September 8, 2009

Volume 4, issue 3
September 8, 2009
The Fountain

Washington Monthly ranks Whitman 13th in nation

As rankings continue to pour in – and catch the attention of prospective students and their parents – the latest is in The Washington Monthly, which describes itself as “…an independent voice, listened to by insiders and willing to take on sacred cows.” Its ranking methodology is based in large part on what the publication calls "social mobility, research, and service measures." It favors institutions that "…produce groundbreaking research and new inventions, serve as engines of social mobility for first-generation college students, and mold the minds of future leaders." Based on this, Whitman is ranked No. 13 in the nation for 2009.

For a “round-up” of all the rankings news to date, click here.

What's funny about the flu? These videos are!

Looks like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services actually has a sense of humor when it comes to the flu. Or at least when it comes to finding clever and creative ways to inform citizens about ways to prevent the spread of virus, from carrying chain saws to wearing full haz-mat suits. Check out these videos.

Want more information about the flu and the H1N1 virus? You can start at Whitman’s site, which includes campus communications and links to resources and government/health organization sites.

Professor and students calculate height of Palouse Falls

When a Spokane Spokesman-Review reporter needed help, Geology Professor Bob Carson and his students responded. Their task? To calculate the height of Palouse Falls. Click here for photos, video and story.

Pete and Hedda Reid Service Award nominations due

Last spring, the Whitman’s Town-Gown Award was officially renamed the Pete and Hedda Reid Service to Walla Walla Award, honoring the Reids’ 60-plus years of service to the college and the Walla Walla Valley. Now, the call for nominations is going out.

Faculty and staff members who have contributed exceptional volunteer work to the community and have worked at Whitman for at least three years are eligible, and past nominees can be re-nominated. Nominations are due by September 10, 2009 and must include your name, the nominee’s name, a brief description of his/her service and a list of their activities in the community. Submit your nomination(s) online here.

The recipient of the award will be honored at the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, Nov. 4, 2009, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. Questions? Contact Jennifer Casper in the president’s office at x 5123 or,

The 2008 recipient was Amber Woodworth, communications operations manager. Read about her here.

Physical plant yard sale Friday, Sept. 11

Again this year, the physical plant is holding its annual “Yard Sale,” featuring office furniture, tools, appliances, and other odds and ends that have accumulated over the past year. No early sales; the gate opens at 8:30 a.m. and the sale runs until 4 p.m. unless all items have been sold before then. Bring cash or checks only; no credit cards. The staff will help load items into your vehicle, but they do not provide delivery service. All proceeds go to the Physical Plant Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Fund. Questions about the sale? Call x5999.

PAC tour of the Johnston Wilderness Campus

The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) invites staff members on a tour of the Johnston Wilderness Campus, led by Bob Carson, Grace Farnsworth Phillips Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour can accommodate 30 people. If you would like to participate, RSVP to Mary Luckstead (x5172,, administrative assistant, human resources, by Sept. 11. The first staff members to apply will have a space reserved. Bon Appetit will provide sack lunches for $8.75, or you can bring your own lunch, but please let Mary know in your RSVP if you’d like a sack lunch. You will need permission from your supervisor to attend. For a preview of the Johnston Wilderness Campus, visit the Johnston Wilderness Camp Web site.

Lost and found

Barbara Maxwell, associate dean of students: student programs and activities, reminds the campus that Reid Campus Center 202 houses the campus lost and found. If you find a lost item, please see that it makes its way to Reid as quickly as possible, and if you lost something, remember to check with the folks in Reid 202 or call x5208.

Convocation video now online

Thanks to the efforts of David Sprunger, assistant director of multimedia services and development and others in WCTS and communications, video of Convocation 2009 is now available online.

Harper Joy Theatre season tickets on sale through Oct. 31

Season tickets for the Harper Joy Theatre 2009-2010 academic year are available today through Oct. 31. With your faculty and staff discount, tickets are $35 for the season. Contact the Box Office at x5180.

Bonding through adventure and community service

The final week before Opening Week offers Whitman first-years opportunities for bonding – from being together on white-water kayaking adventures to working in groups to help serve the community.

The Whitman Scrambles program celebrated its 32nd year of operation this fall by taking 149 first-years on 17 trips, led by 52 Whitman guides, and lasting an average of eight days. The Scrambles program is designed to introduce new Whitman students to “Seasoned Whitties” and to offer some fun-filled, nonacademic aspects of college life as well as provide the opportunity to meet new friends before school begins. “The scrambles program becomes stronger every year,” said Shannon Flood, Scrambles coordinator.

The Summer Community OutReach Excursions (SCORE) debuted this year with two service trips for first-years, one focused on food and hunger and the other on housing and homelessness in Walla Walla. This pilot program, said Lina Menard, community service coordinator, provided four trip leaders and 16 incoming students with the opportunity to get involved in community service projects here in Walla Walla as well as to become familiar with the community they will live in during their college years.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, Sept. 16
Sherwood Open House: Tour the newly remodeled Sherwood Athletic Center from 4 to 6 p.m. President Bridges will make opening remarks at 4:30 p.m., and there will be athletic demonstrations at 5:30 p.m. Watch The Fountain and your e-mail for further information. Note: this event is open to the general public as well as the campus community.

Save the dates!

Monday, Sept. 21
Author’s talk: An evening with Thomas Mullen, author of the “The Last Town on Earth,” the 2009 summer reading assignment for incoming first-years. Mullen will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Tuesday, Sept. 22
O’Donnell lecture: Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Joel Pett, O'Donnell visiting professor, will present “What in the world is so funny?” – a look at global issues though the eyes of a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27
Play festival:
Harper Joy Theatre presents Instant Play Festival! 8 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. The Instant Play Festival features seven plays on Saturday and six plays on Sunday. 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 performance that night. Alexander Stage. For information and tickets call the Whitman College Box Office x5180.

Saturday, Oct. 3
Solar Panels Dedication:
Official dedication of the photovoltaic array installed on the roof of Bratton Tennis Center during summer 2009 will be held Saturday, Oct 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. Read more about the project here, and watch The Fountain and campus e-mail for further information.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor water-spouting sprinklers keep our wonderful Whitties from their appointed classes!   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Washington MonthlyRanking
Flu Videos
Nominations Due
Yard Sale
Johnston Wilderness Camp Tour
Lost and Found
Convocation video
Harper Joy Theatre Season Tickets
Scrambles and SCORE
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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