April 13, 2009

Volume 3, issue 33
April 13, 2009
The Fountain

Biology professors receive $225,000 National Institutes of Health award

Ginger Withers and Chris Wallace, Dr. Robert F. Welty associate professors of biology, have received a $225,000 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Division of Child Health and Development to continue their cutting-edge research on dendrite growth in brain cells.

This is only the second time that Whitman has been awarded funding from the AREA program. Designed to both support basic biomedical research and promote student training, the AREA grant is a good fit for Whitman’s goal of creating a rich environment for experiential learning. More information is here.

Fouts Center shines brightly (and colorfully) in photos

The Fouts Center for Visual Arts is in itself a stunning work of visual art, as are the photos of it that have been taken by campus photographer Greg Lehman. Shots have appeared in several construction and business publications/Web sites. The latest is The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, and its Web site features a small gallery of shots of the Fouts Center, inside and out. See it here.

And what’s up with the new colorful window panels on Fouts last week? It’s the work of student Noel Sollom-Brotherton ’09. Under the supervision of Michelle Acuff, assistant professor of art, Noel created the temporary (one-week) installation as part of his thesis in studio art. He covered the interior side of the glass with colored butcher paper, to completely obscure each frame. The artist says: “My artistic practice consists of proposing and executing alterations to architectural space. My work exists to be seen, touched, experienced and talked about by the maximum possible number of people. The work intervenes in functional environments such as classrooms, offices, galleries and athletic fields. I introduce nonfunctional elements to these environments.”

Adjunct faculty promotions and appointments announced

According to Provost and Dean of Faculty Lori Bettison-Varga, last year the faculty adopted appointment guidelines under which adjunct assistant professors with five years or more of continuing service would be considered for promotion to senior adjunct assistant professor.

In accordance with the guidelines and on the recommendation of the Committee of Division Chairs, the following faculty will be promoted to senior adjunct assistant professor, effective September 1, 2009:

  • Susan Babilon, foreign languages and literatures (German)
  • Rogers Miles, religion and general studies
  • Margo Scribner, English and general studies

In addition, two positions in theatre have been reclassified as lecturer appointments. Effective September 1, 2009, Robin Smasne and Kevin Walker are appointed to the rank of lecturer of theatre.

Honoring the memory of Laura Ealy

The Laura Ealy Memorial Custodial Room in Maxey Hall was dedicated last week, to honor the memory of a colleague who left us all far too soon. Assistant custodial supervisor Ginni Delavan, long-time friend of Ealy’s, placed the sign on the door. “Here’s to you, Laura-Lu. She would be so proud.” A Noble Fir will be planted between Maxey and the Amphitheater in her honor. Ealy, a long-time campus custodian, passed away suddenly last fall.

Staff Profile: Sonja Aikens
Administrative Assistant, Intercultural Center

  • Birthplace: Evanston, Ill.
  • Education: BA in general studies (math, psychology and English), University of Arizona.
  • Years at Whitman: 1.5
  • Favorite:
    • Writer: Virginia Woolf. Proust is lovely to read, even though I will not finish “Remembrance of Things Past” in this lifetime.
    • Movie: I can get something out of almost any movie. I even really like Wes Anderson, and anything with Clive Owen in it is worth watching.
    • Music: I like a wide variety as long as it's not too extreme in any direction.
    • Art: I know absolutely nothing about it, but I do really like the Impressionists.
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: I can't deny it, it's the horse.
  • Best travel experience: Probably Paris when I was young. It really is a magical city.
  • Interests/pleasures: Growing flowers, visiting friends who don't live in Walla Walla, my two children.
  • Recent accomplishment: A four-day silent meditation retreat.
  • What people don't know about me: I went to a mining engineering college for a few semesters, where I joined the ROTC group and among other things rappelled out of a helicopter. You'd never guess to look at me now!
  • A day in the life/on the job: It's always different because there is constant student interaction, as well as planning for a wide variety of events. You never know what will come up, and that's great!
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: It really is a community, in the best sense of the word.
  • What I've learned here: That much younger people (besides my own kids!) can be absolutely amazing and a true inspiration.
  • Quote: "Every day is a good day." It's an old Zen saying, and I think some other traditions have it also. Sometimes it's hard to see, but I try.

Library newsletter available online

The spring issue of the Penrose Library newsletter is available online. Library Director Dalia Corkrum reports that it includes news about continuing Summit developments, summer reference chat service, important information for thesis students, and the next phase of the journal and database review project.

Tour of Walla Walla event will impact parking on campus April 18

On Saturday, April 18, the Tour of Walla Walla’s Criterium race will bring cyclists — including members of the Whitman Cycling Club — on a tour that runs from downtown onto Boyer and takes a right turn onto Park. A good place to watch and cheer from would be Reid Campus Center. In order to make the race possible, however, parking will be blocked off on Park between Boyer and Alder, as well as Boyer between Park and 1st, and Alder between 1st and Park. The plan is to close the affected streets at 3 p.m. and open them again around 11 p.m. Cars left in the roads will be towed, and signage to this effect will be put out Friday afternoon.

The races will start between 5:30 and 6 p.m. There will be eight heats, each expected to last between 25 and 60 minutes with 15 minute breaks between heats. Volunteers will be on hand to help divert traffic and work with pedestrians, who will be allowed to cross streets between laps and heats.

Give students a treat; no better time than during finals

The Student Activities Office has partnered with Box-o-Box to offer high-quality care packages to Whitman students, enabling staff and faculty to easily give a treat to, for example, student employees during finals. You can choose from a variety of care packages that will be sent directly to the student. For each purchase, a portion of the proceeds come back to Whitman to help support co-curricular programs for students. Care packages can be ordered online 24/7 and can be ordered up to a year in advance or right at the last minute. For more information, visit www.boxobox.com and be sure to choose "Whitman College" when you place your order.

Delta Gamma offers designated driving service for Spring Release Weekend

Do you plan to participate in wine tasting during Spring Release? The members of Delta Gamma sorority are offering a designated driving service during Spring Release weekend, May 1 and 2.

All proceeds will benefit the sorority’s national service project Service for Sight as well as its on-going local project to fund installation of audible crosswalks in Walla Walla for the visually impaired.

If you are interested in hiring a driver, please email anchordrive09@lists.whitman.edu with how many people are in your party, what days you would like a driver, and whether you would like to use your personal vehicle or reserve a car.

Duckfest open to faculty and staff

It’s time once again for Whitman’s annual Duckfest, sponsored by the Stevens Gallery in Reid Campus Center. If you haven’t experienced it, Duckfest is an annual event in which students, faculty, and staff members decorate wooden ducks in fun and creative ways and display them around campus during the last few weeks of the semester. This is a great opportunity to be individually creative or to work with a group of friends and co-workers.

Proposal forms are available online at the Stevens Gallery Web site and are due Tuesday, April 14.

If you have questions, please email stevensgallery@whitman.edu.

Reminder — Pioneer grad ads order deadline is April 17

The deadline for ordering ads to salute your favorite graduates-to-be is fast approaching -- April 17. The special Graduation Issue of the Pioneer will publish the week before Commencement and will be available on campus through graduation day. For more information visit whitmanpioneer.com. Or if you have questions, send an e-mail to graduation@whitmanpioneer.com.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, April 13
Lecture: Eric Quaempts, Director, Dept. of Natural Resources, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), presents "Using the First Foods to Direct Natural Resources Restoration and Monitoring" Quaempts will talk about how the DNR at the Umatilla Reservation (CTUIR) in Pendleton is using the structure of traditional “first foods” rituals as a paradigm for understanding natural resource distribution and ecology in the area, and a model for conservation and development. 7:30 p.m., Maxey 206.

Monday, April 13
Jazz clinic: Whitman College Hall of Music presents: John Fedchock Jazz Improv. Clinic, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Hall of Music, Room 107.

Monday, April 13
Concert: Benefit concert by Ellis, a rising star on the folk music circuit. Tickets available at the door: $5 for students with ID; $10 for general public. 7:30 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 14
Presentation: David Nord Award Presentation by Dusti Thurman: “Queer Women’s Community at Whitman. Where the Hell is it?” 4 p.m., Olin 157.

Tuesday, April 14
Music Clinic: Whitman College Hall of Music presents: John Fedchock Composition and Arrangement Clinic, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Hall of Music, Room 202.

Tuesday, April 14
Jazz Clinic: Whitman College Hall of Music presents John Fedchock Jazz Ensemble I Clinic, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Hall of Music, Room 127

Tuesday, April 14
Concert: Whitman Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert, conductor Edward Dixon, 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Thursday, April 16
Lecture: Skotheim Lecture by Joseph Esherick, “China: The Revolution is Dead! Long Live the Revolution!” 7 p.m., Olin 130.

Thursday, April 16
Lecture: “High Definition Learning, Living in a Digital World," presented by Ian Jukes, 4 p.m., Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.

Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18
Dance: Whitman College Dance Production, directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, will present Jekyll and Hyde and a presentation by the Coriolis Dance Group, in Cordiner Hall. 8 p.m. both nights. Whitman seniors Kerry Pine and Seren Pendleton-Knoll have created a production (Jeckyll and Hyde) that embodies a "darker" side than most Whitman productions.

Saturday, April 18
Celebration: Imagine Celebration April 18 on side lawn of Reid campus center from 12 to 3 p.m.; music and dance performances by Whitman students noon to 2 p.m.; Taiko drummers from Portland at 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 19
Recital: Joint piano recital by Laura Deering, Marla Nelson, Taylor Montmimy, 3:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre.

Sunday, April 19
Service Event: Earth Day — students, faculty, and staff of Walla Walla University, Whitman College, and Walla Walla Community College will be joining together for a day in service to our community. With an “Earth Day” theme we anticipate many projects that will help to not only beautify the Walla Walla Valley, but also improve sustainability of the environment. Earth Day celebration features games, information, and music. 509-527-5765

Sunday, April 19
Concert: Vocal concert by the Whitman Chamber Singers, conducted by Robert Bode. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Tuesday, April 21
Lecture: Holocaust Survivor Fred Taucher will present, "Saved by the Enemy: A Holocaust Survival Story." 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Save the dates

Friday, April 24
Concert: Chorale Contest for Greek and independent groups. 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Tuesday, April 28
Lecture: "The events for which the Iraq War will be remembered have not yet happened: A conversation with former Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker ’71." 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

An informal game of frisbee golf got a whole lot less formal and a whole lot more refreshing when the participants found themselves near the cool, clear waters in front of Hunter last week.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
NIH grant
Fouts Shines Brightly
Faculty Promotions
Ealy Room
Staff Profile:
Library Newsletter
Bike Race Parking Ban
Care Packages
Drivers for Spring Release
Duck Fever
Coming Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

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