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  • Dr. Richard Solomon to Speak to First-Year Students - Solomon Will Receive Honorary Degree From Whittier College | Whittier College
    Information You are here Home News Dr Richard Solomon to Speak to First Year Students Solomon Will Receive Honorary Degree From Whittier College Dr Richard Solomon to Speak to First Year Students Solomon Will Receive Honorary Degree From Whittier College Monday September 24 2012 Richard Solomon former U S Ambassador and president of the United States Institute of Peace will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Whittier College New Student Convocation on October 1 at 7 00 p m in the Ruth B Shannon Center for the Performing Arts As an expert on world peace Solomon will share his insights into the world that college students will inherit and the role that they should play in engaging and leading positive change His keynote lecture Be a Change Agent Lead Us Into New Worlds is part of a week long visit to campus as a Center for Engagement with Communities Fellow Solomon will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters L H D from the College during this Convocation In addition during his stay at Whittier he will be visit various classes and with students throughout the week On Thursday October 4 Solomon will give a special lecture The China Challenge in AJ Villalobos Hall For additional information call 562 907 5037 Background Prior to his work with the U S Institute of Peace Solomon was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs from 1989 to 1992 He negotiated the Cambodia peace treaty the first United Nations Permanent Five peacemaking agreement had a leading role in the dialogue on nuclear issues between the United States and South and North Korea helped establish the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative and led U S negotiations with Japan Mongolia and Vietnam on important bilateral matters In 1992 93 Solomon served

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/richard-solomon-2012-convocation (2016-01-26)
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  • President Obama Proclaims National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week 2012 | Whittier College
    life and with these institutions graduating such a significant portion of Hispanic students HSIs are helping move us closer to leading the world in college completion by 2020 Click here to read the full Proclamation Education has always been the great equalizer in this country said Congresswomen Linda Sanchez D CA Now more than ever we need institutions of higher education that will foster the next generation of leaders and help invest in our country s future For 125 years Whittier College has provided students of all backgrounds with a top education to help them excel and achieve the great American dream It is an honor to join President Obama in recognizing Whittier College as a Hispanic Serving Institution A college or university is designated an HSI by the federal government when it has at least 25 percent Latino enrollment Whittier College s student population is approximately 30 percent Latino making it one of the only national liberal arts colleges in the country to be recognized as an HSI Moreover nearly 50 percent of Whittier students and a quarter of its faculty are people of color Whittier College has a long tradition of supporting diversity of every kind Among liberal arts colleges we have been on the forefront in creating a campus that reflects the ethnic diversity of our state and we have been a model for the rest of the country said President Sharon Herzberger What is perhaps more significant is the way this plays out at Whittier Our students do not live in silos Rather they genuinely interact with and learn from one another on a daily basis both in and outside the classroom This type of communication and dialogue prepares Whittier students to be leaders in our global environment According to a recent Pew Hispanic Center study in 2011 more than 2 million 18 to 24 year old Latinos were enrolled in college reaching a record 16 5 percent making Latinos the largest minority group on four year college campuses across the nation Record numbers of Latinos are also finishing college with 112 000 earning associate degrees and 140 000 earning bachelor s degrees This trend is reflected at Whittier College where Latino students regularly outperform their peers on a national level in regards to matriculation and graduation rates In 2010 63 percent of Latino students at Whittier graduated in four years The College s Ortiz Program as part of its Cultural Center provides a support system through various activities and events to help Latino students many who are first generation college students acclimate to life in an institution of higher education The Ortiz Program is here for all students but specifically for first generation students who often do not know how to take advantage of all the opportunities that exist in a college community said Ortiz Program Director Luz Galbreath Our students are eager to make the most of their college experience and our job is to make sure they have all the resources needed to

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  • Whittier College Named to 2012 "Colleges of Distinction" Guidebook | Whittier College
    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 Whittier College Named to 2012 Colleges of Distinction Guidebook Whittier College Named to 2012 Colleges of Distinction Guidebook Wednesday July 25 2012 Whittier College has been named a College of Distinction for the seventh year in a row for its commitment providing an excellent learning experience for undergraduate students and preparing them for success after graduation Whittier is among 200 schools from across the country featured in the 2012 2013 national college guide Colleges of Distinction The online publication was founded by parents and admissions professionals to help students find the college best suited for their interests According to the website We describe schools that take a holistic approach to admissions decisions that consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and that have a truly national reputation Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction by high school college counselors Additional information is then gleaned from college admission experts around the country and combined with interviews of staff and faculty at each accepted college Colleges are selected based on four distinctions Engaged Students The college attracts students who have a healthy range of academic and non academic interests and demonstrates a tangible commitment to keeping them interested and involved in their education The school encourages innovative hands on learning techniques ranging from fieldwork and internships abroad to service learning and advanced research at home Great Teaching The college encourages faculty to be great teachers not just researchers or consultants It makes little or no use of graduate student teaching assistants and keeps classes small so that students are always people never numbers to their professors It

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  • Dean's List Spring 2012 | Whittier College
    he or she earns a 3 70 grade point average GPA while completing a full time course load 12 units in the fall and spring terms Ameena Ahmed Tyler Aisner Anthony Akkawi Melanie Al Amir Stephanie Alcala Hollie Almeria Ivette Alonso Tino Alvarez Victoria Anderson Stephanie Angus Aiko Araki Marielle Askew Rosalie Atkinson Taylor Ayres Katherine Back Emily Baeza Charlotte Bailey Dana Barraco Alexandra Bassett Grace Battista Robert Becerra Edward Beckerman Stephanie Bergstrom Matthew Birkenseer Caitlin Bourgaize Viviana Bravo Nicole Buehlmaier Julianne Bull Justin Burdno Clarissa Burquez Tyler Butler Melissa Campos Kyle Catino Kristen Chikami Megumi Chou Erica Clifford Alana Cloud Dylan Conroy Kevin Curbelo Deyla Curtis Sara Czworniak Melissa Davidson Karri Davis Miriam De Dios Breann De Santiago Eleanor Demis Justin Dennis Michael Dimler Nanahene Djan Joshua Dredge Marvin Dubon Jaclynn Eck Anna Edwards Jonathan Elvins Brandon Epstein Brianna Esparza Chad Evenrud Leandro Fefer Alexandra Flores Alyssa Fluss Craig Frantz Emily Frazier Apollonia Galvan Michelle Gamboa Zachary Garrett Sophia Genovese Gregorio Giorgi Maximilian Goldman Angelica Gonzalez Anne Goodman Raymond Goyena Kathryn Gramley Paula Gras Cameron Greene Tyler Greenup Faith Grimes Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez Kimberley Hallsted Adrienne Hamada Ajita Harrison Kathryn Harrold Mark Hausmann Emily Henderson Nicole Hitchman Lauren Ho Melanie Hoglund Natalie Hole Richard Hoover Jennifer Huchim William Hunter Alison Jackman Courtney Jackson Kathryn Jenkins Moses Corey Jensen Dane Kawamoto Rachel Kenny Duncan Ketel Umair Khushnood Bryson Kihara Andrew Kim Haley Kleine Robert Alexander Kondo Kelsey Kwong Joseph Larrea Acadia Larsen Tammy Le Lorna LeBrasseur Candace LeFlame Daniel Lee Esther Leon Nicole Leon Erica Lespron Rina Lila Kristina Little Jessica Littlefield Silvester Matthew Lopez Adam Lubliner Monique Machiz Megan Maguire Marshall George Malhiot Jason Matthew Manalili Melissa Manzanares Julia Marino Alexander Marshburn Jessica Martin Madison Martinet Leslie Martinez Kara Mavers Liam McAloon Daniel McQuade Drew Menez Vicki Mercado Cristine

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  • Whittier College Awarded $800,000 Grant to Promote Science and Math Education | Whittier College
    of K 12 science and math teachers are educated and help current teachers integrate new approaches to their teaching Whittier was among 47 small colleges and universities in the United States to receive competitive grants from HHMI s Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program A select group of 215 primarily undergraduate institutions were invited to apply based on their record of excellence in graduating students in the sciences This was Whittier s first invitation to the prestigious national competition and the College s first award from HHMI HHMI is investing in these schools because they have shown they are superb incubators of new ideas and models that might be replicated by other institutions to improve how science is taught in college said Sean B Carroll vice president of science education at HHMI The director of HHMI s precollege and undergraduate program David J Asai stated that this program is designed to help improve our understanding of what makes undergraduates better prepared to be successful as future scientists teachers or members of a scientifically literate public According to President Sharon Herzberger the HHMI grant provides a valuable opportunity for Whittier considering that 25 percent of the College s graduates become teachers principals and or school superintendents Whittier College has a prestigious history of training teachers and other leaders in education We are honored to have this grant that will enhance our already great programs that prepare students to be effective and innovative educators This award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a tremendous endorsement of the work we will continue to do said Herzberger With the support of HHMI Whittier College will partner with the Whittier Union High School District WUHSD to launch a new SMART Science and MAth in Research and Teaching Program Designed to prepare students to become

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  • Whittier College Partners with Chinese Institutions to Promote Language and Culture | Whittier College
    10 August 13 17 held concurrently on the Whittier and Costa Mesa campuses and each taught by six faculty members from Huaqiao University The Chinese Academy is for youth in grades 5th through 10th ages 11 16 who are interested in learning Chinese language practicing Chinese art and handicrafts and experiencing Chinese culture and tradition Instruction will include Chinese Language Martial Arts Calligraphy and Traditional Painting and Paper Cutting In addition during the regular academic year faculty from Huaqiao University will provide language and culture instruction to Whittier College undergraduates and elementary students at Broadoaks School Whittier will host about 100 students ages 11 16 from Wuhan China for a series of American arts and culture immersion courses Students will have an opportunity study in an American classroom and participate in music and dance lessons The younger group 11 12 will participate in a total immersion experience in language arts visual arts and theatre with a final performance at the end of their camp The older students 14 16 will be provided with courses and workshops on American history and culture language arts hip hop leadership and college admission among other topics The College s partnerships with Huaqiao University and Wuhan Secondary School are the newest in a succession of agreements that Whittier has signed with international institutions with the goal of creating opportunities for scholarly and cultural exchange between students and faculty Others include Taiwan s Lunghwa University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong s Lingnan University These agreements are part of the College s strategic plan to broaden its Asian studies and language programs as well as its study abroad and January Interim Session fieldwork opportunities Here are some additional highlights In July 2012 Whittier is offering a Summer Academic Success Institute SASI for matriculating international students with a focus on students from China The goal of the program is to prepare students for an American college classroom experience and address cultural and procedural challenges that international students typically face when starting college in the United States There will be a strong emphasis on the quality of writing required and the study skills needed to succeed at Whittier College As a part of the SASI program students will be participating in Whittier s multidisciplinary Los Angeles Integrated Arts course August 1 28 that will expose students to the diverse cultural arts scenes of Los Angeles Whittier Law School s ABA accredited Summer Abroad in Nanjing China July 8 28 offers courses in Chinese Law China and International Law International Adoption Law and International Children s Rights Law Summer Abroad includes guided tours of legal and culture institution and three days in Beijing During the 2012 2013 Academic Year Whittier College will host its third Fulbright Program Foreign Language Teaching Assistant FLTA The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U S educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom while providing an opportunity for young international teachers to refine their teaching skills

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  • Whittier College to Celebrate 109th Commencement Ceremony | Whittier College
    Celebrate 109th Commencement Ceremony Whittier College to Celebrate 109th Commencement Ceremony Wednesday April 18 2012 Nobel Prize Winner Mario J Molina Groundbreaking Theologist Rosemary Radford Ruether and Distinguished Teacher Chauncey Veatch to Receive Honorary Degrees Whittier College will celebrate its 109th Commencement Ceremony on Friday May 11 2012 at 9 a m in Memorial Stadium on the Whittier College campus During the event distinguished scholars Mario J Molina Rosemary Radford Ruether and Chauncey Veatch will each receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters L H D Honorary degrees are Whittier s highest honor reserved for individuals whose lives have personified the convictions ambitions values and accomplishments celebrated at the College The honorees will also have the opportunity to offer a few words of advice to the nearly 450 undergraduate and graduate students expected to receive their degrees Mario J Molina is the first Mexican born citizen to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry which he was awarded along with his co recipient in 1995 for his role in exposing the threat to Earth s ozone layer by chlorofluorocarbon gases A scientific leader collaborating with colleagues around the world his work focuses on assessing and mitigating the air pollution problems of rapidly growing cities Molina was co leader of President Barack Obama s transition team for science and technology policy and in 2010 he was appointed to the InterAcademy Council a 12 member organization of the world s science academies tasked by the United Nations to conduct an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Best known as a groundbreaking leader in Christian feminist theology Rosemary Radford Ruether has had a distinguished career as a teacher scholar and activist in the Roman Catholic Church She is a prolific author and lecturer and her books

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  • Whittier College Receives National Recognition for Community Service | Whittier College
    Roll with distinction for its exemplary commitment to service developing campus community partnerships that produce measurable impact and engaging students in meaningful service learning activities Awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service CNCS the honor with distinction was given to only 110 colleges and universities across the nation Through service these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community said Robert Velasco acting CEO of CNCS We applaud the Honor Roll schools their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom Together service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students empowering them to solve challenges within their communities At Whittier College we believe in service learning said President Sharon Herzberger Our students are very fortunate to have a faculty that provides them with opportunities to use the communities outside our campus as classrooms and to take part in meaningful projects that really make a difference in the lives of the stakeholders in these communities It is such an honor to receive this wonderful recognition for the second year in a row It shows our students that they are not just heroes here in our own neighborhood but individuals also celebrated on a national stage Directed by professor Joyce Kaufman the Center for Engagement with Communities CEC serves as both a hub for student service learning projects and a force behind established and developing partnerships between the College and the community The Center is a prime example of the College s commitment to applied learning and to educating students for citizenship and service We are all very proud of the good work the College is doing in the area of service learning

    Original URL path: http://www.whittier.edu/news/national-recognition-community-service (2016-01-26)
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