July 7, 2008

Volume 2, issue 44
July 7, 2008
The Fountain

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Paul Apostolidis, associate professor of politics and Judge and Mrs. T. Paul Chair of Political Science, gave a plenary lecture at the 2008 Council on Undergraduate Research conference in St. Joseph, Minnesota. He presented “Community-Based Research and the Public Work of Democracy” at St. Benedict’s College.

Lori Bettison-Varga, provost and dean of the faculty, and Jed Schwendiman, associate to the president, were guests on the KTEL Radio talk show, On the Grapevine, where they invited the Walla Walla community to join in the summer reading assignment for first-year students. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a best-selling memoir-in-comic-strip that has been made into a motion picture, “Persepolis,” which has won many awards, including the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. The 45-minute segment can be heard here.

Denise Mann, associate controller, has been was awarded the “Exchangite of the Year” award at Monday’s (June 30) installation and awards luncheon for the Exchange Club, a service organization made up of men and women working together to generally make communities better places to live and specifically to prevent child abuse. Denise served on the club’s board of directors last year, serving specifically on the Community Activities Committee and the Finance Committee. “I was overwhelmed,” she said, when her name was called, “I wasn’t expecting it.”

A “My Summer Travels” story: a novel discovery

Professor UJ Sofia reports that through his travels, he discovered just how far-reaching is the work of Professor of Chemistry Skip Wade. Prof. Sofia writes:

“When I was in India a few weeks back, I picked up the new novel by Chetan Bhagat, who according to The New York Times is “the biggest-selling English-language novelist in India's history.” He writes fluffy books (as you'll see from the excerpt below), which are great for airplane reading, so I took the book along for a trip to Europe last week. The book is titled The 3 Mistakes of My Life. When I got to page 84, I found a mention of (and compliment to) Skip Wade's textbook. The scene is a tutor is taking his pupil, named Vidya, to a book market in Ahmedabad to help her select texts for premed exam preparations. Here's the excerpt:

“‘You have Organic Chemistry by L.G. Wade?’ I said. I would have done more small talk, but I wanted to avoid talking about Vidya. In fact, I didn’t even want him to look at Vidya.

“‘Well, yes’ the shopkeeper said, taken aback by my abruptness.

“‘Chemistry book, red and white balls on the cover,’ he screamed at one of his five assistants.

“‘This is a good book,’ I said as I tapped the cover and gave it to Vidya. ‘Other organic chemistry books have too much to memorize. This one explains the principles.’

“Vidya took the book in her hand. Her red nail polish was the same colour as the atoms on the cover.”

Admission staff temporarily relocates to Mem

The inhabitants of Penrose’s third floor have taken up temporary residence in Memorial 316 while their digs undergo an update. Installing new carpet and updating old wiring will take two to three weeks, said Thorin Zanger, admission technology specialist.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Summer Travels
Admission Relocation

Past issues

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