When my daughter Jenna enrolled in college five short years ago she was a quiet, 18-year-old girl who was apprehensive about university life and the course of study she would pursue. With time she acclimated to academia and her new college family. Through a few twists and turns as well as a year abroad, she discovered her passion and just four weeks ago walked down the graduation aisle. We reflected – on time, friendships, maturation – almost all of it good.
Your student is about to complete yet another year of school – perhaps the last one or maybe with a few more to go. Each student has a story to tell about this year’s accomplishments and (perhaps) challenges. But most likely it has been another year of growth, another year closer to career goals and lifelong friendships.
Take a moment to look at the Class of 2015 Graduation Schedule – or if you are already planning ahead for next Thanksgiving break, see the list of calendar events for this fall 2015. And by the way, have a fabulous summer.
Terri Dickinson Neil
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
P.S. If your student is returning next fall, we look forward to seeing you at the beginning of the school year or at Family Weekend, Oct. 23-25.
This school year is winding down quickly and in just a few weeks, we (and many of you too!) will be celebrating with the Class of 2015 as they walk across the platform on the Centennial Green and receive their hard-earned diplomas, ready to embark on their next adventure. The Class of 2015 boasts 315 students, who will receive their bachelor degrees. Almost 70 percent of them have completed their entire college career at Walla Walla University.
Commencement begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14. Addressing the Class of 2015 will be James Appel, M.D.
With his early education ranging from Rogers Adventist School in College Place to medical school at Loma Linda University, and with Forest Lake Academy and Southern Adventist University thrown in the mix as well, Appel has had a rich educational experience. Today, after 10 years in Chad at the Bere Adventist Hospital and the Moundou Adventist Surgery Center which he founded, he continues his service there, starting a district hospital in Chad near the Sudanese border. He and his wife have three children.
Click here for more information on graduation weekend details and how to watch the live stream if you're unable to attend.
Order flowers for your graduate
The Bookstore is now accepting orders for flowers to be delivered at Commencement on June 14. Call the bookstore at (509) 527-2441 to place your order. Two choices are available:
Thai double-orchid leis, one color - $35 plus tax
Half-dozen rose bouquet, various colors - $20 plus tax
As your son or daughter graduates and becomes part of our alumni family, we want to stay connected with your graduate. Here are four ways they can do that.
Alumni Currents e-Newsletter -- Stay informed about upcoming alumni events, campus news, and alumni activities and accomplishments.
LinkedIn -- Network with alumni professionals through our LinkedIn group. Start by creating a profile that includes your resumé and join the Walla Walla University group. Check out what companies and industries alumni are involved with, and get professional advice and job information.
Facebook -- Socialize and keep in touch online with fellow alumni through our Facebook group. Take a minute to friend the WWU Alumni page.
Westwind magazine -- From alumni profiles to campus news to special feature articles, Westwind is a full-color, 32-page, magazine mailed to alumni three times a year.
Surprise Your Student!
There is still time to send a gift to your student before the end of the school year. We have a number of great options.
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 the details, click here or call (800) 377-2586.
Even though things get a little quieter during the summer months, WWU still offers a number of academic options. Students wanting to take a few more credits so that they can move more quickly toward their educational goals can take classes in a number of disciplines at one of our five campuses or online. Summer session starts June 22 and goes until August 28, with courses ranging from two to 10 weeks. Click here to learn more about the opportunities available.
WWU Deans Dedicated to Your Students
WWU has been a residential campus for most of its 124 years of service. The deans, student deans, assistant deans – all have made a positive contribution to thousands of students. Through late night counseling, Sunday football games, and homemade treats, they have gifted our campus with love and a “home away from home” atmosphere that cannot be replaced. Our current team continues this strong leadership – thank you to this year's deans: Kristen Taylor, Heidi Indermuehle, Christie Lang, Jonathan Nickell, and Scott Rae.
This year, during Homecoming Weekend, we honored our deans and resident assistants from years past, both during the weekend at our annual banquet and with a video tribute. To view the video, click here.
New Degrees Offered in Media, Business
Starting in fall 2015, WWU will offer a master of arts degree in media ministry. The two-year program will allow students to choose from one of two concentrations: media and cinema or web and interactive media.The program can be completed online with three scheduled two-week workshops on the WWU campus, making it an ideal option for professionals from across the country who work full time. Click on this link to learn more about this new program.
In addition, The School of Business will be offering a new bachelor's degree in international business development beginning fall 2016. Through this program, students will be prepared for opportunities in business operations of international and domestic development agencies in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, fundraising and other related areas. To learn more, click here.
WWU Students Win Film Award
WWU students Erik Edstrom (IT) and Jesse Churchill (Theology) won the Best in Show award during the annual SONscreen film festival held April 2–4 at La Sierra University. More than 150 students, teachers, and others, including a number from WWU, registered for this year’s event. Edstrom's and Churchill’s film "The Way" is a modern retelling of the apostle Paul's redemption. SONscreen encourages college students to excel in using their talents for positive filmmaking. Read more by clicking here.
For more news about WWU students and faculty, click here for our university website news page or like us ("Walla Walla University") on Facebook.
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Dates to Remember
Save the Date!
22 Summer Session Begins
14 Summer 8-Week Session Ends
28 Summer 10-Week Session Ends
20-25 Jumpstart (for Freshmen Students)
20 President's Welcome/Luncheon 11:30 a.m., WWU Church/Alumni Gymnasium
28 Fall Quarter Begins
Oct. 3 Longest Table
Oct. 15 Graduate and Professional School Fair (see ad below)
Oct. 23-25 Family Weekend (see more below)
Nov. 14 Parent Sabbath/Nurses Dedication, Portland Campus
Nov. 22-29 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 17-Jan. 3 Christmas Break
Oct. 23-25, 2015
Events include a Student Missions vespers, Friday Ice Cream, and Sabbath dinner with WWU President McVay.
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:
• 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.
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Campus Health & Wellness
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