February 9, 2009

Volume 3, issue 24
February 9, 2009
The Fountain

Whitman recognized for community service

Whitman has been named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The announcement came at the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education, in Washington, DC, on Feb. 9.

“I’m delighted that Whitman is once again being recognized by the Community Service Honor Roll,” said Lina Menard, coordinator of Whitman’s Center for Community Service. “I believe the level of community engagement among Whitman students, faculty and staff demonstrates that our culture of care extends beyond our campus to the Walla Walla community.

“Our student-led programs — The Story Time Project and the Mentor Program — were highlighted for their success in promoting early literacy and providing positive role models in 2007-2008,” said Menard. “Story Time intern Elena Gustafson ’10 and mentor interns Cassie Walters ’08, Andrea Seymour ’09, and Amy Strauss ’09 devoted themselves to improving the experience for both Whitman volunteers and the children. I’m glad their dedication has been celebrated.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

Learn more at learnandserve.gov

Emergency notification system test to take place Wednesday, Feb. 18

A test of Whitman’s Emergency Notification System will take place Wednesday, Feb. 18, at about noon. Students, staff and faculty will receive a test message via phone, text and/or e-mail. The message will be clearly identified as a test; you will not need to take any action. Thank you for your cooperation.

From Where I Stand — Back for Spring Semester

“From Where I Stand,” the lunch series that premiered last semester, is back with more opportunities to join campus discussions on race and ethnicity and their relationships to contemporary issues. The series is open to all, but please RSVP to galindoa@whitman.edu if you plan to attend or if you’d like to reserve a free lunch. All sessions take place in Olin 130, from noon to 12:45 p.m.

First Lunch Topic: The Environment — Tuesday, Feb. 10
Invited scholars: Dana Burgess (Classics), Leena Knight (Biology), and Don Snow (Environmental Humanities).

Second Lunch Topic: Money — Tuesday, Feb. 24
Invited scholars: Rebecca Hanrahan (Philosophy), Denise Hazlett (Economics), and Gilbert Mireles (Sociology).

Third Lunch Topic: Freedom of Speech — Tuesday, March 10
Invited scholars to be announced.

This lunch series is supported by the Race and Ethnic Studies Program, the Hubbard Family Endowment, and the President's Office.

Comings and goings

The college extends a warm welcome to Nancy L. Ritchie, custodian, Baker Faculty Center; and Tiffany J. Buissink, circulation supervisor, Penrose Library; recognizes the position changes of Julia "Juli" Dunn, from head athletic trainer and associate professor of sport studies to director of the Academic Resource Center (still teaching one class); and Helen Tanaka, interim director of the Annual Fund, previously assistant director of the Annual Fund; and bids a fond farewell to Leanne Stewart, custodian, Baker Faculty Center; Gary Lunden, director of the Annual Fund, and Tim Wright, security officer.

Whitman artists’ works featured at Willow’s Loft Gallery during February

Dawn Forbes, director of Sheehan Gallery and adjunct assistant professor of art; Mare Blocker, visiting assistant professor of art; Margaret Jamison ’74, and Kynde Kiefel, exhibitions and collections manager, Sheehan Gallery, are all showing work during February at Willow’s Loft Gallery, 2 E. Rose St., Walla Walla.

Action! Whitman’s Annual Student One-Act Play Contest Takes Center Stage

Whitman’s Annual Student One-Act Play Contest marks its 20th birthday this week when “Scenes on a Bus,” “Sharp or Sharp,” and “Killers, Priests, Sinners and Whores” make their debut on the Freimann Stage Wednesday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 15.

This popular event was created by Craig Gunsul, professor emeritus of physics and environmental studies, in 1989, and he still organizes and funds it. Gunsul, who taught Core for many years, found his inspiration in the dramatic contests of classical Greece.

Whitman students still submit short original plays to a committee of Whitman staff and faculty, who select three for performance. All aspects of the productions are handled by Whitman students, and audience members vote at each performance for their favorite plays; each playwright receives a cash prize.

The plays will be performed at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For information, tickets, or reservations, the Harper Joy Theatre Box Office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. and can be contacted at x5180.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, Feb. 10
Lunch series: “From Where I Stand” will explore the environment at noon in Olin 130. Invited scholars: Dana Burgess (Classics), Leena Knight (Biology), and Don Snow (Environmental Humanities). E-mail galindoa@whitman.edu to RSVP.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb 15
Theater: Harper Joy Theatre presents the Annual One-Act Play Contest. Student-written plays vie for cash prizes; the audience is the judge. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call x5180 for information or tickets.

Thursday, Feb. 12
Reading: Visiting Writers Reading Series presents Linda Bierds, 7 p.m., Kimball Auditorium, Hunter Conservatory.

Save the date

Saturday, Feb. 28
Symposium: Symposium on “Torture and the Human Body,” presented by Global Studies, will feature three speakers who have written eloquently on the question of torture; a designated group of faculty and students will comment on their presentations. Maxey Auditorium, 1 to 4 p.m. Speakers:

  • Darius Rejali, professor and author of "Democracy and Torture."
  • Mark Danner, journalist, professor and author of "Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror."
  • Stephanie Athey, associate professor, who works on media representations of torture.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

For one week, Parting Shot takes a break from pristine scenes and careful composition and focuses on a foray into student frivolity. For no particular reason Mazie Ashe, left, Christine Delicata, Blake Barnett and Hannah Joseph, right, all ’12, shed some shoes and set their sights high for a lofty perch along Ankeny Field Friday afternoon. Once aloft they regretted not bringing their musical instruments. So did the photographer! Click for full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Community Service
Emergency Test
From Where I Stand
Comings and Goings
Willow's Loft
One-Act Play Contest
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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