Etcetera - 08/18/10


Construction crews have been working around the Memorial clock tower recently and unearthed an old copper printing plate with a halftone image of a group of Whitties, said was literally unearthed by construction crews during the work on the Memorial clock tower last week, said Ruth S. Wardwell, director of communications at Whitman College.

She added that Forbes listed Whitman at No. 16 on a list of 610 universities and colleges from around the country. The US News and World comes out this week, Ruth said.

The annual ranking of "America's Best Colleges" indicates Whitman is the top college in Washington state. Its ranking was No. 20 on the list last year.

Student input weighs heavily in determining the ranking.

They are asked if they enjoy their classes and overall academic experience; succeed well in their occupations after college; graduate in a timely fashion, typically four years; incur massive debts while in school and succeed in distinguishing themselves academically.


McLoughlin Union High School Class of 1955 members will gather for their 55th reunion on Sept. 10.

The event for classmates and guests only will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge, 611 No. Main St. They will pose for a group photo and enjoy dinner.

Then at 7:30 p.m., friends are encouraged to attend for a social time. For more details, contact Marilyn Zigman Falconer at 541-938-5851.


Walla Wallan Steven Vogt a two plus two bachelor degree in paralegal studies from Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation.

His accomplishment was celebrated during a live graduation ceremony Aug. 7 in Chicago.

Kaplan's summer 2010 class, which included more than 4,200 graduates, earned associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees - as well as professional certificates - completely online.

Hundreds of them traveled from around the country and the world to attend the ceremony, meeting face-to-face for the first time.

Kaplan has graduated nearly 27,000 online students since it began offering web-based degrees in 2001.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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