January 23, 2012

Volume 6, issue 22
January 23, 2012
The Fountain

Staff members help local high school students prepare for college

college goal

In an effort to help local high school students and their families get a jump start on college planning, Whitman financial aid and admission officers assisted students and their parents Sunday, Jan. 22 to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the form required to apply for financial assistance in higher education. The effort is part of College Goal Sunday Washington, which was started to give students statewide increased access to college. This is the fifth year that Whitman employees have been involved in the event, held at Wa-Hi.

This year’s volunteers included Marilyn Ponti, director of financial aid services, Katie DePonty, associate director of admission, Esther Weathers ’11, admissions officer, Tyson Harlow ’02, assistant director of financial aid services and Cassandra Sept, administrative assistant in the financial aid office. Ponti reports that with this event and others, Whitman volunteers have helped about 50 families in the Walla Walla Valley complete financial aid forms.

Event commemorates 10th anniversary of Reid Campus Center

reid campus center

Reid Campus Center turns 10 years old this year, and all students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the anniversary on Friday, Jan. 27. Formerly the SUB, Reid opened its doors for an open house Jan. 23, 2002. The $13 million, 50,000-square foot building is named in honor of Pete Reid ’49. Reid is now home to the Center for Community Service, Student Engagement Center, Intercultural Center, Student Activities Office and Conferences and Events Office, as well as the Stevens Gallery and a number of student offices. It also houses the Bookstore, Post Office, Outdoor Program and Rental Shop.

Festivities at the anniversary celebration will include carnival games, an obstacle course and a bouncy castle as well as cake, cotton candy and popcorn. Join the celebration from 3-5 p.m. Friday in the Young Ballroom in Reid.

USPS price increase effective Jan. 22


The US Postal Service has increased the first-class postage rate by a penny, to 45 cents. The increase went into effect Jan. 22, 2012. The USPS offers this rate hike information on its web site. Both Mailing Services in Boyer House and the Post Office at Reid Campus Center have a supply of one-cent stamps if you need them.

Faculty and staff news briefs

ellen bishop

Ellen Bishop, visiting assisting professor of environmental studies and geology, reports that Oregon State University Press will publish her new book, Field Guide to Pacific Northwest Geology. The book focuses on the geologic evolution of Pacific Northwest landscapes. It incorporates Bishop’s research on the geology of the Blue Mountains’ older terrains as well as recent discoveries by many other geologists. Intended for both general and academic readers, the book will feature Bishop’s photography, as well as diagrams and illustrations. Publication is anticipated for early in 2013.

kevin dyerly Kevin Dyerly, director of admission, has been appointed president-elect of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC). He had been on the board for four years as treasurer when he was nominated for the position last spring. PNACAC is an organization representing schools in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Its goal is to support its members as they work with students to make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. Dyerly’s primary responsibilities this year include serving as a delegate to the National Assembly and chairing the annual conference in May. He says he is particularly excited about collaborating with colleagues from the Rocky Mountain states, California and Nevada, for this jointly-sponsored conference of 1,000 high school counselors and college admission officers. In the three-year presidential cycle, Dyerly will be responsible for advancing initiatives set forth by the executive board such as enhancing the college fairs offered to high students in the region, providing more professional development opportunities for high school counselors, growing membership and having a voice in the national conversation about issues in college admissions.

helen knowles Helen Knowles, visiting assistant professor of politics, recently presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in New Orleans. The article, titled “Local Story Trumps National Narrative: Washington State Newspaper Coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in West Coast Hotel v. Parrish (1937),” looks at the ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the Washington state minimum wage law for women, arguing that the importance of state media coverage of the case has been overlooked. While many scholars tend to focus on the role the decision played in the conflict between Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Court, she says, Knowles’ findings demonstrate the ways in which local newspaper coverage changes when a case is of direct interest to a specific readership, and shows that residents of Washington state received information from local newspapers on the local and human-interest aspects of the case.

kirsten nicolaysen Kirsten Nicolaysen, associate professor of geology, reports that research she conducted with alumnus Taylor Johnson ’07 has been featured in a recent article in Science magazine. In 2006, she and Johnson traveled to Clam Lagoon on Adak Island, Alaska, to work with archaeologist Dixie West, among others. Johnson's thesis, based on their findings, led to two chapters the pair contributed to the book People Before: The Geology, Paleoecology and Archaeology of Adak Island, Alaska (2012). The book is the focus of the Science article “The Peopling of the Aleutians,” which explores the genetics and archaeology of the ancient Aleuts as a way of learning more about human migration. Nicolaysen’s and Johnson’s research on obsidian is highlighted twice in the article.

jonathan walters Jonathan Walters, professor of religion and Ball Endowed Chair of the Humanities, will succeed Bruce Magnusson, associate professor of politics, as director of Whitman’s Global Studies Initiative at the end of the academic year. His appointment, based on the recommendation of the Committee of Division Chairs, follows highly successful terms by his predecessors, Magnusson and Shampa Biswas, associate professor of politics. The director is responsible for recruiting participants to the Global Studies Initiative, coordinating a faculty development seminar each year as well as an annual summer workshop, planning and coordinating the annual Global Studies Symposium and co-editing the volumes that emerge from the proceedings of each year’s symposium, according to Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, provost and dean of faculty. Kaufman-Osborn also reports that the volume that emerged from the 2009 symposium, Torture: Power, Democracy, and the Human Body, has been published and is now available for paperback purchase. It is also available online to members of the Whitman community. This year’s Global Studies Symposium takes place Saturday, Feb. 25.

Welcome to the Whitman Family

baby robin

Kate Jackson, assistant professor of biology, and her partner, Andrea Gass, announce the birth of their son, Robert “Robin” James Jackson-Gass.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, 1/24

Film Festival: Banff Mountain Film Festival, featuring inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films, hosted by the Whitman Outdoor Program. Free ONLY with Whitman ID; get tickets at the door. Cordiner Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m.

Thursday, 1/26—RESCHEDULED from 1/19

Lecture: “Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr,” by civil rights leader Samuel B. McKinney. The pastor at Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church from 1958 to 1998, he was a friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and convinced King to speak in Seattle in 1961, King’s only visit to Seattle. McKinney marched in Washington D.C. in 1963 and in Selma and Montgomery in 1965. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Friday, 1/27

Music: Fridays at Four Recital Series Presents Music from Warmer Climates: Classical Guitar Music From Spain, Brazil, Paraguay, and Cuba with Dr. Paul Grove. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Saturday, 1/28

Special Event: Celebration of the Life of George Ball. Whitman and the Ball family cohost this tribute event. Read tributes HERE. 2:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday, 2/1

Film: Director Chris Kitchen ’02 shows his film Wyoming Triumph on campus. Take a journey deep into the mountains of Wyoming with a group of hard-charging, dedicated skiers and watch as they explore the state with the most rugged and remote terrain in the lower forty-eight. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Thursday, 2/2

Lecture: "German Orientalism and the Concerns of Comparative Philosophy." Presented by Sai Bhatawadekar as part of the new Lecture Series in Asian and Comparative Philosophy. 6:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Tuesday, 2/7

Lecture: “The 2012 Presidential Election.” David Domke, acting chair of the department of communications at the University of Washington, shares his perspective on the state of political leadership in this country and his expectations for the 2012 presidential election. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Wednesday 2/8-Sunday 2/12

Theatre: HJT One-Act Play Contest. Tickets available beginning Jan. 27; call x5180 for prices and information.

Click HERE for more campus event listings.


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot - students flying a kite

As classes wound back up on campus, this student wound down a bit, lying on Ankeny and flying a kite while talking with a couple of friends. Full size.

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In This Issue
College Goal
Reid Campus Center 10th Anniversary
USPS Rate Increase
Faculty and Staff News Briefs
New Baby
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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