April 16

Volume 6, Issue 34 April 16, 2012
The Fountain

Undergraduate Conference showcases student scholarship, creativity

Whitman Undergraduate Conference

More than 200 students presented their work last week at the 14th Annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference, an all-day event in which students become the teachers to share original work from their courses, senior theses, summer internships and off-campus studies. The conference featured lectures, poster presentations, musical performances and artistic exhibitions ranging from issues of women’s identity to Earth science and ecological concerns.

“Each year is a five-course meal. The research is robust and diverse; it stretches across all disciplines and departments,” says Keith Raether, director of fellowships and grants and conference organizer. “The conference is a tremendous vehicle for students to share with the entire Whitman community their scholarship, critical chops and boundless creativity.”

The conference has grown so popular since its inception that it has attracted outside attention. This year, representatives from the University of Puget Sound attended because they are looking to develop their own undergraduate conference and are using Whitman’s as a model, Raether reported.

Click HERE for a photo gallery of the 2012 Undergraduate Conference.


Admitted students flock to Whitman over the weekend

Whitman Undergraduate Conference

Saturday was Whitman’s yearly Admitted Students Day, and about 450 students and family members were here to soak up the sunshine and learn about Whitman. The purpose of Admitted Students Day is to help students who have been accepted to the college finalize their college decisions. Activities included sample classes, panels, an overview of commonly asked questions, some outdoor activities like Ultimate and an ice cream social. This Friday is another important admission event: Spring Visitors Day, with more than 250 students and family members expected on campus. According to Cristie Crawford, campus visit coordinator, April is the biggest month of the year for campus visitors, with Whitman regularly playing host to about 30 visiting students every day.


Faculty and staff invited to participate in “Take Back the Night”

“Take Back the Night” (also known as Reclaim the Night) is an internationally held march and rally intended as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of sexual violence.  This year, many student groups have come together to organize Whitman’s participation in the march, which takes place Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. Participants will meet at the Reid Campus Center for the candlelight march to the amphitheater rally, which will feature student performances and an “open mic” opportunity for students.  Faculty and staff are invited to support the effort by attending the march and the rally.


Take the survey for this year’s Greenhouse Gas Audit

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take a short, anonymous survey about their daily commutes for this year’s Greenhouse Gas Audit. The audit is conducted by a team of students engaged in the process of estimating the college’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2011. It will serve as baseline data for Whitman’s carbon emissions. The results of the survey will be available by the end of the semester on the Whitman Sustainability Wiki. This effort is separate from the upcoming Green Commute Challenge in honor of Earth Week.

Click HERE to take the survey. With questions, contact Rachna Sinnott, director of foundation and corporate relations and chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee at sinnotrs@whitman.edu or x5990.


Don’t miss this year’s William M. Allen - Boeing Lecture Today

Whitman Undergraduate Conference

Alumnus Mark N. Tabbutt ’86 returns to his alma mater today, April 16, for a talk sponsored by the William M. Allen - Boeing Lectureship and Student Investment Endowment and the Department of Economies. Tabbutt is chairman of Saltchuk Resources, a Seattle-based holding company with assets close to $2 billion. He currently co-manages the company which is a family business. His presentation is titled, “Helping Build a Family Business: Acquisition Focused Corporate Growth.” It takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre. Lee Sanning, assistant professor of economics, organized the event.


WISE program now accepting applications from local 7th and 8th graders

Do you know a local middle school student who would benefit from the annual Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment (WISE) program? Space is limited and applications are due by May 11, with preference given to applicants whose family members have not attended college. The free summer outreach program takes place on campus August 5-7.

WISE aims to introduce particularly less-advantaged and first-generation students to college life in a way that will generate excitement about pursuing higher education in the future, according to Sonja Aikens, administrative assistant for the intercultural center and WISE coordinator.

Participants will live in a Whitman residence hall and take classes from Whitman professors, as well as take part in fun outdoor activities and art projects. An admission and financial aid workshop for parents is also provided. With questions or to request an application, contact Aikens at aikenssl@whitman.edu or x5596.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday 4/16
Lecture: “Our Common Humanity.” Author Mark Mathabane speaks about his escape from a life of poverty and terror in apartheid South Africa as well as the recent Trayvon Martin tragedy. Dr. Mathabane is the author of several books, including Kaffir Boy. He will be selling copies following the talk. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Monday 4/16
Lecture: “Helping Build a Family Business: Acquisition-Focused Corporate Growth.” Mark N. Tabbutt '86, Chairman of Saltchuk Resources in Seattle, visits campus through the William M. Allen - Boeing Lectureship and Student Investment Endowment. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Auditorium.

Tuesday 4/17
Lecture: “Mad Men, Working Girls and Desperate Housewives: Men, Woman and Marriage in the 1960s and Today.” A talk by Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College and Director of Research and Public Education with the Council on Contemporary Families. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 4/19
Lecture: “Life as Music in Chinese Philosophy.” Meilin Chinn, a promising young Ph.D. student at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa will discusswhy art/aesthetics was central to early Chinese philosophy and more specifically to the Confucian idea that music is an ethical practice. 6:30 p.m. in Olin 130.
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Thursday 4/19
Lecture: “The Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp.” WWII veteran Dee Eberhart served in the U.S. Army division credited with liberating Dachau. He describes the Holocaust in terms of what he witnessed, weaving the story around three related themes: the perpetrators, the victims and the liberating armies. 7:30 p.m. in Reid Ballroom.

Friday 4/20
Film: “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” Ben Stein examines the issue of academic freedom and decides that there is none when it comes to the debate over intelligent design. This event is part of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life’s month-long exploration and discussion of Religious Freedom in America. Noon at the Glover Alston Center. Lunch provided while it lasts.

Friday 4/20
Music: The Whitman College Fridays at Four Recital Series presents guest artist Greg Nestor, classical guitar. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 4/20
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents a jazz workshop with Elspeth Savani and her salsa band. 5 p.m. in the Music Building Room 127 (rehearsal hall).

Saturday 4/21
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents a piano recital with Dandi Huang ’13 and Joanna French ’12. 3 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Saturday 4/21
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents Minseon Song sophomore flute recital. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Sunday 4/22
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents a joint first-year piano recital with Cheney Doane and Karl Mering. 3 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Saturday, 4/21 at 10 a.m. – vs. Whitworth University (NWC Tournament Semifinal)
Saturday, 4/21 at 2 p.m. – Pacific University vs. George Fox University (NWC Tournament Semifinal)
Sunday, 4/22 at noon – NWC Championship


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Signs of the season as student makes her way through a Spring shower toward HJT. Full size.


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In This Issue
Undergraduate Conference Recap
Admitted/Visiting Students
Take Back the Night
Greenhouse Gas Audit
Boeing Lecture
WISE Applications
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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