Parent Resources

Winter 2015
 
Dear Parents,
   Quiz time. Can you describe each of the following WWU icons?

• CommUnity 
• Mudbowl
• Circle Church
• SAC
• Fishbowl
• The DX  

Welcome to the lingo of WWU. Sometimes navigating a new environment can be a bit confusing and overwhelming.  And when students return home for vacation and begin talking in a language that is peculiar, parents may begin to feel left behind.

   Note the article below on the “ABC’s of WWU” and you’ll find the meaning to the above campus terms and more.  Yet another way to be connected!

   Though it’s a touch chilly outside and the days are shorter than we would like, the campus is buzzing with events like Friendship Tournament, Student Week of Worship, and Senior Recognition.

Next time you're on campus, we invite you to try a Yogi at the DX.

 
Terri Neil



Terri Dickinson Neil
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations


Fighting the Flu? Our Medical Staff Are Here to Help
As with other parts of the nation, our local area and campus has seen more cases of flu and whooping cough over the past few weeks. Living, working, and going to classes in close quarters can make it easier for students and WWU employees to get sick. 

If you have a fever of 100 degrees or more or you think you have been exposed to whooping cough, please stay away from work or classes. Our staff at Campus Health and Wellness are here to help you feel better, so please stop in. You can also call us at Ext. 2425 or visit our web page.
 
Student Missions: Be a Part of the WWU Legacy
Is your student interested in being a student missionary? This is the time of year to stop by the Chaplain’s Office and check out this opportunity. Our staff is happy to meet with students and guide them through finding a location that will be a good fit, filling out the application, fundraising, and training. This experience is a memorable and rewarding experience for our students. WWU has a long history of supporting student missionaries and, each year, we send out dozens of students.

Most student missionaries serve for about a year. However, WWU also offers short-term mission trips. Our students take an annual weekend trip to Portland and a late summer trip to Thailand. Others are often organized through our Student Missions department or individual departments, like trips coordinated through our School of Engineering with their Engineers Without Borders club. To learn more about these opportunities, click here for our Student Missions page.

Check Out Our New Career Center Website
We understand that even as your student is working on his or her degree, thoughts of preparing for and finding that first job after graduation start making their way to the forefront. Our Career Center is here to help offer opportunities and guide your student toward that next step, says director David Lindstrom. We have recently updated our web site and would invite you to check it out by clicking here. It is full of valuable information about upcoming events such as our Career and Internship Fair on Feb. 25, and access to an online job and internship database. We can also assist you and your student in preparing and applying for graduate school. “Like” us on Facebook for more information.

Let Us Help You With Financial Paperwork, Aid
It’s that time of year again. Time to apply for financial aid for your student for next year. Most likely it is right up there on our list beside tasks like doing taxes or refinancing a home mortgage, however, you can complete all the steps for us by clicking here. We are here to help if you have questions. Please call us at (509) 527-2815. 

We would also invite you to see our video "Pay for WWU: 25 Ways to Keep College Costs Down." It offers some great ideas - perhaps even something new that can be helpful. You can view it by clicking here.

Keeping You Informed: Sign Up for Emergency Alerts 
Through our Campus Security department, we are dedicated to providing a safe campus environment. One of the ways we do this is by offering a service called e2Campus that sends mobile and email alerts from Campus Security in the event of an emergency. E2Campus is for not only students, faculty, and staff, but for parents and others as well. You can sign up by clicking here. Check out our Campus Security page by clicking here to learn about the other services we provide.

Surprise Your Student!
Wanting to tell your son or daughter how special they are? We have many options, as you can see in our picture.

Our "Surprise Your Student" program now offers cupcakes from "Frosted," Walla Walla's very own cupcake shop, as well as an "Out of the Blue Box" and a "Stress Buster Box" with an assortment of fun, creative, and tasty treats.

We also have personalized "Birthday,” "Thinking of You,” "Get Well," and "Missing You" packages, gift cards to local merchants, and balloon bouquets. We would love to help you make your student's day! For the details, click here or call (800) 377-2586.

The ABCs of WWU
Ever wonder what your student is talking about when he or she tells you about the week? Here’s a quick guide to help you decipher some of the WWU lingo.
Atlas – A coffee shop and study area (pictured) that was partially funded by a class gift from the class of 2010. It opened November 2011.
ASWWU – Associated Students of Walla Walla University. Each year, new officers are elected for positions like President, Vice President, and Social and Spiritual vice presidents. This group puts together activities on campus for students.
Bed races – a fun event during finals week when students, sometimes in costume, race old hospital beds down closed-off College Avenue.
Circle Church – student-run interactive worship service targeting collegiate young adults and their spiritual growth, community service, and social connection.
CommUnity – a weekly time to get together, usually happens on Tuesdays at 11 am. Used to be called chapel or assembly.
The DX – WWU gas station/convenience store/deli. Serves the well-known Super Burger, Yogi, and many other breakfast and lunch items.
Evensong – a Sabbath sundown tradition combining organ music and the spoken word.
Fishbowl – a study room in the Chan Shun Pavilion.
Mask – a pictorial directory of students, faculty, and staff.
Mudbowl - a yearly athletic event when all-girl or all-guy teams compete in a football game on a water-soaked, mud-filled field.
Prayer House – Next door to the Hafner House, a place for students to come and spend time in prayer. It is open and staffed by students throughout the week and the location for special weekend prayer times and fellowship.
SAC – a place to hang out and grab a snack.

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You're Invited...
Senior Recognition
Class of 2015
Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m.
University Church


 The program honors the graduating seniors of 2015 and features seniors in regalia, special music, and an address from our faculty. The speakers this year are Brian Roth (engineering) and Dave Thomas (theology).

Dates to Remember

February
10 Senior Recognition
13-16 Portland Mission Trip
16 Snow Frolic Day
25 Career and Internship Fair

March
5-7 March U-Days
19-29  Spring Break (Steel Band on tour and Uganda Mission Trip)
30 Spring Quarter Begins

April
5-7 April U-Days
12 9th Annual North Pacific Regional Robotics Challenge
23-26 Homecoming Weekend

Save the Date
Class of 2015 Graduation
June 14, 8:30 a.m.
Centennial Green

For further details, click here.


 


Winter Snapshots

Winter Week of Worship, when our students enthusiastically share their stories and perspectives with their peers.


Friendship Tournament brings together high-school-age basketball players from around the Pacific Union and beyond to play during the weekend on our campus. To see more photos, click here to view our Flickr albums.


It's a January day and 41 degrees at Walla Walla University. Not necessarily hammock weather, however, Josh Granucci, freshman nursing major, is wishing for spring and seizing the day.

Local Shuttle Service Offered from WWU to Pasco
You may have wondered if there is transportation between Walla Walla and the Pasco (Tri-Cities) Airport? The answer is YES! The Grape Line shuttle runs 7 days a week several times a day between Walla Walla/College Place and Pasco. Here is some information on the Grape Line:

• Destinations/Departures are: Walla Walla Airport, Walla Walla Transit, College Place, Touchet, Wallula, Burbank, Pasco Intermodal, Pasco Transit, and Pasco Airport.
• The Grape Line also makes connections with other transportation services such as Greyhound, Amtrak, and Ben Franklin Transit.

Costs for tickets range from $7 to $15 depending on the place of departure and the destination. Click here for more information or to make an online reservation.
 
Reserve A Room
We have three beautiful guest rooms in the Havstad Alumni Center that are available to parents. Nightly rates are $60 (plus tax). To reserve one of these rooms, call (800) 377-2586 or (509) 527-2631 or email alumni@wallawalla.edu.

Camper/RV Accommodations Available
Looking for a place on campus to stay while visiting your student? 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. Call the Sittner front desk at (509) 527-2111 to reserve your spot.
 

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Frequently Used Numbers
Academic Advisement
(509) 527-2132
Academic Records
(509) 527-2811
Advancement/Alumni
(509) 527-2631
Campus Health and Wellness (509) 527-2425
Campus Ministries
(509) 527-2010
Career Center
(509) 527-2664
Counseling and Testing Services (509) 527-2147
Marketing and Enrollment Services (509) 527-2327
Parent Relations
(509) 527-2644
Student Financial Services
(509) 527-2815
Student Employment
(509) 527-2357
Student Missions
(509) 527-2633
Teaching Learning Center
(509) 527-2313
 

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