September 16, 2013

Volume 8 | Issue 4 | September 16, 2013

‘Performing the Archives’ brings history to life

Stephen Penrose’s Pioneer Pageant took place in 1923 and featured many Walla Wallans. With the launch of O'Donnell Visiting Educator David Schulz's new book, “How the West Was Won. Copyright Applied For,” the Walla Walla community will not only have a chance to engage with this historic event, but will also see some current Walla Walla residents’ interpretation of this unique piece of local history.

“Performing the Archives,” will include performances by Professor of Theatre Jessica Cerullo’s Intermediate Acting Class based on the original script of the pageant and on Schulz’s new book. The event will also highlight interesting documents and photographs from Whitman College and Northwest Archives to showcase the involvement of Walla Walla citizens with the pageant.

The event is free of charge, and all members of the Whitman and Walla Walla communities are welcome to attend.

For more information about the event, contact Schulz at, Archivist Melissa Salrin at or Cerullo at

Lecture to address emerging viruses

Leading biotechnology and medical consultant Dr. Thomas P. Monath will be giving a Brode Endowed Lecture entitled “Yellow Fever and Tales of Other Emerging Viruses” in Maxey Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Monath will discuss his work fighting yellow fever and other life-threatening viruses. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in on-the-ground public health work dealing with major epidemics in developing countries, as well as with vaccine development within the pharmaceutical industry. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and has published nearly 400 papers and six books. During his career, he has worked as a senior science advisor to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a division director for the Center for Disease Control, an adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and he is currently Chief Medical Officer of Hookipa BioTech and Chief Technical Officer of PaxVax.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Student Engagement Center launches ‘Real Talk’ series

The Student Engagement Center recently launched “Real Talk with Alumni,” a workshops series in which students are invited to join small group discussions with alumni from several different professional fields. “Real Talk” attendees have the opportunity to learn about each guest speaker’s professional journey and the role Whitman played in it.

The next speaker in the series is alumnus Dr. Richard Simon ’72, the first doctor in Walla Walla to care for HIV/AIDS patients. He currently works at the Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. He will lead discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. in Reid 207.

Past speakers have included Professor of Media Studies Anne Helen Peterson ’03, lawyer Andrea Burkhart ’00 and Dr. Nicole Marshall ’00, a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine.

To attend a session, please RSVP to Noah Leavitt at He will reserve a spot for you and tell you the location of the next event.

Welcome to the Whitman family!

Assistant Professor of Spanish Nico Parmley and Aimee Parmley recently welcomed a son into his family. Isaac William Parmley was born at 2:26 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, weighing in at 6 pounds and 5 ounces. Both Isaac and Aimee are doing well.


Sustainability advisory committee meeting

All members of the campus community are invited to meet with Sustainability Coordinator Tristan Sewell to discuss plans for the upcoming year. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19 at noon in the Center for Teaching and Learning in Penrose.

In the future, sustainability advisory committee meetings will take place on the third Thursday of every month.

Faculty news briefs

Kirsten Nicolaysen, associate professor of geology, was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to study prehistoric human and ecological systems along the northern Pacific Rim. She was awarded $85,655 to take up to five Whitman students to the Islands of the Four Mountains near Alaska to investigate artifacts and to study the stratigraphy of this volcanic island archeological site. The volcanic island of Mt. Carlisle (pictured) is part of the collaborative research site.

James Winchell, adjunct assistant professor of foreign languages, recently published a new article in Tablet Magazine, titled: "A Great Thinker Rediscovers His Judaism on the Day of Atonement."  Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, author of the magisterial opus “Star of Redemption,” was set to convert to Christianity one century ago in 1913. Yom Kippur services changed his mind. The article explores the paradoxes and dilemmas underlying Rosenzweig's decision. See the article here.

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Women's Soccer beats Whitworth 2-0 in their conference opener Friday evening.
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