November 22, 2010

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Volume 5, issue 14
November 22, 2010
The Fountain

Staff coffee with the president – Tuesday, Nov. 23


All staff are invited to a staff coffee meeting with President Bridges on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. The president will give an update on the college and take questions. There will be some important announcements, so attendance is advised. You are also strongly encouraged to bring your own cups/mugs for beverages to support campus sustainability efforts.

Recommended Thanksgiving recipes from Bon Appétit

Who better than our Bon Appétit colleagues to recommend recipes for Thanksgiving! Susan Todhunter, Prentiss Hall manager, recommends a Balsamic-Glazed Mushroom recipe, about which she said: “These were a hit last year for our Thanksgiving feast. They make a great appetizer, served warm.”



  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


In a skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Stir in 1 pound button mushrooms and 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots; season with salt and cook until the mushrooms release their juices and the liquid evaporates. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, bring to a boil and cook until the liquid is reduced to a glaze. Stir in finely chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Also, Chef Christian Chemin recommends a lemon-herb approach for the turkey, gravy and butter. “This is a great recipe I use many times at Prentiss,” he said. “I like the flavor of the lemon and fresh herbs, it breaks from traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner.” Find the recipe here.

Looking ahead, if you have a favorite winter holiday recipe you’d like to share with faculty and staff, send it in an e-mail to

Partnership effort supports local vets and physical plant scholarship fund

Vets Steve Thompson (left) with Combat Veterans International members

Steve Thompson, landscape specialist, has been active in leading the Combat Veterans International Walla Walla Chapter in a fundraising effort to help cover the cost of books for local veterans who are attending college following their tours of duty. Thompson became affiliated with the motorcycle group through his son, who is a veteran. Through an agreement with Whitman, Thompson collects dead trees and branches on campus and sells the wood to raise funds to help support the veterans’ organization. As part of the agreement, 20 percent of the proceeds of wood sales are donated to the Physical Plant’s non-traditional student scholarship fund, established to annually provide one non-traditional (i.e. an older, perhaps married, parent or student who is coming to Whitman under special circumstances) an additional $5,000 in scholarship funds.

Last week, Thompson was joined by members of the club who presented a $472 check to Dan Park, director of the physical plant, to be added to the scholarship fund.

Faculty news briefs


Janis Breckenridge, assistant professor of Spanish, and student collaborator Mehera Nori ’12 recently presented their research on a panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association in Chicago. The panel was titled “The New BOOM: Terror, Memory and Memorialization in Latin America.” The subject of the panel was Dr. Breckenridge’s “Monumental Memory: Public Space and Argentina’s ‘Dirty War.’” Both the project and the panel were made possible through a Perry Research Award that the pair won in the summer of 2010. The focus of the research, much of which was done on-site, was the influence of memory culture in post-authoritarian Argentina. Specifically, the educational impact of guided tours to El Parque de la Memoria (Memorial Park). Nori also showed that despite the hesitancy to designate edifying public spaces, recently recovered torture facilities have taken on museum-like qualities. Also contributing to the panel was Whitman alumnus Bécquer Medak-Seguín ’10, who worked with Breckenridge in the fall of 2009 under an Abshire award.

Save the Date for winter holidays party – Dec. 17


All staff and faculty are invited to the party, which will feature dancing – hosted by DJ Jon Loney – and hors d’œuvres. It will be held Friday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. Watch for your official invitation soon.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, 11/30
Lecture: Denny Hurtado, a member of the Skokomish Indian Tribe, presents “Indian Rights & Educations,” a lecture about Washington’s tribal sovereignty curriculum project (HB 1495 WA). 7 p.m., Maxey Hall Rm. 306.

Thursday, 12/2
Concert: As part of the Whitman Bookstore Open House, 15-year-old violinist, Anna Okada Burgess, who has released her first album “Spring in Brassica,” a compilation of Celtic songs on violin, will perform. Her father, Jesse Burgess, accompanies her on the guitar. 5:30 p.m., Whitman Bookstore.

Thursday, 12/2
Lecture: Dr. Brien Garnand, assistant professor of history, and Stefan Dubois ’12 present a lecture titled “Petrographic Analysis of Punic Ceramics: A Preliminary Report from the Carthaginian Tophet.” 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall Rm. 157.

Friday, 12/3
Music: Technology in Music, a Lecture Recital presented by Pete Crawford. 4 p.m., Chism Recital Hall. For all music department events click here.

Saturday, 12/4
Art: The Sheehan Gallery presents the opening reception of the 4th Annual Juried Winter Student Art Salon. 3:00 p.m., Sheehan Gallery. Click here for a complete schedule of the 2010-2011 Sheehan Gallery Exhibitions.

Saturday, 12/4
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents a combined Fall Concert with the Whitman Chorale conducted by Daniella Warner and the Whitman Chamber Singers, conducted by Jeremy Mims. 7:30 p.m., Chism Recital Hall.

Harper Joy Theatre: “The Sea” by Edward Bond is set in an Edwardian coastal village, Willy Carson meets Rose, the girl to whom his drowned friend was engaged, and falls in love with her. Their romance is caught between the forces of order, in the form of a group of dotty society ladies, and chaos, personified by a mad draper anticipating an invasion of space aliens. For information and reservations call x5180 or click here.

Click here for a listing of all events.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Basketball Walla Walla Vineyard Inn Classic (Sherwood Center)
Friday, Nov. 26, 6 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27, 6 and 8 p.m.
Tournament includes Pacific Lutheran, Eastern Oregon and Northwest University.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

It seems fitting that the Parting Shot this week would feature a student in a pool of sunlight cramming at Penrose Library before the Thanksgiving break. Shooting through one of the interior windows into the reading room, the pattern on the right is a reflection of the brick wall near the entrance.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Staff Coffee
Thanksgiving Recipes
Check Presentation
Faculty News Brief
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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