April 22, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 35 April 22, 2013
The Fountain

2013 Summer Read Program selection announced

Whistling Vivaldi cover

Again this year, staff and faculty are invited to join incoming students in reading this year’s Summer Read Program selection: “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” by Claude Steele. The book chronicles the profound impact of stereotypes on individuals’ identity and behavior, and how the negative effects of stereotyping may actually reinforce and perpetuate these stereotypes.

The Summer Read Program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Whitman’s academic culture by reading a chosen book in advance of their arrival at Whitman, and then discuss it with faculty and fellow students during their first week on campus. All campus community members are welcome to participate in Summer Read Program activities, including:

  • Aug. 31 – faculty panel presentation that will explore key themes and issues from the book from the perspectives of different academic disciplines.
  • Oct. 10 – the author visits campus to deliver a lecture and share personal anecdotes from his experience researching and writing the book.

Watch campus email and The Fountain for more information about special events, guest lectures, concerts and art projects reflecting major themes from the book. For the full story, click HERE.

Campus prepares to welcome alumni for Spring Reunion Weekend

Later this week, members of the classes of 1973, 1977, 1978 and 1979 will be on campus to celebrate their alumni reunions. Events take place April 25-28. Click on these links to view the schedule of events and the list of attendees.

Due to events at Baker Faculty Center on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, the driveway will be closed and parking there will not be available. The Alumni Relations staff thanks members of the campus community for its cooperation and apologizes for any inconvenience.

Questions? Contact the Alumni Office at x5167.

Staff and faculty news briefs

Clare Carson

Clare Carson, associate dean of students: academic support services, has received the Ben Webinger Meritorious Service award from the Washington Association on Post-Secondary Education and Disability. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated years of service and leadership to WAPED through any segment or combination of association activities or life. Emphasis is placed on length of service, level of service, and evidence of outstanding service and leadership. Carson has been a long-standing member and was greatly instrumental in WAPED’s inception and formation. Juli Dunn, director of academic resources, nominated Carson and ended up organizing a surprise. She reports: “Clare did not know about the award. She was supposed to attend the conference, but her plan changed at the last moment. The awards chair asked me if I could help get in contact with her. So I looked at Clare’s schedule and saw she was meeting with a student I know. I contacted the student and arranged to FaceTime with him during his appointment so that Clare could hear the announcement of the award as it was announced.”

Kevin Pogue

Kevin Pogue, professor of geology, and Ron Urban, registrar, both were involved in the recent Ice-Age Floods Institute's “Ice-Age Floods and the Terroir of the Walla Walla Valley” spring field trip on Saturday, April 20. Prof. Pogue described the area's early geological and climatological features that produced a very favorable grape-growing environment, and Urban assisted in organizing the excursion. A busload of 42 IAFI members learned about the special soil features of the Walla Walla valley region that were formed during the enormous outburst floods that scoured eastern Washington during the end of the last ice-age, about 13 thousand years ago. Collectively known as a terroir, the valley's soils and specific climatological and meteorological patterns especially favor the Walla Walla region's premium wine industry, and would not have been possible without the humongous floods that battered and inundated the area – some involving 500 cubic miles of water.


Cyrill Slezak, visiting assistant professor of physics; Dalia Rokhsana, assistant professor of chemistry; and Machelle Hartman, visiting instructor of chemistry, led an evening of hands-on physics and chemistry activities for students at Green Park Elementary on April 11 with the assistance of 10 Whitman students (physics and chemistry majors). The Green Park PTA sponsored the science celebration, at which students displayed their science inquiry projects and demonstrations. The children also made UV bead bracelets and sampled marshmallows frozen by liquid nitrogen.

Staff changes and transitions

Wendy Ortega

Effective April 15 – Wendy Ortega is the new data processing specialist in Development and College Relations, responsible for entering biographical and gift data of our alumni, parents and friends. She is originally from Walla Walla and is married to Whitman Security Officer Rudy Ortega.

Library newsletter available online

The Spring 2013 edition of the Penrose Library Newsletter is now available online. It highlights news, achievements and staff developments at the library. Highlights of this issue include an update on the library’s digital assets and its recently overhauled website. To view the PDF, click HERE.

Send alumni address changes by email

The staff of Advancement Services, which in part manages the data of many of the college’s constituents, wants you to know that if an alumnus notifies you about an address change, there’s an easy process to make that change happen – all you have to do is send an email with the change information to addrchg@whitman.edu.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

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: “Israeli-Palestinian Peace is Possible; Interfaith Cooperation is Essential to Make it Happen!” A talk by peace activist and educator Ron Young, who has spoken and written widely on the Middle East and interfaith cooperation. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

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
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.

Thursday 4/25
Lecture: “Hanford and the American West.” Professor John Findlay of the University of Washington presents this year’s Mary L. Bierman Lecture on the History of the American West. He is the author with Bruce Hevly of “Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West.” 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Saturday 4/27
Lecture: "Haikus and Recuerdos: Performing Las hijas de Juan.” The Spanish Department presents The Virginia Cagley Endowed Lecture, featuring Professor Josie Méndez-Negrete of the University of Texas San Antonio. 5:30 p.m. in Olin 157.

TEDx Whitman College logo

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: "Framing a Collective Gay Legal Identity: The Lasting Impact of Lawrence v. Texas.” A talk by David Nord Award Recipient Dana Boesch, sponsored by the David Nord Endowment and Whitman College GLBTQ. 5 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

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

Baseball (Borleske Stadium)
Saturday, April 27 at noon vs. Whitworth University (doubleheader)
Sunday, April 28 at noon vs. Whitworth University

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

While leaving campus a group of students staring up at a tree behind Penrose Library brought my attention to this pair of young Screech owls. Full size.

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In This Issue
Summer Read 2013
Spring Reunion
Staff and Faculty News Briefs
Staff Changes and Transitions
Library Newsletter
Alumni Address Changes
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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