September 14, 2009

Volume 4, issue 4
September 14, 2009
The Fountain

Copies made at Boyer House save money and clicks

Staff and faculty are encouraged to use the services of the print shop at Boyer House for black and white photocopying in addition to your color printing projects. For starters, doing so will save 1 cent per click. This fiscal year, the per-click cost of black and white photocopies on machines in academic and administrative offices increased from 5 cents to 6 cents. However, because of the cost-efficiency of the Boyer machines – particularly vital in this cost-cutting phase – the cost remains at 5 cents. Machines in various campus locations were purchased to accommodate small-scale copying as opposed to high-volume needs. The equipment in Boyer is high-speed and is engineered for high-volume jobs. That’s not the case with the campus machines, which have a shorter “click” life span, reports Justin Rodegerdts, financial analyst, who manages the campus copiers. “The machines across campus were purchased to supplement the primary copying services at Boyer House,” he said. “The recommendation is to send copy jobs of 50 or more to Boyer.”

“We can print, collate and staple several hundred copies in just a few minutes, even last-minute jobs,” said Amber Woodworth, communications operations manager. “There’s an online job ticket that’s easy to use and allows you to attach your project, and we can deliver to your office. We also welcome walk-ins.”

Questions about photocopying? Contact Amber at or x5160.

Pictured: Aubrey Stone, printing assistant, runs the machine that can produce 105 copies per minute at one cent less per click than campus copiers.

Survey valuable to understanding perceptions of pandemic flu situation

Whitman’s Pandemic Response Team is asking staff, faculty and students to participate in a brief, anonymous attitudinal/perceptions survey designed to help the team deliver effective messaging about swine flu precautions.

Click here to access the 10-question survey. Please submit by Thursday, Sept. 17. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Ruth Wardwell, director of communications, at

Pictured: A little humor can help deliver the oft-repeated key message about hand-washing.

Faculty Accomplishments

Michelle Acuff, assistant professor of art, was one of eight artists selected to participate in Sculptfest ’09 at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in Rutland, Vt. The fest is held Sept. 12 through Oct. 25, and Acuff installed two pieces over Labor Day weekend.

John D. Cotts, assistant professor of history, has written a new book titled “The Clerical Dilemma – Peter of Blois and Literate Culture in the 12th Century,” published this month by The Catholic University of America Press. It is the first book-length study of the life, thought and writings of Peter of Blois, a 12th century intellectual. Among scholarly praise for the book: “…John Cotts’s study is essential reading for anyone interested in the cultural and institutional history of the long 12th century and for students of evolving forms and functions of Latinity in the Middle Ages,” writes William L. North, associate professor of history, Carleton College. Learn more about the book here.

What’s in a name? Like Walla Walla?

When you tell someone you live in Walla Walla, you might not be saying what you think you’re saying. If that someone is an Arabic speaker, they might be hearing something else. In Arabic, the word that literally means “by God” sounds like “walla,” says Elyse Semerdjian, associate professor of history.

“So, walla has the word God within it.” She said Arabic speakers often use the word “walla” as an English speaker would use the word “really” to emphasize and confirm what they’re saying. “So, it’s a bit funny when I say in Arabic I live in Walla Walla – the last walla to confirm that it’s true!”

Semerdjian also said that when someone says “walla walla” twice it can be construed as an oath or swearing by something. It’s context dependent, she said. “It also depends on whether you say it once or twice,” she said. Really really. Really confusing.

Going, going, gone – another successful physical plant yard sale

As of 3 p.m. Friday, the annual physical plant yard sale had raised about $3,500 for the plant’s scholarship fund for non-traditional students. Although a number of desks, chairs, and even such antique items as typewriters were still standing in the parking lot at 804 Penrose, the yard sale was a success, said J. “Dag” D’Agostino, physical plant plumber and boiler technician. Not the best-ever year, when they raised about $6,000, but better than last year’s $1,900. The state of the economy hasn’t really impacted the sale one way or the other, he said. “Once people know where the money goes,” he said, “they’re really happy to buy.” The bargain prices from 3 to 4 p.m. (50 percent off everything) impressed student Teresa Hughes ’10, who upgraded her home office with a new table and chair for $10 total. She also was pleasantly surprised that her money was going to help fellow students pay for school. The fund, which was established in 1995, is currently providing scholarships to three students at Whitman, D’Agostino said. The fund last year had about $175,000 in it.

New weekend hours for new Sherwood

The Sherwood Athletic Center is open Saturdays noon to 9 p.m., and Sundays noon to 10 p.m. For purposes of management and security, you must have a valid Whitman ID swipe card to access Sherwood, and during weekend hours, the only access is at the Harper Joy Theatre/basement ramp entrance. Questions? Contact Michele Hanford, fitness center director, at x5025.

And don’t forget the big, grand re-opening Open House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, beginning at 4 p.m.! All campus community members are welcome.

Free seasonal flu shots for staff and faculty at Cordiner Thursday, Sept. 17

Welty Health Center staff will administer seasonal flu shots free of charge to staff and faculty Thursday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. They will set up in the foyer of Cordiner Hall. Again, this vaccine targets the seasonal flu that often occurs during fall and winter months.

To receive a shot, you must visit the vaccination information site, read the vaccination information sheet, and then print and complete the consent form. Bringing your signed consent form with you to Cordiner will streamline the process and reduce the time spent waiting in line.

The vaccination program is also available to Whitman family members, for $25 per person. Family members should go directly to the Welty Health Center after 10 a.m. on the 17th.

Questions? Call the health center at x5281 or x5295.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, Sept. 14
Documentary Screening: “Women Together as One,” which focuses on Dr. Gilda Sheppard’s work with Liberian women refugees who live in the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana, West Africa. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory, 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Intercultural Center, x5596.

Tuesday, Sept. 15
Lecture: Gilda Sheppard will speak about her documentary about Liberian women in West African refugee camps, “Women Together as One,” and about her latest work with incarcerated and ex-gang members. Olin 130, 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Intercultural Center, x5596.

Wednesday, Sept. 16
Sherwood Open House: Visit the newly renovated Sherwood Athletic Center, 4-6 p.m. Tours begin at 4 p.m., President Bridges delivers remarks at 4:30 p.m., and athletic demonstrations take place at 5:30 p.m. Open to the Whitman and Walla Walla communities.

Wednesday, Sept. 16
Jazz performance: Jazz Night! The Whitman College Music Department presents the Bill Anschell and Brent Jensen Jazz Duo. 7:30-9 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. $5/ticket. Pianist Bill Anschell and soprano saxophonist Brent Jensen explore the duo format with an intimate, lyrical and imaginative style, creating a dynamic complement to the classic recordings of Konetz/Galper and Evans/Hall. For details call x5232.

Monday, Sept. 21
Author talk: An evening with Thomas Mullen, author of “The Last Town on Earth,” the 2009 summer reading assignment for incoming first-years and interested community members. Mullen will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. There will be a book-signing following the lecture.

Save the dates

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Lecture: “What in the World is so Funny?” – a look at global issues through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Joel Pett, O’Donnell Visiting Professor. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27
Theatre festival: Harper Joy Theatre presents The Instant Play Festival! Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m. After three weeks of workshops with professional playwrights Adam Rapp, Sheri Wilner and Kristen Kosmas, students will receive a theme in the evening and write a play for rehearsal the following afternoon and perform it that night. Alexander Stage. For information and tickets, call the Box Office at x5180. Season tickets are available through Oct. 31. Discounted season tickets are available to staff and faculty for $35.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

What a blessing to have a campus with so many beautiful nooks and crannies to get away from it all.   Full size.

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In This Issue
Cost-Effective Copying
Flu Survey
Faculty Accomplishments
What’s in a name?
Yard Sale
New Sherwood Hours
Free Flu Shots
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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