March 3, 2008

Volume 2, issue 27
March 3, 2008
The Fountain

Barbara Stubblefield retires

Barbara Stubblefield ’66, director of the annual fund, received two dozen roses from Roland Thompson ’77 in honor of her retirement last Friday. Barbara, who has received “flowers and many lovely notes” of congratulations since announcing her Feb. 29 retirement, said she has enjoyed guiding the annual fund for the past 27 years, working with alumni volunteers to raise money for Whitman College. The line between friends and volunteers has often blurred over the years, she said, and she will miss working with her friends, alumni, volunteers and office co-workers. She leaves forthe next director a strong alumni fund that boasts an alumni giving rate in excess of 50 percent.

Spring Forward

Yes, it really is just about time to “spring forward.” Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend, meaning that it’s a good idea to set your clocks FORWARD one hour before going to bed Saturday, March 8.

Campus community invited to rehearsals at dance studio

Idalee Hutson-Fish, adjunct instructor in dance, invites members of the Whitman community to attend rehearsals this week for her upcoming dance production. A rehearsal for “Giselle” will take place tonight (Monday) from 9 to 10:30 p.m. in the Whitman Dance Studio. Tuesday through Thursday, the production rehearsal will run through in show order from 9 to 10:30 p.m. in the studio. The final performance of “The Second Act of Giselle, Un Giovanotto and Zoolook” is scheduled for March 28 and 29 in Cordiner Hall, at 8 p.m. (both nights). The production is directed and choreographed by Hutson-Fish and is free.

Portland musician Alan Jones brings notable Bridge Project to campus

When the celebrated saxophonist Sonny Rollins returned to the jazz scene in 1962 after a brief sabbatical, he named his “comeback” album “The Bridge.” When Portland drummer Alan Jones visits Whitman College this week for a concert, courtesy of Professor of Music David Glenn, he will bring with him the highly regarded Bridge Project, a group that takes its inspiration from Rollins.

“Sonny Rollins gave ‘the bridge’ some pretty deep jazz connotation,” Jones says. “Music itself is a bridge between individuals, generations, ideologies… The music makes a bridge of expression and emotion between the players and the listeners. Those qualities travel in both directions across the bridge.”

Jones’ quartet includes pianist Darrell Grant, a music professor at Portland State who spent several years in New York leading his own groups and working with everyone from singer Betty Carter to saxophonist Chico Freeman. Canadian saxophonist Phil Dwyer, whose credits include work with Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Renee Rosnes and Aretha Franklin, and bassist Tom Wakeling, music chair at Clackamas Community College who has worked with Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody and others, fill out the group.

Concert: Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall

Faculty Profile: Dale Cosper
Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures-French

  • Name: Dale Cosper
  • Birthplace: Plentywood, Montana
  • Education: B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Years at Whitman: 38
  • Courses: Everything in French; innumerable courses in Studies in World Literature; 15 years in CORE
  • Favorites…
    • Book: “Suttree,” Cormac McCarthy
    • Film: “Wild Strawberries,” Bergman
    • Music: Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Vassar Clements
    • Play: All of Euripides; “Waiting for Godot;” all of Sam Shepard
    • Art: Jay Steensma
    • Poet: W.B. Yeats
  • Best travel experience: Tunisia by freighter out of Marseilles in a storm 1962.
  • Interests/pleasures: Horses. I raise half-Arabian reining horses.
  • Recent accomplishment: Hunted elk in the deep canyons of the South Fork of the Walla Walla River.
  • What people don’t know about me: My totem is bear.
  • Why I teach: Teaching and learning are the same thing; I'm a learner, especially from my students.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: The students. They are a blessing; infinitely teachable.
  • What I’ve learned here: I don't really want people to know that my name is Dig.
  • Quote: Advice pours down from the stadium full, but only the matador faces the bull.

Same time, same place — new date: Spring Breakfast changed to March 18

The Annual Spring Breakfast, hosted by President Bridges and the Whitman budget officers, will be held Tuesday, March 18, not Friday, March 21, as previously announced. The time, place and menu remain the same: Prentiss Dining Hall from 8 to 10 a.m., breakfast by Bon Appetit. Bring your appetite.

Coming Events
Free unless otherwise noted

Monday, March 3
Lecture: “Collecting and Cultural Power in Song China” by Patricia Ebrey, professor of history at the University of Washington. 7:30 p.m., Olin 130.

Wednesday, March 5
Music: The Bridge Quartet with Darrel Grant, piano; Phil Dwyer, saxophone; Alan Jones, drums; and Tom Wakeling, bass. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. $5 admission.

Thursday, March 6
Lecture: “Alexander Between East and West” presented by Professor Su Fang Eng, assistant professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. 7 p.m., Olin 157.

Thursday, March 6
Lecture: “Where Shepherd Kings Went to Die,” by Gary Rollefson, associate professor of anthropology. 8 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. Sponsored by the Walla Walla Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Barbara Stubblefield Retirement
Spring Forward
Dance Rehearsals
Music Preview
Faculty Profile:
Dale Cosper
Spring Breakfast
Coming Events

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