November 12, 2012

November 12, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 13 November 12, 2012
The Fountain

Fall Visitors Day – Monday, Nov. 12

If you notice an increase in foot traffic on and around campus today, it’s the nearly 300 prospective students and family members who are participating in Fall Visitors Day. The Admission staff thanks campus community members for their cooperation and involvement and encourages us to “engage with students and their parents” and discuss our roles in the Whitman community.

Click HERE for a schedule of the day’s activities and events.

How to spot a “phish”– schemes are going around

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Mike Osterman ’96, IT security officer and deputy director of enterprise technology, reports that several “fairly convincing” phishing schemes are going around, either asking for personal information or attempting to install malware. Many of them look completely legitimate at first glance since they’re modeled on real messages sent by the companies being mimicked in the scheme, such as Apple and PayPal, but there are ways to detect if something is phishy.

To help you spot the telltale signs of phishing messages, WCTS has begun collecting and annotating samples of phishing messages on its Facebook page, and the staff encourages campus community members to “Like” the page – doing so will provide you with regular updates about phishing scams. You will see examples of phishing emails that Osterman has diagramed to show the indicators of a scam, as in the photo above.

Two important reminders: You should never provide passwords or other identification information in response to emails. And, Whitman will never ask you to submit your password or login information.

If you’re ever unsure about a message or would like to submit a sample of a phish you have received, contact Osterman at

Reception for campus veterans – today, Nov. 12

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Campus community members are invited to join President Bridges in acknowledging the contributions of Whitman student, staff and faculty veterans at a reception to take place Monday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Building main floor lobby.

Click here to download a slideshow presentation honoring Whitman veterans.

Faculty news briefs

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Michelle Acuff, assistant professor of art, is hosting a solo exhibition at Bellevue College from Nov. 14 to Dec. 5. The opening for her show, titled Surrogate, will be this Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 3-7 p.m. at the Bellevue College Gallery Space, Room D271.

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Dave Glenn, retired professor of music, has been invited to China to adjudicate, perform and give music clinics.  He will arrive in Shanghai on Nov. 22 and adjudicate and perform at the First China Jazz Education Festival on Nov. 23 and 24. Next he will travel to ChuZho and give jazz workshops at ChuZhou College on Nov. 25 and 26. Also, Glenn has been selected to be on the Board of Directors for Jazz Education Abroad, an organization dedicated to promoting international jazz education exchanges.

robert sickles Robert Sickels, professor of film and media studies, reports that his documentary short, "Sterling Hallard Bright Drake", is screening at the St. Louis International Film Festival, which is an Academy Award qualifying festival. The documentary short was made by Sickels and Zack Ellenbogen ’12; their collaboration was supported by a Perry Grant. It recently played at the SNOB Film Festival in Concord, NH, and at the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival at Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum. Ellenbogen attended the Portland screening and hosted a Q&A after the film; Sickels will do the same in St. Louis, where the film will screen at the 440-seat Tivoli Theatre as part of the Doc Shorts: Longevity program.

United Way Campaign payroll sign-up deadline is Nov. 15


Any campus community members wishing to contribute to the 2012 United Way Campaign through payroll deductions must complete the paperwork by the end of the business day on Thursday, Nov. 15. Return forms to the Human Resources office.

Questions? Contact Mary Luckstead at

Welcome to the Whitman family, Eliza!


Doug Juers, associate professor of physics, and his wife, Jill, announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Rose. She was born on Oct. 29 at 6:56 a.m. weighing six pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. Doug, Jill and baby are all doing well.

Outdoor Program to host Used Gear Sale


The Outdoor Program announces its annual Fall Used Gear Sale, to be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Small Ballroom of the Reid Campus Center.

In addition to the used gear and equipment, a variety of new retail merchandise will be for sale. Examples of used gear for sale: telemark skis, tents, whitewater kayaks, rafts, sea kayaks, paddling apparel and equipment and bikes. New merchandise includes bike tubes, lights, bags, horns, Nalgene water bottles (including glow-in-the-dark bottles), headlamps, Crazy Creek chairs and more.

The sale accepts cash, check or credit cards. If you have questions or want more information, call the Rental Shop at x5965.

Work out on Thanksgiving Day to benefit Helpline (and waistline!)

The Baker Ferguson Fitness Center staff invites all faculty and staff to participate in the Seventh Annual Thanksgiving Day Workout, which benefits Helpline. Get a jump start on burning those Thanksgiving calories and help out a good cause while you’re at it. The price of admission is a donation of at least one canned food item and one boxed food item and a warm, winter-appropriate item of clothing. Boots, sweaters, gloves, hats, coats, ski wear, Under Armor, Patagonia, etc., are welcome, as well as blankets and outdoor gear.

The workout will take place Thursday, Nov. 25 from 8 to 11 a.m. Those who are not participating are still encouraged to donate to Helpline, a local organization dedicated to providing emergency social services to needy citizens. Items can be dropped off at BFFC. With questions, contact Michele Hanford, fitness facilities director at or x5025.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

MUSIC: See all music events here.

Wednesday 11/14
Lecture: “Corridors of Heritage – For Peace and Conflict Resolution.” Sudharshan Seneviratne, professor of archaeology at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, will discuss the heritage initiatives he has undertaken focusing on peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, as well as his experience working with city and village folk, school children, undergraduates and public-private sector partnerships. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday 11/14 Film: “Holy Rollers.” Documentary filmmaker Bryan Storkel screens his second feature film endeavor, which follows the rise of a large, extremely well-funded blackjack team made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. Part of the film and media studies program’s Cinema Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 11/14
Lecture: “Save the River, Kill the Trees.” O’Donnell Visiting Educator Jamie Workman presents the first in a three-part series of lectures called “Three Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Water Conservation.” Part one explores the massive surplus of trees that are now threatening another one of our most valuable natural resources: water. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Monday 11/26
Lecture: “The Impact of Global Environmental Challenges on U.S.-China Relations.” China expert and award-winning journalist Orville Schell explores China’s current environmental crisis and what it means for the U.S. and the rest of the world. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday 11/28
Lecture: “Taps Leak Energy, Cars Burn Water.” O’Donnell Visiting Educator Jamie Workman presents the second in a three-part series of lectures called “Three Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Water Conservation.” Here he explores the interrelationship of water and energy. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 11/29
Lecture: “American Whistle Blower Tour – Essential Voices for Accountability.” Experts from the Government Accountability Project present their acclaimed whistleblower program on campus, focusing on the hazards at the Hanford Nuclear Plant. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

For more campus events, click here.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Basketball
Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. vs. University of St. Thomas (Sherwood Athletic Center)

Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Northwest Invitational (Harvey Pool)

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

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Fall and fog are an especially beautiful combination on the Whitman campus. Full size.

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In This Issue
Fall Visitors Day
How to Spot a "Phish"
Veterans Day
Faculty News Briefs
United Way
New Baby
Outdoor Program Sale
Thanksgiving Workout
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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