July 14, 2008

Volume 2, issue 45
July 14, 2008
The Fountain

Summer teaching and learning innovation: Whitman Klamath Field Institute

Toz Soto
Students examine juvenile fish on a tour with Toz Soto, Karuk Tribe fisheries biologist.
Brice Crayne
Brice Crayne ’08 and Ron Reed, Karuk cultural biologist, who is supervising the current student projects.

The Whitman Klamath Field Institute, under the supervision and guidance of Kari Norgaard, assistant professor of sociology and environmental studies, is enjoying a very successful summer, according to Sam Norgaard-Stroich, assistant director of outdoor programs. The institute, one of nine projects made possible by the Innovation in Teaching and Learning program, has involved up to 11 students who are working on projects that include a freshwater mussel survey, water quality study, and research into the sociological and psychological effects of denied access to traditional foods by the Karuk Tribe. Sam is assisting as a “field research coordinator” by helping participants conduct biological and geological field work in a river environment. All work is directed by the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources, and coordinated by Kari, whose ground-breaking research into the present day issues faced by the Native people of the region has gained national attention, including in The Washington Post. For a look at the institute’s summer so far, see Norgaard-Stroich’s photo gallery.

Staff and Faculty Accomplishments

Jeff Donahue

Jeff Donahue, construction project manager, has been honored by the Washington Officials Association (WOA) with two prestigious awards: Official of the Year, which recognizes his outstanding footbal officiating skills, and Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes his years of service and dedication to the profession. Donahue has been a football official for 24 years, patrolling the field at high school and middle school games in Walla Walla, Waitsburg, Dayton and Touchet. He says he “just loves football” and since he couldn’t play anymore due to an injury, he took up officiating. He’ll receive his awards in August at the annual conference of the WOA, which is the professional association for Washington State interscholastic athletic officials. He was selected for the awards from 1,058 football officials statewide.

Michael Paulus

Michael Paulus, archivist and special collections librarian, recently presented two papers at Oxford. The first, “Archibald Alexander and the Use of Books: Theological Education and Print Culture in the Early Republic,” was presented June 25 at the annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing. The second, “From a Publisher’s Point of View: Charles Williams’s Role in Publishing Kierkegaard in English,” was presented July 5 at the annual conference of the Charles Williams Society. He spent the time between conferences conducting research at the Bodleian Library.

Paul Yancey

Paul Yancey, professor of biology, is on a three-week research cruise on the Atlantis. He dived to 7,200 feet (more than a mile below sea level) on July 5 in the deep-submersible Alvin, the same vehicle that found the Titanic, said Sue Weiler, senior research associate. “Words fail me – it was like landing on another planet,” Paul said of the dive in the Alvin. “We soared over and around multiple narrow volcanic spires towering up to 70 feet high, with smoker vents spewing water at more than 600 degrees Fahrenheit.” Joanne Ishikawa ’08, who worked last year on the specimens from Paul’s Alvin dive last summer, is also on the research trip and is in charge of organizing the Alvin dive logs. Their research is being done at the Faulty Towers Complex, Mothra Hydrothermal Field, Juan de Fuca Ridge, which can be seen in footage here.

College welcomes professional groups to campus

Dozens of college professionals from around the country have visited Whitman this summer, thanks to campus administrators who have hosted professional meetings here. Last month’s annual meeting of the Nationwide Internship Consortium (NIC), hosted by Susan Buchanan, director of the Career Center, was very successful. “The annual NIC meeting was very productive, with great discussion,” said Buchanan. “The participants were very impressed with the beauty of the campus and the Walla Walla community.”

No less is expected this week when Polly Schmitz ’83, assistant vice president for alumni relations, welcomes a dozen members of the Small College Alumni Directors (SCAD) to campus this week for SCAD’s annual meeting. Alumni relations leaders from around the country will gather here July 17-20 to discuss issues common to small liberal arts colleges. Representatives from the University of Puget Sound, Lawrence University, Pomona College, Macalester College, Swarthmore College, Grinnell College, College of Wooster, Reed College and Colorado College will join alumni office members Jason Arp ’94, assistant director of alumni, Margaret Hogland, administrative assistant for alumni, and Nancy Mitchell, associate director of alumni. The program includes presentations ranging from “Training Your Reunion Volunteers,” by Mitchell to “Showcasing Our Presidents,” by Lisa Lee, Swarthmore College. A tour of the campus and dinner with President George Bridges are also on the agenda.

“The annual SCAD conference is a great way to network, hear new ideas, fine-tune current programs and reinvigorate an alumni program,” said Schmitz. “The candid nature of the group allows for the professionals to troubleshoot complex issues and see things in a fresh, new perspective. Since SCAD meetings are hosted on members’ campuses, I know Whitman will be a favorite since we have the most beautiful campus of any school in the group!”

A third group is expected later this month when John Bogley ’85, vice president for development, hosts a group of development vice presidents from Pacific Northwest independent colleges, July 24-25.

Whitman mentioned in Chronicle of Higher Education article

Whitman’s summer internship program, which is coordinated by the Career Center, is mentioned in the July 18 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, in the article “College coffers let students take — and employers give — unpaid jobs,” which can be read here.

Comings and goings

Laura Cummings, administrative assistant for study abroad, is now senior assistant for study abroad. Brenda Sanchez, administrative assistant for development, has been appointed to the new position of annual fund officer.

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Klamath Field Institute
Staff and Faculty Accomplishments
Professional groups
Whitman in the Chronicle
Comings and goings

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