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  • Whittier College Announces Commitment to Expand College Access at White House Event | Whittier College
    business leaders and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment Whittier College has pledged to take steps to accomplish this goal by building on current successful efforts in partnerships with local high schools private foundations and community colleges I am very pleased that the White House is focusing on the important issue of college access and enhancing the competitiveness of this nation by creating college campuses that reflect socio economic ethnic and cultural diversity of our country At Whittier College we see ourselves as a model for the nation on how to enroll and graduate a diverse student population said Herzberger Whittier College has committed to expand its partnerships with local school districts by working with students enrolled at El Rancho High School in neighboring Pico Rivera a city with a 12 college graduation rate among its 97 Latino population In addition Whittier also pledged to develop programs designed to lower the cost of college and increase four year college graduation rates among socio economically challenged students With significant experience in successfully educating underrepresented transfer students from community colleges Whittier s next commitment involved developing a low cost high quality honors AA AS degree to be offered in conjunction with community colleges and partnering with American Honors to provide academic support and transfer advising Today s participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas building networks of colleges around promoting completion creating K 16 partnerships around college readiness investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady s Reach Higher initiative and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science technology engineering and mathematics In response and as part of Whittier s goal to increase the

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/12-3-14-0 (2016-01-26)
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  • Professor Awarded $106,000 Grant from the National Endowment For the Humanities | Whittier College
    Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni In This Section News Events Mobile Menu Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information You are here Home News Professor Awarded 106 000 Grant from the National Endowment For the Humanities Professor Awarded 106 000 Grant from the National Endowment For the Humanities On 12 Nov 2014 By pzurita 0 Comments Wednesday November 12 2014 Whittier College Professor of Spanish Gustavo Geirola has been selected to receive a 106 808 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities NEH to support the Summer Seminar Latin American Theater Today Buenos Aires 2015 The grant will fund the four week seminar directed by Geirola for 16 college and university teachers to get immersed in contemporary Latin American Theater as stage production and literature The seminar is eligible for full time and adjunct professors who teach Latin American Theater as well as graduate students with an emphasis in Modern Languages and Theater Each year NEH offers tuition free opportunities for school college and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics The Summer Seminar led by Geirola and co directed by Pasadena City College Emeritus Professor Lola Proaño is one of these opportunities and it will take place in Buenos Aires Argentina next summer Geirola is an Argentinean with ample knowledge of the Argentinean theater world and Proaño has studied Argentinean Theater since 1990 and is currently living in Buenos Aires Through the NEH Summer Seminar Geirola and Proaño aim to explore in detail Latin American theater from the 1990s to the present Many changes have occurred when current Latin American theater is compared to the previous decades and the seminar will focus on these changes and debate

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/11-12-14 (2016-01-26)
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  • Science and Learning Center Project Moves Forward | Whittier College
    pzurita 0 Comments Thursday October 30 2014 Whittier 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 This grant is the largest award Whittier has received from the Parsons Foundation a long time supporter of the College We are grateful to the Parsons Foundation for their vote of confidence in this endeavor said President Sharon Herzberger Whittier has a tradition of educating scientists health professionals science and math teachers and scientifically literate citizens With the support of the Parsons Foundation the renovation will enable the college to continue advancing in its role as a national leader in providing quality science and liberal arts education to its students Moreover as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation the new facility will support the College s ongoing aim of educating underrepresented and nontraditional students in the STEM fields said Herzberger When combined with the leadership gifts from members of the Board of Trustees and other individual donors the College has now passed the halfway point in fundraising for the SLC The SLC will house seven departments biology chemistry environmental science kinesiology and nutrition science mathematics physics and psychology Design elements of the new SLC include New labs designed for cross disciplinary research fostering collaboration and providing enhanced learning opportunities for students Redesigned classrooms equipped with flexible furnishings including movable benches and variable seating to allow for maximum use by a wide range of disciplines Student collaboration zones to promote peer to peer and group learning expand team building

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/10-30-14 (2016-01-26)
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  • Alumni, Family, Friends Descend on Campus for 2014 Whittier Weekend | Whittier College
    Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni In This Section News Events Mobile Menu Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information You are here Home News Alumni Family Friends Descend on Campus for 2014 Whittier Weekend Alumni Family Friends Descend on Campus for 2014 Whittier Weekend On 20 Oct 2014 By ebecerra 0 Comments Monday October 20 2014 More than 1 000 Poets including alumni families and friends participated in this year s Whittier Weekend festivities between October 17 and 19 The three day celebration opened with an intimate Golden Anniversary brunch in honor of the class of 1964 followed by President Sharon Herzberger s State of the College address In her speech President Herzberger noted the College s role as a model in higher education and provided updates on landmark initiatives and projects such as the pending renovation of the Stauffer Science Building Whittier s academic programs and its success in preparing students for real world diplomacy and global affairs were on display during a leadership forum featuring accomplished alumni who have served in the Peace Corps INSEAD the Department of State and high profile NGO s Members of the College s ten societies participated in the traditional Dub Sync contest The Franklin Society earned the top prize with its spirited and condensed interpretation of the Broadway musical The Producers Whittier Weekend Festival a free event featuring live music face painting food

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/10-20-14-0 (2016-01-26)
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  • Biology Professor Receives Department of Homeland Funding to Detect Dangerous Agents in Food | Whittier College
    in Food On 14 Oct 2014 By abarraza 0 Comments Tuesday October 14 2014 Since the intentional distribution of anthrax spores Bacillus anthracis through the U S postal system in 2001 the prospect of bioterrorism in food water and agriculture has identified critical needs in prevention protection and mitigation for homeland security Responding to this need the Department of Homeland Security DHS has awarded Whittier College Professor of Biology Sylvia Vetrone a 119 000 grant to conduct research on innovative ways to detect biological or chemical agents in food Vetrone is one of 13 researchers nationwide to receive such funding this year The DHS grant is the second for Vetrone and will serve to support the continued collaborative efforts between Vetrone and Dr Evangelyn Alocilja from the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University who developed the biosensor in 2009 In addition senior biology major Masson Blow 15 will also be supported by this new grant to work on the project as an undergraduate research assistant Vetrone and Alocilja first began working together on this project in the summer of 2010 and they hope that after the completion of the validation of the DNA based biosensor to detect both intentional and unintentional food pathogens within liquid and solid food matrices they can transition it towards a prototype for commercialization We recently demonstrated that our DNA based biosensors which utilize gold nanoparticles for signal amplification and magnetic nanoparticles for easy and clean separation from samples can detect the non PCR polymerase chain reaction amplified genomic DNA of the bacterial foodborne pathogen Salmonella said Vetrone PCR is a commonly used molecular biology tool for amplifying DNA But Vetrone s system does away with the need for this step What makes our biosensor really unique is that it does not

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/10-14-14 (2016-01-26)
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  • Baseball Reliquary and Whittier College Establish Institute for Baseball Studies | Whittier College
    Studies Baseball Reliquary and Whittier College Establish Institute for Baseball Studies On 2 Oct 2014 By ebecerra 0 Comments Thursday October 2 2014 Whittier College is now home of the Institute for Baseball Studies the first humanities based research center of its kind associated with a college or university in the United States The Institute is a partnership between Pasadena based Baseball Reliquary and the College The Institute is located on the third floor of Mendenhall Building The Baseball Reliquary is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the prism of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime s unparalleled creative possibilities The Reliquary s research collection forms the centerpiece of the Institute for Baseball Studies which has been established to foster an intellectual community for creating and supporting interdisciplinary research and studies related to the cultural significance of baseball in American history Whittier College Professor of Religious Studies Joseph L Price and Terry Cannon executive director of the Baseball Reliquary serve as co Directors of the Institute Professor of English Charles Adams and Professor of Political Science Mike McBride serve as Associate Directors An Advisory Board will soon be announced For more than two decades Professor Charles Adams and I have made baseball related presentations at the annual meetings of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association We have written numerous essays connecting baseball literature with our respective areas of study and we routinely deal with baseball in our courses on American Intellectual and Cultural History says Price So when we learned two years ago that the Baseball Reliquary was looking for a partner to house its research archives we jumped at the opportunity The Baseball Reliquary s research collection includes books and periodicals the papers of distinguished baseball

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/baseballinstitute (2016-01-26)
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  • Poets Participate in 20th Annual Helping Hands Day | Whittier College
    Information You are here Home News Poets Participate in 20th Annual Helping Hands Day Poets Participate in 20th Annual Helping Hands Day On 29 Sep 2014 By abarraza 0 Comments Monday September 29 2014 From helping organize a food pantry to painting walls at a homeless shelter to beautifying a local park Whittier College Poets came out en masse to help their community on Saturday September 27 for the College s 20th Annual Helping Hands Day The event began at 8 a m at the College Campus Center where volunteers were dispatched to one of a dozen service locations in the nearby community This year marks the 20th anniversary of Helping Hands Day said event organizer Joel Gutierrez assistant director for the Leadership Experience and Programs LEAP office For two decades the Whittier College community has gathered for this joint effort to provide needed services to non profit faith based and educational organizations in our local community This year we are proud that 90 percent of our sites are located within the city of Whittier We worked closely with the Whittier Parks and Recreation department a community theater local schools and the Whittier Uptown Association to accommodate all our volunteers This day of service will provide an opportunity for the Whittier community to see the positive actions that Poets are capable of The College encouraged students from all disciplines and class years to participate in this event as a way to both instill a foundation of giving back to the community and enhance student understanding of the College s strong history and mission of service Students at Whittier College are always looking for ways to make a positive impact and change the world said Shauna Sobers director of LEAP What we try to teach them at Whittier is that making

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/09-29-14 (2016-01-26)
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  • Broadoaks Children Celebrate Peace Day | Whittier College
    Whittier News Events Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni In This Section News Events Mobile Menu Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information You are here Home News Broadoaks Children Celebrate Peace Day Broadoaks Children Celebrate Peace Day On 23 Sep 2014 By ebecerra 0 Comments Tuesday September 23 2014 Tuesday September 22 2014 The Broadoaks Children s School celebrated the International Day of Peace on the Whittier College campus on September 22 Together with Whittier College students and with the goal of promoting peace the children created a large human chain around the Campus Center Courtyard and sang A Song of Peace The event was co hosted with OMEP Whittier College and was part of a worldwide celebration dedicated to world peace and the absence of war and violence The International

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/internationaldayofpeace (2016-01-26)
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