February 23, 2009

Volume 3, issue 26
February 23, 2009
The Fountain

Campus fora set to discuss Whitman response to economic downturn

As President Bridges wrote in his letter to the Whitman community last week, the college’s overarching response to the economic downturn has been to reduce spending while remaining steadfastly committed to the following principles:

  • Fulfilling the college’s core academic mission by ensuring that its programs remain vital and strong, and
  • Supporting and retaining our excellent faculty and staff to the fullest extent possible.

Students, faculty and staff who would like additional information from the president about the college’s response to the recession and market declines and/or have cost-saving measures to recommend may do so at one of two sessions this week in Maxey Auditorium:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24 — 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 — 7:30 p.m.

The college has also established an e-mail address to which staff, faculty and students may submit ideas for reducing Whitman’s operating costs: ideas@whitman.edu

Plans for campus multicultural center moving forward

Planning and work over the past two years by members of the Governing Boards’ Diversity Committee in addition to results of a series of student focus groups has led to an approval by the Board of Trustees to move forward with a dedicated multicultural program space on campus. Its overall goal is two-fold:

  • To help promote greater interaction between groups within the Whitman community.
  • To offer all students a dedicated location to convene multicultural and other diversity-related programs, and to meet and gather socially.

The property, located at 26 Boyer Ave., will become the venue, which, thanks to a very generous gift from an alumna, will undergo a major, customized renovation. A series of discussions with students will help inform the interior and exterior design to best accommodate programmatic and social needs. It is anticipated that the center will open during the fall 2009 semester.

A Whitman family project: science education in Uganda

Ken Paine, WCTS programmer/analyst, recently returned from a family reunion of sorts — a two-week trip to Uganda, where his daughter, Michelle, teaches primary school. He traveled there with his youngest son, Devin, who works for Intel in California. Michelle went there last June and plans to stay until December 2010 when the school year wraps up.

Not only did Ken bring Michelle’s brother for a reunion, he also brought science lab equipment for the local secondary school, donated by Whitman. Among items no longer used on campus but of great value there: two microscopes, test tubes, Bunsen burners, filter paper, pipettes, Petri dishes, a prism set and other small items. Ken also brought kits and school supplies that he purchased from a school supply site.

“What we brought nearly doubled their lab equipment,” says Ken, who also taught a couple of classes with his son. “We showed the students how to use the microscopes, and they found all sorts of things to look at through them. We also did labs on circuits (batteries, lights, switches and wires), and on gears and sprockets.”

Ken reports that this was Devin’s and his first trip to Uganda. Besides visiting the school, they went to the source of the Nile and the tomb of the kings — “biggest grass hut in the world” — he says. “We crossed the equator, used public transportation most of the time, and ate lots of interesting foods. The fruit was wonderful, the other food kind of bland for my tastes.”

Bland food aside, Ken is hooked. “Now that I've been there, I really want to figure out how to get more science equipment and other school supplies over there. They have such huge needs.”

Faculty/Staff Profile: Sally Hooker
Assistant to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

  • Birthplace: Cottonwood, Idaho
  • Education: University of Idaho
  • Years at Whitman: 25
  • Favorite…
    • Film: “Good Will Hunting” and “The Quiet Man”
    • Book: “Tuesdays with Morrie,” by Mitch Albom
    • Play: “Nunsense.” I had a Catholic education, so it brought back memories!
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: “Topophilia Gates” and “Joined Together, Let No Man Split Asunder.” I actually saw the tree hit this sculpture during last year’s wind storm. I’m anxious for its return to campus.
  • Best travel experience: National Geographic river boat tour on the Rhine and Danube Rivers in Germany and Austria
  • Interests/pleasures: Cooking, baking and spending time with my family (grandchildren). I look forward to walking two to four miles a day and visits to the family cabin located on the Selway River in the mountains of Northern Idaho.
  • What people don’t know about me: I was the high lady archer in college, I have a trophy for trap shooting, and I currently enjoy catch and release fly fishing for trout.
  • Major Accomplishment: My family.
  • A day in the life/on the job: A day at work is extremely rewarding, full of the unexpected, and provides many opportunities for personal contacts with the Whitman community.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: Working with and learning from the faculty, staff and students.
  • What I’ve learned here: That we are so fortunate to have an environment that nurtures each individual’s aspirations, creativity and development.
  • Favorite Quote: "Tomorrow I am off for the mountains, back to my paradise for a good, long soul-building rest." ~ Ansel Adams

Attention staff: campus tours not just for visitors

The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) has arranged for a series of campus tours for staff, in an effort to give them opportunities to experience parts of campus that they may not normally see. All tours will be one hour or less; walking shoes are recommended. Sign-up is required; the schedule includes:

Sherwood Construction — March 3, noon. Tour leader is Dean Snider, athletics director. This tour can accommodate 20 staff members. Hardhats will be provided.

Fouts Center for Visual Arts — April 10, 1 p.m. Tour leader is Kynde Kiefel, exhibitions and collections manager. This tour can accommodate 30 staff members.

Planetarium, Hall of Science — May 28, noon. Tour leader is Andrea Dobson, associate professor of astronomy. This tour can accommodate 40 staff members.

Residence halls — June 24, noon. Tour leader is Nancy Tavelli, associate dean of students: campus life. This tour can accommodate 20 staff members.

Please e-mail or call Mary Luckstead at luckstd@whitman.edu; x5172 to sign up for a tour. You will be notified as soon as possible if you are signed up or on a waiting list. Reminders and meeting location details will be sent to attendees.

Also, feel free to recommend additional tours to your PAC representative.

Changing of the art

The next art exhibition in the Memorial Building features the vibrant works of master printer and glass sculptor Frank Janzen, head of the Crow’s Shadow print facility in Pendleton, and pieces by prolific painter and metal sculptor, Colleen Sargen.

Their duet is called “Disparate Fusion” and will feature remarkable prints, paintings, glasswork and rolled steel works.

The show runs Feb. 27 to May 15, 2009. You are invited to the opening reception on Friday, February 27 at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, see Memorial Hall Exhibits.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, March 24
Presentation: “Welcome to Alaska Walkabout,” an epic 3,000-mile trek across the Alaskan Outback by Marty Zajanc, adventurer, philosopher, explorer, wilderness guide. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. More information: www.alaskawalkabout.com

Thursday, Feb. 26
Music: The Department of Music presents guest vocal artist Brad Howard, tenor, and Lee Thompson on piano. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall.

Friday, Feb. 27
Music: Fridays at Four Recital Series presents Works by Women Composers, featuring Michele Aichele, flute; Alex Abrams, cello; Nathan Shiu, piano; and Kristin Vining-Stauffer, piano. 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre.

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.

Save the date

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.

Thursday, March 5
Visiting Writers Reading Series: Terry Tempest Williams. 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall

Thursday, March 5
Lecture: “The Social Archaeology of Bronze Age China,” presented by Lothar von Falkenhausen, UCLA.

Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith.”
Best-selling author Gina Nelson traces the journey of an Iranian Jewish family from the Teheran ghetto to Los Angeles, beginning with Roxanna the Angel. When her mother pushes this “bad luck daughter” from the rooftop, Roxanna discovers she can fly. Alexander Stage, Harper Joy Theatre. Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets, reservations or information, contact the Box Office at 527-5180.

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.; Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Let’s try to ignore the weather for a change and see this as a colorful slice of campus life. A crimson-clad student flashes across Ankeny Field, providing a welcome visual relief on a tableau of green and, well, fog. Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Budget Fora Set
Multicultural Center
Ken Paine
Faculty/Staff Profile:
Sally Hooker
Staff Campus Tours
New Art in Mem
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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