July 6, 2009

Volume 3, issue 45
July 6, 2009
The Fountain

Tulane University says “thank you”

The Tulane University Class of 2009, which graduated in May, became known as the “Katrina Class.” As referenced in the university’s Commencement program, Whitman was one of more than 600 colleges and universities that took in Tulane students for the semester it had to close because of Hurricane Katrina. An excerpt from the acknowledgement reads: “The entire Tulane community is sincerely appreciative of the assistance by these institutions during our nation’s worst natural disaster. Almost four years later, upon the graduation of many of those students who were dispersed around the nation by Katrina, Tulane salutes these colleges and universities who will always be friends of Tulane.” One Tulane student enrolled in Whitman for the 2005-2006 school year.

To see the complete program copy, go to Tulane’s Commencement page, then click on Unified Commencement.

Faculty accomplishments

Ben Bloch, visiting assistant professor of art, reports that Goatsilk, the creative collaboration that he shares with Caroline Peters, has started the summer on a fruitful note:

Several works by Goatsilk are being featured in the Downstreet Art video program at Massachussetts College of Art in North Adams, Mass. See details at LanaZCaplan.com.

In addition, one of the duo’s newest episodic works, “Killin It with Paul Crik – Economic Crisis,” will be featured in Aurora Pictures’ extreme shorts festival in Houston, Texas. This is especially gratifying, said Bloch, because the program is curated by Bill Arning, the new director of the Houston Museum of Modern Art (and formerly director of MIT’s Liste Gallery). See the Aurora Picture Show Web site.

Finally, Goatsilk is included in a dual gallery exhibit in Albuquerque, N.M. “Saints and Sinners” will exhibit works based on each of these oppositional themes in two adjacent galleries, Kimo Gallery and Gallery 105, in Albuquerque, July 3 - Aug. 17.

Development office announces staff changes

Several changes have been made in the Office of Development to help meet organizational needs for current and future fund raising. They include:

Brian Dohe – from development officer to director of the annual fund

Helen Tanaka – from interim to associate director of the annual fund

Caroline Mueller – from assistant director of planned giving to major gifts officer

“This reorganization helps align our strengths, people and processes with our fund-raising goals,” says Laurie Houck, associate vice president for development. “We are very fortunate to have the team we do, and the skills and talents these individuals bring position the department and the college well for great success.”

WWU grad to intern in Communications, Alumni Relations

Ashley Coetzee, a 2009 Walla Walla University graduate, has joined the Whitman community as a summer intern working in Communications and Alumni Relations. Specifically, she will write news releases, Fountain and magazine stories and participate in media relations activities. She also will work on the iTunes project that is a joint effort of both departments, which will result in Web access to some of Whitman’s greatest faculty and guest speaker lectures.

Coetzee graduated with a degree in journalism and public relations and is looking forward to gaining some real world experience at Whitman. “I’ve always loved visiting this campus, going to lectures and watching plays, and I am excited to learn from those who have helped make this such a wonderful place,” she says. Coetzee has a passion for travel, having studied abroad in Spain and Australia, as well as serving as a volunteer in Pohnpei, Micronesia. After her summer internship she will head off to Tanzania, working for a relief agency writing grant proposals and newsletters.

She is looking for story ideas to develop for the Web and media, so feel free to contact her at x5807 or by e-mail at coetzeal@whitman.edu.

Welcome to the Whitman Family!

Leena and Thomas Knight, both assistant professors of biology, announce the birth of son Kieran Nathaniel Knight, born at 2 a.m. on Monday, June 29. He weighed 7 lbs., 1.5 oz. and has black hair and blue-green eyes. Dad reports that “mom and boy are both healthy and doing very well,” and he looks forward to introducing him to everyone.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

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This week, it couldn’t be simpler: Now you see her, now you don’t. Deep.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Tulane says “thank you”
Faculty accomplishments
Development staff changes
New Intern
Baby Kieran
Parting Shot

Past issues

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