August 26, 2013

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Volume 8 | Issue 1 | August 26, 2013

Student Activities Office seeks Life Skills volunteers

The Student Activities Office is still looking for volunteers to teach Life Skills courses in the fall. The Life Skills series, which began in 2011, aims to partner students with Whitman staff members who are willing to teach students skills that aren't taught in the classroom. Thus far, the program has offered 40 courses, including bird-watching, sewing, cake-decorating, grilling, repairing cars and compiling first aid kits.

Teachers are welcome to sign up for course topics that have been offered in the past, as well as new topics. Students have requested courses in photography, doing taxes, setting tables, baking, vegan cooking and grocery shopping.

Life Skills courses are open to all Whitman students on a first-come registration basis. The Student Activities Office takes care of advertising, reserves a course location, coordinates student registration and offers assistance to any teacher who needs it. All teachers must bring is passion and expertise.

If you are interested in teaching a Life Skills course, please contact Katharine Curles at

Faculty news brief

Charly Bloomquist, senior adjunct assistant professor of art, is still displaying a selection of his work at Brasserie Four. His exhibit, titled "Grounds for Investigation," features digital photographs of residue inside coffee cups, inviting the viewer to consider everyday images through an artistic lens.

There will be a closing reception for the show at Brasserie Four on 4 E. Main St. on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 3-5 p.m.

Staff changes and transitions

Daniel Le Ray recently joined the staff of the Office of Communications as interim media relations/communications officer. In this position, he will coordinate with local and regional media outlets to publicize Whitman events, faculty research and student accomplishments.

If you need his assistance, you can reach him at

Brien Sheedy, director of outdoor programs, is always on the job. Post Office Supervisor Marge Jesse caught him talking with scramble leaders during his wedding reception this weekend.

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