March 22, 2010

Volume 4, issue 30
March 22, 2010
The Fountain

It’s spring: campus blooming with fellowships and grants

Like the flowers adding color to our campus, blossoms of another kind have come with the onset of spring: It’s “grants season” at Whitman and colleges across the country, and award notices have begun to arrive on campus. They bring great news, reports Keith Raether, director of fellowships and grants.

Nadim Damluji ’10 and Seth Bergeson ’10 are recipients of Watson Fellowships. Caitlin Schoenfelder ’09 is the college’s first recipient of a Princeton in Latin America Fellowship. Nicole West ’10 has received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship, and four other Whitman students and alumni are finalists awaiting further word. Alice MacLean ’11 is the recipient of a Davis Projects for Peace grant, and Nathan Mallon ’12 received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award, which he has declined for another science research opportunity.

In Whitman’s first year of participation (by invitation) in the Luce Scholars Program, Thomas Miller ’07 was a finalist, narrowly missing the pool of 18 national scholars among a record number of applicants. A Whitman sophomore has reached the final round in both the DMI Fellows Program and the Roosevelt Institute Summer Academy. Many others await word on awards ranging from Fulbright grants to Beinecke, Goldwater, Killam and Udall scholarships to Emerson, Echoing Green and National Science Foundation fellowships.

“Two of our primary goals this year were to expand the range of awards on our students’ radar and to work with more alumni,” Raether said. “We’ve managed to do both, which says something about the enterprise of our undergraduates and the abiding relationship Whitman enjoys with its graduates. I’m very grateful to the faculty for their committee work, counsel and letters of support for students, as I am to Karen Kinder (administrative assistant, fellowships and grants) for her tireless efforts, good cheer and keen organization. Most of all, I feel truly fortunate to be able to work with and learn from so many talented, directed students.”

More news about these and other awards and recipients will follow in stories on the Whitman Web site. Stay tuned!

Just an FYI: “College news in ‘three clicks or less’”

Here’s an FYI story. Making its way around various higher ed list serves is a Washington Post article about an emerging Web site. Quoting the Post: “A web site under development promises to deliver news feeds on 200 of the world’s top colleges in three clicks or less. The site is called ACA·MÉDES, a contraction of the words academe and the mathematician Archimedes. The idea is quick access to news on selective colleges.”

The site initially was launched in 2009. According to its home page, it provides “an elegant way to gaze into the universe of higher education.” In addition to providing direct links to the top 40 (US News and World Report) universities and liberal arts colleges (Including Whitman), it also includes links to a number of higher ed media outlets.

Curious? Here’s the link:

Faculty profile: Kendra Golden
Associate professor of biology

Through the magic of photographer Greg Lehman, Professor Golden is indeed “in multiple places at once.”

  • Birthplace: Bellingham, Wash.
  • Education: Washington State University (undergrad) and Penn State University (grad)
  • Years at Whitman: 20
  • Courses: Microbiology and Immunology, Cell Biology, Nutrition.
  • Favorite…
    • Book: “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, and Michael Pollan’s books.
    • Film: “Into the Wild” (all-time favorite) and “Avatar” (recent favorite).
    • Music: Totally variable, depending on my mood.
    • Play: I like classic musicals such as “Guys and Dolls” and “Damn Yankees.”
    • Art: Impressionistic, Mary Cassatt especially.
  • Favorite sculpture on campus: Styx, especially when decorated.
  • Best travel experience: Sea kayaking off the coast of Belize.
  • Interests/pleasures: Watching my daughters grow, sports/athletics, laughing, chocolate.
  • Recent accomplishment: Learning how to be in multiple places at once. [See photo!] I can do two pretty easily, sometimes three. Four is pushing it.
  • What people don’t know about me: I asked my daughter what I should say here, and she said, “You have a secret crush on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson!”
  • Why I teach: It’s my legacy to future generations.
  • Favorite aspect of Whitman: It’s like an oasis – nourishment for the mind, body and soul – in the middle of eastern Washington.
  • What I’ve learned here: The sheer power of dedicated people coming together for a common purpose. It’s awe-inspiring.
  • Quote: Warning: dates on calendar are closer than they appear.

March 2010 issue of Whitman Magazine now online

Online now is the March 2010 issue of Whitman Magazine, featuring faculty writings about scholarly and teaching activity in their respective disciplines during the past 10 years and expectations for the next 10. Find it here.

Coffee anyone? Bookstore offers varied blends from local roastery

The Walla Walla Roastery has created special dark, light, and alumni blends exclusively for purchase at the Whitman College Bookstore. And to go with the coffee is a selection of the Roastery’s trademark "Drink Black Coffee" t-shirts. Shop between March 22 and 27 to receive a 10 percent discount on a Walla Walla Roastery T-shirt with any Bookstore coffee purchase.

Pictured: Zoey Smith ’08, Whitman College Bookstore administrative assistant.

Family swim lessons offered at Harvey Pool March 29 – April 2

During the Walla Walla Public Schools spring break, March 29-April 2, Whitman swimmers are offering a variety of lessons for toddlers, kids and adults. The program is under the direction of Jenn Blomme, Whitman head swimming coach.

The sessions offered are:

  • Parent-Toddlers: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30–6 p.m. Cost: $35. Parents must participate.
  • Private lessons (one on one instruction): Monday – Friday afternoons, 4–4:30, 4:30-5, 5–5:30 or 5:30–6. Cost: $45.
  • Adult swimming clinic (technique coaching to improve strokes): 4–5 p.m. or 5–6 p.m. Cost: $10 per day or $45 for the week. Monday – backstroke. Tuesday – freestyle. Wednesday – butterfly. Thursday – breast stroke. Friday – starts, turns, refinement.
  • Competitive Swimmer Clinic (technical enhancement): 4:30–5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Cost: $10 per day or $45 for the week.

For questions or to enroll, contact Coach Blomme at x5287 or

Tennis anyone? Come out and cheer

The Women’s tennis team hosts its annual Family and Alumni weekend April 10-11. “Come on out to the courts to cheer on the team,” encourages Coach John Hein. “The team will meet some of the toughest competition in the Northwest Conference.” The match-ups are with Lewis and Clark on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Willamette on Sunday at 9 a.m. If you would like to find out more about the weekend events contact the coach at

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.

Tuesday, March 30
“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 p.m., Olin Hall 130.

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

Friday, April 2
junior piano recital by Marla Nelson, playing four movements from Partita, five by J.S. Bach, Etude in E, Op 10, No. 3 by Chopin, and Sonata No. 15 in D Major, "Pastorale" by Beethoven. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Saturday, April 3
Senior voice recital by Kaley Eaton, performing Renaissance and Baroque soprano repertoire and with an early music ensemble including harpsichord, organ, cello, and lute. 7:30 p.m., Chism Hall, Hall of Music.

Wednesday, April 7
Dr. Everette Penn, associate professor of criminology at the University of Houston, will speak to the faculty at 4 p.m. Olin 157. Contact Pat Spencer, x5222.

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

Wednesday, April 7
Whitman Jazz II Spring Concert directed by David Glenn. The group will play a collection of jazz standards, including pieces composed by Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Drummer Gary Hobbs, formerly with the Stan Kenton Jazz Orchestra, will be featured as a guest artist. 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
Whitman Jazz I Spring Concert directed by David Glenn. This concert will feature three recent works by jazz composer Dan Gailey, two very recent works by Whitman senior composition student Marshall Baker and classic pieces from the libraries of the great Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington bands. Drummer Gary Hobbs, formerly with the Stan Kenton Jazz Orchestra, will be featured as a guest artist. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Friday, April 9
Senior saxophone recital by Hilary White, playing the “Rossini Variations” on soprano sax with Nathan Shiu, piano; “Prelude et Saltarelle” by Robert Planal, featuring a long and virtuoso cadenza on the alto saxophone; Alec Wilder, “Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano,” with Lee D. Thompson, piano; and “Tableaux de Provence” by Paule Maurice, a woman composer. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

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

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

Thursday, April 22
: “Earth Day at Forty: New Conservation Challenges for the 21st Century” by Graham Chisholm. 7:30 p.m., Olin 103.


Click here for events posted on the Whitman Web site.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Tennis (Outdoor courts - Bratton Tennis Center, if rain)
Saturday, March 27 – 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. vs. George Fox University
Sunday, March 28 – 1 p.m. vs. Whitworth University

Baseball (Borleske Stadium)
Friday, April 2 – noon vs. Pacific Lutheran University (doubleheader)
Saturday, April 3 – noon vs. Pacific Lutheran University

Men’s Tennis (Outdoor courts - Bratton Tennis Center, if rain)
Friday, April 2 – 4 p.m. vs. Pacific University
Saturday, April 3 – 1 p.m. vs. Linfield College

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Whether coming or going, there is beauty to be found on the Whitman campus. Here the natural lines of nature contrast with the structural lines of brick on the Harper Joy Theatre.   Full size.

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In This Issue
Grants Season
New Higher Ed Site
Faculty Profile:
Kendra Golden
Whitman Magazine
Coffee at the Bookstore
Swim lessons
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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