May 3, 2010

Volume 4, issue 36
May 3, 2010
The Fountain

2010-11 Innovation Grants announced

Six Innovation in Teaching and Learning Fund grants have been awarded for 2010-11 to a total of eight faculty and staff members.

“These grants underscore Whitman’s commitment to academic innovation that provides our students with an individual and highly original learning experience,” President Bridges said. “The projects of our faculty and staff reflect the heart of the college’s learning tradition: intellectual curiosity, creative enterprise and rigorous critical inquiry across a broad landscape of disciplines.”

The 2010-11 recipients are:

  • Penrose Library staff members Lee Keene, head of instructional and research services, and Michael Paulus, archivist and special collections librarian, will design and teach a new course titled “Primary Sources Seminar” in spring 2011 and 2012.
  • Allison Calhoun, associate professor of chemistry, will enhance her physical chemistry classes by integrating the use of mathematical, graphical and molecular modeling techniques.
  • Patrick Frierson, associate professor of philosophy, will incorporate rock climbing into the learning process. It will enable students in his “Education and Autonomy” course to participate in climbing clinics and learning experiences on the Whitman climbing wall in order to incorporate a physically demanding and new sort of learning process for reflection during text-based class discussions.
  • Deborah Wiese, assistant professor of psychology, will lead “Shinrigaku: Psychology in Japan” – a three-week summer course on cross-cultural psychology that focuses on Japan and includes field-study there.
  • Jim Hanson, professor of forensics, and Nick Robinson, parliamentary debate and individual events coach, will develop instructional materials and programs for debate training using multimedia and teleconferencing.
  • Timothy Parker, assistant professor of biology, will develop student-driven scientific ecological research in a teaching laboratory. He will purchase equipment to implement a long-term ecological field study to offer students in his ecology course an authentic and intellectually challenging research experience that develops their abilities as scientists and ecologists.

The innovation grants are funded in part by a gift from the Aven Foundation, headed by trustee John Stanton ’77 and his wife, Theresa Gillespie. Also, Ann Hunter-Welborn ’68 and her husband, David Welborn, created and began funding an endowment in 2008.

The funding “advances Whitman’s support of a campus culture that values and fosters innovation within the college’s rich liberal arts and sciences tradition,” said John Bogley ’85, vice president for development and college relations.

Read more about the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Fund.

Stressed? Overworked? Grumpy? Walk it off on next PAC Tour

The last few weeks of the academic year bring lots of excitement to campus. Unfortunately, the flip side can be stress. This is the perfect time to step away from your desk for an hour to give your mind and body a chance to relax and unwind.

Michele Hanford, fitness center director, will lead the next PAC (Personnel Advisory Committee) Tour on Wednesday, May 12. It will be a guided walk around the neighborhood followed by gentle stretching. Meet at the entrance of Baker Ferguson Fitness Center; the tour will depart at 12:10 p.m. Comfortable, easy-fitting clothes and walking shoes recommended. No need to RSVP.

Reminder: Nominate staff for the Janice Abraham Award

The Janice Abraham Award is presented annually to staff members who have made significant contributions and provided outstanding service to Whitman College. It is named for and honors Janice Abraham, former Whitman treasurer and CFO, and celebrates staff who have gone above and beyond job expectations, brought forward creative and innovative ideas, promoted the philosophy of "customer service" and contributed to the excellence found at Whitman College.

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2010, and may be made by staff, faculty or students. Nominate only one person. Nominees must be current Whitman staff members, who have been employed by the college for a minimum of two years as of May 14, 2010.

Send nominations by e-mail to Cindy Matern, director of human resources, at or by hard copy to Memorial Building #102. Be sure to include the nominee’s name and department, and a short paragraph describing why your nominee should receive this award.

The awards will be presented at the Staff Appreciation Brunch, Friday, June 4. For more information, please call Human Resources at x5172.

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

Development staff efforts help 40th reunion fund soar past a half-million

Brian Dohe, director of the Annual Fund, Caroline Mueller, development officer, and other Development staff members worked with this year’s 40th reunion fund Co-chairs Cathy Highberg Williams ’70 and Mark Lodine ’70 to organize solicitations during the past year that led to raising $511,868 in gifts and pledges. The check was presented at spring Reunion Weekend. Nearly $116,000 will go to the Class of 1970 Scholarship Endowment (established at its 25th Class Reunion) and the rest will be earmarked for specific projects, including Harper Joy Theatre Renovation, George Ball Chair in the Humanities, David Stevens Internship Endowment and other needs.

Greenhouse Gas Audit results to be announced

A group of Whitman students have gathered information for the college’s second annual Greenhouse Gas Audit (GHG). The audit is an integral part of Whitman’s ongoing sustainability efforts and helps lead to a better understanding of the college’s impact on the environment.

The audit involved 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. It looked 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 results of the audit will be presented at a meeting today, May 3. Watch Headline News on the Web and next week’s issue of The Fountain for reports.

Coach Scott Shields shifts from soccer to X-country

Scott Shields is the winningest coach in the history of Whitman soccer. Now he’ll bring his winning ways to the cross country team, replacing Coach Malcom Dunn who is leaving Walla Walla. Read the full story here.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, May 3
Lecture: Professors Li Yongxiang (Sichuan University) and Stevan Harrell (University of Washington) present "Reconstruction of the Ancient Environment at Jiuzhaigou National Park and its Implications for Resource Management." The first of two lectures sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Studies Program on the archaeology of southwest China, 7:30 p.m.; Olin 130.

Monday, May 3
Lecture: Scott Manning Stevens presents a visiting educator lecture, titled “The Indian in the Cupboard: Museums, Libraries and Native American Culture.” 4 p.m., Olin 130.

Tuesday, May 4
Lecture: Professor Huo Wei (Sichuan University Museum) presents "Between Snow Mountains and Big Rivers: New Buddhist Archaeological Evidence from the China-India Frontier." The second of two lectures sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Studies Program on the archaeology of southwest China. 7:30 p.m.; Olin 130.

Tuesday, May 4
Lecture: Artist Ian Boyden will present a lecture on both the imaginative and physical processes involved in the construction of Field of the Sky, a work in two parts by Boyden that is installed on the second floor landing of the Hall of Science. 6:30p.m., Brattain Auditorium, Hall of Science.

Wednesday, May 5
Lecture: “Effective Lawyering,” presented by Joe McCray ’64, renowned labor and auto defects lawyer. 4:15 - 5:30 p.m., Hunter Conservatory, Room 107. Contact: Jim Hanson at

Wednesday, May 5
Lecture: Ralph Nader will discuss “Going Green: Getting it to the Bottom Line.” Cordiner Hall – doors open at 6:30 p.m.; lecture begins at 7 p.m. Book signing follows. Tickets required: i
f tickets are available, they will be sold in the Bookstore for $5 each. For more information contact the Whitman Events Board at

Monday, April 6
Visiting Writer: Whitman students read from their own works. 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

May 6-9
Theatre: Harper Hoy Theatre presents “The Secret Lives of Coats,” a new musical book by Stephanie Fleischmann, music by Christina Campanella. Directed by Cynthia Croot, assistant professor of theatre. Three coat-check girls while away a long night in their booths, confiding in each other their hopes and dreams. Besieged by snooty customers and dodging the bullets of an oily-headed maître d’, Lila, Leeanne, and Lisette take us on a vaudevillian romp through the coat closets of the service industry. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Thursday and Friday, May 20-21, at 8 p.m. For tickets call the Box Office at x5180, between 10 a.m. – noon and 1-4 p.m. weekdays.

Friday, May 7
Music: Walla Walla University String Quartet, 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Friday, May 7
Music: Elizabeth Linxwiler Senior Piano Recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Saturday, May 8
Music: Faculty Recital with Lee D. Thompson, piano, and Karen Zizzi, soprano. 3 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Saturday, May 8
Music: Divertimento Chamber Orchestra Concert, conducted by Jackson Maberry ’11. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Sunday, May 9
Music: Harry Fulop Senior Voice Recital. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music.

Saturday, May 22
Baccalaureate: 3:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

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: 9:30 a.m., Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. Watch campus e-mail and The Fountain for details.

Click here for events posted on the Whitman Web site.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Though the past few days bear no witness, it truly was sunny and beautiful around campus recently, as seen here through a window in Prentiss Hall. .   Full size.

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In This Issue
Innovation Grants
PAC Tour
Janice Abraham Nomination
Reunion Fund
Greenhouse gas audit
Scott Shields
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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