March 23, 2009

Volume 3, issue 30
March 23, 2009
The Fountain

Reason for optimism: another record year for applications

As of March 18, the total of completed applications to Whitman reached another record – 3,368. That’s a 2 percent increase over last year’s total of 3,288 for fall 2008. Tony Cabasco ’90, dean of admission and financial aid, reports that the admission staff expects to complete another 40-60 transfer student applications in the next week or so.

“In enrolling a class of new students this year, getting applications may only be half the battle due to the recession. However, application numbers holding steady, let alone seeing an increase is a real victory in these tough times,” Cabasco said. “Our application results affirm that the key messages we share about Whitman’s rigor, dedicated faculty, and commitment to a liberal arts education resonate with prospective students and families.”

According to Cabasco, the 10 admission officers spent much of the last three months reading the applications closely, and they devoted two full weeks, seven hours a day, in committee deliberations finalizing decisions. The Admission office expects to admit about 1,480 students (43-44 percent of all applicants) with a goal of enrolling 415 first-years and transfer students in the fall.

“We are amazed every year by the students we get to meet and know during the college search and application process,” Cabasco said. “We are fortunate to have so many talented students with diverse interests and backgrounds who are interested in attending Whitman. That’s very rewarding for the staff, but they also deserve kudos for their dedication and hard work.”

Events, please… Send info to news services and Web calendar

April, and its usual flurry of events, is just around the corner. Please send information on your event(s) as soon as possible and in as much detail as possible to the news service as well as the Web campus calendar. The offices need information as early as possible to meet deadlines for calendar and media placement. Email and the Web campus calendar: Questions? Call Lenel Parish, senior news services officer, at x5156. Thank you for your help!

Faculty accomplishments

“Macbeth for Murderers,” written by Roberta Davidson, professor of English, and John Kerwin, adjunct instructor of sport studies, and published in 2005, was featured on Wednesday, March 18. The book, based on the real experiences of Davidson and Kerwin while teaching at the Washington State Penitentiary, will be featured in the 2009 BookExpo America (New Title Showcase) at New York City on May 28-31.

Tom Edwards, the William Kirkman professor of history, emeritus, wrote an essay titled “Student Activism at Whitman College and Willamette University, 1965-1971,” that was published in last fall’s edition of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly. “The photos are really interesting and the writing is vintage Tom,” says John Bogley ’85, vice president for development and college relations and a former student of Professor Edwards. Read the essay here.

Gilbert Mireles, assistant professor of sociology, was featured on the Latinos and the Washington Economy segment broadcast on KUOW NPR, Seattle, on March 11. Mireles’ research focuses on the socio-political integration of immigrant communities into U.S. society. He is also a commissioner on the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. For more information, see Latinos and the Washington Economy.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise stated

Tuesday, March 24
Recital: Tyler Abbott, bass, and Kraig Scott, piano, will present a recital at the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center, Walla Walla University, College Place, at 7:30 p.m. (Amy Dodds, adjunct assistant professor of music, was involved in planning the event and sends a special invitation to the Whitman community.) Abbot serves on the faculty at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, and regularly performs with such groups as the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Scott is affiliated with WWU. Contact Dodds at 526-8026.

Save the Dates

Tuesday, March 31
Rempel Lecture: “North American Pleistocene Rewilding” will be presented by Harry W. Green, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of graduate studies at Cornell University. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday, April 1
Lecture: Matthew Shepard Lecture Series presents Dr. Kate O’Hanlan, founder of the Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology in Portola Valley, Calif. “The Intersection of Medical Science, Health and Civil Rights” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday, April 2
Lecture: “The 3 Things Americans Don’t Understand About the War in Iraq Right Now” will be presented at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall, by Thomas Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq,” which was published to critical acclaim in 2006. He currently serves as a senior Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post. For more information, visit The Washington Post.

Thursday, April 2
Lecture: “Choices, Consequences and Cooperative Conservation – A New Environmentalism?” will be presented by Classical Liberalism Visiting Speaker Lynn Scarlett at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Not generally considered one of our fine furry friends, this earnest honey bee is at least a hopeful sign of spring – as is the purple crocus near Memorial it’s savoring. Forget the groundhog. Believe the bee!   Full size.

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