September 13, 2010

Volume 5, issue 4
September 13, 2010
The Fountain

Bell returns to clock tower; project moving toward completionBell installation

On Friday, Sept. 10, the 1,000-pound bell was returned to the clock tower after a clean-up by the physical plant staff and a well-deserved rest – it dates back to 1890, according to Jeff Donahue, construction project manager. The bell is scheduled to ring again on Friday, Sept. 17. He also reports that the clock face will be reinstalled this week and that the Mem clock tower seismic renovation and restoration project is expected to be completed by mid-October.

The return to face-to-face registration

While this year’s first-year and transfer students likely spent lots of time in front of their computers over the summer, one thing they didn’t do in any online session was register for their fall classes. That’s because Whitman has gone back in time a bit, returning first-time class registration to an adviser-supported, face-to-face process.

More than 120 faculty and staff members serve as advisers. In advance of Opening Day, they took part in training sessions that provided specific guidelines for new advisers, advisers of first-generation students and returning advisers. The sessions followed recommendations from the Registration Working Group, which developed a number of changes to the advising and registration process, most notably onsite registration with the support of an adviser.

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The new process emphasizes face-to-face contact as a chance to offer guidance and insight to students as they launch successfully into their four-year plan. The adviser-student ratio is about 1:5.

John Bogley John Bogley  

Dana Burgess, professor of classics, adviser for 25 years, attended the trainings. “The college has restructured opening week to better serve our entering students by providing focused attention from advisers,” he said.

Among staff members joining the faculty in advising students through registration and beyond was John Bogley ’85, vice president for development and college relations and first-year adviser. “Whitman is all about the students, and I look forward to watching five unique individuals realize their educational dreams at Whitman.”

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Juli Dunn, director of academic resources, organized the training and plays a lead role in developing and implementing the advising process. “It was great to see so many advisers at the training. I love advising, it is at the heart of what my office does, and I know it can make a huge impact in a student’s time at Whitman. I am excited to see a continued interest and commitment to pre-major advising.”

Annual yard sale benefits student scholarships scoreboards

Each year the physical plant staff hosts a “yard sale,” offering old furniture, equipment and miscellaneous items – even washing machines – no longer needed in campus offices, classrooms residence halls and other facilities. Among the more “interesting” items at this year’s sale were the old Whitman scoreboards, which were bought by an alumnus.

Revenue from the sale provides scholarship assistance for non-traditional students. Established in 1995, the fund has grown to more than $170,000.

Register for Windows 7 and Office 2010 workshops

WCTS is holding introductory training workshops for faculty and staff this week. The sessions include introductions to Windows 7 and Office 2010.

  • Office 2010 Basics – Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m.
  • Windows 7 Basics – Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.

To register, click here.

Welcome to the Whitman family!Baby

Victoria Lidzbarski ’05, assistant director of admission, and her husband, Peter Yenney, are the proud new parents of daughter Reese Kasia Yenney, born Sept. 4, at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 22.5 inches. The new mom and baby share a birthday, and they share their family photos with the campus community online here.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Through 10/1
Art: The Sheehan Gallery presents “Spectra, Stream, Strata” by artist Neil Meitzler, whose work includes paintings, drawings and digital. The Sheehan Gallery is located in Olin Hall. For details contact Gallery Director Dawn Forbes at

Monday, 9/13
O’Donnell Lecture: John MacAloon, professor and associate dean of the Graduate Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, will address "No More U.S. Olympic Games?: America in the World Today." 7:30 p.m., Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre.

Thursday, 9/16
Lecture: "Art, Creativity, and Social Change," presented by Milenko Matanovick. 7:30 p.m., Olin 130.

Friday, 9/17
Music: Fridays at Four Recital Series Presents The Dave Glenn Septet. 4–5 p.m., Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre. See all Department of Music events here.

Thursday, 9/23
Visiting Writers Reading Series: Readings by Janna Cawrse Esarey and Bonnie J. Yocum Rough ’00. 7 p.m., Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “The Instant Play Festival!” Click here or contact Qi Jia at x5279 for details.

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

Click here for a listing of all events.

Parting Shot
By Simon Van Neste ’12

Mary Penrose, mother of Whitman’s third president, Stephen B. L. Penrose, donated this bell, which was installed in the Memorial Building clock tower in February 1915. The bell was cast in 1890 by the McShane Bell Foundry near Baltimore. The original clock tower bell is on display in Penrose Library.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Clock Tower Update
Faculty and Staff Advisers
Yard Sale
Computer Workshops
New Baby
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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