Parent Connection—Winter 2019
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Dear parent,

With mid-term tests and Valentine's Day this week, now could be a great time to surprise your student with a care package! Find out how in this issue, along with helpful information about mission service, tax forms, available scholarships, and more!

I love chatting with your students, and this is what I've heard from some of them recently:

  • Favorite classes — Intro to Guitar, Intro to Biological Foundations, Ministry of Jesus, A&P, Web Design, History of Christianity and Acting 242.
  • Favorite teacher — Bruce Toews, Linda Ivy, Brent Bergherm, Greg Dodds, Dan Lamberton and Kellie Bond.
  • Favorite thing to eat in the cafeteria — Asian-style noodles, pasta, stir-fry, sushi, pizza, haystacks, eggplant parmesan and waffles.
  • Best advice you've received here on campus —
    • "Try out different events."
    • "Devote more time to my spiritual life."
    • "Study and stay calm."
    • "Keep God at the center of your life."
    • "Do not buy your textbooks until syllabus day!"
    • "Make friends with upperclassmen, they are full of great advice."
    • "Don't ever be afraid to ask for help."
    • "Go to the SAC and ask very nicely for a breakfast burrito, BUT add avocado. It will change your life!"

—Claudia Santellano
Alumni and Parent Relations Director

Surprise your student!

Our "Surprise Your Student” program offers the opportunity to send your student cupcakes or care packages delivered directly to their door.  Cupcakes come from "Frosted," Walla Walla's very own cupcake shop. The care packages hold an assortment of fun, creative, and tasty treats and they 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. Place your order and surprise your student today!

Make your student’s day

Senior class officers 2019

The 2019 class has selected their officers, leadership advisers, and sponsors. Class officers have specific roles and responsibilities to fulfill in the coming months, and will march at the front of the line at senior recognition and graduation. Congratulations to the officers and their families!

Meet senior class officers and sponsors

Dean's Lists, Fall 2018

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 all of the many students on our Fall 2018 Dean's Lists!

Check to see if your student made it on the Dean's Lists

Spread the word about U-Days!

Know anyone who is thinking about sending their college-age student to Walla Walla University? As a parent of a current student, please encourage them to visit during U-Days 2019, where we'll host prospective students (and their parents, if they like) on our campus to learn about our academic opportunities, student life program, and spiritual activities. We'll even help cover our guests' meals and lodging expenses, as well as a portion of their travel costs. Guests can choose from two U-Days events.

  • The March 7-9 U-Days is ideal for any senior who does not attend a North Pacific Union Conference Seventh-day Adventist academy. Registration deadline is February 15. 
  • The April 7-9 U-Days typically includes seniors from our NPUC academies, but others can attend as well. Registration deadline is March 15.

To learn more about U-Days events and costs, or to register, please contact us at (800) 541-8900 or click here.

Learn more or register for U-Days

Your student...and mission service?

Currently 53 WWU students serve as student missionaries and taskforce volunteers around the world. Some serve stateside in cities like Spokane, Wash., while others are posted in remote countries such as West Papua, Ebeye Island, Sierra Leone, and Africa. See more about Student Missions in "70-Too," a video about modern-day disciples and their journeys

Is your student interested in becoming a student missionary? We hope they, and you, are prayerfully considering God's calling. Best to apply by March 21. To find more information about applying, click here.

Student missions FAQs

Scholarship applications due Feb. 22!

Alumni and friends of WWU have provided additional scholarships for our students through endownments and generous annual gifts. Last spring, more than $640,000 was awarded! Current WWU students, student missionaries, and ACA students planning to return for our 2019-2020 school year can apply for these scholarships. Scholarship applications must be completed online by Friday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. No late applications will be accepted! 
Find more information about scholarships on our university website or call (509) 527-2815.

Encourage your student to apply here

Tax form information

W-2 tax forms
If your student worked on campus during 2018, 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. 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 for further information. The deadline for these changes is the end of February 2019.

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

FAFSA for 2019-2020 uses 2017 tax information
The FAFSA is now available for the 2019-2020 school year. It uses tax information from 2017. Since most families have their taxes done for 2017, this should make completing the FAFSA much easier. Students and families whose financial situation has changed since 2017 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, to achieve their educational and career goals. Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (and 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. tutoring-only); Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
For more information, contact SDC at; or visit

Tip to parents: Through the SDC there are currently 44 local internship opportunities available for students—encourage your student to apply!

University Health Clinic and Counseling and Testing Center
Located in their newly renovated, ADA accessible facility, which is shared with the University Bookstore at 295 S. College Ave.

Tip to parents: The 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 to parents: Counseling and Testing Center offers a DROP-IN hour slot, Monday-Thursday, 12-1 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

Plan now for graduation

Graduation Weekend
June 14-16

Class of 2019 will be marching to receive their diplomas before we know it. If you have a student graduating this June, be sure to make lodging accommodations early! For lodging information, click here.

Plan for graduation weekend

Homecoming Weekend 2019

Theme: "Excellence in Thought"
Honor Classes: 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2009 

If you attended WWU be sure to join us April 25-28 for homecoming! The weekend will officially begin with our Thursday evening banquet (6 p.m.) featuring delicious food, wonderful music, and special programming. This year we celebrate excellence in thought, Peterson Memorial Library's 75th anniversary, and will honor five alumni of the year (Gary Curtis '59, Richard and Anita Molstead '59, Cassie Ragenovich '72/74, and Trevor O'Reggio '79). Other events include Friday afternoon seminars, golf tournament, PRISM concert, special speakers for Sabbath services, a tasty Sabbath lunch, class reunions, Sabbath concerts, an ice cream social, and more! Mark your calendars now, it will be a fabulous weekend!

Download the homecoming schedule

"Wise Guys" winter sermon series

We're in the middle of the University Church's winter quarter pulpit series, “Wise Guys.” Each Sabbath, preachers from our community (including our new senior pastor, Andreas Beccai) share from the wisdom literature books of Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Job and Song of Solomon. For a list of speakers, texts to cover, or to watch Sabbath services (live or archived), visit the church website.

Watch the most recent sermon

Join alumni events near you!

WWU holds alumni events throughout the continental U.S. As a parent of a WWU student, you are part of our WWU family and invited to attend these events! You'll enjoy a complimentary meal, hear all about the happenings on campus, and have a chance to ask questions on topics of interest. If you're near the areas we visit, be sure to RSVP and join us! You'll find us in Southern California, Feb. 22 and 23.

RSVP to an alumni event

February 22, 5 p.m.
WWU scholarship deadline—remind your student!
March 6
Spring quarter Financial Clearance opens
March 7-9
March U-Days
March 21-31
Spring Break
March 27, 4 p.m.
Spring quarter Financial Clearance deadline
April 1
Spring Quarter begins
April 7-9
April U-Days
April 25-28
Homecoming Weekend 2019
June 14-16
Graduation Weekend
June 16, 8:30 a.m.
Class of 2019 Commencement
View the full calendar online

The time is always right to do what is right

WWU Peacemaking Week highlights MLK, civil rights, and civil discourse. Read more >

Western Society of Naturalists

Biology graduate students attend regional conference. Read more >

ASWWU Outdoors

Students explore PNW caves during ASWWU Outdoors trip near Mt. Adams. 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 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 website, 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. 
Browse photos taken by student photographers

Come visit your student

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 veries depending on the place of departure and the destination. Find more information or to make an online reservation >

Reserve a room: The Alumni Association manages 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 $10 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
Dean’s list
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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