March 15, 2010

Volume 4, issue 29
March 15, 2010
The Fountain

Mark your calendar for the Spring Breakfast President Bridges invites staff and faculty to the Spring Breakfast. It's Thursday, March 25, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

Greenhouse Gas Audit underway

A group of Whitman students, under the direction of the campus sustainability coordinator, Lisa Curtis ’10, are in the process of gathering information for the college’s second annual Greenhouse Gas Audit (GHG). The audit is an integral part of Whitman’s ongoing sustainability efforts as we seek to better understand the college’s impact on the environment.

The audit involves collecting, analyzing, and presenting data on the emissions of greenhouse gases attributable to the existence and operations of an institution, according to the 2008 Calculator Guide. That means it looks not only at the institution’s direct emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity use, heating, or vehicle fuels but also emissions from such college-related activities as travel and commuting.

“The students conducting the audit have been asked to gather this information by the administration, and the cooperation of campus community members is vital, said Sean Gehrke, co-chair of the Conservation and Recycling Committee. “The audit will take place annually, and the students can help you put protocols in place for your department to make gathering the data easier for future audits.”

For more information, e-mail Curtis at

A critical step for your USPS metered mailings

The Mailing Services staff reminds the campus community about a critical step for getting your metered mail on its way in a timely fashion. This relates particularly to individual pieces of mail rather than bulk. The name of your department or office must accompany your letters. There are several options for doing this: attach a Post-It note to the letter, hand-write the department name in the return address section or on the back flap, or use an envelope template in Word and run the envelope through your printer.

PLEASE NOTE: It must be the department name; adding the name of the individual person doing the mailing is helpful but not required. The information is needed for departmental billing. Questions? Call the Mailing Services staff: Linda Marshall at x5793 or Homer Menchaca at x5266.

Faculty Accomplishments

Ginger Withers, the Dr. Robert F. Welty associate professor of biology, was invited to attend a Congressional hearing on “Transformative Research at Undergraduate Institutions: The Capacity to Revolutionize." The invitation stemmed from a previous invitation to participate in the Council on Undergraduate Research Summit on Transformative Research at Undergraduate Institutions and a chapter that she and a collaborator from Lewis and Clark contributed: Detweiler-Bedell, J.B., Withers, G.S. (2010) Transforming research as a stimulus for enriching undergraduate science curricula and enhancing experiential learning in faculty-student collaborative research. In the Council on Undergraduate Research monograph, Transformative Research at Undergraduate Institutions: The Capacity to Revolutionize, CUR Press.

Pictured: Prof. Withers (left) poses with Cora Marret, deputy director for the National Science Foundation.

Welcome to the Whitman Family!

Brian Griffith, WCTS system administrator, and his wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of daughter Hannah Joy Griffith, born March 5 at 6 pounds, 5 ounces and 19.5 inches. All are “doing great, but Dad is a little sleep deprived,” Brian reports.

Whitman sports fans – bookstore offers team gear

It’s baseball season, and the College Bookstore offers team hats, men’s and women’s t- shirts, sweatshirts, bleacher blankets and cushions. Check out the array in time for this weekend’s games against major rivals Linfield College at noon each day.

Pictured: Beth Waites ’11, Whitman baseball gear “model” and bookstore student employee.

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

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Thursday, March 25
Spring Breakfast: For faculty and staff. Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28
Performance: “Sleeping Beauty” presented by the Walla Walla Symphony and the Eugene Ballet. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday in Cordiner Hall. For information and tickets/pricing visit

Tuesday, March 30
Lecture: “Condemning the Innocent: The Death Penalty and Wrongful Convictions" by Margaret Vandiver, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Memphis. 7:00 p.m., Olin Hall 130.

Thursday, April 1
Visiting Writer Series: Reading by David Biespiel. 5 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Saturday, April 3
Music: Kaley Eaton senior voice recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Hall, Hall of Music.

Wednesday, April 7
Lecture: “Holocaust Survival: A Grandmother’s Story” by Lilly Black, grandmother of Ryan Smith ’12. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday, April 7
Music: Whitman Jazz II Spring Concert directed by David Glenn. 7:30 p.m., Chism Hall, Hall of Music.

Thursday, April 8
Climate Change Series Lecture: “What’s the Best Way to Handle Climate Change?” by Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine. 5 p.m., Olin 130.

Thursday, April 8
Music: Whitman Jazz I Spring Concert directed by David Glenn. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Saturday, April 10
Music: Chamber Singers and Chorale Spring Concert. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Monday, April 12
Lecture: “Earth Day at Forty: New Conservation Challenges for the 21st Century” by Graham Chisholm. 7:30 p.m., Olin 103.

Wednesday, April 14
Music: Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, directed by Pete Crawford. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Click here for events posted on the Whitman Web site.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

In the true spirit of The Fountain is this backlit, frozen-in-time shot of the a section of one of the curves of the sculpture “Fountain of Vibrant Waters.”   Full size.

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In This Issue
Spring breakfast
Greenhouse Gas Audit
Metered Mail
Faculty Accomplishments
New Baby
Team Gear at Bookstore
Baseball Camp
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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