May 17, 2010

Volume 4, issue 38
May 17, 2010
The Fountain

New visual identity sets stage for unified look, provides a point of distinction

As noted in President Bridges’ letter to the campus community last week, there will be greater consistency in how the name of the college is presented visually, from stationery and brochures to the Web site, signage, banners and more.

The new Whitman College visual identity is revealed in today’s issue of The Fountain. Pictured is the letterhead configuration of the new logo, which consists of a wordmark and an icon. Also pictured is a mock-up of a campus banner.

Beyond taking a look at the logo and the colors shown here, there are two links below that campus community members may find useful as the college moves toward unifying its visual identity.

First, a Q&A that addresses the visual identity from two points of consideration: Why and How.

Second, a Visual Style Guide that provides further background on the identity and codifies the standards that serve to unify the Whitman look.

This update of the visual identity actually gives Whitman a point of distinction, albeit a coincidental one. The actual name of the typeface is Whitman! The typeface was designed by Kent Lew and received an award from the Type Directors Club in 2002. It combines the qualities of classic American book types with a contemporary aesthetic. The Whitman font is used as a design element; campus community members will not need to have it installed on your computers.

The clock tower icon, combined with the new wordmark, aims to capture the Whitman tradition while projecting a more progressive/modern image. The motivation for the design was to visually reflect a balance between Whitman’s past, present, and future.

Today marks the beginning of the operational transition. Some elements will be converted quickly, others will take longer. The Q&A document explains much about how the transition will proceed. One of the first places you will see the new logo used is on the Commencement program. Beginning in June, departments will place orders for new letterhead and business cards. The Whitman Web site will convert to the new look and colors by July 1.

Since existing materials will not conform to the new look, they should be recycled if possible, discarded if not. The Conservation Committee is addressing the recycling opportunities – watch future issues of The Fountain or campus mail for information.

Questions? E-mail Ruth Wardwell, director of communications, at

2010 Faculty Awards recognize teaching, advising, mentoring, service

Pictured: Don Snow, Ginger Withers, Marion Götz, Mare Blocker, Jeff Northam, Aaron Bobrow-Strain.

Staff and faculty assembled May 11 at a reception honoring faculty excellence and service. Tim Kaufman-Osborn, provost and dean of the faculty, commended recipients of faculty awards for their remarkable commitment to the well-being of Whitman students, encouragement and nurturing of the sort of thinking that is central to the ethos of a liberal arts college, pedagogical generosity, and for demonstrating that the art of teaching and the art of scholarship complement one another in ways that render each richer.

Distinguished Faculty Awards were presented to:

  • Mare Blocker, visiting assistant professor of art — Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
  • Jeff Northam, senior lecturer of sport studies and head men’s tennis coach — George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising.
  • Aaron Bobrow-Strain, assistant professor of politics — Robert Y. Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in Social Sciences.
  • Donald Snow, senior lecturer of environmental humanities and general studies — Thomas D. Howells Award for Distinguished Teaching in Humanities and Arts.
  • Marion Götz, assistant professor of chemistry — A.E. Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching.
  • Ginger Withers, Dr. Robert F. Welty associate professor of biology — G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship.

Other awards and recognition:

  • Dana Burgess, professor of classics — 2010 Alumni Association Faculty Award for Service.
  • Honored for 25 years of service to the college: Jan Crouter, associate professor of economics; David Guichard, professor of mathematics; and David Schmitz, Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History.
  • Edward Dixon, associate professor of music, was honored for 20 years of service to college. This was his last semester teaching at Whitman.

Faculty Accomplishments

Gaurav Majumdar, assistant professor of English, has written a book, titled Migrant Form: Anti-Colonial Aesthetics in Joyce, Rushdie, and Ray, that has been published by Peter Lang. It examines the works of James Joyce, Salman Rushdie, and Satyajit Ray for the anti-colonial arguments in their aesthetics.

“Analyzing the formal moves through which art expresses its resistance to dominance and demands for conformity, the book considers models for anti-colonial aesthetics in different media such as literature and film. It opens with a discussion of Victorian colonial aesthetics, moving on to trace the anti-colonialism in the ‘experimental’ work of Joyce and Rushdie, and closes with analysis of formal irreverence in the supposedly gentle cinematic realism of Ray,” Majumdar said.

Namesakes cut ribbon to dedicate Glover Alston Center

Trustee Kari Glover ’72 and her husband, Thad Alston, had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the May dedication of the Glover Alston Center, named in recognition of their support. The center provides a gathering place in a home-setting for various diversity clubs and organizations as well as all members of the Whitman Community.

Years and years and years and years, etc., of music education

These five people add up to 117 — 117 years devoted to mentoring and teaching music to Whitman students. Individually, the fabulous five, pictured at last week’s farewell party for Edward Dixon, associate professor of music, have contributed the following (left to right): Edward Dixon, 20 years; Lee Thompson, professor of music, 23 years (so far); Robert Bode, professor of music, 24 years; Dave Glenn, professor of music, 21 years (so far); and Susan Pickett, Catharine Gold Chism Endowed Chair of Music, 29 years (so far).

Green Commute Challenge: Science division still leading the pack

Participation for Week 2 (May 3-7) of the challenge was 20 percent, up from 16 percent in the first week. The top five in the standings through Week 2 are: 1) Division III: Science; 2) Technology; 3) Development / Alumni/ Communications / President’s Office; 4) Student Services; 5) Bon Appétit

Prizes for Week 2:

  • Winners of a copy of the book, “Walla Walla Valley Life: A Compilation of Images as Seen through the Lenses of Walla Walla Union Bulletin Photographers,” by Matt Zimmerman ’04 and Jeff Horner, are: Phil Brick, Kirsten Nicolaysen, Angela Torretta, Steve Thompson, Greg Perez, Phillip Lundquist, Nick Webber, Tom Wagner, Alex Clark, Michael Paulus.
  • Winners of a copy of Book, “Where the Great River Bends: A Natural and Human History of the Columbia at Wallula,” edited by Bob Carson, professor of geology, are: Patrick Herman, Sam Norgaard-Stroich, Matt Pearson, Leesa Phaneuf-Reynolds, Jeff Jensen, Rebecca Wyrwas, Deberah Simon, Jennifer Gee, Malcolm Dunn, Bob Biles.

Prizes can be picked up in Mem 113 (the Residence Life Office). Next week is the final week of the competition, and transportation other than walking, biking and carpooling will count as double points.

Members of the Class of 1960 to “Reflect, Rejoice, Renew” in record numbers

Commencement will bring record-setting attendance for the Fiftieth Reunion event as 72 members of the Class of 1960 – 58 percent of remaining class members – will be on campus May 20-23, reports Nancy Mitchell, associate director of alumni relations. They will travel from across the U.S. and Costa Rica, and they break the old record of 56 percent set by the Class of 1954 in 2002. “This also isthe highest percentage of attendance for any reunion ever held at Whitman,” Mitchell said. The theme for the weekend is “Reflect, Rejoice, Renew.” Reunion co-chairs Sandy Carley Varco (Danville, Calif.), Marianne Boncutter Lorenz (Seattle) and Glen Grodem (West Linn, Ore.) have spent the last year working with Mitchell to plan the weekend activities. The schedule of events and list of attendees can be viewed on the reunion Web page.

Do you have a marathon in you? Go for it on 10-10-10

Members of the campus community are invited to participate in the inaugural Walla Walla Marathon, set for Oct. 10, 2010. Find the details here.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Saturday, May 22
Music: Graduation Recital with Laura Deering, piano; Kaley Eaton, soprano; Harrison Fulop, baritone; and Jacqueline Kamm, soprano with Lee D. Thompson, piano. 2 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Saturday, May 22
Baccalaureate: 3:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall. Among highlights: NASA Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger ’97 will deliver an address titled “Growing up in a wheat field.” She’ll focus on “how my individual life was influenced by a small town in Washington State, and where the core values I learned from my parents and from Whitman have taken me since graduation.” Other speakers: Adam Kirtley, Stuart Coordinator of religious and spiritual life; Lisa Curtis ’10 and Camila Thorndike ’10.

Sunday, May 23
Commencement: 11 a.m., Memorial Building South Lawn. Visit the Commencement Web site for details and information.

Friday, June 4
Staff Appreciation Brunch: Including announcement of the 2010 Janice Abraham Award recipients. 9:30 a.m., Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. Watch campus e-mail and The Fountain for details.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

No surprise to anyone, Penrose Library was swarming with quiet activity last week as students found their own space to prepare for finals.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Visual Identity
Faculty Awards
Faculty Accomplishments
Glover Alston Center Dedication
117 Years Experience
Green Commute Challenge
Class of 1960
Walla Walla Marathon
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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