November 30, 2009

Volume 4, issue 15
November 30, 2009
The Fountain

Accelerated fundraising requires critical communication elements

As Whitman accelerates and focuses its fundraising effort toward strengthening academics, enhancing scholarship funding and growing the endowment – a number of strategies are being employed.

Among those strategies is a process that will result in a unified college-wide visual identity, according to John Bogley ’85, vice president for development and college relations. "Currently the variance in the look of Whitman publications and Web pages fails to deliver a consistent, crisp and clear message about the college, which is essential in fundraising-related communication, Bogley adds. “And since the Office of Admission is beginning its work to design the next generation of recruitment publications, this is the right time for us to work together to unify how to represent Whitman to our diverse constituencies.”

Toward achieving the goal of a consistent visual identity, President Bridges has assembled a task force consisting of staff, faculty and students, and the college has hired North Charles Street Design Organization (NCSDO) to partner with us on this important institutional imperative. The firm knows Whitman well – it has worked with us for the past five years on admission communications and more recently on fundraising projects.

The outcome of this effort will be a coordinated and consistent Whitman design and presence in our communications, from business cards and letterhead to banners, campus signage and vehicle identification. The Missionary mascot is not part of the scope of this project.

The task force includes staff members Barbara Maxwell, Dan Park, Polly Schmitz, Dean Snider, David Sprunger and Anne Thatcher; Professor Bob Withycombe and Associate Dean of the Faculty Tom Callister; and students Missy Navarro, Geni Venable and Andrew Witherspoon. John Bogley, Tony Cabasco, Jed Schwendiman and Ruth Wardwell will serve as ex-officio members. The group will meet for the first time on Dec. 1. Ultimately, President Bridges will make the final selection of the visual identity elements that NCSDO will present to the task force.

Watch Cold Case episode Dec. 6

Why would The Fountain invite campus community members to watch a TV show about crimes that have never been solved? Because a Whitman alumnus wrote the script. And, the story line centers around one of his favorite activities and a Whitman hallmark: debate.

Jerome Schwartz ’03 is the alumnus, and he’s living his dream – a writing career in Hollywood. About the episode he says: “It’s about a murder on a high school debate team, which actually was my main activity when I was in high school. I knew that it was a unique, specific world, and Cold Case episodes are all about looking for new worlds and subcultures to explore as part of the murder investigation.”

The episode airs Sunday, Dec. 6, at 10 p.m. on CBS. Read more about Schwartz, his career and work with Cold Case here.

You taste wine, award-winning DGs do the driving

Walla Walla’s Holiday Barrel Tasting weekend is Dec. 5-6, and the women of Delta Gamma at Whitman College again are conducting their annual fundraiser, Anchor Drive. It’s a designated driving service for weekend wine tasting trips and is one of the group’s largest fundraisers. Since September, the chapter has raised more than $800. Proceeds directly benefit the DG’s national philanthropy, Service for Sight and the local United Blind of Walla Walla. DG fundraising efforts have helped fund the audible crosswalks downtown. In addition to their philanthropy, the women of Delta Gamma also received an award from the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office for their work in promoting safe driving.

Anchor Drive operates on a donation basis, with the suggested minimum at $20 per hour per vehicle. Early signups are encouraged. If you have questions or would like to make a reservation, e-mail Anchor Drive.

Read more about Whitman’s Delta Gamma chapter here.

Learn about how Whitties work to make the world greener

In advance of their trip to the United Nations conference on climate change in Copenhagen, students Emily Rodrigez ’10 and Lisa Curtis ’10, campus sustainability coordinator, invite campus community members to a presentation about the trip. Key discussion topics include transportation, moving away from coal, community energy solutions and upcoming climate legislation. Also, members of the cohort who attended the recent Powershift Conference in Eugene will share topics discussed there. The discussion takes place Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in Olin 130. Questions? E-mail Lisa Curtis.

Staging for light parade goes through campus

The annual Parade of Lights takes place Saturday, Dec. 5. The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation advises campus community members that Boyer is used for staging for the parade and will be closed from Stanton to Palouse, from 4 p.m. – about 7:30 p.m. Certified flaggers will be stationed on Boyer at Stanton, Park and Palouse to assist with traffic management.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Presentation: “How Whitties Work to Make the World Green.” 7 p.m., Olin 130.

Thursday, Dec. 3
Recital: “Thursday at Five” recital with Peter Crawford’s jazz piano studio. 5 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Thursday, Dec. 3
Visiting Writers Reading Series: A reading by Jeff Encke. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Friday, Dec. 4
Music: Department of Music presents Concerto Aria Competition. 4 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Friday, Dec. 4–18
Art: Winter Art Student Salon, Sheehan Art Gallery. Opening Reception is Saturday, Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m. For details on the exhibition, call the Sheehan Art Gallery at x5249. For more information on Whitman’s Studio Art Program, visit

Saturday, Dec. 5
Vocal Concert: Whitman College Hall of Music presents the Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers fall concert, directed by Robert Bode. This concert will feature Bach’s “Magnificat” and Brittens’s “Rejoice in the Lamb.” 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Sunday, Dec. 6
Recital: The Whitman Music Department will present Geneva Faulkner in a junior violin recital with pianist Jackie Wood at 3 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. The recital will feature the Whitman Piano Quintet: Jonathan Spatola-Knoll, piano; Geneva Faulkner, violin; Clare Tochilin, violin; Alixandra Bowman, viola; and Liz Phillips, cello. Works by Bach, Beethoven, Sarasate, Dvorak and Shulamit Ran.

Sunday, Dec. 6
Concert: Annual Feast of Carols, directed by Robert Bode, 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Admission free with a donation of canned food.

Thursday, Dec. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 13
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Otto Nikolai’s delightful comic opera, based on Shakespeare’s play, pits an amorous elderly knight against the two housewives he is simultaneously wooing. It is produced in cooperation with the Department of Music. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Alexander Stage. For reservations call the Box Office at x5180. Click here for production details.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12

Dance: The Whitman Dance Theater presents "Veilings," directed by choreographer Vicki Lloid, Whitman adjunct instructor of dance. The performance consists of several movements involving rituals of veiling and unveiling faces of the dancers. 8 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Read more here.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

A stunning sunset reflects off the south wall of the Harper Joy Theatre.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Visual Identity
Cold Case
DG Anchor Drive
Copenhagen Conference
Parade Route
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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