January 22, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 22 January 22, 2013
The Fountain

Forbes on TEDx – “intellectual adrenaline rush”

TEDx Statistics
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As TEDxWhitmanCollege gains steam, anyone considering submitting an application to be a presenter or planning to attend the April 27 event might appreciate this: Forbes published an article in 2012 titled, “Here’s Why TED and TEDx Are So Incredibly Appealing.” The web page provides a series of infographics that illustrate just how powerful and valued these talks have become.

For more information on TEDxWhitmanCollege or to apply to be a presenter, visit the website.

The theme is “Walla Walla and Beyond,” which serves to connect Whitman and Walla Walla to the world in terms of time, place, space, or however presenters might creatively interpret beyond. 

If this is the first you’re hearing about TEDxWhitmanCollege, TED or TEDx in general, here’s a little background: TEDx is a local, independently organized version of TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. TEDTalks are gatherings for people who are passionate about the power of innovative and creative ideas. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.

New art exhibition in memorial; reception this Friday

Jeannette Murphy

All campus community members are invited to attend a reception for local artist Jeannette Jackson Murphy ’89.  It takes place this Friday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. on the third floor lobby of Memorial Building, and light refreshments and music will be provided. Murphy’s work will be on display in Memorial starting Friday through June 7.

Murphy began her serious study of painting while accompanying her father, a former Whitman professor and dean of faculty, on sabbatical in France. After studying at the Sorbonne with artist Andre Lhote, she enrolled at Whitman as an art major. Characterized by a bold, stylized outline and bright contrasting colors, her oils and acrylics are formed with solid blocks of color and vibrant backgrounds. Her drawings, primarily figurative, use splashy washes of watercolor to soften a strong cartoonish line quality. Murphy’s work has been shown in Paris, New York, Boston and in galleries throughout the Northwest.

Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kynde Kiefel, exhibitions and collections manager, at kiefelks@whitman.edu.

Consumer Reports Health resources available to campus community

Consumer Reports Health logo

Through Whitman’s insurance broker and our HR office, Consumer Reports Health informational resources are available to staff and faculty for free. Posted currently on the HR website are:

– PDF of an article titled “When to say ‘Whoa’ to doctors.”  The article is “A guide to common tests and treatments you probably don’t need.”
Consumer Reports Health website. (Note: This site loads very slowly.)  The site, called Consumer Health Choices, is based on findings of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.

Faculty and staff are welcome to bookmark the Health Information Resources section of the HR website for future reference.

Faculty news briefs

Melissa Clearfield

Melissa Clearfield, associate professor of psychology, was recently named consulting editor for Developmental Psychology, a top-tier journal in the field. The appointment is for the calendar year 2013. Clearfield was nominated for this position by her professional colleagues based on her record of publication. Her responsibilities include reviewing all submitted manuscripts in her area of expertise and determining whether or not to publish them; the journal’s rejection rate is higher than 70 percent.

Johanna Stoberock

Johanna Stoberock, adjunct assistant professor of general studies, is featured in a recent podcast from the Seattle-based Jack Straw Foundation. The podcast includes an interview with Stoberock and a reading from her short story, “Shelter.” Stoberock was a writing fellow at the foundation in 2012, and read from her work at venues throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Northwest Folklife Fest, the Seattle Center Next 50 Festival, the Elliot Bay Bookstore and the Seattle Public Library. Each reading was recorded; writer Shawn Wong, the program’s curator, also interviewed Stoberock about her work.

Annual plant sale set for Jan. 25

Staff and faculty are invited to stop by the Science Building Atrium this Friday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Biology Department’s annual plant sale. A variety of indoor and outdoor plants from the greenhouse will be available at great prices.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

MUSIC: See all upcoming music events here.

Tuesday 1/22
Film: The 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Tickets available at the door or for advance purchase starting Jan. 15 at the Whitman Bookstore and Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Tickets free for Whitman faculty, staff and students; for visitors, the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids age 17 and under. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Tuesday 1/22
Faculty Panel: “What Does It Mean to Teach Civil Rights in Walla Walla in 2013?” Professors Lisa UddinCatherine Veninga and Erin Pahlke discuss the implications of this question for Whitman Teaches the Movement through the lens of faculty research. Moderated by Walla Walla Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs. 7 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom B.

Wednesday 1/23
Lecture: “The Legacy of Dr. King.” Writer, feminist and intellectual Rebecca Walker speaks on issues of race, gender, sexuality and power. Daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker ("The Color Purple"), and esteemed civil rights attorney Mel Leventhal, her memoirs include The New York Times Bestseller "Black, White and Jewish" and the critically acclaimed "Baby Love." 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Thursday 1/24
BSU Dinner: Whitman’s Black Student Union hosts the annual Soul Food Night in celebration of African American culture and cuisine. 5:30 p.m. in Prentiss Dining Hall. A flash mob/dance routine will encourage audience participation while honoring First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative to combat childhood obesity. Posters of prominent black leaders will also be hung throughout the dining hall.

Friday 1/25
Music: “Impeach the President, Long Live the King.” A hip-hop concert featuring Seattle artist International Mo B. with a guest appearance by Warm Gun. International Mo B. recently released a new album in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., and his core belief in social justice. Tickets are limited with first priority to students and a select number available to faculty and staff. Tickets available free of charge in Reid Foyer on days prior to event. 8 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

Thursday 1/31
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Johanna Stoberock, novelist and adjunct assistant professor of English. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. vs. Whitworth University (Harvey Pool)

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

A frosty wonderland. Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Forbes on TEDx
Art Exhibition
Consumer Reports
Faculty News Briefs
Plant Sale
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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