September 23, 2013

Volume 8 | Issue 5 | September 23, 2013

Munns exhibit comes to Sheehan

Starting Oct. 14, Sheehan Gallery will present an exhibit titled “Of Myth and Memory: A Retrospective of Selected Works of Artist J. Frank Munns.”

Munns’s early art career focused greatly on installation and performance and drew heavily on mythic themes and ritual practices. In addition to his creative choreographies, Munns had a number of museum and gallery shows and his work was featured in a national traveling exhibition entitled “Other Gods.”

As he got older, Munns’s work became a more private process, and his work was shown only occasionally. The last decade of the artist’s studio practice focused primarily on drawing and painting. However, the dance and gestures of Munns’s earlier performance pieces can clearly be seen in the making of his two-dimensional works. Munns’s mixed media compositions are fraught with energy and motion; the themes and images explored were both broadly mythological and abstractly autobiographical.

At the time of his death in January 2013, Munns left behind a legacy of more than 500 works. Selected from Munns’s personal archive, “Of Myth and Memory” focuses primarily on the artist’s two-dimensional works of but also includes brief excerpts of previous sculptural installations and recorded performances.

Like one of the historical digs Frank Munns participated in as a young archeology student, the exhibit “Of Myth and Memory,” reveals the artifacts of an extraordinary life and offers its viewers a glimpse into the mind of a remarkable individual.

Sheehan Gallery is open Monday-Friday from noon-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon-4 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please call x5249 or x5992.

Moody’s Investors Service reaffirms long-term bond rating for Whitman

Moody’s Investors Service recently recognized Whitman for its successful financial management and positive operating performance with an Aa3 long-term rating. This rating indicates that Whitman has made high quality investments and is at a very low credit risk.

President Bridges would like to thank Controller Walter Froese for leading Whitman through the rating review process. He would also like to thank Vice President for Development & College Relations John Bogley and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid Tony Cabasco for updating Moody’s on campaign and recruitment efforts.

Campus tour available for new personnel

The Personnel Advisory Committee invites all faculty and staff to attend a campus tour on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Attendees will meet in Memorial 331 at 8:30 a.m. for coffee, pastries and introductions. Student admission representatives will arrive to begin the tour at 9 a.m. It should take no longer than an hour to complete.

If you are interested in attending the tour, email your RSVP to Administrative Assistant for Human Resources Mary Luckstead at

Biology department hosts annual plant sale

On Friday, Sept. 27, the biology department will host its annual plant sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come to the Hall of Science atrium to browse a wide selection of decorative plants to spice up your office or home.

Faculty news brief correction

Kirsten Nicolaysen, associate professor of geology, was awarded an $85,655 National Science Foundation Grant to study the impacts of geologic disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, on prehistoric human and ecological systems of the northern Pacific Rim with her students and colleagues. The volcanic island of Mt. Carlisle (pictured) is part of the collaborative research site.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Saturday, Sept. 28

Women's Soccer vs Pacific (Parent Weekend)
Noon at Whitman Soccer Fields

Men's Soccer vs Pacific University
2:30 p.m. at Whitman Soccer Fields

Men's Tennis vs USTA/ITA Regional Championships
9 a.m. at Whitman Tennis Courts

Sunday, Sept. 29

Women's Soccer vs Linfield (Parent Weekend)
Noon at Whitman Soccer Fields

Men's Soccer vs George Fox
2:30 p.m. at Whitman Soccer Fields

Men's Tennis vs USTA/ITA Regional Championships
9 a.m. at Whitman Tennis Courts

Monday, Sept. 30

Men's Tennis vs USTA/ITA Regional Championships
9 a.m. at Whitman Tennis Courts

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Whitties practice yoga near the sculpture "Discobolos."
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