May 4, 2009

Volume 3, issue 35
May 4, 2009
The Fountain

Swine Flu situation – preparing for possibilities

As President Bridges has shared in several communications with the campus community, Whitman’s Pandemic Response Team is engaged in efforts to understand the impacts of the swine flu situation and plan for the possibility of taking action steps, should they be warranted. In an effort to keep the campus community and various college constituencies informed, there is a link on the Whitman home page that leads to an “index” of these communications as well as external links that may be helpful.

All campus community members are reminded of the importance of hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, sneezing/coughing into your sleeve, seeking medical consult if you have a high fever or other flu symptoms, and avoiding non-essential travel to certain geographic areas.

“Get to Work Green Day” results

Thanks to everyone who participated in “Get to Work Green Day.” All participants were entered in a drawing for “green” prizes. There were 47 walkers, 30 bikers, 10 car poolers, one via scooter and three telecommuters.

Prize winners by category are:

Walkers –

  • Cheryl Stone, physical plant – weekend at the Whitman cabin
  • Nancy Tavelli, residence life/housing – jump rope
  • David Sprunger, WCTS – jump rope
  • Duane Springer, Bon Appetit – Bob Carson’s autographed book, “Where The Great River Bends”

Bikers –

  • Ken Paine, WCTS – $50 gift certificate to Allegro Cyclery
  • Tim Parker, biology – $25 gift certificate to Allegro Cyclery
  • Lish Riley, Outdoor Program – $75 gift certificate to Allegro Cyclery
  • Keith Raether, fellowships and grants – book

Carpoolers –

  • Amy Bruner, residence life and housing – Whitman paperweight
  • Susan Bennett, provost/dean of faculty office – book
  • Richelle Loney, Division II – jump rope

Spring Alumni Weekend draws 254 participants

Spring Alumni Weekend, held April 24-26, went swimmingly, said Nancy Mitchell, associate director of alumni relations. In attendance were 254 alumni and guests from the classes of 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1969. Highlights of the weekend included a talk by former history professor Tom Edwards on “Student Activism at Whitman in the 1960s,” which was followed by an alumni panel that consisted of Gretchen Miller Kafoury ’63; Dick Lilly ’65; Charles Lawrence ’68; and Michael de Grasse ’69. Other highlights included the Saturday banquet programs for the cluster reunion classes of ’63, ’64 and ’65, and a separate program for the class of ’69.

Next is the 50th reunion of the class of 1959, set for May 21-24. Check for reunion news here.

Comings and Goings

The college announces a name change: Christy Garcia, receptionist/office assistant in the admission office, is now Christy Bandy.

He looks familiar…

The students in Art 280 – Intermediate New Genre Art, taught by Ben Bloch, visiting assistant professor of art, spent a recent evening creating and projecting building-sized drawings on the unfinished surfaces of Sherwood Center. This portrait of President Bridges was a special request of passers-by.

Dedication for “Poetic License” May 8

“Poetic License,” an art installation created by Katrina Roberts, Mina Schwabacher associate professor of English/creative writing, and artist Buster Simpson, will be dedicated Friday, May 8, at 3 p.m., outside the Fouts Center for Visual Arts near the water. Roberts, whose words are featured in the installation (embossed on license plates created at the Walla Walla Penitentiary) will read some of her poetry at the gathering. The Whitman community is invited to the dedication; light refreshments will be served.

Do you know?

Bob Carson, Grace Farnsworth Phillips professor of geology and environmental studies, wants to know: Does anyone remember this event? Send answer to

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, May 6
Recital: The Whitman College Hall of Music presents: Elizabeth Linxwiler junior piano recital, 7:30 p.m. Chism Recital Hall. x5232

Wednesday, May 6
Lecture: “Behind the Veil: A Muslim Feminist” will be presented by Jamillah Karim, author of “American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class and Gender within the Ummah.” 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. Contact

Thursday, May 7
Concert: The Whitman College Hall of Music presents: Whitman Jazz Sextet spring concert, 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall. x5232.

Thursday, May 7, through Sunday, May 10
Musical: Harper Joy Theatre and the Department of Music present "She Loves Me" – book by Joe Masteroff; music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Budapest, 1930: In an elegant parfumerie two clerks, Georg and Amalia, constantly squabble during their workday, unaware that they are passionate pen pals by night, having answered the same lonely-hearts ad. For information, reservations and ticket prices, call the Harper Joy Box Office at (509) 527-5180. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinée on Sunday. Alexander Stage.

Friday, May 8
Recital: The Whitman College Hall of Music presents: Amy Dodds, violin studio recital, 4 p.m., Chism Recital Hall. x5232.

Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9
Dance concert: The Whitman Dance Theater, directed by Vicki Lloid, will present a show of Vaudeville-style performances in its spring concert Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, in Cordiner Hall at 8 p.m. both evenings. Contact

Saturday, May 9
Recital: The Whitman College Hall of Music presents: joint piano recital with Laura Deering, Marla Nelson and Taylor Montminy 3 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. x5232

Sunday, May 10
Recital: The Whitman College Hall of Music presents: Kerry Ginger, voice, and Melissa Loehnig, piano. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Monday, May 11
Recital: The Whitman College Hall of Music presents: Blake Saunders, senior voice recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Friday, May 15
Fridays at Four Recital Series Presents: the Whitman College faculty; Genevieve Baglio, voice and Melissa Loehnig, piano. 4 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. x5232

Save the dates:

Saturday, May 23
Baccalaureate 2009: 3:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall. x5134

Sunday, May 24
Commencement 2009: Speaker Ryan Crocker; 11 a.m. x5134.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

I won’t apologize for going full-on "SPRING" two weeks in a row. This is just a clutch of flowers near Lakum Duckum, but from this bug’s-eye view it makes a stunning visual. There’s more to life than what meets our too-busy eyes!   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Swine Flu Update
Green Winners
Spring Alumni Weekend
Comings and Goings
He Looks Familiar…
Poetic License
Do you Know?
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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