January 14, 2008

Volume 2, issue 20
January 14, 2008
The Fountain

Symposium on diversity and community and Martin Luther King Jr. Day offer range of speakers, workshops

On Monday, Jan. 21, Whitman will combine the traditional celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with its second Symposium on Diversity and Community: Unfolding Identities.

The symposium plenary session, which is open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to noon in Cordiner Hall, and will feature a welcome from President George Bridges, presentations by Whitman professors, students and staff, and a performance by Whitman’s Chamber Singers.

The afternoon workshops are for Whitman community members only and will run from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in locations around campus. The traditional candlelight Martin Luther King Jr. Day March will begin in front of Reid Campus Center at 6:30 p.m., proceed downtown and return to Cordiner Hall, where at 7:30 p.m. Patricia Williams, attorney, law professor and columnist, will present “Seeing a Color Blind Future.” Free tickets are available at the Whitman College Bookstore beginning Jan. 14, and at the door on the evening of Jan. 21. The Whitman Jazz Combo also will perform.

Campus survives windstorm with all but landscape intact

The removal of the sculpture “Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder” and the historic tree that split it asunder has left a startlingly blank landscape between Memorial Building and Penrose Library. The Jan. 4 windstorm that wreaked havoc on Whitman and Walla Walla also took its toll on another 50 or so campus trees, but building damage was minimal, and no injuries were reported on campus. Late last week the sculpture was taken to The Walla Walla Foundry for reconstruction, and Dan Park, director of the physical plant, estimated another week would be needed for complete cleanup on campus.

Staff breakfast covers several bases

Two days after participating in a formal hearing in Seattle for Whitman’s accreditation review, President George Bridges was back on campus to host an informal staff breakfast Thursday in Olin 130.

Bridges used the occasion to acknowledge staff for their recent efforts in response to the windstorm that ravaged the campus, update the community on administrative matters and answer questions from staff.

Highlights of the session:

  • Bridges thanked all staff for their “terrific job” in the cleanup after the Jan. 4 windstorm that toppled trees, cut off power and put the campus in emergency mode. In the wake of the storm, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey and Safety Coordinator Kathy Rogers are reviewing and refining measures for emergency preparedness.
  • The final hearing by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for Whitman’s accreditation went “very well by all accounts,” according to Bridges. Results of the hearing, which involved some 40 commissioners, are expected in a few weeks.
  • Bridges invited all staff to attend the college’s Symposium on Diversity and Community Jan. 21 on campus.
  • The Office of Development and College Relations was acknowledged for securing several major gifts before the end of 2007.
  • Director of Administrative Technology Michael Quiner was cited for his election to the National Datatel User’s Group Governing Board. The appointment is for three years.
  • Bridges reiterated the college’s campaign to reduce the use of bottled water and asked staff to help in the effort.

Staff Profile: Summer Singer
Conferences and Events Coordinator

  • Office: Reid Campus Center 202.
  • Birthplace: Del Norte, Colo.
  • Education: Walla Walla High School graduate, Washington Real Estate license.
  • Time at Whitman: Three months.
  • Favorite book/film/music/play/art/etc: I don't know that I have any certain favorites of anything; books that take me away, and movies that engage me. Why keep it to just one?
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: Styx.
  • Best travel experience: My mother and I traveled to Clearwater, Fla., and there is something to be said for swimming in the Gulf of Mexico at 9 p.m.
  • Interests/pleasures: Singing, being active in community theater, spending time with my children and home improvement projects.
  • Recent accomplishment: Professionally — successfully learning to use R25. Personally — doing a performance of Come Blow Your Horn at The Little Theatre with laryngitis and living to tell about it.
  • What people don’t know about me: When I was 15, I worked as a wrap technician for my mom's business, giving herbal body wraps.
  • A day in the life/on the job: I usually get to start my days off by looking at my calendar and seeing what we have scheduled. After that it could end up anywhere.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: Working in Reid Campus Center around all the buzz and energy of the students.
  • What I’ve learned here: There is never a dull moment.
  • Quote: Everything will be OK in the end; if it's not OK, it's not the end.

Mariners caravan returns to campus Jan. 16

The Seattle Mariners pre-season caravan will stop at Sherwood Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event is designed to generate excitement for the 2008 Mariners baseball season, with appearances by the Mariner Moose and some players, including local favorite Eric O’Flaherty and Mark Lowe. The event is free and open to the Whitman community as well as the general public, so feel free to bring your families and tell your friends.

Comings and goings

Whitman extends a warm welcome to Alicia B. Riley, outdoor rental shop manager, Reid Campus Center. The college bids fond farewells to Jennifer Toy, admission officer; Cheyenne Wissenbach, academic technology consultant; and Lori Hunt, assistant director of admission, Western Regional Office; and offers best wishes in retirement to Roy Baughman, custodian, academic/administrative building; and Barbara Stubblefield, director of the annual fund, who will retire in February.

Coming Events
All events are free unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, Jan. 17
Opening reception: The Sheehan Art Gallery hosts the opening reception of “Ruminations and Pontifications,” an exhibit of paintings and installations by artist John Feodorov. Feodorov will present the opening lecture at 5 p.m. in Olin 130, and the official opening reception will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. New works by studio art faculty member Ben Bloch will be featured in the South Alcove Gallery #2.

Sunday, Jan. 20
Recital: The Whitman College Hall of Music presents Susan Pickett, violin, and Tania Cronin, piano. 3 p.m., Chism Recital Hall.

Monday, Jan. 21
Symposium, march, lecture: Whitman’s second Symposium on Diversity and Community, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March at 6:30 p.m.; “Seeing a Color Blind Future” by Patricia Williams at 7:30 p.m. (See story, this issue.)

Whitman College
In This Issue
Storm cleanup
President's breakfast
Staff Profile:
Summer Singer
Mariners caravan
Comings and goings

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