September 24, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 6 September 24, 2012
The Fountain

Call for nominations: Pete and Hedda Reid Service to Walla Walla Award

Nominations are now open for the Pete and Hedda Reid Service to Walla Walla Award (formerly the Town/Gown Award). This award recognizes one Whitman staff or faculty member each year for their exceptional volunteer work and outstanding service to the local community. The recipient will be recognized at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet in November and receive a $1,000 prize.

Candidates must have worked at Whitman for at least three years; past nominees may be re-nominated. Last year’s winners were Tana Park, in memory of Jack Riehl, and Patrick Henry, in memory of Ted Stein.

Nominations are due by this Friday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. To submit a nomination, click HERE.

Printed campus directory coming; please proof your listing on draft

Campus Directory cover

We are within two weeks of sending the 2012-13 Campus Directory for printing, at which time you can order copies for $1.50 each. In the meantime, tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 25) all staff and faculty will receive an email from Mary Luckstead in Human Resources. The email will include a password protected link. Please click on the link, which goes to a PDF of the directory. Please check your listing and reply to the email ONLY if changes need to be made. Stay tuned for details about ordering copies.

Flu shots available on campus Oct. 2

The Welty Health Center is again offering FREE flu shots for all Whitman staff and faculty. The vaccine is also available to family members above the age of 14 for a cost of $25. The flu shot “clinic” will take place Tuesday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Cordiner Hall foyer. Please bring your completed consent form – download and print a copy HERE.

Science Outreach newsletter available online

The Fall 2012 edition of the Science Outreach newsletter is now available online. It reports on activities of Whitman’s Science Outreach program, funded in part by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Articles include a recap of the third and final HHMI-sponsored science educator workshops, the upcoming local science fair, “Whitman Reads” and more. Download the PDF.

Faculty news briefs

Elizabeth Vandiver

Elizabeth Vandiver, Clement Biddle Penrose Associate Professor of Latin and Classics and Chair of the Classics Department, has published an essay on the Greek historian Herodotus in a new Oxford University Press collection. Her essay, “‘Strangers are from Zeus’: Homeric Xenia at the Courts of Proteus and Croesus” forms Chapter 5 of the volume Myth, Truth, & Narrative in Herodotus, eds. Emily Baragwanath and Mathieu de Bakker, Oxford 2012.

James Winchell

James Winchell, adjunct assistant professor of foreign languages, recently published a new article in Tablet Magazine. Titled “Kafka’s Yom Kippur Appeal,” it marks the centenary of the writing, in one night, of Kafka’s “The Judgment.” Kafka also composed the beloved modernist masterpiece, The Metamorphosis, during the weeks after this High Holiday. Winchell examines what, if anything, the close proximity of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur means to these narratives.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday 9/25
Retirement reception for Carol Harris: Join the Human Resources staff in wishing a happy retirement to Carol Harris after 26 years of service to Whitman’s staff and faculty. 3 p.m. in Baker Faculty Center. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday 9/25
Storyteller: Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher Olga Loya shares traditional tales from Latin America as well as stories from her own life growing up in East Los Angeles. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday 9/27
Lecture: "In Plain Sight: Muslim Tibetans and Conceptualizations of Tibet." David Atwill ’89, associate professor of history and Asian studies at Pennsylvania State University, discusses his research on Tibetan Muslims. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 9/27
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by visiting educator, poet and editor Rob Schlegel. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 9/28
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents Three Strikes Jazz Quartet, with Jonas Myers, piano; Robby Seager, percussion; Max Bates, saxophone; and Caitlin Foster, bass. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Saturday 9/29
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. 4 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Saturday 9/29
Music: The Music Department presents a faculty recital with Nathan Shiu, voice; and Melissa Loehnig, piano. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

To see more campus events, click here.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Soccer
Saturday, Sept. 29 at noon vs. University of Puget Sound (Athletic Fields)

Men’s Soccer
Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. vs. University of Puget Sound (Athletic Fields)
Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran University (Athletic Fields)

Men’s Golf
Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. Whitman invitational (Wine Valley Golf Club)

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Natasha Higbee '15 plays her harp beside the Hunter Pond on a pleasant Friday afternoon, marking the last day of Summer. Full size.

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In This Issue
Service to Walla Walla Award
Campus Directory
Flu Shots
Science Outreach Newsletter
Faculty News Briefs
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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