February 17, 2009

Volume 3, issue 25
February 17, 2009
The Fountain

A Valentine surprise for Professor Miles

While on a Valentine fund-raising tour of Walla Walla on Friday, one member of the vocal quartet Blueprint had a special mission as the group serenaded Professor Rogers Miles and his Core class in Memorial. That member was former Whitman staff member Jenny Miles, (second from left in quartet) who surprised her Valentine, hubby Rogers, and presented him with a red carnation. The quartet is part of the Blue Mountain Chapter of the Sweet Adelines, to which Jenny has belonged for many years. The Valentine serenade tour helps the group raise funds for costumes and expenses. Jenny also continues to sing with the Whitmanaires.

Prof. Miles’ class, by the way, was reading a section of Descartes’ “Discourse on method” that deals with the heart.

Free investing and retirement savings workshop Feb. 25

The Office of Financial Aid Services and the Career Center have teamed up to offer a free financial workshop for staff and faculty. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Mark Kajita from Baker Boyer Bank will present information on investments and retirement savings in Kimball Auditorium at 7 p.m. For details, contact Varga Fox, fox@whitman.edu

This is one of three sessions the financial aid and career center staff have coordinated. The first, held last week, gave students the opportunity to get professional help to complete and e-file their income taxes. Also on March 25, Lyle Hansen from Baker Boyer Bank will give students advice on managing money.

Got events? Send info to news services AND Web calendar

“The earlier the better; the more details the better.” That’s key to the Whitman news services office being able to help you publicize and promote your campus events, especially those that are open to the public. Also, it’s helpful to submit your event information both to the news services office – parish@whitman.edu – and the Web campus calendar – webcalendar@whitman.edu. Questions? Call Lenel Parish, news services officer, at x5156.

Faculty accomplishments

Gary Rollefson, professor of anthropology (effective September 2009), has been invited to participate in the 2009-10 Lecture Program of the Archaeological Institute of America. The program, supported through an endowment established by Norma and Reuben Kershaw, brings important developments in the field of archaeology to the general public through a series of lectures to each of the Institute's 105 societies throughout the United States and Canada. Prof. Rollefson will deliver four lectures; the schedule will be announced later this semester. For more information on the program, visit The Archeological Institute of America.

Mare Blocker, visiting assistant professor of art, will speak at The Center for Book Arts in New York City on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at an event that honors the Vandercook press, as a part of the series “The Vandercook Press Turns 100!” She will take part in “Printmaking and the Vandercook,” a discussion that will focus on arts-based criticism of the Vandercook as an image-making tool. Whitman’s presses are Vandercooks, said Blocker, who has been appointed to the Board of the Book Arts Guild. “It’s an exciting time for letterpress printing,” she said. Blocker’s Vandercook, which she uses in her own business, “The MKimberly Press,” turns 25 on Feb. 18.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Opening Reception: The art exhibit “Stories of the Living Land”
opens with a lecture by Frank Janzen, master printer, Crow’s Shadow Institute of Arts, Pendleton. The exhibit is composed of prints by Aboriginal students from Australia, ranging in age from 25 to 50, and Native American students, ages 12 to 18, from the local Weston-Athena School District. Janzen is the exhibit curator. 4 p.m., Reid Campus Center, 2nd floor.

Thursday, Feb. 19
Philosophy lecture: Julia Ireland, assistant professor of philosophy, will present “Doing Violence to Language: Heidegger and the Task of Translation.” 7:30 p.m., Olin 157.

Thursday, Feb. 19
Concert: The Department of Music presents a Student Composers Concert. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Thursday, Feb. 19
Film: River Ways, 7 p.m., location to be announced.

Friday, Feb. 20
Concert: Symphony Orchestra Concert Winter Concert, conducted by Edward Dixon. Cordiner Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Save the date

Saturday, Feb. 28
Global Studies Symposium: “Torture and the Human Body” will feature three speakers who have written eloquently on the question of torture. A group of students and faculty will comment on their work. Maxey Auditorium, 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
Lecture: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author, atheist, politician, will present a lecture in Cordiner Hall at 7 p.m. For ticket information, e-mail speakers@whitman.edu. Ali, author of “Infidel” and “The Caged Virgin,” is a prominent critic of Islam, which she has criticized for its treatment of women. Her screenplay for Theo Van Gogh's film “Submission” resulted in death threats. She is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank, working from an unknown location in the Netherlands.
No food, drink or back packs/bags will be allowed in Cordiner for her presentation. A Q+A and book signing will follow her talk.

Monday, March 9
Hosokawa Lecture: William Murray ’92 delivers the 2009 Hosokawa Lecture, titled “The Problem with Today’s Media (Or Why News Coverage of Iraq was so Poor) And What we Can do About It.” Murray spent three months in Iraq as an embedded journalist. 7 p.m.; location to be announced.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Winter again?? We can deal with that, as long as the snow only sticks for a day or so, as was the case with last week’s white precipitation. This brightly colored Whittie making her way toward Penrose Library provided the only splash of color on the snowy scene while walking past Maxey Hall early last week. Click for full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Valentine Surprise
Financial Workshop
Got Events?
Faculty Accomplishments
Coming Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

The Fountain is published by the Office of Communications. Send news to Editor Lenel Parish at thefountain@whitman.edu. Photos are accepted. Submissions are due by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the following week's issue. Director of Communications: Ruth Wardwell. Online: www.whitman.edu/fountain