September 22, 2008

Volume 3, issue 5
September 22, 2008
The Fountain

Dagoberto Gilb opens Visiting Writers Reading Series Thursday

Dagoberto Gilb, celebrated author, professor of creative writing and former construction worker and union man, will open the 2008-2009 Visiting Writers Reading Series (VWRS) Thursday, Sept. 25, in Kimball Auditorium at 7 p.m. The entire schedule for VWRS is here.

Gilb’s publications include the “The Magic of Blood” (1993), which is now considered not only a classic of Chicano literature but also of the American Southwest; “Woodcuts of Women” (2001); “Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature” (2006); and “Flowers” (2008).

…And Harper Joy Theatre opens its official season with instant plays

Add audience and stir! Harper Joy Theatre opens its 2008-2009 season with “Instant Play Festival!” Students who have studied with professional playwrights for three weeks will be given a theme and 24 hours to write, cast, rehearse and present a play. Seven plays will be presented each night on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. Call the HJT Box Office at x5180 for more information, reservations and tickets; and remember season tickets are still on sale.

Alumni staff prepares for Fall Reunion Weekend; no BFC parking, please

The Fall Reunion for the Classes of 1983, 1998, and 2002-2004 will be held on campus Sept. 25-28. See the full event schedule.

Since most alumni/families will not arrive until after 5 p.m. on Friday, parking should not be a problem. However several classes will have an event late Saturday afternoon on the lawn area of Baker Faculty Center, which means that the BFC driveway will be closed either Friday evening or early Saturday morning. Vehicles left overnight on Friday may need to be towed.

There are two events that are open to the entire campus: Toby Campbell ’02 performs at Coffeehouse on Friday evening, and the “T-tones of Yester-Year” concert that takes place Saturday at 7:30 in Chism Hall.

“The alumni are excited to be coming back and are very interested in meeting current students and Whitman community members to talk about their alma mater. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself,” says Jason Arp, assistant director of alumni relations.

Staff and Faculty Accomplishments

President Emeritus Tom Cronin’s latest book, “On the Presidency: Teacher, Soldier, Shaman, Pol,” has been published by Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado. Cronin is now the McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College.

CBC (Canada’s equivalent of NPR) recently broadcast an interview with Kate Jackson, assistant professor of biology. Whitman College is mentioned several times, said Jackson, and listening to the broadcast “reminded me why I do it, why I love it, and why it is worth it.” The interview can be heard on the CBC Web site.

Brien Sheedy, director of outdoor programs and adjunct instructor of sport studies, led nine students in his class “A Wilderness Expedition: Glacier Mountaineering” on a fairly unusual and strenuous field trip up Rainier Mountain, Sept. 11-14. Sheedy, students, and two guides climbed to Camp Muir, set up camp, worked on climbing skills on Sept. 13; they climbed to the summit on Sept. 14, then descended and returned to Whitman.

Dalia Hagan + Barlow Corkrum = Dalia Corkrum

Congrats to Dalia Hagan, director of Penrose Library, who, following her Aug. 31 wedding, is now Dalia Corkrum. Her new e-mail address is

Welcome to the Whitman Family

Paul Dennis, administrative assistant for the Reid Campus Center and conductor of the Whitmanaires, and Karyl Dennis, Summer Dance Lab administrator, announce the birth of their first grandchild — a baby girl named Sydney Gray Dennis. She was born Sept. 8, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces. “She undoubtedly will stand in the front row of the soprano section,” reports the proud new grandpa.

Workshops available on credit scores and identity theft

Kendra Edlin, field marketing representative from the School Employees Credit Union of Washington, will present two workshops Wednesday, Sept. 24. “Understanding Your Credit Score” will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. From 1 to 2 p.m., she will available to answer questions about the credit union; anyone who opens a savings account with Edlin will receive a $25 deposit from the credit union to open the account. Savings can be made via monthly payroll deductions, and the first $750 in savings pays 7.71 percent interest.

From 2 to 3 p.m. she will present a workshop on “Preventing Identity Theft.” All meetings will be held in Memorial 316; space is limited, so if you would like to attend, e-mail Cindy Matern, director of human resources, with information on which workshop(s) you plan to attend. Open to all faculty and staff; cookies will be served.

You can contact Kendra at 888-628-4010 or

Comings and goings

The college congratulates and thanks Betty Linke, manager of mailing services, and Mike Garvin, mailing assistant, as they retire in October and November, respectively. The college warmly welcomes Beth Hudson, reference and information literacy librarian; Lynne S. Vieth, reference and information literacy librarian; Deborah A. Peters, certified nurse assistant; Christa L. Leitch, Division III secretary (Hall of Science); Moanapuaaalaokalani “A’ala” Lyman, planned giving and foundations assistant; Linda S. Marshall, mailing coordinator; Homero “Homer” G. Menchaca, mailing technician; and bids a fond farewell to Kathleen McCaw, administrative assistant, admission. Changes recently announced: Rudy Ortega, formerly campus courier, will become a security officer on Sept. 27.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise stated

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Lecture: Visiting artist lecture will be presented by Professor Harrell Fletcher, who was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. 4 p.m. in Olin 130. Contact Amber Broel at

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Roundtable discussion: “Women, Law and Politics” will be presented by Gender Studies. 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall faculty lounge.

Monday, Sept. 29
Symposium: Women’s Leadership Symposium will feature inspirational talks by women who have taken on leadership roles in their communities. Sponsored by Colleen Willoughby ’55 and the Whitman College Career Center. 4 p.m., Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

Monday, Sept. 29
Lecture: “Humans have Prevented the Start of an Ice Age” will be presented by William Ruddiman, a palaeoclimatologist and professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. Ruddiman’s “early anthropocene” hypothesis, the idea that global warming did not begin in the 18th century due to burning coal and other fossil fuels but dates back 8,000 years when intense farming activities began. 8 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Save the date
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Panel discussion: American Popular Culture, the topic of the next From Where I Stand lunch series on viewpoints about race and ethnicity, will be discussed by President George Bridges, sociologist; Nadine Knight, assistant professor of English; and Dayle Smith, assistant professor of physics. Noon, Memorial 316. Reserve your lunch now; the debut panel on Sept. 16 drew more than 90 people. Contact Alberto Galindo, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures (Spanish) and series moderator, at for more information or to reserve a lunch for the event.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Visiting Writers Reading Series
Instant Play Festival!
Fall Reunion Weekend
Staff and Faculty Accomplishments
Dalia Corkrum
New Baby
Workshops: Credit, Identity Theft
Comings and Goings
Coming Events

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