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The Poet Update is your source for all essential campus news and information. Make sure to look through each section thoroughly for links to more information. 

Whittier College Celebrates Class of 2020

In a commencement ceremony that will go down in history, the Whittier College community came together virtually to celebrate the graduating Class of 2020. 

Proud Poet spirit beamed through the screens of viewers around the world as the 2020 Whittier graduates were honored. One by one, each student’s name was called while photos and individual dedications were displayed.

View the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement on YouTube

Biology major and San Diego native Analis Hetter ’20 addressed the graduates as the selected student speaker. 

Read more on the news page.

Social Media Roundup

Friends, families, students, faculty, and staff united online to watch the 2020 Commencement ceremony. The Whittier College Alumni Association and WCtheRock hosted virtual watch parties to show their support for the graduates. 

View photos on the College's Facebook and Instagram channels.

Celebrating Diverse Graduates

In lieu of Cultural Graduation Ceremonies this year, students shared messages via YouTube in honor of the Class of 2020. In addition, special programs were created and sent to students to celebrate each group, which included Asian and Pacific Islander (API), Latinx, Lavender (LGBTQ+), and Black graduates. 

The students thanked their parents, families, and loved ones and shared memories of their time at Whittier. They also acknowledged professors and staff who helped them throughout their time on campus.

View the students’ speeches on YouTube.

2020 Student Honors 

More than 100 Whittier College students have earned honors recognition for their academic leadership and achievement during the current school year. These honors acknowledge those students who’ve excelled as academic leaders within their departments, scholar-athletes, researchers, and fellowship recipients.

See the list of awards here

2020 Student Life Awards

The Student Life Awards recognize students who are engaged on campus, have shown leadership, and whose contributions have had a positive impact on campus throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. The awards honor individual students as well as groups of students who have come together to provide enriching programming for the campus community.

See the list of awards here.

Commencement

Commencement 2020 Broadcast

This year’s virtual ceremony will be available to view on Facebook and YouTube at the time of broadcast. The direct links to the ceremony will be posted online on the morning of May 15. Please share this link with family and friends whittier.edu/commencement.

Friday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. PDT. 

Poet Pride Week: May 11 – 16

Celebrate the end of the year and virtual Commencement with a week of Poet Pride! Follow @whittiercollegealumni on Facebook and Instagram for daily activities that anyone can participate in. Join us for a Poet Spirit Day in your Whittier attire, post your best WC memories, attend virtual Commencement, and more!

Career Senior Week

The Center for Career and Professional Development is here to help you take your next step.

Join various Zoom sessions—focused on seniors—next week to hear from alumni professionals on how to move forward after graduation.

Topics include resumes, tips and tricks of different industries, navigating success, and the challenges of job-hunting amidst COVID-19. 


A Thriving Poet Community

ASWC Senate Awards

The Associated Students of Whittier College (ASWC) has announced the recipients of their annual awards. The awards recognize organizations and individuals who have helped support students on- and off-campus.
 
“On behalf of the Associated Students of Whittier College, we are so incredibly grateful for all the work and service these award recipients have done to serve our community,” said Destinee Moya ’20, outgoing ASWC president. “They all continue to strive to support our students and organizations in a way that allows Poets to thrive as student leaders.”

See the full list of awardees here.
 
ASWC Senate Elections Results

President
Jesse Eccles ’21

Vice President
Amber Brost ’22

Secretary
Lauren Ross ’22

Treasure
Jose Estrada ’22

Campus Relations Director
Tori Royster ’22

Student Body Representatives
Alyssa Armstrong ’22 
Zoë Benn ’21 
Anica Falcon-Juengert ’22 

Commuter Representative
Bianca Lopez ’22

Residential Hall Representative
Ashley Magana ’21

Academic Affairs Representative
Dianna Torres ’21

Environmental Action Advocate
Nona Golden ’22

Non-Traditional Experience Representative
Jannet Torres ’22

Scholarships for Students 

The Office of Financial Aid has released the latest list of outside scholarships available for students. Please view all opportunities online under the “Scholarships for Students” tab. Note, some scholarships have deadlines that are quickly approaching.

For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at fao@whittier.edu. 


Staying Healthy

Crafting and Conversation

Take a 45-minute break to de-stress, join in community conversation, and work on a craft of your choosing from home. This session will be facilitated by Christine Hernandez from the Office of Student Engagement.

Friday, May 8 from 3 to 3:45 p.m. PST. More details are available on Engage.

Obesity and COVID-19: How to Eat Better

The current health crisis and stay-at-home orders have prompted many people to form bad habits in what they eat. In this month’s issue of the Healthworx Newsletter, Tracy Espinosa, nurse practitioner at the Student Health and Wellness Center, shares tips on how you can make healthy choices.

College News 

Student Commencement Speaker Announcement

Biology major and San Diego native Analis Hetter ’20 will address Whittier College’s graduating Class of 2020 as the student speaker at this year’s virtual commencement ceremony taking place May 15 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s celebration will be held online in compliance with the State of California’s “Safer at Home” order.

Chosen from a group of more than a dozen applicants, Hetter was selected to represent the Class of 2020 by a panel of judges comprised of faculty and staff.

Read more here.

Grading Options for Spring 2020 Explained 

There have been some questions regarding grading for the current semester. Please read below for clarification. 
 
You may decide the grading option for each of your courses individually. Some courses may be taken for a grade and others for Credit/No Credit.

  • Option 1, Graded –  This works as in previous semesters, EXCEPT, the faculty has eliminated failing grades. No student will receive an “F” – instead, you would receive a “NC” which wouldl not impact your GPA. Courses with a grade of A, B, C, or D all count toward graduation units.
     
  • Option 2, Credit/No Credit – If you earn a C- or higher your grade will be CR; below a C- is a NC. Neither grade impacts your GPA. NC does not count toward graduation units. The cut off for "Credit" is based on what other institutions will accept/recognize as transfer units and for graduate admissions. 

You have until the end of finals to decide on the grading option for any of your current courses.

  • Other options – If illness or other complications from the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted your ability to complete work for courses you should talk to your professor(s) (if you haven't already done so). One option is to take an Incomplete in the course and thus have extended time to complete the work. 

Changes to your grade option can be made online.

Staying Energized and Motivated 

Center for Career and Professional Development Workshops

  • Motivation is Career Immunity
    Discover strategies on how to stay motivated, energized, and resilient during the job search process.

    Tuesday, May 5, 12 p.m. via Zoom.Password was emailed to students
     
  • Thriving Authentically: Queer, Culture, Career
    Join representatives from Tesla, Education Design Lab, and the L.A. County Business Federation as they share strategies for navigating workforce spaces as LGBTQ+ professionals.

    Tuesday, May 5, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Password was emailed to students.

To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, email careercenter@whittier.edu.

Train with Coach Z

Join Coach Zach Anderson, director of strength and conditioning, as he guides viewers through this YouTube at-home workout video using Theraband exercise resistance bands. 

The Counseling Center will have bands available for students who are currently still living on campus and will be placed on the activities table in front of the center. For more information, email counselingcenter@whittier.edu or call 562.907.4239.

Test Your Health Knowledge

The Student Health & Wellness Center is hosting fun online activities for students to do each month. Take the COVID-19 quiz for the opportunity to be entered to win a $20 Starbucks gift card.

Quiz Deadline: May 6

Student Timesheets are Due Monday

Web timesheets for students for pay period #10 (4/19 - 5/02) are due Monday, May 4, by 12 p.m. Should students need any assistance in submitting hours through myWhittier, please view the Web Timesheet Submission Guide. For inquiries regarding work-study, please contact Human Resources and include student’s full name and ID number. To enroll in direct deposit please complete the attached Direct Deposit Authorization Form (this is a fillable form).

Building Community 

Poet Social Series

The next event in the series will feature chef Ricardo Diaz '93 for another great recipe to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
 
Tuesday, May 5, 1 p.m. Register on Eventbrite

Poets Featured in OCMA

In a piece commissioned by the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), LA-based sound artist Alan Nakagawa gathered haikus from around the globe, including the works of English Professor Tony Barnstone, MeMei Liu ’20, and Catherine Tang ’22. Listen to Social Distance, Haiku, and You on OCMA’s SoundCloud

Professor Humphrey Gifts Artwork

Assistant Professor of Education and Child Development Amina Humphrey has gifted one of her original works-of-art to the Bonnie Bell Wardman Library. Friends is part of Humphrey’s Black is Beautiful series.

The gift was made possible by the C. Wright Mills Chair in Sociology Associate Professor Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez.

National Recognition for a Poet Athlete

Brooke Geske ’21 was named All-American by The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America. This season, Geske was also named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion and is also a part of the conference’s All-Academic Team. Read more at wcpoets.com
 

ACADEMICS

Education Department Grading Policy (Graduate and Undergraduate) 

The Department of Education faculty has reached an agreement to adhere to current program policies regarding grading practices. The policies are as follows:

To successfully matriculate through any credential program as well as the master’s program, candidates must earn an overall G.P.A of 3.0 (B) for all coursework. Any required course in which the candidate earns lower than a B- must be repeated, regardless of whether the course was taken at the graduate or undergraduate level.
 
Courses that are considered pre-requisites (e.g., a child development course, EDUC 300, EDUC 320, etc.) or count as a waiver for a program requirement (e.g., American Government & Politics) must be passed with a B- or better or they will not count. For example, a candidate who took an American Government course (e.g., PLSC 110) but did not earn at least a B- would still need to successfully pass the US Constitution Exam.
Therefore, any credential course or pre-requisite taken with the grading option of “credit/no credit” cannot be applied towards a preliminary credential through Whittier College’s teacher education programs.

Finishing Strong: Fostering Focus & Thriving Through Finals Week

Finals week has been transformed by our transition to online learning. This video workshop will help you develop a game plan for staying focused in your classes, preparing for your online finals, and finishing the rest of the semester strong. 

ASP Credit deadline: Friday, May 8 

Career Advice 

Salary Advice from the Career Center

Negotiating a salary can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Join the Center for Career and Professional Development and get advice on advocating for yourself when you negotiate your title, start date, relocation fees, holiday pay, days off, benefits, and more. Submit your questions ahead of time by emailing careercenter@whittier.edu by Monday.  
 
Tuesday, April 28 at 12 p.m. via Zoom. Meeting information was sent to students. 
 

Building Community While Thriving  

Poet Social Series: Improv & Stand-Up Workshop with Erik Escobar ’12

Join Last Comic Standing contestant Erik Escobar for an introduction to comedy and improv. Learn about creating a stand-up routine and how to keep your audience engaged. Plus, enjoy a few laughs as you go. 
 
Wednesday, April 29, at 1 p.m. PDT. Register on Eventbrite

Building Connections and Community

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Dean of Students Office next week for the final event in the Connections, Resources, and Networking series. Build community and learn about resources available to students and families. For more information, email oei@whittier.edu. 

Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. Meeting information sent to students

Virtually Visiting Writers Series with Tony Barnstone

Curated by Professor of English Language and Literature Tony Barnstone, the Virtually Visiting Writers Series is an online library of brief interviews and readings followed by a writing exercise. The series is aimed at providing resources for teachers of creative writing, but it is also for anyone interested in learning about contemporary writing and trying their own hand at writing, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and other styles of writing.

A Living History Collection

Wardman Library is collecting living history by gathering stories that illustrate the experiences of Whittier College community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share your stories, photographs, videos, and other documents by emailing library@whittier.edu. 

Alumnus Responds to Challenges in the Apparel Industry

CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and co-creator of leading textile recycling technology Edwin Keh ’79, has been featured in an article on Just-Style, an international online magazine that publishes news and analysis on the apparel sourcing and textile industry. In the article, Keh discusses the disruption to the apparel industry during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more online

Academics

President's Office Hours Follow Up

Below are answers to some of the questions that came during Friday’s Zoom Open Office Hours with President Linda Oubré. 
 

What is the plan for the off-campus apartments that are managed by Whittier College?

There are eight Arbor Ridge two-bedroom apartments managed by the College. The current plan is for seven of the apartments to house four students, and the RA apartment will have three students. The cost for Arbor Ridge is $10,000 annually per student. Please note, this plan may need to be adjusted to two students per apartment if the CDC and state and local health agencies indicate a need for continued physical distancing. 

How can I return rented books to the bookstore? What are the bookstore’s plans for disinfecting any returned books before selling or renting again?  

Students can log into their bookstore account and print a mailing label to ship rented books back at no charge. Alternatively, the store is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the COVID-19 response period. The store is following CDC guidelines to disinfect returned books prior to reselling or renting them.

Will students get paid the remainder of their work study award, particularly those whose hours usually increase at the end of the school year?

Yes, please communicate with your supervisor to confirm the number of hours you should be logging. 

Is the College moving back the date for deciding on credit/no credit? 

Yes, the deadline to change the grading option for a course has been extended until the end of finals. In addition to allowing Credit/No Credit for any course, faculty leadership recommended that the graded option be modified to: A, B, C, D / NC for Spring 2020. To be clear, this means that no F/failing grades will be issued.

Students who already selected CR/NC for any/all of their courses may change to the modified letter grade option if they wish.

In the fall, when the “Safer at Home” period is over, will students still have the option of taking some classes remotely/online?

Yes. More information to come later. 

Can there be a note-taker for each class?

Faculty are encouraged to record each class and make those recordings available to students.
 

Will the College solicit additional feedback regarding the remote learning period?  

Yes, the end-of-the-year course evaluations include qualitative questions that deal specifically with the online portion of the semester.  

Any additional questions can be referred to president@whittier.edu.

JanTerm 2021

Apply now for study abroad opportunities during JanTerm 2021. Locations include Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba, London, or Tanzania. More information can be found online.

You can also take advantage of the Global Poet Scholarship, which awards $2,000 to every student who studies abroad through the Whittier College Office of International Programs.

Career and Support Services

Center for Career and Professional Development Programming

Catch the CCPD live on Instagram for a recap of Tuesday’s workshop and ask any career questions you have.

Friday, April 24 at 12 p.m PDT. 

Weekly drop-in sessions for students every Wednesday on Zoom from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m PDT. Meeting information was emailed to students.

 
To schedule a one-on-one meeting email careercenter@whittier.edu.

First Generation Support Community Space

Learn how to adjust to a new routing during the current COVID-19 pandemic by creating healthy boundaries between school and home life while making changes in lifestyle and academic plans. The Counseling Center and the Office of Equity and Inclusion will host a virtual support workshop to give advice on studying for finals, managing course workload, time management, relationships, and self-care.

Friday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m.  

Finishing Strong: Fostering Focus & Thriving Through Finals Week

For many classes, finals week has been transformed by our transition to online learning. This video workshop will help you develop a game plan for staying focused in your classes, preparing for your online finals, and finishing the rest of the semester strong. Launch date: Friday, April 24. ASP Credit deadline: Friday, May 8. Video is available online.

Community

Housing Selection Update

The housing selection process is being conducted entirely through the student housing portal. Please continue to check your Whitter email account for any updates. And all information, including selection timeline, can be found under the Housing Selection Fall 2020 tab in myWhittier.edu.

Triple rooms will not be offered during this year’s housing selection process. Please be sure to read through the information carefully to ensure that you are prepared to participate in the housing selection process. In addition, Whittier College is continuing to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and is following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health agencies. We will notify you if any guidance from these health agencies impacts housing selection or your room assignment.

Email residentiallife@whittier.edu with any questions or concerns.

Master’s Symposium: Spring 2020

The Department of Education and Child Development hosts its annual Master’s Symposium to celebrate students’ achievements as they present their research. Learn more about the event and how to RSVP on the website calendar.  

Wednesday, April 29 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. PDT via Zoom.

Faculty-led Environmental Film Project Wins Prestigious Award

A team of Whittier College professors worked alongside college faculty from across the U.S. to create the Global Environmental Justice (GEJ) project. The project, led by Associate Professor of Sociology Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Jason Carbine, was recently awarded the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize, which is given annually to a project that achieves excellence and innovation in curricular or instructional materials. Read more here

Don’t Quit

In their rendition of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, Don't Quit, Whittier professors and students remind us that our community goes forward together. Watch it here

COVID-19 Update

Whittier College is continuing to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health agencies.

As of April 15, Whittier has been informed that one College employee has contracted COVID-19. This individual is currently in quarantine and receiving treatment. This employee has been off campus since March 13 and has not had contact with members of the College community since then.

What to do if you fall ill:

Students
If you are sick with mild symptoms (sore throat, headache, mild fatigue and aches, nausea/ diarrhea):  No formal notification is needed for COVID-19.

If you think you have COVID-19 (symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees and worsening cough or shortness of breath, or severe fatigue and muscle aches), or you are awaiting test results for COVID-19 and currently self-isolating, or you have tested COVID-positive:

  • Seek care with your regular doctor.
  • Notify the Student Health & Wellness Center at 562.464.4548 or the Dean of Students at 562.907.4233 or email deanofstudents@whittier.edu 

Faculty/Staff
If you are sick with mild symptoms (sore throat, headache, mild fatigue and aches, nausea/ diarrhea): No formal notification is needed for COVID-19.

If you think you have COVID-19 (symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees and worsening cough or shortness of breath, or severe fatigue and muscle aches), or you are awaiting test results for COVID-19 and currently self-isolating, or you have tested COVID-positive:

  • Seek care with your regular doctor.
  • Contact the Office of Human Resources and let them know if you had symptoms at work, and when they began.

Get a Little Help From Your Friends

What to do if you are struggling with your courses:

  • Talk to your professors and/or faculty advisor.
  • Contact CAAS by phone at 562.907.4816 or email caas@poets.whittier.edu.
  • Contact Student Disability Services if you have any questions about or would like to register to receive academic accommodations. Please email disabilityservices@whittier.edu.
  • Call or email the Counseling Center at 562.907.4239 and counselingcenter@whittier.edu to schedule a phone consultation with a counselor during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1 - 5 p.m.).
  • Talk to someone in Student Life who you feel comfortable with (Dean of Students, Office of Student Engagement, Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Veteran Resource Center). Updated office hours and contact information can be found online.   
  • If you need career support, reach out to the Center for Career and Professional Development at careercenter@whittier.edu. 

See Your Faculty Advisor Soon

If you have not talked to your faculty advisor about registration for the 2020-2021 school year, NOW IS THE TIME. Email your advisor today. More information on your registration day/time can be found on myWhittier.

Registration Forms Online

Online forms will be available for registration next week. See the attached list from the Office of the Registrar and email registrar@whittier.edu with any questions. 

Summer Courses

Whittier summer online courses are a great opportunity to further enrich your education. The complete list of courses and more information about the summer program can be found at whittier.edu/summer

Registration for Music Private Lessons and Ensemble Courses

Students interested in taking certain music courses will need to email eholmqui@whittier.edu, to gain instructor permission and add the appropriate courses. Classes will be added once registration begins on April 20. A list of courses and instructions was emailed to students. 

Student Timesheets are Due Monday

Web timesheets for students for pay period #9 (4/5 - 4/18) are due Monday, April 20, by 12 p.m. Should students need any assistance in submitting hours through myWhittier, please view the Web Timesheet Submission Guide. For inquiries regarding work-study, please contact Human Resources and include student’s full name and ID number. To enroll in direct deposit please complete the Direct Deposit Authorization Form (this is a fillable form). 

ASWC Senate Elections

ASWC Senate elections are taking place until 8 p.m. today (April 17, 2020). For questions or assistance, students may email Kole Joachim. 

How to access student ballot: 

  • Login to Engage 
  • Visit the ASWC Engage Portal
  • Click on “ASWC Senate Elections – Spring 2020”

Library Resources

With final projects and exams getting closer, Wardman Library’s services and resources are available for help. Contact reference@whittier.edu if you need any assistance on research or finding a resource.  
The Library has extended the due date for books to July 1 for graduating seniors. For returning students, library books will be due on September 9. Books can be returned at the Library’s drop-off location to the left of the main entrance. Students will not incur any overdue fines during this period.

Student Life Award Nominations Deadline Approaching

Nominations for the Student Life Awards are closing soon. Students, faculty, and staff can nominate outstanding student leaders, student organizations, and events via Engage. The deadline is Monday, April 20 at 11:45 p.m. PDT. 

Program Board Applications Open

Multiple positions for the 2020-2021 Program Board are now open. Visit Engage to learn more about the application process and open positions. Applications are due Wednesday, April 22.


Events

Leadership Advance Workshops

The Office of Student Engagement is holding three Leadership Advance workshops next week–open to all students:

  • Monday, April 20 (all day): Leadership Stories from Campus
  • Tuesday, April 21, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. PDT: Stress Management for Students
  • Wednesday, April 22, 6 - 7 p.m. PDT: Student Leader Panel

Spilling the Tea on Diversity Dialogue: Xenophobia

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion for a discussion on how the coronavirus pandemic is fueling xenophobia towards the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community and what we can do as a community to encourage empathy and understanding. Thursday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m. PDT. RSVP on Engage.

Center for Career and Professional Development Workshops

  • Advice for PreMed Students – Virtual information session with Lindia Willies-Jacobo, associate dean for admissions at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Willies-Jacobo will share admission information and answer questions from pre-med students. Monday, April 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. PDT via Zoom.
  • Virtual interviewing and networking workshop to help you take the next step in your career search. Tuesday, April 21from 12 to 12:30 p.m. PDT via Zoom.
  • To schedule a one-on-one meeting email careercenter@whittier.edu. 

Getting Started on Your Grad School Journey: Pre-PT and OT Track

Learn the basics on searching for graduate programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy, what steps to take now to be prepared for the application, and how to stay organized. Hosted by the Advancing STEM Academic Program. Thursday, April 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

Veteran Resource Center Virtual Luncheon

Join guest speaker Cederrick Ash from the Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families, for a virtual luncheon for veteran and military-connected students. Thursday, April 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Zoom meeting information was emailed to students.

Poet Social Series – Beauty and Confident in Quarantine

The next Poet Social Series focuses on beauty and confidence in quarantine with poet entrepreneurs that will be held on Wednesday, April 22. More information at alumni@whittier.edu.
 


Organization Meetings

Whittier College Votes Coalition Meeting

Join the coalition of students, faculty, and staff to help plan non-partisan civic engagement activities in anticipation of the upcoming presidential elections. Let’s make our Poet voices heard! Next meeting is Monday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. For more information email Christine Hernandez.

eSports Invitational - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Sign up now for an online free-for-all tournament on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. PDT. Cash prizes for first, second, and third places. Follow Poet eSports on Instagram for more updates. 

Pre-Health Club Meeting

Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. This meeting will take place via Skype. Participants will need to open the link on Google Chrome and will NOT need a Skype account (they may sign in as a guest user). Guest speakers include professionals in the following fields: medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy, and research. RSVP information was emailed to students. For questions, email prehealthclub@poets.whittier.edu.

Open Session with President Oubré

President Linda Oubré is hosting a one-hour online session for the campus community. This will be an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to speak with her directly, ask questions, or share their thoughts. The meeting will take place on Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. 

To attend, please email president@whittier.edu, and the meeting information will be sent to you.

Student Town Hall Meeting

Join Vice President and Dean of Students Bruce Smith and ASWC Senate members for an online town hall meeting for students via Zoom on Thursday, April 16, at 12:30 p.m. Students will be able to ask questions, give feedback, and express their thoughts. Those who cannot attend but have questions or information they would like to share can message ASWC Senate's Instagram (@aswc_senate) or email Destinee Moya no later than one hour before the meeting.

Meeting information will be posted tomorrow on the ASWC Senate Instagram.

See your Faculty Advisor Soon

If you have not talked to your faculty advisor about registration for the 2020-2021 school year, NOW IS THE TIME. Email your advisor today. More information on your registration day/time can be found on myWhittier. 

Residential Housing Credit

Students who chose to vacate their meal and room plans by March 31, 2020 and completed the Residence Hall Exit Form by March 25 will receive a partial credit or refund of spring 2020 charges. The credit or refund amount will be based on published room and board rates exclusive of flex dollars. The refund amount will be prorated to equal the unused portion of room and board from April 1, 2020 through the end of the spring semester. Any unused flex dollars as of April 15, 2020 will also be refunded.

The credit amount will first be applied to a student’s current outstanding account balance, if any, for cumulative tuition, room and board days used (prior to April 1, 2020), fees, and other charges, net of accepted student aid. Any remaining credit will be processed as elected on the Cash Management Form submitted to the Office of Financial Aid at the beginning of the academic year. Students who have submitted an application to graduate (May 2020) by April 15, 2020, will receive cash refunds starting April 30, 2020.

For more information contact the Business Office at 562.907.4207 or businessoffice@whittier.edu.

On-Campus Internships

POET Internships offer students the opportunity to learn career-related professional skills while working for a department on campus. Thirty-eight (38) unique Internship opportunities providing 45 positions are available from 24 departments across campus including academic and non-academic departments. A list of positions open for the 2020-2021 academic year was emailed to students. Apply soon on Handshake before all these unique PAID positions are filled.

Scholarships for Students

The Office of Financial Aid has released the latest list of outside scholarships available for students. Please view all opportunities online under the “Scholarships for Students” tab. Note, some scholarships have deadlines that are quickly approaching.

For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at fao@whittier.edu. 

Career Help for Students

Catch a recap of Tuesday’s workshop, Standing Out Online, and ask any career questions you have when the CCPD goes live on Instagram (@whittiercollegecareercenter).

The Center also has weekly drop-in sessions for students every Wednesday via Zoom. Meeting information was emailed to students.

For more information, email careercenter@whittier.edu.

Kaiser Healthcare Resources

If you have a Kaiser Permanente health plan, please refer to the information online to learn how the healthcare provider is committed to caring for you during this COVID-19 health crisis. Click on the “Healthcare Resources” tab to read more. 

Ask an Expert: Ivannia Soto

In this video, Professor of Education and Child Development Ivannia Soto explains the importance of bilingual education programs in California’s K-12 schools. 

Virtually Visiting Writers Series with Tony Barnstone

Curated by Professor of English Language and Literature Tony Barnstone, the Virtually Visiting Writers Series is an online library of brief interviews and readings followed by a writing exercise. The series is aimed at providing resources for teachers of creative writing, but it is also for anyone interested in learning about contemporary writing and trying their own hand at writing, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and other styles of writing.

The series can be found on the DigLibArts website

Lasting Legacy - Senior Poet Bricks

The deadline to purchase a senior brick on Founders Walkway is April 24 for a gift of $100 (a $200 discount off the regular price). Get yours today.

Seniors who participated in the Senior Legacy 2020 campaign with a gift of $20.20 or more will receive a Philanthropy Cord by mail the week of May 4. For questions, contact Chelsea Speer ’14 at 562.907.4917.

Poet Social Series–Self-expression on Social Media with Selorm Kploany '15 

Wednesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. PDT

Join Selorm Kploanyi '15–musician, creative producer, and contributor for Snapchat and Buzzfeed–to talk about making a space for yourself on social media. Learn how to present yourself authentically and promote your endeavors and businesses through new media. Register.

Poet Social Series–Battling Zoom Burnout with Allison Clarke '93

Thursday, April 16 at 10 a.m. PDT

Whether it's for business meetings or virtual happy hours, it seems like we're spending all of our time on Zoom lately. Join Allison Clarke '93, expert in leadership and influence, to learn how to enhance your virtual interactions and avoid burnout. Tune-in for tips on using Zoom effectively and becoming a more confident and productive communicator. Register.

Stress Management Workshop

With classes, assignments, and campus services all online, CAAS has created a video workshop to help students balance it all. Don’t Lose Hope, Learn to Cope: Mastering Stress Management, hosted by Academic Support Coordinator Lydia Rankin, discusses strategies for handling stress during this time. There are also helpful resources and tools in the video’s description box. This and future CAAS video workshops will be available online as they are posted. 

As a reminder, CAAS tutoring services are all available remotely via Zoom. To access a tutoring session during the scheduled time, please enter the tutor’s personal meeting ID number. An updated tutoring schedule was emailed to students.

Stand Out Online

Learn how to create a compelling online profile that will help you stand out and connect with potential career opportunities. Hosted by the Center for Career and Professional Development, this online discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 14, at 12 p.m. via Zoom. Meeting information was emailed to students.

Connecting with Poet Families en Español

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Dean of Students Office next week for the second event in the Connections, Resources, and Networking series. This talk will be in Spanish and is open to students and their families. The session will take place on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. RSVP on Engage.  

Spilling the Tea on Diversity Dialogue: Xenophobia

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion for a discussion on how the coronavirus pandemic is fueling xenophobia towards the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community and what we can do as a community to encourage empathy and understanding. This discussion will take place on Thursday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m. PDT. RSVP on Engage

2020 Census: Be Counted

Don’t forget to fill out the 2020 Census. If you didn’t attend last month’s Census workshop, you can still review the information shared, including basic information about the census and community resources. The Census self-response can be done online, by phone, or by mail.

Become a Mentor

The Department of Education and Childhood Development is offering two courses that offers participants the opportunity to cultivate positive mentoring relationships while helping high school and elementary school students achieve their academic goals. Enroll in EDUC 067, EDUC 567, or apply on Handshake (job ID#2313858).

For more information contact Lori Eshilian or Katherine Lazo.

Poet Social Series: Self-Expression Through Social Media with Selorm Kploanyi ’15

Join Selorm Kploanyi–singer, creative producer, and contributor for Snapchat and Buzzfeed–to talk about making a space for yourself on social media. Learn how to present yourself authentically and create interesting and valuable content. This online event will take place on Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. PDT. Register on Eventbrite.

The Poet Social Series is a weekly event brought to you by the Office of Alumni Relations. Join Poets to learn new skills, find creative and physical outlets, hear from experts, and gain some professional development.

Residential Housing Selection

The housing selection process is being conducted entirely through the student housing portal. All information, including selection timeline, can be found under the Housing Selection Fall 2020 tab in myWhittier.edu. Please be sure to read through the information carefully to ensure that you are prepared to participate in the housing selection process. Questions or concerns can be sent to residentiallife@whittier.edu. 

Summer Courses

Whittier summer online courses are a great opportunity to further enrich your education. The complete list of courses and more information about the summer program can be found at whittier.edu/summer

Please note that registration for the summer program will open on April 20. There is a 20-student limit for each class and students are encouraged to register early. For course-specific questions, email the course instructor. For general questions about the summer program, contact Associate Professor of Business Administration Fatos Radoniqi.

Student Life Award Nominations Open

Nominations for the Student Life Awards are now open! Students, faculty, and staff can nominate outstanding student leaders, student organizations, and events via Engage. Self-nominations will be accepted. The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, April 20 at 11:45 p.m. PDT. For questions or assistance, please email Jordan Laffin, assistant director at the Office of Student Engagement.

Building Connections and Community

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Dean Of Students Office for a new weekly series, Connections, Resources, and Networking. The goal of the series is to connect, build community, and learn about resources available to students. The first talk will focus on LGBTQ+ and Undocumented communities, and will take place on Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. RSVP on Engage.

Career Help for Students

Get answers to your most pressing career related questions and hear about ways that you can adjust your job search in the era of physical distancing via Instagram Live. The Career Center staff is hosting a live session on Friday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m. PDT. Follow the Career Center on Instagram at @whittiercollegecareercenter. 

The Center has weekly drop-in sessions for students every Wednesday via Zoom.

For more information email careercenter@whittier.edu.

Cybersecurity Tips

With the majority of operations, courses, events, and meetings taking place online, User Support Manager Robert Olsabeck has provided tips for navigating the web from home. 

Pre-Health Club

The next Pre-Health Club meeting will take place on Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. PDT on Zoom. The meeting will include a panel of students from various backgrounds including medical, dental, and optometry. RSVP online to get the Zoom meeting information. Senior members of the Pre-Health Club will be able to order a graduation stole. Contact Hayley Wishner for more information. 

Designing Your Own Major

Students interested in creating their own major and/or minor can join the Whittier Scholars Program (WSP). To learn more and register for the gateway courses in fall 2020 schedule an appointment for a Zoom meeting with WSP Associate Director Professor Kay Sanders or Associate Dean and WSP Director Professor Andrea Rehn.

First- and second-year students, as well as students who will be first-semester juniors in fall 2020, are all eligible to join. Slots in WSP courses fill quickly, so it is recommended students make an appointment right away. For questions, email program coordinator Joanna Diaz.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office is open to students for virtual appointments. Email staff members directly to schedule a meeting. Phone calls and emails will be responded to during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT. To contact the office, email deanofstudents@whittier.edu.

Wall Street Journal Subscription

The Wall Street Journal is available to all students for free. Click this link and create an account using your poets.whittier.edu email account. 

Student timesheets due Monday

Web timesheets for students for pay period #8 (03/22/2020-04/04/2020) are due Monday, April 6, by 12 p.m. 

Should students need any assistance in submitting hours through MyWhittier, please view the Web Timesheet Submission Guide. Students can also view the 2019-2020 Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule to become familiar with payroll deadlines.

If you are not enrolled in direct deposit, this is your opportunity to do so (there is no deadline). To enroll, please complete the attached Direct Deposit Authorization Form (this is a fillable form). For those who provide a voided check or a letter from your bank confirming routing and account information, the Payroll Office will automatically activate your direct deposit. Those who do not provide a voided check or a letter from the bank will have to wait one more pay period for their direct deposit to go into effect. Any payroll checks produced will automatically be mailed to the address listed on the payroll check unless a different address was provided. 

For inquiries regarding work-study, please contact Human Resources and include student’s full name and ID number.

Check pick-up and petty cash disbursements - suspended

Due to social distancing requirements, the Business Office has suspended check pick-up and petty cash disbursement services. Effective March 23, all checks are now mailed to the address on file and reimbursement of petty expenses will be through an Accounts Payable check and mailed. 

STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM THROUGH EXERCISE

During this time of staying at home, a lot of people might find themselves stress eating and not exercising, which can put a strain on one’s immune system. Tracy Espinosa, nurse practitioner at the Student Health and Wellness Center, shares tips you can do at home and at work to maintain or boost your immune system. See email sent to students, faculty, and staff. 

4. PROFESSOR SCOTT EXPLAINS VIRUS APOCALYPSE MOVIES FOR BUZZFEED NEWS

Psychology professor Christina Scott was featured in a Buzzfeed News article, The Only Thing I Want To Do Is Binge-Watch Apocalypse Movies. Scott offered insight into the strange compulsion felt by many people to watch doomsday movies during the coronavirus crisis. Read more online.

5. BINGE-WORTHY POET PERFORMANCES 

If you’re currently binge-watching your favorite series, check out these Poets on two new popular shows. Alma Martinez ’84 plays resilient Latina business owner, Lupe, on Gentefied, currently streaming on Netflix. On Hulu, Geoff Stults ’98 stars in the new series Little Fires Everywhere, with costars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. 

6. REGISTRATION FAQS

Students’ registration time tickets are based on their current class standing. (See below for details.) Additional answers to your most frequently asked questions can be found online.
 
Seniors                       90+                 credits                       April 20
Juniors                       60-89               credits                       April 21
Sophomores              30-59               credits                       April 22
Freshman                  0-29                 credits                       April 23
Open to All                                                                          April 24

7. CAAS TUTORS AVAILABLE ONLINE

CAAS tutoring services are all available remotely, where students will be able to conduct remote sessions via Zoom. To access a tutoring session during the scheduled time, please enter the tutor’s personal meeting ID number. The schedule can be found in the email sent to students. 

Last-minute changes to the schedule can be found here. Email Alondra Morales with any questions or issues.

8. EXPLORING DIFFERENT CAREERS

There are many career paths that students can choose from. The Center for Career and Professional Development created a short quiz to help you determine your future professional path. The quiz link was emailed to students.

Reassess Your Search with the Career Center via Zoom on Tuesday, April 7 at 12 p.m. Register on Handshake. 

Meeting ID: 824 157 497​
Password: 617 563​

Online drop-in sessions for students are every Wednesday 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. More information can be found on Handshake.

9. EVICTION BAN DURING PANDEMIC 

The Economic Crisis Committee is aware of the challenges facing students amid the current pandemic including but not limited to facing eviction and utility shut-off. 

Students who are leasing off-campus housing from a private landlord are encouraged to contact their city hall for information on tenant rights during the pandemic. If you are renting in the City of Whittier, you cannot be evicted for failure to pay rent under a city moratorium on tenant evictions expiring May 30 or until extended by the Governor of California. More information can be found online.

1. SAFER AT HOME UPDATE

We are continuing to follow the recommendations and guidelines from all government agencies–including the White House, which has announced that social distancing guidelines will remain in place until at least April 30. Whittier College administrators reconfirm that classes will continue to be online for the remainder of the semester. In addition, all services are being offered online with availability and contact information posted on the website.

2. COMMENCEMENT UPDATE

As was previously announced, the traditional commencement ceremony, along with cultural graduations, honors convocation, and baccalaureate will be postponed for a future date. The Commencement committee has been meeting to develop ideas on how to honor the Class of 2020, both virtually in May and at a future in-person ceremony.  

Students were asked to participate in a survey to obtain their input. An update will be provided next week.  

3. GET ANSWERS TO YOUR CAREER-RELATED QUESTIONS
 
Online drop-in sessions for students will be available beginning on Wednesday, April 1.  Sessions will take place on a weekly basis from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, students can log on to Handshake.

4. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

For those students that have submitted the Student Engagement Survey, sent in the Friday, March 27 Poet Update, thank you. If you have not already done so, please answer the emailed version of the survey, which was sent to your @poets.whittier.edu email address.

5. ASWC ELECTIONS

Students: Candidate applications for the Spring 2020 ASWC elections are now open. Those interested in running for a position should review full election information, position qualifications, and application details on Engage.

Interested candidates must attend one of the following information sessions: 

Candidate Information Session, Thursday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. PST  
Candidate Information Session, Friday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m. PST

Students who are interested in running for a position but cannot attend an information session should e-mail Kole Joachim at aswp_vp@poets.whittier.edu. 

Applications are due Thursday, April 9 and elections are scheduled for April 16 through 17.

6. ADVANCING STEM ACADEMIC PROGRAM (ASAP)

ASAP will continue to be available to students for virtual appointments via Zoom. Please reach out to Elizabeth Sanchez at esanche1@whittier.edu or Genevieve Garcia at ggarcia@whittier.edu with any questions you may have about STEM-related fields, internships, or pre-health experiences.

7. STUDY ABROAD IN 2021
 
The Office of International Programs is accepting applications for January 2021 faculty-led programs to London, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba, and Tanzania. January 2021 Rome is full but a few slots remain for a semester in Rome next fall.
 
Students who would like to apply for study abroad opportunities can visit the website. For questions about January or May terms, please contact Kerry Gonzales at kgonzal5@whittier.edu. For questions about semester abroad, please contact Amber Chiapparine at achiappa@whittier.edu. 
 
8. POET SOCIAL SERIES - THE ALCHEMY OF SALSA
 
The Poet Social Series launches this Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. (PST) with chef Ricardo Diaz ’93. Live from Poet Gardens in Uptown Whittier, Ricardo will teach the Poet family how to take your homemade salsa to the next level. 
 
Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, this new virtual series will provide participants the opportunity to learn new skills, find a creative outlet, hear from the experts, and gain some professional development. Register online.

9. 5th ANNUAL BIG POET GIVE
 
This year’s Big Poet Give (BPG) came at a time when our world is facing an unprecedented challenge. And, as always, the Whittier College community rallied to support our students, especially those who are dealing with unexpected financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 430 alumni, parents, and friends participated in the BPG last Tuesday, raising more than $145,000 for students. In response to the heart-warming way the Poet community mobilized to offer their support, Whittier Trustees made a matching gift of $100,000 for Whittier Fund Scholarships. This brings the total raised to $245,000 to benefit students. Interested students can inquire with Student Life or with Financial Aid (for scholarships), if they have need or questions.

Soon we will have more to report on how these funds are being put to use.

Thank you, everyone, for making a real difference.

10. HEALTH TIPS

Virtual mental health consultations for Whittier students are provided by the Counseling Center. Let’s Talk includes informal, confidential consultations that are offered by graduate-level counselors under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

The College Wellness Coalition is providing health tips and advice to the campus community. The Physical Health Tips webpage provides recommendations to help prevent individuals from getting infected with the COVID-19 virus. The Mental Health Tips webpage includes 15 mental health tips that can help quell anxiety and stress amid this outbreak. 

1. NEW REGISTRATION DATES

For returning students, priority registration has been pushed back to April 13 - 17. Regular registration will be April 20 - 24

  • Students can register for Fall 2020 and JanTerm 2021.
  • Juniors and Seniors can register for Fall, JanTerm, and Spring.

Please contact your advisor to set up remote advising. Please check myWhittier to see your registration time ticket.

2. CREDIT/NO-CREDIT OPTION

Any* course may be taken credit/no credit. The deadline for students to request to switch from graded to the credit/no credit option for Spring 2020 is Friday, April 24.  Students must complete/submit the credit/no credit form available online. 

Once a student completes the credit/no credit form online, the Registrar will make the change to the faculty grading option, and notify the faculty member of the request. Faculty please note, the credit/no credit option on the final credit entry will only show on the students who made the request. All other students will have letter grade options.
 

*Students enrolled in courses required by outside credentialing agencies (teaching credentials for example) should consult with their advisor and department chair before changing the grade option for the course. Whittier does not control the actions of outside credentialing agencies. Students enrolled in masters level courses should also consult with their instructor or advisor before changing their grade option. 

3. TEACHING CREDENTIALING & GRAD PROGRAM

For students in the teacher education program, Whittier College is working with the California Department of Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to determine the impact the current COVID-19-related restrictions will have on credentialing programs.

Summer registration for the graduate program will begin April 27. More details will be forthcoming.  

4. FINANCIAL AID

If a student’s family's income has been significantly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 situation and they are concerned with their ability to pay tuition next year, they can contact the Financial Aid Office for guidance on how to approach the process for the 2020-21 academic year, including what documentation they may need to provide.

Students with a changed family situation who have current balances can contact the Business Office at businessoffice@whittier.edu or 562.907.4207.

5. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! (STUDENT SURVEY)

Please take this online survey to help administrators understand your current needs as the College is shifting to online and remote learning.

6. PAYROLL 

Students and staff who typically pick up payroll checks will receive their checks in the mail at their permanent home address on the scheduled pay date. There is no option to pick it up in person. Student employees can still enroll in direct deposit by completing an authorization form. For further inquiries contact Ivette Vargas or Jessica Rangel.

7. GET CAREER HELP 
 
Online drop-in sessions for students will be available beginning on Wednesday, April 1.  Sessions will take place on a weekly basis from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, students can log on to Handshake. Meeting ID numbers have been sent to students directly.

8. TUTORING AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT

CAAS staff are accessible through email -- students should include their name, student ID number, and a detailed message of what they need support with and a staff member will respond. 
 
CAAS has also made available the following online workshop for students: Welcome to the Web! Making the Smooth Transition into Online Learning. This workshop discusses strategies aimed at helping students succeed as they make the transition from in-class instruction to online learning. There are also links to helpful resources and tools in the video’s description box. Students can access this and future workshops on the CAAS Workshop web page.

9. COMMENCEMENT UPDATE

More information, including a Commencement survey for students, is coming next week. Be on the lookout for it and provide your feedback. 

10. AWSC

Students: The ASWC Senate Elections Committee has updated the elections code. Senate will possibly be voting on approving this updated version so that it can apply to the upcoming elections. 

Please review the code, which was emailed directly to students, and send any questions to ASWC Senate Secretary Amber Brost at abrost@poets.whittier.edu.

11. LIBRARY

Wardman Library has a vast number of e-resources available to students, faculty, and staff at any time and from anywhere. In this online workshop, librarian Azeem Khan, introduces the research process, finding, evaluating, and organizing sources. The workshop is helpful to students working on a research project and looking for academic articles, eBooks, newspaper, magazines, or even streaming videos. 

12. ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

As students, faculty, and staff navigate the online world to stay connected, the Office of Communications is sharing a few photos of campus which can be used as backgrounds for any Zoom meeting for those can.

13. ASK AN EXPERT: JULIE COLLINS-DOGRUL

As individuals practice social distancing to help keep each other healthy, it’s important to learn different ways to remain connected to our communities. In this video, Associate Professor of Sociology Julie Collins-Dogrul explains the important difference between social distancing and social isolation. 

Office of the Registrar

The last day to withdraw from a course has been extended to March 27, 2020.

Students can contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@whittier.edu or 562.907.4241. Please leave a voicemail if there is no answer. Staff is monitoring emails and voicemail messages Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., PST, and will respond as quickly as possible. 
 
Online Services

  • Transcript orders will take five to seven business days. The office is not processing rush or FedEx orders at this time.
  • Online forms need to be filled out completely. Most forms can be saved to a computer.
  • If a form requires a signature, it will be accepted at registrar@whittier.edu if sent from a student’s poet.whittier.edu email address. Forms will not be accepted using alternate email addresses.
  • If a form requires approval from an advisor or department chair, it can be sent to their whitter.edu email and the office will accept their email approval as signature.

For questions, contact registrar@whittier.edu.

Fellowships

The deadline for on-campus fellowship opportunities is Friday, March 27, at midnight. 

Students can learn more about each fellowship by visiting the website and can submit an application directly online.

Students who applied for and were awarded a paid internship, fellowship, or scholarship this year (September 2019 through Summer 2020) should contact Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Fellowships Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone. She would like to acknowledge this wonderful accomplishment with the larger community. For questions or concerns, contact Professor Lopez-Vetrone directly at svetrone@whittier.edu.

Student Work-Study

As a reminder, all work-study, including exception funding, students will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled hours, until further notice. Students should communicate with their supervisors to get additional direction and remote work assignments. 

Payroll

The Payroll Office now has a Payroll Resource Channel available on my.whittier.edu. The Payroll Resource Channel has all of the forms (fillable forms) that pertain to Payroll; such as tax forms, direct deposit forms, payroll schedules, monthly reporting logs, etc. To obtain access to this channel, please log into my.whittier.edu, and select the employee class tab that pertains to you. For example, if you are a staff member, please select the tab that says “Staff.” If you are a faculty member, please select the tab that says “Faculty.”  If you are a student, please select that tab that says “Student.”

Commencement Regalia

As was communicated earlier, the traditional all-College commencement exercises will be postponed and/or modified. Whittier faculty and staff are working on plans to ensure that the College can honor the accomplishments of our graduating seniors. At this time, regalia orders have been put on hold. As the plans for a celebration are developed, more updates will be provided on regalia and other matters. 

Students who have already ordered regalia may request a refund from the vendor, Heff Jones. 

Residential Life FAQS

As the College continues to respond to the threat of COVID-19, Housing & Residential Life is here to assist and support students. The College has been communicating regular updates via email to students' Poet accounts. Frequently asked questions regarding residential life can be found here

Parking

Campus Safety will be closing down some of the parking lots on campus. This move will allow us to better monitor who is on campus and facilitate patrols during this time.

The following lots will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 25 at midnight:

Shannon Center lot
North Music (Broadoaks) lot
Amphitheater lot
Residential students are not encouraged to leave vehicles on campus and the College does not assume responsibility for vehicles left on campus. Students wishing to leave a car on campus must email CampusSafety@whittier.edu to receive prior approval. Students will receive information about which lot they can park in and must drop off their car keys at Campus Safety prior to leaving campus.  

CAAS

All tutoring services are now online. For access, students will need the tutors' personal meeting ID numbers, which are included in the schedule sent to students.
 
For more information, see all CAAS updates on the website. If students have questions, would like to schedule an appointment, or are having issues accessing CAAS services, they can call 562.907.4816 or email caas@poets.whittier.edu.

Library

Online research skills are more important than ever as the College shifts to online courses for the rest of the semester. Take advantage of the extensive and reputable sources available through the Wardman Library’s online databases. Resources include eBooks, academic journals, newspapers, magazines, streaming video, and more.
 
To showcase this collection and share skills for searching and evaluating material, the library will host live workshops on Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Participants can register online or join the Zoom session (meeting ID: 745 050 5820). A video of the workshop will also be available afterwards on the library’s website.

Center for Career and Professional Development

 The Center for Career and Professional Development is available to support students and is operating remotely. Students are encouraged to make appointments by logging into their Handshake account.
 
Upcoming workshop dates will be posted online and will be accessible via Handshake.

Office of Student Engagement

The staff in the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) is available to support students during this time of transition to remote learning. Professional staff is accessible on a remote basis with all available during times listed on Engage
 
Additionally, the OSE will be hosting the following workshops via Zoom:

The OSE encourages students, faculty, and staff to log in to Engage to view a full list of upcoming programs. For assistance with using Engage, contact the office at studentengagement@whittier.edu.

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Support and services from the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) are available to students via email, Zoom, and phone. For questions, support, or to schedule an appointment, email oei@whittier.edu.
 
The OEI will continue to host programming via online platforms. See Engage for dates and follow @wcforequity on Instagram and Facebook for resources, updates, and to stay connected.

Poet Pantry

The Poet Pantry is now closed. For additional community resources, please visit the website.

Please note, the Campus Inn will continue its prepackaged to-go program for residential students only. 

Human Resources

All communication with the Human Resource department should be done via email to whittierhr@whittier.edu or by emailing the staff member directly. General phone questions can be directed to 562.907.4208. Hours of operation can be found online

General Update

As you know, officials from the State of California and Los Angeles County have issued a “Safer at Home'' order, asking everyone to remain at home except for essential activities as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The College will continue to provide essential services, but many offices will be operating remotely/virtually. Hours and other information will be posted online.

Campus Safety advises that all buildings will be locked. Please carry your keys and College ID to have access to needed areas. In addition, please be assured that the College has adequate supplies (food, water, cleaning, etc.) needed during this period.

Room and Board

Policy on spring semester 2020 prorated credit or refund of room and board charges due to COVID19 precautionary early vacate:

Students who choose to vacate their meal and room plans as of March 31, 2020 will receive a partial credit or refund of spring 2020 charges.

A student’s vacate decision will be evidenced by submission of the Residence Hall Exit Form no later than March 25, 2020. If no Residence Hall Exit Form is received by March 25, 2020 the defaulted decision will be taken as “not to vacate."  Vacated rooms will be inspected during the period of April 1 through April 15 to determine if any additional charges apply such as room damage and keys not returned.

The credit or refund amount will be based on published room and board rates exclusive of flex dollars. The refund amount will be prorated to equal the unused portion of room and board from April 1, 2020 through the end of the spring semester.  Any unused flex dollars as of April 15, 2020 will be refunded as well.  

The credit amount will first be applied to a student’s current outstanding account balance, if any, for cumulative tuition, room and board days used (prior to April 1, 2020), fees, and other charges, net of accepted student aid. Any remaining credit will be processed as elected on the Cash Management Form submitted to the Office of Financial Aid at the beginning of the academic year. Students may change that election by completing the Room and Board Credit Preference Form. Students who have submitted an application to graduate in May 2020 by April 15, 2020 to the Registrar, will receive cash refunds starting April 30, 2020.

Food Services

Precautionary measures on campus will include a change in the foodservice program for residential students who will remain on campus for the spring 2020 semester.
 
Beginning Monday, March 23, the Campus Inn will change to a daily prepackaged to-go format for residential students which will include meals for the following day. Seated dining in the Campus Inn will not be available until further notice.
 
Students are required to complete a menu for each week and submit no later than 1 p.m. each Sunday. The menu can be accessed here.
 
Student can pick up their meals each day at the Campus Inn between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The Spot will be open for dinner on Sunday, March 22, for students to purchase food after returning to campus. The Spot will remain closed starting March 23 until further notice. Foodservice at the Campus Inn will not be available to faculty and staff as of March 23 but will be reevaluated after the transition period.

Personal Emails

Do not use personal email for official College communication, please use your poet.whittier.edu email for all inquiries to faculty and other support offices on campus. Our duty is to protect your records and identity from possible hackers during this time.

Student Fieldwork

In response to the public health crisis, Whittier College is suspending support for all in-person fieldwork and internships until further notice.  Fieldwork may continue only in cases where online conferencing, online work assignments—i.e., telecommuting—are possible and appropriate. 

Whittier is NOT cancelling the field courses. Contact your supervising faculty member or field director to explore the possibility of alternate learning opportunities. The Dean has instructed all faculty to work closely with students, particularly those required to gain hands-on experience prior to graduation, to identify alternative routes to completing course requirements, if possible.  

CAAS

CAAS services—includes tutoring, academic coaching/student-athlete peer mentoring, appointments with a CAAS advisor, and workshops—are available to students via Zoom through the end of the semester. We recommend you download Zoom on your computer, tablet, and/or phone. 
 
In addition to Zoom, CAAS services will be available to students via email and phone. Visit the website for descriptions of how each service will be available.  If you have questions, would like to schedule an appointment, or have issues accessing any of our resources, please contact caas@whittier.edu.

Payroll

The Payroll Office will continue its payroll practices as normal. Student employees are still required to submit their hours online by noon on the Monday following each pay period unless noted otherwise, and supervisors are still required to approve their student’s hours online by 3 p.m. on the Monday following each pay period unless noted otherwise. The Payroll Office will continue to send out web timesheet reminders to students via email and web timesheet approval reminders to supervisors via email. For timesheet due dates and pay dates, please refer to the 2019-2020 Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule. Students who pick up payroll checks will receive their checks in the mail at their permanent home address on the scheduled pay date. There will not be a choice to pick it up in person. Please note that the College will not be responsible for any lost, damaged, stolen or late delivered payroll checks. If a payroll check needs replacement, please contact the Payroll Office for reissuance.
 
Student employees who are enrolled in direct deposit will continue to receive their monies directly deposited to their personal financial account on their scheduled pay date. The Payroll Office will notify student employees (via Payroll Communications) who received a direct deposit to review their payroll paystubs through their Employee Dashboard.
 
Student employees can still enroll in direct deposit. To do so, please visit the HR/Payroll Office to complete an authorization form.

For further inquiries contact Ivette Vargas or Jessica Rangel.

Student Disability Services

Please rest assured that as we shift to remote instruction, previously activated accommodations will still be in place. In some cases, in-person accommodations will no longer be necessary, and in other cases, new accommodations may need to be made. In all cases, Student Disability Services is still available to students.
 
Student Disability Services is using Zoom for student appointments and will continue to be responsive to student’s phone calls and emails. For questions regarding Zoom, contact moodle@whittier.edu.
 
Please visit the website for accommodations that are typically available for students with disabilities, as well as an update on how accommodations will be provided for the remainder of the semester. If you have any questions about accommodations, how the online environment may impact accommodations or would like to register to receive academic accommodations, please email disabilityservices@whittier.edu or call us at 562.907.4825.

Office of the Registrar

Registrar services are available by phone at 562.907.4241 or email at registrar@whittier.edu. Many forms are also available online.

Library

The Wardman Library building will be closed, but library services will remain available online and staff will be responsive to emails and phone calls.
 
Those with books checked out from the library should hold on to them and renew them online if possible. There will be no fines on overdue books. 
 
For research or reference questions, please email reference@whittier.edu. If faculty have Moodle or Zoom questions, please continue to use moodle@whittier.edu.

Graham Athletic Center

Due to preventative measures related to the spread of COVID-19, the gym, pool, and fitness center in the Graham Athletic Center will be closed until further notice.

Center for Career and Professional Development

The Center for Career and Professional Development is currently closed for spring break. Starting Monday, March 23, the center will resume regular office hours. Students are highly encouraged to keep their scheduled appointments online. To schedule any future appointments with a counselor, students should login to their Handshake account. Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom, Skype, or Google hangouts, or phone.
 
Additionally, the Career Center will continue professional development programming throughout the semester via online platforms. See Handshake for event dates. Email careercenter@whittier.edu with any questions. 

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and Whittier’s move to remote learning, departments across campus have come together to provide news, updates, reminders, and resources to help everyone navigate the rest of the semester.

Make sure to look through each section thoroughly for links to more information. The Poet Update will be your source for all essential campus news and information.  

IT (Information Technology)

Planned network outage: Tomorrow morning, from 6-8 a.m. IT will replace the router which connects the College network to the internet.  During this time, remote access to on campus online resources and on campus access to off campus services will be intermittently unavailable as IT switches over to the new router and tests the system. This update will improve the campus’ internet services.

Residential Life

Starting today, Whittier College is requiring that all students who have or believe they have had contact with an individual who has or may have been exposed to COVID-19 go into self-quarantine off campus. Students who meet these criteria must call or email the Student Health and Wellness Center, 562.464.4548 or swohlfarth@whittier.edu.

Those students may not return to campus until they have completed two weeks of self-quarantine off campus and have been cleared with the proper paperwork by a medical professional and notified the Student Health and Wellness Center.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and was made in consultation with Stella Wohlfarth, director of the Student Health and Wellness Center and in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and County of Los Angeles Public Health. As the Office of Residence Life is not equipped to adequately monitor or provide the necessary support for an individual in self-quarantine, this move is for the benefit of the individual, and every student, faculty, and staff member at Whittier College.

As was communicated last Friday, the College is closing residence halls on March 31. Those individuals who are unable to leave due to state or international travel restrictions or extenuating circumstances, can apply to continue living on campus by making an official request on this online form. Whether staying on campus or not, all residential students must fill out the online form by March 25. Students under self-quarantine orders may not apply for an exception.

Students can utilize the Express Check Out process by dropping their key in the key drop box outside the Housing Office in Ball Hall basement, or key drop box outside of Campus Safety.

Free/discounted resources for students

The College is continuously updating a list of resources for students needing assistance with moving out of the residence halls, traveling home, and studying remotely.

Health & Wellness Center

  • Spring break hours: March 16 - 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed for lunch 12:30 - 1 p.m.
  • Closed Friday, March 20
  • Regular Hours will resume on Monday, March 23
  • For emergencies, contact campus safety at 562.907.4211 

Effective March 16 through the end of the semester, students will no longer be able to make appointments online through the student health portal. Students who need medical services should FIRST call the Student Health & Wellness Center at 562.464.4548 for further instructions before going in. The Center is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. For further questions, contact them directly.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding their services during this time. The page also includes resources for students, faculty, and staff who might need mental health resources.  

Fellowships

The deadline to submit fellowship applications has been extended to Friday, March 27 at midnight. Click here to submit an application.
 
Letters of recommendation are due Friday, April 3. Folks writing letters of recommendation on a students' behalf will be emailed a link to upload their letters after the student has submitted their application. Visit the fellowships website for more information. For questions, email svetrone@whittier.edu.