The Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) are busy making sure winter quarter is fabulous – Student Week of Worship, the Tropical Trot to benefit our campus mission project, ASWWU Outdoors (snow camping, sledding, cross country skiing), student leadership elections, and fundraising for “One of These – Bangka Island.” There appears to be some serious studying taking place as well.
You’ll find pictures, links, and videos below to help you feel like you were here with these great students all quarter. As I observe our students and student leaders I continue to be awed by their willingness to be creative and connected. So, enjoy a moment in the life of a WWU student through the resources we provide here.
Terri Dickinson Neil
Director for Alumni and Parent Relations
P.S. We also included a bit of vital information about some student tax and financial items at the end of this letter. Thanks for taking a few minutes to look at them.
Class of 2016 Officers
College Place Campus:
President: Kara McMahon
VP: Savannah Kisling
Spiritual VP: Chelsea Bond
Social VP: Natalie Hall
Treasurer: Grant Gustavsen
Secretary: Benjamin Gow-Lee
Sponsors: Dr. Darold Bigger, Dr. Terrie Aamodt
Co-presidents: Elizabeth Green,
Sponsor: Debbie Lampson
Student Starts the New Year
The story begins about four years ago when Joanna Shedd, a nurse at Loma Linda University Medical Center, was baptized by Kathy (McHan) McMillan (att.) at the Calimesa (Calif.) Seventh-day Adventist Church. She shared that her greatest joy would be to see her teenage sons, Greg and Mathew, come to know Jesus. Over time, through their parent’s examples, they become more interested in knowing Jesus and attending an Adventist university. Greg started at WWU his sophomore year. And his brother. Mathew, soon followed, starting at WWU his sophomore year in 2015.
Through a Bible study led by Timothy Oliver and a religion class taught by Troy Fitzgerald, Mathew (pictured above with his parents Joanna and Brian) came to know and love Jesus and chose to be baptized in January. What a testimony of how students, faculty, staff, and alumni have surrounded this young gentleman with love and solid biblical teaching. Welcome to the family, Mathew.
Know anyone who might be interested in sending their college-age student to Walla Walla University? As a parent whose student is already attending here, please help us by letting others know they are welcome to visit during University Days. University Days is when we host an interested student (and their parents, if they like) on our campus. This is an opportunity to learn about our academic programs, student life program, and spiritual activities.
This year we have two main University Days, with the first March 3 to 5. This event is designed for students who do not attend one of the North Pacific Union Conference Seventh-day Adventist academies. The deadline to sign up is February 18. The second event is April University Days. This is where all of our in-union academies bring seniors to visit our campus. It will be taking place April 3 to 5, and the deadline for signing up is March 20. While the students are on campus, we will be covering their meals and lodging expenses as well as helping with a portion of their travel costs.
If you have questions or would like to sign up for one of the University Days, please contact us at (800) 541-8900 or click here.
Surprise Your Student!
Our "Surprise Your Student" program 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 details, click here or call (800) 377-2586.
Students Begin New Mission
Project in Indonesia
Each year, the students at WWU choose an international mission project and raise funds to help the people in that area. This year, they are raising money that will make it possible to open and operate Bangka Island Adventist School, a National Plus school in the Bangka-Belitung province of Indonesia.
By opening this school, ASWWU Global Service will provide key support in enabling the local Adventist Mission to meet the need for education on Bangka Island. With a National Plus status, the school will be certified to teach both the standard, national curriculum as well as additional classes - such as English - that will open up many more opportunities for local students and provide the experience of a Christ-centered education.
Our belief in the importance of this project is reflected in its name, which is pulled from Mark 9:36-37: One of These. We are doing this in His name with the faith that Jesus has plans for each of these children and is calling on us to look out for them and their needs. In doing so, we recognize the need for God’s guidance in our own lives as he grows and shapes us through the act of service.
To learn more about the project and follow the progress of the project, you can like our Facebook page by searching for "ASWWU Global Service." You can also view an informational video by clicking here.
For One Student, Spain Was A Treat for Her Senses, Soul
Learn more about our ACA Colleges
Students attending one of our U.S. Adventist colleges are eligible to enroll at one of our dozen international colleges. You can find out more about the program by clicking here.
A number of our students go each year for up to a year to countries such as Spain, England, and Austria in Europe, or Brazil and Argentina in South America, among others. They return with a better knowledge of the language and culture, but also with many treasured memories. Here we share the experience of one of our students, Ivory Vogt, a junior international communications major, who went to Spain.
This last quarter I went to Spain. Studying abroad has probably been the best experience I’ve had in college so far. As I made my way to the Sagunto campus, we drove through fields of mandarins with the sun shining brightly. Soon after arriving, we went to the beach of the Mediterranean Sea. With the wind blowing through my hair, I immersed myself in that salty foreign ocean and felt incredibly refreshed.
Since I have returned to Walla Walla, people ask me where I was and what I did. Usually some folks say that they want to do something similar, perhaps after graduation…and I’m overwhelmed with a feeling of wanting to tell them about the “tangy” smell of the mandarins and the “salty” taste of the ocean, but then all I can muster is, “You have to go! Just go!” Somehow, though, I do not think that it was the place that necessarily made the ACA experience the best for me. It was all the amazing and wonderful people I met along the way. Yes, people are what really define a place. I am part of a global community, and God’s love is stamped on the passport of my heart. If given the opportunity, please go - go figure out who you are, who others are, and most importantly, who God is.
Scholarships Available for
Upcoming School Year
Alumni and friends of WWU have provided additional scholarships for WWU students through endowments and generous annual gifts. Last spring, more than $575,000 was awarded! Current Walla Walla University students, student missionaries, and ACA students planning to return to WWU for the 2016-2017 school year can apply for these scholarships. Applications must be completed online by Friday, February 19, at 4:30 pm. No late applications will be accepted! Encourage your student to apply by clicking here.
There is also more information about scholarships on our university website or you can call our office at 509-527-2815.
Information About Tax Forms
W-2 Tax Forms
If your student worked on campus during 2015, 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.
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 W2 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 further information. The deadline for these changes is March 25, 2016.
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Class of 2016
Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m.
The program honors the graduating seniors of 2016 and features seniors in regalia, special music, and an address from our faculty. The class sponsors, Dr. Darold Bigger (Professor of Religion and Social Work and Assistant to the President) and Dr. Terrie Aamodt (Professor of History and English), will be the speakers.
Dates to Remember
March 3-5 March U-Days
March 23, 4 p.m., Financial Clearance Deadline for Spring Quarter
March 21-25 Spring Break
March 28 Spring Quarter Begins
April 3-5 April U-Days
April 21-24 Homecoming Weekend
Theme: "Beauty in Expression"
Honor Classes: 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2006.
We will be recognizing the touring choirs from the years 1965-2015 with a reunion. Professor of Music Kraig Scott and former choral directors John Dennison, Bradley Krueger, Stephen Zork, and Ralph Coupland, among others, will be present.To reserve your spot in the chorus and receive music prior to the event, go to wallawalla.edu/touringchoir.
Plant Services (now titled Facilities Services) staff will also have a reunion. For more details, click here.
Save the Date
Class of 2016 Graduation
June 12, 8:30 a.m.
Local Shuttle Service Offered From WWU to Pasco
The Grape Line shuttle runs 7 days a week several times a day between Walla Walla/College Place and Pasco:
• 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, call (800) 377-2586
or (509) 527-2631
or email email@example.com
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 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 to more information.
Chelsea Bond was one of the speakers during the student-led Week of Worship in January.
As part of the Week of Worship, five WWU students share about their journey with Christ in video testimonials titled "My Story." You can view the video by clicking here.
WWU hosted the basketball Friendship Tournament Jan. 28-30. To see more photos and who won, click here.
Campus Health & Wellness
Student/ Spiritual Life
Frequently Used Numbers
Campus Health and Wellness (509) 527-2425
Counseling and Testing Services (509) 527-2147
Marketing and Enrollment Services (509) 527-2327
Student Financial Services
Teaching Learning Center