September 3, 2013

Volume 8 | Issue 2 | September 3, 2013

Seeking participants for Instant Play Festival

Harper Joy Theater is gearing up for the sixth annual Instant Play Festival, and faculty and staff volunteers are welcome to participate.

The festival is a unique event in which students attend workshops with professional playwrights for three weeks and then write, produce and perform 14 plays in just 48 hours. This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29.

Volunteer actors and directors should email Kristen Kosmas, assistant professor of theater at, for more details. No previous experience is necessary, and the time commitment is minimal since each ten-minute play will be rehearsed and performed on the same day.

Staff gears up for new year

Last Tuesday, Aug. 27, staff members gathered together for the annual back-to-school staff breakfast.

President George Bridges addressed the staff in a speech to thank them for all of their hard work this summer preparing the campus for the upcoming academic year. He reminded guests that Whitman only achieves greatness through its people.

“The secret to Whitman’s success the secret to any institution’s success is its people. In you, I have witnessed dedication and commitment to one another and to our noble mission that I have experienced nowhere else,” he said.

Faculty news brief

Charly Bloomquist, senior adjunct assistant professor of art, is still displaying a selection of his work at Brasserie Four. His exhibit, titled “Grounds for Investigation,” features digital photographs of residue inside coffee cups, inviting the viewer to consider everyday images through an artistic lens.

There will be a closing reception for the show at Brasserie Four on 4 E. Main St. on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 3-5 p.m.


Memorial Building construction update

Lobby Areas – The third and second floor lobby carpet has been laid down and glued. A small part of the south stairwell has been started so that we all can see what will transpire the following week. The contractor will return on Tuesday to start on the south stairwell and then move to the north stairwell afer that. Touch-up paint will also happen in the hallways and lobbies.

Dean of Students – The Dean of Students area is all carpeted and the doors are hung and the trim work is in place. The painters will start again on Tuesday with getting the touch-up paint finished so that all the door hardware can be installed and the furniture can be moved in.

Upcoming important dates

Aug. 29-30 – No contractors in the building
Sept. 3-6 – Carpet starting on the south stairwell. Trim/base work and painting on the second floor.
Sept. 9-13 – Carpet starting on the north stairwell. Trim/base work and painting on the third floor.
Sept. 13 – Final completion and contractor gone.

Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Chuck Cleveland, skating through opening week. Full size.

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