October 25, 2010

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Volume 5, issue 10
October 25, 2010
The Fountain

Mem main entrance set to open Tuesday, Oct. 26

new concrete

Closed off shortly after Commencement 2010, the main entrance of the Memorial Building is scheduled to be reopened Tuesday, Oct. 26. The nearly five-month closure was needed for the first phase of a seismic renovation of the building, starting with the clock tower and entrance. The main purpose was to reinforce the masonry structure. It was a complex project that involved removal and restoration of the bell and clock faces as tons of concrete were poured into the structure (see photo at right showing new concrete) to shore up the historic brick façade. It also required demolition and reconstruction of the steps, which now feature rolled edges – a return to the look of the original staircase. New front entry doors also are a reproduction of the originals. The old red bricks on the main floor landing have been replaced with tile. The clock tower was sandblasted, helping restore the brick face to its original look and color.

“Thank you to all campus community members for your patience during the construction,” said Peter Harvey, treasurer/CFO. “It has been a lengthy but critical project that helps ensure the longevity of the building and also has enhanced its beauty.”

Physical security is important – lock your computer


The closeness of and the bonds within the Whitman campus community make it seem contrary to need to focus attention on physical measures to ensure the security of our computers. However, measures such as locking your computer when you are away from it should not be overlooked and are recommended as part of the college’s overall cyber security effort. Leaving a logged-in computer accessible to anyone walking by is like leaving a purse or wallet unattended in plain sight. Developing intentional security habits has value, whether or not you are ever a victim.


In the spirit of better safe than sorry, it is advised that you both manually lock your computer whenever you’re stepping away, and require a password to resume from your screensaver. For Windows, locking your computer is a simple as this: hold down the Windows key and type L. When you return, simply hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete, then enter your password to unlock. Click here for details on requiring a screensaver for both Windows and Macs and how to manually lock a Mac.

Cyber Security Awareness Month activities continue with the Week 4 Quiz.

Shannon Shearer in the Development office won last week’s prize drawing, an encryptable USB thumb drive! Remember, if you complete all four quizzes and submit your e-mail, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize – an iPod Shuffle.

October Whitman Magazine now online, hard copies coming


The October edition of Whitman Magazine, featuring the 2009-10 President’s Report and the Annual Report of Gifts, is posted online and includes “bonus content,” such as links to related stories in the Year in Review. The print version will be distributed on campus this week. The edition includes several stories about alumni donors and volunteers whose gifts and efforts are supporting student scholarships in significant ways. Click here to see the online magazine.

Faculty Accomplishments


The work of Michelle Acuff, assistant professor of art, was included in The National Juried Sculpture Exhibition at Prince George Community College in Lardo, Md. The juror for the show was Molly Donovan, associate curator for modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art. Also, Acuff recently de-installed a large exhibit titled "Surrogate," commissioned by the Tacoma Art Commission. It will be re-installed in an even larger format here at the Sheehan Gallery in January. She has also received an Artist Trust GAP Grant, a competitive grant awarded to artists from Washington State.

Comings and goings

Formerly events assistant in the president’s office, Maggi Banderas ’05 is now the administrative assistant in the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

Origami workshop and showcase


The Whitman Events Board (WEB) and the Intercultural Center are bringing Vancouver-based origami artist Joseph Wu to campus on Oct. 26 and 27. Faculty and staff are invited to attend a gallery showcasing Wu’s origami pieces on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Glover Alston Center. The artist will give demonstrations and answer questions. Also, he will host three origami workshops. For details, e-mail wubh@whitman.edu. Space is limited with priority given to current students, but a small number of spots will be reserved for staff/faculty/community.

Welcome to the Whitman Family!

Baby Bader

Nick Bader, visiting assistant professor of geology, and his wife, Joy, announce the birth of daughter Sarah Rose Bader, born Oct. 18 at 7 pounds 15 ounces and 20 inches long. Sarah has an older sister, Jane. Shortly after the birth Bader wrote, “Sarah and Joy are both happy and healthy, and are relaxing peacefully.”

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Thursday, 10/28
Women in Leadership Symposium: Women leaders Barbara Thomas, Dawn Trudeau and Justice Bobbi Bridge are the panelists for a discussion 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’s Fridays at Four Recital Series presents The Whitman Saxophone Quartet. 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre. See all Department of Music Events here.

Sunday, 10/31
Gallery Opening: The Asian Studies Gallery will feature works of art from the Whitman College Davis Collection of Asian Art. Free and open to the public. 12 - 4 p.m., Olin East.

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.

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 department of music events click here.

Thursday, 11/4
Allen Boeing Lecture: Ronald C. Foster, Micron Technology’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance, 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 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., Hunter Conservatory. For all Department of Music 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 department of music events click here.

Click here for a listing of all events.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Volleyball (Sherwood Center)
Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. vs. Linfield
Saturday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m. vs. Pacific

Women’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Saturday, Oct. 30, 12 p.m. vs. Linfield
Sunday, Oct. 31, 12 p.m. vs. Willamette

Men’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Saturday, Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m. vs. Linfield
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2:30 p.m. vs. Willamette

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Finishing touches

Among last week’s finishing touches to the Memorial Building entrance project, this craftsman and others worked on the interior doors. .   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
New Mem Entrance
Cyber Security
Whitman Magazine
Faculty Accomplishments
Comings and Goings
Artist’s Workshop
New Baby
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

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