June 30, 2008

Volume 2, issue 43
June 30, 2008
The Fountain

Faculty accomplishments

Idalee Hutson-Fish, lecturer of dance, has had a very successful summer of dance in Italy, where she taught a ballet class at the Umbra Institute. Three of her Whitman students attended her Umbra class; Kelsey Yuhara ’10, Kendra Vandree ’10 and Pauline Baculi ’09 also performed in Piazza Spirito Santa in Florence, Italy, earlier this month. Ten of Hutson-Fish’s private studio dancers traveled to Italy to compete in Dance Grand Prix Italia, where they won third place for costumes; second place overall for their modern piece and first place overall in the ballet category. The dancers, ages 14-18, also performed in Ciampino and Florence.

Elizabeth Vandiver, associate professor of classics and Clement Biddle Penrose Professor of Latin, gave a lecture at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, on June 11. Her lecture, "For Two Gross of Broken Statues: Modernism, Classics, and First World War Poetry,” was the final presentation in an eight-week seminar series titled ’Blood for Ghosts: Modernism and the Classics.' The series organizer plans to publish the eight seminar papers. Professor Vandiver's book Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2009.

Staff profile: Aubrey Stone
Printing Assistant, Printing Services, Boyer House

  • Birthplace: Arlington, Texas
  • Education: Some college; I plan to pursue a BA in psychology or design when time permits.
  • Years at Whitman: Eight months
  • Favorite
    • Authors: David Eddings, Christine Feehan and Jane Austen
    • Film: “Tombstone”
    • Music: The better question is what music DON’T I like. I can’t handle opera (no offense to the opera lovers out there) and as nature would have it, it’s looking like my 6-year-old daughter just might turn out to be an opera singer. All others I’m game for.
    • Art: Fine art, Vincent van Gogh or Georgia O’Keefe; more modern, Amy Brown.
    • Etc: The nerd in me (everyone has one) loves to play adventure games on Playstation.
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: Styx is my favorite due to my love of horses and the local rivers. Imagination and Understanding: Phusis and Techne ranks a close second for the use of color and the nautilus.
  • Best travel experience: All the amazing landscape on the drive up to the Northwest from Texas. The Utah deserts, Colorado Rockies, Montana plains and Idaho forests are all amazing. Being a small town girl from Texas means for most of my life I could see for 30 miles or more without spotting so much as a hill. If you ever have a chance to take that drive it’s well worth it.
  • Interests: A friend recently got me interested in photography. I also love to read anything that can take me into another world.
  • Pleasures: Spending time with my family in the Blue Mountains or out on the Snake River.
  • Recent accomplishment: Since I moved to the area almost three years ago I’ve learned how to fish, ride/drive a four-wheeler, dig out of more snow that I ever thought I would see, and breathe deeply when driving on a road with a very steep shoulder.
  • What people don’t know about me: I was the drum major for my high school marching band my senior year.
  • A day in the life/on the job: Create, Create, Create! I print pieces for various departments and I do a little design when the communications design team is overloaded. I like it because I get to see the final result of so many people’s hard work. Instant gratification!
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: That even though a person is a new hire they have always been part of the family. Everyone I have met here and especially my co-workers in Boyer House are willing to help you no matter what the problem. There is never an issue so large it can’t be handled between us. Thank you guys!
  • What I’ve learned here: That even though I’m a single mom without a degree I can make a difference no matter where I go.
  • Quote: “Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Interlibrary loan upgrade

Dalia L. Hagan, college librarian, announces that the library is upgrading its interlibrary loan service to offer more customization and a better user experience. To learn more about the features and options that will be available to you when you place and receive interlibrary loan requests, please go to the ILL Frequently-Asked Questions page.

All systems should be running normally by Tuesday, July 1. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Hoppe at x4905 or at crockeel@whitman.edu.

After July 1, you may access the new interlibrary system either through the ILLiad link under “My Account” in the main Library Tool Bar, or on the Interlibrary Loan page.

Career Center hosts Nationwide Internship Consortium

Susan Buchanan, director of the Career Center, hosted the annual meeting of the Nationwide Internship Consortium (NIC) on June 19 and 20 in Reid Campus Center. Career Center professionals from Claremont McKenna College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvey Mudd College, Johns Hopkins University, Lewis and Clark College, Occidental College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Reed College, Scripps College, University of Chicago, University of Puget Sound and the University of Rochester attended. Margaret Ely, administrative assistant, who also attended the conference, said, “Everyone commented on the beautiful campus we have at Whitman and appreciated the opportunity to visit our town and sample its offerings.”

Prentiss open for lunch

Bon Appétit at Prentiss Dining Hall will be open to the public for lunch Monday through Friday until Aug. 7 (except for Friday, July 4) reports Erica Peters-Grende, office administrator. Meal time is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the menu includes a daily entrée special, a salad bar, fresh soup, made-to-order deli sandwiches and desserts. Your faculty and staff flex dollars work in the summer; if you need to add to your flex dollars or open a flex dollar account, you can do so at the Bon Appétit office in Prentiss Dining Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions? Contact Erica at x5508, petersed@whitman.edu.

Comings and goings

The college bids a fond farewell to Deanna Ortiz, counselor, and Joy Viveros, director of post baccalaureate grants, scholarships and fellowships; and announces the following changes: Joelle Chavre, from academic technology consultant, Division III, to academic technology consultant, Division III / assistant director for support services; Katie DePonty, from admission officer to assistant director of admission; Dawn Forbes, from interim director of Sheehan Gallery to director of Sheehan Gallery; Tyson Harlow, from financial aid assistant to financial aid counselor; Adam Kirtley, from Stuart Religious Counselor to Stuart Coordinator of Religious and Spiritual Life; Victoria Lidzbarski, from admission officer to assistant director of admission; Bryan Lubbers, from consultant, IT services, to academic technology consultant, Division I; Andrea Ramirez, from interim director of student activities to director of student activities; Polly Schmitz, from director of alumni relations to assistant vice president for alumni relations; Cindy Waring, from director of administrative services to director of human resources and name change to Cindy Matern.

Summer dancers back on campus; performance scheduled for July 25

Whitman’s Summer Dance Lab students and instructors are again on campus for a myriad of classes that will culminate in the July 25 performance of “Dance for a Summer’s Eve,” presented on the Cordiner stage at 7 p.m. by professional dancers from the Eugene Ballet, Spectrum of Seattle and the John Passafiume Dancers of New York with appearances by some of the dance lab students. Tickets for the production are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. A reception will follow at Reid Campus Center. For more information, contact Karyl Dennis, administrator for the Summer Dance Laboratory at x5796, denniskl@whitman.edu or check out the program’s Web site.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Faculty Accomplishments
Staff Profile:
Aubrey Stone
Interlibrary Loan Upgrade
Nationwide Internship Consortium
Prentiss for Lunch
Comings and Goings
Summer Dance Lab

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