November 4, 2013

Volume 8 | Issue 11 | November 4, 2013

Two students win 2013 David Nord Award

Seniors Benjamin Roberson and Sean Mulloy were recently selected as the 2013 recipients of the David Nord Award, a $2,500 prize granted to students, faculty members and student-faculty research teams pursuing projects that address critical issues facing queer communities. The Nord Award was established in 1996 in honor of alumnus David Nord ’83.

Roberson will work with Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Melissa Salrin and Systems and Applications Librarian Dan Martensen on a project titled "Queer Times at Whitman: A Timeline Project of Whitman's Queer History.” Mulloy will work with Assistant Professor of Politics Jack Jackson on researching the United States v. Windsor decision, which struck down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act. Mulloy will use his findings to write a senior politics thesis.

Both winners will present their research in a public forum at the end of the spring semester.

Off-Campus Studies Office hosts annual fair

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Whitman held its annual Off-Campus Studies Fair with a record number of program representatives in attendance. These representatives were from many of our new partner organizations, including the Denmark Institute for Study Abroad, Hebrew University, Mexico Solidarity Network, SEA Semester and the National Theatre Institute.

Approximately 250 first years, sophomores and juniors visited the fair to gather information about off-campus study opportunities. The OCS office would like to extend a warm thank you to Off-Campus Studies Coordinator Laura Cummings, who was the master organizer of the event.

Washington State Penitentiary develops debate team in collaboration with Whitman and WWCC

Walla Walla Community College and Whitman have partnered with the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) to develop a debate team using grant funding from the Open Society Foundation.

A successful pilot project took place at the Coyote Ridge Correction Center (CRCC), in which instructor Dr. Johannes Wheeldon taught CRCC debaters how to approach non-confrontational discussions. To date, the CRCC has hosted two debates in collaboration with Walla Walla Community College and Washington State University, and the program is now being expanded to WSP. The debate topic for Fall 2013 is “The prison system in the U.S. should be fully privatized.”

Financial aid office moves to Memorial

After Monday, Nov. 25, the Office of Financial Aid Services will be located on the first floor of Memorial in Room 123. Because the employees will be physically moving from their old office on Friday, Nov. 22 and Monday, Nov. 25, they might be difficult to contact on those days.

Faculty news brief

American Lawn,” a documentary short created by Professor of Film & Media Studies Robert Sickels and junior film & media studies major Jess Lawrence with a Perry Grant this past summer, will premiere on the opening night of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival on Friday, Nov. 8.

For more information about the festival, visit their website.

Staff news brief

Director of Off-Campus Studies Susan Holme was recently elected to serve a three-year appointment on the Academic Council for the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES). The Academic Council is an advisory board that provides member institutions an opportunity to shape the direction of academic offerings through IES.

Throught IES, Whitman currently sends students to Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, and Spain

Whitman Wellness
Contributed by Fitness Facilities Director Michele Hanford

Beware of Halloween Candy!
(Adapted from an article by my friends at Transformation Fitness.)

Beware of Halloween candy! It may look harmless in its colorful, "fun size" packaging, but did you know that each little piece of trick-or-treat candy has between 50 and 200 calories and 5 to 20g of sugar? These tricky treats are often packaged without nutritional information, which makes it very difficult to know what you're actually eating. Starting with Halloween, the drugstores overflow with bulk bags of candy, ready to buckle you into a sugar rollercoaster that causes on average 2lbs of weight gain per year – 2lbs that many of us struggle to lose.

How does your body typically feel around the holidays? Happy, healthy and ready to take on the world? Or bloated, cranky and downright lethargic? What if you could do something right now as a holiday gift to yourself? Well, you can, and it’s super easy. Just get up and walk around. Burn some extra calories. Do some push-ups, some lunges and some breathing exercises.

Try this trick and turn the tables on that treat: burn off the calories BEFORE you eat that piece of candy. That’s right. Consider your junk food appetite and meet your exercise requirements first. Then allow yourself the pleasure of your treat!

As an added bonus, exercise helps put you in touch with your body, increases self-esteem and boosts your serotonin levels. After a mini workout you may even find you no longer want that piece of candy!

If you are shaking your head right now and questioning how you will make it through the holidays, remember that even walking for 10-20 minutes a day is better than nothing at all! Staying on track with your wellness goals can be challenging when temptation lurks around every corner, so make exercise your first thought of the day and find a workout partner so you can keep each other strong, fit and motivated throughout the holiday season!

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, Nov. 4
Lecture. Author and journalist Leslie Helm will give a Visiting Educator Lecture on his new book "Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan.” Helm's book is the first to look at Japan across five generations both from the inside and through foreign eyes. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday, Nov. 7
Lecture. S Charusheela, associate professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell will discuss ethnocentrism in the approach to economic development. In particular, she will focus on how the ethnocentric ideology in modernist developmentalism legitimates and naturalizes power, reproducing unequal relations – privilege and oppression – while rendering them invisible. A discussion and Q&A moderated by Associate Professor of English Gaurav Majumdar will follow the lecture. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Saturday, Nov. 9
Music. Kneebody Quintet will combine the energy of rock music with chamber ensemble playing. 2 p.m. in Chism.

Sunday, Nov. 10
Music. Come see Associate Professor of Music and cellist Ed Dixon and pianist Eugene Flemm perform in “An Afternoon of Beethoven for Cello and Piano.” 3 p.m. in Chism.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Volleyball vs. Whitworth - 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9
Volleyball vs. Linfield - 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10
Men's Basketball Alumni Game - 1 p.m.

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Winter is coming! A wintery scene from Pikes Peak Road in the Blue Mountains.
Full size.

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