January 28, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 23 January 28, 2013
The Fountain

Magazine article spotlights Whitman Letters Project

Whitman Letter Project article screenshot

Currents magazine, the official publication of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), has drawn attention to Whitman in its February 2013 edition. It features an article on the Whitman Letters Project and quotes Nancy Mitchell, associate director of alumni relations, who helped alumni project leaders Cleve Larson ’71, Barbara Morrison James ’71 and David Current ’71 coordinate and execute the effort.

The Whitman Letter Project collected nearly 80 letters from alumni that give a glimpse into campus life during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Click HERE to read the Currents article. Click HERE to read the July 2012 Whitman Magazine story on the Whitman Letters Project.

Library launches new website; survey asks for feedback

Library Web Page

Penrose Library has revamped its online presence with a new, more user-friendly website designed to boost functionality for users and be consistent with the college’s recent transition to a new content management system.

The enhanced library site offers improved navigation, news, featured items and more. The old Penrose site is still accessible via a link on the library’s homepage.

“The new site is more intuitive, more accessible and more visually appealing than its precursor,” says Dan Martensen, systems and applications librarian. “At the same time, there is continuity–information and links from the previous website are still available. We strongly believe the improved site will better connect you to the services and resources that will help you with your work.”

As part of the transition, library staff are collecting feedback about the new site from the Whitman community. Staff and faculty who wish to share opinions or observations are invited to fill out a brief survey online.

Staff Profile: Robert Fricke
WCTS Support Services Consultant

Robert Fricke

Birthplace: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina

Education: B.A. Education, WSU

Years at Whitman: Three


Book: Curious George

Play: The Lion King. All of the costumes were amazing to see in person.

Favorite sculpture on campus: It has to be Styx. It’s the first one I show to anyone I bring to campus.

Best travel experience: Road trip to Minneapolis and back for my brother’s wedding. On the way back we witnessed a full moon, at midnight, lighting up the faces of Mount Rushmore and the glow of the flames of summer fire in Yellowstone.

Interests/pleasures: Cooking, baking, indoor rock climbing, drawing.

Recent accomplishment: Recently engaged to be married.

Favorite aspect of Whitman: The hustle and bustle of the students when they are on campus. I enjoy watching all of the activities that happen on Ankeny Field from my office.

Favorite quote: “Hope will never be silent.” – Harvey Milk

Staff news brief

Library Web Page

Brien Sheedy, director of the Outdoor Program, recently co-led a successful skiing expedition in Antarctica. The trip commenced in early January, and skiers reached the last degree of latitude at the South Pole in just over a week. Sheedy then returned to Union Glacier base camp for two nights before flying to Vinson Base Camp to guide a team of seven to the summit of Mount Vinson, the highest point in Antarctica. Read more about Sheedy’s expedition HERE.


Last week’s Fountain incorrectly reported local artist Jeannette Jackson Murphy’s class year as 1989. She is in the Class of 1955 and is the parent of a 1989 graduate. Murphy’s art is on display in Memorial Building through June 7.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

MUSIC: See all upcoming music events here.

Thursday 1/31
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Johanna Stoberock, novelist and adjunct assistant professor of English. Stoberock is the author of “City of Ghosts” (W.W. Norton) and has been published in Copper Nickel, Eclipse, The Wilson Quarterly, Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

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.

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.

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
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.

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)
Friday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. vs. Pacific University
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. vs. Lewis & Clark College

Men’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. vs. Pacific University
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. vs. Pacific University

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

From left: First-year students Katie Steen, Mackenzie Stanley and Bea Sheffer participate in last week's Martin Luther King Jr. Day candlelight vigil and peace march. Photo by Skye Vander Laan ’16. Full size.

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Whitman Letters
New Library Website
Staff Profile
Staff News Brief
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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