November 5, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 12 November 5, 2012
The Fountain

Status update: transition to Ingeniux content management system

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As the new content management system continues to “settle in,” please do not hesitate to report broken links and other issues to the web team. If you find a problem, please send an email to – please express what the problem is and be sure to copy and paste the URL into the body of the email.

The first several batches of content editors have been invited to register for training, which begins this week. Beginning as early as next week, more sites will be migrated to the new CMS. That process will continue for several months, with completion no later than the beginning of spring semester.

If you have questions or concerns about the overall transition, please contact Ruth Wardwell, assistant vice president for communications, at; if you have technical or content-specific issues, please contact Phil Thompson, online content manager, at

Need a professional head shot? Come to the photo booth in Mem

Need a professional head shot? Come to the photo booth in Mem.

Greg Lehman, campus photographer, will be shooting professional head shots in two “photo booth” sessions on campus:

Monday, Nov. 5 – 12-5 p.m. in Memorial 325
Thursday, Nov. 8 – 1-5 p.m. in Memorial 332 (Clock Tower room)

All staff and faculty are welcome to stop by; drop-in only, no appointments. The shots can be quite handy to have in case you are presenting at a conference or for staff/faculty listings on the web site.

Mr. Whitman pageant this Friday, Nov. 5; proceeds benefit Semilla Nueva

Staff and faculty are invited to attend the annual Mr. Whitman male beauty pageant this Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. Ticket sales will support Semilla Nueva, a nonprofit organization founded by Whitman alumnus Curt Bowen ’08 that works to gain economic independence for Guatemalan farmers through the promotion of sustainable and organic agriculture. Five percent of proceeds will benefit the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation’s Girls Academy program, which puts on weeklong leadership retreats for middle school girls.

Mr. Whitman is a Whitman fundraising tradition that showcases the eclectic talents of eight senior men, four from fraternities and four independents, as they compete in categories like formal wear, swim wear and Q&A. Each candidate also raises money independently through a series of smaller events prior to the show.

Tickets are on sale this week in Reid Campus Center for $5, or may be purchased at the door for $7.  The event will feature a raffle with prizes including four season passes to the Little Theater. Questions? Contact student coordinator Sara Graham ’14 at

Faculty News Brief

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Sudharshan Seneviratne, Edward F. Arnold Visiting Professor of South Asian Archaeology, is the recipient of the 2013 Conservation and Heritage Management Award. Presented by the Archaeological Institute of America and its Conservation and Site Preservation Committee, the award recognizes Seneviratne for his extensive work on heritage initiatives in Sri Lanka. He will accept the award at the January 2013 meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, which will be held in Seattle. Also, Seneviratne’s upcoming talk is on the topic for which he is being honored. “Corridors of Heritage for Peace and Conflict Resolution” will take place Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. Click here for more information.

Register for annual arts and crafts fair

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Staff and faculty interested in selling their handcrafted and homemade goods are invited to sign up for this year’s arts and crafts fair, hosted by the Student Activities Office and Reid Campus Center. The fair will take place Monday, Dec. 3 in the Reid Campus Ballroom from 4-6 p.m. Click here to fill out the registration form. Participants will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of the form as well as more detailed information and instructions after Thanksgiving.

With questions, contact Katharine Curles, student activities and orientation program advisor, at x4436 or

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Wednesday 11/7 - Sunday 11/11
Theatre: “Shooting Simone.” HJT presents this very funny play exploring themes of jealousy, the changing face of feminism, and the inevitably subjective nature of "truth." Tickets available Oct. 26. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 11/7
Lecture: “Invasion! Immigration and Spread of Bromus Tectorum (Cheatgrass).” A talk by Richard Mack, professor of ecology at Washington State University and leading expert on cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), the most widely distributed and widely loathed invasive plant in the American West. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 11/8
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by writer, poet and essayist Matt Bondurant, author of three novels as well as numerous works of short fiction, poems, essays and reviews. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Thursday 11/8
Lecture: “The Mosaics of Seugma on the Euphrates – Visual Culture on the Roman Frontier.” A talk by Katherine Dunbadin, emerita professor of classics at McMaster University specializing in Roman art and mosaics, Roman dining customs and theatre and spectacle in the Roman Empire. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 11/8
Music: The Music Department presents The Whitman Orchestra Fall Concert, directed by Paul Luongo. 7:30 p.m. in Chrism Recital Hall.

Thursday 11/8
Lecture: “West Africa Today – Empowerment of Women in Togo Through Fair Trade of Shea Butter, Education, and Health.” Rose Hyde ’95 and her husband Olowon-n’djo Tchala discuss their fair trade cooperative, Alaffia Sustainable Skin Care, which empowers women in central Togo through the production and sale of skin care products made with butter from Shea nuts that local women gather from wild trees. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Friday 11/9
Music: The Music Department presents a general Student Music Recital. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

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.

Friday 11/16
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents seven unique keys of jazz piano with Nicholas Ferrell, Ethan Maier, Dylan Martin, Veronica Miller, Jason Morrison, Lucinda Sisk and Zack Strater. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

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
Music: The Music Department presents The Fall Wind Ensemble Concert, directed by Gary Gemberling. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

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.

Friday 11/30
Music: The Music Department presents The Concerto Aria Competition. 7 p.m. is Chism Recital Hall. 

For more campus events, click here.


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

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Whitman's men's basketball team huddled during a photo session last week. The men's and women's teams get underway with their seasons… Full size.

Bonus Parting Shot

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Brenda Michels, annual giving program manager, reports “I did NOT stage this!” She found her nine-month old daughter, Natalie, focused on her copy of Whitman Magazine, which had been in her purse, sitting on the floor. Apparently Natalie found it very interesting. A future Whittie? Full size.

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In This Issue
Ingeniux Transition
Head Shots
Mr. Whitman
Faculty News Brief
Arts and Crafts Fair
Campus Events
Parting Shot
Bonus Parting Shot

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