July 1, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 45 July 1, 2013
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Know what to do in an emergency on campus

Given the numerous construction and renovation projects happening this summer, it is possible that safety issues could arise in spite of all attempts to ensure otherwise. The staff of the Office of Environmental Safety and Health offers the following reminders to staff and faculty about specific procedures to follow:

If you smell gas – call Campus Security at x5777 and evacuate. (CLICK TO SEE DETAILS)
Security and physical plant staff will work directly with the gas company and local fire authorities as needed to mitigate the situation.

If there is a power failure –
During regular business hours: call the Physical Plant at x5999; unplug all electrical equipment; close windows and drapes.
After hours and on weekend: Call Campus Security at x5777.

All campus community members are encouraged to keep apprised of emergency procedures. Click HERE for step-by-step directions covering a range of emergency situations. Questions? Concerns? Contact John O’Neill, environmental health and safety manager, at oneilljd@whitman.edu.

How to reach The Fountain during Communications Office staff transition

In spite of the departure of Communications Office staff members – Ruth Wardwell on July 1 and Gillian Frew on July 12 – The Fountain will continue to provide and share news, either weekly or every other week as warranted. Please use the email address thefountain@whitman.edu to submit items and pitch ideas. David Brauhn and Edward Weinman will be at the other end of the email address.

ALSO – a reminder to please use the email address webteam@whitman.edu if you need help with web content. Michael Cox or Carlos Virgen will get back to you.

And some farewells…

Dear Staff and Faculty: As I leave Whitman, I thank you for your participation in the overall college communications and public relations efforts, from interviews with media and for Whitman magazine stories to appearing in videos. I have learned much from many of you and have valued the close-knit and collaborative campus community. Thank you, too, for your patience and support during the transitions of such endeavors as visual identity unification, web site overhaul and content management system. I have loved producing The Fountain, and through it sharing and celebrating Whitman’s great news. I wish you all the best and encourage you not to be shy about letting the Communications team help tell your wonderful stories! They reflect credit on the college, which is what I came here to do.

Ruth Wardwell

Thanks to my co-workers and the whole Whitman family for a great six years (four as a student, two as a staff member). I am very grateful to have started my professional trajectory in such a warm, familiar and supportive place, and I look forward to future reunion weekends and other excuses to visit Walla Walla. Special thanks also to everyone who has recommended dentists and veterinarians over the years, or purchased my used furniture, or explained how to use a fax machine! I feel very fortunate to have been part of this community.

Best wishes,
Gillian Frew

For parting words (and images) from departing staff photographer Greg Lehman, please scroll down to Parting Shot.

Whitman Science Institute wraps-ups fourth year

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2013 Whitman Science Institute participants visit Hanford’s B-reactor. From left, back row: Cameron Lewis, Dennis Bennett, Keith Gradwohl, Clayton Hudiburg, Terry Carlsen, Erik Gordon, Darin Durand, Chad Hulett, Michael Anderson; middle row: Shannon Jones, Sue Schulz, Kristen Erikson, Nancy Rose, Karen Bumgarner; front row: Kurt Hoffman, Mary Burt, Karen Shelton, Shannon Ahrens, Rob Ahrens, Bob Carson, Dawn Chester. Not pictured: Allison Calhoun

The Whitman Science Institute recently completed its fourth year of outreach work with area science teachers. This was the first year that high school science teachers were invited to participate with middle school science teachers. Nineteen teachers attended, representing Pioneer, Garrison, Sager, Central, Wa-Hi, DeSales and Lincoln.

The week-long session, made possible by a generous grant from the Stubblefield Trust, focused on the theme of consumable energy. It was led by Whitman professors Allison Calhoun, Bob Carson and Kurt Hoffman. Teachers had the opportunity to be college students for the week, and even attend field trips to a local wind farm, Ice Harbor Dam and the B-reactor at Hanford.

Save the Date: Whitman Night with the Walla Walla Sweets is Aug. 2

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Staff and faculty are invited to attend Whitman Night at the Walla Walla Sweets baseball game on Friday, Aug. 2. Two free tickets per staff/faculty member are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday, July 15. Tickets must be picked up in person at the President’s Office between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

The game starts at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Victoria HarbourCats, a new Canadian team that is part of the West Coast League. Arrive early to partake in pre-game “Happy Hour” festivities with fellow Whitties from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., including live music by a local band in the main concourse area of Borleske Stadium, along with menu/drink items at discount prices.

Staff changes and transitions

Effective July 1 – Kim Rolfe is the director for business engagement at the Student Engagement Center. This new position is intended to help students and alumni more effectively access resources and better understand opportunities in the business world.  Rolfe will divide her time between developing relationships with employers around the country and advising students and graduates. A veteran marketing and business professional, Rolfe comes to Walla Walla by way of New York, Seattle, Colorado and most recently Portland, where her ten years at Adidas were marked by a continuous rise in leadership roles. Rolfe’s ties to the Walla Walla community include 20 years of visiting family in the area and getting to know the region. Contact her at x3011 or rolfekb@whitman.edu.

Staff Profile: Mary Burt
Science Outreach Coordinator

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Birthplace: Sedro Woolley, Wash.

Education: BSc in biology and chemistry from Seattle University; master’s in teaching from WW University.

Years at Whitman: almost four

Favorite… (any or all)

Film: Lord of the Rings trilogy
Book: I don’t have one particular favorite, but recent recommendations are “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Favorite sculpture on campus: I have to admit I miss the mini David statue. I guess that tells you how sophisticated my tastes are.

Best travel experience: Teaching for two years in the Marshall Islands. I felt very spoiled- amazing people, beautiful tropical islands and great adventures!

Interests/pleasures: Spending time with husband and kids, reading, jogging, riding my bike, sleeping past 7 am.

Recent accomplishment: Raising our three children. Some days just getting to the end of the day feels like an accomplishment.

What people don’t know about me: I worked for two years as a consultant on a project with the European Union to help small businesses adopt environmental management plans in Nottingham, England. It was a great way to enter the culture and I met some interesting people while learning about the challenges of running a small business. And I have to mention that Sherwood Forest is not all it’s cracked up to be!

A day in the life/on the job: I work at Whitman part-time, and my days on campus tend to involve planning and/or executing science activities here or in local classrooms. On my days “off” I’m usually hanging out with my children. I feel really lucky that I get to do both.

Favorite aspect of Whitman: Encouraging, positive people. It has been rewarding to be in a place where people are willing to try new things and extend themselves beyond their job descriptions.

What I’ve learned here: I’m starting to appreciate the value of experience. Every year I learn and adapt.

Favorite quote: “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without” This is an old quote that was passed on to me by my Grandpa Bill, a true environmentalist.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

A goodbye wave at last light seems appropriate as I ride off into the sunset for the fast-paced world of small-town journalism. I've loved my time at Whitman! Here is a small slideshow of some of my favorite Whitman images from the past five years. View Slide Show »

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In This Issue
In Case of Emergency
Fountain Farewells
Whitman Science Institute
Walla Walla Sweets
Staff Changes
Staff Profile
Parting Shot

Past issues
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The Fountain is published by the Office of Communications. Send news to thefountain@whitman.edu. Photos are accepted. Submissions are due by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the following week’s issue.

Editor: Gillian Frew.
Managing Editor: Ruth Wardwell.
Web Content Specialists:
Carlos Virgen, Michael Cox

Online: www.whitman.edu/fountain