December 20, 2010

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Volume 5, issue 18
December 20, 2010
The Fountain

A holiday message of joy

Holiday card

The 2010 Whitman College holiday card from President Bridges focuses on the theme of joy, as reflected in the candlelit faces of some Whitman students. Click on the image above to see the inside of the card.

Check out “Winter Reads” suggestions in magazine, bookstore

Winter reads

The December issue of Whitman Magazine includes a feature titled “Great Winter Reads,” which offers suggestions by faculty and staff of books that make “perfect companions” when you think about curling up with a book during the cold days of winter.

Suggestions were made by: Michael Quiner, director of administrative technology; Noah Leavitt, visiting assistant professor of sociology and general studies; Dalia Corkrum, director of Penrose Library; Josie Henderson, assistant professor of religion; Laura Krier, librarian; Nancy Simon, Garrett professor of dramatic arts; and Matthew Prull, associate professor of psychology.

Click here to see the recommended great winter reads in the online version of Whitman magazine, and check out the campus bookstore display.

Thinking about a MacBook? Read student’s review


Since 2007, English major Blair Frank’13 has been an intern at Macworld, the most widely circulated print publication and the most-often viewed Web site focused exclusively on Apple Macintosh products. For the January edition, he wrote a review titled “MacBook: The great compromise” that’s worth a read if you’re considering buying a MacBook. Hint – thumbs up.

Read more about Frank here.

Open Enrollment reminder

Though the Open Enrollment paperwork deadline is Dec. 31, the HR staff will be available only through Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. to help you and answer questions. If you are not able to submit your materials in person, please mail them to the HR office.

Recipe for a holiday treat

Heather Mansker, baker for Bon Appétit, offers the following recipe for Cranberry Pecan Bars.

Cranberry bars

Yield: 12x18 Jelly Roll Pan

Crust and Topping:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups oats
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups butter (softened)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients, mix until crumbly. Reserve 2 cups of mixture, press remaining crumb mixture into greased pan. Bake until slightly brown at 350 degrees; about 15-20 minutes.

Cranberry Filling

  • 2 packages fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

Bring to a boil, simmer until it reaches a jam-like consistency. Spread over baked crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top and bake for approximately 15 – 20 minutes. Cool before icing.

Icing Drizzle

Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and water to reach a pourable consistency. Drizzle over the bars.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, 1/17
MLK: In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the campus is hosting a series of events including community service projects and a candlelight march. For details click here.

Tuesday, 1/18
Art: The Sheehan Gallery presents “New and Returning Whitman Studio Art and Faculty Exhibition.” Artist and curator talks to be announced. Click here for a complete schedule of the 2010-2011 Sheehan Gallery Exhibitions.

Wednesday, 1/19
Lecture: Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents “Roots: Genealogy, Genetics and African American History.” 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall.


Tuesday, 1/25
Banff Film Festival: Presented by the Outdoor Program. Admission for Whitman students, faculty and staff is free with a valid Whitman ID. Otherwise tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Monday, 1/31
Film: Winnebago Man, a documentary by filmmaker Ben Steinbauer, reveals the story of Jack Rebney, an unlikely folk hero whose outrageously funny outbursts were caught on tape during the making of a Winnebago sales video in 1988. Question and answer session with director Ben Steinbauer to follow film. 7 p.m., Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre.

Click here for a listing of all events

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot The Parting Shot is on vacation in Mexico this week. Greg Lehman writes:
We ran into Zetta Quick-Jackson ’01 on the shuttle to the airport in Cabo San Lucas Sunday afternoon. I’d looked the whole week for Whitman shirts and hats and saw none. Then on the shuttle we were talking about where everyone was from and Zetta said she lived in Walla Walla as a student at Whitman. Zetta gives a shout-out to Helen Tanaka, associate director of annual giving, who she worked with way back when.

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Whitman College
In This Issue
Holiday Message
Winter Reads
Macbook Review
Open Enrollment
Coming Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

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