March 31, 2014

Fountain Newsletter

Four Whitman debaters make the Top 20 at the NPTE

Out of more than 150 students, four Whitman debaters placed in the top twenty at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. Congratulations to Nick Budak '14, Zac Parker '15, Marten King '14 and Logan Emlet '14.

Five Whitman debaters also received academic awards from the Cross Examination Debate Association. Lauren Hauck '16 earned cum laude, Jonathan Barsky '15 earned magna cum laude, while Ben Menzies '14, Sean Mulloy '14 and Emma Thompson '16 earned summa cum laude. Additionally, the team received a third place award for work in public debates and Menzies was selected to the All-American Debate Team, which is made up of 30 debaters across the country who best represent the values and expertise of policy debate.

For more on these successes, go to the Whitman Debate Facebook page.

"Whitties Helping Whitties" events see large turnout

Alumnus Jonathan Sposato '89 speaks to around 100 Whitties.

The Student Engagement Center and the Alumni Office recently hosted three successful "Whitties Helping Whitties" events in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Director for Business Engagement Kim Rolfe and Assistant Dean for Student Engagement Noah Leavitt counted an outstanding 200 students and alumni in attendance.

Winners of annual Off-Campus Studies Image Contest selected

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the images Whitman Off-Campus Studies participants bring back from studying abroad speak volumes about their life-changing experiences. The Whitman Annual OCS Image Contest is the perfect opportunity for recently-returned study abroad participants to show off their skills (or luck) with a camera. The top images are displayed on the OCS website, various Whitman publications and at a myriad of locations across campus.

In the past few years, a new component has been added to the image competition. Students submit a statement about the photo's significance and how it symbolizes what they may have learned during their off-campus studies experience.

Each image contest winner receives a giftcard to the Whitman Bookstore as a prize. See the full list of winners and their statements on the Off-Campus Studies website.

Faculty news briefs

Assistant Professor of Art Richard Martinez recently opened a solo exhibition at Texas State University in the San Marcos Art Galleries. The show, titled ¡PAINTINGSFORNOW!, will run until Apr. 11. The exhibit features oil-on-canvas paintings and charcoal/graphite drawings. For more information, see

Assistant Professor of Biology Kate Jackson was just featured in a White House Council on Women and Girls article. Jackson and her collaborators received National Science Foundation funding to support research in Central Africa just as she was having a baby. The article details how the Career-Life Balance initiative allowed Jackson to receive an extension at no cost to NSF, giving her more time to perform the work tied to the grant. Read the full article here.

Memorial Building construction update

After construction is finished, Memorial will have new carpets on all floors, new energy-efficient lighting, new ceiling grids, new fire alarms and new copper piping for heating and cooling. Both restrooms on the first and second floor will receive makeovers, and two unisex restrooms will be added to the third floor. The first-floor lobby will also get new paint, trim and carpet to match the second and third floors.

The contractor is currently taking out ceiling grids, carpet and lights and preparing to install the fire sprinklers and hydronic piping on the first floor. On the third floor, construction on rooms 324 and 331 is complete, and Security has been moved to room 324 for the remainder of the academic year. Rooms 331 and 332 will be open for normal meeting space throughout the rest of the year.

Exhibitions and Collections Manager Kynde Kiefel will begin removing art from office suites on the second and third floors at the start of May. She will not remove any art from the corridors or lobbies until after Commencement on May 25.

Thank you to all Memorial staff members and visitors for your cooperation and patience during the remodel.

Office of Communications creates new "Media Clips" section

The Office of Communications is now tracking media clips and social media mentions worldwide through a service called Meltwater. In addition to notifying us when we are in the news, the service allows us to pull a report at any time showing the number of media mentions or stories, publication names, circulation numbers and equivalent advertising value. Equivalent advertising value is the amount of money it would have cost the college to purchase the same amount of space in that publication. We can also track the media placements for competitor colleges, which helps us gauge trends in higher education coverage. In the Office of Communications, we use the social media tracking feature to immediately follow up with those who are talking about Whitman College, determined by tracking a number of keywords.

Our Alumni Office is also using the service to track stories that pertain to job promotions, awards and honors and obituaries of Whitman College alumni. We use this information to follow up with alumni and their families, to update our internal records and to use in Whitman College publications.

The media clips section can be viewed in full here, or via the third tab on the homepage box, after News and Events.

Campus Events

Art Outside the Box 2014

March 28, 2014 to April 5, 2014 - Penrose Library Lobby

A display of artistic creations made by Whitman College staff members.

Sustainability and the Crisis of Transcendence

March 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - Olin Auditorium

Prof. Duara addresses the crisis of global sustainability, and its links to national state formation, capitalism, and an ethos of conquest inspired by the radical Abrahamic (i.e., Christian, Jewish, and Muslim) separation of man and nature.

The Charm of the New

March 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - Maxey Auditorium

A lecture by San Francisco Chronicle Wine Columnist Jon Bonne

Disabled Diaspora, Rehabilitating State: The Queer Politics of Reproduction in Israel/Palestine

April 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Olin Auditorium

Scholar and activist Jasbir Puar will be speaking on Disabled Diaspora, Rehabilitating State: The Queer Politics of Reproduction in Israel/Palestine

Dr. William Fitzhugh: Genghis Kahn and the Mongol Empire

April 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - Olin 157

Dr. William Fitzhugh, Director of the Arctic Studies Center, is an anthropologist specializing in circumpolar archeology, ethnology and environmental studies.

Visiting Writers Reading Series: Daisy Fried

April 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Kimball Theater

Join acclaimed poet Daisy Fried for the Visiting Writers Reading Series

Forced from Home: The Lost Boys and Girls from Central America

April 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Reid Campus Center - Young Ballroom

A lecture by Jennifer H. Podkul, senior program officer for the Migrant Rights and Justice Program, advocates for the protection of women, children and families migrating to the United States.

What Does the Polygamist Want?

April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - Olin Hall 130

What Does the Polygamist Want? Sex and Sovereignty in Early Mormonism - A lecture by Peter Coviello

"Hawaiian Sense of Place:" Special Artist Talk by Hiroki Morinoue

April 4, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. - Sheehan Gallery

A Special Artist Talk by Hiroki Morinoue in conjunction with the Abstract American Mokuhanga exhibit at Whitman College's Sheehan Gallery.

Athletic Events - Home Games

Women's Tennis vs. George Fox

April 4, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

Women's Tennis v. George Fox

April 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

A sycamore branch winds its away across the blue sky above us, as students return to a very Spring-like campus.