February 4, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 24 February 4, 2013
The Fountain

Changes in Alumni Relations staff

John Bogley ’85, vice president for development and college relations, announces the following changes in the Alumni Relations staff:

Nancy Mitchell

Following a national search, Nancy Mitchell has been selected to serve as the director of alumni relations, effective Feb. 11. Mitchell began at Whitman in 1985 and has served as associate director of alumni relations since 1990. 

“Deepening and broadening our connections with our 15,000 alumni utilizing our events across the country, reunions, Summer College, travel program and electronic and printed publications are at the heart of our work in the alumni office. Nancy’s experience will be invaluable in forming the backdrop for creative and innovative thinking about how we engage our alumni in both new and traditional ways. I am delighted that Nancy has agreed to take on the exciting challenges we face in building on our highly successful alumni relations program,” Bogley said. 

The director position became available as the Now Is the Time Campaign progresses into the final two and a half years, during which time donor and cultivation events will play an even more significant role. Polly Schmitz ’83, who served as director and then assistant vice president for alumni relations since 2000, is moving to the Development Office as assistant vice president for events. This is an expansion of an events planning position created four years ago, intended to support the campaign.  Schmitz will report to Lynn Lunden in the development office and will bring her vast alumni relations skills and experience directly to the campaign effort and will provide logistical support for President Bridges related to fundraising. 

“Polly’s move into this position reinforces the connectivity between our alumni programming and the campaign and will provide great experience and energy to our campaign,” Bogley said.

Staff art show scheduled for March 25-30 – call for proposals open

The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) is hosting a staff art show this spring titled “Art Outside the Box.” Staff members are encouraged to participate by submitting works of traditional or nontraditional art for this broad-based show of creativity, which will be on display for the Whitman community to enjoy. Possible submissions include paintings, woodcuts, print making, jewelry design, pottery, woodworking, clothing and textile arts, creative writing, Bonsai and hòn non bá»™, knitting and quilting, photography, multimedia, software apps and more.

The deadline to apply for the art show is Friday, March 1. The show will take place Monday, March 25 through Saturday, March 30 in Penrose Library. For more information or to download the proposal form, click HERE.

Faculty news briefs

Julia Ireland

Julia Ireland, assistant professor of philosophy, reports that an article she wrote on Heidegger, titled “Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Eccentric Translation,” will itself be translated into Swedish and republished in the Swedish journal Subaltern. The article will be included in the journal’s April 2013 issue, the theme of which is “Hermeneutics and Translation.” The journal solicits work by invitation only and regularly features contributions from major European intellectuals, including Giorgio Agamben and Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Ireland’s article will appear with Hölderlin’s “Letter to Böhlendorff”; other content will include original pieces by Franz Rosenzweig and Ortega y Gasset, and an article by the Swedish Heidegger scholar Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback.

ALSO – Ireland is the co-translator along with William McNeill of Martin Heidegger’s “Hölderlin’s Hymns ‘Germania’ and ‘The Rhine,’” which will be published in 2013 by Indiana University Press.

Joe Page art
"Flow Chart: Synthesis," porcelain, vinyl, mdf, hardware, 2012.

Joe Page, visiting assistant professor of art, recently published a three-page article in Ceramics Monthly, an internationally distributed magazine. Titled “Joe Page: A Place of Comfort and Curiosity,” the article is a description of his creative process and the formal issues related to material and subject matter in his artwork. Page’s contribution was part of the magazine’s series on installation artists working in ceramics. For more images of Page's work, visit his website.

Staff Profile: Tillie Gottlieb ’11
Admission Officer

Tillie Gottlieb

Birthplace: Hood River, Ore.

: B.A. theatre, Spanish minor – Whitman College

Years at Whitman:
Halfway through my sixth (including time as a student)!

… (any or all)

Book: Recently, “All the Living” by C.E. Morgan
Play: Anything by Clifford Odets

Favorite sculpture on campus: Topophilia Gates on College Creek

Best travel experience: Visiting my parents and brother who were living in Windhoek, Namibia and driving to the coast for a few days. We drove along the beach littered with shipwrecks, climbed the mighty Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, did an eco-desert tour, and traipsed around the charming German town named Swakopmund. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Interests/pleasures: Theatre, dance, gardening, good movies, cooking, and eating well!

Recent accomplishment: I helped craft the new Whitman College Supplement appearing on the Common Application for the 2012/13 cycle.

What people don’t know about me: I was a pretty ferocious defensive linebacker during my IM football days.

A day in the life/on the job: These days I’m reading applications until all hours of the night, managing eight wonderful senior interns, coordinating with our Visit Program, overseeing A-Team tour guides, preparing for Scholarship Coordination in the spring, and doing all my ‘other duties as assigned.’ You caught me during a slow week! [Editor’s note–profile submitted on Jan. 23.]

Favorite aspect of Whitman: The people. Sounds cliché, but it’s the truth. The people here are the reason why so many prospective students come to our campus and fall in love.

What I’ve learned here: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

Favorite quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
 – Mary Oliver

Postage rate increase effective now

2013 Forever Stamp - Rosa Parks

Marge Jessee, post office supervisor, reports that the U.S. Postal Service has increased the rate of first-class postage by a penny, to 46 cents, for 2013. “Forever” stamps purchased before the transition will not be effected by the new rate. Postcards have also increased to 33 cents, and all international letters, including those sent to Canada and Mexico, will now cost $1.10. Click HERE for information on priority flat rates.

Surprise support for a beloved coach

Joe Page art

A number of participants in Movement That Matters showed their support and appreciation for their Core Conditioning class instructor, Stephen Garnett, a Whitman assistant basketball coach, at Saturday’s men’s game.

Tillie Gottlieb, admission officer, and Marilyn Ponti, director of financial aid services, organized the show of support for Garnett, in response to the enthusiasm he always brings to the class and to coaching basketball.

“One of the reasons we like Stephen’s class so much is because he does such a phenomenal job of both challenging and supporting us,” Ponti said. “His attitude is infectious and his encouragement is inspiring. We also know that basketball is a huge part of Stephen's life, especially Whitman basketball, and he never fails to remind us about each and every game. So we thought we could be the ones supporting him for a change!”

Pictured: (bottom row l-r) Nancy Mitchell, Becky Kennedy, Deb Wright, Marilyn Ponti, (center row l-r) Laura Nix, Ian Quorn, Tillie Gottlieb, Esther Weathers, (top row) Terry Nix, Cate Lyon.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 2/4
Lecture: “The Pigeon and the Grid: Animal Locomotion, Comparative Biology and the Genesis of Ecological Consciousness.” John Ott presents a tale of Gilded Age Philadelphia in eight acts concerning stop-motion photography, corpuscles, the carnivore house, trichinosis, hippophagy, chickens scared by a torpedo, a veterinarian in a pelvis cloth, a kangaroo with a bloody nose, etc. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

Tuesday 2/5
Lecture: “How to Make Money Then Give It Away.” Trustee Bill Way ’80 presents the Sava and Danica Andjelkovic Endowed Lecture. Way is a former partner at Accenture and a part time pro bono executive, board member and C.O.O. with MicroCredit Enterprises. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre. Reception to follow in Hunter Foyer. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 2/5
Lecture: “PTSD: Not Just for Veterans.” A talk by Mac McClelland, human rights reporter for Mother Jones magazine. McClelland discusses manifestations of trauma in society and how our culture copes with PTSD, particularly in survivors of sexual assault. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday 2/7
Lecture: “Astronomy, Space and Time in Medieval Churches.” A talk by history professor emeritus Stephen McCluskey of West Virginia University. Part of a series of lectures sponsored by the department of anthropology for the Archaeological Institute of America. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 157. For more information, click here.

Thursday, 2/7 to Sunday 2/10
Theatre: Annual One-Act Play Contest. HJT presents a Whitman tradition in which students submit original scripts and the top three are selected for production. The audience is the judge. Tickets available Jan. 25. For more information, click here.

Friday 2/8
Lecture: “Designing a Values-Driven Career.” A reflective talk by Katie Krummeck ’03 wraps up this year’s Whitman Teaches the Movement. Krummeck is a community coordinator at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.  Noon in Reid Campus Center Room G02. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday 2/13
Lecture: “Renaissance or Meltdown? The Economics of Nuclear Power After Fukushima.” A lecture by Charles F Mason of the University of Wyoming’s Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy. Mason is an internationally known scholar and author of more than 50 publications. He specializes in environmental and resource economics. 7 p.m. in Olin 130. Reception to follow.

Friday, 2/15
Symposium: "Entrepreneurship and a Whitman Education." The Student Engagement Center hosts a panel designed to bring together successful alumni from around the country to discuss how their Whitman education served as an important foundation for building their organizations. Sproxil CEO Ashifi Gogo '05 offers the keynote address, and students David McGaughey '13 and Sarah Cronk '15 serve as moderators. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 2/19
Lecture: “The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey.” A talk by Spencer Wells, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 Professor at Cornell University. He leads The Genographic Project, which is collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of human DNA samples in order to learn more about how our ancestors populated the planet. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday 2/21
Lecture: “Wealth and Equality: Modern America, the Gilded Age, and the Purpose of an Economy.” A talk by Richard White, Margaret Byrne Chair of History at Stanford University and author of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 2/21
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Heather McHugh, a MacArthur Fellow, essayist and former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is the author of multiple poetry and essay collections and has edited two anthologies. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Saturday 2/23
Global Studies Symposium: The theme of this year’s annual Global Studies Symposium is food. Keynote speakers include David Kessler, the former commissioner of the USFDA; Peter Rosset, a professor at the Advanced Studies Institute of the Southern Frontier; and Jon Rubin, artist and associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Wednesday 2/27
Lecture: “Building a Movement to End Poverty: An Evening With 2012 Green Party Vice Presidential Nominee Cheri Honkala.” A talk by anti-poverty activist and former Green Party running mate Cheri Honkala. She offers an insider’s look at leading a poor people’s social movement and discusses practical, impactful ways to create social change and battle poverty. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, 2/27 to Sunday 3/3
Theatre: “The Tempest.” HJT presents Shakespeare’s classic play, a magical tale of romance, political intrigue and drunken louts. Prospero, after being trapped on an island by his power-hungry brother, finally gets a chance for revenge when a ship carrying his brother passes by on its way to Naples. An enchanted tale filled with humor, romance and adventure. Tickets available Feb. 15. For more information, click here.

Thursday 2/28
Lecture: “Digital Return: Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of Cultivating Indigenous Knowledge.” A talk by Kimberly Christen, associate professor of critical culture, gender and race studies at Washington State University. Dr. Christen’s academic research focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, archival practices, cultural heritage movements and intellectual property rights within indigenous communities and the global commons. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. vs. Whitworth University
Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. vs. George Fox University

Men’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. vs. Whitworth University
Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. vs. George Fox University

Women’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. vs. UC Santa Cruz
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. vs. Linfield College
Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. vs. Willamette University

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot By Greg Lehman

Osta Davis ’13 Teaches the Movement at Deb Schade's 5th grade class at Berney Elementary last Thursday. Read more about the program in this news story.
Full size.

Bonus Parting Shot
By Michael Cox, online content assistant

bonus parting shot, Columbia River and Mt. Hood

A shot of Oregon's Mt. Hood from Maryhill, Wash. Full size.

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In This Issue
Staff Changes
Staff Art Show
Faculty News Briefs
Staff Profile
Postage Rate Increase
Support for Beloved Coach
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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