November 15, 2010

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Volume 5, issue 13
November 15, 2010
The Fountain

Melissa Clearfield honored with Pete and Hedda Reid Service Award


In recognition of her significant contributions both as a community volunteer and scholar, Melissa Clearfield, associate professor of psychology, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Pete and Hedda Reid Service to Walla Walla Award (formerly the Town-Gown Award). She accepted the award at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce banquet, held Nov. 10.

“I am truly honored to be a part of the long list of faculty who get involved in our community,” said Clearfield upon receiving the award. “One of Walla Walla’s strengths is the sheer number of organizations and people who work hard to improve the lives of children and families here in the valley. It’s been a privilege to meet and work with everyone who shares that goal.”

During her nine years in Walla Walla, Clearfield has been passionately involved in local children’s issues, bringing the knowledge and skills that she gained through her training as a developmental psychologist to the aid of organizations and individuals in need. The organizations she has volunteered for include HomeTeam, Children’s Home Society and Children’s Forum.

Whitman’s Pete and Hedda Reid Service to Walla Walla Award honors the 60-plus years of service to the college and community by Pete ’49 and Hedda ’49 Reid. Pete retired from Whitman in 2009 after working at his alma mater for 61 years.

Traditionally, the award is presented in memory of a Whitman staff or faculty member, and this year it was given in memory of Mary Hanna, Miles C. Moore Professor of Politics emerita and the first woman ever elected to the position of chair of the Whitman faculty.

Staff news briefs


Mike Washington, head men’s soccer coach, has been named Northwest Conference (NWC) Coach of the Year for 2010, as voted upon by NWC coaches. Washington, now in his 13th season at Whitman, has led the team to second-place finishes in the conference for two of the past three years – coming within one game of the conference championship each time. "Mike has been producing outstanding soccer teams for years now, and it ’s nice to see him be recognized by his peers in the coaching community," said Dean Snider, athletic director. Read the full story here.

“Hour of Power” swim relay event raises funds for pediatric sarcoma research


Again this year Whitman swimmers participated in the Ted Mullin “Hour of Power” benefit swim relay event, for which the theme was “leave it in the pool.” The event took place Nov. 9; Whitman joined swim teams from across the nation to help raise funds to support research on the causes and treatment for sarcoma in young people.

For one hour, swimmers went “all-out” on the same 50-meter length. This is the fourth year that Whitman has participated; the college is the sole representative of the Northwest Conference in the international event. The event began in 2006 following the death of Carleton College varsity swimmer Ted Mullin. Fifteen teams launched the effort and raised $11,000. Last year, the number of participating teams exploded to 134 on four continents, including 103 college and university programs, 28 high school and club teams, and three students-abroad teams. In 2009, nearly 6,500 athletes raised $78,000 for the Fund, bringing the four-year total to more than $190,000.

“The actual hour of continuous sprinting together is great training and a wonderful team building experience,” said Jenn Blomme, Whitman swimming coach. “We had several visitors throughout the event who cheered us on, including friends of current team members, professors, administrators and their kids. The team was really appreciative of those who came out to support us.”

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, 11/15
Lecture: Dr. Andrea G. Arai, a lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies, specializing in socio-cultural anthropology and Japan, presents "Rethinking Japan: Youth, Nation, Representation.” 7 p.m., Olin 110.

Monday, 11/15
Lecture: Douglas Thomson, professor of criminal justice and sociology at Chicago State University presents “Confronting Mass Incarceration, Saving a Nation.” 7:30p.m., Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday, 11/17
Music: The Whitman Opera Workshop directed by Karen Zizzi, with Nathan Shiu ’05 and Jonathan Spatola-Knoll ‘11 on piano. 7:30 p.m. Chism Recital Hall.  For all music department events click here.

Thursday, 11/18
Visiting Writers Reading Series: A reading byColson Whitehead, a New York-based novelist, who is best-known as the author of the 2001 novel "John Henry Days."  7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium. 

Click here for a listing of all events.

Parting Shot

parting shot

Very talented student photographer Allison Felt ’14 didn't let a beautiful autumn afternoon go to waste, taking her camera and best friends out for a photo shoot.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Pete and Hedda Reid Service Award
Staff News Briefs
“Hour of Power”
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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