June 1, 2009

Volume 3, issue 40
June 1, 2009
The Fountain

Reminder: Staff appreciation event Wednesday, 10 a.m.

The 2009 Staff Appreciation event takes place Wednesday, June 3, starting with brunch at 10 a.m. in the Reid Campus Center. Following the brunch, Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) members will host an awards ceremony to announce the annual Janice Abraham Awards, and recognize staff years of service and retirements.

Thanks go to the members of the PAC Committee for their staff appreciation event efforts: Darla Schuster, development; Cristie Crawford, admission; Nancy Jungmann, treasurer's office; Matt Pearson, WCTS; Larry North, science; Amy Bruner, residence life; and Cindy Matern, human resources.

Save the date – reception for Pete Reid June 4

After 61 years on the job, Pete Reid ’49 is retiring – AGAIN – from Whitman. His positive outlook on the college and the Walla Walla community has inspired several generations. His affirming warmth and gentle humor lift the spirits of those around him. Pete has served Whitman with distinction longer than any president, administrator, faculty or staff in college history, a record that likely will endure as will his legacy and impact. Join with colleagues and friends in wishing Pete and his wife, Hedda ’49, all the best on their travels and adventures.

The reception is Thursday, June 4 at 4 p.m., Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

Browse photos for Commencement and Baccalaureate memories

For your viewing pleasure, now online is a gallery of photos from Commencement and Baccalaureate, shot by Greg Lehman, communications officer/photographer.

Also available for viewing are shots taken by the professional graduation photographer, who captured the images of students receiving their diplomas. See shots of your favorite students in their moment of glory here.

Type in a student’s last name and click Search. That will bring up a link to that student’s photos as well as to an overview gallery and a “browse all proofs” option. Photos on this site must be purchased and may not be reprinted.

Faculty accomplishments

Wife and husband Helen Kim, assistant professor of sociology, and Noah Leavitt, adjunct assistant professor of general studies, are featured in an article titled “Developing a Vision of the Future of Asian-Jewish Families” at InterfaithFamily.com. The article reports that “the question of the racial, ethnic, and religious identities of Asian-Jewish individuals, couples and families is a matter of both academic and personal interest. The two are conducting research on Asian-Jewish identity.” Read more here.

News from Penrose Library: summer hours and a retirement

The library is now on summer hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on weekends. Weekend hours will resume just before classes begin; the 24/7 schedule resumes on the first day of class. For more information, library hours are available on the library Web site.

Also, Carol Carr, integrated systems/metadata librarian, will retire on July 1. Dalia Corkrum, library director, invites the campus to celebrate Carol’s achievements at a reception Thursday, June 4, at 3 p.m. in Café 41. Carol joined the Penrose Library staff 24 years ago as a cataloger and helped the library transition into the digital age. “Our ability to use the catalog online, search electronic sources and delve into the depth of our collections is due in great measure to her efforts,” Corkrum said.

Summer Events

Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7
Alumni Reunion: The 50-Plus Reunion for classes of 1958 and earlier will be hosted by the Alumni Office; special events for the classes of 1944 and 1945; 1949 and 1950; 1954 and 1955; Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnæ banquet Thursday, June 4. More information available here.

Sunday, June 7 – Friday, June 12
Summer College: “Survival,” is the theme for Summer College 2009, which brings alumni to campus for a week of intellectually challenging classes, lively discussions and entertaining experiences. More information here.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Most students are gone for summer, but the memories remain. This student was found during finals week getting a mid-study nap in the cool, quiet confines of Café 41 at the Penrose Library.  Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Staff Appreciation Event
Pete Reid Reception
Browse Baccalareate, Commencement Photos
Faculty Accomplishments
Library News
Summer Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

The Fountain is published by the Office of Communications. Send news to Editor Lenel Parish at thefountain@whitman.edu. Photos are accepted. Submissions are due by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the following week's issue. Director of Communications: Ruth Wardwell. Online: www.whitman.edu/fountain