April 15, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 34 April 15, 2013
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Students, families experience Whitman on Spring Visitors’ Day

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Jenae Edelson ’14 speaks with a tour group outside Reid Campus Center on Friday during Spring Visitors' Day.

More than 240 admitted students and their families were on campus last week, exploring all that Whitman has to offer. From campus tours and admission and financial aid information sessions to an intercultural center open house and academic program presentations, the day provided a glimpse into life at the college and the unique aspects of curricular and co-curricular life that help create the Whitman experience.

“On behalf of the admission team, thank you to all campus community members for participating by engaging our visitors as they explored our campus,” said Tony Cabasco, dean of admission and financial aid. “There is nothing as valuable to our prospective families as inside perspectives during the college search process.”

The admit pool for the Class of 2017 reflects the high levels of academic and co-curricular achievement that help define Whitman. Ethnic diversity among the admits is 24 percent, and students come from 41 states (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).

TEDx program schedule announced; some tickets remain for live stream venue

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The schedule and speaker lineup for TEDxWhitmanCollege, April 27, is set:

Welcome – President Bridges
Opening Remarks – Sueann Ramella, Northwest Public Radio
TEDx Introductory Video
Presentation – The Cat Lives: The Superpowers of Curiosity, by Amy Davis-Bruner
Video – Laws That Choke Creativity, by Larry Lessig
Presentation – Teaching in the Moment of Greatest Desire, by Jeffrey Townsend
Presentation – DIY Music, Katrina Allick ’16
Presentation – Educating to Create, by Professor Justin Lincoln
Presentation – Intersectionality Matters, by Aisha Fukushima ’09
Presentation – Aquaponics: The Ocean in the Wheat Fields, by Theo Ciszewski ’15
Video – 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World, by Paul Stamets
Presentation – Solving Snakebite in Equatorial Africa, by Jordan Benjamin ’13
Closing Remarks – Sueann Ramella

ALSO – a few handfuls of tickets remain for the Olin Hall live stream simulcast. Visit the Ticket Portal. The tickets are FREE, but a ticket is required for entrance to the live stream venues.

“Upcycled!” showcases sustainability possibilities

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In honor of Earth Week, April 22-26, the Sustainability Advisory Committee presents “Upcycled! – An exhibit of repurposed and recycled items. This display is meant to showcase how members of the Whitman community have creatively reused and recycled old items into new stuff, thereby reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills. The Upcycled! exhibit will be on display in the third floor lobby of Memorial Building throughout Earth Week. All campus community members are invited to stop by and browse this collection of unique and creative recycled items.

Faculty news briefs

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Scott Elliott, associate professor of English, will read from his new novel, Temple Grove, at a book-signing event set for Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Olin 130. From Prof. Elliott’s website comes this description of the novel: “Deep in the heart of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula lies Temple Grove, one of the last stands of ancient Douglas firs not under federal protection from logging. Bill Newton, a gyppo logger desperate for work and a place to hide, has come to Temple Grove for the money to be had in the timber. There to stop him is Paul, a young Makah environmentalist who will break the law to save the trees.” Read more here.

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Patrick Henry, Cushing Eells Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Literature, has published a book of his collected letters to the editor and opinion pieces that have appeared in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin over the years. The book, titled "All The News That Fits We Print: Letters To The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin: 1985-2012," is available for purchase at the Whitman Bookstore, Earthlight Books, Hastings, Book & Game, Seven Hills Winery and Walla Walla Vintners. Several book signings are scheduled: May 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Book & Game; and May 24, 6-8 p.m., May 24 at Hastings.

Save the Date – Staff Appreciation Day, May 31

The PAC Committee has begun planning the 2013 Staff Appreciation Day, set for May 31. It will begin with a plentiful brunch in the Young Ballroom (Reid Campus Center) and include presentation of years of service and Janice Abraham awards as well as recognition of retirees. The event will conclude about 12:15 p.m. Watch The Fountain and campus email for updates.

It’s “duck hunting season”

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According to event organizer Leann Adams, director of student activities, the Duck Hunt traces its roots to a Stevens Gallery Duck Fest installation, and as that program began to wane in popularity it became evident that campus community members really enjoyed the ducky hide-and-seek adventure. Questions? Contact Adams at adamsle@whitman.edu.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday, April 15
Film: "The Invisible War." From Oscar®-and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick comes this groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Sponsored by the Intercultural Center and FACE.  For more information, please visit the documentary website here. 7 p.m., Olin Hall, 130.

Wednesday 4/17
Lecture: "The Masque of the Red Death." A talk by Adam Gordon, assistant professor of English, on the short story by Edgar Allen Poe. Part of the English department's Faculty Wednesday Night, a lecture and discussion series. 7 p.m. in Olin 221. Reception to follow.

Thursday 4/18
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading with Robyn Schiff and Nick Twemlow. Schiff is a poet and the director of undergraduate writing at the University of Iowa; Twemlow is an Iowa filmmaker, poet and editor. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Thursday 4/18
Lecture: "The Trail in Our Cells: Genetics and Human Migration." A talk by Jon Jamison of Walla Walla Community College, whose graduate work included the prehistory, archaeology and early history of the Aegean region. 7:30 p.m.in Olin 157.

Monday 4/22
Lecture: "Powers of the False: Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo." A talk by Phil Kaffen, lecturer in the department of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago, discusses Yamanaka Sadao's 1935 film in order to illuminate the distinct imagination and complexity of jidaigeki in Japan, and the skill of Yamanaka, one of Japan's great filmmakers. Noon in Olin 157. Lunch provided.

Monday 4/22
Lecture: “Where Did Human Rights Come From?” Professor Samuel Moyn of Columbia University presents the Henry M. Jackson Endowed Lecture in International Relations. He is a visiting professor at Harvard University and author most recently of “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History.” 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Tuesday 4/23
Lecture: “Where Did Human Rights Come From?” Professor Samuel Moyn of Columbia University presents the Henry M. Jackson Endowed Lecture in International Relations. He is a visiting professor at Harvard University and author most recently of “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History.” 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Wednesday 4/24
Literary: Professor Scott Elliott presents a reading of his new novel, “Temple Grove,” a suspenseful tale set in the heart of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. 7 p.m. in Olin 130. Book signing to follow; copies available at the Whitman College Bookstore.

Saturday 4/27
TEDxWhitmanCollege: "Walla Walla and Beyond." An independently organized, community-based event featuring talks by seven local speakers modeled on the popular TEDTalks format. Tickets available online only April 7 for $25; space is limited. For tickets and information, click here.

Monday 4/29
Lecture: "350: The Most Important Number in the World." A talk by Bill McKibben, environmentalist, author and journalist specializing in climate change. 350 is the number of parts-per-million of CO2 in the atmosphere that scientists believe to be the safe super limit to avoid a climate tipping point. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)

Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran University
Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. vs. University of Puget Sound

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Prospective students and their parents enjoyed a picnic lunch near Reid Campus Center on Friday during Spring Visitors' Day. The student band 'Humans Being' provided the soundtrack. Full size.

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In This Issue
Spring Visitor’s Day
TEDx Schedule
Faculty News Briefs
Staff Appreciation Day
It’s “Duck Hunting Season”
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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