September 29, 2008

Volume 3, issue 6
September 29, 2008
The Fountain

The new hours, rules for recycling at Whitman

Karlis Rokpelnis ’09, campus sustainability coordinator, reports that although there have been some changes at the college recycling center behind the Environmental House it still remains open to the Whitman community from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

The new hours and restrictions (only Whitman students, faculty and staff may use the center) became necessary when the combined volume of recycling left by the Whitman community and the many people outside of Whitman increased to the point that more space and more student and staff hours were needed to accommodate the recycling than were available.

In response to this problem several changes were made over the summer:

  • A sign was posted notifying people that the station was closed and recycling should be taken to Walla Walla Recycling;
  • A garage door was added to the collection area; and
  • A new entrance to the back of the garage was created.

Rokpelnis notes several statistics, to put the Whitman recycling program in perspective:

  • Including what food service adds, Whitman produces approximately 1.5 million pounds of refuse per year;
  • Whitman now recycles approximately 300,000 pounds, or 25 percent of our refuse;
  • The Washington State goal for recycling is 50 percent.

Whitman improves on “Green Report Card”

Green Report Card logo “is the first interactive Web site to provide in-depth sustainability profiles for hundreds of colleges in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada. Information is based on extensive research conducted for the College Sustainability Report Card. The Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability. The aim is to provide accessible information for schools to learn from one another's experiences, enabling them to establish more effective sustainability policies,” according to the organization’s Web site.

“Whitman has improved its grade compared to last year, from a C- to a C,” reports Jed Schwendiman ’92, associate to the president and chair of the campus Conservation Committee. “In looking at other schools with higher ratings, I'm confident that we will continue to improve our grade as we identify more areas to highlight in terms of things we are currently doing well and areas where we can improve.”

The 2009 Green Report Card was recently released:

Whitman featured on USA Today College Web site

Karlis Rokpelnis ’09, campus sustainability coordinator, reports that Whitman’s Solar Energy Project, which is coordinating the effort to install solar panels on the roof of Jewett Hall, is featured on the USA Today College Readership Best Practices Web site, which can be seen here.

Can you find the fountain of youth in your kitchen cupboards?

The following health and wellness tips come to The Fountain via Cindy Matern, director of human resources, courtesy of the insurance and healthcare specialists at Parker, Smith & Feek Inc.

Did you know that slowing down the aging process is something you can control by incorporating some “super foods” into your diet? Here’s a list of some super foods to consider:

  • Spinach and kale
  • Strawberries
  • Curry powder
  • Tomatoes
  • Almonds
  • Chocolate
  • Steak
  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Goji berries
  • Wild salmon
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Chiles
  • Yogurt
  • Quinoa
  • Sardines
  • Tarragon
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Apples
  • Buckwheat pasta

And of course, avoid full-fat dairy and lots of red meat, which cause premature wrinkling and inflammation connected to the slowing of brain functions. Also avoid trans fat-rich fried foods and packaged foods, which clog arteries and help in packing on lots of fat around your middle. For more details on the 22 health foods listed, click here.

A look at the current financial crisis — from a few of our experts

Shampa Biswas, director of global studies and associate professor of politics, invites the campus to a forum on the current financial crisis and the bailout plan under negotiation.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium, panelists David Schmitz, Robert Allen Skotheim chair of history; Denise Hazlett, professor of economics; and, from Baker Boyer Bank, Megan Clubb ’79, president and CEO and Whitman trustee, and Mark Kajita, vice president and senior portfolio manager and Whitman overseer.will discuss the crisis from their particular areas of expertise.

Tentatively, Biswas said, Schmitz will provide historical context for thinking about the current crisis and the controversy surrounding it in relation to others; Hazlett will talk about some of the causes of the financial crisis and its effects on the economy; and Kajita and Clubb will talk about the effects on personal finances.

There will be time for questions, said Biswas — and there will be cookies provided by the president’s office.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise stated

Monday, Sept. 29
Symposium: The Women’s Leadership Symposium, sponsored by Trustee Emerita Colleen S. Willoughby ’55, will feature talks by Kit Baker, author of “Miss Alcott’s E-mail, Yours for Reforms of All Kinds” and former pediatric oncology nurse; Steffanie Lorig, founding director of “Art with Heart” and the author of several children’s coping books; and Nancy Sclater, executive director of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research and Centennial President of the Rotary Club of Seattle. Willoughby will moderate the discussion at 4 p.m. in Ball Room A, Reid Campus Center.

Monday, Sept. 29
Lecture: “Humans Have Prevented the Start of an Ice Age” will be presented by William Ruddiman, palaeoclimatologist and the author of “Plows, Plagues and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate.” He will speak at 8 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium about his controversial “early anthropogenic hypothesis.”

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Documentary: “18 in ’08,” a nonpartisan documentary that targets young adults ages 17 to 24 and encourages them to participate in the upcoming election, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Friday, Oct. 3
Concert: The Department of Music presents the Fall Composers Concert. 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall.

Friday, Oct. 3
Artist Reception: The Intercultural Center presents Alaskan Native artist Phillip Charette, whose work is featured in “Creation Story,” a collection of artwork by Charette, and local tribal and Southern African artists. The reception, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of Reid Campus Center, will feature a talk by Charette and a performance of Native American flute music. Refreshments will be served. "Creation Story" will run through Dec. 15.

Monday, Oct. 6
Lecture: “Politics and Public Health: Lessons Learned from the AIDS Epidemic” will be discussed by Kris Nyrop, Street Outreach Services, Seattle. This O’Donnell Lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Monday, Oct. 6
Lecture: “Impacts of Globalization and Planning your Future,” this year’s William Allen-Boeing Lecture, will be presented by John K. Medica, retired senior vice president of Dell Inc., and current vice chairman and corporate adviser of Compal Electronics Corp. 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Recital: Piano recital by guest artist Jonathan Mann. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Lecture: “Oil, War and Geopolitics: America’s Energy Dilemma in the 21st Century,” the annual Jackson Lecture, will be presented by Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), at 8 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. You are also invited to attend the 5:30 p.m. screening of the Presidential Debate scheduled in Maxey prior to the lecture.

Whitman College
In This Issue
New Recycling Hours
Green Report Card
Solar Energy Project
Our Experts on the Financial Crisis
Coming Events

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