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Ginger Ketting Weller
1985| Elementary Education

John K. McVay
WWU president 

Ginger Kettng Weller and John McVay are two of five individuals selected to receive the Charles Ellioa Weniger Award for Excellence and become members of the Charles Ellioa Weniger Society for Excellence. The award was held on February 17, 2024, in Loma Linda, California. The program was streamed live at LLUC.org

Chris Wagner 
2018 | Nursing 

Chris recently authored a book titled "Self-Care Rx for Healthcare Professionals: Proven Strategies to Combat Stress and Burnout." Chris has also set up a corresponding blog here to further delve into the topics discussed in the book.
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Melanie Marino
2023 | Engineering 

Melanie Marino's experience with Engineers Without Borders during her undergraduate experience at WWU got her featured at Northeastern University where she is pursuing advance degrees.
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Forrest Sheperd
2019| Biology Pre-medicine

Forrest was featured in a February 8, 2024, article in Business Insider for a discovery he made at 13 years old. The discovery has now led to the identification of an ancient species of walrus,which scientists named Valenictus sheperdi in Forrester's honor, in a recent paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.  To read the entire Business Insider article click Here >

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Back to You

Alumni share their stories in their own words

Trusting that He will guide
November 29, 2023

Trusting that He will guide

Shane Anderson ’94, theology

Grad school for Jedis
October 02, 2023

Grad school for Jedis

by Virginia D. Avery '22, social work (M.S.W)

You won't believe it
August 08, 2023

You won't believe it

Janelle (Pierson) Heisler '12, '15, health promotion and nursing

Good writing, good science
July 12, 2023

Good writing, good science

by Susan (Sanders) Gardner '70, English

Reaching younger generations through film
January 02, 2023

Reaching younger generations through film

By Carlos Magalhaes '21, Cinema, religion, and worldview (M.A.)

Westwind magazine

Curated stories and news to inspire and reconnect WWU alumni

Walla Walla University alumni as well as current and former faculty and staff are invited to submit AlumNote information to be included in Westwind.

In Memory
Family members of deceased alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to submit obituary information to be included in Westwind.

Westwind staff
 Kelsi Nash
Student staff writers: Emma Dodds, Hailey Werner