May 6, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 37 May 6, 2013
The Fountain

More Whitman graduates earning PhDs in science and engineering, according to NSF

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A new report by the National Science Foundation shows that more Whitman graduates are earning doctorates in science and engineering now than in 2008, the year the report was last released.

Published by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, the report ranks the top 50 colleges by baccalaureate origins of science and engineering doctorate recipients in the U.S. In the current report, Whitman ranks 20th among national liberal arts colleges, up from 27th in 2008, and 36th overall, up from 47th.

Three Whitman graduates were also awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year, and two received honorable mentions. The fellowship provides $45,000 per year for three years of research-based graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

To read the full story, click HERE. To download a PDF of the report, click HERE.

Endowed professorships, faculty appointments, SSRA promotions announced

Provost Tim Kaufman-Osborn reports that “acting on recommendations forwarded by the Committee of Division Chairs and endorsed by President Bridges, the Whitman College Board of Trustees has approved appointments of the following faculty to endowed professorships, effective September 1, 2013":

Shampa Biswas, Paul Garrett Professor of Political Science 
Dana Burgess, Charles E. and Margery B. Anderson Endowed Professor of Humanities 
Theresa DiPasquale, Gregory M. Cowan Professor in English Language and Literature
Daniel Vernon, Arthur G. Rempel Professor of Biology

In addition, the Board approved the appointment of Chris Petit, associate professor of theatre, as a Paul Garrett Fellow.

Also approved by the board are the promotions of the following SSRA faculty members, to the rank of lecturer:

Heather Cato, Lecturer of Sport Studies and Head Women’s Soccer Coach 
John Eckel, Lecturer of Sport Studies and Head Athletics Trainer

Whitman to welcome nine new tenure track faculty for fall 2013

Following the final approval of the Board of Trustees comes the announcement of the newest members of the Whitman faculty, a group that Provost Tim Kaufman-Osborn calls “exceedingly strong.” They are: 

Renée E. Archibald, Instructor of Dance.  B.F.A, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Alissa A. Cordner, Instructor of Sociology.  B.A., Bowdoin College; M.A., Brown University

Sarah H. Davies, Assistant Professor of History.  B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Heather A. Hayes, Instructor of Rhetoric Studies.  B.A., Trinity University; M.A., Texas State University.

Jack E. Jackson, Instructor of Politics.  B.A., Georgia State University; J.D., Cornell Law School; M.A., University of California, Berkeley.

Emily E. Jones, Assistant Professor of German Studies and Environmental Humanities.  B.A., Smith College; Ph.D., Harvard University.

David H. Kim, Instructor of Music.  B.A., Cornell University; M.M., Yale University, School of Music; M.A., Harvard University.

Lydia M. McDermott, Assistant Professor of Composition in General Studies and Director of the Writing Center.  B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Ohio University.

Nicholas M. Parmley, Instructor of Spanish.  B.A., Westmont College; M.A., University of California, Irvine.

Kaufman-Osborn said, “In addition to asking you to join me in welcoming the members of this august group as they arrive this summer, I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation to every faculty member who chaired and/or served on a tenure-track search committee; Karen Zollman and Susan Bennett who devoted countless hours to scheduling the visits of on-campus interviewees; and the members of the Committee of Division Chairs who dedicated a good portion of the 2012-13 academic year to vetting these candidates, interviewing them, participating in search committee meetings, attending their presentations, and much more. Absent the collective efforts of everyone involved in this arduous but exceedingly important task, we would not have succeeded in bringing to Whitman College such a talented group of new teacher-scholars.”

GiveBIG to Whitman May 15 with online charitable event

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Whitman has been selected to participate in a one-day, online fundraising event organized by The Seattle Foundation called GiveBIG. The effort is designed to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations like Whitman that contribute in positive ways to the region.

GiveBIG takes place for one day only, starting at midnight, Wednesday, May 15, and ending at 11:59 p.m. that day (Pacific Daylight Time).

The Seattle Foundation will stretch the value of each dollar given by adding to it. The more money donated the bigger the stretch. All gifts must be made by credit card via the GiveBIG online giving form. All gifts to Whitman through GiveBIG benefit the Annual Fund, which supports student scholarships.

Watch the video for more information, or go to

Staff coffee with the president Wednesday, May 8

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Staff are invited to attend a meeting with President Bridges this Wednesday, May 8 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. The president will discuss the recent Governing Board meeting and take questions.

Call for nominations: 2012-13 Janice Abraham Award

The annual Janice Abraham Award recognizes staff members who have made significant contributions and provided outstanding service to Whitman. It is named for and honors former Whitman Treasurer and CFO Janice Abraham, and celebrates staff who have gone above and beyond job expectations, brought forward creative and innovative ideas, promoted the philosophy of “customer service” and contributed to the overall excellence of the college.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 10, and may be made by any staff, faculty or student. Only one nomination per person is permitted. Nominees must be current Whitman staff members and must have been employed by the college for at least two years as of May 10.

Direct nominations to Mary Luckstead, administrative assistant for human resources, in Memorial 104, or email with the name and department of your nominee as well as a short paragraph describing why he or she should receive this award.

Questions? Call HR at x5172. For a list of past recipients, click HERE.

More TEDx photos on flickr


More than 120 photos from last month’s TEDxWhitmanCollege are now available for viewing online on the Whitman College flickr. To access the TEDx photo gallery, click HERE.

Reminder: Submit purchase requests to WCTS by June 14

Purchase requests for software or hardware budgeted to the 2012-13 fiscal year must be submitted for processing to WCTS no later than Friday, June 14. With questions about making a selection or in regards to available options, please contact WCTS at x5415. With specific questions about purchase requests, contact Ronelle Partlow, executive assistant to the CIO, at

Reception today in Rob Gardner Seminar Room (Memorial 325)

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a reception commemorating former Vice President for College Relations Rob Gardner today, May 6, 4-5 p.m. in the Rob Gardner Seminar Room (Memorial 325). Once Rob’s Core (Encounters) classroom, the space will be renovated this summer and become part of the Dean of Students’ office.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 5/6
Lecture: "Everything I Learned in Business I Learned Owning a Bar.” Entrepreneur and Geekwire LLC chairman Jonathan Sposato ’89 delivers the 2013 William M. Allen-Boeing Lecture. His presentation explores themes of scaling internet business to millions of users while hiring strong teams and maintaining the correct balance for gender appeal of end-user facing products. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Tuesday 5/7
End of the Year Faculty Reception. All staff and faculty are invited to attend the annual End of the Year Faculty Reception, announcing the 2013 Faculty Awards and Alumni Association Faculty Award for Service; Ron Urban, Sally Hooker and Roberta Davidson will also be recognized. 4 p.m. in Cordiner Hall Foyer.

Thursday 5/16 to Saturday 5/18 
Theatre: “Floyd Collins (The Musical).” Based on true events, HJT presents the spellbinding musical that tells the story of Collins, a man who becomes trapped while exploring a cave in Kentucky in 1925 and sets off a media circus. For tickets and information, call x5180 or click here.

Saturday 5/18
Music: "Lux Aeterna.” Honorary degree recipient and composer Morten Lauridsen ’65 discusses his highly acclaimed choral work, composed of five movements set to various Latin texts about light. Performance to follow by the Whitman College Chorale, conducted by Jeremy Mims, with organist Melissa Loehnig ’05. 11 a.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Saturday 5/18
Baccalaureate: Welcome by President Bridges; remarks by Adam KirtleyRon Urban andKendra Golden as well as student speakers and musicians. 2:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. For details, visit the Commencement website.

Saturday 5/18
Lecture: "From Monty Python to Spamalot: A Discussion with Eric Idle.” English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer, composer and 2013 Whitman College Commencement Speaker Eric Idle discusses his career and takes questions from the audience. 4 p.m. in Cordiner Hall, immediately following Baccalaureate.

Sunday, 5/19s
Commencement: Featuring commencement speaker Eric Idle, playwright of the Broadway musical “Spamalot,” and senior class speaker Cornelis Adrianu T. Knook ’13. 11 a.m. on Memorial Building South Lawn. Light luncheon to follow. For details, visit the Commencement website.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

A student jazz combo plays under clear blue skies on the Cordiner side lawn last week. Full size.

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In This Issue
NSF Report
Endowed Professorships
Tenure Track Faculty
Staff Coffee
Janice Abraham Award
TEDx Photos
Purchase Requests
Rob Gardner Reception
Campus Events
Parting Shot

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