experience"
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Comprehensive renovation planned for Sittner Hall

To help us ensure our campus housing options are comfortable and safe well into the future, last year Walla Walla University hired a comprehensive higher education consulting firm that specializes in master planning and facility management. Following a full review of all WWU campus housing, Sittner Hall (our largest men's residence hall), which has served WWU durably since 1946, was selected for the first phase of renovations. Learn more about what the Sittner Hall renovation will include and when it will be completed.

WWU Fund makes a life-changing difference

The Walla Walla University Fund provides students with scholarships, and supports campus programs and improvements. Read about how this fund has helped three of our students, and learn how to make a contribution.

Make a gift now

Know someone who should be at WWU?
Encourage them to visit us!

When they visit they can attend classes, talk to our professors, and connect with our students—plus, meet people who can help with finances, employment, admissions, student life, and more. Their visit is personalized so they will have ample to explore their interests and get their questions answered. We’ll even help cover costs to come visit!

Send them to to schedule a campus visit.

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Where to stay when you're here

Havstad guest rooms: Located in the Havstad Alumni Center and managed by the Alumni Association. Rate: $60/night plus tax.  Make a reservation >

University guest rooms: WWU also offers University Guestrooms that are near the campus for a rate of $65/night tax included.  Make a reservation >

Camper/RV accommodations: Camper/RV parking is available behind Sittner Hall, the men’s residence hall. Power, water and sewage hook-ups are included in the $20 nightly fee. Reservations available on a first-come, first-serve arrangement. Contact Sittner Hall: (509) 527-2111.
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