September 4, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 3 September 4, 2012
The Fountain

See wonderful HJT productions at wonderful prices

Harper Joy Theatre 2012 season

The 2012–13 Harper Joy Theatre season is upon us, launching with the Instant Play Festival, Sept. 22–23.

Qi Jia, HJT administrative assistant, reports that Whitman faculty and staff are eligible to purchase discounted HJT season passes for ourselves and family members. Each pass costs only $35 (a 30 percent savings off the regular adult season pass price) and provides eight admissions to HJT’s 2012–13 production season. The eight admissions may be used in any combination.

Stop by or call the Box Office or call 527-5180 to purchase your season pass. Box Office hours are 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 30 minutes before performances.

Click HERE to see the full HJT season.

“Thank you for your support of our theatre, and have a great semester,” Jia says.

Staff Profile: Thacher Carter
Associate Dean of Health and Wellness/Director of Counseling

Thacher Carter

Birthplace: Stamford, Conn.

Education: Doctorate in clinical psychology, master’s in clinical social work.

Years at Whitman: Not yet – I started August 1, 2012.

Favorite… (any or all)
  Film: “Lives of Other People”
  Book:“Buddha’s Brain/The Power of Habit”
  Play: “True West”

Favorite sculpture on campus: Fish with Fruit (so far).

Best travel experience: Hawaii and Kailuum Mexico.

Interests/pleasures: Acoustic Delta Blues and finger style guitar.

Recent accomplishment: Getting this job at Whitman! Receiving Outstanding Administrative Faculty Award for 2011-12 year at Eastern Oregon University.

What people don’t know about me: Not much.

A day in the life/on the job: Seeing students, faculty or staff and having meaningful and enjoyable connections.  Helping people work through difficult issues and experiences.

Favorite aspect of Whitman: The students…staff and faculty

What I’ve learned here: Oddfellows is a very cool place!

Quote: “I’ll bet you a snickers.” Anon.

Reminder: Staff coffee with the president tomorrow

Staff Coffee September 2012 poster

All staff members are invited to a staff coffee with the president this Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. The president will speak about the State of the College and take questions. Light refreshments provided. Please bring your own cup/mug to help support campus sustainability efforts.

Staff transitions and changes

Mandy Fleeger

Effective Aug. 27 – Mandy Fleeger is the new data processing specialist for Advancement Services. Previously she was a project assistant for federal Perkins loans and student accounts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. Contact her at or x5153; her office is in Memorial 111.

This day in history – Happy birthday, Marcus Whitman!

Marcus Whitman

In case you want to brush up on your Whitman history, today – Sept. 4 – is the birthday of the college’s namesake, Marcus Whitman. He was born in 1802 in New York.

Physical Plant yard sale offers treasures, provides scholarship aid

Again this year the Physical Plant is holding a “yard sale,” offering an eclectic collection of old furniture, equipment and miscellaneous items no longer needed in campus offices, classrooms, residence halls and other facilities, but “not yet ready for the junkyard.” The sale takes place Friday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Physical Plant (804 Penrose). Beyond emptying storage areas, the sale helps support student scholarships. Proceeds benefit the Physical Plant Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Endowment, which has grown to more than $208,000 as of this fiscal year and provided $5,000 in scholarship aid last year. If you have old items of your own that you would like to donate to the sale, bring them in.

“We will accept donated resalable items, and all money will be contributed to the scholarship fund,” says Dan Park, director of the physical plant.

Questions? Contact Gayle Worthington, physical plant administrative assistant, at

Biology Department announces fall plant sale

Mandy Fleeger

The Biology Department is holding its fall plant sale Friday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Martha Holt, biology lab coordinator, says that there is a variety of “great plants at super prices for your room, your office or for a gift.” The sale takes place in the Science Building Atrium.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday 9/4
Lecture: “Shanghai Twenties: In Search of the Modern Marriage.” Paul Pickowicz, professor of history and Chinese studies at the University of California, San Diego, discusses the silent films made in Shanghai in the 1920s and how they deal with the issue of the “modern marriage.” 7 p.m. in Olin 130. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 9/5
Staff coffee with the president: President Bridges meets with staff to speak about the state of the college and take questions. Light refreshments will be provided. 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130.

Friday 9/7
Art: Charly Bloomquist, adjunct assistant professor of art, presents an artist talk about his new body of work, "Domestic Debris." Followed by an opening celebration in the Sheehan Gallery. 5:30 p.m. in Olin 130. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 9/12
Music: Paul Poovathingal, the world famous "Singing Priest of India," leads a special workshop on Carnatic (South Indian) Music. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 9/12
Music: "South Indian Music Concert." Guest artist Paul Poovathingal performs along with fellow musicians T.M. Abdul Hazeez, violin, Guruvayoor P.S. Sanoj, mridangam, and Vellattanjoor A.S. Sreejith, ghatam. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Friday 9/14
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents The Rhapsody Trio, with Laura Curtis, piano, Roger Garcia, clarinet, and Tim Brown, cello. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 9/14
Lecture: "A Pioneer in Cultural Exchange: Arthur Waley’s Translation of Chinese Literature." Professor Cheng Zhangcan of Nanjing University discusses the works of Arthur Waley (1889-1966), one of the earliest English translators of Chinese texts. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

Tuesday 9/18
Lecture: "Injustice at Every Turn: Findings from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey." A talk by visiting lecturer Jody Herman, manager of transgender research at the Williams Institute. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

Thursday 9/20
Lecture: "Closets, Combat and Coming Out." A lecture by U.S. army veteran and activist Rob Smith, who will share his perspective as a gay soldier and person of color. His visit to campus marks the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Friday 9/21
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents a faculty recital with Doug Scarborough, Gary Hemenway and a special guest. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 9/21
Art: Richard Martinez, assistant professor of art, presents an artist talk about his painting series "Dynamic Convergence." Noon in the Sheehan Gallery. For more information, click here.

Saturday 9/22 - Sunday 9/23
Theatre: The Instant Play Festival. HJT presents seven plays presented each day Saturday and Sunday. Students write, produce and perform 14 plays in in 48 hours. Tickets available Sept. 7. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

To see more events, click here.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Soccer
Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. vs. College of Idaho (Whitman athletic fields)

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Whitman tennis coaches Jeff Northam, left, and John Hein check out the first set of new lights installed in the Bratton Tennis Center last week. The new lighting should be completed over all four courts this week. Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
HJT Season Tickets
Staff Profile:
Thacher Carter
Staff Coffee
Staff Transitions
and Changes
Marcus Whitman
Physical Plant
Yard Sale
Plant Sale
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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