April 19, 2010

Volume 4, issue 34
April 19, 2010
The Fountain

Kudos for Whitman's great and green debate team in The NY Times

An article in the April 8 edition of The New York Times, titled "The Paper Debate,” shines a glowing light on the Whitman College Debate Team and its coach, Professor Jim Hanson in two ways: Not only does the story identify the team as “top-tier,” it also gives Whitman much deserved credit for leading the way toward making debate greener by switching from paper to laptop files.

Excerpting the article: “In 2008, his debaters became the first top-tier team to switch entirely to electronic documents; they file research, construct arguments and read speeches in tournaments off of laptops,” wrote Robbie Brown.

Learn more about the team’s “No More Tubs” effort here.

Call for nominations for the Janice Abraham Award

The Janice Abraham Award is presented annually to staff members who have made significant contributions and provided outstanding service to Whitman College. It is named for and honors former Whitman treasurer and CFO Janice Abraham and celebrates staff who have gone above and beyond job expectations, brought forward creative and innovative ideas, promoted the philosophy of "customer service" and contributed to the excellence found at Whitman College.

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2010, and may be made by staff, faculty or students. Nominate only one person. Nominees must be current Whitman staff members and have been employed by the College for a minimum of two years as of May 14, 2010.

Send nominations by e-mail to Cindy Matern, director of human resources, at materncl@whitman.edu or by hard copy to Memorial Building #102. Be sure to include the nominee’s name and department and a short paragraph describing why your nominee should receive this award.

The awards will be presented at the Staff Appreciation Brunch, Friday, June 4. For more information, please call Human Resources at x5172.

Click here for a list of past recipients of the Janice Abraham Award.

Art is the focus of the next PAC tour

The next stop on the PAC (Personnel Advisory Committee) series is a guided tour of the sculptures and other artwork installed around campus. It will take place Thursday, April 29; meet promptly at noon at the Sheehan Gallery in Olin. The tour will last about 45 minutes; it is suggested that you wear comfortable/walking shoes and bring water. The tour guide will be Kynde Kiefel, exhibitions and collections manager.

Spring Reunion Weekend will include drama – a good kind!

The coming weekend, April 22–25, will bring approximately 500 alumni and guests to campus to celebrate Spring Reunion Weekend and the Harper Joy Theatre Reunion. Alumni from class years of 1970 and 1974–1976, and theatre alumni from all years will be back to celebrate their alma mater and catch up with old friends. A wide variety of activities are scheduled; details can be found at the Whitman Reunions Web site.

HJT reunion attendees will receive a special souvenir booklet featuring photos and mini-bio updates of theatre alumni. The cover is pictured here; a copy will be available for viewing in the Penrose Library archives.

Sorority offers driving service for Spring Release, May 1–2

The women of Delta Gamma sorority are offering a designated driving service to and from the wineries. You may hire a driver for your own personal vehicle or reserve a car for your group. All donations benefit Delta Gamma’s national philanthropy, Service for Sight, as well as the group’s ongoing fundraising efforts to help install audible crosswalks for the visually impaired in Walla Walla.

Make reservations prior to April 29. For questions or to make a reservation, call Allie Lodine (971-275-6397) or Katie Miller (206-334-4918), or e-mail anchordrive@gmail.com.

Calling all triathletes (or wannabes)

With spots for individuals and/or teams, the Whitman Spring Triathlon is open to all campus community members. It will take place Saturday, May 1, starting at 8 a.m. There’s an early-bird discount on the registration fee: $20/individual or $30/team through April 21 or $30/individual or $45/team, April 22–May 1. To register, pick up a form at Sherwood or BFFC. Questions? E-mail Jenn Blomme, head swimming coach, at blommejb@whitman.edu.

Staff and Faculty Accomplishments

Michell Acuff, assistant professor of art, has completed two awarded artist residencies while on sabbatical. Both were month-long engagements: The first was at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Ill., and the second was at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, in Amherst, Va. (installation pictured at left).

Bob Carson, Grace Farnsworth Phillips Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, has been invited to be part of a working group tasked with evaluating a potential process to simultaneously sequester carbon dioxide and make a cement substitute. The process has enormous potential in terms of climate change and economics, as the manufacture of cement is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The group will meet May 5-7 in Aptos, Calif., and will write a report on its findings. “I am honored to be included among 18 engineers, scientists and economists invited from around the world,” Carson said. The invitation came from the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Program on Governance for Sustainable Development.

Suzanne Morrissey, assistant professor of anthropology, has received a Fulbright Scholars award to serve as the Visiting Research Chair in Environment, Health and Sustainability at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. During her appointment, Morrissey will conduct ethnographic research on the use of complementary and alternative medicine and the development of centers of integrative medicine in Canada. In addition, she will deliver public lectures, give seminar presentations, and otherwise contribute to ongoing research activities at McMaster University.

Jason Pribilsky, associate professor of anthropology, has received the William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Fellowship in the History of Anthropology at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), Santa Fe, N.M. The fellowship will allow him to spend eight weeks on sabbatical at the SAR center for research and writing on his book project titled “Culture’s Laboratory: Scientific Imagination, Applied Anthropology, and the Making of the Cornell-Peru Project in the Cold War Andes.”

Nohemy Solórzano-Thompson, associate professor of Spanish, was honored at the closing ceremony of the XXXVII Annual National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) for her leadership, dedication and commitment to the advancement of the field. NACCS Past-Chair Mari Castañeda of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst presented Solórzano-Thompson this award on behalf of the organization and to mark the end of Solórzano-Thompson’s term as chair of the organization. Also in attendance at the conference were Alberto Galindo and Andrea Valenzuela, assistant professors of Spanish. Both professors presented papers focusing on the critically acclaimed novel by Roberto Bolaño, “2666.” Prof. Galindo presented on the novel’s use of detective fiction in its depiction of the border city of Ciudad Juárez. Prof. Valenzuela focused on the portrayal of gender and violence in the novel. Pictured: Castañeda presenting the award to Solórzano-Thompson.

Elizabeth Vandiver, Clement Biddle Penrose associate professor of Latin and classics and chair of the Department of Classics, was a visiting scholar March 23–25 at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho. She taught a class on Aeschylus’ stagecraft, led a faculty discussion on “Households Versus Heroines: Athenian Women On and Off the Stage,” and gave a public lecture titled “The Measure of All Things: Greek Tragedy in its Cultural and Intellectual Context.” Her visit was funded by a grant from the Rosehill Estate to the LCSC Alumni Foundation.

Sue Weiler, senior biology research associate, has been selected to receive the 2010 Margalef Award for Excellence in Education, created in 2008 to recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring in the fields of limnology and oceanography. This is only the second time the award, presented by ASLO (Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography), has been given. Learn more about ASLO here.

Sorority to host car wash to help fund playground

Even if it rains the day after you get your car washed at the Second Annual Theta Car Wash, consider it for a good cause. The sorority members are working to raise funds to help build a playground in a needy neighborhood. The car wash takes place Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hunter conservatory driveway. Questions? Contact kleintm@whitman.edu.

Check out these Student Activities events – NOT for students only!

The Office of Student Activities invites staff and faculty to participate in these spring events, one of which is a long, long-standing tradition, and the other is becoming one:

2nd Annual Duck Hunt – 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 21

In celebration of Duckfest, more than 400 mini rubber duckies will be hidden around campus, ready to be found by you! All Whitman community members are invited to participate. Each person may collect up to five duckies, redeemable for raffle tickets at the student activities office (RCC 202). There are lots of great prizes available; the drawing will take place Monday, April 26. Questions? Contact Leann Adams at adamsle@whitman.edu or x5367.

84th Annual Choral Contest – 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, Cordiner Hall
The Whitman Events Board invites all members of the Whitman Community to the 84th Annual Choral Contest, an evening of entertainment and tradition in which 14 student choirs perform a wide range of choral music. This year, monetary donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Each person who makes a donation will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite group in the "People’s Choice Award." All funds collected will be donated to the charity of the winning group’s choice.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

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. www.whitman.edu/content/climatechange

Thursday, April 22
Music: Kevin McCoy ’10, senior clarinet recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

April 22-25
Alumni Event: Spring Reunion Weekend, including the Harper Joy Theatre reunion. Click here for details.

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 x5249.

Friday, April 23
Music: Fridays at Four Recital Series presents "Musica Transcascadia: Sixteenth Century Music from the Most Madrigal Place on Earth.” 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Saturday, April 24
Lecture: "Where Do Comic Books Come From?: The Conception and Birth of a Graphic Novel," presented by Patrick Thorpe, editor, Dark Horse Comics. 4 p.m. in the Coffee House, Reid Campus Center.

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

Thursday, April 29
Lecture: “Dating, Sex and Public Sociology,” presented by Visiting Educator Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington Department of Sociology and PerfectMatch.com creator and relationship expert. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Visiting Educator Fund. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. Call x4952.

Thursday, April 29
Genevieve Perry Lecture in Economics: "The Worst Macroeconomy since the Great Depression," presented by J. Bradford DeLong, professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley. 7:30 p.m., Olin 130. Contact x5174.

Saturday, May 1
Triathlon: Whitman Spring Triathlon, open to all campus community members. See story in this issue of The Fountain.

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.

Save the date
Staff Appreciation Brunch: 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 4, Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. Watch campus e-mail and The Fountain for details.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Completely in their element, the windmills overlooking the Walla Walla Valley do their thing during a cold, windy sunset recently. This panoramic photo digitally combines separate exposures.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Kudos in NY Times
Abraham Award Nominations
Next PAC Tour
Spring Reunion Weekend
Wine Tasting Drivers Needed
WC Triathlon
Staff and Faculty Accomplishments
Theta Car Wash
Not For Students Only
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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