October 5, 2009

Volume 4, issue 7
October 5, 2009
The Fountain

Whither the Whitman curriculum?

Last week’s Faculty Forum drew a standing-room-only crowd to hear Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tim Kaufman-Osborn deliver “Whither the Whitman Curriculum?” which provided an historical look at the curricular foundations of the college as a preface to a new round of long-range planning for the college’s academic program. Read the presentation here.

Alumni reunite, recapture their Whitman experience

During the Class of '84 reception at the Baker Faculty Center Friday night, Tim Thomas took the opportunity of George Ball's visit to tell stories about the legendary professor.

About 500 alumni and family members attending Fall Reunion Weekend chose from dozens of activities carefully coordinated by the Alumni Relations staff, ranging from classroom visits and building tours to networking receptions and wine tasting. Classes of 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1990 reunited.

Flu update – WW County to dispense H1N1 vaccine via tiered plan

Claudia Ness, interim director of the health center, reports that according to Harvey Crowder, director of the Walla Walla County Health Department, the date which the area will receive the H1N1 vaccine remains an estimate – by mid-October.

But it is known for sure that the first shipment of immunizations, which will be in the form of nasal inhalant, will be dispensed to the hospitals and major clinics. The Welty Health Center is not among the top tier recipients. Subsequent shipments will be disbursed to the K-12 schools and larger day care facilities.

Assuming Walla Walla receives a sufficient quantity, H1N1 vaccine injections will be available at the community flu shot round up, Oct. 20-22 at the Fairgrounds. And Dr. Crowder believes that the county will be able to distribute doses to the colleges in increments of about 100 in late October and throughout November as more shipments arrive.

Regardless of the vaccine, Ness urges all campus community members to “Keep up the hand-washing and self-isolate if you have flu symptoms.”

If you want to know more:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) flu Web site is a good resource for information about the H1N1 vaccine.

Click here for more information about Whitman’s response to the H1N1 virus.

New Summer League Baseball team finds home field at Borleske

By November 2009 the season’s major league baseball World Series champ will have been crowned and the sport will have begun a hibernation in the minds of many baseball fans. But here in Walla Walla, baseball will be front and center, following the announcement that a new West Coast League summer baseball team is being formed and will begin play at Borleske Stadium in June 2010.

Whitman is connected to this new venture on several levels. The college co-owns Borleske with the Walla Walla School District and the City of Walla Walla, and the investment group for the expansion franchise includes alumnus John Stanton ’77, former chair of the Board of Trustees.

“Borleske has a proud tradition as a public/private partnership that provides sports and recreation facilities for the benefit of the entire community,” said Peter Harvey, Whitman CFO and manger of the Borleske Association. “This is exciting for both the college and Walla Walla in a number of ways, from job and tourism opportunities to baseball fans being able to enjoy the sport locally in the summer. The Whitman baseball team and our fans will benefit from the enhancements to the Borleske complex, which will improve the venue for both players and spectators.”

Read more here.

Whitman’s photovoltaic system praised on Alpha homepage

The 21 kW solar power system installed on the Bratton Tennis Center’s roof last summer by Alpha Energy and officially dedicated at ceremonies in Kimball Theatre on Saturday was featured last week on the Alpha Energy Web site.

“It’s exciting to see educational institutions getting involved in renewable energy projects like this,” said Drew Zogby, president and COO of Alpha Technologies. “By showing the commitment to going green, Whitman College is leading by example and encouraging its students to follow the same path.”

The 2,500 square foot rooftop installation includes 120 photovoltaic panels and is one of the largest solar arrays in Walla Walla County and in the Washington territories of Pacific Power and Light (PPL) company. The system can be monitored at a station in the Hall of Science.

Faculty Accomplishments

Papers written by Kevin Pogue, professor of geology, Kirsten Nicolaysen, assistant professor of geology, and Elise Otto ’11, have been selected for presentation at the 2009 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Oct. 18-21 in Portland, where approximately 6,000 scientists are expected to attend. Pogue will present “Influence of Yakima fold belt structures on Columbia Basin terroir”; Nicolaysen will present “Provenance of obsidian fragments recovered from Adak Island, Central Aleution Islands: Evidence for long-distance transport”; Otto will present “Evidence for flow inflation and intraflow chemical variations of a Frenchman Springs basalt of the Columbia River basalt province.”

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, Oct. 5
Lecture: Visiting educator Ami Lynch presents “So that means he hates all women? Contemplating gender-motivated violence as hate crime” at 7 p.m. in Maxey 206.

Tuesday, Oct. 6
O’Donnell Lecture: Jenik Radon, visiting O’Donnell professor, will discuss “The Georgian Energy Pipeline Cocktail: USA, Russia and Western business locked in 'lethal’ embrace.” This lecture combines U.S. business, politics, energy, foreign affairs and creating the problems of tomorrow today. 7:30-9 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday, Oct. 8
Concert: Whitman Music Department presents a concert of works by student composers. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. x5232.

Save the dates!

Thursday, Oct. 15
Roundtable discussion: “Stonewall at 40: The current state of queer activism and scholarship” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin faculty lounge, Olin 141. Participants include Gayatri Gopinath (NYU), Robert Tobin (Clark University), and Melissa Wilcox, Whitman assistant professor of religion. Participants' papers will be made available before the round table discussion. Whitman students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Thursday, Oct. 15, Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17
Symposium: “Alinsky at 100: Community organizing in the 21st century” – a symposium, workshop and training in honor of the centennial of Saul Alinsky's birth. Whitman will host this special event combining historical reflections about Alinsky, current discussions about community organizing and practical training sessions in Alinsky's organizing techniques. This symposium is part of a national series of events at colleges and universities throughout 2009 to remember Alinsky and learn from his work and legacy. All symposium events are free, however some require a free registration. For more information and directions on how to register, see the symposium schedule.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

First-year students Lucia Osei-Shearman, left, and Navkiran Aujla found a beautiful place between Hunter and Prentiss to study the inherent joys of calculus.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Whither the Curriculum
Reunion Weekend
Flu Update
Summer Baseball
Solar Panels in the News
Faculty Accomplishments
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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