March 17, 2009

Volume 2, issue 29
March 17, 2008
The Fountain

Whitman is a Kiplinger’s “Best Value”

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has released the 2008 version of its “100 Best Values in Private Colleges,” and Whitman once again made the top third of the list. Ranked No. 28, Whitman is one of only five West Coast schools — and the only one in the Northwest — to make the 50-member liberal arts college list.

Kiplinger’s ranks the best values in private institutions across the country, measuring academic quality and affordability. The top 50 universities and liberal arts colleges are listed in separate tables.

In its selection of schools, Kiplinger’s considers “quality measures” and financial indicators. Quality measures include undergraduate enrollment, admission rate, SAT/ACT, student/faculty ratio and graduation rates. Financial indices include total costs, cost after need-based aid, aid from grants, non-need-based aid, cost after non-need-based aid and average debt.

“It’s always gratifying to see Whitman College recognized for its affordability as well as its academic excellence and rigor,” said Tony Cabasco, dean of admission and financial aid. “The Kiplinger study documents that Whitman is making the appropriate investments to ensure academic excellence and financial aid opportunities to create access to a Whitman education. We should be proud that our graduation and retention rates, the net cost that families pay to attend Whitman (after merit- and need-based aid), and the debt load of our students compare well with other leading liberal arts colleges.”

Celebrate Spring! Come to breakfast Tuesday morning in Prentiss Dining Hall

Don’t forget: The annual Celebration of Spring breakfast has been rescheduled for tomorrow — Tuesday, March 18 — in Prentiss Dining Hall, from 8 to 10 a.m. It’s a delicious tradition you don’t want to miss.

Faculty Accomplishments

Paul Apostolidis, Judge T. Paul Chair of Political Science, was interviewed last week by a tidal wave of reporters and news anchors seeking his perspective on politics and scandal in the wake of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s sudden fall from grace amid discovery of his sexual and possibly legal indiscretions.

Apostolidis is co-editor, with Juliet Williams, associate professor of women’s studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, of Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals (Duke University Press, 2004).

New York Times reporter N.R. Kleinfield was the first to interview Apostolidis, who was quoted as saying “There is a broader anxiety about what is private anymore. It’s not that politicians are behaving more badly. We’re just learning about it more often.” In the flood of media requests that followed, he was also interviewed by an international throng of reporters that included those from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, Radio New Zealand, the Los Angeles Times and the Toronto Star.

The complete story, including links to sites on which you can read Apostolidis’ comments, is on Whitman’s News page.

Faculty Profile: David Carey
Professor of Philosophy

  • Birthplace: St. Louis, Mo.
  • Education: B.A. St. John’s College, S.T.B. & M.A. Gregorian University, M.A. & Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
  • Years at Whitman: 19
  • Courses: Core, Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Plato’s Republic, Values
  • Favorite book/film/music/play/art/etc: Lord of the Rings
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: It was Ed Humpherys’ “Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder,” until an act of God sundered it with the Tree of Heaven!
  • Best travel experience: On top of Mt. Howard in the Wallowas.
  • Interests/pleasures: Backgammon
  • Recent accomplishment: I finished writing a book and was invited to give a lecture on the subject at the Gregorian University in Rome. The book was published shortly thereafter (Fall 2007).
  • What people don’t know about me: Mr. (Fred) Rogers and I appeared on the same TV show when I was about five years old.
  • Why I teach: Teaching combines the active life with the contemplative life.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: The generous financial support from alumni and other donors, the impressive dedication of the faculty and staff, and the good spirit of the students.
  • What I’ve learned here: How good it is to sink down roots into a community. This is the longest I’ve ever lived and worked in one place.
  • Quote: “Some animals are more rapid in movement than man, since this excellence of speed is inconsistent with the equability of the human temperament.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

Seattle Art Museum borrows artifacts from Maxey Museum

The Seattle Art Museum has borrowed three items, including the “oil bowl,” pictured, from the Maxey Museum for a traveling exhibition of Coast Salish art, according to Nina Lerman, associate professor of history. The show will open in Seattle in the fall, travel to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and to the Royal British Columbia Museum during the Winter Olympic Games.

The bowl, which most likely was intended to represent a sea monster, was donated to Whitman College by Mrs. Sarah Eells at the time of Rev. Myron Eells’ death in 1906, and is described in artifact notes as an “animal effigy bowl/oil dish, Quinnalt; 19th century; Alder, glass beads.” Myron Eells acquired it in 1893.”

A photo of this artifact appeared in the 1985 book edited by George Castile, professor of anthropology emeritus, The Indians of Puget Sound: The Notebooks of Myron Eells.

Campus recycling center: a peek behind the scenes

At a glance, the campus Recycling Center, located at the Environmental Studies House, looks simple: take your recyclables there and you’ve done a good thing. A closer look reveals more than meets the eye, according to Bob Biles, campus recycling coordinator and landscape specialist.

So here’s a look behind the scenes. The center is really a little transfer station. What’s left there is hauled to Walla Walla Recycle, which is actually just a larger transfer station. From there, the products are shipped to brokers or directly to regional recycling plants, where recycled products are manufactured. Whitman’s center receives funds for only a small portion of what is left — yes for aluminum, cardboard and paper; no for any type of plastic, tin or glass.

Currently, the center is getting more than it can handle. It’s a small-scale facility designed to serve the Whitman community and a few neighbors immediately adjacent to campus. It would be helpful for staff and faculty to spread the word about this, reports Biles, who adds that Walla Walla Recycling, located at N. 13th and Elm, is more fully equipped and even accepts glass, which the Whitman center does not.

Sherwood closed until further notice

Due to the work being done to remove mercury and asbestos from Sherwood Center, it will be closed until further notice, reports Dean Snider, athletics director. He expects access to the dance room and racquetball courts to be restored before classes begin March 24. “We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”

Coming Events
All events are free unless otherwise noted

Monday, March 24
Lecture: Pioneering journalist Salim Muwakkil, the first black AP correspondent, will present the 2008 Hosokawa Lecture in Journalism, “Presidential Politics: Race, Gender and the Media Frame.” 7 p.m., Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.

Tuesday, March 25
Lecture: “Assessment as Scholarly Research” will be presented by Carol Rutz, director of the writing program at Carleton College. She will discuss how, by looking at academic assessment in a new light, it can be less stressful and more useful. 7:30 p.m., Olin 130.

Tuesday, March 25
Recital: The Hall of Music presents critically acclaimed guest piano artist William Chapman Nyaho, a Ghanian American who lives in Seattle. He has received numerous prizes for his work, and his recitals typically include standard repertoire numbers as well as piano music by composers of the African Diaspora. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Wednesday, March 26
Lecture: Patrick Henry, professor emeritus and speaker for the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, will present “Why Learn about the Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust?” at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, corner of Alder and Roosevelt. This lecture is one of Walla Walla’s March of Peace activities planned for this month. More events can be viewed here.

Friday, March 28, and Sunday, March 30
Film: Whitman’s Cinema Art Series presents “The Aura” (Bielinsky, 2006, Argentina). 7:30 p.m., Kimball Auditorium, Hunter Conservatory.

Wednesday, April 2
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre premieres Anne Washburn’s “Apparition: An Uneasy Play of the Underknown” at 8 p.m. on the Freimann Stage. Peopled by demons, lonely ladies and wandering denizens of the Scottish play, “Apparition” explores the prickly feeling that something is out there and waiting for you. For tickets or reservations call x5180 or fax x4406 during Box Office hours, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays. During performance week, the Box Office is also open noon to 1 p.m. daily and 45 minutes before each show. Additional performances: Thursday, April 3, at 8 p.m.; Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

Friday, April 4
Recital: Fridays at Four presents Lee D. Thompson, piano, and Diana Chamberlain, soprano. 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Friday, April 4, and Sunday, April 6
Film: Whitman’s Cinema Arts Series presents “Caché” (Hanke 2005, France). 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Saturday, April 5
Concert: Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers Spring Concert, Robert Bode, conductor. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Kiplinger's Best Value
Spring Breakfast
Faculty Accomplishments
Faculty Profile:
David Carey
Maxey Pieces
Sherwood Pool
Coming Events

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