October 7, 2013
Volume 8 | Issue 7 | October 7, 2013
PAC offers admission and financial aid workshops
The Personnel Advisory Committee is hosting two workshops for all faculty and staff parents interested in learning more about the logistics and process of applying for admission to college. Come hear Director of Financial Aid Marilyn Ponti and Admission Officer Esther Weathers discuss strategies for helping high-school-age children navigate the process successfully.
The first workshop opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and the second workshop opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Both workshops will take place in Reid GO2. Feel free to bring lunches to either workshop event.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Administrative Assistant in Human Resources Mary Luckstead at firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom from Discrimination Month brings three events to campus
The Walla Walla Diversity Coalition has sponsored three unique events in celebration of the nineteenth annual Freedom from Discrimination Month.
Masen Davis, the executive director of the Transgender Law Center, will give a talk titled “The Movement of Our Time: LGBT Equality at the Crossroads” on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Maxey. Following the lecture, Davis will answer questions from the audience.
University of Southern California Professor Jack Halberstam will discuss his book, “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal” on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in Maxey. Following the lecture will be a question-and-answer session and a book-signing.
On Tuesday, Oct. 29, “Call Me Kuchu” will be showing in Kimball Theatre at 7 p.m. This award-winning documentary from 2011 follows the gay rights struggle in Uganda. Refreshments will be provided for the audience.
For more information about the events, call 525-8602 or go to www.promotediversity.org.
Whitman partners with Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce for “Business After Hours”
Members of the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce will join Whitman College on Oct. 8 at 5.30 P.M. for their Business After Hours event in the Reid Campus Center. The event will be an opportunity for students to showcase the ways in which a liberal arts education is a launching pad into the business world, while attendees will have the chance to meet the next generation of private sector leaders.
Student leaders representing the Whitman Investment Company, the Whitman Entrepreneurs Club and Future Entrepreneurs of Whitman will share their projects and learn from community members. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with student business owners and with students who have participated in summer internships for private sector organizations.
The event is co-sponsored by the SEC and the Office of the President. For more information visit the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce website.
Whitman Debate Team Successes
Whitman’s debate teams just made a successful return from two tournaments. Fourteen students were at Bellevue College just outside Seattle, while another twelve were in Spokane, WA, at the Gonzaga Tournament. The policy debate team at Gonzaga beat the University of Wyoming 3-0 in the quarter-finals but were narrowly beaten by University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the subsequent semi-finals. The parliamentary debate team won the Bellevue tournament in a final against Western Washington University, while two other Whitman teams made it to the quarter- and semi-finals.
How to anonymously report or question suspected financial impropriety
As a matter of good business practice, the college established a method for campus community members to anonymously bring attention to suspected financial impropriety at Whitman. EthicsPoint, an outside vendor, will field reports made online or by phone.
“While we hope the system never has to be used, it’s important to have it in place given our widely decentralized culture,” said Walter Froese, controller. “It is exclusively for financial issues, such as theft of college property or an improper travel reimbursement. Campus community members who notice anything odd are encouraged to raise such questions. If they are uncomfortable using normal college channels, they can use this resource to make reports anonymously.”
He added that the college also provides systems and resources for questioning or reporting issues that are not financial in nature.
“If a campus community member suspects an issue that does not have a financial impact for the college, he or she should notify Human Resources personnel, a supervisor or a budget officer, whoever is most appropriate for the situation.”
To anonymously report or question financial issues through EthicsPoint, you can call (888) 278-1497 or visit this website.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Froese at email@example.com or x4936.
Faculty News Brief
Assistant Professor of Art Nicole Pietrantoni recently installed a major new work entitled "Implications" in a solo exhibition at Washington State University. Her work will be on display in Gallery 2 until Thursday, Oct. 31.
The installation functions as both a panoramic landscape of icebergs and a series of 30 accordion books when collapsed and folded. The text simultaneously reads as both a poem (Risk[,] Event[,] Disaster) written by Devon Wootten and an official report on climate change, "Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation."
Whitman Goes Green
Soil health and vigor are essential to growing healthy plants. The folks in the grounds department have found an affordable source for some of the industry’s best organic fertilizer, produced by Griffin Industries and handled locally by Wilbur Ellis. Griffin’s product “Nature Safe” is the first organic fertilizer supplier certified through Audubon’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
So why use organic and what’s the difference between this and petroleum-derived fertilizers? While there are a lot of differences, in a nut shell, Organic Fertilizer does more than just provide the primary nutrients to the plant – it helps feed and build soil too. A brief example is that the amino acids in this organic blend enhance turf grass health and overall nutrient efficiency by buffering heavy metals and sodium in the soil, improving the availability and exchange of plant nutrients on the root surface and increasing microbial activity in the soil.
This is a great step forward in our sustainability efforts. The soils in our landscape will be less polluted with leached out residues and the organic option enhances our other efforts to provide a healthy landscape which we all can enjoy.