August 20, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 1 August 20, 2012
The Fountain

The Princeton Review ranks Whitman in nine Top 20 lists

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Rankings season is underway, and The Princeton Review that released its “Best 377 Colleges” guidebook, including its “Top 20” rankings lists. Whitman is featured in nine Top 20 lists:

  • Best Classroom Experience (5th)
  • Best Health Services (11th)
  • Their Students Love This College (12th)
  • LGBT-Friendly (12th)
  • Best Quality of Life (15th)
  • Everybody Plays Intramural Sports (15th)
  • Best-Run College (17th)
  • Professors Get High Marks (18th)
  • Most Accessible Professors (20th)

Click HERE to view all rankings. Watch campus news and The Fountain for more rankings updates in the coming weeks.

It’s “Back to School” time – already!

Move-In Day

Though students have been trickling in for the past few weeks, including those who participated in Scrambles and SCORE, the trickle turns to a flood this Thursday, Aug. 23: Move-in day for the entering class.

This year’s entering class numbers 409 students; of those, 15 are international students, four are U.S. citizens abroad, and 15 hold dual citizenships. The diversity rate is 20 percent and incoming students hail from 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 14 countries.Together they speak 19 foreign languages and have traveled to more 70 countries.

Among other highlights:

  • Eighty-seven percent have participated in community service
  • Nine percent are first generation students
  • Ten percent were high school valedictorians
  • Fifteen percent founded a club or organization at their high school
  • Twenty-three percent were captains or co-captains of a varsity team

Click HERE for a complete profile of the Class of 2016.

Opening Week activities continue through Aug. 30. Classes begin Aug. 28. Click HERE for the full schedule.

Note about parking: Staff and faculty are encouraged to consider walking, biking or carpooling to work on Thursday and Friday. Parking will be tight with parent cars on campus.

Reminder: All Staff Breakfast is tomorrow

Celebrate the end of the summer and the start of the new school year with the Annual All Staff Breakfast, hosted by the Office of the President. It takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. on the Memorial Building South Lawn, or Young Ballroom in case of rain.

Sheehan Gallery presents faculty art exhibition

Charly Bloomquist image

Charly Bloomquist's archival print on paper.

The Sheehan Gallery’s first exhibition of the year opens Friday, Aug. 24 and will feature work by two new studio art faculty members as well as Charly Bloomquist, adjunct assistant professor of art. The show will include Domestic Debris by Bloomquist, Dynamic Convergence by Richard Martinez and [re]producing desire by Nicole Pietrantoni. The exhibit runs until Oct. 8 with an opening celebration Friday, Sept. 7.

For more details, visit the Sheehan Gallery website.

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Register for two-day stress-reduction workshop

Faculty, staff and their partners and spouses are invited to register for a new stress reduction workshop being offered on campus. Titled “Working and Being Well Shoulder to Shoulder,” the workshop will instruct participants about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a relaxation method involving meditation and other techniques. Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, counselor, has studied MBSR and is coordinating the pilot program at Whitman. Instructor Brant Rogers, a certified MBSR teacher and yoga instructor, will focus on mindfulness meditation as well as quiet sitting, walking, gentle yoga and brief instructional presentations.  Chairs will be provided so that anyone who prefers to use one can, and the workshop may also be adjusted so that anyone with physical/mobility issues can still participate fully.

The workshop takes place Friday, Sept. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 22. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Cordiner Foyer. Participants must commit to attending both portions of the workshop. There is a registration fee of $15 per person ($20 for non-Whitman employees), which covers a custom learning manual and a four-track CD with guided instructions by Rogers. Check or cash payment is due to Mara Sorkin, events coordinator, no later than Wednesday, Sept. 12, and is required in order to reserve a place. Checks should be made out to Whitman College.

To register, click HERE.

VA Medical Center invites Whitman vets to event


Click HERE to view PDF.

Walla Walla’s Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center invites Whitman campus community members who are veterans of any branch of the armed forces and their family to participate in a “Welcome Home” event. It takes place Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the VA, 77 Wainwright Drive. For details, contact Mary Gordon at 525-5200, x22671.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, 8/21
Annual All Staff Breakfast: President Bridges invites all staff to celebrate the end of the summer. 9 a.m. on Memorial Building Side Lawn (Young Ballroom in case of rain).

Friday, 8/24
Art: Sheehan Gallery opens with its first exhibition of the year, a faculty art show featuring Charly Bloomquist, Richard Martinez and Nicole Pietrantoni. For more details, click HERE.

Saturday, 8/25
Faculty panel: Whitman faculty share their unique multidisciplinary perspectives on 2012 Summer Read Program selection “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson. 2:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Friday 8/31
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents The Whitman Summer Music Consortium, playing an assortment of classical and jazz to welcome everyone back to Walla Walla. Works by JS Bach, Schumann, Szymanowski, and others. Performers: Josh Melander, violin; Kristi Von Handorf, flute/piano; Alissa Becerril, oboe; Ethan Maier, piano. 4 p.m. in Hunter Conservatory.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Wow, Whitman students sure look younger and younger each year! Just kidding – the kids are participants in a summer youth program held on campus, led by new women’s assistant coach and Whitman graduate Emily Rolston ’12. Full size.

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In This Issue
Princeton Review
Back to School
All Staff Breakfast
Sheehan Gallery
Share Your News
Stress-Reduction Workshop
VA Welcome Home Event
Campus Events
Parting Shot

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