March 19

Volume 6, Issue 30
March 19, 2012
The Fountain

“Movement that Matters” wellness program a huge hit

spinning class Robert Street '07, admission officer and former varsity swimmer leads a spinning class at Baker Ferguson Fitness Center. Participants include Marilyn Ponti, director of financial aid services, and Kevin Wright, custodial supervisor.

Launched in January, the new “Movement That Matters” employee wellness program is off to a running start, with high attendance rates and participants raving about the experience.

“I’m so grateful for the classes,” says Tillie Gottlieb ’11, admission officer. “Not only is it a terrific opportunity for those of us who need structured time to work out, but it has also created a great little community of people who might otherwise have little interaction on campus.”

The 11-week program offers four classes per week, including two sections of yoga, a core conditioning and body sculpting class and spinning. Developed by the Fringe Benefits Committee, the program is tailored to the specific fitness needs expressed by faculty and staff in a survey conducted in August. Classes are held during the lunch hour and after 5 p.m. to accommodate work schedules.

“These classes have been very well-attended from the start,” says Michele Hanford, fitness facilities director, who designed the program in conjunction with Deb Wright, student accounts manager. “People have thoroughly enjoyed every class and are actually asking for more.”

According to Hanford, 45 staff and faculty members signed up for the program’s pilot session, which runs through the end of this month. Participants pay a $35 enrollment fee, and the college supplements the costs of instructors' fees to help encourage employee health and wellness.

Marilyn Ponti, director of financial aid services, attends the core conditioning and spinning classes. She says both are typically filled to capacity. “The instructors are excellent and have helped me get in better shape and feel better about my fitness.”

The second session begins June 4, and updated registration information will be available on the program’s website by March 30. With questions, contact Hanford at or Wright at

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March issue of Whitman Magazine now online; features alumni on the frontiers

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The March issue of Whitman Magazine is now available online. The passing of George Ball is the cover story; the feature theme focuses on “Frontiers” and shares stories of alumni, faculty and students who live on the edge, expand the boundaries of human knowledge, illuminate the darkest corners of the unknown and sow seeds of change.

Read the magazine online at


Faculty and Staff News Briefs

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Chetna Chopra, adjunct instructor of general studies (left), and Kari Tupper, adjunct assistant professor, are among Whitman faculty and staff helping to organize the second annual Walla Walla Valley Violence Prevention Conference, which takes place March 26 and 27. The conference kicks off with a keynote speech in Maxey Auditorium by Dr. Vincent Felitti, a physician noted for his research into the links between childhood trauma and problems in adult life. The Monday evening talk will be followed by a day of workshops and panels on violence prevention in the community on Tuesday. All campus and community members are invited to attend all or parts of the conference, which is entitled “Stop Violence Now – For Yourself, Your Family, Our Community.” Workshops and interactive lectures will address such topics as teen drug use, gang violence, school and internet bullying and holistic approaches to children’s health. For more information or to register, visit the event’s website.

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Dennis Hopwood, director of human resources, has been elected co-president of the Blue Mountain Land Trust (BMLT) for the 2012-13 term. He joined the BMLT in 2009 and has been active in conservation causes for more than 20 years, having previously served on the boards of Earth Share of Oregon and the Columbia Land Trust. He also was an appointed member of the Portland Sustainable Development Commission. The Blue Mountain Land Trust is “dedicated to protecting for future generations the land we love, working farms and forests, watershed habitat and scenic views, through voluntary partnerships with private landowners.”

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Michelle Janning, assistant dean of faculty and associate professor of sociology, was among several experts quoted in the April edition of the lifestyle magazine Real Simple, in the article titled “What women can’t let go.” The article looks at media representations of women in the home and the trend of women maintaining control over household chores even when their spouses have similarly high standards. In a study of TV commercials aired during primetime, 50 percent of male characters were found to be “comically inept” at household chores, whereas 90 percent of women were portrayed as competent. Janning characterized the representation of women as inherently better housekeepers than their male counterparts on networks like DIY and HGTV as a “double-edged sword,” cautioning: “women may feel excited by decorating and cleaning, but it still siphons their time and energy away from other activities.” Her comments stemmed from her research on gender and home decorating television. Read the full article here.

Welcome to the Whitman family, Nicolas!

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Maggi Banderas ’05, administrative assistant for residence life and housing, and her husband, Matt Zimmerman ’04, announce the birth of their first child. Son Nicolas Rafael was born Monday, March 5 at 1:25 a.m. He weighs 6 pounds, 9 ounces and is 20 inches long.

Students thank staff and faculty for support of “Walla Walla’s Best Dance Crew”

The students of Whitman’s Kappa Alpha Theta sorority thank staff and faculty for their generous support of and attendance at their “Walla Walla’s Best Dance Crew” event earlier this month.

“With your help, we raised more than $8,000 for the Walla Walla/Columbia County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program,” says Hanna Mosenthal ’14. CASA is a national nonprofit network promoting court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children.

Bookstore announces Spring Cleaning Sale

The Whitman College Bookstore is offering discounts on all sale items this week with its Spring Cleaning Sale. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

Monday, March 19 – all sale items 30 percent off
Tuesday, March 20 – all sale items 40 percent off
Wednesday, March 21 – all sale items 50 percent off
Thursday, March 22 – all sale items 60 percent off
Friday, March 23 – all sale items 70 percent off

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday 3/26
Film: “Good Kurds, Bad Kurds.” Award-winning filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Kevin McKiernan presents a screening of his acclaimed film, which delves deeply into U.S. complicity in a human rights disaster in Turkey. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Monday 3/26
Film: “The Last Mountain.” A spellbinding tour along the frontlines of America's most spirited battle over the environment and the economy set deep in the heart of Appalachian West Virginia. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Monday 3/26 to Tuesday 3/27
Special Event: Walla Walla Valley Violence Prevention Conference. A keynote speech by Dr. Vincent Felitti at 7 p.m. Monday in Maxey Auditorium followed by a day of workshops and panels on violence prevention in the community on Tuesday. For more information, click HERE.

Wednesday 3/28
Film: “Bringing King to China.” Award-winning filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Kevin McKiernan presents a screening of another acclaimed film, which premiered last year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 3/28
Lecture: Maureen Walsh. The state representative and Walla Walla native discusses a range of topics including marriage equality, education and her experience as a woman in politics. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday 3/29
Lecture: The 2012 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture. David Boardman, executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times, discusses “The Promises and Perils of Journalism in the 21st Century.” 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. Read more.

Friday 3/30
Music: The Fridays at Four recital series presents “The Songs of 1970” with Pete Crawford, Kit Crawford and Doug Scarborough. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

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Spring is indeed on the way as this recent flight of the honeybee on campus can attest. Full size.

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In This Issue
Wellness Program a Huge Hit
Readership Survey
March Whitman Magazine now online
Faculty and Staff News Briefs
New Baby
Walla Walla’s Best Dance Crew
Bookstore Sale
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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