May 20, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 39 May 20, 2013
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Eric Idle steals the show at Whitman Commencement!

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The Class of 2013 as well as about 4,000 other students, faculty, staff and visiting guests gathered outside Memorial on Sunday to celebrate Whitman’s 127th Commencement. Monty Python star Eric Idle, father of Whitman graduate Lily Idle ’13, served as Commencement Speaker. The acclaimed English comedian provided this pithy poem to summarize his speech, in which he urged graduates to always enjoy what they do: “Life has a very simple plot; first you’re here, and then you’re not.”

For a full recap of yesterday’s events, click HERE. For additional coverage, photo galleries and video clips from Commencement AND Baccalaureate, visit the Commencement website.

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GiveBIG event raises $47,177 for Whitman

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Thanks to the generosity of almost 200 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the college, Whitman raised $46,177 during last week’s GiveBIG event. Gifts ranged from $5 to $5,000 and were received electronically from all across the country and internationally.

Organized by The Seattle Foundation, GiveBIG was a one-day charitable event that took place online from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 15. All gifts to Whitman benefitted the Annual Fund as unrestricted contributions in support of the academic and co-curricular mission of the college.

“Response to GiveBIG definitely exceeded our expectations," said Brian Dohe, director of annual giving. "To put this in perspective, in the last calendar year, our two largest days for online gifts were June 30 and Dec. 31. We received 93 gifts on one of those days and 95 gifts on the other day. Through GiveBIG, we received 194 gifts in a 24-hour period. We are delighted and grateful, and very impressed with the response from our donors.”

To read the full story, click HERE.

Faculty news briefs

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Richard Martinez, assistant professor of art, was recently awarded a 2013 Artist Trust Fellowship Grant for Visual Art. This year, 449 applications were reviewed in the disciplines of visual art, folk and traditional art, emerging fields/cross-disciplinary art and performing art; 17 recipients were selected. Artist Trust Fellowships are awarded to Washington State artists based on artistic merit, demonstrated ability, professional achievement and continuing dedication to an artistic discipline. For more information, visit


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"Flow Chart: Radiate," porcelain and mixed media, 2013.

Joe Page, visiting assistant professor of art, served as a curator and participant this past semester in a three-person ceramics exhibition that traveled to the Glassell Junior School at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in Houston, Texas, and The Cohen Gallery at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. The exhibition, “Chromatics Schematics,” featured work by Page as well as by Rebecca Chappell and Michael Fujita. To view images of Page’s work from the exhibition, visit his website at

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

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All manner of styles were on display as the Class of 2013 lined up to begin Sunday's Commencement ceremony. Full size.

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