October 20, 2008

Volume 3, issue 9
October 20, 2008
The Fountain

Open House Saturday
Fouts Center for Visual Arts
Fouts Center

Whitman invites you to the Fouts Center for Visual Arts Open House Saturday, Oct. 25, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at 150 S. Park. You will be able to view student demonstrations and talk with faculty and staff in the college’s newest building.


Last RASC Program

The semester’s last presentation of the “From Where I Stand” lunch series sponsored by the Race and Ethnic Studies program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Olin 130 from noon to 12:45 p.m. Four of Whitman’s scholars will discuss “The 2008 Ballot: (Washington) Initiative 1000, Assisted Suicide or Death with Dignity?” as it relates to issues of race and ethnicity. Invited scholars are Delbert Hutchison, associate professor of biology; Bruce Magnusson, associate professor of politics; Tim Kaufman-Osborn, Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership; and Melissa Wilcox, assistant professor of religion. Please contact Alberto Galindo, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures (Spanish), at galindoa@whitman.edu if you plan to attend.


Thank you for gifts to the Faculty and Staff Annual Fund

  Alison Calhoun
Allison Calhoun
  Pete Reid
Pete Reid

Allison Calhoun, associate professor of chemistry, and Pete Reid ’49, assistant to the president, would like to say “thank you” to faculty and staff members who made gifts to the college last year. The two are serving as co-chairs for the Faculty and Staff Annual Fund for the second year.

Professor Calhoun has continued in this role as a way to demonstrate her support for the college. “I make a monthly donation to Whitman to reflect my support of the institution’s efforts to keep enhancing the experiences that our students engage in while here. Furthermore, I wish to give something back to the institution that has so strongly supported me as both a teacher and a scholar.”

Reid considers his gifts an investment in the future. “Whitman becomes a better institution in all areas every year, and I like being able to be involved.”

Faculty and staff members received a letter from the fund co-chairs last week, asking for support for Whitman through a gift this academic year. Gifts will be designated as unrestricted, allowing the greatest flexibility for the college to respond to immediate needs, unless you choose to restrict your gift to a specific program, scholarship or department.

To access the Faculty and Staff Annual Fund pledge form, click here


Reliving the glory days
Dr Ball

Last weekend’s football reunion was attended by more than 200 coaches, athletes and guests who visited with old friends and gridiron colleagues. And although they lamented the end of football at Whitman, they reminisced fondly about their time here and spoke highly of the effects the college’s academic programs had on their lives and careers.


Celebrate: Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 22

This year Whitman College will join more than 300 hundred other institutions of higher learning across the country in marking Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Karlis Rokpelnis ’09, campus sustainability coordinator, invites all Whitman students, faculty and staff and members of the Walla Walla community to attend the following Sustainability Day events:

  • Global Warming and Whitman: Burnt Toast? Presentation and discussion led by Bob Carson, Grace Farnsworth Phillips Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, at 4 p.m. in Science 151
  • Campus Landscaping and Tree Tour led by Gary Brown, landscape supervisor, at 4 p.m.; meet at the Hall of Science building entrance next to the greenhouse
  • Open Gardening at the Organic Garden in the afternoon
  • Sustainability Shindig, an informal meet-and-greet for members of the Whitman community who are interested in campus sustainability. Refreshments will be provided. 5 p.m., Hunter Atrium.

Connecting the squares for a good cause

Crafting for a cause this year, the Center for Community Service, the ASWC Arts & Crafts Series and Michelle Keith of Knitochet will combine resources to create knitted squares that will be made into blankets and donated to the YWCA’s shelter for women and children before Thanksgiving. Lina Menard, Center for Community Service coordinator, said that students, faculty, staff and Walla Walla community members are all welcome to participate. Students pay a $5 participation fee regardless how many squares they make (ASWC Arts & Crafts Series is subsidizing their participation). Everyone else pays $5 per kit but will receive a $5 gift certificate to Knitochet for each additional kit after the first. The group will meet each Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. from Oct. 24 through Nov. 14 in Reid Campus Center (RCC) 207 (except for Oct. 31, when it will meet in Prentiss Great Hall). The squares will be joined into blankets during a 5 to 7 p.m. session on Friday, Nov. 14, in RCC 207. For more information or to pick up a kit, please contact Menard, menardla@whitman.edu or stop by her office (RCC 223).


Library’s “Penrose Primer” newsletter available

The October 2008 issue of the Penrose Primer has been released. A PDF document with live links, this edition includes information about the new circulation policies, book recalls, staff updates and other items of interest this semester.


Faculty Accomplishments

Tim Kaufman-Osborn

Tim Kaufman-Osborn, Baker Ferguson Professor of Politics and Leadership, is a member of the editorial board of Politics & Gender, an agenda-setting journal that publishes the highest-quality scholarship on gender and politics, and women and politics. Kaufman-Osborn has twice received the Western Political Science Association’s Betty Nesvold Award for Best Paper on Women and Politics. He received the award first in 1992 for “Teasing Feminist Sense from Experience” and again in 2006 for “Gender Trouble at Abu Ghraib.”


College provides free flu shots

Flu Shots

The college is providing free flu shots for faculty and staff again this year. The Welty Health Center medical staff will administer the shots on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, at Cordiner Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply is depleted, said Ginny Matthews, administrative assistant for the Health Center. If you plan to get a flu shot, the health center staff asks that you go to the links listed below, read the Vaccination Information Sheet (VIS), and then print the consent form, complete and sign it, and bring it with you to the flu clinic. This will streamline the process and reduce the time spent waiting in line.

Spouses and family members (age 12 and older) may receive their flu shots at the Health Center beginning Oct. 23. The cost is $25, and shots are available anytime after 10 a.m. If you have any questions regarding the VIS or the consent form, call the Health Center at x5281.

Please read the Vaccination Information Sheet, then print, complete and bring the consent form with you to the flu clinic.

If you miss this clinic, said Matthews, the Public Health Department “Flu Round-Up” is at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds on Oct. 21, 22 and 23. The cost is $30 for adults and $10 for those 18 and younger. Pneumonia vaccines also will be available.


Last delivery of the season
Dr Ball

Dr. Ball, who regularly shares the multi-colored bounty from his garden with the Memorial Building staff, makes the last delivery of the season.


Coming Events
All free unless otherwise stated

Monday, Oct. 20
Seminar: “Seminar on Poverty: Tools for working with students, families, living in poverty” will be presented by Donna Beegle, sponsored by Freedom from Discrimination Month 2008. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.

Monday, Oct. 20
Lecture: “Punched Drunk: Alcohol, Surveillance and Technology” will be presented by visiting educator Gary Genesko. 7:30 p.m., Kimball Auditorium, Hunter Conservatory.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Lecture: William McNeill, DePaul University, will present “The Silence of the Earth: Heidegger on Art, Nature and Technicity,” 7 p.m., Olin 340.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Sustainability Shindig: Hunter Atrium, 5 p.m. Contact Karlis Rokpelnis, campus sustainability coordinator, for more information at rokpelk@whitman.edu.

Thursday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 26
Play: Harper Joy Theatre presents “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder: a requiem for an America that may never have existed, this stage treasure attempts, in the words of the playwright, “to find value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life.” 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Alexander Stage, Harper Joy Theatre. Tickets and information: 527-5180.

Friday, Oct. 24
Recital: Fridays at Four Recital Series presents Ross Eustis, trumpet; Jack Mountjoy, drums; Reed Ferris, guitar; and Ian Eustis, bass. 4 p.m., Kimball Auditorium, Hunter Conservatory.

Friday, Oct. 24
Concert: Whitman College Department of Music presents the Whitman Sampler Concert. 7 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Friday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 26
Film: Cinema Art Series presents “Private Fears in Public Places” (Resnais 2006, France). 7:30 p.m., Kimball Auditorium, Hunter Conservatory.

Saturday, Oct. 25
Open House: Whitman College presents an open house for the Fouts Center for Visual Arts. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25
Recital: Whitman Department of Music presents a flute recital featuring Michele Aichele and Nastassia Kolosova. 4 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Monday, Oct. 27
Lecture: "The Many Challenges in Drug Development” will be presented by Jon Lorenz, 1995 Whitman graduate. 7 p.m., Brattain Auditorium, Hall of Science.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Open House Saturday
Last RASC Program
Annual Fund Gifts
Football Reunion
Sustainability Shindig
Connecting the Squares
Library Newsletter
Faculty Accomplishments
Flu Shots
Last of the Season
Coming Events

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