December 7, 2009

Volume 4, issue 16
December 7, 2009
The Fountain

RSVP for the Winter Dessert and Dance Party

If you haven’t yet, please RSVP for the Winter Dessert and Dance Party, set for Saturday, Dec. 19, 7:30-10 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. There will be a variety of desserts, a no-host bar and music by DJ Jon Loney, who doubles as Whitman’s IMS manager. Please bring a canned or boxed food donation for the local food bank. E-mail your RSVP to Maggi Banderas in the President’s Office.

Save time to attend the Multicultural Festival of Lights

The 2009 Multicultural Festival of Lights takes place Friday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. The event is a celebration of Whitman’s cultural traditions and features food, entertainment, crafts and more, co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Intercultural Center. Among activities: candle and bamboo dances, folk dancing, henna painting, Asian lantern making, chalice making and a Shabbat service, all courtesy of a number of student groups, including the Vietnamese Cultural Club, Asian Cultural Association, Whitman College Unitarian Universalists, Hillel-Shalom, Club Latino, Whitman Christian Fellowship, International Students and Friends Club, and the Black Student Union. For more information, contact Adam Kirtley, Stuart coordinator of religious and spiritual life, at or x4449.

Faculty and staff accomplishments

Mark Michaud, assistant baseball coach, has been named pitching coach for Walla Walla’s new summer baseball league team, the Sweets. "I am very thankful that the ownership group of the Walla Walla Sweets has confidence in me, and I look forward to contributing to building a championship franchise. Not only will this give me a great opportunity to work in the Walla Walla community with some of the top college players in the country, but it also will allow me to be around campus this summer to assist Coach Holowaty with recruiting, fundraising and running our baseball camps. My No. 1 goal whenever I am working with a team is to learn something new that will help take the team and myself to the next level, and this opportunity to coach with the Sweets is one more experience that will allow me to help Whitman’s players.”

Read more about the Walla Walla Sweets here.

Good deals on winter gear at the OP rental shop and sale

The Outdoor Program Rental Shop is now renting out cross-country skis, snowshoes and telemark skis.

And, its Semester-End Gear Sale Extravaganza takes place Wednesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. Among items for sale: snowshoes, telemark skis, sleeping bags, tents, wetsuits, dry bags and more.

For more information call the OP Rental Shop at x5965. Or visit the OP Web site.

Flu Update

According to the Nov. 30 issue of Inside Higher Ed: “The latest data from the American College Health Association suggest some good news on the spread of H1N1. Of campuses being tracked by the association, 90 percent reported new cases of H1N1 or similar illnesses. That is down from 95 percent the week before. All but seven states reported significant declines in disease activity from Nov. 14 through Nov. 20.” More information about the association's tracking of H1N1 may be found here.

On campus, there was only one new case of ILI reported at the Welty Health Center.

Staff tour of Harper Joy Theatre offered

The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) has arranged for a tour of Harper Joy Theatre, to be led by Tom Hines, associate professor of theatre. It takes place Wednesday, Dec. 9 at noon. The tour will begin in the foyer of HJT. This will be an opportunity to learn about the history of theatre at Whitman and to go backstage and learn about how the sets are designed, see the costume room and much more. This tour is limited to the first 20 interested people; e-mail Mary Luckstead or call x5172 to reserve your spot.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, Dec. 9
Winter Gear Sale: Outdoor Program Rental Shop’s Semester-End Gear Sale Extravaganza. Noon to 6 p.m. Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. Call x5965.

Thursday, Dec. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 13
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor” on the Alexander Stage. Otto Nikolai’s delightful comic opera, based on Shakespeare’s play, pits an amorous elderly knight against the two housewives he is simultaneously wooing. It is produced in cooperation with the Department of Music. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations call the Box Office at x5180. Click here for production details.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12
Dance: The Whitman Dance Theater presents "Veilings," directed by choreographer Vicki Lloid, Whitman adjunct instructor of dance. The performance consists of several movements involving rituals of veiling and unveiling faces of the dancers. 8 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Read more here.

Friday, Dec. 11
Multicultural Celebration: The Annual Festival of Lights, a celebration of Whitman’s cultural traditions featuring food, entertainment, crafts and more. 4 p.m. Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. Questions? Contact Adam Kirtley, Stuart coordinator of religious and spiritual life, at x5195 or

Saturday, Dec. 19
Staff and Faculty Party: Winter Dessert and Dance Party, 7:30-10 p.m., Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. RSVP to Maggi Banderas.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Beginning with this issue, The Fountain will publish the Whitman athletics home game schedule for the coming few weeks. All home games are free for Whitman faculty, staff and students with ID.

"It means a great deal to our student athletes and coaches when they look into the stands and see their friends and mentors from the faculty and staff," says Dean Snider, athletics director. "Our men's team is playing very well right now, and our women's team is working hard to overcome some key injuries. Both teams are fun to watch, and they both welcome support from all corners of the Whitman community."

Men’s Basketball
Saturday, Dec. 12 – 7:30 p.m. vs. University of California-Santa Cruz
Saturday, Dec. 19 – 4 p.m. vs. North Central University (Minneapolis)

Women’s Basketball
Saturday, Dec. 12 – 5:30 p.m. vs. Eastern Oregon
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.

For Whitman basketball fans who want to make the trip across town, the women take on Walla Walla University Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. in College Place.

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

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

A simple scene of warm sunlight on brick and cold frost on grass. Can you tell where on campus this shot was taken?   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Winter Party
Festival of Lights
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Winter Gear at OP Rental Shop
Flu Update
Harper Joy Theatre Tour
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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