June 22, 2009

Volume 3, issue 43
June 22, 2009
The Fountain

Emergency Simulation TODAY

A simulated emergency exercise will take place on campus TODAY. It will begin at around 1 p.m. (note time change) and last about 1 hour. The simulation, which will occur in Memorial Building, will involve an act of violence as opposed to a natural or physical disaster. Kathy Rogers, campus safety coordinator, is orchestrating the simulation with the Walla Walla Police Department. There will be a significant police presence on campus, and areas of campus will be cordoned off and will not be accessible during the exercise.

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. There is an Emergency Simulation button on the Whitman Web site to provide up-to-date information. 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 were real. You are encouraged to mention the simulation to friends and family members, as there will be a police presence on campus.

Maxey Hall begins transformation

Maxey Hall is sporting a bright new orange construction fence, promising a new look inside and out for the home of Division I. (Maxey’s professors and staff members have been temporarily displaced; the division office has moved from Maxey 101 across the breezeway to Maxey 142, the Environmental Studies Center.)

An additional 11,000 square feet will be added to the roughly 50,000-square-foot building, said Dan Park, director of the physical plant. Although the new space will be dedicated primarily to offices, the addition is making possible a reconfiguration that includes several new seminar rooms and an informal study space on each floor. Other changes will include new paint, carpet and ceiling tile, a bathroom remodel, more efficient lighting, fire sprinklers and a new fire alarm system. A new north-side entry to Ankeny Field also is planned.

Work this summer will focus on interior changes, and then will switch to exterior changes once classes start. Phase I of this project is scheduled for completion by next spring; Phase II will begin in June 2010 and will be completed by September 2010.

John Porchowsky, Whitman project engineer, said the contractor plans to take advantage of breaks in the school year to complete the more intrusive work.

A true summer vacation story: Isn’t retirement great?

As much as retired mailroom colleagues Betti Linke (31 years) and Mike Garvin (6 1/2 years) loved their jobs, looking at this photo it’s hard to imagine that they miss the daily 8-to-5! The two recently vacationed in Orlando, Fla., where they spent time with the dolphins at Discovery Cove.

To quote Mike:

“They’re living the life of Reilly;
Betti and Mike are both happy and smiley.
Retirement, you know, keeps them on the go …
but bankruptcy they must soon filey … NOT.’

Comings and goings

The Whitman community welcomes Laura Krier, systems/metadata librarian.

The college bids a fond farewell to Andrea Ramirez, director of student activities; Lori Bettison-Varga, provost and dean of the faculty; Andres Dankel-Ibáñez, assistant director of the Intercultural Center; David Howell, athletic trainer; and Leah Kubany and Eric Wehlitz ’07, resident directors; and sends best wishes to retirees Carol Carr, systems/catalog librarian; Pete Reid ’49, assistant to the president; and Varga Fox, director of financial aid services.

July 1 will usher in the following changes: Stacey Giusti, from assistant registrar for academic relations to associate registrar for academic relations; Tyson Harlow ’02, from financial aid counselor to assistant director of financial aid services; Penny Hood, from interim senior coordinator of academic resources to academic resources coordinator; Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, from Baker Ferguson chair of politics and leadership to provost and dean of the faculty and Baker Ferguson chair of politics and leadership, emeritus; Colleen McKinney, from interim academic resources program coordinator to student activities program adviser; Marilyn Ponti, from assistant director of financial aid services to director of financial aid services; and Ben Wu ’07, from resident director to Intercultural Center program adviser.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

I love attempting to apply my artistic sensibilities to photographing great public art. With Keiko Hara’s “Topophilia Gates” it was just a matter of letting the artwork take its place within the panorama of a beautiful setting. Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Emergency Simulation
Maxey Construction
Summer Vacation Story
Comings and Goings
Parting Shot

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