January 20, 2009

Volume 3, issue 21
January 20, 2009
The Fountain

Whitman listed in top-25 Peace Corps volunteer colleges for 2008

Whitman has earned a top-25 ranking on the Peace Corps’ annual list of “Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities” for 2008. Whitman ranks number 20 among small colleges and universities, with 15 current volunteers.

Since 1961, when President Kennedy called upon America’s youth to serve their country by volunteering in developing countries, 289 Whitman alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers, according to Ron Tschetter, director of the Peace Corps.

Whitman’s current 15 alumni volunteers are, added Tschetter, using the knowledge and training acquired at Whitman College to make a positive contribution to the lives of people in developing countries around the world.

Read more here.

Faculty and staff accomplishments

Michelle Ferenz, head women’s basketball coach, earned her 100th career victory on Friday, Jan. 16 thanks to the team’s defeat of PLU at Sherwood Center, where the crowd honored and celebrated her success with “100th” banners. Skip Molitor, assistant athletics director, presented her with a certificate to mark the occasion.

Noah Leavitt, adjunct assistant professor of general studies, who is a 1991 graduate of Haverford College, was featured on his alma mater’s Web site home page for his research into the dynamics of Jewish-Asian families. Leavitt and his wife, Helen Kim, assistant professor of sociology, teamed with Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue), which is the research and community-building arm of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, to conduct the study, which was fueled by such questions as, “What does it mean that we see more families like this around the country?” and “What happens to these couples’ religious and ethnic identities and value systems?”

Karen Smith, chemistry stockroom manager in the Hall of Science, has written a new page in recycling at Whitman. A recent Seattle Times article featured her efforts to use surplus chemicals from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) whenever possible in lab exercises at Whitman. Smith learned about PNNL’s ChemAgain program when she was attending a conference on the PNNL campus. She sent a list of chemicals the college needed and has received 17 bottles so far. “I hope they continue,” she is quoted as saying. “It’s good for both parties.” Read the article at The Seattle Times.

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Author and columnist Timothy Egan to talk about politics and the future

Timothy Egan, online op-ed columnist for the New York Times, will present a lecture on “The Politics of Possibility” in Maxey Auditorium Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Egan, whose reporting and writing skills have garnered him both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, will discuss how the Obama election changed the cartography of American public life, and what we can expect in the coming year.

Egan, who holds an honorary degree from Whitman, will sign copies of his books after the lecture.

Save the date

Feb. 11-15
Theatre: The Annual Student One-Act Play Contest on the Freimann Stage, Harper Joy theatre. Students submit original scripts and a chosen three compete for cash prizes. You (the audience) are the judge. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. For tickets and info call the Box Office at 527-5180.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Before most Whitties are working, the men building the new Sherwood Athletic Center are. Here, in the dim morning light, a steelworker welds a piece of beam that will be attached to the framework of the new indoor climbing wall. Click for full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Top 25
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Timothy Egan
Save the Day
Parting Shot

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