March 18, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 30 March 18, 2013
The Fountain

Speakers announced for TEDxWhitmanCollege; tickets go on sale April 7

TEDx Whitman College logo

The TEDxWhitmanCollege organizing committee recently released the names of the seven speakers whose ideas will shape the April 27 event. TEDx is a series of independently organized, community-based conferences modeled on the internationally acclaimed TEDTalks format.

The theme of TEDxWhitmanCollege is “Walla Walla and Beyond.” Talks will cover a wide range of topics that speak to TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading. Speakers include Whitman students, faculty and an alumna, in addition to Walla Walla community members:

  • Katrina Allick ’16: “DIY Music”
  • Jordan Benjamin ’13: “Solving Snakebite in Equatorial Africa”
  • Theo Ciszewski ’15: “Aquaponics: The Ocean in the Wheat Fields”
  • Amy Davis-Bruner: “The Cat Lives: Superpowers of Curiosity”
  • Jeffrey Townsend: “Teaching in the Moment of Greatest Desire”
  • Aisha Fukushima ’09: “Intersectionality Matters”
  • Justin Lincoln, assistant professor of art: “Educating to Create”

TEDx tickets go on sale (online only) April 7 via the TEDxWhitmanCollege website on April 7. Tickets are $25. The event takes place in Kimball Theatre. There also will be free tickets available to watch a live streaming of the talks in Olin 130 and Maxey Auditorium. Each venue is limited to 100 audience members.

For more information or to check for updates, visit Watch future editions of The Fountain for more details.

WISE program accepting applications for this summer

Do you know a local middle school student who would benefit from the annual Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment (WISE) program? Applications are now available online.  Current 7th and 8th graders from low-income families or those who would be the first in their families to go to college are especially encouraged to apply.

The program takes place on campus Aug. 11-13 and introduces participants to college life, with the goal of encouraging them to make college plans of their own. There is no cost to participate. Students stay in dorms, eat their meals in the dining hall and attend classes taught by Whitman professors. There is also a parent workshop focusing on the financial aid process.

Applications are due May 31. Questions? Contact coordinator Sonja Aikens at  or visit the WISE website.

Whitman faculty judge science fair for local middle and high school students

Macy Quinn Sears
Seventh grader Macy Quinn-Sears of Garrison Middle School won this year’s grand prize, an iPad mini with case, for her project investigating which brand of hairspray works best for launching a potato in a potato launcher.

Whitman’s Science Outreach program hosted a science fair for local 6th-12th-grade students on March 9, with faculty from the astronomy, biology and chemistry departments serving as judges. The science fair was part of an ongoing effort to provide more opportunities for students in Walla Walla to learn about scientific methodology. Participants developed their own research questions and hypotheses, collected data and reported their results in a journal prior to presenting for the judges. In all, this year’s science fair featured 18 student projects.

Mary Burt, science outreach coordinator, organized the event, which was made possible by a generous grant from the George T. Welch Foundation. Judges included professors Andrea Dobson, Heidi Dobson, Marion Götz, Tim Machonkin and Dalia Rokhsana. Winners received prizes such as microscopes, gift cards for the college bookstore and other items donated by the biology and chemistry departments.

To read the Union-Bulletin article about Whitman's science fair, click HERE.

Family swim lessons offered at Harvey Pool April 1-5

The swim team is hosting its annual swimming lessons for toddlers, kids and adults during the Walla Walla Public Schools spring break, April 1-5. The program is led by Jenn Blomme, head swimming coach.

The sessions offered are:

  • Half-Hour Private Children's Lessons: Monday-Friday at 4, 4:30, 5 or 5:30 p.m. Cost: $45
  • Parent-Toddler Lessons: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30-6 p.m. Cost: $35
  • Adult Swim Clinics: Monday-Friday, 4-5 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. Cost: $50
  • Competitive Swimming Clinics: Monday-Friday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: $50

To sign up, contact Melanie Notari ’14 at

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Saturday 3/23
Dance: “Concerto of Dance.” An evening of artistic collaborations with beautiful dance, breathtaking music and thought-provoking movement by two difference dance companies, the Performing Company and Coriolis Dance Collective. Choreography by Idalee Hutson-Fish. Tickets available at Earthlight Books or at the door; $20 general, $15 for students and seniors. 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Monday 3/25
Lecture: “Beyond Rio+20: Combating Environmental Crises Through Education and Action.” A talk by alumna Kim Smith '90, who teaches sociology at Portland Community College and specializes in environmental sociology and social movements. She discusses actions being taken around the world to combat climate change and how Whitman can join in this larger mission to foster healthy green economies, ecosystems and communities. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

Tuesday 3/26
Film: “Trouble the Water.” Director Carl Deal screens this powerful documentary that takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen, incorporating home video footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th Ward. From the producers of “Fahrenheit 911” and “Bowling for Columbine.” Part of Whitman’s Cinema Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “From Chimel to Nobel: The Story of a Maya Woman.” A talk by Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Guatemalan indigenous K'iche' woman who has fought for justice and defended victims of discrimination and racism both in her home country and around the world. She will discuss race and ethnic relations, gender studies, social change and human rights. A simultaneous translation of her lecture will be provided in English. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka: Unfolding the Multi-faceted Personality of an Island Civilization.” A talk by Sudharshan Seneviratne, this year’s Edwin F. Arnold Visiting Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Whitman. He has held academic and diplomatic posts in Sri Lanka since the 1980s and is an archaeological consultant to several countries. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 245.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “Imaging the Biology of Cancer.” A talk by Janet Eary, M.D., professor of radiology and orthopedics and director of the Molecular Imaging Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A leader in the development of positron emission tomography for cancer diagnosis and assessment of cancer therapies, she will discuss the development of imaging technology in oncology. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 3/28
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Mat Johnson, author of the novels “Pym,” “Drop” and “Hunting in Harlem”; the nonfiction novella “The Great Negro Plot”; and the comic books “Incognegro” and “Dark Rain.” He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “Poor Richard’s iPad: The Return of American Journalism to its Roots.” Terry Tang, deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times and this year’s Hosokawa Journalism Lecturer, discusses how blogging, tweeting and Facebooking fit into our press traditions – and also changes them. 7 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “Nanoscience and the Future of the Global Carbon Cycle.” Professor A. Paul Alivisatos of the University of California, Berkeley, presents the Brode Lecture. His talk will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts that underlie the emerging field of nanoscience and illustrate their impact on future energy technologies. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130. Reception with hot beverages and dessert to follow.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Baseball (Borleske Stadium)
Saturday, March 23 at noon vs. George Fox University (doubleheader)
Sunday, March 24 at noon vs. George Fox University

Parting Shot
By Michael Cox, online content assistant

parting shot

Mt. Adams, Goldendale, Wash. Full size.

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