April 12, 2010

Volume 4, issue 33
April 12, 2010
The Fountain

Remembering and celebrating Professor Mary Hanna

A memorial celebration of the life and work of Mary Hanna, Miles C. Moore Professor of Politics, emerita, will be held Saturday, April 17, at 3 p.m. in the Cordiner Hall foyer. She passed away March 3, 2010. Read more about Professor Hanna here.

NOTE: The Tour of Walla Walla bike race takes place April 17 and will affect parking south of Cordiner. Most directly related to this event, parking will be prohibited on Park between Boyer and Alder, Boyer between Park and 1st. Click here for a map of the tour route.

Whitman Undergraduate Conference in review

Click here for a photo review of the 2010 Undergraduate Conference, in which more than 180 students participated, presenting scholarly research and/or musical performances.

“Every year the Undergraduate Conference is a perfect exhilaration, and this edition was no different,” said Keith Raether, director of fellowships and grants and WUC coordinator. “The scholarly camaraderie, sustained intellectual exchange, thrilling range of inquiry – all of these traditions produced a terrific result. The number of student presenters increased significantly, several sessions had standing-room-only audiences, and the presentations this year seemed to have a special polish, thanks to the addition of student coaches who helped prepare each panel. The WCTS, Events and Bon Appétit staffs deserve special thanks for their seamless coordination and attention to detail.” 

Read a summary of the event here.

Challenge to commute green for a month, starting on Earth Day

Following the success of last year’s Green Commute Day, Whitman faculty and staff are invited to participate in a month-long Green Commute Challenge that will be launched on Earth Day, April 22. The challenge is part of a community-wide effort to conserve resources, reduce carbon, build community and increase mobility. Organizations across Walla Walla have taken up the call to use environmentally friendly methods of transportation on Earth Day, and Whitman and Walla Walla Community College will continue the challenge of commuting green for a whole month.

Whitman’s faculty and staff will be divided into nine teams based on office and division. Each week, the winning team will be entered into a raffle to win prizes such as free coffee, books, bike helmets and more. Different weeks have different themes such as biking, carpooling or creative “other” ways to get to work that will count double during that week. On May 26, the winning team will be awarded a plaque and an ice cream social.

Watch campus e-mail and The Fountain for details on this challenge, designed to help make Whitman a healthier and more sustainable campus.

Please participate in transportation survey by April 16

Whitman’s Conservation and Recycling Committee and the Greenhouse Gas Audit Team invite all staff and faculty to complete a brief (2-3 minutes) survey on daily commuting.

Data from the survey will be used to help estimate the overall greenhouse gas emissions produced by the college. Daily commutes are one component of greenhouse gas generation, and the survey is designed to help estimate the number of miles Whitman faculty and staff travel to and from campus using various forms of transportation.

Click here to take the survey. The survey will close April 16.

If you have questions about the survey contact any of the following staff or students:

Staff and Faculty Accomplishments

Bruce Jones ’67, assistant director of admission in the New England regional office, has written his first novel, a book titled “SLOW EDDIE: A Cape Cod story” published by IUniverse. “SLOW EDDIE” is a story of friendship, race, class, love and loss that unfolds on Cape Cod. Eddie, a bike-riding school teacher, is friends with Harvard classmates Chip and Jamie, respectively a patrician lawyer and smart-mouthed Jewish doctor. Jules is Chip’s wife, Jamie’s nurse and Eddie’s fantasy. Supporting characters include Eddie’s twin cousins, formerly incarcerated and now custodians at his school, as well as teaching colleagues Nettie, a “Reverse Freedom Rider” from the South, and Taylor, a privileged expatriate of Grosse Point, Michigan. Eddie’s favorite is Perry, a promising Cape Verdean student and athlete. It will be available in the campus bookstore.

Brooke Vick, assistant professor of psychology, recently delivered the Sabine Distinguished Alumni Lecture for the Department of Psychology at her alma mater, Colorado College, Class of 1997. The title of the address was "Standing up against prejudice: The role of advocacy in reducing the effects of social rejection," and it included a presentation of some of her research. She also spent time with current psychology students and had dinner with the psychology department faculty, all of whom were her professors when she was a CC student.

Don Snow, senior lecturer of environmental humanities/general studies, chaired both the Orion Book Award committee and the Ellen Meloy Desert Fund Award, and in each worked with a Whitman student (one English major, one ENVS) in the capacity of independent studies.

Faculty Profile: Andrea K. Dobson ’82
Associate professor of astronomy / Chair of the Faculty

  Prof. Dobson points skyward in the campus planetarium.
  • Birthplace: Everett, Wash.
  • Education: B.A., Whitman 1982; M.S., Ph.D., New Mexico State University.
  • Years at Whitman: 21… or 25, if you count those first four.
  • Courses: Anything astro. I have also taught a Gender and Science course and taught in Core.
  • Favorite…
    • Book: “The Joy of Cheesecake”
    • Film: “Dead Poets’ Society
    • Music: “Mannheim Steamroller
    • Play: “Children of a Lesser God
    • Art: Nature sculpture / photography
    • TV: “Babylon 5
    • Photo: Earth from Apollo 8 or Hubble Ultra Deep Field, vis + IR
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: Styx, hooves down.
  • Best travel experience: Ones that don’t involve airplanes.
  • Interests/pleasures: Skiing, backpacking, baking bread.
  • Recent accomplishment: I’ve been sober since April 2009.
  • What people don’t know about me: After my freshman year at Whitman I hiked the Washington section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Why I teach: It’s a passion.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: Location, location, location.
  • What I’ve learned here: Cabbage is food. It’s OK to dance as if nobody is looking. Our capacity to be inhumane is astounding. Lists of items in threes are aesthetically more pleasing than lists in fours.
  • Quote: “. . .you can say, with prophet Amos, let justice roll down like mighty waters, but figuring out the irrigation system is complicated.” – Rev. William Sloane Coffin

2010-11 sustainability coordinators announced

Nat Clark ’11 and Ari Frink ’11 will replace outgoing Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Curtis ’10 for the 2010-11 academic year, and they are looking forward to working with faculty and staff as well as students to help make Whitman a more sustainable campus. Clark has co-led Campus Greens and chaired the student Earth Week Committee for the past two years. He also spearheaded an effort to promote a more edible campus, planting asparagus and pumpkins in the amphitheater and winning a SRLF grant to grow baby salad greens for the dining halls. Frink has been involved in environmental issues from a young age, saying “while everyone else in sixth and seventh grade was riding skateboards and thinking about girls, I was looking for salmon in the creek.” Frink is a leader of the Youth Adventure Program and Campus Climate Challenge and has spearheaded multiple on-campus campaigns to convey environmental messages to policymakers.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, April 14
Music: Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, directed by Peter Crawford and featuring Eric Nesbit and Meaghan Russell playing Mendelssohn’s “Concertpiece No. 2 for two solo Clarinets and Band.” Also featured is a new piece titled "Angels in the Architecture" by Frank Tichelli. Jacqueline Kamm, senior vocal major, is the angel of light, with appearances by whirly tubes, tuned wine glasses, and solos by several sections and soloists. “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennet also will be performed. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

April 14-18
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “Wintertime” by Charles Mee, a romantic comedy for mature audiences. About the play: During a December snowfall, a young man brings his beloved to his family’s summerhouse with the intention of proposing marriage. Unexpected chaos descends in the form of three other couples: his father and mother and their respective lovers, and an elderly woman whose partner may be drowning. Wednesday, April 14, through Saturday April 17, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. On HJT’s Freimann Stage. For further information contact Jessica Cerullo, cerullja@whitman.edu or call the box office at x5180; it’s open 10-12 and 1-4 weekdays.

Wednesday, April 15
Visiting Writers Reading Series: The series presents Sherman Alexie. 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Contact x5186.

Monday, April 19
Film: “One More River: The Deal that Split the Cree” sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Canadian Studies and Environmental Studies. The film, directed by two Native Canadians, is a dramatic, behind-the-scenes look at how Quebec Crees decided to allow another mega-hydro project on their land. 7 p.m., Olin 130.

Tuesday, April 20
Visiting Educator Lecture: “It Gave its Life so that We May Live” by Kreg Ettenger, associate professor of anthropology, University of Southern Maine. 7 p.m., Olin 130.

Tuesday, April 20
Music: Walla Walla Symphony Concert. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Information and tickets: Walla Walla Symphony.

Thursday, April 22
Conversations on Climate Change and William O. Douglas Lecture: “Earth Day at Forty: New Conservation Challenges for the 21st Century” by Graham Chisholm, executive director of Audubon California. 7:30 p.m., Olin 130.

April 22-25
Spring Reunion Weekend

April 23-25
Harper Joy Theatre Reunion Weekend

Friday, April 23
Art: Visual Art Majors Senor Thesis Exhibition. 7 p.m., Sheehan Art Gallery. This exhibit runs from April 23 to May 23. For more information contact the Sheehan Art Gallery at 527-5249.

Sunday, April 25
Music: Whitman Symphony Spring Concert conducted by Ed Dixon. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Save the Date – lecture by Ralph Nader

Wednesday, May 5
Lecture: Ralph Nader will discuss “Going Green: Getting it to the Bottom Line.” Cordiner Hall – doors open at 6:30 p.m.; lecture begins at 7 p.m. Book signing follows. Tickets required; watch campus e-mail and The Fountain for ticket information or contact the Whitman Events Board at lectures@whitman.edu.


Click here for events posted on the Whitman Web site.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Saturday, April 17 – 12 p.m. vs. Willamette University (double-header)
Sunday, April 18 – 12 p.m. vs. Willamette University

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

As is often the case, this Parting Shot was shot while departing campus through the Sherwood Courtyard. An intriguing angle, up close and personal, makes for a compelling image of the sculpture titled “Joined Together, Let No Man Split Asunder” – a.k.a. “The Giant Paperclip”' -- created by Ed Humphreys, professor of art emeritus.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Remembering Mary Hanna
Undergraduate Conference
Green Commute Day
Transportation Survey
Staff and Faculty Accomplishments
Faculty Profile:
Andrea K. Dobson ’82
Sustainability Coordinators
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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