May 19, 2014

Fountain Newsletter

Class of 1964 joins Commencement celebrations

A Whitman tradition continues with the arrival of the Class of 1964 on Thursday, May 22 to celebrate 50 years since graduation. Activities for the group culminate with marching in the Commencement processional on Sunday, May 25.

Due to events being held on the lawn of Baker Center, the driveway will be closed Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24. The Alumni Office staff apologizes in advance for any inconvenience. To view the schedule of events and list of attendees, see

Faculty news brief

Associate Professor of Philosophy Julia Ireland was invited to present three papers on her current work on Heidegger this spring. The first presentation was a keynote address at the Emory University Graduate Student Conference entitled "Heidegger's 'Hausfreund' and Re-enchantment of the Familiar." The second talk was delivered at Northwestern University as part of their "Phenomenology Workshop," and is entitled "Heidegger and the 'Inner Truth of National Socialism': A Discussion of the 'Schwarze Hefte.'" And the third talk was delivered at DePaul University, and was on the first chapter of her book on Heidegger, Hoelderlin, and politics. That talk was titled "When is Hoelderlin's Poetry?: Reception and Danger," and includes archival material from her last sabbatical. Julia was also invited to serve as associate editor of the Heidegger journal, "Gatherings." She is also very tired.

2013 Greenhouse Gas Inventory and President's Sustainability Task Force

The 2013 Greenhouse Gas Inventory is now complete and available here. Whitman's operations and activities emitted a net 10,517 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), which is equivalent to the emissions from burning 56.4 railcars of coal or the sequestration of 8,620 acres of forest. More than half of our emissions are the result of electricity and heating. Other major sources including directly-financed travel, student travel to and from home and study abroad. Further detail of results and methods are available in the full report.

President Bridges and the Board of Trustees announced earlier this month an expanded commitment to sustainability and intent to establish a Climate Action Plan for Whitman. The President's Sustainability Task Force, made up of students, staff and faculty, will create this plan. President Bridges seeks nominations for the Task Force. Contact Tristan Sewell, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, with nominations or questions at

Whitman greenhouse holds plant sale

The Whitman College greenhouse will hold its semi-annual plant sale this week. Stop by this Thursday, May 22, in the Science Building atrium. The sale will run from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Campus Events

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

May 8, 2014 to May 24, 2014 - Alexander Stage, Harper Joy Theatre

Please join us for the last show of the season. Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, May 8-11, 22-24 on the Alexander Stage.

2014 Commencement

May 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Memorial Building South Lawn

This year's commencement ceremony will be May 25 at 11 a.m. on the Memorial Building South Lawn.

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

Parting Shot - May 19, 2014

The Descent: A student descends a staircase in Fouts Center for Visual Arts between a cardboard mountain and strips of a giant photograph, lit by ascending bands of light from skylights in the atrium. Work from the Senior Thesis Art Exhibition is on display in Fouts and the Sheehan Gallery until May 25.