August 10, 2009

Volume 3, issue 49
August 10, 2009
The Fountain

Up on the roof

Alpha Technologies is installing the college’s 21kW photovoltaic solar array on the roof of Bratton Tennis Center. The solar array represents not only savings in future energy costs and demonstrates Whitman’s commitment to environmentally sound development, but also provides the college with another educational tool. This project has been funded with support from students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college. Watch for more information in The Fountain.

20 Across: Where is Whitman College?

Paul Yancey, Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Science, sent greetings from Washington, D.C., last week when he was pleasantly surprised to run across Whitman College in The Washington Post crossword puzzle. 20 Across: Whitman College site; answer Walla Walla.

You are cordially invited to a delicious summer social

Being timely with time sheets and other HR news

Margret Aquino

As the summer comes to a close and a new academic year begins, the human resources office reminds staff to turn in monthly time sheets in a prompt fashion. Blue time sheets are due in HR at noon of the work day following the 20th of each month. White time sheets are due in HR on the fifth working day of each month. Time sheets should be signed by the employee and the supervisor. If your supervisor is not available to sign, please turn in a copy signed by the employee and turn in the original time sheet with all signatures as soon as possible. Following these simple steps will help ensure a smooth payroll. Your help is greatly appreciated by the HR staff.

And by the way, your timely time sheets will go into the capable hands of Margret Aquino, who recently joined the Whitman community as the human resources assistant. A native Walla Wallan, she had been living and working in Las Vegas before returning “home” with her family. HR Director Cindy Matern welcomes staff and faculty to drop in and introduce yourself to Margret.

How we spent our summer vacation - In Egypt and Jordan

Nancy Simon, professor of theatre, and Keiko Pitter, chief technology officer, went to Egypt and Jordan on a study tour with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). They visited theater and technology facilities at Cairo Opera and American University-Cairo as well as Al Hussein Cultural Center and Yarmouk University in Jordan. “We managed to have a lot of fun also, visiting various sites like the pyramids, archaeological sites along the Nile, Dashur and Petra in Jordan, and floating in the Dead Sea,” Pitter reports. How’d they like the camel ride? Not so much for Prof. Simon, who says “Never again!” Just the opposite for Pitter, an experienced rider: “I loved it. I've ridden camels in Australia and in Dunhuang (Gobi).”

Opening Week schedule online for easy access

Need to know what’s happening when and where during Opening Week? The schedule is just a click away at the online orientation schedule.

You can also access it from the Whitman home page - look for the highlight in the bottom left corner.

Introducing the Student Engagement Center at 219 Reid Campus Center

The second floor of Reid has seen some changes this summer. The Student Engagement Center at 219 Reid is the new home of community service, internships and career development, designed to help students develop skills and experiences while they are at Whitman and beyond. “We welcome you to stop by to see our space and learn about our exciting new initiative,” said Susan Buchanan, Student Engagement Center director.

The Student Engagement Center supports the college’s commitment to experiential learning by offering academic year and summer internships, America Reads/America Counts internships and community service opportunities. It also provides student and post-graduate employment information, graduate school exploration, résumé creation, interview preparation, networking practice and alumni services.

Physical changes to the center in 219 Reid include a reconfigured reception area that is comfortable and inviting. In addition, the Fellowships and Grants office will move from its space in Reid 219 down the hall to Reid 231 and 232, and community service interns will move to a space in 219.

Rankings season is upon us

Forbes recently released rankings for “The Best U.S. Colleges” which place Whitman at No. 20 on the list. Read the list at America's Best Colleges. More information is here.

The Last Town on Earth

“The Last Town on Earth” was chosen as this year’s required summer reading assignment for first-years. The selection was made before news broke earlier this year about the H1N1 (swine) flu. The book tells the fictional but historically correct story of a small town in rural Washington in 1918 that attempts to isolate itself to prevent being infected by the “Spanish flu.” Whitman has given books to local libraries for community members interested in participating in the read, and the Whitman Bookstore has copies available for purchase. The college will offer the following programs, open to the public.

Aug, 29, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall: A faculty panel will share unique, discipline-specific perspectives: Nadine Knight, assistant professor of English; Jason Pribilsky, associate professor of anthropology; and Jim Russo, associate professor of chemistry and health professions adviser.

Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall: “An Evening with Thomas Mullen,” a talk by the author, will be followed by a book signing.

On campus this week

Aug. 8-10 The local middle school students participating in the Whitman Institute for Summer Enrichment will wrap up their stay at Whitman on Aug. 10. Before we know it, new Whitman students will begin to arrive (Aug. 27) for the 2009-2010 academic year. Hope you had a great summer!

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Catchin’ some rays at Bratton.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Solar Panels
20 Across
Root Beer Floats
HR News
Summer Vacation
Faculty/Staff Profile:
Opening Week
Student Engagement Center
Coming Events
“Last Town on Earth”
On Campus This Week
Parting Shot

Past issues

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