August 9, 2010

Volume 4, issue 50
August 9, 2010
The Fountain

College “Rankings Season” underway

Annually The Princeton Review launches “rankings season,” and once again Whitman is featured in the organization’s flagship publication, The Best 373 Colleges. Based on input from student interviews, the publication recognizes selected colleges in a variety of Top-20 categories. Whitman appears on the following Princeton Review ranking lists for 2010-11:

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Also, Whitman is included in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges” ranking, which identifies “colleges and universities that we feel stand out within each region,” according to the publisher. “From hundreds of institutions we reviewed in each region, we selected these colleges and universities primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also took into account what students attending the schools reported to us about their campus experiences…. Our ‘regional best’ colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges – a select group, indeed. We believe our choices offer applicants and their parents a wide range of fine schools to consider.”

Watch for news about rankings to come later this month and into September, including U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Kiplingers.

Paper Phoenix Project underway

Recycled notebook

Recycled notebook With the arrival on campus of the new letterhead last week, supplies with the retired logo are being reused and recycled through the Paper Phoenix project. Pictured, Pedro Galvao ’10, summer intern in the President’s Office, is making notebooks out of old paper that has been donated by many offices across campus. Beginning this week, the notebooks – in one- and two-subject varieties – are on sale in the Bookstore for a cost of $2.50 each. “The recycled notebooks are really high quality and look great,” said Rebecca Thorpe, general merchandise buyer for the Bookstore. “They will be really useful; it’s very much a win-win.”

The Bookstore also will be using some of the old paper supplies for in-house needs, such as producing inventory sheets.

Memorial Building room and office numbers changing


By the start of the semester, most of the rooms and offices in the Memorial Building will have not only new, unified signage but also new numbers. As space needs in the college’s main administration building have shifted over the years, some room and office numbers have become out of sequence, and some spaces have never had numbers. It made sense to make these changes in concert with the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)-compliant signage.

The floor plan shows the new room numbers. To help if you are considering reserving one of the 3rd floor meeting rooms:

  • 316 becomes 328
  • 314 becomes 325
  • 313 becomes 324
  • 305, in the President’s Suite, remains the same.

Send event information to the media relations office


Are you planning an event or lecture on campus for this academic year? Let the Communications Office help you promote and publicize your event. Send information to Ashley Coetzee, interim media relations officer, at, or call her at x4917.

Helpful hints for highly effective event promotion:

  • Consider advertising, if you have the funds in your budget. The Union Bulletin and NPR provide effective advertising opportunities.
  • Compile and provide all the information/details: who, what, when, where and why.
  • Provide photos and bios of speakers.

The earlier the better – it takes time to gather information for the multitude of events, and more time for proofing to make sure the information posted on the Web and sent to the media is accurate.

New name for Conservation and Recycling Committee

The Conservation and Recycling Committee includes students, staff and faculty dedicated to making the campus as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible. Given that important vision, the name of the committee has been changed to more accurately reflect the breadth of its purpose. The new name is the Sustainability Advisory Committee. Chaired by Sean Gehrke, associate director of residence life and housing, the committee meets four to five times per semester. Feel free to contact him at if you’d like to learn more about the committee. Click here to learn more about Whitman’s environmental principles and sustainability efforts.

Campus hosts WISE program this week WISE WISE participants take part in problem-solving and trust exercises with Whitman faculty and staff members.

This week, 25 eighth- and ninth-grade students from Walla Walla, College Place and Milton-Freewater are visiting campus as part of the annual Whitman Institute for Summer Enrichment (WISE) program. Spending three days and two nights on campus, the students will attend workshops, classes taught by Whitman professors – philosophy with Mitch Clearfield, math with Barry Balof and biology with Leena Knight – and experience a one-on-one advising session with an admissions officer. The program culminates in a closing dinner with students’ families and President Bridges.

The relevance of a liberal arts education

Case for Liberal Education

About four years ago, AACU (the American Association of Colleges and Universities) published a white paper document titled Making the Case for Liberal Education – Responding to Challenges. It remains timely in terms of the questions often raised about the contemporary relevance of a liberal arts education and provides possible responses to those questions. Many campus community members may find it useful in speaking with parents during opening week this fall.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Parting shot

Slowly (it seems), steadily (it appears) and often noisily (it’s obvious!), work on the Memorial clock tower moves forward. Here masons work brand-new stones onto the inside of the first floor landing after it was reinforced with concrete.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Princeton Review Rankings
Paper Phoenix Project
Mem Room Numbers Changing
Send Event Information
Sustainability Advisory Committee
WISE Program
Making the Case for Liberal Education
Parting Shot

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