January 30, 2012

Volume 6, issue 23
January 30, 2012
The Fountain

Community celebrates the life of George Ball

Doctor Ball's bicycle
At the request of the Ball family, Dr. Ball’s bicycle was displayed in Cordiner. Many guests recalled and shared stories about seeing him pick up cans and trash along the way.

Hundreds of Walla Walla residents and campus community members joined the Ball family in celebrating the life of Dr. George Ball, a man whose life touched so many in myriad positive ways.

Adam Kirtley, Stuart Coordinator of Religious and Spiritual Life, presided over the event, which included remarks by alumni, faculty and administrators and Dr. Ball’s three sons and daughter. President Bridges, Provost Tim Kaufman-Osborn and Nancy Simon ’63, Garrett Professor of Dramatic Arts and Professor of Theatre, each spoke on behalf of Whitman. It also featured Whitman and Ball family photo presentations.

In opening the event, Kirtley shared: “There are too many teachings, too many memories, too many smiles, too many friendships to fully tell the story of the man. … He fundamentally was a man defined by the relationships in his life; relationships not simply as a casual byproduct of where one works or lives, but relationships as the intentional, and essential measure of what it means to be human.”

Staff from IMS recorded the event, and it will be posted on the Whitman web site in early February. Here are new links associated with the event that are available online now:

Campus community members are still welcome to submit a tribute to the web site.

Kirtley and John Bogley, vice president for development and college relations, worked with the Ball family and led the organization of the event, which required the help and dedicated efforts of many staff from a range of departments, including Development and College Relations, Communications, Alumni Relations, IMS, Conference and Events, and the President’s Office.

They credit the following individuals for their efforts: Shannon Shearer, Lauren Mayer, Polly Schmitz, David Sprunger, Jon Loney, Tristan Rupert, Jennifer Casper, Chris Bishop, Ruth Wardwell, Phil Thompson, Greg Lehman, Mike Cox, Summer Singer and Harold Holm.

Proposed tuition benefit plan revises exchange program; continues grants and Whitman remission

Last week Keith Farrington, Peterson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences and co-chair (with Peter Harvey, CFO) of the Tuition Working Group, summarized the proposal and the process of developing revisions to Whitman’s tuition benefits at a presentation to staff. The proposed tuition plan includes a revised version of the benefit associated with the current Northwest Exchange program and continues the existing Whitman Tuition Remission and Cash Grant programs. The co-chairs gratefully acknowledged the work of Jeff Donahue, chair of the Staff Fringe Benefits Committee, Tuition Working Group members Professor Mark Beck, Jason Arp (alumni relations), Trustee Brad McMurchie and Overseer Sarah Wang, as well as Justin Rodegerdts, financial analyst, for his work in drafting the proposal document. Click HERE to see the document.

Peace Corps Ranks Whitman College 15th in nation

Peace Corps logo

Whitman is ranked 15th on the Peace Corps list of Top Colleges for 2012. The Peace Corps annually ranks its top volunteer-producing schools according to the size of the student body. Whitman has been recognized in the small colleges category. The Peace Corps designates small schools as having less than 5,000 undergraduates. Read more here.

Community Service office coordinating food drive in February

caned food

The Office of Community Service is coordinating a Food Drive in early February and invites staff and faculty to participate along with the student organizations that are already involved.

The effort begins Feb. 6 and runs through Feb. 13. Collection bins will be placed around campus. Among desired items are:

canned tuna
bean soup
canned stew and chili
peanut butter
canned or dried beans

canned vegetables
vegetable soup
canned tomato products
spaghetti sauce

Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta
mac and cheese
hot and cold cereal
whole grain crackers
granola bars

canned fruit
canned/boxed 100% juice

The Food Drive benefits the local community through the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. Last year’s drive raised 600 pounds of donations.

“The Whitman community proves its generosity repeatedly, said Butts. “The Socks and Sunscreen Drive from the holiday party garnered 577 pairs of socks and 22 bottles of sunscreen, far surpassing our expectations. Thank you for what you have done, and what you will do in the future to help our community.”

For more information, contact communityservice@whitman.edu.

Academic Resource Center demos digital strategies to stay organized

Last week, Juli Dunn, director of academic resources, offered a talk titled “Apps, Gadgets and Software: Organizing Your Live and Studies with Digital Tools.” Presenting on her iPad, Dunn focused primarily on apps and how they can be used for organization, reading, writing, speech-to-text, study skills, group collaboration and more. Twenty-two students, faculty and staff attended the session, many with their own gadgets in hand.

Among the digital options explained were calendaring and color coding with Whitmail and Zimbra, use of visual and auditory flashcards, digital note-taking and to-do lists. For faculty, Dunn explained apps that determine GPA and help with attendance by showing student faces. Many apps are accessible by different platforms and operating systems, she said, including the iPhone, iPad, Android, MS Mobile and Blackberry.

A monthly collaborative app-sharing lunch session is in the works. Contact Dunn for more information at dunnjl@whitman.edu or x5213.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, 2/1
Film: Director Chris Kitchen ’02 screens 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.

Thursday 2/9
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Camille T. Dungy, recipient of multiple awards for her writing and professor in the creative writing department at San Francisco State University. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 2/10
Music: The Whitman College Fridays at Four recital series presents a faculty recital with Michael Simon, jazz bass. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Sunday 2/12
Music: First Year Joint Recital. The music department presents a recital with Maya Abramson, violin, and Aleida Fernandez, viola. Assisted by Marla Nelson, piano. 3 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Monday 2/13
Music: Whitman Orchestra Winter Concert. The music department presents the winter orchestra concert, conducted by Jeremy Mims. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Tuesday 2/14
Music: Walla Walla Symphony Concert. 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday 2/15
Film: Director Jennifer Maas screens her film Wheedle’s Groove on campus. This feature documentary explores Seattle’s long-lost soul and funk music scene of the 1960s and 1970s, with interview footage, archival materials, original music and live performances. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 2/16
Lecture: “The Nespelem Art Colony in the Allotment Era.” Michael Holloman is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and director of the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies. He also serves as an associate professor of art at Washington State University. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

Wednesday 2/29
Film: Director Bradley Beesley screens his film Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo on campus. Venture behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo in a state with the highest female incarceration rate in the country. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Basketball
Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. – vs. Pacific Lutheran University (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. – vs. University of Puget Sound (Sherwood Athletic Center)

Men’s Basketball
Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. – vs. Pacific Lutheran University (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. – vs. University of Puget Sound (Sherwood Athletic Center)

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Students, staff, faculty and the children of all were able to have some fun Friday afternoon at the Reid Campus Center’s 10th birthday party, but according to reports only the students, like these, and the children took advantage of the jumpy castles. Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Remembering Dr. Ball
Tuition Plan Proposal
Peace Corps Recognition
Food Drive
ARC Presentation
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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