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Science and Learning Center Project Moves Forward

ScienceWhittier College has received $500,000 from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation to support the redesign of the new Science and Learning Center (SLC). The SLC project – the largest capital project in the College’s 127-year history – involves a complete renovation of the primary academic building on campus. Construction on the Center is slated to begin in Spring 2015.
 

Professor Publishes Poem Anthology

Poems Dead and Undead by Tony BarnstoneJust in time for Halloween and given our culture's current obsession with zombies and vampires, Albert Upton Professor of English Language and Literature Tony Barnstone, recently published the anthology “Poems Dead and Undead.”

Whittier Alumni Present on Voting Ballots Across the Country

Lessons on civic engagement and social responsibility are hallmarks of a Whittier College liberal arts education. While Poet alumni are well represented in the fields of education, social work, and government, many others have ventured into public service. The following alumni and Whittier faculty member are currently campaigning in races across the country that will be decided in the November 4 elections. 

Halloween Poetry Reading

To celebrate the publication of Poems Dead and Undead (edited by Professor Tony Barnstone and Michelle Mitchell-Foust), an anthology of ghost, vampire, zombie and death poems from the Epic of Gilgamesh to the present day.

Guest Poet Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass's poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon, 2007), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002), winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Progressive, and The Kenyon Review. She coedited, with Florence Howe, No More Masks!

Faculty Member's Softball Team Wins Amateur Softball Championship

Devin Iimoto battingChemistry Professor Devin Iimoto's softball team was named D Division North American Champions in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association (NAGAAA) Softball World Series last month. His team, the Los Angeles Swingers, bested a 62 team-bracket to secure the championship. 

Liberal Arts Education in the News

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about the sixth annual analysis of core curricula at 1,098 four-year colleges and universities by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni which included Whittier College. The study found that just 18% of schools require American history to graduate, 13% require a foreign language and 3% economics.  But there are shortcomings to the survey commissioned by the nonprofit organization that advocates for accountability at U.S. colleges and universities. 
 

CA Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

The CA Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education is on Nov. 8 at UCSD. Register by Oct. 17! Learn how to prepare for the GRE, how to apply to Grad School and finance your education, how to write a statement of purpose, and many more! Register here.

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