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Dear WWU parent,

It's been good to have students back on our campuses, and we're doing our best to support them during these tough days. Thank you for sharing them with us, and for entrusting us with their college education.

How can you surprise your student with a Valentine's Day care package?
And what should you know about spring break and spring quarter?

Learn this and more below, including helpful information about Senior Recognition, mission service, tax forms, scholarship application deadlines, and available student services.

Blessings to you and your family!

—Claudia Santellano, director for alumni and parent relations

2021 Senior Recognition fully online!

Senior Recognition is a special CommUnity program that recognizes and honors graduating seniors. This year's event will feature guest speakers, Conna Bond, School of Business associate professor, and Albert Handal, campus chaplain. Join the celebration on Tuesday, February 9, 11 a.m. PST, at wallawalla.edu/community.

Watch Senior Recognition

Make their day!

Our "Surprise Your Student” program is the perfect way to send your student cupcakes, cookies, macarons, and/or care packages delivered directly to them. Cupcakes, cookies, and macarons are delivered fresh from local artisan bakeries and restaurants in downtown Walla Walla. The care packages hold an assortment of fun, creative, and tasty treats, and can be personalized with several different themes:  "Birthday,” "Thinking of You,” "Get Well," and "Missing You.”  Through this program, you can also order gift cards to local merchants and balloon bouquets.

Available next week is a Valentine's Day special that includes chocolate and candy from 
Bright's Candies, the oldest candy store in Walla Walla. The deadline for Valentine's Day orders is Wednesday, February 10.  Place your order and surprise your student today!

Make your student’s day

Fall 2020 dean's lists

Every quarter WWU recognizes our top academic achievers by publishing two dean's lists that include the names of students who have completed 15 or more credits and who have earned a quarter GPA of 3.50 and higher. We congratulate the many students on our fall 2020 dean's lists!

Check the latest dean's lists

Your student...and mission service?

Last week we celebrated Missions and Service Week, and events included an online CommUnity program, a scavenger hunt, and online vespers. (You can watch CommUnity and vespers here.)

This academic year WWU also celebrates 60 years of student missions! Although it’s been a unique year due to COVID-19 restrictions, eight dedicated student missionaries (SMs) are serving domestically in academies, a Navajo reservation, and in a rural Alaskan village. Check out their blogs and write a note of support to the current student missionaries.

Is your student interested in becoming a student missionary? We are currently preparing SMs to serve domestically, and hopefully globally, next year. We can help your student navigate this journey as God places this calling on their hearts. It is helpful to apply by March 29. For more information about opportunities and applying, click here.

Student missions FAQs

Scholarship applications open in mid-February!

Alumni and friends of WWU have provided additional scholarships for students through endowments and generous annual gifts. Last spring, more than $723,000 was awarded! Current Walla Walla University students, student missionaries, and ACA students planning to return to WWU for the 2021-2022 school year can apply for these scholarships. Scholarship applications will open in mid-February and students will have approximately three weeks to complete their application. Encourage your student to watch for announcements, and to apply!
 
Find more information about scholarships on our university website or call (509) 527-2815.

Encourage your student to apply here

Tax form and FAFSA information

W-2 tax forms
If your student worked on campus during 2020, their W-2 form was mailed to the current address we have on file. Students also have electronic access to their W-2 form through their myWWU account. 
In order for your student to view their W-2 form online, they will log in to myWWU, choose “Human Resources” under the Student App Center, then click on Main Menu > Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > View W-2/W-2c Forms > Year End Form. Be sure to allow the pop-up blocker.

1098-T tax forms
This form allows you to claim a tuition tax deduction. Your student can retrieve the form through myWWU. They should select “Student Center” and “Student Center Classic,” then navigate to the Main Menu > Self Service > Campus Finance > View 1098-T. Paper copies were mailed to the student's home address if the student did not request electronic access. If your employer pays a portion of your student's tuition (this is often called “subsidy”), and if your employer includes that amount on your W-2 form as taxable income, please contact us to request that we adjust your 1098-T to reflect this information. You may contact us at (509) 527-2980 or email
1098T@wallawalla.edu for more information. The deadline for these changes is the end of February 2021.

TL11A Canadian tax form 
Canadian students needing a TL11A Tax Form should contact the Accounting Office at (509) 527-2980, or email
1098T@wallawalla.edu for more information.

FAFSA for 2021-2022 uses 2019 tax information
The FAFSA is now available for the 2021-2022 school year. It uses tax information from 2019. Since most families have their taxes done for 2019, this should make completing the FAFSA much easier. Students and families whose financial situation has changed since 2019 can work with Student Financial Services on an individual basis, after their initial award letter has been generated.

Q&As from Student Financial Services

Help for your student


THE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SDC) houses Career Services, Disability Support Services, Internship Services, and Peer Tutoring. These services are FREE for current students, and are available to help them progress academically and personally in order to achieve their educational and career goals. Currently, all services are being conducted online. Hours of operation: 
  • Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information, contact SDC at student.development@wallawalla.edu; or visit wallawalla.edu/sdc.

* Tip for parents: Through the SDC your student can apply for internships and sign up to attend career and grad school fairs—encourage your student to apply!

UNIVERSITY HEALTH CLINIC and Counseling and Testing Center are located in their ADA-accessible facility, which is shared with the University Bookstore at 295 S. College Ave. All services are currently offered online.

* Tip for parents: The University Health Clinic is available to students for either an RN or an ARNP visit, and can bill their insurance. The clinic can also assist in referring students to community providers for chronic or more severe health issues as needed.

* Tip for parents: Counseling and Testing Center offers a VIRTUAL DROP-IN hour slot, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where a therapist is available to address a student's concern, assess if counseling could be helpful, and/or to connect the student with available resources.

See available internships
Learn about counseling services

COVID-19 update, spring planning

COVID-19 TESTING for winter quarter was a success, and we were heartened by relatively low rates of positive test results during those first few days. Safety protocols are still in place according to state guidelines, and random testing for students, faculty and staff is helping us detect and interrupt the spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campuses. Find information about these COVID-19 efforts or ask a question at wallawalla.edu/coronavirus.

SPRING BREAK will be observed by Walla Walla University as currently scheduled, March 18 through March 28. All College Place and Portland campus students must be back on campus on Sunday, March 28, for COVID-19 testing. Please plan your student's spring break travel so that they have returned in time for their scheduled test.

WHAT WILL SPRING QUARTER BE LIKE? Nearly a year ago, as we struggled to understand the novel coronavirus, WWU went into reaction mode, doing our best to respond to many unknowns. Over the summer we were in preparation phase, using what we'd learned to ensure our campuses for whatever fall would bring. We focused on prevention fall quarter, deploying screening tools and technology to tie us together while keeping COVID-19 from spreading. This quarter was about expansion and how we could provide more in-person and on-campus learning. Now, looking toward spring quarter 2021, we plan to step carefully towards normalization, structuring our processes and protocols for safety and increased engagement.

  • Spring quarter will begin with COVID-19 testing. Like winter quarter, insurance billing should cover the cost of the tests. Once test results are back students will receive a clearance notice from the COVID-19 Response Team, and they then may access campus facilities.
  • In keeping with federal, state and local guidelines we will continue COVID-19 safety protocols like wearing masks, social distancing and encouraging careful hygiene.
  • In-person classes will still allow for social distancing, and we will offer online options as needed.
  • We will still require daily health screening through the SaferMe app, though screening stations will be phased out.
  • We will continue our random COVID-19 testing program.
  • When appropriate according to state guidelines, COVID-19 vaccination will be available to those that choose it.
  • Most university employees will return to on-campus work, though meetings and appointments will remain mostly online.
  • Invited guests, including prospective students and their families, will be allowed on our campuses.
  • We will phase in group activities according to state guidelines, and worship services will be allowed in-person as guidelines allow.
  • We're looking forward to beautiful spring weather so we can take advantage of outdoor spaces to accommodate small-group gatherings and activities.
Ask a COVID-19 question

Looking toward graduation

We hope to hold graduation in person this year and look forward to celebrating with both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 (who was invited to return this year for in-person services) on Centennial Green. 

Graduation Weekend is currently scheduled for June 11-13, 2021. A planning group is carefully monitoring federal, state and local guidelines, and looking at how we might need to adjust celebration details for a range of possible scenarios. As we currently anticipate an in-person celebration, you may wish to make lodging accommodations early. For lodging information, click here


Find details about this year's graduation plans (or revisit the archived commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020) at wallawalla.edu/grad.

Plan for graduation weekend

WWU homecoming online this year

"Mosaic Moments—Celebrating art, service, and a time-honored space."
Honoring the classes of 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1981, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2010, and 2011

We have big plans for a combined Homecoming Weekend 2020 and 2021. If you attended WWU plan to join us April 22 through 25!

There will be opportunities to connect with your classmates and the university in real time (class reunions, department "hangouts," church service, etc.) as well as come-and-go opportunities, such as a campus update and Alumni of the Year videos, to access from the comfort of your home.

This year we celebrate Village Hall's 100th birthday, 60 years of student missions, 50 years of art majors and minors, and the 10th anniversary of the Atlas, a popular student hangout. We we will honor our Alumni of the Year for 2020 and 2021 (Sam Carvajal '60, Gary Wiss '66, Doug Clark '70, Bill Fritz '75, Gale Crosby '81, Kelli Wheeler '91, Becky Billock '94, and Handel Wellington '01).

Make this celebration special by sending us your memories:

  • Former student missionaries and task force volunteers, share your stories here.
  • Submit your pictures and memories of Village Hall here.
  • Art alumni, submit a photo of your masterpiece for consideration here.
Find details and register to particpate!

"Running With Horses" sermon series

"What is the good life and how do you get it?" asks Andreas Beccai, lead pastor at the Walla Walla University Church. "This question lies at the heart of our common human longing for a purposefully and fulfilling life. Our winter sermon series, through the book of Jeremiah, will explore the heart of what it means to be imaged after God, whilst being fully and genuinely human."

Worship with us every Sabbath at 11:40 a.m., online at wwuchurch.com!

Watch the most recent sermon

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 Westwind magazine will be delivered to parents via email with a link for easy accessBe sure your contact information, especially your email address, stays current to continue to  receive Westwind magazine. Parents who do not have access to email are encouraged to call (800) 377-2586 to make other arrangements to receive Westwind.

The Spring 2021 issue will be available on March 22, so be sure to check your email spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox.

Read Westwind online

February 9, 11 a.m., Senior Recognition
wallawalla.edu/commUnity
March 3
Spring quarter financial clearance opens
March 18 - 28
Spring break
March 24, 4 p.m.
Spring quarter financial clearance deadline
March 28
Students must be back on College Place and Portland campuses for COVID-19 testing
March 29
Spring quarter begins
April 22 - 25
Homecoming Weekend 2020 and 2021
wallawalla.edu/homecoming
June 11 - 13
Graduation Weekend
View the full calendar online

Wheats and sunsets

Design by WWU art major selected for utility box wraps in College Place. Read more >

Safety and flexibility

Education majors experience unique learning environments while student teaching during COVID-19. Read more >

No stopping librarians

Library resources evolve to meet student needs during pandemic. Read more >

Get involved

Support WWU with Amazon Purchases
When you purchase items on Amazon, you can help support Walla Walla University. To get started, go to amazonsmile.com 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.
Stay connected with what’s happening on campus!
Visit our web site, follow 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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Visit your student (when campus is open again)!

Local shuttle service from Pasco airport: The Grape Line shuttle runs seven days a week several times a day between Walla Walla and Pasco. Cost varies depending on the place of departure and the destination. Find more information or to make an online reservation >

Reserve a room: There are three guest rooms on campus for rent. The fee for these rooms is $60/night plus tax. Arrange to stay in one of these rooms or to learn about other area lodging options >

Camper/RV accommodations available: 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. First come, first served. Call Sittner front desk at (509) 527-2111 for more information.

Tips and tricks and FAQs
curated for parents like you.

The Parent Resource Page

Quick resources for parents

Academic Advisement (509) 527-2132
Academic Records (509) 527-2811
Alumni and Advancement Services (509) 527-2631
Campus Ministries (509) 527-2010
Counseling and Testing Services (509) 527-2147
Marketing and Enrollment Services (509) 527-2327
Parent Relations (509) 527-2644
Student Development Center (509) 527-2664
Student Financial Services (509) 527-2815
Student Employment (509) 527-2357
Student Missions (509) 527-2633
University Health Clinic (509) 527-2425
WWU Church (509) 527-2800
Alumni events
Alumni e-newsletter
Calendar
Covid Response Team
Dean’s list
Directory
Meal plans
Parent and Family Guide
Payment plans
Scholarship search
Student Life
Student Handbook
University Church
University Health Clinic
Don’t see the number or link you need listed?
Call (800) 541-8900.
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