September 30, 2013

Volume 8 | Issue 6 | September 30, 2013

Seeking applications for 2013 David Nord Award projects

All current Whitman faculty, staff, students, student-faculty team or student-staff teams are eligible to apply for the 2013 David Nord Award. This annual award supports projects that address critical issues facing queer communities today.

Each year, recipients will receive $2,500 for scholarly research or a creative project. Past projects have included art exhibits, documentaries, poetry collections, thesis research or other qualitative or quantitative research.

Project proposals should include a description of the nature and scope of the desired project, a brief explanation of why the project is important, a timeline of the project and the names of the applicants. Most proposals are 2-3 pages in length.

Proposals should be emailed to Assistant Professor of Politics Susanne Beechey by Friday, Oct. 18. If you have any questions, please email Beechey at

Faculty News Brief

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Joe Page is currently showing some of his work in a group exhibition at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, Calif. The exhibit opened on Wednesday, Sept. 18 and will remain open until Saturday, Oct. 19.

The work pictured is titled “Flow Chart: Cascade.” To complete it, Page used porcelain, vinyl, polystyrene, medium-density fiberboard, wire and paint.

More images of Page’s work can be found here.

In Memoriam: Former Whitman College President Louis Perry

Louis Perry, Overseer Emeritus and the eighth president of Whitman College, died Sept. 28, 2013, at Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla. He was 95. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., March 4, 1918, Perry served as president from 1959 to 1967.

While president, Perry created a development office and launched major fundraising and building campaigns, which dramatically increased the size of the college’s asset base, endowment, buildings, number of faculty members and number of students.

In 1996, the Louis B. Perry Summer Research Scholarship was established to honor Perry’s continuing leadership in the Whitman community. The Perry Summer Research Scholarship encourages faculty to recruit and employ continuing Whitman students to join them as collaborators in their professional scholarship.

In the spring of 2000, Perry established an endowment at Whitman in honor of his wife, Genevieve Patterson Perry. Income from the endowment brings one or more distinguished visiting speakers in the general areas of economic policy and business ethics to the campus. Genevieve Perry, educated as an economist at UCLA, served Whitman in a leadership role during her husband's presidency.

Flags at Whitman College will fly at half-mast this week in honor of Perry’s legacy.

Whitman Wellness
By Michele Hanford

5 Strategies to Invest in Better Health!

We all know we should exercise but…

Here are 5 strategies to help you take care of the biggest and best investments you have: Yourself, your health and your peace of mind!

  • When you drive to your destination, consider parking two blocks away and walking the rest. That extra 3-5 minutes to get there will help you lubricate your joints, move your muscles, stimulate your brain and calm your nerves.
  • Stretch. Get up every 60 minutes or so and stretch a body part. An arm, a leg, a calf… Shoulders, sides of the body, etc. Watch your pets stretch when they get up from a nap. They never move without a quick, but luxurious, “self-movement” before they motor on!
  • Think. Stop what you’re doing and disengage for a minute. Take 5 big deep breaths while your eyes glaze and focus. Or close your eyes and see the tress in Vermont, or the snow in the mountains, or the ocean, etc. Give yourself permission to pause…
  • Consider the 20-minute, high-intensity workout. Time spent in exercise doesn’t have to be hours. It doesn’t even have to be a half hour! Twenty minutes of anything that makes you sweat, move and breathe is physical exercise. Do what you like and forget the clock!
  • Give yourself permission and put yourself first. Love your kids, your family and your neighbor, but love yourself, too. Those 20 minutes you give to yourself are going to make you even more loveable, so go ahead and make your own day!

Flu shots available to faculty and staff Oct. 2

The Health Center staff will be holding a Flu Clinic for the staff and faculty of Whitman College at the Reid Campus Ball Room on October 2, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please review the Influenza Information Document and bring your signed Flu Consent Form with you.

For more information, please visit the Health Center website »

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, Oct. 1
Lecture. Professor of Communications at the University of Minnesota Ronald Walter Greene will deliver this year’s Visiting Speaker Colloquium for the department of rhetoric studies. His talk will focus on the rising importance of soft skills, like critical thinking and communication. Following the event will be a short reception with cookies and cider. 4:30 p.m. in Kimball.

Thursday, Oct. 3
Reading. Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand is the next guest of the Visiting Writers Reading Series. He will read selections of his poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and then participate in a Q&A session with the audience. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday, Oct. 3
Lecture. Professor James F. Brooks is the author of “Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship and Community in the Southwest Borderlands.” He is coming to campus to discuss evangelism in the southwest borderlands at the 2013 Mary L. Bierman Lecture on the History of the American West. This event is sponsored by the history department. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Friday, Oct. 4
Lecture. Timothy Strathmann is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is coming to lecture on the connections between water and energy resources. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Friday, Oct. 4
Concert. The Syrinx Effect Duo will perform as a part of the Fridays at Four Recital Series. Come hear the contemporary, improvised, electronic chamber music of Kate Olsen and Naomi Siegel. 4 p.m. in Kimball.

Monday, Oct. 7
Lecture. Award-winning author Samuel Freedom will give a talk on his most recent book, “Breaking the Line: the Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.” Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History David Schmitz and Director of Athletics Dean Snider will join in discussion about the book. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Monday, Sept. 30
Men's Tennis vs. USTA/ITA 9:00 a.m. at Whitman Tennis Courts

Friday, Oct. 4
Volleyball vs. Pacific Lutheran 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
Volleyball vs. Puget Sound 6:00 p.m.


Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Whitman College's orchid superstar Jean Carwile Masteller keeps flowers in bloom on the second floor of the science building. Full size.

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