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What Some Professors Do on 3-Day Weekends

Rebecca Gluck, Candle Designer
March 2, 2017
Filed under Humor

The three-day break last weekend gave students and professors a chance to relax, work on schoolwork and experiment with potent forms of recreational drugs. Among the professors who chose the latter option, William Brown, a chemistry professor, and Ari Stottle, a philosophy professor, were willing to...

Professors Say Goodbye

Sara Platnik
May 17, 2016
Filed under Circuit

Paul Yancey Number of years at Whitman: 35 Department: Biology Plans for next year: Yancey will be doing an SCP phase out program, so he is not technically retiring, but instead will be working at Whitman as a thesis advisor and researcher for the next two years. Favorite memory: “There...

Whitman Faculty, Staff Members Receive Recognition

Josephine Adamski
March 6, 2014
Filed under NEWS

Whitman professors, faculty and staff are often honored for their hard work throughout the year. Usually their accomplishments are known to their colleagues and students, but they may not be acknowledged by the community as a whole. Three of Whitman's faculty and staff members, featured here, have rece...

The Secret Lives of Professors

The Secret Lives of Professors

Karah Kemmerly
September 19, 2013
Filed under FEATURE, Weekly Topic

Find out what some of your professors do when they're not teaching classes. The Pioneer interviews artist professors, visiting professors and the 2013 winner of the Alumni Association Faculty Award for Service.

Piano Professor’s Departure Upsets Music Students

Sarah Cornett
November 15, 2012
Filed under NEWS

In the past three years, the Whitman music department has undergone monumental shifts in its faculty, both tenure-track and temporary. After a recent decision to not rehire highly esteemed piano specialist Melissa Loehnig, some music students are questioning the policies of the administration and the...

Fine arts departments welcome new professors

Mallory Martin
September 13, 2012
Filed under A&E

The performing arts around campus just got a facelift with three new professors joining the Whitman team. Coming to us from around the country and the world, these gentlemen will have plenty to contribute to the campus. Alumnus Jimmy Maize '02, recipient of the Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni in...

New biology, chemistry professors help meet course demand, expand elective offerings

New biology, chemistry professors help meet course demand, expand elective offerings

Allison Bolgiano
April 19, 2012
Filed under NEWS

The chemistry and biology departments have each added one new tenure track professor for the 2012-2013 academic year to diversify upper level offerings and to help meet the high demand for introductory courses. The addition of the new professors comes with changes in class sizes in the chemistr...

Professors’ Personal Libraries

Professors’ Personal Libraries

Alyssa Fairbanks
March 28, 2012
Filed under A&E, Circuit

Questions: 1. What are your top five favorite books of all time? 2. What was the most life-changing book you read while in college or at grad school? Why? 3. What is a book that you are eager to add to your collection? Don Snow, senior lecturer of environmental humanities and general studies ...

Outgoing professors explore personal projects and changing college dynamics

Taneeka Hansen
May 16, 2011
Filed under A&E

Whitman students will notice eight missing faces in the faculty when they come back in the fall. Two professors will leave Whitman to pursue projects and teach elsewhere. Six more faculty members will be going on salary continuation plan (SCP), which means they will retain their status as Whitman faculty...

Professors have variety of commutes to campus

Professors have variety of commutes to campus

Hadley Jolley
October 14, 2010
Filed under NEWS

Nathanial Paust, assistant professor of astronomy, has quite a long commute some days. Though he walks to the Whitman campus when he's in town, he lives in Seattle on weekends, traveling back and forth between Seattle and Walla Walla once a week either by car or plane. "My Monday morning drive to...

Bob Withycombe named 2009 Washington Professor of the Year

Bob Withycombe named 2009 Washington Professor of the Year

Lea Negrin
December 9, 2009
Filed under NEWS

Professor Robert Withycombe of the rhetoric and film studies department was named the Washington State Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on Nov. 19. The award is given annually, but thi...

Chinese education instills professor phobia

Rensi Ke
November 1, 2009
Filed under Columnists

I have  been considered a "good" student since kindergarten.  I'm active in class, conscientious after class. I  excel in quizzes  and exams; I  stand out in activities and contests. But I  get nervous every time I run into  my teachers and  find it impossible to totally open up in dialogues...

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