October 26, 2009

Volume 4, issue 10
October 26, 2009
The Fountain

Remembering Ann Stull Jauhiainen

Ann Stull Jauhiainen, who passed away on Oct. 17 after a fiercely fought battle with cancer, will be remembered with fondness and admiration by those who knew her. And she was known by many. As the Whitman Bookstore’s general merchandise manager for 11 years, she befriended and mentored innumerable campus students, faculty and staff, and she will be remembered. “Her presence has been missed in the store, her energy,” said Douglas Carlsen, director of the bookstore, in a Pioneer article. “She connected with many of the students.” The Pioneer’s tribute to Ann can be found here.

Ann’s life and her contributions extended far beyond the Whitman campus, however. She worked quietly and diligently for decades, serving the Carnegie Art Center, the Parks and recreation Department, the American Association of University Women Project Read program. She participated in the “Picture Lady Program” that exposed first-through-fifth graders to art and artists, because, she said, “Art in the schools is important.”

Ann was involved in many projects, and inevitably wound up being chairperson or president, but never asked for recognition. It was when she won the college’s Town-Gown Award for community service that her many contributions were brought to light. Ann will not be replaced, but many will need to step up to fill her shoes. As she said after receiving the Town-Gown, “We can never do it all on our own.”

Chemistry faculty deliver meritorious workshop

Recently Nathan Lien, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, developed and led a day-long workshop for youth from Pendleton, Hermiston and the Walla Walla Valley, in which the kids built Cartesian divers, explored the activity series by depositing copper on an iron nail, and toured several teaching and research labs in the Hall of Science. They also performed the Mentos geyser experiment and watched a chemistry demonstration show put on by the Whitman College Chemistry Club, which was instrumental in helping with final planning and did all the actual teaching. “I wouldn't have been able to do it without them,” Lien said.

In addition to the knowledge gained and the subtle insight into science education at Whitman, the students, who are Boy Scouts, also earned their Chemistry Merit Badge. Allison Calhoun, chair of the chemistry department, reports that the responses from parents and participants are very positive. Among comments:

  • “This was probably the most fun I have ever had with boy scouting.”
  • “I want to thank you ever so much for sharing your college with the boys.”
  • “I especially liked how the young men in our BSA organization got to see that college is not all grind, that they could see older young people sharing their knowledge and fun.”
  • “Nathan and his staff did a top notch job that both entertained and taught. Thank you!”

Campus directory coming soon; hard copies by order only

Thank you to all staff and faculty who reviewed their directory listing last week in the final draft of the 2009-10 Campus Directory.

In addition to People Search, the online PDF of the directory will be available later this week. It is easily accessible via the staff and faculty portals and requires a log-in. Effective this year, for both budgetary and paper conservation objectives, printed copies of the directory are available by order only, at a cost of $1.50 per copy.

To order copies, send an e-mail to Amber Woodworthwoodwoar@whitman.edu – that includes the quantity and name(s) of recipients. If multiple staff or faculty in a department wish to order copies, feel free to consolidate the order and have one person submit it. Questions? Call Amber at x5160.

EndNote bibliographic tool now available to campus community members

Timothy E. Machonkin, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Academic Information Technology Advisory Group (AITAG), reports that Whitman now has a site-license for EndNote, a bibliographic citation management program. The site-license covers both the Mac and Windows versions and is available to all current faculty, staff, and students. You may even install it on your personal laptop or home computer; click here for instructions.

Flu update

There were 14 new ILI (influenza-like illness) cases reporting to the Welty Health Center last week (Oct. 18-23), bringing to 35 the total since the beginning of the semester. Most students are back in class within three days. There have not been any hospitalizations.

The vaccine, once thought to have been available this week, has not yet been distributed.

Of the approximately 47,000 cases of ILI reported to the American College Health Association (ACHA) “there have been only 78 hospitalizations and no deaths, indicating this disease remains generally mild,” quoting a report on its Web site. “However, there continues to be risk of exposure to vulnerable individuals in our campus communities. Statewide outbreaks continue to be active in the West and Northwest regions.”

Because the attack rate in the college population continues to rise, it is critical that we continue to be vigilant about preventing the spread of the virus, reports Tracee Anderson, chair of the pandemic team.

This and previous weekly updates in The Fountain are available on the flu Web site.

Staff accomplishments

Donna Cummins, assistant to the dean of students, will be a featured guest on the KTEL radio morning interview show “On the Grapevine,” Wednesday, Oct. 28, at about 8:15 a.m. The topic focuses on her non-Whitman area of expertise, genealogy. Based on a presentation she recently delivered at the Milton-Freewater Library, Cummins will discuss how to research genealogy by identifying old photographs. She has traced her own family roots – the family name is Aycock – back to the Jamestown era. Her husband’s family, who were Walla Walla pioneers from the 1850s, have provided her with many old photographs to work with. She also researches Walla Walla photographers, another topic the interview will cover.

Richele Loney, division II secretary, has been cast in the lead role of Princess Winnifred in “Once Upon a Mattress,” which will play at The Liberty Theater in Dayton beginning Nov. 13. It will run for four weekends. The play is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at 344 East Main Street, Dayton. Call (509) 382-1380, e-mail info@libertytheater.org or visit www.libertytheater.org for more information.

Comings and goings

The college extends a warm welcome to Robert G. Fricke, IT services consultant, and wishes Kathy O'Leary, manager of trusts and endowment, a wonderful retirement.

“What’s Cooking at Whitman?”

Patti Moss, Division III assistant, is asking that question and collecting treasured and favorite recipes from faculty and staff for a compilation cookbook to be titled “What's Cooking at Whitman.”

“This cookbook will represent a wonderful collection of treasured recipes to share with the whole Whitman Community and beyond,” Moss said. “We have some amazing cooks on this campus, and I'm hoping that you'll all come together to make this cookbook a reality. So send me your tried-and-true recipes, family favorites, recipes from your homeland, or even your new favorites.”

There are three ways to submit a recipe:

  • E-mail as a PDF attachment to mosspm@whitman.edu
  • Send a hard copy by campus mail to Patti Moss/Hall of Science
  • Hand-deliver to the Division III office, Science 160

Be sure to include:

  • The recipe, including ingredients and cooking directions.
  • Your full name and Whitman position/title.
  • A brief sentence or two about the recipe. For example, why this recipe is important to you, what special holiday you cook this recipe for and why, who gave you the recipe, why it’s wonderful, etc.

All informational items above will be printed in the book.

Moss will collect recipes through April and hopes to publish the book by the end of summer 2010. “My intention is to create a diverse range of recipes that can be shared with students, alumni, faculty, staff and our community,” Moss said. “It will be a small spiral-bound book, sold in the bookstore at an affordable price. Any and all proceeds will be donated either to a Whitman fund or a local charity.”

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, Oct. 27
Lecture: Jenik Radon, visiting O’Donnell professor, will be speaking on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He will present “German Reunification, German Unity: What it means for me personally, for Germany, and for the world.” 7 p.m., Olin 130. Reception to follow at the German House.

Wednesday, Oct. 28
Reading: Michael Branch, visiting educator, will read from a selection of his recent creative nonfiction essays. The title of his presentation is "'Sticking with the Stick' and other recent environmental nonfiction.” 7 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. x5099.

Wednesday, Oct. 28
Jazz: Whitman College Hall of Music presents Hasham Assadullahi Jazz Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. Tickets: $5. x5232.

Thursday, Oct. 29
Skotheim Lecture in History: Patrick Manning will present “The African Diaspora and the Emergence of the Modern World.” A specialist in world history and African history, Manning’s current research addresses global historiography, early human history, migration in world history, the African diaspora, and the demography of African slavery. 7:30 p.m., Olin 130. x5156.

Friday, Oct. 30
Recital: Friday at Four recital series presents Michele Aichele, flute, and Kristin Vining-Stauffer, piano. 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter conservatory. x5232.

Monday, Nov. 2
Reading: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents Lydia Davis, who will read from her works. 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Monday, Nov. 2
Film: Experimental Films of Harry Smith. 7 p.m., Olin 130. x5240.

Tuesday, Nov. 3
Film: “The Old Weird America: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music” with filmmaker Rani Singh. 7:30 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. x5240.

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Jazz: Whitman Jazz II Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m., directed by David Glenn. Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Thursday, Nov. 5
Jazz: Whitman Jazz I Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m., directed by David Glenn. Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Thursday, Nov. 5
Archaeological Institute of America presentation: Gary Rollefson, professor of anthropology, “In Loving Memory: Wisad (Jordan) Necropolis 2009, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Friday, Nov. 6
Recital: Fridays at Four series presents faculty piano recital with Lee D. Thompson and Jackie Wood. x5232.

Saturday, Nov. 7
Music: Divertimento Baroque Opera Company Concert, directed by Jackson Maberry ’10. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Save the date!

Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 15
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “Frenzy for Two, or More,” by Eugene Ionesco, on the Freimann Stage. A revolution ensues on the streets while a couple wages their own battle at home. Is it too hot or too cold? The Venus de Milo or the Statue of Liberty? A tortoise or a snail? Classically absurd, this farce will disturb and delight. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations call 527-5180.

Archive photo reveals Lakum Duckum history

While searching the college photo archives recently for a project, members of the communications staff couldn't resist sharing this one – a student Tug-of-War event at Lakum Duckum, circa the 1940s. Click to enlarge. Watch The Fountain periodically for archive photos that entertain and inform!

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

As fall settles in, the air on campus cools down yet the sights are warm with an array of yellow, red and orange amidst the fleeting green.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Ann Stull Jauhiainen
Chemistry Meritorius
Campus Directory
Flu Update
Staff Accomplishments
Comings and Goings
Coming Events
From the Archives
Parting Shot

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