August 12, 2013

Volume 7 | Issue 51 | August 12, 2013

Staff changes and transitions

Kristen Healy was recently hired as the Online Content Specialist in the Office of Communications. She and Online Content Assistant Michael Cox are responsible for the college’s content management system and for implementing web and online content used as part of Whitman’s overall communications efforts.

Previously, Kristen was employed as a senior engineer with CenturyLink in Broomfield, Colo. She has experience developing websites and web applications, working with content management and portal software, training personnel, writing and editing.

If you need her assistance, please contact her at or x4412.

Grape Line schedule to change in mid-August

Starting Aug. 15, the Grape Line bus will implement a new timetable of departure and arrival times.

The Grape Line travels a route between Walla Walla and Pasco three times daily. Its stops include the Pasco Airport, the Walla Walla Airport and the Walla Walla transit station downtown.

Students using the Grape Line to return to campus for the 2013-2014 school year should especially take note of the times for the second eastbound trip. The Grape Line will arrive at the Pasco Airport at 2:55 p.m., 20 minutes later than the old schedule.

Memorial construction update

Memorial construction continues on schedule. The sub-floor base has been installed on the second and third floors lobby areas. Additionally, workers have finished painting the Dean of Students area and have begun installing lights and a ceiling grid. Carpet installation in the lobby areas and the Dean of Students area will start later this week.

Residence life will move back in the building on Aug. 13-14, followed by the staff in the Dean of Students office on Aug. 22-23.

Office of Communications now in Boyer House

The Office of Communications has moved from the third floor of Memorial Building to Boyer House.

Staff members whose offices are now in Boyer House include Matt Banderas ’05, Travis Congleton, Karah Kemmerly, Michael Cox, Kristen Healy, Chris Bishop, David Brauhn and Edward Weinman.

Upon entering Boyer House from the Boyer Avenue entrance, their offices are to the right and up the stairs.

Traffic direction in Harper Joy parking lot to change for safety

Cars driving in Harper Joy parking lot will need to pay attention to new directional signs. Because of the safety hazard posed by lack of visibility, the lane nearest the theatre has been converted into a one-way lane.

Faculty news brief

Heidi Dobson, professor of biology, recently discussed her research on a Swedish T.V. interview. For the past 10 years, she has been studying the flower recognition process in one species of bee on the island of Öland. In the interview, she discussed the urgent problems facing this particular bee population. Because the county hires companies to remove their bellflower food source from the roadways, their population has been decreasing in recent years.

The T.V. channel also interviewed Dave Karlsson, the resident director of Dobson’s research station, and the county transportation department.

“I was thrilled that they chose this story, because I have been wanting to bring this critical issue to the attention of the local government, and this TV story certainly did that,” she said.

Staff news brief

Dan Park, the director of the physical plant, was presented with the Unsung Hero Award at a recent Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) conference in Minneapolis.

The award honors 24 years of dedicated service to the APPA and to his profession. Park currently chairs his regional membership committee and serves on the International Membership Committee.

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Midsummer music! A trio of musicians rehearse, surrounded by Rich Hinz's paintings in the Stevens Gallery. Full size.

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