October 18, 2010

Volume 5, issue 9
October 18, 2010
The Fountain

“Man in the Middle” scams – heed security warning alerts


A common cyber scam has come to be called a “Man in the Middle” attack. The highest risk for such an attack comes while using a wireless network.

Here’s how it works: You log on to access a secure site, but you are presented with the screen pictured here, titled “This Connection is Untrusted.” This warning can come up if someone – the “man in the middle” – is pretending to be the site you are trying to access. If you click on “I understand the risks,” the attacker could get your username and password and capture all your internet traffic. Attackers can create counterfeit sites that look just like Zimbra, for example.

WCTS takes every possible precaution to make sure “Man in the Middle” attacks do not happen on the Whitman network. However, if you are logged into Whitman and any warning of this nature pops up, notify WCTS immediately with an e-mail to WCTS@whitman.edu.


“If you get an alert with the words ‘Get me out of here,’ or something similar, whether you’re logged into Whitman or not, and whether you’re at home or work, don’t take a chance by staying on the site. It always means something bad could happen,” said Mike Osterman, IT security officer/deputy director, Enterprise Technology. “Click ‘Get me out of here!’ immediately, and if you’re at Whitman, notify WCTS right away.”

Cyber Security month awareness activities continue with the Week 3 quiz.

Peter Means, development techincal specialist, won last week's prize drawing for an encryptable USB thumb drive! Remember, if you complete all four quizzes and enter your email, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize iPod Shuffle.

Workshop focuses on transgender issues

Last week’s workshop on the topic of transgender and sexual orientation was designed to foster and increase understanding of the complex issues surrounding gender identity and how campus community members combat discrimination. Representatives from the Center for Gender Sanity in Bellingham presented the workshop, which was organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Presenters defined basic terms of biological sex (what you were physically born), gender identity (psychological sense of self), gender expression (how you communicate your gender outwardly) and sexual orientation (gender you are attracted to). One speaker shared her story of having been physically born a male, later undergoing surgery and therapy to transition to becoming female.

There was discussion on what colleges can do to promote understanding and efforts to become more trans-inclusive. Among examples: revise forms to enable transgender campus community members to self-identify (as opposed to check-boxes for male or female), create gender-neutral rest room facilities, consider adaptations to policies and practices that enable transgender students to participate in typically gender-segregated organizations, hire therapists who are knowledgeable about transgender concerns and create a Web-based resource guide.

The workshop illuminated the challenges for all when individuals present outwardly as one gender, but they identify themselves as another.

Faculty Accomplishments


Michelle Janning, associate professor of sociology and assistant dean of the faculty, co-authored an article with two former students, Caitlyn Collins ’08, now in a sociology Ph.D. program at U Texas, Austin; and Jill Laney ’09, now in University of Chicago’s Social Service Administration program. The article is titled “Spatial and Temporal Arrangements, Parental Authority, and Young Adults’ Post Divorce Experiences,” and it appears in the “Journal of Divorce and Remarriage” (vol. 51, issue 7). The project started as a collaborative research project between Janning and Collins, who expanded it and turned it into her senior thesis. The data from her thesis work yielded several conference presentations and a co-authored chapter in the book “Childhood and Consumer Culture” (Palgrave 2010, edited by Buckingham and Tingstad). Through Janning’s “Sociology of the Family” course, Laney did a partial analysis of the data for her final course paper. Janning invited the students to continue working with her on the analysis, which provided the foundation for the published article.


Helen J. Knowles, visiting assistant professor of politics, took part in a panel discussion during the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association in Spokane last week. During the panel, debating recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Knowles discussed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s opinion in the controversial campaign finance decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Knowles has also been awarded a small research grant by the American Political Science Association to fund archival research for a book she is writing about 19th century abolitionist interpretations of the U.S. Constitution.

Women in Leadership Symposium offers powerful panel


A co-owner of a championship professional women’s basketball team, a former state Supreme Court justice and a museum director join together on campus to share their experiences at the 25th Annual Women in Leadership Symposium. Moderated by award-winning alumna Colleen S. Willoughby ’55, the event takes place Thursday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom A.

Willoughby established the annual symposium, Women’s Education: For Living and Leadership, 25 years ago to bring women to campus to share their life stories as inspiration to generations of students and alumni.

“Colleen Willoughby has a remarkable repertoire of potential panelists, and her guests are more compelling and accomplished every year,” said Susan Buchanan, director of the Student Engagement Center and symposium coordinator. “Every year there is more and more interest by students, and this year’s event should be no exception.”

The speakers are:

  • Bobbe J. Bridge – founding president and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice and former Washington State Supreme Court Justice
  • Dawn Trudeau – chairperson of Force 10 Hoops LLC, the ownership group of the Seattle Storm, 2010 WNBA champions
  • Barbara Thomas – director of the Northwest African American Museum

To read more about the event click here.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

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.

Tuesday, 10/19
Film: “Between the Folds” chronicles the stories of 10 artists and scientists who have abandoned conventional careers to forge unconventional lives as modern–day paperfolders. (56 minutes) 7 p.m., Olin 130.

Wednesday, 10/20
Lecture: Comedic sex educator Jay Friedman presents “The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All.” Friedman’s lecture will entertain while educating his audience about important and timely sexuality issues. 7:30 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

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.

Wednesday, 10/20
Lecture: Dr. Gary Rollefson, professor of anthropology, presents a lecture titled "Mr. Big: Honoring Leaders of Late Prehistoric Pastoral Societies in Jordan’s Eastern Badia," sponsored by the Walla Walla Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall, room 157.

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

Family Weekend: For a full schedule of events, click here.

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 alumna Colleen Willoughby ’55. 4 p.m., Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom A.

Thursday, 10/28
Lecture: Renisa Mawani, associate professor in the sociology department at the University of British Columbia, presents “Racial Violence and the Cosmopolitan City.” 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall, room 157.

Friday, 10/29
Music: The Department of Music Fridays at Four Recital Series presents The Whitman Saxophone Quartet. 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre. See all Department of Music Events here.

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.

Click here for a listing of all events.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Alumni Swim Meet (BFFC, Louise and Paul Harvey Pool)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.

Women’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 12 p.m. vs. Pacific University
Sunday, Oct. 24, 12 p.m. vs. George Fox University

Men’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2:30 p.m. vs. Pacific University
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2:30 p.m. George Fox University

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer


“Seasonal gold” is on its way, and nowhere more apparent than in the shaggy birch trees south of the Reid Campus Center. For bonus content in this Autumnal vein, click here for a gallery of past autumn beauty.   Full size.

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In This Issue
Cyber Security
Transgender Workshop
Faculty Accomplishments
Women in Leadership Symposium
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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