April 5, 2010

Volume 4, issue 32
April 5, 2010
The Fountain

2010 Commencement speaker announced: author, journalist Juan Williams

Renowned for bringing insight and depth to a wide spectrum of issues and ideas, Juan Williams has been selected as the 2010 Whitman College Commencement speaker. An author and journalist with a diverse background of experience, Williams is a senior correspondent for National Public Radio. He spent more than 20 years at The Washington Post, serving as an award-winning editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House correspondent. He is an Emmy award winner for television documentary writing, and he serves as a trustee for his alma mater, Haverford College. Williams has written six highly regarded books on the state of our nation, including the nonfiction bestseller “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965,” the companion volume to the critically acclaimed television series. “This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience,” and most recently “Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America - and What We Can Do About It.”

“We are honored to welcome Juan Williams to Whitman as our Commencement speaker,” President Bridges said. “His contributions as a journalist, writer and public intellectual have helped shape our collective understanding of race in American society. As a graduate of Haverford College, he has capitalized on his liberal arts education and become a nationally acclaimed author and journalist. His work has chronicled and analyzed the African American experience in the second half of the twentieth century and proffered a powerful critique of black leadership in the post-civil rights era."

Make time for the Whitman Undergraduate Conference

Give 175 Whitman students the lectern or stage and they will impress. That’s what will happen at the 12th annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference, which takes place at venues across campus on Tuesday, April 6 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Students will present the original work they produced in their courses, senior theses, summer internships and study abroad. The conference includes oral and poster presentations of academic research and musical performances. Check out the conference program and schedule on the conference Web site.

HR staff hosts info session on tuition remission

Cindy Matern, director of human resources, and Mary Luckstead, HR administrative assistant, will present information and answer questions about Whitman’s tuition remission benefit. The session takes place Thursday, April 8 at noon in Kimball Theatre (Hunter Conservatory).

Staff, faculty invited to join students for Spring Service Day

All staff and faculty are invited to join Whitman and Walla Walla University students in serving the community through the Second Annual Spring Service Day. The program is designed to enable campus community members to give back to the Walla Walla community, which “has given its support and provided a nurturing environment in which to live and learn,” reports Lina Menard, community service coordinator and project organizer.

The volunteer service effort will take place Sunday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are to meet on the Walla Walla University campus at 10 a.m. and will be at project sites between 10:15 and 10:30. They will return to WWU by 2 p.m. The service projects will be followed by a celebration featuring games, information, and music on the WWU campus in collaboration with Network for Young Walla Walla.

To sign up as a volunteer, click here. Sign up by 1 p.m. on Monday, April 5 to receive a Spring Service Day t-shirt. Questions? Call 527-5765.

Check out the new Communications photo gallery

Samples of the talent and creativity of Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer, and his team of student photographers are now on display in the newly created Communications Staff and Student Photo Gallery, located in the Mem 3rd floor hallway adjacent to the Communications department offices. All are welcome to stop by and browse. Photos will be rotated periodically. Currently the south wall gallery is completed; the north wall is in progress. Enjoy!

Follow alumna astronaut in space

Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger ’97 and the other members of NASA Mission STS-131 launched into space Monday, April 5. Through photo galleries and video, follow the crew’s activity on the shuttle mission via this NASA site:  www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/multimedia

Here a duck, there a duck – spring Duckfest open to all

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time once again for Whitman’s Annual Duckfest! This community art project is open to all Whitman staff and faculty in addition to students. Individuals, teams, departments, etc., design and create a duck in creative and inventive ways, then choose a place somewhere on campus to install.

Important dates: Submit proposal form by Friday, April 9. Install on campus by Wednesday, April 21. Send questions or completed proposals to creativearts@whitman.edu. Duckfest is organized by the Whitman Events Board.

Faculty Accomplishments

Jim Hanson, professor of forensics, reports that Whitman’s success in debate competition continues this year. Whitman topped more than 250 colleges and universities to win the national championship in parliamentary debate. The college was well represented at the four national debate championship tournaments the forensics team attended over spring break. Students Nate Cohn and Daniel Straus advanced to the final round at the CEDA national championship, placing second out of 202 teams (losing a close 6-3 decision). Whitman teams advanced to elimination rounds at all four national championships, something no other college in the nation accomplished. “The students worked for the whole spring break, researching, preparing cases and arguments, and practicing, culminating in their debates with some of the brightest students from across the country.” Read more here.

Staff Profile: Brenda Sanchez
Annual Fund Officer

  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Education: Lewis & Clark College, B.A. in history and Spanish
  • Years at Whitman: Four
  • Favorite…
    • Film: “Christmas Vacation”
    • Book: “East of Eden” and the Harry Potter series
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: Three Stories (pictured)
  • Best travel experience: Argentina (for the steaks, chorizo, wine, yerba mate) and my Peace Corps hometown of Villarrica, Paraguay (for my neighbor’s pig roasts).
  • Interests/pleasures: Traveling and eating (see above).
  • Recent accomplishment: I have about 80 percent of my wedding planned! My fiancé, Keith Michels, and I will be married in August.
  • What people don’t know about me: From K-12, I went to 10 different schools, including four high schools, due to my dad’s job in the military.
  • A day in the life/on the job: This time of year I’m busy with Whitman’s Phonathon program. We have 33 student callers who keep alumni and parents connected to the college by updating them on campus events, answering questions and asking them for their annual gift. I also coordinate the fund raising efforts of the senior fund committee, the staff-faculty campaign and the parents program. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to meet a variety of people who feel very connected to the college.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: I love our community. The people are friendly and supportive.
  • Quote: “No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read.” (McCullough)

Spring “Penrose Primer” newsletter now online

The Spring 2010 issue of the Penrose Primer, the library’s newsletter, is now available online.

"Read about electronic submission of honors theses, advanced keyword searching techniques, photo-bookworks in Special Collections, library staffing changes, and materials purchased to honor faculty promotion and tenure," reports Lynne Vieth, reference and information literacy librarian and editor/composer of the newsletter.

Fulbright experience topic of April 7 lecture

Dr. Everette Penn, associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Cross Cultural Studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, visits campus this week to share his experiences as a Fulbright scholar at Cairo University, Egypt in 2005. He is a representative of the Fulbright Ambassador Program. He will be on campus all day on Wednesday, April 7 and will meet with faculty and students and visit class. The main lecture is at 4 p.m. in Olin 157; he will discuss his Fulbright experience and how the Fulbright impacted his career and his university. He will also provide advice to faculty and staff interested in participating in the Fulbright program. The visit is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Development Office and the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculty. Questions? Contact Pat Spencer at x5222.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, April 6
Undergraduate Conference: About 175 students present the original work they produced in courses, senior theses, summer internships or study abroad, or perform musically. This is the 12th annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at venues across campus. Click here for the schedule.

Wednesday, April 7
Lecture: Dr. Everette Penn, associate professor of criminology at the University of Houston, will speak to the faculty at 4 p.m. Olin 157. Contact Pat Spencer, x5222.

Wednesday, April 7
Lecture: “Holocaust Survival: A Grandmother’s Story” by Lilly Black, grandmother of Ryan Smith ’12. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday, April 7
Music: Whitman Jazz II Spring Concert directed by David Glenn. The group will play a collection of jazz standards, including pieces composed by Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Drummer Gary Hobbs, formerly with the Stan Kenton Jazz Orchestra, will be featured as a guest artist. 7:30 p.m., Chism Hall, Hall of Music.

Thursday, April 8
Climate Change Series Lecture: “What’s the best way to handle Climate Change: Carbon markets, Carbon Taxes, Technological Push, or Economic Growth?” by Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine. 7:30 p.m., Olin 130.

Thursday, April 8
Music: Whitman Jazz I Spring Concert directed by David Glenn. This concert will feature three recent works by jazz composer Dan Gailey, two very recent works by Whitman senior composition student Marshall Baker and classic pieces from the libraries of the great Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington bands. Drummer Gary Hobbs, formerly with the Stan Kenton Jazz Orchestra, will be featured as a guest artist. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Friday, April 9
Music: Senior saxophone recital by Hilary White, playing the “Rossini Variations” on soprano sax with Nathan Shiu, piano; “Prelude et Saltarelle” by Robert Planal, featuring a long and virtuoso cadenza on the alto saxophone; Alec Wilder “Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano” with Lee D. Thompson, piano; and “Tableaux de Provence” by Paule Maurice, a woman composer. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

April 9 and 10
Dance: “The Ancients,” performed by the Whitman Dance Production class; directed and choreographed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, adjunct instructor of dance. 8 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Saturday, April 10
Music: Chamber Singers and Chorale Spring Concert along with the Chamber Orchestra, will present Gabriel Faurè’s timeless Requiem as well as choral works by Rossini, Brahms, J.D. Earnest and others. The concert will be conducted by visiting assistant professor of music at Whitman College, Blake Adams. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Wednesday, April 14
Music: Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, featuring Eric Nesbit and Meaghan Russell playing Mendelssohn’s Concertpiece No. 2 for two solo Clarinets and band. Also featured on the program will be a brand new piece for band called "Angels in the Architecture", by Frank Tichelli. It features Jacqueline Kamm, senior vocal major, as 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 will also be on the program. The Wind Ensemble is directed by Peter Crawford. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

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 103.


Click here for events posted on the Whitman Web site.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Tennis (Outdoor courts, or Bratton in case of rain)
Saturday, April 10 – 2 p.m. vs. Lewis & Clark College
Sunday, April 11 – 9 a.m. vs. Willamette

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Carefully, quietly, Yabe Keishu, a prominent teacher in the Sogetsu School of Flower Arrangement from Kyoto, Japan, created flower arrangements last week for students of Akira Takemoto and visitors in the Tea Room at Olin East. Some of the arrangements will be on display in the Olin East Gallery space (inside Olin East 110). There will be some special visiting hours on Monday and Tuesday, April 5 and 6.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Commencement Speaker Announced
Undergraduate Conference
Tuition Remission
Spring Service Day
New Photo Gallery
Follow alumna astronaut in space
Faculty Accomplishments
Staff Profile:
Brenda Sanchez
Library Newsletter
Fulbright Speaker
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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The Fountain is published by the Office of Communications. Send news to thefountain@whitman.edu. Photos are accepted. Submissions are due by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the following week's issue. Director of Communications: Ruth Wardwell. Online: www.whitman.edu/fountain