With classes shifting to online instruction this quarter, the Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU), and many other student clubs and organizations are finding new and creative ways to keep students connected during the time they are spread across the world. Podcasts are a popular way that students have found to share messages of support and maintain connections. The following organizations have released new podcast episodes in recent days that cover a variety of topics.
ASWWU Outdoors: Trail Tales
Each year ASWWU Outdoors arranges a range of activities in the great outdoors including backpacking, rock climbing, caving, rafting, day hikes, and more. With classes shifting to online instruction and social distancing in place, they have adapted their plans for spring quarter and are sharing their love for the outdoors through a variety of methods, including their podcast, Trail Tales. The podcast features students, faculty, and staff from every skill level sharing their outdoor experiences and adventure stories. Trail Tales is available to stream on many podcast streaming services, including Spotify and Anchor. The podcast is also available on YouTube with helpful visuals and photos. A new episode drops every Tuesday at 2 p.m.
CHE: The Global Campus
The Center for Humanitarian Engagement has also launched a new podcast called The Global Campus as a forum during the COVID-19 pandemic for WWU to share encouragement and to promote generosity in service. Listen as podcast host Chad Nelson, senior aviation management major, interviews WWU students, faculty, staff, and friends of the university, as they share their stories about life during COVID-19. New episodes are released each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m. Access the podcast on Spotify.
For the past 28 years, the Public Evangelism class at WWU taught by Pedrito Maynard-Reid, professor of biblical studies and missiology, has conducted the student-run evangelistic series called InTents. WWU students are always eager to fill the seats of the colorful tent pitched on campus, but this year, due to the shift to online instruction, the series will be presented via podcast. Two episodes will be released each week for three weeks on Spotify and Apple Music starting the week of May 11. This year’s theme is “Are We Tripping?” and will focus on the journey we are each on in our walk with Christ.
ASWWU Spiritual Podcast
This podcast is hosted by Emily Ellis, senior theology major and vice president of ASWWU Spiritual. The focus is on spirituality, religion, life happenings, and everything in between. The first two episodes touch on the current state of the world and how to connect with God amidst the chaos. The second episode also features next year’s ASWWU Spiritual vice president, Zack Hoffer, who discusses with Ellis how to find God in a distracted world. Episodes are available on Spotify.
Students, faculty, and staff at WWU seek to foster an environment of togetherness and community even during this time of online instruction. To learn more about the different ways to stay connected, visit the WWU virtual campus life web page at wallawalla.edu/virtual-campus.
Posted May 1, 2020.