February 25, 2008

Volume 2, issue 26
February 25, 2008
The Fountain

There’s still time…

…to get your tickets to Harper Joy Theatre’s “Major Barbara,” premiering Thursday at 8 p.m. HJT’s presentation of George Bernard Shaw’s comedy on faith, charity and hypocrisy features Mark Chamberlin ’77 as Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy arms dealer at odds with his daughter, who has joined the Salvation Army. Chamberlin is taking time out from his Broadway/regional theater career to appear as the wealthy protagonist. The show runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.

For tickets or reservations call x5180 or fax 522-4406 this week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; tickets will also be available at the HJT Box Office 45 minutes before each performance.

Personnel Advisory Committee sponsors workshop on estate planning

The Personnel Advisory Committee has arranged for Dan Roach, an attorney from Roach & Monahan, to make two presentations on Effective Estate Planning. Roach will give the 90-minute presentation twice; it will provide an overview of steps to take for your benefit in your lifetime and steps to help your beneficiaries after your death. He also will talk about the costs involved. Topics include guardianship, durable power of attorney, health care directives and long-term care, wills, community property agreements, trusts, joint tenancy with right of survivorship and lifetime gifts.

RSVP required: Mary Luckstead at x5172 or luckstd@whitman.edu. Space is limited to the seating in Memorial 316; please indicate which date you plan to attend:

  • Workshop #1: Wednesday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial 316; or
  • Workshop #2: Thursday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial 316.

A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you the week before the event. Please bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided by PAC.

Plan for another USPS rate increase

USPS rates are increasing – again – effective May 12. To date, the following specific price increases have been announced with others to come next month.

First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.) $0.42 ($0.01 increase)
First-Class Mail letter (2 oz.) $0.59 ($0.01 increase)
Postcard $0.27 ($0.01 increase)
First-Class Mail large envelope (2 oz.) $1.00 ($0.03 increase)
Certified Mail $2.70 ($0.05 increase)
First-Class Mail International to Canada and Mexico (1 oz.) $0.72 ($0.03 increase)
First-Class Mail International to all other countries (1 oz.) $0.94 ($0.04 increase)
Price increases for Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, and International Mail will be announced next month.

The 41-cent “Forever” stamps that were issued with last year’s rate increase will be available for purchase until this new increase goes into effect. They can be used, at the title suggests, forever. Questions? Contact Amber Woodworth at x5160 or woodwoar@whitman.edu.

Faculty Accomplishments

Zahi Zalloua, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures (French) and general studies, and Nicole Simek, also assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures (French) and general studies, are co-editors of the new issue of the Dalhousie French Studies journal (Winter 2007). The theme of the issue is “Representations of Trauma in French and Francophone Literature,” and Zalloua has an essay in the collection.

Michelle Janning, associate professor of sociology and Garrett Fellow, was interviewed for and quoted in an article for the March 2008 issue of “Women’s Health.” The article matched results from a survey on the changing dynamics of relationships with quotes by a number of expert sources from the ranks of knowledgeable sociologists, psychiatrists and medical doctors. Janning discussed, in part, how men and women are socialized differently in terms of domestic roles.

David Schmitz, Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History and the author of “The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinion” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005), was interviewed recently by CBS Radio News for a news broadcast commemorating the anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Schmitz, a nationally recognized scholar and author on American history and foreign policy, has also been contacted by the BBC World Service and by the Brazilian newspaper “Folha de São Paulo” for comments on the same subject.

The research being conducted by Ginger Withers, associate professor of biology, on dendrite growth in the living cell is cited in the National Science Foundation’s 2007 Performance Highlights, which can be read online here. On page six of the NSF report is a synopsis of Withers’ “Team Dendrite” research and the assessment of this work as the “first project to combine nanofabrication, nerve cell culture, and live cell imaging to understand how molecules or geometric patterns guide neuron growth.”

Staff Profile: Heidi Baldwin
Assistant Director, Career Center

  • Birthplace: The Dalles, Ore.
  • Education: B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon
  • State University, M.A.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Virginia Tech
  • Years at Whitman: Two
  • Favorite book/film/music/play/art/etc: I enjoy reading books that help me professionally with topics that include networking, etiquette, and student development. I also love “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Everyone Worth Knowing” by Lauren Weisberger; and everything by Lisa Jackson.
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: All of them, I feel so lucky to be on such a beautiful campus!
  • Best travel experience: Going to Australia when I was 15 to play volleyball.
  • Interests/pleasures: Golf, wine tasting, home improvement, gardening and spending time with my family, boyfriend and dog.
  • Recent accomplishment: I was asked to be a Kappa Trainer for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, which means I will travel to Chapters and Alumni Associations around the country and present educational workshops.
  • What people don’t know about me: I was captain of my high school cheerleading squad.
  • A day in the life/on the job: Individual appointments with students regarding internships and full-time employment, resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and many other aspects of career planning. Presenting workshops on resumes, interviewing, networking, job search strategy, how to find a summer internship, and “Whitman to the Real World,” as well as any presentation a student group requests.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: The close-knit community.
  • What I've learned here: Tons! However, I think the most important thing is that every interaction with a student is a teaching moment.
  • Quote: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a present.

Coming Events
Free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Film: “Higher Ground,” a Mountain Culture film; Chris Alstrin will present his most recent film, which documents world-class climbers. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. Free with Whitman ID; $10 without.

Thursday, Feb. 28
Films: The Whitewater Club presents a double header of kayaking films. 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Thursday, Feb 28
Recital: Rhea Edelman will present her senior violin recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Thursday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2
Play: Harper Joy Theatre presents “Major Barbara,” a comedy by George Bernard Shaw, on the Alexander Stage, 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Box Office, x5180.

Friday, February 29
Fridays@Four: Lee Mills ’09 will conduct the Chamber Orchestra. 4 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Friday, February 29
Sheehan Art Gallery Opening: “Considering Wilderness,” an exhibit of works by Karen Antonelli and Ryan Burns depicting different interpretations of “wilderness,” will open with an artist’s lecture at 5 p.m. in Olin 130, and a reception in the Sheehan Gallery at 6 p.m. Also on exhibit in the gallery alcoves are Selected Scrolls from the Davis Collection, curated by Ron Takemoto; and Recent Works by Studio Art Faculty: Charly Bloomquist.

Friday, February 29, and Sunday, March 2
Film: CAS presents “Three Times” (Hou, 2006, Taiwan) at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Monday, March 3
Lecture: “Collecting and Cultural Power in Song China” will be presented by Patricia Ebrey, visiting educator for the History Department and professor of history at the University of Washington, at 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Looking ahead…

Monday, March 24
Lecture: 2007-08 Hosokawa Lecture: “Presidential Politics: Race, Gender and the Media Frame” by Salim Muwakkil, senior editor of In These Times; Chicago Tribune op-ed columnist; and Crime and Communities Media Fellow of the Open Society Institute. 7 p.m., Reid Center, Young Ballroom.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Major Barbara
Estate Planning
USPS Increase
Faculty Accomplishments
Staff Profile:
Heidi Baldwin
Coming Events

Past issues

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