July 15, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 47 July 15, 2013
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Library tours available for staff, faculty

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Do you want to learn more about Penrose Library? Contact Penrose Administrative Assistant Dona LaFran for an introductory library tour and start using your Whitman ID card to check out books and films. The 30-minute tour is designed to introduce employees to the library and its resources. From popular and juvenile literature, to award-winning films, to fascinating historical items, there is something of interest for everyone.

Contact LaFran at x5190 or library@whitman.edu to join an upcoming tour.

Construction Update

Memorial–In the lobbies of Memorial, pipes have been re-routed, and the crew has turned its attention to installing a new hard lid ceiling. They have begun seismic work on the second floor, placing them one week ahead of schedule. Plans for this week also include putting up sheetrock over steel studs in the Dean of Students area and adding a ceiling grid, new carpet and new paint in the Off-Campus Studies Office.

The power inside the building will be turned off starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and again on Friday, July 26, and it will remain off for the entirety of both weekends.

Tennis–A wet spell earlier in the month put construction behind about 13 days, but the crew is confident they’ll make up the time over the course of the summer.

Staff news brief

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Bruce Jones, associate director of Whitman’s regional admissions office in Massachusetts, recently published his first novel, “Slow Eddie.” He will be signing copies at the Osterville, Mass., bookstore Books by the Sea on July 21 as part of a local authors program sponsored by The Cape Cod Writers Center. Jones is an award-winning writer who has published extensively in New England press and periodicals.

“Slow Eddie” is a story of friendship, race, class, love and loss that unfolds on Cape Cod. Eddie, a bike-riding school teacher, is friends with Harvard classmates Chip and Jamie, respectively a patrician lawyer and smart-mouthed Jewish doctor. Jules is Chip's wife, Jamie's nurse and Eddie's fantasy. Supporting characters include Eddie's twin cousins, formerly incarcerated and now custodians at his school, as well as teaching colleagues Nettie, a "Reverse Freedom Rider" from the South, and Taylor, a privileged expatriate of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Eddie's favorite is Perry, a promising Cape Verdean student and athlete.

The novel is available for purchase on Amazon.

Staff Profile: Laura Cummings
Off-Campus Studies Coordinator

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Birthplace: Spokane, Wash.

Education: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music

Years at Whitman: 13


Film: "Second Hand Lions"
Book: "Mark of the Lion" series by Francine Rivers
Play: "The Tempest" (Whitman College production)

Favorite sculpture on campus: Carnival

Best travel experience: Maui and Kauai. Both islands are paradise.

Interests/pleasures: Music (listening, singing and movement), aerobics, racquet sports, walking our golden-lab retriever, travel with family, golf

Recent accomplishment: Surviving my first colonoscopy. Wow… 50 years old already.

What people don’t know about me: I love listening to the positive and encouraging music on Christian radio stations in the Walla Walla Valley. We have three awesome stations, and the message in the music is so uplifting and also contemporary.

A day in the life/on the job: First thing is checking emails to see if there are any immediate requests that need to be taken care of. Moving to coordinator from Senior Assistant has taken me away from the front desk, so I am more project-oriented now. I do miss the contact with the students, but will have more face-to-face interaction when our OCS staff move back together to Memorial 204. I develop and maintain our website, work with our Partner Programs, track OCS student billings and financial aid, provide support for special programs, manage our annual image contest and teach noon-time aerobics at Whitman and evening aerobics at the Y. I have so much variety in my job and really enjoy it!

Favorite aspect of Whitman: It seems that everybody works together for the good of the students. I really enjoy the camaraderie we all have here. Whitman is such a fantastic, supportive place to work.

What I’ve learned here: That so many people have the spirit of “How can I help?” Whether it be a work or personal situation – everybody is so willing to support one another.

Favorite quote: “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.“ –Cicero

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

The Office of the Registrar and the Off-Campus Studies Office show each other a little relocation love this week by hanging signs of affection from the windows of Memorial and from the windows of the OCS Office’s temporary Penrose Library home. Full size.

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In This Issue
Library Tours
Construction Update
Staff News Brief
Staff Profile: Laura Cummings
Parting Shot

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