June 17, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 43 June 17, 2013
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First cohort for Whitman Leadership Program announced

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The budget officers have reviewed applications for the inaugural class of The Whitman Leadership Program, which was announced in the spring. The candidates represented a very promising collection of staff, all with strong leadership aspirations and potential, according to Dennis Hopwood, director of human resources who built the program. “After a good deal of deliberation, which included the uncomfortable necessity of choosing a few among many strong, compelling applicants,” he said, 11 staff members were selected:

Leann Adams, director of student activities
David Brauhn, editor/associate director of communications
Susan Brick, director of off-campus studies
Juli Dunn, director of academic resources
Brian Griffith, system administrator/developer
Sarah Hogan, development officer
Noah Leavitt, assistant dean for student engagement
Cate Lyon, WCTS consultant, user support services
Justin Rodegerdts, financial analyst
Melissa Salrin, archivist and special collections librarian
Joshua Smith, associate director of admission

The Whitman Leadership Program is an initiative designed to prepare a select group of administrative staff members for future leadership roles at Whitman. Click HERE to learn more.

WCTS upgrades system for submitting service requests

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When you need tech support or other help from WCTS, do you submit service requests online?  Or how about via email?  WCTS wants all staff and faculty to know that it has just upgraded the system that allows the Whitman community to submit help and service requests (a.k.a “tickets”) online.  Here are the important details:

  • It’s found here:  https://my.whitman.edu/support (or if you're logged in to my.whitman already, just click on the support tab)
  • The new system will look different to you if you’ve used the old one, but it’s just as intuitive, and will allow us to continue to improve our quality of service to the Whitman community.
  • If you or your department would like training or have questions about the new system, please contact the HelpDesk at x4976.
  • In time, WCTS will be phasing out email addresses such as cleo_help@whitman.edu, et@whitman.edu and phones@whitman.edu and will centralize most online requests around this new system.  
  • Of course, you are always welcome to continue to call WCTS staff at x4976 in person at the HelpDesk in Olin.

Please note:  The new WCTS system does not affect your ability to self-submit requests to the Physical Plant.

Staff changes and transitions

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Effective June 18 – Jennifer Dilworth Northam ’91 joins the alumni office staff as assistant director of alumni relations. Previously she was the events and public relations manager for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, coordinating such large community events as Feast Walla Walla, the Downtown Summer Concert Series, Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend and the Macy’s Parade of Lights. She is married to Jeff Northam ’88, head men’s tennis coach.

Faculty news brief

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Kevin Pogue, professor of geology, is featured in the June edition of Wines & Vines Magazine, in a cover story titled “Topography and Temperature.” The article highlights Pogue’s research on the terroir of the Columbia Basin and possible links between topography and the accumulation of growing degree days, an indicator growers use to predict the key stages of crop development. His research could lead to more knowledgeable site selection and better vineyard management. Read the full article online HERE.



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Elyse Semerdjian, associate professor of history, recently delivered a talk titled “Armenian Women and the Politics of Conversion in Early Modern Ottoman Aleppo” at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. The talk, based on a larger book project addressing the Christian Armenian community of Syria’s northernmost metropole, discusses the factors that prompted Armenian women’s conversion to Islam in the eighteenth century. In addition, the paper explores unique historical moments in which Armenian women resisted conversion in light of the conversion of their husbands and children. Semerdjian is currently the Dumanian Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies at the University of Chicago in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. While in Chicago, she delivered an additional talk for the Chicago Armenian community, titled “The Armenian Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: 1915 and 2013,” which compared the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo during the Armenian Genocide in 1915 with the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Syria today.  The talk was delivered June 1 at a benefit held at the All Saints Armenian Apostolic Church in Glenview, Ill. Funds from the benefit will be used to supply meals that will be distributed through the Armenian prelacy to residents in the embattled city of Aleppo. Those interested in donating to the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund may do so online at www.syrianarmenianrelieffund.org.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

The hair of Erin Iverson, 8, daughter of associate professors Jack Iverson and Sarah Hurlburt, showed the effects of a few minutes scrambling on the climbing wall last week during one of the free climbing periods.
Full size.

Whitman College
In This Issue
Whitman Leadership Program
WCTS System Upgrade
Staff Changes and Transitions
Faculty News Brief
Parting Shot

Past issues
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