July 27, 2009

Volume 3, issue 48
July 27, 2009
The Fountain

Pacific Power newsletter includes Whitman

Whitman is included in Pacific Power’s July/August newsletter in an article titled “Blue Sky spurs local renewables.” It reports on the college having received funding for a 23-kilowatt solar photovoltaic project and includes a photo of Bratton Tennis Center, upon which a rooftop solar panel array will be installed later this year. Click here for the newsletter PDF; the story is on page 2.

Editor’s Note: This story was a news tip to The Fountain from Michele Hanford, director of the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center. All staff and faculty are encouraged to send news tips and ideas to thefountain@whitman.edu.

How I spent my summer vacation: studying!

Victoria’s study vacation wasn’t all work and no fun. Her husband, Pete, joined her for part of the trip, enjoying with her the simple summer pleasures of bike rides and ice cream breaks over the Fourth of July.

Travel is a part of the job for alumna Victoria Lidzbarski ’05, assistant director of admission and international admission coordinator. Since starting her job in 2006 she has traveled in the United States and abroad to recruit students interested in pursuing college goals at Whitman. But a big trip this summer was just for her and her educational aspirations – she recently returned from Boston, where she participated in two intensive courses as a part of a two-year master’s in education program. She’s working towards a degree in school counseling through the University of Massachusetts and expects to graduate in 2011.

She says her work at Whitman inspired her to further her own education, and the online, cohort-style program will allow her to do both, although she is changing to a part-time schedule this fall. “My work with students and my focus on the importance of education really hit home,” she says. “I always knew I wanted to go back to school after graduating from Whitman, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I would pursue until about a year ago. I love the counseling aspects of my current position, and I admire several friends who work in the counseling field. I also see my master’s as being a great way to open up more professional opportunities, whether I stay at the college or go elsewhere one day. I guess that for me, like all things related to Whitman, I've been inspired by the relationships and conversations with others.”

And Whitman relationships were a part of the trip – she stayed in the home of Bruce Jones ’67, assistant director of admission in New England, and his wife, Maggie Sullivan. “They were very gracious hosts!”

Faculty accomplishments

Kirsten P. Nicolaysen, assistant professor of geology, recently gave a talk about Alaska’s Mount Cleveland to an audience at the Museum of the Aleutians. In her talk, which was covered by KUCB in Unalaska, Alaska, she discussed the research that she and colleagues have conducted on the volcano since 2002. Cleveland, called “the quiet one,” has erupted 30 times since 1774, but little research has been done on the site. One of the discoveries that Nicolaysen reported was that the lava chemistry on the island has less silica in it that other volcanoes, which means that although the volcano will erupt again, it will not be a “super explosive eruption.” Click here to learn more.

Welcome to the Whitman family

Kevin Dyerly, director of admission, and his wife, Jennie, announce the birth of their second child, daughter Hadley Ione Dyerly, born July 23 at 8:10 a.m., 7 pounds, 3 ounces, 20 inches. She joins big sister Ainslee; all are happy and healthy.

Whitman folks “Grease” up

A number of students, staff and alumni put their theatrical talents to work on and behind the stage in this summer’s Walla Walla Community College Foundation production of “Grease,” which, according to the Web site, broke “attendance records with its music and nostalgic themes appealing to all ages.” The production ran through July at the Fort Walla Walla Amphitheater. The Whitman thespians, singers and crew included:

Tiffany Buissink, Penrose Library circulation supervisor, who played a cheerleader and was in the chorus.

Dana Moran Williams, visiting assistant professor of theatre, was the scenic designer.

Alexandra Schireman ’10 played the lead role of Sandy.

Joseph Zoline-Black ’09 played Sonny.

Gabriela Salazar ’09 played Cha-Cha.

Julie Caton ’02 served as costume shop chief.

Comings and goings

The college extends a warm welcome to Margret A. Aquino, human resources assistant; Mary B. Burt, science outreach coordinator; Nathan A. Fry, assistant athletic trainer; Justin J. Daigneault, resident director, Jewett Hall; Andrew M. Johnson, resident director, Lyman House; Anjuli A. Martin, resident director, North Hall and Tamarac House; and bids a fond farewell to Heidi Baldwin, assistant director, Career Center.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

The always picturesque gates of Narnia reflect the beauty found throughout the Whitman campus. Full size.

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In This Issue
Pacific Power notes Whitman solar project
My Summer Vacation
Faculty Accomplishments
New Baby
Comings and Goings
Parting Shot

Past issues

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