April 8, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 33 April 8, 2013
The Fountain

New leadership development program announced; invests in potential of staff

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An innovative new program will prepare a select group of administrative staff members for future leadership roles at Whitman.

The Whitman Leadership Program was announced last week by Dennis Hopwood, director of human resources. The program will launch in late summer 2013, and the inaugural cohort will include 10-12 administrative staff members from across the college. Participants will be selected by the President's Council.

Peter Harvey, treasurer and CFO, whose vision prompted the development of the program, says, "It's important that we invest in developing the full potential of our talented staff and strengthen the foundation for the next generation of leaders at Whitman. In many ways, visible and unseen, the work and leadership of the staff make the academic promise of Whitman possible."

According to Hopwood, selection will be competitive and will focus on high achievers who "exemplify Whitman's core values and have the interest and potential, with further development, to expand their contributions to the college in leadership roles." The cohort will represent a diversity of campus roles and functions as well as a wide range of experience and expertise. 

The program will feature eight to 10 half-day instructional seminars distributed over a two-year period, combined with study groups, an assortment of special projects and assignments, and individualized feedback and career planning.

If you are interested in applying for a spot in the program, visit the Whitman Leadership Program website.

The application deadline is May 3, 2013.  The web site also includes a detailed program description and outlines the integrated series of leadership development approaches upon which the program is based.

Also, budget officers, department heads, and faculty may nominate outstanding staff employees; send an email nomination to Dennis Hopwood at hopwoodt@whitman.edu. He will contact nominees directly and encourage them to submit an application.

"I'm very excited to play a part in this strategic ambition, to build a community of emerging leaders at Whitman, people who are passionate and thoughtful about what it means to lead, to inspire, and to bring out the best in themselves and others," Hopwood says.


PAC offers sustainability walking tours

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The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) and Sustainability Advisory Committee are teaming up to offer a series of sustainability-themed walking tours of campus that take about one hour. Each participant will receive a $2 voucher, good at Bon Appetit in Reid Campus Center. To RSVP, email Rachna Sinnot at sinnotrs@whitman.edu; RSVP is required to participate. 

There are two tours offered. Tour meeting locations will be provided upon your RSVP.

Whitman's Sustainable Campus
Guide: Bob Carson, Grace Farnsworth Phillips professor of geology and environmental studies
Noon, Friday April 19
4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24

Whitman's Sustainable Landscape
Guide:  Bob Biles, landscape supervisor
Noon, Wednesday, April 17
4 p.m., Tuesday, April 23

Call for volunteers: TEDxWhitmanCollege needs you!

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Would you like to contribute to the success of the inaugural TEDxWhitmanCollege? If so, perhaps you would like to serve as a volunteer. There are several volunteer roles:

  • Usher
  • Ticket Taker
  • Tech Support
  • Troubleshooter

Volunteer recruitment is underway – simply email Juli Dunn at dunnjl@whitman.edu with questions or to enlist as a volunteer. In exchange for your service, seats will be reserved for you at the live-stream venues.

TEDxWhitmanCollege takes place Saturday, April 27. Please visit the website for event details and news updates.

Representing faculty in the lineup of speakers is Justin Lincoln, assistant professor of art. His presentation, titled "Educating to Create," is an exploration of how an education in the arts might challenge a culture of increasing standardization and intellectual conformity.

Staff and faculty news briefs

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Bob Carson, Grace Farnsworth Phillips professor of geology and environmental studies, is the next speaker in the "Big Idea" series, sponsored by Whitman, thanks to a Humanities Washington grant, and hosted by the WW Public Library. Carson will discuss "Walla Walla and Sustainability." His presentation takes place Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the WW Public Library, 238 E. Alder Street.

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Jon Loney, manager of instructional multimedia services, was nominated for the “Grand Onion Fan of the Year Award” for the Walla Walla Sweets, and he has made it to the Championship Round of the contest. Voting ends at 5 p.m. today, Monday, April 8. If you’d like to show your support for Loney and help attract attention to the level of Sweets fandom that exists on campus, vote for him here.

HJT presents "My Chernobyl" April 10-14

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Tickets are on sale now for Harper Joy Theatre's latest production, "My Chernobyl," described as quirky, romantic, touching, hilarious. Directed by Jessica Cerullo, assistant professor of theatre, the play follows the misadventures of a native Canadian who travels to Belarus to give an inheritance to his father's last remaining relative. While there, he meets his long-lost cousin, a Russian woman who sees him as her ticket out of the radiation-blasted country.

The play will be performed in Freimann Studio Theatre, Wednesday - Sunday, April 10-14. To reserve your tickets (all general seating), visit the box office or call x5180. Box Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. For ticket pricing, seating charts and other information on the current HJT season, click HERE.

Staff and faculty invited to WEB concert; limited number of tickets; request TODAY

Allen Stone, a Seattle soul musician who grew up in Eastern Washington, will perform at Whitman College Thursday, April 11. The concert, which takes place in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center, will feature opener Cas Haley at 8 p.m.; Allen Stone takes the stage at 9 p.m.

The Whitman Events Board (WEB) has made a limited number of free tickets available to staff and faculty. To request a maximum of two tickets, email Katharine Curles, assistant director of student activities, at curleske@whitman.edu starting at noon today, Monday, April 8. Requests will be accommodated in the order in which they are received.

For more information, please refer to the campus email sent April 1, or contact Curles or Leann Adams, director of student activities, at adamsle@whitman.edu.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday 4/8
Lecture: "Barbary Coasts: How Mediterraneans Came to Be." Julia Clancy-Smith, professor of history at the University of Arizona, delivers the Forty-first Sivert O. and Marjorie Allen Skotheim Lecture in History. She is the author of "Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in the Age of Migration, c. 1800-1900," and "Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904)." 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Monday 4/8
Lecture: "Life in the German Concentration Camps: A Survivor's Tale." Whitman commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with a talk by Willem Houwink, a Dachau survivor and this year's Yom Hashoah guest lecturer. Mr. Houwink was active in the Dutch underground during World War II and spent three years in the concentration camps. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday, 4/10 to Sunday 4/14
Theatre: "My Chernobyl." HJT presents Aaron Bushkowsky's quirky romance about a naïve Canadian who travels to Belarus to give an inheritance to his father's last remaining relative. While there he meets his long lost cousin, a Russian woman who sees him as her ticket out of the radiation blasted country. Tickets available March 29. For more information, click here.

Thursday 4/11
Lecture: "How to Love Wine." A talk by New York Times chief wine critic and author Eric Asimov. He created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants 2004, the fifth edition of the guide, and has offered commentary on food and wine on WQXR since 1999. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

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 Sanzen and the Plot Worth a Million Ryo." A talk by Phil Kaffen, lecturer in the department of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago, focusing on Yamanaka Sadao's brilliant 1935 film "Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo" in order to illuminate the distinct imagination and complexity of jidaigeki in Japan, in addition to highlighting the skill of Yamanaka, one of Japan's great filmmakers. Noon in Olin 157. Lunch provided.

Wednesday 4/24
Lecture: "Goodbye to 48th Street." A talk by Irvin Hashimoto, associate professor of English, on the essay by E.B. White. Part of the English department's Faculty Wednesday Night, a lecture and discussion series. 7 p.m. in Olin 221. Reception to follow.

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

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With spring blooming forward, several classes moved outdoors, including yoga on the lawn outside Sherwood Center. Full size.

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In This Issue
New leadership development program
PAC offers sustainability tours
TEDxWhitmanCollege needs you!
Staff and faculty
news briefs
HJT presents
"My Chernobyl"
Staff, faculty invited to WEB concert
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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