October 11, 2010

Volume 5, issue 8
October 11, 2010
The Fountain

Your password is key to cyber security: keep it safe!


Your password in the wrong hands can do damage. Serious damage – to you, your finances, your reputation, the college and more. Here are password-related tips that are simple enough to follow but can mean the difference between being secure or being in a nightmare:

  • Choose a strong password – longer is better, and pass phrases are good way to make them unique yet memorable. For example, “This1PasswordIsVeryStrong!” (NOTE: Now that it’s printed, don’t use this one!) Your password should contain at least one of each of the following: uppercase letter, lowercase letter and a number or symbol.
  • Don’t share your passwords – ever, with anyone! Remember, WCTS staff NEVER, EVER asks for your password via e-mail. If you are asked for your password, it’s a scam.
  • Use different passwords in different places – in particular, never use your Whitman password anywhere else, as criminals could link it back to the college through your account. Using different passwords limits the exposure, so that even if one account gets compromised, the chances are that others will remain safe.
  • Don’t write your password down – or if you do, keep it in a very secure place, much as you would a credit card, and destroy it once you’ve memorized it.
  • Change your passwords frequently, especially when you think someone else may have seen it. You can use and bookmark this link: Online Password Changer.
  • Use a password safe – it’s like a lock-box that stores your passwords. Use it with a strong password so you only have one password/passphrase to remember. WCTS suggests using the password safe tool called KeePass. To learn how, sign up for a KeePass workshop!

This week’s awareness quiz focuses on phishing and social engineering. Don’t forget—there’s a weekly prize drawing every Friday, and a grand prize drawing for an iPod Shuffle if you enter all four quizzes!

A loss to the Whitman community – Lucile Rempel has passed away
The Rempels

Lucile Rempel, wife of the late Art Rempel, beloved biology professor, passed away Oct. 4 at the age of 98. No funeral is planned, although a memorial service likely will take place the first week in December; details will be forthcoming in campus communications.

“All of us who experienced her warmth and good heart can take a moment to thank our lucky stars we knew her,” wrote Delbert Hutchison, associate professor of biology. “We don’t make many folks like Lucile and Art any more.”

Art Rempel passed away May 1, 2007, at the age of 97. He and Lucile were married for nearly 73 years. Click here to read about his life and legacy. Here is a link to an alumni tribute to Professor Rempel.

Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund offers opportunities campuswide


The President’s Office and Campus Sustainability Coordinators Ari Frink ’11 and Nat Clarke ’11 have announced that the college will begin accepting applications for the fall 2010 cycle of the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund (SLRF) beginning Oct. 15. The SLRF is a $25,000 fund that can be used by students, staff and faculty to carry out sustainability projects that reduce waste of resources and energy, thereby saving the college money. Only projects that can pay back the school’s investment within five years will be considered for the grant. The application deadline is Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.


Sean Gehrke, associate director of residence life and housing and chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee suggests that you brainstorm with your department, talk to your colleagues, or plan on your own. “No project is too small or too large; thorough planning is the key,” he said. “Anything that could be done to increase efficiency, reduce waste, or save energy qualifies for the S.R.L.F., even if it is as simple as paying someone for a few extra hours on a weekend working on a server, or replacing the bulbs in your department offices with compact fluorescent light bulbs, as long as it can demonstrate potential to reimburse the loan fund. Multiple grant proposals will be considered, and we invite all interested parties to apply.

There will be an information session Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. in Reid 110. To attend, please RSVP to Nat Clarke at clarkedn@whitman.edu.

Applications can be found online. If you have questions, contact Nat and Ari at x4971 or sustainability@whitman.edu, or during their office hours, Mondays and Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. in Memorial 135.

Fall Science Outreach newsletter available online

Science Newsletter

The fall 2010 edition of the Science Outreach newsletter is available online, reports Mary Burt, HHMI science outreach coordinator, who serves as the editor. The newsletter highlights activities and events that are part of the outreach program funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant. Among the stories in the fall newsletter are reports on the summer science institute, visits to local classrooms by Whitman students, activity kits sent to Sojourner Truth Academy, upcoming activities and more. Click here to see the PDF of the newsletter.

Welcome to the Whitman Family!

Marcus Juhasz, assistant professor of chemistry, and his wife, Abby, announce the birth of daughter Alexandra Marie Juhasz, born Oct. 6, 2010. The new dad says, “Mom and baby, all 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20.5 inches of her, are doing great!”

Faculty Accomplishments


Bob Carson, Grace Farnsworth Phillips professor of geology, will present “Learning Geology on Five Continents, Three Oceans, and Many Islands” at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), taking place Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 in Denver, Colo. More than 6,000 scientists from around the nation will attend, including Whitman geology department faculty, students and alumni.


Mare Blocker, visiting assistant professor of art, has received the Doug and Laurie Kanyer Award for her work titled “Walla Walla Next 7 Exits,” which was shown at the 10x10x10x Tieton Exhibition, Aug. 1 – Oct. 10. “My piece is a limited edition book of linoleum block prints of scenes and people in Walla Walla,” said Blocker, whose project was supported by an Abshire Grant. “There are more than 60 prints in the book, and it is sewn on linen tapes and bound in a cloth covered case. Elena Mitchel ’10 and I each carved prints for the book and collaborated on the images, collation and the content. I printed and I am in the process of binding the entire edition.” Mighty Tieton is a small arts community in Tieton, Wash. The exhibition was a juried show of art and architecture; each piece had to fit in a 10-inch cube. About 150 artists from all over the world contributed 180 pieces to the show.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, 10/11
Health: The Baker Ferguson Fitness Challenge starts today. Faculty and staff can get fit and win prizes while utilizing the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center facilities (BFFC), including the Harvey Pool and taking advantage of wellness programs offered through the Welty Health Center. The challenge runs through Dec. 10. For details, click here.

Thursday, 10/14
Visiting Writers Reading Series: A reading by Nick Flynn of his most recent book, “The Ticking is the Bomb.” 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre.

Thursday, 10/14
Music: “Rock for the Cure” a battle of the bands to benefit the Chris Elliot Fund, a cancer research and support institution, specializing in glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Six popular student bands scheduled to play. Tickets on sale at Reid Campus Center Oct. 13 and 15, 12 – 1 p.m. for $5, and at the door for $6. 9 p.m., Beta House.

Friday, 10/15
Art: “ReMapping: The Expanding Landscape of Ceramics,” curated by Joseph Page, visiting assistant professor of art, opens. Curator’s talk by Joseph Page in Olin 130, celebration in Sheehan Gallery to follow. For details contact Dawn Forbes, gallery director, at forbesdm@whitman.edu.

Friday, 10/15
Music: Fridays at Four Recital Series presents The Alex Abrams Trio. 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre. See all Department of Music Events here.

Monday, 10/18
Lecture: Aislinn Melchior, associate professor of classics at the University of Puget Sound, presents "Destructive Heroism and the Roman Civil Wars." 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday, 10/20
Gender Studies Roundtable: Participants include Karl Bryant, New Paltz, State University of New York, Ben Jordan, Christian Brothers University and Daniel Enrique Perez, University of Nevada, Reno. 7:30 p.m., Olin Faculty Lounge.

10/21 through 10/24
Theater: Harper Joy Theatre presents “The Government Inspector.” Click here or contact Qi Jia at x5279 for details.

Friday, 10/22
Music: Sampler Concert features short performances by each of the Whitman College ensembles: chorale, chamber singers, orchestra, jazz ensembles and wind ensemble. 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall. See all Department of Music Events here.

Thursday, 10/28
Women in Leadership Symposium: Women leaders Barbara Thomas, Dawn Trudeau and Justice Bobbi Bridge visit campus, moderated by Colleen Willoughby. 4 p.m., Reid Campus Center.

Click here for a listing of all events.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m. vs. Whitworth

Women’s Volleyball (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Friday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. vs. Puget Sound
Saturday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran

Men’s Golf hosting Whitman Invitational (Wine Valley Golf Course)
Saturday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

The Parting Shot took a mid-week mini vacation to highways and byways outside Leavenworth. Walking about 10 brush-crushing paces off a two-lane road near Plain yielded this composite image of golden trees in late evening light.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Cyber Security
Lucille Rempel
Sustainability Report
Science newsletter
New Baby
Faculty Accomplishments
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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