July 26, 2010

Volume 4, issue 48
July 26, 2010
The Fountain

Allen Foundation grants Whitman College $150K for HJT

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The Harper Joy Theatre renovation fund has received a very generous, $150,000 boost from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, reports Rachna Sinnott, director of foundation and corporate relations. The grant will make a significant impact on the college’s fundraising efforts for the theater expansion and renovation project. Of particular importance to the Allen Foundation was the vital role HJT plays in the Walla Walla arts community. One of the foundation’s goals is to contribute to the health and vibrancy of cities and towns throughout the Pacific Northwest; the fact that HJT serves the role of a regional theater and attracts a significant audience of local community members was likely a strong characteristic of Whitman’s proposal.

Launched in 1990 by Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, and Jo Lynn Allen (Whitman class of 1980), The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge and promoting social progress. Over the past 20 years, Paul Allen’s contributions to the foundation have resulted in more than 3,000 grants totaling more than $400 million. He is one of the country’s top philanthropists.

Read more about the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation here.

Faculty Accomplishments

Michelle Janning

Michelle Janning, associate professor of sociology, has been approved for candidacy on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, which makes her eligible to be matched with incoming program requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) receives such requests then matches them with specialist candidates from the roster whose expertise and experience aligns with the opportunity. CIES then sends the applications of interested candidates to the overseas Fulbright offices for consideration and final selection.

“How I spent my summer vacation” – share your story!

Again this summer The Fountain offers staff and faculty the opportunity to share summer vacation and travel stories. Is this summer your turn for an exciting adventure? Or maybe a fascinating learning opportunity, whether to an exotic locale or to a scholarly or professional conference? Maybe you’ll participate in a service-oriented trip, lead a tour or just spend a relaxing vacation on a beach somewhere. And on your travels, maybe you’ll run into fellow Whitman folks or meet someone who knows about the college. Feel free to share your “summer vacation” stories; photos are encouraged! E-mail your story and photos to thefountain@whitman.edu.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

No matter how busy and demanding the days were at the Summer Dance Lab, Lakyn Connor, 15, of Corvallis, Mont., found time to add some luster to her natural beauty. The 40th Summer Dance Lab ended its five-week run Friday with the performance of “Scheherazade: A Magical Tale” in Cordiner Hall.   Full size.

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