July 21, 2008

Volume 2, issue 46
July 21, 2008
The Fountain

It was a very good giving year
Development team
John Bogley ’85, surrounded by the development team that raised $13.37 million dollars for the college last year, re-enacts the office’s tradition of “ringing the bell” when a very large gift is made to the college. “It’s more than an announcement of dollars and cents,” said Bogley. “It’s really a celebration of the donor’s generosity and belief in what we do here at Whitman.”

By many counts — especially the total amount of giving — 2007-08 was a very good year for Whitman. John Bogley ’85, vice president for development and college relations, reports that Whitman donors combined to give the college a total of $13.25 million during the fiscal year, which ended June 30.

“Giving exceeded expectations,” he says. “It’s particularly gratifying to have such a successful year when we’re just beginning to articulate to donors the emerging strategic direction for the college that the faculty, provost, and president have developed. That signals great momentum and confidence in Whitman.”

Among the many significant demonstrations of support were gifts to endow a new faculty chair, a major grant from the Mellon Foundation to build the Global Studies program, gifts to establish a permanent funding source for the Fund for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support an expanded and enriched interdisciplinary life sciences curriculum, and numerous scholarship endowments that will provide long-term funding to keep a Whitman education accessible to students from all socio-economic situations.

Bogley believes the value of every gift extends beyond the actual dollars themselves. “Philanthropic support is a vote of confidence in Whitman by donors and it helps the college keep tuition prices increases as low as possible.” And he is quick not only to recognize the “talent, tireless efforts and dedicated commitment of the development staff” but also praises the work of faculty and staff that makes Whitman a college well worth supporting.

“Most donors give out of a sense of loyalty and appreciation for Whitman College. Whitman’s excellence is reflected in the level of giving, and everything that campus community members do to help move the college forward can inspire continued giving by our alumni and friends,” says Bogley, who also salutes President Bridges for his “extraordinary efforts in presenting the college vision to alumni and friends this past year. During those discussions, many were surprised to learn that, despite Whitman’s seeming wealth, the college’s endowment per student is one-quarter to one-third the size of many of the colleges with which we regularly compete for faculty and students.”

Save the date — Convocation is just around the corner

Convocation 2008 is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Cordiner Hall. Patrick Spencer, professor of geology, will present the 2008 Convocation address. Opening week runs from Aug. 28 until Sept. 2, when classes begin.

How green is Whitman?

We know that the green at Whitman extends beyond the surface of our arboretum-like campus, but how green is Whitman, really? A look at the efforts of students, faculty and staff over the past decade shows the college growing ever-greener. If there are activities or programs that you’d like to add to the mix, please send an e-mail to Lenel Parish, senior news services officer, at parishlj@whitman.edu.

Summer Dance Lab, Walla Walla Symphony combine talents Friday

You have the rare opportunity to see Whitman’s Summer Dance Lab (SDL) instructors and students, accompanied by the Walla Walla Symphony, perform on the Cordiner stage Friday, July 25, at 7 p.m.

Professional dancers from the Eugene Ballet, Spectrum of Seattle, and the John Passafiume Dancers from New York, who have served as faculty for the students enrolled in the dance lab, will be joined on stage by some of their advanced students, and they will perform to live music offered by the Walla Walla Symphony. Tickets are available at the bookstore and Earthlight Books: $15 for general admission; $10 for students and senior citizens. A reception at the Young Ballroom in Reid Center will follow the performance. Please retain your ticket stub, as it will be required for entry. For more information, call Karyl Dennis, administrator for the summer dance lab, x5796.

Summer Dance Lab is an intensive dance program that brings young dancers from around the Northwest to Whitman for two- three- and five-week sessions each summer. The young dancers audition for the program at meetings around the Northwest during the school year. Local dance students who participated in the program this summer include Franny Eaker-Rude, Teagon Coleman, Jessica and Kristina McVane, Summer Wardlaw, Emma Eskil, Charles Gordon, Merrit Filan, Katie Krivoshein and Hannah Wentz.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Giving Year
Save the Date
How Green is Whitman?
Summer Dance Lab

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The Fountain is published by the Office of Communications. Send news to Editor Lenel Parish at thefountain@whitman.edu. Photos are accepted. Submissions are due by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the following week's issue. Editorial Assistant: Marcy Manker ’10. Director of Communications: Ruth Wardwell. Online: www.whitman.edu/fountain