November 1, 2010

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Volume 5, issue 11
November 1, 2010
The Fountain

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance rates Whitman a Best Value college


Kiplinger’s Personal Finance again in 2010 includes Whitman as a Best Value college, defined as institutions “that exemplify excellent academics while keeping their costs to a minimum.” Ranked No. 26 in the U.S., Whitman is the only private liberal arts college in the Northwest included on the list.

The annual Kiplinger 100 rankings appear in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine — on newsstands November 9. Click here for the report and rankings lists.

Staff member Janet Mallen to interview Matthew Shepard speaker tonight


Janet Mallen, assistant registrar for institutional records, steps outside her “day job” to take a lead role in the 2010 Matthew Shepard lecture, titled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: How We Got it, How We Can Get Rid of It.” Informed by her experience in the U.S. military (she served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps) Mallen, also co-adviser of Whitman GLBTQ organization, will interview lecturer Nathaniel Frank, author of "Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America." The event takes place Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. A book signing with the author follows immediately.

Another increase in Whitman’s “green grade”

Green Report Card

Over the past three years, Whitman’s green grade has moved from a C- to a B- to a B, according to the recently released Green Report Card distributed by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. is the first website to provide in-depth sustainability profiles for more than 300 colleges in all 50 U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces.

“Our improving grade is further evidence of Whitman’s dedication to improving and increasing our sustainable practices,” said Sean Gehrke, associate director, residence life and housing and chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee. “The initiative of students, staff and faculty is commendable, and we should all be proud of our improving grade on the Report Card. While we continue to pursue more projects and initiatives, the Green Report Card reminds us about all we have done and affirms that we are moving in the right direction.”

Learn more here.

TEST of emergency notification system set for Wednesday, Nov. 3

On Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Whitman will conduct a TEST of the campus emergency notification system. The Blackboard Connect system will send messages via e-mail and contact primary phone numbers as well as cell phone numbers that have been entered into the emergency notification system. This system is used to notify faculty, staff and students of on-campus emergencies that can affect health and safety. In the event of an emergency, automated text and/or voice messages will be sent to campus and/or cell phones.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive any messages via any of these vehicles, it's likely that your information is not current in the campus data base. See information below on how to keep your emergency contact information current.

The Informacast broadcasting system will also be tested. It will deliver a recorded message via the speakers of all Cisco VoIP phones on campus, including classroom phones. The recorded message will include a 10-second alert pre-tone and then the recorded message. It will be repeated two times with a 30-second pause between each broadcast.

It’s critical to update your campus alert information

Please take a moment and verify your campus alert information. To do so, visit Log in, then click on Quack in the left side menu. Then click on the Emergency Numbers link in the gray menu box. The first time you enter the screen the information will be blank, but it will be retained and displayed on subsequent visits.

Phone numbers provided for the Campus Alert System are NOT linked to other Whitman account information and will not replace your normal contact numbers.

Thank you for your participation. While we hope we never have to use the system, having it in place and ready to go with current phone numbers is an integral component of Whitman's emergency communications effort, designed to help ensure safety and security.

Memorial service for Lucile Rempel

The Rempel family will hold a memorial for their mother, Lucile, on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, located at 73 S. Palouse Street. All are invited to pay their respects to this wonderful woman who so faithfully served her family and Whitman College. She and her husband, Arthur, late professor of biology emeritus, arrived at Whitman in 1938. Over the next five decades they entertained untold numbers of students, faculty, staff and community members in their home. “Lucile was indefatigable in her interest in all of us, wanting to know how we were doing, what we were studying, what we thought of current events. She was a remarkable person and we are all better for having known her,” said Delbert Hutchison, associate professor of biology.

The family requests that in lieu of gifts or flowers, interested persons may donate to either the First Congregational Church or to the charity or organization of their choice in Lucile's name.

Campus group to study caregiver work; watch e-mail for survey

Michelle Janning, assistant dean of the faculty and associate professor of sociology, is participating in a group effort aimed at studying care work (paid or unpaid work that is done in order to care for an individual who needs assistance with daily responsibilities) in the Walla Walla community and its impact on Whitman families. She reports that as the group studied child care in particular, “it became evident that employees face similar challenges in providing care for ill family members of all ages, not just child care. The hope is that Whitman will enhance its efforts to work with interested employees to improve the current situation.”

To that end, the group will conduct a survey designed to help the college “determine needs, community attitudes and unanswered questions about an issue that impacts our daily lives and work,” Janning said. “Participation by staff and faculty will be critical to the effort.”

Watch for an e-mail in early November that will include a link to the survey. It will ask questions about care work and work-family issues. If you have questions about the survey or the issue of care work, please contact Janning at

Whitman serves the community on Make a Difference Day

Community Service

Ninety-five Whitman student volunteers recently worked on 10 different projects for Make a Difference Day, a national effort managed locally on campus by Lina Menard, assistant director of the Student Engagement Center who coordinates the college’s community service efforts. Participating groups and projects included:

  • The SCORE sustainability team went back to the Creating Urban Riparian Buffers site that they'd prepped this summer.
  • Lyman B/C Section and Prentiss Dox helped a Volunteer Chore Services client do a major fall cleaning of her yard.
  • Phi Delta Theta fraternity members worked at Kirkman House Museum on an insulation and paint scraping project and did some investigative digging into the history of the property.
  • Black Student Union members spread gravel and transplanted native plants with the Native Plant Society.
  • Whitman sustainability clubs claimed the weatherization outreach project with the Sustainable Living Center and were able to help five families schedule a free home energy assessment.
  • Fine Arts House residents sorted art supplies for the Picture Lady Project to facilitate art projects for kids.
  • The Network for Young Walla Walla completely reorganized the basement at Rising Sun Clubhouse. Additional volunteers and their friends and families helped with painting safety lines at Blue Ridge Elementary School, prepping for the YMCA's Halloween Spooktacular, stripping wallpaper at Odd Fellows, and doing stream restoration at Titus Creek through the Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center.

Arts & Crafts Fair – call for vendors

The Arts & Crafts Fair offers students, faculty and staff a one-day opportunity to sell their handcrafted and homemade goods on campus. If you are a knitter, photographer, painter, pottery thrower, or artistic creator of any other kind, consider hosting a booth at the Arts & Crafts Fair. The fair takes place Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Reid Campus Center Ballroom. Please register here by Dec. 1. Questions? Contact Colleen McKinney, student activities program advisor, at x4436 or

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, 11/1
Matthew Shepard Lecture Series: Dr. Nathaniel Frank, author of "Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America," presents “Don't Ask Don't Tell: How We Got It, How We Can Get Rid of It.” 7:30 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Tuesday, 11/2
Lecture: Bon Appétit Foundation Fellow Vera Chang will present “Stories from the Fields,” a conversation about food, sustainability and farmworkers rights. 8 p.m., Olin Faculty Lounge.

Wednesday, 11/3
Film: Mitch McCabe brings to Whitman her recently completed documentary “Youth Knows No Pain,” made with HBO Documentary Films. Question and answer session to follow. 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday, 11/3
Music: The Department of Music presents the Jazz II Ensemble Fall Concert. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall. For all music department events click here.

Thursday, 11/4
Allen Boeing Lecture: Ronald C. Foster, chief financial officer and vice president of finance for Micron Technology, presents a lecture titled "Is the U.S. losing its memory? Competing in a volatile, capital intensive, global market." 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre.

Thursday, 11/4
Lecture: Visiting Educator Scott O. Lilienfeld, professor of psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, brings to Whitman a lecture titled "Looking Beneath the Mask: The Search for the Successful Psychopath." 4 p.m., Hall of Science Gaiser Auditorium.

Thursday and Friday, 11/4 and 11/5
Music: Cappella Romana presents “The Bodiless Powers.” Panel discussion and concert on Thursday followed by a lecture on Friday. For details click here.

Friday, 11/5
Music: The Department of Music presents Fridays at Four featuring Dr. Paul Grove on classical guitar. 4 p.m., Chism Recital Hall. For all music department events click here.

Friday, 11/5
Music: The Department of Music presents the Jazz I Ensemble Fall Concert. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall. For all music department events click here.

11/10 through 11/14
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “Kid-Simple, a radio play in the flesh” by Jordan Harrison. Travel with Moll, the girl inventor of a machine for hearing sounds that can’t be heard, on her quest to save noise as we know it. This quirky fable of innocence and experience features live sound effects, mutinous onomatopoeia and a host of woodsy temptations. Click here or contact the HJT box office at x5180 for details.

Thursday, 11/11
Lecture: Dr. Lynn Lancaster of Ohio University-Athens presents a lecture titled "Technological Innovation in Imperial Rome: What Can Ancient Concrete Tell Us About Roman Society?" The event is sponsored by the Walla Walla Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall, room 157.

Thursday, 11/11
Lecture: Melvin Small, distinguished professor of history at Wayne State University, presents a lecture titled "Antiwarriors: Vietnam and Iraq." 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall Rm. 130.

Saturday, 11/13
Music: Guest artists Aidan Soder, mezzo soprano, and Lee D. Thompson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Chism Recital Hall. For all music department events click here.

Click here for a listing of all events.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Men's Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2:30 p.m. vs. Whitworth

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

And now for something completely different (per Monty Python.) Seeing the world as an infinite mosaic of large and small rectangles is the common state of most full-time photographers. This “rectangle” caught my eye on the south lawn of the Reid Campus Center as late afternoon sun reflected off the Hunter Conservatory and then the peeling paint of a lonely adirondack chair. An odd beauty, this.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Whitman is a
“Best Value”
Matthew Shepard Lecture
Green Report Card
Emergency Alert Test
Lucile Rempel Memorial
Care Work Survey
Community Service Recap
Arts & Crafts Fair
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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