October 27, 2008

Volume 3, issue 10
October 27, 2008
The Fountain

Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 2 – “fall back”

Daylight Savings

To get your extra hour of sleep and be on time instead of an hour early, don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour. Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 a.m. Also, many local fire departments recommend checking/changing the batteries in smoke detectors at clock change time. Fun Fact – Benjamin Franklin was among the first to recommend adopting DST.

TIAA-CREF Web seminars available

Due to high demand, TIAA-CREF’s two newest, very timely, and highly successful seminars – “Staying on Track in a Volatile Market” and "A History of Strength and Stability" – are now available as web seminars. The first seminar addresses the historical returns and inherent volatility of stocks as well as the importance of asset allocation, while the second seminar provides information on the financial strength of TIAA-CREF. Given the current financial situation, both topics should be of great interest to Whitman employees, said Victor Tom of TIAA-CREF, and these web seminars will help us learn more about both topics at a time most convenient to each of us. The seminars can be accessed through this link: TIAA-CREF.org Web Seminars

Staff accomplishments

Susan Weiler

C. Susan Weiler, biology research associate, has co-written an article titled “Antarctic Treaty Summit to Focus on Global Science Policy Lessons” that appears in the October 2008 edition of Eos. The article discusses the Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959 to manage approximately 10 percent of the earth “in the interest of all mankind,” and next year’s Antarctic Treaty Summit, scheduled for Nov. 30–Dec. 3, 2009.

Amber Woodworth

Amber Woodworth, communications operations manager, has completed the Intelligent Mail Barcode Training Certificate Program. The training she received will serve the USPS mailing needs of the campus community, in that regulations are changing and will require an enhanced level of expertise by mailroom staff of organizations such as Whitman. Watch e-mail and The Fountain for more on this topic, as Woodworth will be announcing information sessions about how new rules and regulations may affect your departmental mailings.

Whitman No. 4 on Power Vote Top Performers list

Top 10

Top Ten Pledges (By % of School Size)

  1. St Mary's College of Maryland - 45.74%
  2. Central College - 43.13%
  3. Lewis and Clark College - 40.00%
  4. Whitman College - 28.62%
  5. Washington University in St. Louis - 23.33%
  6. Claflin University - 24.5%
  7. Keene State College - 19.5%
  8. Antioch University New England - 19.00%
  9. Hampshire College - 17.5%
  10. Lynchburg College - 16.52%

The Power Vote campaign, spearheaded by the Energy Action Coalition, has Whitman at No. 4 in the nation for percentage of students who have signed the Power Vote pledge. “Young voters who take our pledge commit to holding our leaders accountable through their sustained involvement… to create a power shift toward a just, clean energy economy that moves beyond dirty energy, creates green jobs for all, and secures our climate.”

For more information, see www.powervote.org

Comings and Goings

The college warmly welcomes Eddie R. DeLeon, campus courier; Melissa M. Fortin, administrative assistant, admission; Christy A. Garcia, receptionist, admission; and Virginia Grantier, writer. The college bids a fond farewell to Mary “Ginny” Munoz.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise stated

Monday, Oct. 27
Visiting Educator: Jon Lorenz ’95, principal scientist in drug development at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., presents “The Many Challenges in Drug Development.” 7 p.m., Science 100 (Brattain Auditorium).

Wednesday, Oct. 29
Reading: The Visiting Writers Reading Series features Marie Howe. 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Thursday, Oct. 30
Lecture: “History of Geological Exploration of Antarctica” will be presented by Bruce Marsh, volcanologist and igneous petrologist at John Hopkins. Marsh is recognized as a distinguished lecturer by John Hopkins and the Mineralogical Society of America. He also received the Bowen Award from the American Geophysical Union in 1993. 7:30 p.m., Gaiser Auditorium, Hall of Science.

Friday, Oct. 31
Recital: Fridays at Four presents a voice recital. Harrison Fulop, Nathan Shiu, piano. 4 p.m. Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Concert: Whitman Jazz Combo Fall Concert; Dave Glenn, conductor. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Lecture: Tomson Highway, aboriginal playwright, author and activist from Canada, will present an O’Donnell Lecture. 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre.

Thursday, Nov. 6
Concert: Whitman Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert; Dave Glenn, conductor. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Parting shot
Lakum Duckum

If campus photographer Greg Lehman had hand-painted this stunning shot of Lakum Duckum, he could not have created a more vibrant array of colors. The reflection in the water doubles nature’s beauty captured in this photograph that Lehman shot late last week. Soaking up the autumn sun is environmental humanities major Kate Greenberg ’09.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Daylight Savings Time
Web Seminars
Staff Accomplishments
Power Vote
Comings and Goings
Coming Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

The Fountain is published by the Office of Communications. Send news to Editor Lenel Parish at thefountain@whitman.edu. Photos are accepted. Submissions are due by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the following week's issue. Director of Communications: Ruth Wardwell. Online: www.whitman.edu/fountain