Susan Gotsch, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, gave closing remarks and Whittier Mayor Pro Tem Joe Vinatieri recognized the college’s comunity partners. WHITTIER – More than 100 people gathered at Whittier College’s Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the third year of the Whittier College and Community Program. Sixty-five college students this year are partnered with four community service organizations in a grant-funded learning program. Program Director Joyce P. Kaufman introduced Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger and Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer, who welcomed community members and students in attendance at the weekend event. Kaufman then introduced a five-member panel of student participants in the community program and moderated a panel discussion and question-and-answer session bet- ween the panel members and the audience. Student panel members were Alexandra Guevara, Teresa Hidalgo, Marcia Myers, Nicole Schmidt and Patricia Pint. The program boasts 54 community partners as well as 15 Whittier College particpating faculty and staff members. The College & Community Program is funded by the B.C. McCabe Foundation, which was represented at the weekend event by James D. Shepard. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!