December 14, 2009

Volume 4, issue 17
December 14, 2009
The Fountain

Staff coffee with the president – Wednesday, Dec. 16

All staff are invited to an end-of-the-semester staff coffee meeting with President Bridges on Wednesday morning, Dec, 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. The president will give several updates and take questions. Please bring your own coffee mug.

Dublin, Abshire recipients announced

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty has announced the recipients of Whitman’s prestigious Dublin and Abshire Awards.

Adam Dublin Award for the Study of Global Multiculturalism

The 2010 Dublin was awarded to the faculty/student team of Bruce Magnusson, associate professor of politics, and Claire Lueneburg ’10, a race and ethnic studies major. Their work is titled “State Building in Multiethnic Uganda: Strategies for Sustainable Peace.” It is both Lueneburg’s senior thesis and a prong of Magnusson’s research agenda, which includes African politics and ethnic politics in Africa as areas of specialty.

The Dublin award was established in 2003 by Trustee Kari Glover ’72 and her husband, Thaddas L. Alston, to support scholarly or creative work relating to multiculturalism in the U.S. or abroad. It is named for the late Adam Dublin ’96, in memory of his positive spirit and commitment to diversity as a Whitman student.

Abshire Research Scholar Awards

The recipients of spring 2010 Abshire awards are:

  • Shampa Biswas and Zahi Zalloua with Ali Edwards ’10 and Tristan Grau ’11 – The team will edit the proceedings from last year’s “Torture and the Human Body” symposium, which will be published by the University of Washington Press.
  • Jennifer Gee with Juliet D’Alessandro ’10 – “Examining the Origin and Maintenance of Species”
  • Julia Ireland with Galen Phillips ’10 – “Given Life: Arendt, Butler and the Politcs of Non-Violence”
  • Suzanne Morrissey with Dena Popova ’10 – “Changing Birth Practices and Indigenous Identity in Andean Ecuador – a Documentary Film Project”
  • Matthew Reynolds with Sydney Stasch ’10 – “Post No Bills: Selections from the Jack Freimann Poster Collection”

The Abshire awards have financed collaborative undergraduate research projects since the program was established in 1981 by Alfred D. Abshire ’45, in memory of his wife, Sally Ann. The awards give students an opportunity to conduct and present research in collaboration with professors. Whitman professors who have a need for assistance and/or research in their scholarly pursuits nominate the students. Student Abshire scholars are expected to assist their professors in their projects for five to eight hours per week.

Staff and Faculty Accomplishments

Lana Brown, editor/associate director of communications, has been selected to receive a “Rising Star Award” from CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) District VIII. The award honors individuals with three to five years of experience in the advancement profession, recognizing the accomplishments of promising individuals whose early success bodes well for future leadership and achievement. She will accept the award at the district conference in Portland in February. “Never in my 19 years of experience in college and university communications have I seen an individual make a smoother transition from industry to academe than has Lana,” said Ruth Wardwell, director of communications. “Following a 20-year career as a journalist, culminating as a newspaper editor, Lana applied her many talents (including a wonderful intuition for compelling stories) immediately and seamlessly as editor of Whitman Magazine. She made this transition in August 2005 and has never looked back. With strong ‘people skills’ developed over the course of her career, Lana continues to unify staff, faculty and alumni communities, and all have benefitted from working with her. The Whitman community knows well by now that Lana is one of the warmest, most giving souls on the planet. She is welcoming, respectful and unfailingly kind, and she is most deserving of this award.”

Kari Norgaard, assistant professor of sociology and environmental studies, was featured in a Dec. 7 National Public Radio interview and story about public perception of climate change. Quoting one excerpt from the Web article: “Even as scientists become more confident that climate change is a serious hazard, public opinion is shifting the other way, says Kari Marie Norgaard at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.” Read the article and/or listen to the story here.

Zahi Zalloua, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures (French) and general studies, recently edited the following two volumes: “Montaigne After Theory/Theory After Montaigne” (the fruits of 2007 conference on Renaissance French writer Michel de Montaigne that took place at Whitman) and a special issue of the journal SubStance titled “Ethics and the Inventive Work.” The special issue includes an interview by Professor Zalloua with Derek Attridge, an internationally renowned literary critic, as well as an article by Professor Gaurav Majumdar on Salman Rushdie. Read it at SubStance’s Web site.

Members of the Whitman family give to help local families

Thanks to the generosity of many members of the Whitman community, the holidays for at least 52 local families will be a little brighter. Efforts across campus have raised funds to help families served by the Salvation Army and Blue Mountain Heart to Heart. And more than 2,300 pounds of food were collected at the Feast of Carols event, co-sponsored by the Department of Music.

Bring cameras to winter party; share shots via The Fountain

Certainly the dancing if not the general fun and camaraderie at Saturday's Winter Dessert and Dance Party will make for great photos. So feel free to bring your camera and get some shots of your colleagues and friends! Submit shots via e-mail to The Dec. 21 edition will include a photo gallery.

Wilderness first-aid courses offered through OP

There are several spaces available for the January and March Wilderness First-Responder (WFR) courses for faculty, staff and members of the Walla Walla community. Download letter and registration information from the Whitman Outdoor Program Web site or call x5965. Registration for these spaces is handled by the Outdoor Program Rental Shop on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Saturday, Dec. 19

Dance: The Dance Center Productions presents “The Snow Queen,” a classic story to warm the hearts of audiences of all ages. Conceived and directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, adjunct instructor of dance, the story by Hans Christian Anderson begins with an evil sorceress making a magic mirror in which the reflection shows only the ugliness of one’s soul. A clutch of trolls finds the mirror and accidentally breaks it sending the bits of shattered ugliness throughout the world. Tickets: $15 reserved; $12 general; $10 student/senior. Purchase tickets at Earthlight Books or at the door. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Call 529-0116 or e-mail Click here for more information.

Please send information about spring semester events to Ruth Wardwell, director of communications, at

Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Basketball
Saturday, Dec. 19 – 4 p.m. vs. North Central University (Minneapolis)

Women’s Basketball
Wednesday, Dec. 30 – 7:30 p.m. vs. Trinity Western University (exhibition)

Basketball games take place in Sherwood Athletic Center on the George Ball Court.

Keep up to date with Whitman athletics scores, schedules and reports via the athletics Web site.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

“Cold Duck-lings” — In July a shot like this would be a dime-a-dozen yawner. But when my secret news source (A’ala Lyman) said there were ducklings dodging the icebergs in Lakum Duckum I had to check it out. I think they’re a little optimistic on the climate change front!   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Staff Coffee
Dublin, Abshire Recipients
Staff and Faculty Accomplishments
Your Party Photos
Wilderness First-Responder Training
Coming Events
Athletics Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

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