October 8, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 8 October 8, 2012
The Fountain

President Bridges to deliver State of the College address this Friday

State of the College, Friday, October 12, 2012

President Bridges will deliver a State of the College address to faculty and staff this Friday, Oct. 12. Topics will include ways to strengthen and advance Whitman, invest in student learning and support faculty and staff. The president also will outline his aspirations for the college and the challenges we face.

“I believe this is a watershed moment for Whitman given progress on the campaign, our accomplishments of the past few years, and the opportunities before us,” he said in an email sent to faculty and staff.

The address takes place at 4 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. A reception will be held in Baker Faculty Center immediately following.

Inaugural meeting of NW5C generates proposals for collaborative endeavors

Participants (left to right): Chris Leise, Greg Mitchell, Lisa Perfetti, Michelle Acuff, Kurt Hoffman, Matt Reynolds, Suzanne Morrissey, Nicole Simek, Helen Kim, Chris Wallace and Tim Kaufman-Osborn. (not pictured, Jon Walters).

Faculty from Whitman recently joined colleagues from four other institutions at the first annual meeting of the newly formed NW5C Consortium. In addition to Whitman, the member schools are Lewis and Clark, Reed, University of Puget Sound, and Willamette University.

“The purpose of the Northwest 5 Consortium is to enhance the student academic experience at our five liberal arts colleges through enrichment and development of our faculty in their roles as teacher scholars,” said Provost Tim Kaufman-Osborn. “The consortium will provide the infrastructure to support a vibrant and sustainable intellectual community of scholars in our region. Each of our institutions brings to the consortium its own unique culture and character. By sharing our resources, we can benefit from each other’s knowledge and strengths and accomplish together what we cannot do as individual institutions.”

Through the course of a weekend packed full of working sessions, the 50 faculty members in attendance generated more than 15 proposals for NW5C collaboration, some of which will be funded during this academic year (many as planning grants). Projects proposed included an annual visual culture colloquium for faculty and students, a workshop for faculty in neurosciences, a quantitative reasoning initiative, an online course taken by students during their semester abroad to connect their off-campus experience to their academic program, a short-term campus exchange program to promote student-faculty research, a Summer in Portland program for students and faculty, an educational partnership with Native American peoples in the region, and a Northwest Performing Arts Alliance.

For more information, contact Lisa Perfetti, associate dean of faculty.

Whitman hosts political speaker series this month

presidential debate series

In advance of the upcoming election, Whitman is hosting a special political speaker series on campus featuring veteran political commentators David Brooks and Ray Suarez. They will address key election issues from their perspectives, including the economy, domestic policy and the relationship between politics and religion in America. Each speaker represents a different point on the political spectrum.

Brooks is a political analyst best known for his op-eds in The New York Times. He will address the campus community Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. Suarez is a veteran broadcast journalist and senior correspondent for The NewsHour on PBS. He will speak Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

“This is a series that I hope will capture the interest and curiosity of our wider community and fuel thoughtful discussions campus wide,” says President Bridges.

For more information, click here.

Test of emergency notification system is Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m.; update your info

Whitman will conduct a TEST of the campus emergency notification system on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m. The Blackboard Connect system will send messages via e-mail and contact primary phone numbers as well as cell phone numbers that have been entered into the emergency notification system.

If you do not receive any messages via any of these vehicles, it’s likely that your information is not current in the campus data base. It is important to keep this data current. To do so, go to https://cleo.whitman.edu and click on the link for Quack and then Emergency Numbers.

The Informacast broadcasting system also will be tested. It will deliver a recorded message via the speakers of all Cisco VoIP phones on campus, including classroom phones. The recorded message will include a 10-second alert pre-tone and then the recorded message. The message will be repeated two times with a 30-second pause between each broadcast.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month continues: be smart with passwords

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Again this October, Whitman is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, focusing specifically on password security. WCTS and The Fountain will feature helpful tips each week to help you keep your information safe online.

This week’s theme is the risk of reuse. Here’s the official word from Mike Osterman ’96, IT security officer and deputy director of enterprise technology:

What do eHarmony, LinkedIn, Last.fm and Yahoo! all have in common? All of these companies lost customer passwords within the last year.

While compromise of one of these accounts may not seem like a big deal, there’s additional risk if you’re in the habit of using the same password in multiple places. Cyber criminals try the username and password they have at several locations, which has an alarmingly high success rate due to people’s tendency to use the same password everywhere.

So what can you do about it? First and foremost, make sure your Whitman password is unique among your passwords. You can change your password at the Online Password Changer at any time.

In the coming weeks, we’ll talk about how to create stronger passwords and safely manage the unique passwords you create. To get a sneak peek of one effective tool for safely managing your passwords,  check out the KeePass resource page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact itso@whitman.edu.

Campus Directory complete; here’s how to order copies

The printed, comprehensive Campus Directory is back by popular demand, and the 2012-13 edition is complete. It includes the full staff and faculty individual alpha listings as well as departmental listings. Copies cost $1.50 each and can be charged to your department budget. To order, send an email to Amber Dobbs at dobbsar@whitman.edu. Include the following information: number of copies, budget number and delivery location.

Welcome to the Whitman family, Valia!

new baby

Jessica Cerullo, assistant professor of theatre, and her husband, David Schulz, are “beyond excited, honored, pleased and moved” to announce the birth of their first child. Daughter Valia Lea Schulz was born Thursday, Sept. 27 at 12:20 a.m. She weighs 7 lbs and is 20 inches long. Dad reports that mom and baby are “healthy and doing great.”

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Wednesday 10/10
Music: “From Delta Blues to Chicago Blues – The Great Migration of American Music.” Legendary blues musician Mac Arnold offers a masterclass on Southern blues music. Arnold will address the significant cultural shift in music which occurred during the Great Migration. Moderated by Doug Scarborough. This event is part of the 2012 Summer Read Program. 7 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall. For more information, click here.

Thursday 10/11
Lecture: “Consuming Embryos in China.” Lynn Morgan, Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College, explores the history of fetal politics and reproductive rights. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 10/12
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents guest artist Michael Partington, classical guitar. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Monday 10/15
Lecture: “What it Means – The 2012 Election and the Future of America.” New York Times political analyst and bestselling author David Brooks presents the first lecture in a two-part political speaker series sponsored by the Office of the President. Moderated by Shampa Biswas. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 10/16
Special event: The politics department hosts a live streaming of the U.S. presidential debate, which covers issues of domestic and foreign policy. Followed by a town hall discussion moderated by Susanne Beechey. 6 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 10/17
Film: “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts.” Whitman alumna Annie Howell ’90 screens her 2011 film about motherhood and coming of age in the internet era. Part of the film and media studies program’s Cinema Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Thursday 10/18 - Sunday 10/21
Theatre: “Noises Off.” HJT presents this comic masterpiece about a mediocre touring company staging a terrible new farce and making a hilarious mess of it. Tickets available Oct. 5. For more information, click here.

Thursday, 10/18
Lecture: “Personality and Presidential Transitions – The Case of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.” Frank Costigliola, U.S. foreign relations expert and professor of 20th century American history at the University of Connecticut presents this year’s Skotheim Endowed Lecture. 7:00 p.m. in Olin 130.

Friday 10/19
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents a faculty recital with Amy Dodds, violin, and Jackie Wood, piano. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Friday 10/19
Music: The music department presents a sampler concert with the Whitman chorale and chamber singers, directed by Jeremy Mims; orchestra, directed by Paul Luongo; wind ensemble, directed by Gary Gemberling; and jazz band, directed by Doug Scarborough. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Monday, 10/22
Lecture: “The Great Migration from a Demographic Perspective: How and Why the Diaspora Occurred.” Professor Stewart Tolnay of the University of Washington explores the causes of the Great Migration from a demographic perspective, examining the characteristics of migrants and their impact on northern and western U.S. cities. This event is part of the 2012 Summer Read Program. 7 p.m. in Olin 130. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 10/23
Lecture: “An Evening with Ray Suarez.” Award-winning journalist and political commentator Ray Suarez presents his perspective on the 2012 presidential election. Suarez is the senior correspondent for The NewsHour on PBS. This is the second lecture in a two-part political speaker series sponosred by the Office of the President. Moderated by Paul Apostolidis. 5 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 10/24
Women in Leadership Symposium: Noted Seattle philanthropist and former Whitman trustee Colleen Willoughby ’55 hosts an annual gathering of women leaders in various professional fields. 4 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.

Tuesday 10/24
Lecture: “Nuclear Energy – Leading the Way or a Legacy Left Behind?” Dr. Frances Smith of the Radiochemical Science and Engineering Group of the Energy and Environmental Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Labs presents a talk on nuclear energy. 8 p.m. in Brattain Auditorium.

Thursday 10/25
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by poet and editor Brenda Shaughnessy, whose book was a finalist for the 2008 NBCC Award. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 10/26
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents a faculty recital with Melissa Loehnig and Jeremy Mims. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Friday 10/26
Music: The music department presents the Fall Composers Concert, where composition students present their work. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Monday 10/29
Lecture: “Euripides’ Bacchae as Dramatic Hymn.” Professor Mark L. Damen of Utah State University explores the narrative structure of The Bacchae, an ancient Greek tragedy based on the mythological story of King Pentheus of Thebes. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Volleyball
Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. vs. University of Puget Sound (Sherwood Center)
Saturday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran University (Sherwood Center)

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Maggi Banderas ’05 brought her ittie bittie Whittie to last week's soccer game vs. UPS. Full size.

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In This Issue
State of the College
Political Speaker Series
Emergency Notification System Test
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Campus Directory
New Baby
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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