Alumni Currents—Fall 2017
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Dear <<First Name>>,

Hi there! If this is your first issue of Alumni Currents, welcome, we are glad you are reading this! If you have been receiving this newsletter, you will notice the redesign. In this redesign, we have adopted a single column format to allow for continuous scrolling and mobile-device friendly (mobile-friendliness).

In this issue, you will read about recent and upcoming alumni events, campus news, our plans to celebrate the university's 125th birthday on Dec. 7, and more. We want you to stay connected with WWU, and we welcome your feedback.

As I write to you for the first time and begin my fifth month as your alumni and parent relations director, I thank you, Walla Walla University alumni, for what you have done to make WWU what it is today, a special home for many.

Claudia Santellano

Alumni and Parent Relations Director
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Alumni News

125th Birthday Celebration!

On Dec. 7, we will hold birthday celebrations honoring our 125th anniversary.
The events will include: 

  • A Birthday Commemoration Service at 8:30 a.m. when we will ring the (original) bell just as they did in 1892, along with a short program of song and prayer, and morning refreshments.
  • WWU favorite meals and birthday cake will be served for lunch in the cafeteria.
  • $1.25 off Yogi Bugers at the The Express (DX) all day.
  • A Bowers Hall Grand Re-Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at noon.
  • A Havstad Alumni Center Open House from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • A parade down College Avenue at 5:30 p.m.
  • WWU birthday cupcakes for the entire community, and Christmas tree lighting at College Place City Hall at 6:10 p.m.
  • A finale of fabulous fireworks over the old Rogers School field (4th and Bade streets) at 7:30 p.m.
Click here to learn more about our celebration.

Help WWU students by donating to the
Walla Walla University Fund 

We’re celebrating our 125th birthday this year, but our students' needs remain the same. They still need community, quality academic programs, fully-equipped learning and living facilities—and most of all, they need your financial support in gaining their educations. Your gift to the Walla Walla University Fund helps provide these things. To support our students, click here. Thank you for your gift!

Save the date: Plan now to come to 
Homecoming Weekend 2018

Plan now to join us April 26-29, 2018, when our theme will be "Generosity in Service." With over 50 events planned and an expected 900 alumni in attendance, it is sure to be a great celebration. For more information as well as discounted lodging options, visit our homecoming webpage.

Alumni gathered at Rosario in August

Rosario Weekend is our annual event that takes place on our coastal campus in Anacortes, Wash. This year, a group of about 100 alumni and their families enjoyed worship times with Paul Dybdahl, Professor of Mission and New Testament; Doug Tilstra, Vice President for Student Life and Mission; and WWU President John McVay. Plan now to join us next year! The weekend is scheduled for Aug. 23-25, 2018, and our guest speaker will be Carl Cosaert, Theology professor. Click here for more information. 

Alumni hold weddings on campus

Western Wedding University (the tongue-in-cheek name for the acronym of WWU) is alive and well with several weddings taking place this summer. Two of the weddings took place on our very own Centennial Green. Congratulations to our alumni who have recently tied the knot. We wish you God’s blessings as you begin this phase in your life. Wedding couples pictured below: Jeremy and Kristiana (Heinrich) Rood, and Ryan and Bridget (Bechtel) Whitehead.

Read more news from WWU

Alumni events—join us!

Regional alumni events have been planned with you in mind—a time to connect with other alumni, share stories, and hear a WWU update from President John McVay. Stay tuned for more about alumni events happening in your area! 

Click here for the latest updates or call Alumni and Advancement Services at (800) 377-2586. We are also sending email updates and postcards to your home mailbox.

Parent Sabbath/Nurses’ Dedication

Nov. 11 Portland, Ore.

All parents and families of Portland Campus nursing students are invited to attend Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church for a special program with Doug Tilstra, Vice President for Student Life and Mission, and a complimentary Sabbath lunch at 12:45 p.m. The Nurses' Dedication program and reception begins at 3:30 p.m. For more information about the weekend events and lodging options, click here.

Northern California Alumni Events

January 18 and 20, 2018 | Roseville, Rocklin, and Sacramento, Calif.

Join us for a complimentary reception with a WWU update at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Adventist Health Headquarters, located at 2100 Douglas Boulevard in Roseville, Calif. 
Please RSVP at (800) 377-2586 by Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. 

You're also invited for a church service at 10 a.m. followed by a potluck (dessert buffet provided by WWU), on Sabbath, Jan. 20, at the Gracepoint Adventist Church, located at 3500 Sunset Boulevard in Rocklin, Calif.

If you can't join us at Adventist Health or Gracepoint Adventist Church, plan to join us for a complimentary dinner at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, in Sacramento, Calif., at The Old Spaghetti Factory on 1910 J Street.
Please RSVP at (800) 377-2586 by Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. 

Southern California Alumni Events

Feb. 23 and 24, 2018 | Loma Linda and Calimesa, Calif.

Enjoy a light supper, vespers, and WWU update with John McVay on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Loma Linda Academy in the Heritage Room located at 10656 Anderson Street in Loma Linda, Calif.
Please RSVP at (800) 377-2586 by Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  

You're also invited to a church service at 11:15 a.m. followed by a potluck, on Sabbath, Feb. 24, at the Calimesa Adventist Church, located at 391 Myrtlewood Drive in Calimesa, Calif. A dessert buffet will be provided by Walla Walla University. 

Young alumni are invited to join us Saturday, Feb. 24, for "Pie with the President" at Loma Linda Academy in the Heritage Room, located at 10656 Anderson Street in Loma Linda, Calif. 
Please RSVP at (800) 377-2586 by Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
For more information about any of our events,
call Alumni and Advancement Services
at (
800) 377-2586 or visit

Campus Update


Alumni Event in Battle Ground, WA
Nov. 10

Parent Sabbath/Nurses’ Dedication
(Portland Campus)

Nov. 11

Alumni Event in Clackamas, OR
Nov. 11

Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Dr. Pedrito Maynard-Reid

JUSTICE: A Radical, Prophetic Call to the Academy and the Pew
Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 20–27

WWU's 125th Birthday Celebration
Dec. 7

Christmas Concert
Department of Music
Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Christmas Break
Dec. 14–Jan. 7


New VP for Academic Administration

Volker R. Henning joined the university’s administrative team this fall, and will provide administrative and academic leadership while coordinating all formal instructional services at the university. Henning comes to WWU after 28 years at Southern Adventist University.
Read more >

Bowers Hall Renovation

See photos and learn more about the progress of the Bowers Hall Renovation. Also, plan now to attend the Grand Re-Opening of Bowers Hall at noon on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Read more >
View the full Walla Walla University calendar online

Help launch a career!

Walla Walla University understands the growing importance of internships and career connections for our students. So we’ve expanded our resources to engage with employers in areas such as jobs, internships, job shadows, informational interviews, and on-campus recruiting. Our Employer Relations Coordinator, Darel Harwell, is working hard to increase engagement, foster relationships and expand services. You or someone you know can help launch a career! Sign up as an employer or volunteer. To learn more, click here


Do you know someone who should attend
Walla Walla University?
Encourage them to visit us!

When they visit, they can attend classes, meet our professors, and connect with our students—plus, meet people who can help with admissions, finances, employment, student life, and more. Their visit is personalized to ensure that they will have ample time to explore their interests and have their questions answered. We’ll even help cover costs—just ask us for details!

Click here to schedule a campus visit.


Service Day—25th Anniversary

On Oct. 11, more than 500 currently enrolled students registered to participate in Service Day! There were more than 30 projects to choose from, including garden cleanup at Fort Walla Walla, repainting shelter walls at the YWCA, playing bingo with residents at local retirement homes, and offering grounds support for the College Place School District, among others. This year marked the 25th anniversary of Service Day. Started as part of the Centennial celebration in 1992 as a way to give back to our community, many agencies we served then continue to be served on WWU Service Day on an annual basis.


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 $10 nightly fee. It is a first-come, first-serve arrangement. Contact Sittner Hall: (509) 527-2111.

Nominate Alumni of the Year: Each year the Alumni Association selects three or four alumni from the honor classes to be recognized at the banquet during homecoming. Recipients are honored for outstanding or unusual contributions in the areas of community, church, and professional service. Click here to make your nominations by Nov 10.

Read the most recent edition of Westwind online:  Look for the fall edition to be arriving in your mailbox in late November.

Walla Walla University is hiring: If you or someone you know would qualify for any of the employment opportunities currently available, consider applying. Click here for more information.

Stay connected with what’s happening on campus: 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.

Have news to share? Whether you're recently married, received a promotion or an award, completed a new degree, or had a baby, we want to hear about it. Click here to send us your information.


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