April 23

Volume 6, Issue 35 April 23, 2012
The Fountain

Progress report: “Now is The Time” campaign


The Now Is the Time campaign continues to build momentum. John Bogley, vice president for development and college relations, and the development staff report that Whitman alumni, parents, and friends are responding positively and generously to the vision for Whitman expressed in the campaign – adding depth, breadth and greater support to the academic program, endowing scholarships for students, and building a stronger financial base by growing the unrestricted endowment and the annual fund.  As of last Thursday, campaign commitments surpassed $106 million.  Recent commitments have provided endowment support for Latin American Studies, Global Studies, science equipment, and numerous other areas. Watch The Fountain for future updates. To learn more about the campaign, visit the Now Is the Time website.

Spring Reunion activities kick off on Thursday; BFC parking lane closed

Spring Reunion Weekend begins Thursday, April 26, with the arrival of alumni from the Classes of 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1972. In addition to the usual reunion get-togethers, many activities are being offered to showcase the campus. You can easily identify the 300-plus expected guests by their reunion name tags; please join the Alumni Office in welcoming them back to campus and making them feel at home. To view the reunion schedule of events and list of attendees, click HERE.

NOTE: The driveway of Baker Faculty Center will be closed on Thursday, April 26 to accommodate reunion activities. Questions about the weekend? Contact Nancy Mitchell, associate director of alumni relations, at mitchenl@whitman.edu or x5952.

Awakening the Digital Imagination: A Networked Faculty-Staff Development Seminar

Staff and faculty interested in joining the conversation about the relationship between education and technology are invited to join a discussion group next semester dedicated to the topic. A group of faculty and staff have been meeting this past semester to explore this relationship, specifically how new media (the internet, the computer or the video game, for instance) reshapes the way that we understand and engage with the world.

Nick Bader, Noah Leavitt, Justin Lincoln, Bryan Lubbers, Greg Mitchell, Jennifer Mouat, Mike Osterman, Albert Schueller and David Sprunger have been meeting during lunch on Tuesdays to discuss selections from The New Media Reader, as laid out in a syllabus by Gardner Campbell of Virginia Tech. As part of the weekly commitment, group members also keep individual blogs on their thoughts about the reading and/or conversation. These blogs are aggregated in a “mother blog,” available HERE.

If you are interested in joining the conversation next semester, contact Sprunger at sprungde@whitman.edu or Mouat at mouatjh@whitman.edu. (Note: this seminar is free, but also unpaid – members have found it to be a great way to discuss and generate ideas about education and technology across the campus and would like to see the dialogue continue.)  The first reading for next term can be found HERE.


There’s still time to take the Green Commute Challenge Survey

Last week during Earth Week, the Whitman community was encouraged to commute to and from work using environmentally friendly modes of transportation. The winning Whitman department/division will receive an ice cream party courtesy of the President's Office. Members of the Sustainability Advisory Committee remind staff and faculty to that there’s still time to take the Green Commute Challenge Survey. Click HERE to take the quick and easy survey.

Local middle school students showcase projects at Whitman science fair

Science fair - Taiko Cantil Seventh grader Taiko Cantil was the science fair's grand prize winner. He presented his findings on the strange lack of spoilage in McDonald's food.

The Science Department hosted a science fair for local sixth, seventh and eighth graders on Sunday, with a host of staff and faculty judges. The science fair was part of an effort to provide more opportunities for local middle school students to learn about the scientific process. Participants developed their own research questions and hypotheses, collected data and reported their results in a journal prior to presenting at the fair. Mary Burt, HHMI science outreach coordinator, organized the event, which was made possible by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant. Rachna Sinnot, Andrea Dobson, Dalia Rokhsana, Marion Götz and Tim Machonkin served as judges. Prizes included four microscopes donated by the biology department.

“Taste of Schwa” CD now available for purchase


Whitman’s only co-ed student a cappella group, Schwa, is selling a new CD. Produced this winter, the CD features current Whitman students from all class years singing some of their favorite tunes. Many have been performed at venues all over campus. To purchase a CD for $10 or to contact Schwa about singing for an event, contact schwa.acappella@gmail.com. This new collection is also available at the Whitman Bookstore.

Annual Choral Contest takes place April 27

Sponsored by the Whitman Events Board (WEB), the 86th Annual Choral Contest returns to campus Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. The singing contest, a Whitman tradition, will feature choirs from Greek and independent student organizations, campus a cappella groups and a few unique student groups as well. Questions? Email WEB at web_cr@whitman.edu.

It’s duck hunting season!


The Student Activities Office announces the Fourth Annual Whitman Duck Hunt, beginning Tuesday, April 24. Keep your eyes peeled for any of the hundreds of rubber duckies that will be hidden around campus. All Whitman community members are invited to search out and collect up to five ducks, which can be redeemed in the Student Activities Office (Reid 202) for raffle tickets. Bring your tickets to a drawing for a multitude of great prizes from the Bookstore on Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m. And don't worry, you can keep your duckies after you stop by and get the raffle tickets!

Students invite staff, faculty to join Fun Run for Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

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Staff and faculty are invited to participate in the Thirty Fourth Annual Renaissance Fair 5K and 10K Fun Run, sponsored by the Student Health Advisory Council. Proceeds benefit Blue Mountain Heart to Heart. The race kicks off Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m., with registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Boyer Ave. and Merriam St. The $15 entry fee includes a t-shirt; children under the age of 12 are free. With questions, contact Ryan Smith ’12 at smithrm@whitman.edu.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday 4/23
Lecture: “Botanical Exploration in the Unexplored West: New Mexico.” Steve O’Kane, professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa, delivers this year’s Brode Lecture. A widely recognized plant systematist and expert on the botany of the West, O’Kane will speak about his work and show photography. 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Tuesday 4/24
Art: “Drawings from the Deep, an Artist’s Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean.” Artist Karen Jacobson shares images capturing species of deep-ocean wilderness. 7 p.m. in the Hall of Science 151.

Tuesday 4/24
Lecture: “The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition and the Common Good.” Robert H. Frank, H. J. Louis Professor of Management and professor of economics at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management speaks about Adam Smith and Charles Darwin.7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Tuesday 4/24
Music: The Walla Walla Symphony Concert presents Stephen Beus, piano; Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4. 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday 4/25
Lecture: “Expanding Militarism and Converting the Military to Sustainable Production.” Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, addresses a range of environmental and economic issues from the military industrial complex to the 2012 elections. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Wednesday 4/25
Lecture: “Going Global: Whitman College and the Institution of Study Abroad.” Jackson Bellaimey ’12 and Professor Alberto S. Galindo discuss questions such as, What does the government say about study abroad? What is Whitman's stake in Off-Campus Studies? What do Whitties think? 7 p.m. in Maxey 307.

Wednesday 4/25
Music: The Department of Music presents a senior saxophone recital with Samuel Epstein, assisted by Jackie Wood, piano. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Thursday 4/26
Lecture: “What is Comparative Thought?” Author and scholar Jason Wirthis addresses philosophical schools and thinkers in both the Asian and Western traditions, including Zen Buddhism from Japan and Deleuze and Schelling from the Continental tradition. 6:30 p.m. in Olin 157.

Thursday 4/26
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by George Saunders, author of several collections of short stories and essays and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Syracuse University. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday 4/26
Music: The Department of Music presents a senior trombone recital by Mark Arand. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Friday 4/27
Panel: Students speak about their opinions/beliefs on the role religion plays or doesn’t play in their daily life as a citizen of the US. Topics include foreign policy, politicians, prayer in school, health care, same-sex marriage and more. This event is part of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life’s month-long exploration and discussion of Religious Freedom in America. Noon at the Glover Alston Center. Lunch provided while it lasts.

Friday 4/27
Music: The Whitman College Fridays at Four Recital Series presents The Oregon Guitar Quartet. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Friday 4/27
Music: The Department of Music presents a jazz workshop with saxophonist Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq. 6 p.m. in the Music Building Room 127 (rehearsal hall).

Friday 4/27
Lecture: “Deciphering Denial: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present and the Collective Violence Against Armenians, 1789-2009.” A talk by Fatma Müge Göçek, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Saturday 4/28
Special Event: The Western Ottomanists’ Workshop: A Collaborative Workshop of West Coast Ottoman Scholars. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Olin 130. Click HERE for more information.

Saturday 4/28
Music: The Department of Music presents The Whitman Orchestra Spring Concert, conducted by Jeremy Mims. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Sunday 4/29
Music: The Department of Music presents a senior recital lecture by Elizabeth Fleming. 3 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Monday 4/30
Reading: “War, Memory, and Forgiveness.” Author Sorayya Khan reads from her 2003 novel Noor. She is the author of two novels and a recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant who has conducted research in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

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Whether in a small group touring the chemistry labs with Frank Dunnivant, associate professor of chemistry, or attending a sample class, prospective students and their parents were all over the Whitman campus April 14 for Spring Visitors' Day. Full size (Image 1). Full size (Image 2).

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In This Issue
Now is the Time Campaign
Spring Reunion
Awakening the Digital Imagination
Green Commute Challenge
Middle School Science Fair
Taste of Schwa
Annual Choral Contest
It's Duck Hunting Season!
Fun Run
Campus Events
Parting Shot

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