Undergraduate Conference: Great foundation for the future
With hundreds and hundreds of hours of work and preparation behind them, about 150
students will take center-stage at the 2008 Whitman Undergraduate Conference, Tuesday,
April 15. Nearly 130 scholarly talks, 19 poster presentations, and musical performances by
six individuals, two jazz ensembles and two string quartets comprise this year’s
program. Tom Callister, associate dean of the faculty and conference
chair, encourages all staff and faculty to attend. “It’s so rewarding for
students to have opportunities to share the great work they do with a broader
audience,” Callister said. “More importantly, many of our students go on to
grad school, and this event gives them exposure to what academic conferences are like.
It’s a great foundation for what they’ll be expected to do later on in their
Check out the schedule of events online, and be sure to attend the all-campus luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. on
the Reid lawn (weather permitting; inside Reid if needed).
Staff, students to participate in Tour of Walla Walla cycling
The Whitman Cycling Team will race
with the elite ranks of the Tour of Walla Walla 2008 competitors this year on April 18, 19
and 20. The nationally ranked Whitman team will compete in the tour for the first time
— thanks in large part to the fund-raising efforts of tour marketing director Beth
Swanson — but Whitman has had a presence at the race since its inception.
The following staff will
Sherrie Kamara, IMS administrative assistant, may be the most deeply
involved, as her husband, Steve Rapp, is the event organizer. She says she takes on the
“usual mundane tasks of stuffing registration packets, working registration, helping
at the first aid station — which can be rather exciting! — and helping with
cleanup, including sacking the overfilled trash barrels on Main Street.”
Bryan Lubbers, IT
services consultant, competed in the inaugural tour, when it was called the Walla Walla
Road Race. He has volunteered ever since in such roles as flagger coordinator, race
official, follow car driver and road sign coordinator. This year he’s responsible for
a team of six that will place about 200 traffic control and race direction signs.
“It’s not very glamorous, but without the signs, placed according to a variety
of state regulations, the race could not go on,” he says.
Walter Froese, controller,
will help with signage for the Saturday road race, help direct road and pedestrian traffic
downtown Sunday morning and host a team. “This will be the third time I've hosted
this same team. They won the tour last year; it’s lots of fun.”
Barbara Barlow, WCTS senior
programmer/analyst, will compete for the first time; she will race in the time trial, road
race and criterium. A serious cyclist for about three years, Barbara is a distance rider
and has competed in the Frozen Flatlands race in Spokane.
Students stretch Earth Day to days of activities open to
at Whitman this year is more like Earth Week, with events starting Wednesday, April 16, and
running through Tuesday, April 22. The opening event, a Web broadcast of “Chill
Out,” will start at 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. A variety of
films, including “The Price of Sugar” and “Uranium,” will be shown
throughout the week.
festive public celebration of the earth’s environment will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
on Sunday, April 20, on Ankeny Field, said Karlis Rokpelnis ’09, Whitman Earth Day
organizer and a member of Campus Greens. Campus and community groups will present
entertaining activities and opportunities that will allow people to get involved.
“There will be music and food and fun activities, including tie-dying,” said
Rokpelnis, and campus and off-campus groups will set up informational tables and activities
as part of this celebrate/educate event. In addition, an exhibition of “Green
Art” will be open in the Olin Hall breezeway.
More complete information of Earth Week activities is
available here. The Campus Greens events calendar can be viewed at the Campus Greens
Staff and Faculty
Mike Osterman ’96, middleware
analyst in Technology Services, has received a $12,980 grant from the National Institute
for Technology and Liberal Education to conduct a workshop on “Integrating Library
Resources and Sakai.” Established in 2001, NITLE (pronounced “nightly”)
is a nonprofit initiative dedicated to promoting liberal education. The institute provides
opportunities for teachers in liberal arts settings to create transformative learning
experiences through emerging technologies. It is largely funded by the Andrew W. Mellon
Dennis, administrator for the Summer Dance Laboratory (SDL), with help
from Director of Foundations and Corporate Relations Rachna Sinnott
’93, wrote a proposal that earned a $2,500 grant from the Yancey P. Winans
Trust. The award will support Summer Dance Lab scholarships for regional students to attend
the Whitman summer dance program.
Staff Profile: Lindsey “Lina” Menard
Center for Community Service Coordinator
- Office: Center for Community
- Birthplace: Seattle, Wash.
- Education: Whitman College, Class of
- Years at
Whitman: Four as a
student, three as a staff member.
- Favorite movies: “Usual Suspects,”
“The Prestige,” and anything I want to watch again as soon as it's over. (I
rarely watch a movie more than once.)
- Favorite Books: Harry Potter, Phillip Pullman's novels.
- Favorite sculpture on
campus: The spinning
spiral near Prentiss.
- Best travel experience: Eating strawberries I bought from an unattended roadside stand while bicycling
along the coast of the island of Aero during a 10-day solo trip in Denmark last
- Interests/pleasures: Dinner with friends, gardening, playing board games, exploring new places,
hiking, reading a book in my hammock.
- Recent accomplishment: Getting four of my five sisters to Walla Walla to visit
my new home over spring break.
- What people don’t know about me: I love movies about heists
and the mafia, and my driver's license is incorrect because my height was overestimated
— I'm only 5 feet tall
- A day in the life/on the job: Visit with students about their volunteer interests, talk
with community partners about current volunteer opportunities, update Web site, check in
with interns about the programs we run, respond to a plethora of emails,
- Favorite aspect of Whitman: Whitties are passionate about making the world a better
I’ve learned here:
How to appreciate four distinct seasons.
- Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead
Team “W3” walks with purpose
A team of Whitman faculty and staff completed the April 6 “Race for the
Roses Half Marathon Walk.” The event, which took place in Portland, was a benefit for
Albertina Kerr Centers. The program works with children who have emotional or mental health
challenges, individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families. The
participants were (pictured, l-r) Sherrie Kamara, administrative assistant
for IMS; Mary Anne O’Neil, professor of French; Pat
Henry, professor emeritus of French; Celia Weller, professor of
Spanish, retired; and Keiko Pitter, chief technology officer. Pitter
organized and trained the team, and designed the “W3” logo —
Walla Walla Walkers. She reports that while none of the team members have a direct
connection to the Kerr Centers, they are “always looking for causes that raise funds
for various health organizations.” The team trained for 12 weeks, covering 200 miles
in all kinds of weather including the Jan. 4 wind storm. Malcolm Dunn,
instructor of sport studies, gave the team walking techniques and nutrition tips at the
beginning of training. “It all was just exhilarating. We all feel like we are ready
for anything in life,” Pitter said, adding “I will continue to do more of these
events and get more ‘older’ people involved in walking.”
All events free unless otherwise
Monday, April 14
Lecture: “Markets and the
Economy: Friends or Foes?” will be presented by the Classical Liberalism Visiting
Speaker, Terry Anderson. He is the John and Jean DeNault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute
and the executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center, a think
tank in Bozeman, Mont., that focuses on market solutions to environmental problems.
Anderson’s work helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has
prompted public debate over the balance between markets and government in managing natural
resources. 7 p.m., Olin 130.
Thursday, April 17
Lecture: “Body Language:
On Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’” by Stanley Corngold, professor of comparative
literature and German, Princeton University. 4 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.
Thursday, April 17
Concert: Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, Peter Crawford, conductor,
7:30 p.m., Cordiner Hall.
Thursday, April 17
Annual Skotheim Lecture:
Intersection of Humanity and Infectious Disease” presented by Albert Crosby. 7:30
p.m., Olin 130.
Friday, April 18
Recital: Fridays@Four presents
Rhea Edelmann, violin, and Jackie Wood, piano. 4 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter
Friday, April 18
Gallery Opening: Sheehan Gallery
presents the Senior Art Thesis Exhibition, Perry Award Lecture and Opening Reception in
Olin 130 and the Sheehan Gallery. Lecture, 5 p.m., Olin 130; reception, 6 to 8 p.m.,
Community Festival: Imagine Celebration, an annual
celebration of diversity in the Whitman and Walla Walla communities, on the side lawn of
Reid Campus Center from noon to 5 p.m. The event includes dance, music and performances by members of Whitman
and Walla Walla communities and booths and activities for all ages.
Featured performance by Andy-O, a Seattle musician whose work combines reggae with
Sunday, April 20
Recital: The Music Department
presents a piano recital with Jonathan Spatoloa-Knoll, Rachel Wishkoski and Joanna Swan.
3 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.
Tuesday, April 22
Presentation: Dublin Award presentation. 5 p.m., Olin Hall 157. Gaurav
Majumdar, assistant professor of English, and Nani Gilkerson ’08, will
present the results of their research project, for which they received the college’s
Adam Dublin Award for the Study of Global Multiculturalism. The presentation will consist
of a lecture followed by a discussion. Majumdar will introduce the project, and Gilkerson
will explore the ways in which “Foe,” “Wide Sargasso Sea” and
“Beloved” make an ethical demand upon the reader to engage with issues of
Thursday, April 24
Lecture: The 2008 William M.
Allen-Boeing Lecture, featuring Sandy McDade '74, senior vice president and general counsel
of the Weyerhaeuser Company, discussing “The Potential of Trees.” 7 p.m.,
Gaiser Auditorium, Hall of Science.
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