April 7, 2008

Volume 2, issue 32
April 7, 2008
The Fountain

Application season sets new records

“The application season has turned out well for Whitman,” reports Tony Cabasco, dean of admission and financial aid. That’s to say the least, according to the statistics. Among the highlights:

  • A record 3,250 completed applications, up 6.5 percent from last year.
  • The applicant pool was the most ethnically diverse on record.
  • To date 1,420 have been admitted, with about 30–40 more transfer admits pending.
  • Current admit rate of 43.7 percent and projected 45 percent (once all transfers are in) are the lowest ever, reflecting a continued increase in selectivity.
  • About 21 percent of our admitted students are students of color, matching last year’s record.
  • About 11 percent of admitted students are “first-generation,” coming from families where neither parent went to college.
  • Medians for admitted students: 3.90 HS GPA, 690 SAT CR, 680 SAT math, 680 SAT writing, ACT 31.

Current admission staff members Kevin Dyerly, Bruce Jones ’67, Anne Thatcher ’97, Victoria Lidzbarski ’05, Katie DePonty, and Devin Yamanaka ’07 spent most of the last three months reviewing applications from 50 states and 60 countries, said Cabasco. After carefully reading each application at least twice, the admission staff met daily over spring break to discuss individual students and finalize decisions. To help with the reading load, several part-time readers were hired including former admission officers Jennifer Toy ’06 and Jennifer Watt ’03, Amy Kunkel-Patterson ’06, currently a development staff member, and Shea Morrisey ’08.

Cabasco said the admission staff was able to process more applications while merging paper and electronic reading. A new scanning process allows for remote or out-of-office reading of applications while saving paper usage and postage fees. It also provides easier access to student records for other campus departments once students enroll.

The next seven days: Biology, poetry and classical liberalism on tap

The annual Arthur Rempel Lecture: Paul Alan Cox, founder and chairman of Seachology, Berkely, Calif.; director, Institute for Ethnomedicine, Jackson Hole, Wyo., a 1997 “Hero of Medicine,” will present “Indigenous People and Island Conservation” on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 in Maxey Auditorium.

The annual Walt Whitman Lecture: Richard Wilbur, former U.S. Poet Laureate (1987-1988) and Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry in 1957 and in 1989, will present a reading of his works on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

The first Classical Liberalism Lecture: Terry Anderson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and the executive director of PERC, a Bozeman, Montana, think tank that focuses on market solutions to environmental problems, will present “Markets and the Environment: Friends or Foes?” at 7 p.m., in Olin 130.

Pride Foundation awards grant to support costs of theatrical production

In response to a proposal written by Rachna Sinnott ’93, director of foundation and corporate relations, and Jed Schwendiman ’92, associate to the president, Whitman's GLBTQ club (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) has received a $1,500 grant. The award will help support performances of the play “In One Room” on campus as well as in the region, including Tri-Cities, Yakima and Spokane. “In One Room” is a documentary play written by alumnus Jimmy Maize ’02. It is based on interviews with college-age gay, lesbian and bisexual people from around the country and explores such issues as coming out, family, religion, politics, gender and sexuality.

Walla Walla Among 20 Best Places to Live in the West

American Cowboy Magazine has named Walla Walla to its 20-city list of best places to live in the West. Locations that made the cut are described this way: “From outdoor adventures to towns where history comes alive, here’s where to experience authentic Western culture today.” Here is the Walla Walla description:

Fort Walla Walla was a major landmark for settlers headed West on the Oregon Trail, as was Whitman Mission. But, like the early settlers, don’t stop there. Main Street is a hub of activity lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries. Tour nearby vineyards, and check out the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days in August, the oldest fair in Washington State.”

Read the entire article here.

Investing for the Future

The Career Center and Financial Aid Services are offering a workshop Wednesday (April 9) on “Investing for the Future” at 7:30 p.m. in Olin 157. This event will cover how to invest and save for retirement and is open to all students, faculty and staff, said Heidi Baldwin, Career Center assistant director.

Faculty Accomplishments

Visiting assistant professor of art Mare Blocker’s “Palouse Narratives, Artist’s Books and Prints” are on display at artspace 1, 13 ½ Main Street, Suite 201, through April 30. artspace 1 is open for First Fridays and on Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment, 529-4858.

Blocker has been publishing artist’s books since 1979, and she founded the MKimberly Press in 1984. Her work is included in more than 65 public collections worldwide, including in the Library of Congress, The Victoria and Albert, the Getty Museum and the University of Washington Special Collections.

Skip Molitor, associate professor of sport studies and head basketball coach for the past 14 years, will switch gears on July 1, 2008, to accept the responsibilities of the assistant athletic director position. In his new job, he will provide support to the athletic director Dean Snider as Whitman begins to implement strategies toward advancing excellence in athletics. This new position, said Lori Bettison-Varga, provost and dean of the faculty, is designed to enhance the student-athlete experience through promoting team events, directing club sports and working with volunteer leaders of the newly formed W Club. Molitor will also serve as the women’s varsity golf coach.

Ducky Derby chances available on campus through staff volunteers

Several Whitman staff members are among the active, dedicated volunteers who annually work on the Exchange Club Ducky Derby. Varga Fox, director of financial aid services; Dan Park, director of the physical plant; Brian Dohe, development officer, and Denise Mann, associate controller, are selling chances to “adopt” a duck for $5 each. Each duck purchased will be floated down Mill Creek, and the first 26 to cross the finish line will bring home fabulous prizes – among them: $1,000 in gas from the Zip Zone, on 9th Street. Proceeds support the prevention of child abuse in the Walla Walla community and benefit several youth programs. For more information or to purchase chances, contact any of these staff members.

Consider Bon Appétit’s “Low Carbon Diet“ for Earth Day

Each year on Earth Day – this year, April 22 – conservation-focused individuals and organizations develop creative tactics that create awareness and learning moments about protecting the earth from the ravages of pollution, consumerism and other environmental dangers. This year, Bon Appétit will offer a new Low Carbon Diet, designed to be a healthy alternative to high-in-greenhouse-gas-emissions junk foods.

According to Roger Edens, general manager of Bon Appétit, the food system is responsible for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. “In fact,” he said, “scientists have shown that dietary choices can equal the difference between driving an efficient sedan and a large SUV.”

The new line of attractive low-carbon food choices will be unveiled at lunchtime on Earth Day. Each food area will illustrate a key principle of reducing climate change. Among the choices: fresh green salad made with the local area’s first lettuce of the season.

Beginning on Earth Day and beyond, you can use Bon Appétit’s online Low Carbon Diet Calculator to help you measure the emission levels of your food choices. The calculator is based on best-available science developed by a multi-disciplinary team of experts, according to Edens. For more information, see www.CircleofResponsibility.com

Comings and Goings

Whitman College warmly welcomes Lloann L. Ball, nurse, and Gary Lunden, director of the annual fund, and says a fond farewell to Carolyn Franz, Harper Joy Theatre. Please note that Qi “Chee” Jia, former administrative assistant in the Bookstore, has moved to the position of administrative assistant for Harper Joy Theatre; and note that Ann Stull is now Ann Jauhiainen.

Coming Events
All events free unless otherwise noted

Monday, April 7:
Lecture: Annual Arthur G. Rempel Lecture, “Indigenous People and Island Conservation,” presented by Paul Alan Cox, chairman, Seachology, Berkeley, Calif.; director, Institute for Ethnomedicine, Jackson Hole, Wyo. Cox, who was named one of 11 “Heroes of Medicine” by Time Magazine (1997) for his work in ethnobatanical drug discovery, is currently focusing on neurodegenerative illness with the goal of discovering new therapies for ALS and Alzheimer’s Disease. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 8:
Lecture: “What the hell are they doing? Some thoughts on Paleoindian and Upper Paleolithic behavior” by James Advasio, Mercyhurst College. Sponsored by Walla Walla Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America; 8 p.m., Olin 130.

Tuesday, April 8:
Film: Showing of film “Argentina: Hope in Hard Times,” a current documentary on events in Argentina since the economic crisis of 2001. 7 p.m., Olin 210.

Wednesday, April 9:
Lecture: “Gender and State Violence: Lessons from Argentina” will be presented by Barbara Sutton, SUNY, Women’s Studies. 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Wednesday, April 9:
Concert: Whitman Jazz Nonet Spring Concert, David Glenn, conductor. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Thursday, April 10:
Lecture: Walt Whitman Lecture by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Wilbur, 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Presented by Visiting Writer’s Reading Series, English Department and the Mabel Groseclose Fund.

Friday, April 11:
Recital: Fridays@Four presents Senior Kaitlin Coleman, horn recital. 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Friday, April 11:
Concert: Whitman Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, David Glenn, conductor. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall.

Saturday, April 12:
Recital: Lisa Taylor, senior piano recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

April 14:
Lecture: “Markets and the Environment: Friends or Foes?” will be presented by the Classical Liberalism Visiting Speaker Terry Anderson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute; and the executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), a think tank in Bozeman, Montana, that focuses on market solutions to environmental problems. Anderson’s work helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the balance between markets and government in managing natural resources. 7 p.m., Olin 130.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Record season
Next seven days
Pride grant
Best places to live
Investing for the future
Faculty accomplishments
Ducky Derby
Low-carbon diet
Comings and goings
Coming events

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