July 28, 2008

Volume 2, issue 47
July 28, 2008
The Fountain

Time to check — and possibly update — your campus directory listing

In an effort to streamline procedures and reduce paper usage, the Office of Human Resources has revised the data collection process for the printed campus directory, which is scheduled for delivery in the fall. Instead of issuing paper forms to collect and update data, we ask that you do the following:

1. From your Whitman office computer, go to People Search. You must be logged in from your campus computer to view your complete listing.

2. Type in your last name and review your listing for accuracy.

3. By Aug. 16, send your changes/corrections OR your approval to campusdir@whitman.edu. Please respond either way so we know you have checked your listing.

Know that we understand that there may still be changes to your information, possibly job titles and/or office locations. If you know a change is coming, even if you don't have the details yet, let us know. That way we can check back with you. Later this summer the campus directory will be available online for final proofing before the book goes to press. Your participation in helping us gather the most accurate and complete data possible will continue to make the campus directory a useful tool for the Whitman community.

Thank you for your assistance. Please direct your questions to campusdir@whitman.edu.

Shampa Biswas
Zahi Zalloua

Tune in to 1490 AM Wednesday morning

Shampa Biswas, associate professor of politics and director of global studies, and Zahi Zalloua, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures-French, will be guests on KTEL Radio’s (1490 AM) talk show “On the Grapevine” at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, with host Emily Jaceks. The interview can be accessed on KTEL's home page an hour later.

They’ll continue the discussion on “The Complete Persepolis,” the college’s summer read for first-years and community members, begun by Lori Bettison-Varga, provost and dean of the faculty, and Jed Schwendiman, associate to the president, when they appeared on Grapevine in June. Wednesday’s discussion will include information about Persepolis, why this book was chosen, what meaning can be drawn from it and its relationship to the new global studies initiative at Whitman.

Staff and faculty accomplishments

Cynthia Croot

Cynthia Croot, assistant professor of theatre, is co-recipient of a grant from the Theatre Communications Group/International Theatre Institute. Funded by the grant, she and a colleague from New York will travel to Croatia, where they will produce a high-profile radio docudrama designed to focus media and public attention on Croatia’s sex trafficking crisis. The project is inspired by Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Venus,” an award-winning stage production.

Dave Holden

Dave Holden, sports information director, has been appointed to a second one-year term on the Academic All-American Committee by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He serves as college division coordinator for women’s basketball and cross country/track in District VIII, which encompasses nine western states and British Columbia. As a district coordinator, he will review nominations from participating schools and prepare ballots for voting by sports information directors. CoSIDA’s Academic All-American program, now in its 58th year, has honored more than 14,000 student athletes.

Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson, assistant professor of biology, has co-authored an article titled “Evolutionary origin and development of snake fangs,” which is scheduled for publication in the July 31 issue of “Nature.”

Fred Moore

Fred Moore, professor of physics, co-authored an invited review paper titled “Integration or Segregation: How Do Molecules Behave at Oil/Water Interfaces,” which served as the cover article for the May 29 issue of the notable and selective journal “Accounts of Chemical Research.”

Karl Storchmann

Karl Storchmann, associate professor of economics, and the American Association of Wine Economists have published the fourth edition of the “Journal of Wine Economics.” Articles in this edition include “Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?” and “The Wines of West Africa: History, Technology and Tasting Notes.” For more information about the journal, which has received international notice and acclaim, please visit www.wine-economics.org. Information about the second annual meeting of the American Association of Wine Economists, to be held in Portland Aug. 14-16, is here.

Penrose Library announces staff changes

The Penrose Library staff is putting in place plans to create new levels of excellent service and access to materials, announced College Librarian Dalia Hagan. “We’ve made some staffing changes that are based upon our needs for flexibility, innovation and a constant reassessment of the needs of our community. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for service improvement,” Hagan added.

Changes include:

  • Roger Stelk has been promoted to the position of head of collection management, responsible for all acquisitions, cataloging and collection development activities.
  • Rich Pengra, collection development assistant, and Karla Hall, library serials assistant, who have been working with Roger, will be joined by Maxine Darrow, cataloging assistant, Julianne Hoppen, cataloging assistant, and Carol Carr, formerly systems/catalog librarian.
  • Carole Carr will now serve as the integrated systems/metadata librarian, spending more time engaged in helping to create the virtual library and less on day-to-day cataloging activity.

“How I spent my summer vacation” — share your story

Has this summer brought you an exciting adventure or fascinating learning opportunity, whether to an exotic locale or to a scholarly or professional conference? Maybe you participated in a service-oriented trip, led a tour or just spent a relaxing vacation on a beach somewhere. And, on your travels, maybe you ran into fellow Whitman folks or met someone who knows of Whitman. Feel free to share your “summer vacation” stories with The Fountain; and photos are encouraged. Send your story to thefountain@whitman.edu.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Campus Directory
Tune In
Staff and Faculty Accomplishments
Library Changes
Summer Vacation

Past issues

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