June 15, 2009

Volume 3, issue 42
June 15, 2009
The Fountain

Emergency simulation afternoon of June 22

An emergency simulation will take place on campus Monday, June 22, in the early to mid-afternoon. The simulation is a joint effort between the college and the Walla Walla Police Department. Kathy Rogers, campus safety coordinator, is orchestrating the simulation with local law enforcement officials.

As part of the exercise, faculty and staff will receive messages through campus notification systems. Messages will include wording calling the incident a simulation. HOWEVER, they also will provide directives that campus community members are expected to follow as if the situation were authentic. Upon resolution of the simulated emergency, staff will return to normal work operations. The local media will be notified in advance; they may respond as if the situation was actually happening. You are encouraged to mention the simulation to friends and family members, as there will be a police presence on campus.

Thank you for your gifts to the Faculty and Staff Annual Fund!


With just over a week to go before the end of Whitman’s fiscal year on June 30, Faculty and Staff Annual Fund Co-chairs Allison Calhoun and Pete Reid express thanks to all of you who have already made a gift to this year’s Annual Fund.

To date, more than 25 percent of faculty and staff have made a gift – that’s even more than last year. Thank you! Each gift, no matter the size, makes a difference in the lives of Whitman students and counts toward the faculty and staff participation rate. There is still time before June 30 to have your gift included.

To access the Faculty and Staff Annual Fund pledge form, click here or contact the Annual Fund Office at x5943 or annualgiving@whitman.edu.

Faculty Accomplishments

Karl Storchmann, associate professor of economics and editor of “The Journal of Wine Economics,” and Pete Parcells, associate professor of economics, will attend the third annual conference of the American Association of Wine Economists June 18-21 in Reims, Champagne, France. They will be joined by four 2009 graduates in economics, who will present papers they have written or co-written: Alex Robinson, Peter Griffin, Aaron Lee and Alex Mitterling. In addition, Storchmann will co-present “Food Tournaments: NYC 2006-2008” and “How can we identify counterfeit wines at auctions?”

Section of Park Street to be closed June 15-24

The section of Park Street from Boyer north to the parking lot entrance beyond Sherwood construction will be closed beginning Monday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 24. The parking lot entrance WILL be accessible. Questions? E-mail Jeff Donahue, construction project manager, at donahujb@whitman.edu

Varga Fox retirement party June 17

All members of the campus community are invited to a reception celebrating the retirement of Varga Fox, director of financial aid services, after 29 years of service at Whitman.

Join the admission staff in wishing her well at the event, set for Wednesday, June 17, at 3 p.m., of Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

“How I spent my summer vacation” – share your story!

Again this summer The Fountain offers staff and faculty the opportunity to share summer vacation and travel stories. Is this summer your turn for an exciting adventure? Or maybe a fascinating learning opportunity, whether to an exotic locale or to a scholarly or professional conference? Maybe you’ll participate in a service-oriented trip, lead a tour or just spend a relaxing vacation on a beach somewhere. And on your travels, maybe you’ll run into fellow Whitman folks or meet someone who knows about the college. Feel free to share you “summer vacation” stories; photos are encouraged! E-mail your story and shots to thefountain@whitman.edu.

Parting Shots
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

This week’s shots come from Summer College, a week of intellectually challenging classes, lively discussions and entertaining experiences on campus especially for alumni. Hosted and organized by the Alumni Relations staff and presented by various faculty and staff, Summer College took place last week with about 35 participants. This year’s theme was “Survival,” and among the many creative presentation titles: “Ancestral Tough-Guys: Out of Africa and Around the World,” by Prof. Delbert Hutchinson and “Shipwrecks of the Imagination: Ancient Roman,” by Prof. Dana Burgess.

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Mare Blocker, visiting assistant professor of art, presented “Great Book Structures: A hands-on course on bookmaking techniques,” at which the beautiful Martha Edmonds Fairbanks '42 (above) paid careful attention to the professor’s instruction, and Ted Watts '63 (below) tried his hand in the Fouts Center printing room while Blocker and Sheila Ralston '57 looked on.

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In This Issue
Emergency Simulation
Annual Fund Appeal
Faculty Accomplishments
Street Closure
Varga Fox Retirement
What I Did on my Summer Vacation
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