November 17, 2008

Volume 3, issue 12
November 17, 2008
The Fountain

Whitman Magazine news: online version and “recycling”

Whitman Magazine Online

The recent launch of the Whitman Magazine online site adds a searchable, user-friendly option for the college’s many constituents. The goal of the online version is not to replace the print magazine; it is to supplement and complement it. While the Web version includes bonus features, such as expanded photo galleries, it does not include Class Notes, the most-read section by the magazine’s largest readership segment. Still, with this new option came the opportunity to evaluate how many, if any, hard copy editions of the magazine could be replaced on campus. Analysis by the Communication staff reveals that the cost savings would be small, because to realize true savings the count would need to drop by thousands, not one-to two-hundred copies printed. And the labor-intensive process required to distribute issues only to campus community members who want it would be counter-productive.

But here’s a solution for making “unwanted” campus copies more cost-effective and using them to expand readership. Several local businesses, including the Marcus Whitman Hotel, Clarette’s, Tourism Walla Walla and the Chamber, have asked the college to provide copies of the magazine to them so they can make them available to their patrons. The cost of providing enough copies has been significant enough that we have not been able to meet this request. However, if you do not want your copy of the magazine, or if you’ve read it and don’t want to keep it, you can play a role in a cost-saving recycling chain. Simply put your copy in campus mail, addressed to the Boyer House. The staff will deliver the unused and gently used copies to these various places.

The Fountain will include reminders about this option, and here’s an advance — the next issue of Whitman Magazine will be distributed on campus in early to mid-December.

Another chance to provide feedback and input

Thank you to all the staff and faculty who responded to the survey about The Fountain. Thus far, the most dramatic statistic is that 97 percent of respondents answered “Yes” to the question that asks, “Does The Fountain enhance your sense of community on campus?” But we’d like more input, please! If you haven’t completed the easy, seven-question survey, here’s another chance. Please respond no later than Friday, Nov. 21. Responses are anonymous; aggregate results will be published in a coming issue. To take the survey, click here.

Reminder: health benefits info sessions Nov. 18 and 20

The Office of Human Resources is holding two information sessions on changes to the 2009 medical/dental/vision plan: Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. Both sessions will be held in Maxey Auditorium. Also — remember that annual open enrollment takes place during the month of December. Materials will be distributed near the end of November.

Faculty Accomplishments

Where the Great River Bends

Where the Great River Bends: A natural and human history of the Columbia at Wallula, edited by Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies Bob Carson and written in conjunction with four of his colleagues, will be released Saturday, Nov. 22, at Reid Campus Center. The publishers, editors and many of the book’s contributors will gather for this historic event on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Young Ballroom. Copies of the 240-page soft cover book will be for sale, and Carson and other contributors will be available to autograph them. The book contains dozens of historic and modern-day images of the extraordinary landscape of the Columbia Plateau.

Faculty Profile: Eric Bridgeland
Men’s Basketball Coach, Adjunct Instructor of Sport Studies

Eric Bridgeland
  • Birthplace: Rockford, Ill.
  • Education: Bachelor’s, University of Manitoba, 1993; currently completing master’s.
  • Years at Whitman: This is my first.
  • Courses: “Tools for Life” through team athletics.
  • Favorite…
    • Book: “Good to Great” by Jim Collins; “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell
    • Movie: “Good Will Hunting”
    • Music: U2
    • Sculpture on campus: Sherwood Athletic Center.
  • Best travel experience: European Tour with Canadian men’s basketball national team in 1993.
  • Interests/pleasures: Mentorship; playing with Sydney, our 7-month-old baby girl.
  • Recent accomplishment: Being named Whitman’s men’s basketball coach.
  • Why I teach/coach: To give back life lessons and confidence that team athletics gave me.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: Relationship-based administration, faculty, staff and students.
  • What I’ve learned here so far: How deeply our faculty cares for students.
  • Quote: “There is no greater motivating power on planet earth than the human soul on fire — relationships is where it’s at.”

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise stated

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Opera: The Whitman College Department of Music Presents a program of opera scenes. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Save the date

Thursday, Dec. 4
Lecture: “Raids, Rights and Reform: The Postville Case and the Immigration Crisis” by Erik Camayd-Freixas, Florida International University. Presented in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in English. 7 p.m., Olin 130. Questions: Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Virginia Cagley Fund, and the generosity of the Gómez-Peña Fund.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Parting Shot

As the Missionary soccer seasons wound down the last couple weeks, the men’s and women’s goalies showed different form to achieve the same end result of denying the opposition a goal. Courtney Porter ’10 got down to stop a shot against Whitworth and Brett Axelrod ’09 took the high road versus Pacific.

Parting Shot

Whitman College
In This Issue
Online Magazine
Fountain Feedback
Benefits Sessions
Faculty Accomplishments
Faculty Profile:
Eric Bridgeland
Coming Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

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