April 20, 2009

Volume 3, issue 34
April 20, 2009
The Fountain

Professor Tim Kaufman-Osborn assumes provost position in July

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership, will assume the office of provost and dean of the faculty of Whitman College, effective July 1, 2009.

Kaufman-Osborn, who is currently chair of the faculty, will fill the position vacated by Lori Bettison-Varga, who has accepted the presidency of Scripps College in California.

“I’m delighted to have this opportunity, especially given the caliber of the people I will be working with in the faculty and administration,” said Kaufman-Osborn. He foresees a smooth transition, relying on the experience he gained during his service as interim dean of the faculty during the 2006-07 academic year.

Read the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin story here.

Student launches “Water Walla Project”

If clean, safe, drinkable water didn’t flow from your water faucet, how much would you pay for a glass? What if there was no safe water at any price? Whitman sophomore Kelsie Butts would like the Walla Walla and Whitman communities to consider these questions and work together to make a difference for the 884 million people in the world who do not have access to clean, safe water. To that end, she has created the Water Walla Project.

April 20-26, four local restaurants will help Butts complete her project. On Tuesday and Friday evenings, the owners of Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, Creektown Café, Pho Sho, and Brasserie Four will allow her to place informational literature as well as small envelopes at diners’ place settings, asking them to donate $1 for the glass of tap water they receive free with their meal. Donations can also be sent to the Water Walla Donation Account that Butts has opened at Baker Boyer Bank. All donations will go to the World Vision Clean Water Fund.

For more information, click here or contact Kelsie at buttskn@whitman.edu or (509) 430-3584.

Staff coffee with President Bridges – April 21

The next staff get-together with President Bridges is Tuesday, April 21, in Olin 130 at 8:30 a.m. He will provide a general update on the spring semester and take staff questions. RSVP not required, but please bring your own coffee mug.

Staff accomplishments

Sean Gehrke, assistant director of residence life and housing, has received a $10,000 research award from the Spirituality in Higher Education Project (housed at UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute and supported by the John Templeton Foundation). His research proposal is titled "Examining the Impact of Prosocial Involvement on Spiritual Change for College Students from Different Racial/Ethnic Groups." He’ll spend the next six to seven months utilizing the project’s longitudinal database – it includes data from 14,527 students attending 136 institutions – to prepare a report on the findings for the study and will present the results at a symposium at UCLA in early December.

Keith Raether has been appointed director of the Office of Post Baccalaureate Fellowships, Scholarships and Grants, where he has served as interim director since August. In that time his work with students and faculty has led to numerous prestigious awards and fellowships for Whitman students.

Edible landscaping project underway

Members of the Campus Greens and the Whitman landscape staff are taking green living to a new level. Edible landscaping, in the form of asparagus, has been planted on the amphitheater hillside east of Maxey Hall. Strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb and a number of edible flowers and other plants will follow soon, said Bob Biles, landscape specialist, who has a list of several dozen edible plants that he has shared with the Greens. “It’s one more way to increase the diversity of the landscape at Whitman,” he said. And once the landscaping is mature, he has some recipes to share with the campus.

Above: Nat Clarke ’11, left, takes a break as work continues on the edible landscape at the amphitheater. Left to rright – Clarke, Katie Fales ’11, Biles, physical plant, Kristie Smith ’12 and Lindsay Cameron ’12

Save the date – Staff Appreciation event is June 3

The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) announces that the 2009 Staff Appreciation event is Wednesday, June 3, at 2 p.m. in the Young Ballroom (Reid Campus Center). In addition to acknowledgements of retirements and presentations of the Janice Abraham Awards, refreshments will be provided and the Whitmanaires will perform. Following the event, staff will have the remainder of the day off.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, April 21
Lecture: Holocaust survivor Fred Taucher presents “Saved by the Enemy: A Holocaust Survival Story.” Maxey Auditorium, 7 p.m. Contact: kaufman@whitman.edu

Wednesday, April 22
Lecture: “Save the Ales,” presented by Karl Storchmann, associate professor of economics. He will discuss climate change and wine production. Raffle and food. 7-9 p.m., Olin 130.

Friday, April 24
Contest: Campus Chorale Contest for Greek and independent groups; open to the public; 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Contact: strongaf@whitman.edu

Saturday, April 25
Concert: Leo Kottke concert, 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Tickets are free to Whitman students/faculty/staff and are available at the bookstore. Must have a valid/current ID; maximum of two tickets/person. Contact: chasansc@whitman.edu

Sunday, April 26
Recital: Hall of Music presents a faculty recital by Amy Dodd, violin; Melissa Loehnig, piano. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. Contact: x5232.

Save the dates

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.

Tuesday, April 28
Music: Feast on a night of Klezmer music with “Shawn’s Kugel,” presented by Hillel-Shalom. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. Contact: kaufman@whitman.edu

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

“I don’t have any sunglasses,” Polly Evans ’12 explained, as she put her cell phone to rather shady use while soaking up the sun on Ankeny Thursday afternoon.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Kaufman-Osborn named Provost
Water Walla Project
Coffee with the President
Staff Accomplishments
Edible Landscaping
Staff Appreciation
Coming Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

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