Alumni Currents—news for WWU alumni like you!
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Seen and Heard — Did you know that...

Mosaic Moments – Planning for a combined homecoming weekend

Alumni events — Attend our DFL on Sunday, Nov. 8
WWU update — COVID-19 pandemic response and winter quarter
Stay involved — Share your news, WWU is hiring, give a gift and more

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Did you know that...
  • Joel Libby's '04 artwork is on display in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York?
  • During a Major League Baseball game, commentators credited alumnus Randy Castleman (att. 1993-1996) for helping in the recovery of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen?
  • Alumna Katie Wagner '20 is the first Advent Health mission leadership intern?
  • Or that alumnus Philip Phillips '79 was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences?
You'll find news items like these and more in the Seen and Heard section of Westwind Online. Take a minute to browse through archived stories. And be sure to share any alumni news you learn of—and definitely send us your own news so we can celebrate with you!—by emailing 
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Homecoming: Combined weekend this year

We sure hope to be able to meet in-person in April for a combined 2020 and 2021 Homecoming Weekend!

We'll celebrate Village Hall's 100th anniversary, 60 years of student missions, 50 years of art major, and the Atlas' 10th anniversary. We'll also celebrate Alumni of the Year, and honor years for both 2020 and 2021 (Vanguards, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2010 and 2011).

April 22-25 — pencil it in on your calendar so that you can join in the historic celebration, however it is offered. Registration will open in February 2021.

(Think about your lodging reservations early as lodging fills up quickly in April. Visit for a list of local area lodging options.)
Browse previous homecoming photos

Nominate a candidate for Alumni of the Year

Know a WWU alum that should be recognized for outstanding or unusual contributions in areas of community service, church service and/or professional service? Nominate them for WWU's 2021 Alumni of the Year recognition!

Nominations are due this week. Learn more about selection and recognition details, and submit your candidate's information quickly and easily here.

Westwind magazine delivery notice

To be thoughtful about our financial resources (so that we can best support students and equip our campus for safe learning during the pandemic) WWU will print only one of the three Westwind magazine issues that will be delivered to you this coming year.

The fall issue will be printed and delivered via mail, as usual. However, our spring and summer issues will be delivered to you via email with a link for easy access. Please be sure your contact information, especially your email address, stays current to continue to receive Westwind magazine.

Alumni who do not have access to email are encouraged to call (800) 377-2586 to make other arrangements to receive our spring and summer Westwind issues.

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Events for alumni like you

You are invited to attend this year's Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Sunday, Nov. 8, 7 pm. The program will be presented online at

Dr. Dave Thomas, professor of practical theology and apologetics and former dean of WWU's School of Theology, will present "The Nature of Christian Belief," a presentation that addresses what constitutes Christian faith, and what makes believing in the Christian way both viable and credible.

Be sure to keep your contact information updated so we can notify you about schedule changes and alumni event details, or bookmark

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

Ways to stay connected to WWU

  • Update Your Contact Information — New address, new job or name change to share? Simply complete an online Alumni Contact Update Form.
  • Alumni Currents e-newsletter — Learn about alumni events, campus news, and alumni activities and accomplishments. Alumni Currents is emailed three times a year.
  • LinkedIn — Network with alumni professionals through our LinkedIn group by joining the Walla Walla University Alumni group
  • Facebook — Socialize and keep in touch online with fellow alumni through our Facebook group. Take a minute to join the Walla Walla University Alumni group.
  • Instagram — Follow and tag @wallawallauniversityalumni to stay connected with the university and other alumni, one post at a time.
  • Westwind magazine — From alumni profiles to campus news to special feature articles, Westwind is a full-color magazine distributed to alumni and posted online.

Walla Walla University update

Welcoming our newest family members

They started this school year like no other WWU class, and they are ready to seize the moment! On Labor Day weekend we welcomed members of the Class of 2024. This year's freshman class is small by comparison (they follow two historically large freshmen classes) but given the uncertainty of this year we thank God for his blessings.
We loved seeing many of you WWU alumni as you brought your student to campus! Pictured below are the McCoy family (Paddy and Tricia, both '99, with their daughter, Allyana, and their WWU freshman, Ayden) and the Townsend family (Craig and Melissa att. 1989-1992, with their daughter Gabrielle, and their WWU freshman, Joelle).

Business excellence!

WWU's 2019-2020 business seniors scored in the 99th percentile on their major field test (MFT) in business. The five-year average MFT percentile for WWU business seniors is 94. Congratulations 2020 graduates — we are proud of you and our School of Business program!

Edward F. Cross School of Engineering reaccredited

Under the leadership of Brian Roth '02, WWU's Edward F. Cross School of Engineering was recently reaccredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). According to its mission statement, the program’s strengths and vision for students include:
  • Close collaboration with peers and faculty
  • Experiential learning in laboratories and professional venues
  • Enriching engagement in a liberal arts environment
  • Student leadership within a culture of service
  • Spiritual development within a faith community
Accreditation provides formal recognition of the program's quality and is important for students who want to obtain a license in a specific area of engineering after graduation. Learn more about the process and outcome here.

Update: WWU and COVID-19 pandemic response

In late summer Walla Walla University made the difficult decision to limit population density on our campuses for fall quarter 2020. While more than half of WWU students were invited to attend in-person classes and work on our College Place and Portland campuses for fall quarter (our Montana campuses are completely online), hundreds of cherished students have joined us via distance education.

University administrators are currently completing discussions about options for winter quarter, taking into account Washington state guidelines, local health care resources and our campus family's capacity to adhere to safety guidelines and procedures. We expect an announcement in the coming days.


How to help WWU move forward with strength

This is an unprecedented time in Walla Walla University's history, and we join colleges and universities across the nation who are bracing for drops in enrollment and increased expenses. Here's how you can help:
  • Pray for us. Our students, faculty and staff are together navigating unusual circumstances this quarter, and we believe your prayers are powerful in these moments.
  • Guide people to our online resources if they have questions or need the latest information about WWU's plans. 
  • Ask us your questions. Our online "Ask a Question" form is an easy way to get accurate information directly from the university.
  • Encourage virtual campus visits. Know someone thinking about college? Encourage them to schedule a virtual visit to WWU. Our virtual campus visits are easy to schedule and fun to do!
  • Make a donation to the WWU Fund, which is designed to help the university with its most immediate needs. This year the WWU Fund has equipped our classrooms for dual-modality and distance learning; provided students, faculty and staff with personal protective equipment (PPE); and helped to fund student scholarships.

    Gifts to the WWU Fund have directly impacted the lives of students like Joni, Katie and Mike. In the coming days you may receive a call from these students thanking you for your support, and inviting you to continue to support Walla Walla University during these challenging times. Thank you for answering their call!
Make a donation

Stay involved

Share your news!
Recently married? Did you receive a promotion or an award, change your job, complete a new degree, or have a baby? We want to hear about it! Submit your news now.
Know of an internship opportunity for WWU students? 
When you offer an internship with your organization, or refer an internship opportunity, you are helping WWU students secure real-life experience. Start an internship at WWU!
Walla Walla University is hiring.
We have several open positions for which we are looking for the most qualified candidates! If you or someone you know qualify for any of the employment opportunities currently available, please visit to apply.
Stay connected!
We encourage you to stay connected with WWU and fellow alumni through our Walla Walla University alumni Instagram and Facebook accounts, and by using the hashtag #wallawallauniversityalumni when you post about WWU.
Support WWU with Amazon purchases.
When you purchase items on Amazon, you can help support Walla Walla University. To get started, go to and use your regular login information. Then enter “Walla Walla University” as your donation choice. Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchase to the University Fund which goes toward student scholarship, academic innovation, and facility improvements. Amazon Smile does not work on the Amazon app.

Blue Zones is hiring.
Walla Walla University in collaboration with Adventist Health is launching Blue Zones, a signature project to help make the Walla Walla Valley a healthier place to live, work, grow up and grow old. Blue Zones is looking for the most qualified candidates to lead the project in full-time, competitive positions in College Place. If you or someone you know is interested in the following opportunities, please apply.  
Public Policy AdvocateOrganization LeadEngagement LeadSr. Event and Office Specialist.

Give a gift.
Thank you for supporting today’s students with your gift. Give online at

You loved WWU — they will, too.
Help us encourage virtual campus visits!

Where to stay (when campus is open again)

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

University guest rooms: WWU also offers University Guestrooms that are near the campus for a rate of $60/night.  Make a reservation >

Camper/RV accommodations: Camper/RV parking is available behind Sittner, the men’s residence hall. Power, water, and sewage hook-ups are included in the $20 nightly fee. It is a first-come, first-serve arrangement. Contact Sittner Hall: (509) 527-2111.
Area lodging options:
Stay connected with what’s happening on campus by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also download our campus app for quick access to the calendar, directory information, and other campus resources.


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