March 4, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 28 March 4, 2013
The Fountain

Whitman again named to national Community Service Honor Roll

National Honor Roll logo

Whitman has again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Launched in 2006, the honor roll annually recognizes “institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.” This is the seventh consecutive year Whitman has made the honor roll. Honorees are chosen based on a number of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student body participation and incentives for service.

“It is always a treat to celebrate the fantastic work that goes on throughout the Student Engagement Center,” said Noah Leavitt, assistant dean for student engagement. “The combination of high-level service initiatives at Whitman, both those sponsored by the SEC as well as those that take place around campus, creates a vibrant student body that constantly creates ways to make a positive difference in Walla Walla.”

Leavitt also recognized Abby Juhasz, interim community service coordinator, “for the time, energy and thought that she put into crafting an expansive and exciting application” to the honor roll this year.

To view the full list of colleges and universities that made the cut, click HERE.

“Livestream” expands reach of Whitman events


For those unfamiliar with Livestream, it is a technology that enables real-time viewing of events and activity online. It also preserves the recording for future viewing. Whitman’s IMS team has been experimenting with the technology and reports success: “We’ve been very pleased with the results as well as the feedback we’ve received from the limited number of events that we’ve streamed,” said Jon Loney, manager of Instructional Multimedia Services.

The IMS team has compiled a small library of events that remain viewable on the college Livestream page. The most-watched event – with more than 930 views – is the Dec. 1 Whitman Choral concert. The IMS staff also plans to use the service for the 2013 Commencement. “With Eric Idle as the speaker, we are anticipating hundreds of concurrent viewers,” Loney said.

Livestream offers opportunities to engage external audiences who otherwise would not have access to lectures and events for which video recording and broadcasting permission has been granted. If campus community members are interested in using the service, start by completing an IMS request form at To support the costs of the service, there is a $50 fee for live streaming plus the $17.50 hourly rate for event support.

Questions? Contact

High School Counselors tour campus this week

The Pacific Northwest Colleges Counselor Tour makes its annual visit to Whitman, March 4-5. Forty college counselors representing high schools from throughout the nation comprise the tour, which also includes stops at UPS, Reed, Willamette and Lewis & Clark. Robert Street ’07, assistant director of admission, is coordinating the visit, during which guests will tour campus, meet with students, faculty and staff and get a comprehensive introduction to the Whitman and Walla Walla communities.

“Whitman always shows well in these programs, and the visits help school counselors make informed college recommendations for the students they serve. Thank you to all members of the campus community who contribute to making the visit a positive experience for our guests,” Street says.

Alaska Airlines set to change morning flight departures out of Walla Walla

Alaska Airlines Logo

Beginning Sunday, March 10, Alaska Airlines will change the departure time of its morning flight from Walla Walla to Seattle to 6:25 a.m. The flight to Seattle previously departed at 6:45.

Faculty news brief

We Only Know Men book cover. By Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry, Cushing Eells Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Literature, has been named the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies for the academic year 2013-2014 at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He will teach four courses over the course of the year at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Richard Stockton offers a master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Henry is the author of “We Only Know Men: The Rescue of Jews in France during the Holocaust,” which has also been published in French as La Montagne des Justes. He is the editor of the forthcoming volume “Jewish Resistance Against the Nazis,” set for publication in spring 2014.

Maxey Museum presents exhibit on Whitman missionaries abroad

All spring semester, the Maxey Museum is housing an exhibit titled “The Unexampled Opportunity Before Them: Four Whitman Missionaries Abroad.” The subjects of the exhibit are James Lyman, David Graham, Walter Eels and Gaius Greenslade, who grew up in Washington state when it was still a territory and graduated from Whitman in 1907 or 1908. They also sent artifacts from their travels back to the college while serving as missionaries in Turkey, China, Japan and Syria.

The exhibit is in Maxey West (the environmental studies wing) and hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Questions? Contact Brynne Haug ’12, interim exhibitions and collections manager, at

Sorority offers designated driving service for wine tasters

Anchor drive

Members of Whitman’s Delta Gamma sorority are offering an ongoing designated driving service for wine tasters in the Walla Walla Valley. The suggested donation for “Anchor Drive” is $20/hour, and all proceeds benefit Delta Gamma’s national philanthropy, Service for Sight. For more information or to hire a driver, email

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 3/4
Lecture: “Direct Action and the Movement to Stop Coal Exports.” A talk by environmental writer and activist Nick Engelfried about the current situation of coal exports in the region, why direct action is important, what happened at the Coal Export Action last August and what organizers hope to accomplish at the upcoming trial. 7 p.m. in Olin 130. Informal dessert reception to follow.

Tuesday 3/5
Lecture: “Open Prisons in Denmark – Does it Make Sense to Have Those?” A talk by sociologist Anne Okkels Birk of the Danish Institute for Study Abroad about the social context of open prisons, which are a cornerstone of the prison system in Denmark. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 3/7
Lecture: “Little House on the Prairie: Eastern Jordan in the Late 7th Millennium B.C.” A talk by Gary Rollefson, professor of anthropology and seasoned field researcher in Jordan. His most recent work centers on the deserts of southern and eastern Jordan and the development of nomadic pastoral society. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 157.

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.

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.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Baseball (Borleske Stadium)

Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran (doubleheader)
Sunday, March 10 at 12 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

With days getting longer and the sun shining more, Styx still finds it wise to bundle up on cold mornings. Full size.

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In This Issue
Honor Roll
Counselors Tour
Alaska Airlines
Faculty News Brief
Maxey Museum
Driving Service
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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