June 7, 2010

 Volume 4, issue 41  
June 7, 2010 
The Fountain

2010 Janice Abraham winners announced

l-r: Joelle Chavre and Martha Jantz

The annual Janice Abraham Award is presented to Whitman College staff (non-faculty) members who have made significant contributions and provided outstanding service to the college. The award honors and celebrates staff members who go above and beyond job expectations, bring forward creative and innovative ideas, promote the philosophy of customer service and contribute to the excellence found at Whitman. Nominations may come from staff and/or faculty; winners receive a cash award and a personalized plaque. Announced at last week’s Staff Appreciation event, the 2010 recipients are: Martha Jantz, daytime nurse, Welty Health Center, and Joelle Chavre, Division III academic consultant and assistant director, WCTS support services.

In nominating Martha Jantz, co-workers wrote: “I work with her every day and see her work ethic in motion. She is tireless and committed. She is friendly to all students” and “knows her job inside and out.” “She sends students e-mail notes of encouragement, follows up on their medical needs, checks to see if their symptoms have improved, as well as sends congratulation cards to known graduates each year.” “She is an excellent nurse. Throughout the day, she gives her all to students who enter the health center for care.”

In nominating Joelle Chavre, a faculty member wrote: “Joelle stands out even among the many capable, hard-working staff members who keep Whitman running. If I had to sum up what makes Joelle particularly special and deserving of this recognition, I would say that for every computer issue I have encountered, what seems to me like an emergency, Joelle treats as though solving the problem fast matters as much to her as it does to me. When I have computer needs that are a bit off the beaten track, Joelle will research new software and technology and figure out a way to make it work. For example, when my computer needed repairs but I needed it daily in order to teach (so that I couldn’t be parted from it during working hours), Joelle stayed at work until 9 p.m. working on it, and then dropped off the now-functioning computer at my apartment in time to prepare for my first class the following morning. And this is just me. All Division III faculty members must have benefited similarly from her dedication and habitual support above and beyond the call of duty…”

Click here for a list of past Janice Abraham Award recipients.

This year’s retirees were recognized: Judy Veighey, financial aid clerk; Tom Frazier, custodian; and Marilyn Klock, payroll coordinator. Denise Mann, associate controller, also was recognized for her 40 years of service to Whitman. With Pete Reid’s retirement last year, Mann now holds the distinction of being the college’s longest-serving staff member. She plans to retire next year. “The best part of my 40 years is all of you,” she said.

Also at the event Andrea Dobson, chair of the faculty, presented a talk on “Cosmic Latte.” She shared some astronomy lessons and humor, and she credited staff for supporting students through just about everything we do on our jobs. President Bridges added that “students would not have the experience they do here at Whitman without the contributions made by staff.” He also presented the members of the Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC), who coordinated the event, with commemorative pins and expressed appreciation on behalf of the campus community.

Boyer House to undergo renovation – please use front doors

Starting Monday, June 7, the mail room and print room located in the Boyer House will be under renovation for about one month as part of the college’s facilities life cycle program. Entry to the offices will be through the front door only; the back entry accessed from the parking lot will be closed. Doors are open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Although there will be some shuffling of equipment, services provided by both printing and mailing services will not be interrupted. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amber Woodworth, communications operations manager, at woodwoar@whitman.edu.

Video expressions of gratitude and appreciation

Two video clips that were unavailable in time for inclusion in last week’s edition of The Fountain are expressions of gratitude and appreciation – toward and by Dr. George Ball.

First, the comments from alumni donors read by John Bogley, vice president for development and college relations.

Second, comments from Dr. Ball in appreciation of the campus celebration of his 95th birthday.

PowerPoint template options now available in online toolbox

Several PowerPoint template options that incorporate the new college logo are now available online in the Visual Identity Style Guide Toolbox. Given the number of staff and faculty who use PowerPoint in presentations to off-campus audiences, the templates provide an easy way to reflect the Whitman identity. Campus community members may choose the ease of using the pre-developed templates or you may create your own using JPG elements from the toolbox.

“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

About the size of a football, a swarm of bees set down on one of the trees outside the Penrose Library before moving on.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Janice Abraham Winners
Boyer House Renovation
Video Expressions
PowerPoint Options
Summer Vacation
Parting Shot

Past issues

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