Whittier College News Release


For Immediate Release - October 6, 1999
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Whittier College Alumni Invited to Homecoming '99


Three Poets will join the ranks of Alumni Award-winners, and one dedicated parent will become an Honorary Alumna as the Poet Awards Gala opens Homecoming '99 on Friday, Oct. 15, at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier.

William House '45 will receive the Alumni Achievement Award; Willard V. Harris, Jr. '55 will receive the Alumni Service Award; Robert Harper '46 will receive the Community/Public Service Award; and Maybelle Muller, mother of six Whittier College graduates and a longtime member of the Women's Auxiliary, will be named an Honorary Alumna.

House is president emeritus of the House Ear Institute, which he founded in 1946. He was a pioneer in developing the cochlear implant, which helps the profoundly deaf to hear, and he was the first otologist to implant the device in a child in the United States. Harper is a retired teacher who has logged more than 3,000 volunteer hours for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. A longtime member of the Chino Hills Lions Club, he is also a past president of the Musicians' Club of Pomona Valley, and is active with the University Club of Claremont and the San Bernardino County Grand Jurors Association.

Muller has been active in the Whittier College Women's Auxiliary for almost 30 years. As recording secretary and chair of fund-raising, she has coordinated the annual holiday boutique and spring fashion show for several years, helping to raise thousands of dollars for scholarships and faculty/staff support. She is the mother of 10 children, six of whom graduated from Whittier, and two of whom married Whittier College graduates.

Other Homecoming activities include special receptions hosted by societies and alumni groups, and a football game against Pomona-Pitzer at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, followed by a family carnival on the baseball field. An all-alumni barbecue will be held on the baseball field beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a Golden Anniversary brunch and a special dinner for the Class of '49, campus tours and off-campus sports events.

Sunday, Oct. 17, begins with a farewell brunch at 10 a.m. in the Campus Inn, and Whittier College Sunday at First Friends Church in Uptown Whittier at 11 a.m.

Tickets for the gala, which opens with a reception for President Katherine Haley Will at 6:30 p.m., are $35 per person. Reservations must be made with the Office of Alumni Relations by Oct. 8. Complete details on Homecoming '99 and specific ticket prices are available by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (562) 907-4222. Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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