February 8, 2010

Volume 4, issue 24
February 8, 2010
The Fountain

Prof. Nicole Simek honored with Graves Award

Nicole Simek, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures (French) and general studies, has been selected to receive a Graves Award in the Humanities in recognition and support of her research project titled “A Comparative Study of Humor in French Caribbean Literature.” The Graves Awards, which are administered by Pomona College and presented biennially, are designed to support the work of faculty members who are in the first decade of their teaching careers and whose scholarship will enhance their classroom instruction.

“Professor Simek displays the virtues of the teacher/scholar model,” said Tim Kaufman-Osborn, provost and dean of faculty. “She constantly explores new ways to weave her scholarship into her pedagogy, and that benefits her students as well as her colleagues at Whitman College and in the larger intellectual community.” Previous Whitman recipients include David Schmitz, Dana Burgess, Jonathan Walters, Dennis Crockett, and Robert Morrison.

Test of emergency notification system is Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. Whitman will conduct a TEST of the campus emergency notification system.

The Blackboard Connect system will send messages via e-mail and contact primary phone numbers as well as other phone numbers that have been entered into the emergency notification system, including home phones, cell phones, parents/spouses phones, etc.

If you do not receive any messages via any of these vehicles, it’s likely that your information is not current in the campus data base. It is important to keep this data current. To do so, go to quack.whitman.edu and click on the link for "Collect Emergency Numbers."

The Informacast broadcasting system also will be tested. It will deliver a recorded message via the speakers of all Cisco VoIP phones on campus, including classroom phones. The recorded message will include a 10-second alert pre-tone and then the recorded message. It will be repeated two times with a 30-second pause between each broadcast.

Thank you for your cooperation.

A primer: how to book a campus room and list your public event on the Web calendar

Combined, Whitman programs, offices and departments hosts hundreds of public and campus-only events annually – lectures, performing arts, cultural events, meetings, etc.

If you are responsible for scheduling a campus event, your first step is to contact Summer Singer or Becky O’Connell in the Conferences and Events office. They can help book most rooms for evenings and weekends and can point you in the right direction for services provided by other departments.

If you want to use a classroom space during the week between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., your contact is Gaby Aguilar in the registrar’s office.

If you are hosting a public event, it can appear on the campus Campus Web Calendar after it is scheduled. But you must specifically request this. Many Web viewers use that as a resource, so it’s a good step to take. To get your event listed on the Web calendar, e-mail Singer; be sure to include the event title and description along with the times.

NOTE: This is a separate step from the event information you provide to the Communications office, which promotes events on the Whitman front page.

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Mare Blocker, visiting assistant professor of art, has been elected to serve as president of the Book Arts Guild, which is a regional arts organization that has supported and educated book artists, calligraphers and book enthusiasts for the past 30 years. For more information please see the group’s Web site.

Brien Sheedy, director of the Outdoor Program, recently co-led with two students a snow camping trip to Horseshoe Prairie in the Blue Mountains. The 12-member group literally camped in the snow and put in miles on skis and snow shoes. Temperatures were in the teens; “not too cold,” Sheedy said.

New to Whitman Magazine — and maybe your campus publication

Readers can now view the online edition of Whitman Magazine in a new way. In addition to the html format, you can page through the issue online just as you do the hard-copy edition. See the new “flip-book edition” on the magazine’s online cover page.

Could one of your office’s print publications better serve your constituents with this added presentation method? Through an agreement with the magazine’s printer, we may be able to offer this “flip book” feature to complement your campus print publication. For details, contact Amber Woodworth at Printing Services by e-mail at woodwoar@whitman.edu or x5160.

Reminder: Glover Alston Center is next stop on PAC tour series

The new Glover Alston Center fulfills a long-time goal for the college: to create a welcoming space to further Whitman’s commitment to sustaining a diverse community. In meeting this goal, the bonus is a stunningly beautiful decor. Check it out for yourself on a tour sponsored by PAC (Personnel Advisory Committee), scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Meet at the center – 26 Boyer Ave. Please RSVP to Mary Luckstead at luckstd@whitman.edu.

Registration open for spring training youth baseball camp

Assistant baseball coach Mark Michaud reports that registration is open for Whitman’s “Spring Training” baseball camp, which takes place March 22-25 at Borleske Stadium. It’s designed for youth aged 8 to 18 and costs $100 per camper. For information, contact Michaud at 522-4438 or michaum@whitman.edu.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, 2/8
Lecture: “Taking Care of Your Mind: Living a Spiritual Life with or Without a God in it,” by Michal Faber, Ithaca College Hillel Director and lay monk in the Zen Buddhist tradition. 7:30 p.m., Jewett Main Lounge. Contact Adam Kirtley, Stuart coordinator of religious and spiritual life at kirtleam@whitman.edu or x5195.

Tuesday, 2/9
Rempel Lecture: Speaker is Sean B. Carroll, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin, addressing “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species.” 7:30 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. Contact x5135.

Wednesday, 2/10 – Friday, 2/14
Theatre: Annual One-Act Play Contest. Whitman students are invited to submit scripts of not more than 40 minutes in length. A committee of readers chooses three of these scripts for performance. The audience is invited to vote for its favorites, and each of the playwrights receives a cash prize. The plays are entirely student-produced. Harper Joy Theatre, Freimann Stage. Click here for details.

Thursday, 2/11
NGO Panel Discussion: Want to Change the World? Whittie alumni who have invested themselves in NGOs (non-government organizations) will share their stories. 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. Click here for speaker information and event details.

Thursday, 2/11
Music: Senior Recital – the Department of Music presents Sarah Judkins on violin. 7:30 p.m., Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall.

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.

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.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center, George Ball Court)s
Friday, Feb. 12 – 8 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran
Saturday, Feb. 13 – 8 p.m. vs. Puget Sound
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 6 p.m. vs. Whitworth

Men’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center, George Ball Court)
Friday, Feb. 12 – 6 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran
Saturday, Feb. 13 – 6 p.m. vs. Puget Sound
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 8 p.m. vs. Whitworth

Women’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center)
Friday, Feb. 12 – 5 p.m. vs. University of Puget Sound
Saturday, Feb. 13 – 11 a.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran University
Saturday, Feb. 13 – 3:30 p.m. vs. Lewis-Clark State

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

This week’s shot comes to us from Puerto Valla Vallarta, Mexico, where Whitman’s creative, intrepid and often comedic photographer, Greg Lehman, is taking a much-needed vacation. He reports: “We made it here fine. Cold, windy and about six inches of snow over an inch of ice. There are riots in the streets and we fear for our very lives. Wish you were here. Know that I will search without ceasing for a Whitman connection for a Parting Shot!”   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Nicole Simek Recognized
Emergency System Test
Events Primer
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Flipbook Option
Baseball Camp
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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