March 24, 2008

Volume 2, issue 30
March 24, 2008
The Fountain

Celebration of Spring Breakfast: A good time was had by all…

The annual Celebration of Spring staff and faculty breakfast hosted by President George Bridges on March 18 was a delicious success. The conversations around tables did not touch on spring cleaning, but a few alternate spring traditions mentioned included: spring skiing; traveling (without children) to the NCAA Basketball Championships; taking a relaxing trip to the coast; and repainting the front porch. For more of the mornings’ smiling faces, click here.

Welcome back — On campus this week:

The Hosokawa Lecture tonight:
“Presidential Politics: Race, Gender and the Media Frame” by journalist Salim Muwakkil. 7 p.m., Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.

Lecture on Academic Assessment Tuesday:
“Assessment as Scholarly Research” by Carol Rutz, director of the writing program at Carleton College. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Guest pianist William Nyaho Wednesday:
The Hall of Music presents critically acclaimed guest piano artist William Chapman Nyaho. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall.

“The Killing Fields” Thursday:
Award-winning film presented by Intercultural Center and Asian Cultural Association at 7 p.m., Olin 130

Dance production of “Giselle” Friday and Saturday:
“The Second Act of Giselle, Un Giovanotto and Zoolook,” 8 p.m. both nights, Cordiner Hall.

Staff and Faculty Accomplishments

Michelle Acuff, assistant professor of art, recently opened the exhibition “corpus,” pictured, at the Stevens Gallery of the College of William and Mary (Virg.) A sculptor and installation artist, Acuff aims to give poetic form to knowledge, she said. “Merging visual poetry and materiality into a single humble object allows me to speak about the blunt vulnerability, and yet frightening elegance, of being alive.” Acuff, whose inspiration for the exhibit was recent time spent living in the contemporary Jackson, Miss., has exhibited her work nationally and won several awards, including a 2006 “Mississippi Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship.”

Sean Gehrke, assistant director of residence life and housing, wrote an article that has been accepted for publication in the July-August issue of the Journal of College Student Development. The article, “Leadership through Meaning-Making: An Empirical Exploration of Spirituality and Leadership in College Students,” examines the relationships between various components of socially responsible leadership and spirituality to provide empirical evidence supporting literature around spiritual leadership.

Kendra Golden, associate professor of biology, recently gave two presentations — "A Cure for the Past, a Cure for the Future: the Potential for Phage Therapy" to Western Washington University's Academy for Lifelong Learning; and "Drifting Away from Nature: The Cost of Convenience" at a conference on obesity at the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, U.K.

The compositions of John David Earnest, adjunct assistant professor of music, have been released in a CD on KOCH International Classics. Earnest was described in a March 4 New York review as “an incredibly original voice in modern classical music.” An award-winning composer who teaches composition, he has been commissioned by many orchestras, symphonies and chorales, including the Walla Walla Symphony. Visit for more information.

One, two, tree

Tree is not a typo — this is a story about counting trees. Recently a number of trees adjacent to Sherwood Center were removed to accommodate the renovation project. Gary Brown, landscape supervisor, reports on the tree status:

Nineteen of the trees that were removed are being saved and relocated — some already have been replanted in new campus locations and others are in “holding” near Cordiner, to return to the Sherwood area post-construction. Some trees had to be cut down; those with suitable logs will be milled into lumber. The branches were chipped into mulch, which will be used in campus shrub beds. At the end of the construction project, about 10 new trees will be planted in addition to the dozen that will be returned to the area. The trees and landscape committee reviewed the final plan and was involved in the decisions about which trees were cut down, relocated, and saved. Several trees that were originally scheduled to come down were saved by making slight adjustments to the renovation plan.

Pictured: Transplanted trees will “hold their ground” on the north side of Cordiner until they can be replanted adjacent to the renovated Sherwood Center.

Staff Profile: Jinny Clark
Custodian, Baker Ferguson Fitness Center

  • Department: Physical Plant Services
  • Birthplace: Havre, Mont.
  • Years at Whitman: Nine
  • Favorite Books: Anything about Indian history and Cesar Millan.
  • Favorite sculptures: The Tiki and the Totem.
  • Best Travel: When I was younger I traveled a lot with my grandma. We went to Mexico City and it was very hot and smelly. She took me to a bull fight.
  • Interests: Camping, jet skiing and I love holidays when you can dress up. I make a great bunny! But have been told I don't "hop" well.
  • Accomplishments: Teaching my two dogs, Dakota and Turbo, that I am the Alpha Dog when I'm at home! (Yeah, right!)
  • What people don't know: I was an art major in college.
  • Favorite aspects of Whitman: Absolutely working at the Physical Plant. The group by far is the best to work around and be a part of.
  • What I've learned: When you've been around the students for four years, you get attached. You know they are headed for better things, but deep down you know you might not see them ever again.
  • Quote: Don't do bad things to anyone and don't let anyone do bad things to you. And I'd like to know who invented white tile and white grout!

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
Staff Breakfast
Welcome Back
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Staff Profile:
Jinny Clark
Coming Events

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