July 22, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 48 July 22, 2013
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USPS mail service will be slowed by sort facility closure

Because the U.S. Postal Service sort facility in Pasco was closed this past weekend, all incoming and outgoing Walla Walla USPS mail will now be processed in Spokane. Due to these changes, Whitman must take almost all outgoing mail to the downtown post office by 1 p.m. Some last-minute mail will be sent out on a second truck at 3:30 p.m. Please be prepared that incoming and outgoing mail may take a day longer. 

For most offices on campus, mail delivery and pickup times by Eddie, the campus courier, will not significantly change. Memorial Admissions, however, will no longer have a third mail pick-up. All USPS blue drop boxes in town will be collected by 1 p.m.

The truck bringing the incoming mail to Walla Walla is arriving in town about an hour later than it previously arrived, but we are hoping we will still be able to collect the Whitman College mail about the same time each morning. As the next couple of weeks play out, Reid Post Office Supervisor Marge Jessee will let staff and faculty know if any more USPS mailing changes are in store.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marge at x5903 or jesseema@whitman.edu.

Save the date for Whitman night with the Walla Walla Sweets

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Tickets are still available for Whitman Night at the Walla Walla Sweets baseball game on Friday, Aug. 2. Each staff or faculty member can pick up two free tickets at the President’s Office between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Tickets must be picked up in person.

The Sweets will play against the Victoria HarbourCats, a new Canadian team in the West Coast League. The game begins at 7:05 p.m., and pre-game “Happy Hour” festivities take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  Arrive early to enjoy live music by a local band in the main concourse area of Borleske Stadium with fellow Whitties and to purchase menu and drink items at discount prices.

Faculty and Staff News Briefs

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Scott Elliot, associate professor of English, recently led a discussion and gave a reading of his latest novel, “Temple Grove,” at the Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho.

The novel takes place deep in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula, at Temple Grove, one of the last stands of ancient Douglas firs not under federal protection from logging. Bill Newton, a logger desperate for work and a place to hide, goes to Temple Grove for the money to be had in the timber. There to stop him is Paul, a young Makah environmentalist who will break the law to save the trees.

This is Elliot’s second novel. His first novel, the 2003 publication “Coiled in the Heart,” was honored as a Booksense and One-Book-One-Heart Community selection, and his 2009 short story collection, “Return Arrangements,” was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Elliot has taught writing and literature for Hofstra University, The Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York, Writers in the Schools in Houston and the Inprint Organization in Houston. He has been part of the Whitman faculty since 2004.

“Temple Grove” is available for purchase at the Whitman College Bookstore.

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Barbara Barlow, the senior programmer for WCTS, was the first woman to cross the finish line in the 2013 Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. Her final time was 11:17:41, which made her the 35th finisher overall.

“I was very surprised when they announced my name and that I was the first female rider. It was a great day,” she said.

Barlow began participating in bike rides in 2005. This was her ninth year participating in the Seattle to Portland Classic. This annual one- or two-day ride followed a scenic route through valleys, forests and farmlands in western Washington, covering more than 200 miles and including approximately 10,000 riders from 45 states and 6 countries. It was sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club.

Staff Profile: Tristan Sewell
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Birthplace: Seattle, WA

Education: BA Environmental Policy, Western Washington University, 2012
Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate, University of Oregon, 2013

Years at Whitman: Started July 1, 2013, so 0.035 years.


Film: Forrest Gump
Book: Professionally, "Reinventing Fire" by Amory Lovins and the" Rocky Mountain Institute." For fun, I'm currently finishing George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.
Play: "West Side Story"

Favorite sculpture on campus: Couldn't say yet, but definitely not the Venus statue.

Best travel experience: A faculty-led study abroad on the island of Ithaca, Greece, summer 2012

Interests/pleasures: Biking, vinyl records, skiing, sea kayaking, backpacking, microbrews, ecodistricts and community planning/development, and more.

Recent accomplishment: Graduating from UO and getting this job!

What people don’t know about me: I have a little sister here who's a going to  be a junior. Or maybe that this position exists and I'm here.

A day in the life/on the job: Bike to work, check my email and Google Calendar, reply to emails, research, research, research, meet with campus stakeholders, learn something new about Whitman everyday, and generally problem-solve. No two days are the same. Things will change when students arrive.

Favorite aspect of Whitman: That there are passionate students here taking on sustainability-related topics already. I'm just here to help those things come to fruition.

What I’ve learned here: A lot, and even more to come, but I've come to tolerate the heat better. There are numerous concepts of what this position's role is, and odds are most of them are right.

Favorite quote: "I've often thought that if our zoning boards could be put in charge of botanists, of zoologists and geologists, and people who know about the earth, we would have much more wisdom in such planning than we have when we leave it to the engineers."
 - William O. Douglas

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

This unicyclist takes a ride around the fountain in front of Sherwood to cool off on a hot day.
Full size.

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Mail Service Change
Walla Walla Sweets
Faculty and Staff News Briefs
Staff Profile
Parting Shot

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