October 28, 2013

Volume 8 | Issue 10 | October 28, 2013

Students invite kids to trick-or-treat in residence halls

Students living in the residence halls are excited to celebrate Halloween with local families. If you have kids interested in trick-or-treating, stop by the dorms and interest houses for delicious candy!

Trick-or-treating will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anderson, Prentiss and the interest houses will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lyman, Jewett and North will be open from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating rooms will have orange “Trick-or-Treat Here” signs posted on their doors, so they will be easy to spot.

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to send them to Amy Bruner at brunerae@whitman.edu.

Happy Halloween!

Find a phish? WCTS needs your help!

Defeats the purpose, no? by joannapoe, on Flickr
Defeats the purpose, no? by joannapoe, on Flickr Protocol Photography 

Last week, Mike Osterman ’96, IT Security Officer and Deputy Director of Enterprise Technology, offered tips to avoid getting caught by fraudulent phishing messages.

Now that you know how to spot a phish, you can help Tech Services by forwarding it to the new phishy@whitman.edu address.

“By forwarding messages to phishy@whitman.edu, you'll help Tech Services to stop a particular attack sooner, keeping the whole campus safe. It also helps us to understand the extent of an attack and to identify constantly changing tactics of cyber criminals,” said Osterman.

For more info about phishy@ or IT Security in general, contact Osterman at x5419 or itso@whitman.edu.

How to order the new campus directory

The 2013-14 edition of the printed, comprehensive campus directory is nearing completion. It includes alphabetical staff and faculty listings as well as departmental listings. Copies cost $1.60 each and can be charged to your department budget.

To order the directory, send an email to Amber Dobbs at dobbsar@whitman.edu. Please include the following information: number of copies, budget number and delivery location.

College works to plant more trees

It has been said that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. In the past two decades, the college has planted hundreds of trees, in part to replace the trees lost in two major wind storms over the past ten years. In the past two years, we have planted 36 trees on campus and over 30 trees on college rental properties.

The grounds department is currently in the process of applying to become a Tree Campus USA college through the Arbor Day Foundation. With the assistance of two great student helpers, the grounds crew is currently mapping and identifying the campus tree canopy. They hope to complete this project by the end of spring semester.

Additionally, the department will have an advertised tree planting event on or around Arbor Day next spring to plant new trees around the new Tennis Courts. These new trees will replace the trees which needed to be removed due to the tennis court expansion.

Nominations still open for Pete and Hedda Reid Award

If you know of any faculty or staff members who volunteer in the community, consider nominating them for the Pete and Hedda Reid Award. The winner of this outstanding service award will be recognized with a $1,000 prize at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

To nominate someone, please fill out this online form. Nominations are due by Thursday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

Faculty News Briefs

Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and General Studies Johanna Stoberock recently received an award from Artist Trust, a Washington state non-profit organization that grants funding for artists. In 2013, they will award $73,348 through the Grants for Artist Projects program, which has been in place since 1988.

Stoberock received a GAP grant so that she could continue revising her novella “Pigs,” the story of four children stranded on an island that serves as the repository for all of the world’s garbage. The novella uses a dystopian island as a setting to explore questions about environmental responsibility, group action and the possibility of innocence. 

Assistant Professor of Theatre Design Greg Mitchell just wrapped up work on a production of the musical “The Spitfire Grill” at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. Reviews from regional press have been strong, including specific mention of Mitchell's lighting design. “The Spitfire Grill,” which marks his seventh artistic collaboration with the theatre company since 2000, will run through the month of November.

Whitman Wellness
Contributed by Fitness Facilities Director Michele Hanford

Everyone is invited to the 8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Workout!

Price of admission: FOOD AND CLOTHING!

Please consider putting extra boxed and canned food items in your shopping cart for the 8th annual Thanksgiving Day Workout when you’re next out food shopping.

In terms of clothing, winter-appropriate items like boots, sweaters, gloves, hats, coats and socks are welcome, as well as blankets. Many of our citizens are living in their cars and do not have enough to eat, to feed their children or to stay warm.

Donations at the event go to Helpline, a local organization dedicated to providing emergency social services to needy citizens.

Please come exercise with us and help a great cause on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 7 am. to 10 a.m! And even if you don’t plan to attend, won’t you please donate? If you have questions, please contact Michele Hanford at 509.520.0327.

Get a jump start on burning those Thanksgiving calories and help out a good cause while you’re at it!

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, Oct. 28
Lecture. Alumnus Dr. DanaLeighton '01, a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Hendrix College and the 2013 Pete Reid Young Alumni Award recipient, will give a talk about his research into justice and perceived threat. 4 p.m. in Kimball.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Dance Theater. Come see a live dance theater performance from Tia Nina, a movement-based rock band using physical, dynamic and inclusive shows to challenge assumptions about rock performance, modern dance and gender. A brief reception will follow the performance. 7:30 p.m. at the Power House Theatre on N. 6th Ave.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Q&A. Find out more about movement-based rock band Tia Nina. 4 p.m. in Olin 157.

Friday, Nov. 1
Lecture. Iran expert Majid Sarifi of Eastern Washington University and several Whitman faculty members will give presentations to help the audience learn more about the Syrian crisis. 2 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Lecture. Alumna Jordan Royal '97 is a licensed clinical social worker at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress in Seattle. She will discuss her experience in social work and share her thoughts on career possibilities in the social sciences outside of academia. 3 p.m. in Maxey 207.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Saturday, Nov. 2
Women's Soccer vs. Lewis and Clark - 11:00 a.m.

Men's Soccer vs. Linfield - 1:30 p.m.

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

A student studies on a fall day surrounded by both tropical and not-so-tropical plants..
Full size.

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