February 16, 2010

Volume 4, Issue 25
February 16, 2010
The Fountain

Next staff coffee with the president is Feb. 17

All staff members are encouraged to attend the next meeting with President Bridges at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Olin 130. The president will report on such topics as the recent Board of Trustees meeting and next year’s budget, and he will take questions. Please being a beverage mug to help with conservation efforts.

Check out the Founder’s Day celebration Feb. 16

Feb. 16, 2010 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Cushing Eells, who founded the institution and named it for Marcus Whitman and his wife, Narcissa. The campus will honor this anniversary with a Founder’s Day celebration on Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., organized by the Alumni Relations staff. Activities include:

  • Photo boards from the 1920s that Cathy Williams ’70 has created in RCC foyer.
  • Rogers Miles, senior adjunct assistant professor of religion and general studies, dressed in costume as Cushing Eells.
  • Display of old Pioneer issues and yearbooks in RCC foyer.
  • Birthday cake served in RCC foyer by Alumni Relations staff. All staff and faculty are welcome to stop by for some cake.
  • Signs on campus buildings and yard signs around campus with interesting historical questions. The Pioneer will do a follow-up piece in the Feb. 18 issue answering the questions posted around campus.

Science Outreach Newsletter available online

View the winter 2010 edition of the Science Outreach Newsletter to learn about the activities of Hall of Science faculty and staff as they work with area schools. The activities are funded by an HHMI grant.

2nd annual Global Studies Symposium explores “Contagion”

The 2010 Global Studies Symposium takes place from 1–4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in Maxey Auditorium. The topic, “Contagion,” emerged from discussions among the Global Studies Steering Committee members, reports Shampa Biswas, associate director of politics and director of Whitman’s Global Studies Initiative (GSI).

“We decided on this topic before the H1N1 scare hit the news, but that made it particularly timely,” she said. “We thought that an exploration of contagion could really bring the three divisions into conversation with each other quite well. It’s a topic that exemplifies our approach to global studies, which highlights the ways that problems, issues and questions cross various borders and disciplines.”

To select the distinguished panel of speakers, Biswas solicited names from faculty on the Global Studies listserv. She collected and researched the suggestions, creating a 26-page document with 19 names that she circulated to the Global Studies Steering Committee. “We selected the three speakers from that list with an eye for interdisciplinarity,” she said.

Bruce Magnusson, associate professor of politics, who has been named to succeed Biswas as the next GSI director, will serve as the moderator. The faculty respondents are Alberto Galindo, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures (Spanish), and Jason Pribilisky, associate professor of anthropology. Student respondents are Seth Bergeson ’10, a history major; DeeDee McCormick ’10, a pre-med and Latin American Studies major; and Nicole West ’10, a biology major.

The guest speakers are:

Andrew Lakoff, associate professor of anthropology, communication and sociology, University of Southern California. He will address “Epidemic Intelligence: The Genealogy of Global Health Security.”

Stephen Morse, professor of clinical epidemiology and founding director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He will address “Bio Terror: The Globalization of Infectious Diseases.”

Priscilla Wald, professor of English and women’s studies, Duke University. She will address “From Microbes to Monsters in the Outbreak.”

Read more about the guest speakers here.

Hosokawa Lecture brings journalist who helped break Enron scandal

The 2009-10 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture brings to Whitman keynote speaker Bethany McLean, author and Vanity Fair contributing editor. She will address “Media as Watchdog: Exposing Corporate Scandal” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in Maxey Auditorium. A book signing follows the lecture.

As a reporter for Fortune magazine, McLean was one of the first journalists to expose the corruption at Enron. She is widely acknowledged for questioning Enron’s inflated stock price with her March 5, 2001 Fortune article, titled "Is Enron Overpriced?" McLean and Fortune colleague Peter Elkind co-wrote “The Smartest Guys in the Room – The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron,” which later was made into an Academy Award nominated documentary. Her column, "The Bulldog," appeared regularly in Fortune. She joined Vanity Fair in 2008.

The Hosokawa Endowment was established by David and Beverly Hosokawa and the Hosokawa Family Foundation in honor of David’s father, alumnus Robert R. Hosokawa ’40. In addition to the lectureship, which brings a noted journalist to campus each year, the endowment established the Hosokawa Journalism Contest to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence by student journalists and photojournalists of the Pioneer.

Professional journalists from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, The Oregonian, Inside Higher Ed and the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin are serving as judges for the contest.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, 2/15
Memorial: Celebration of Richard O’Brien’s life. 4:30 p.m. Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.

Sunday, 2/21
Music: The Department of Music presents the Whitman Symphony Winter Concert, directed by Ed Dixon, associate professor of music. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Click here for all Whitman music events.

Tuesday, 2/23
O’Donnell Lecture: “Challenges of Foreign Aid in the 21st Century,” by Inder Sud, an economist with extensive background and experience in economic development in developing countries. 7 p.m., Olin 130. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 2/23
Lecture: ”Burial and Society in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age in Albania,” by Dr. Laurenc Bejko of the University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania. 7:30 p.m., Olin 157.

Thursday, 2/25
Reading: Visiting Writers Reading Series presents author Elizabeth Bradfield. 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. Click here for more information.

Friday, 2/26
Music: Spring Composers Concert. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music. Contact x5232. Click here for more Whitman music events.

Saturday, 2/27
Symposium: The 2010 Global Studies Symposium focuses on “Contagion.” 1-4 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. Click here for details and speaker information.

Saturday, 2/27
Music: Kaley Eaton senior voice recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Monday, 3/1
Henry M. Jackson Lecture: “Rethinking Global Climate Justice: Capabilities, Vulnerability and Adaptation.” Presented by David Schlosberg, professor of politics and international affairs and director of environmental studies at Northern Arizona University. 7:30 p.m., Olin 130.
Click here for more information.

3/4 – 3/7
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “Around the World in 80 days. Click here or contact Nancy Simon x5292 or Qi Jia x5279 for details.

Thursday, 3/4
Hosokawa Lecture: “Media as Watchdog: Exposing Corporate Scandal,” presented by Bethany McLean, author and Vanity Fair contributing editor, and one of the first journalists to expose the Enron scandal. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. Click here for more information.

Thursday, 3/4
Lecture: “Living Downstream: Environmental Protection as Cancer Prevention” by ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Friday, 3/5
Art: Artist talk and opening reception for Sheehan Gallery’s exhibit, titled “Triptural: Photographic Views.” 5:30 p.m., Olin 130. Exhibition runs March 2 – April 15. Click here for details.

Friday, 3/5
Music: Marshall Baker senior composition recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music

Saturday, 3/6
Music: Jacqueline Kamm senior voice recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Sunday, 3/7
Music: Divertimento Chamber Orchestra Concert, conducted by Jackson Maberry ’11. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music

Click here for a listing of all coming events.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center, George Ball Court)
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 – vs. Whitworth University

Men’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center, George Ball Court)
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 – vs. Whitworth University

Men’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center)
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 – vs. George Fox University

Parting Shot
By Ami Tian ’12 for the vacationing Greg Lehman

Pedro Galvao ’10 (right) passes a light on to Elizabeth "Liz" Reetz ’12 (left) at Thursday evening's vigil for Haiti.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Coffee with the President
Founder’s Day
Science Outreach Newsletter
Global Studies Symposium
Hosokawa Lecture
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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