September 20, 2010

Volume 5, issue 5 September 20, 2010
The Fountain

Staff coffee with the president set for Thursday, Sept. 23


All staff members are invited to attend a staff coffee meeting with President Bridges, Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. The president and Peter Harvey, treasurer/CFO, will provide an update on the college budget and take questions. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring your own cups/mugs for beverages to support campus sustainability efforts.

Friday night roof-top “star gazing” and astronomy research event Night sky

PaustMembers of the campus community are invited to the roof of the Hall of Science on Friday, Sept. 24, to join Nathaniel Paust, assistant professor of astronomy, and some of his students for an evening of star-gazing and presentations. In addition to telescopes being set up, students will give short talks about their research, and Paust will give a general tour and explanation of the astronomy facilities. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. At the Hall of Science entrance, look for signs directing you to the stairway that leads to the roof. Staff and faculty are welcome to bring friends and family members. In case of cloudiness, Paust will bring attendees to the Planetarium. Questions? Contact him at or x5219.

Faculty Accomplishments


Helen Knowles, visiting assistant professor of politics, recently completed the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, which supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s mission to conquer all forms of cancer. The institute, based in Boston, is one of the country’s leading cancer facilities. The walk is non-competitive, but Knowles competes annually against herself to beat her personal best along the full 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route. She raised about $5,000 this year, her tenth consecutive year of participation, bringing to more than $25,000 the total she has brought to the fund. “I feel very strongly about doing this walk every year, even though this year I had to fly 3,000 miles and fight jet lag to do it!,” she said. “This year I beat my personal best. The weather was perfect for walking; 60 degrees and overcast, so I made it under six hours.” Prof. Knowles added that she participates to honor the memory of family members and friends lost to cancer.

Experience the Sheehan Gallery


Fall Semester Schedule:

Sept. 1 – Oct. 1: “Spectra, Stream, Strata”

Oct. 15 – Nov. 17: “ReMapping: The Expanding Landscape of Ceramics”
Curator’s Talk: Friday, Oct. 15, Olin 130, by Joseph Page, visiting assistant professor of art, Opening Celebration in Sheehan to follow.
Artist Talk: Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m., Olin 157, with a visit to Sheehan to follow

Dec. 4 – 18: 4th Annual Juried Winter Student Art Salon
Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Sheehan Gallery.

For the full Sheehan Gallery schedule, look here.

Attention Whitman triathletes and fans…

The annual Whitman Triathlon takes place Satruday, Oct. 2, beginning at 8 a.m. at Harvey Pool. It includes a 500-yard swim, 10-mile bike course and a three-mile run. Competitors may participate individually or with a team. Entry forms will be available in the foyer of BFFC, and starting Tuesday at a table in Reid every noon hour. Entry information: Act fast for the early registration discounted fees: $20 Individual/$30 Team (through Sept. 23). Regular registration: $30 Individual/$45 Team (Sept. 24-day of race). Questions? Contact Jenn Blomme, head swimming coach, at or x5287. The triathlon is a fundraiser in support of Whitman swimming.

A summer vacation adventureMike and Betty

In response to The Fountain’s query about “How did you spend your summer vacation?” retired Mailing Services staff members Mike Garvin and Betty Linke went extreme – zip-lining in Boulder City, Nev. Always loyal to the college, Garvin proudly wore his Whitman t-shirt and offered the comment: “See what retirement can do for you?!”


Plant Sale

The Biology Department is holding a plant sale on Friday, Sept. 24 from 10:30-1:30 p.m. in the Science Building Atrium. A variety of plants from the greenhouse are available at great prices. Questions? Contact Martha Holt, biology lab coordinator, at or x5306.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Thursday, 9/23
Visiting Writers Reading Series: Readings by Janna Cawrse Esarey and Bonnie J. Rough. 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.

Monday, 9/27
William O. Douglas Lecture: Adam Sowards, Ph.D., associate professor of history at the University of Idaho, presents his new book, “The Environmental Justice: William O. Douglas and American Conservation.” 7:30 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Tuesday, 9/28
Summer Read: Author Dave Eggers presents “Zeitoun.” Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, the subjects of his book, will also be present. 7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday, 9/29
Lecture: George Packer, award-winning journalist and author, presents, “An American Dilemma, Afghanistan and Iraq.” 7:30 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday, 9/30
Brattain Endowed Lecture: Dr. Barry Barish presents, "Einstein’s Legacy: General Relativity, Our Best Description of the Universe." 7:30 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

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

Click here for a listing of all events.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. vs. Walla Walla Univ.

Women’s Volleyball (Sherwood Center)
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. vs. Whitworth

Women’s Volleyball (Sherwood Center)
Friday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. vs. George Fox

Alumni Baseball Game / Family Day (DeSales High School field, next to Borleske Stadium)
Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.

Women’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Saturday, Sept. 25, Noon vs. Pacific Lutheran

Men’s Soccer (Whitman Athletic Fields)
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2:30 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran

Women’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Sunday, Sept. 26, Noon vs. Puget Sound

Men’s Soccer (Athletic Fields)
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. vs. Puget Sound

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

Once again the Mem clock goes ’round and the bell tolls, thanks to the work of James Androuais, with Americlock, who has been working on the restoration project since it began shortly after Commencement. Here he lines up one of the new electronic drives prior to re-placing the four clock faces. This panoramic image is a compilation of five separate photos and a LOT of Photoshop tweaking, but pretty true to what it looks like up there.   Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Staff Coffee
Star Gazing
Faculty Accomplishments
Sheehan Gallery
Summer Vacation
Plant Sale
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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