April 2

Volume 6, Issue 32
April 2, 2012
The Fountain

Whitman again named to national Community Service Honor Roll

For the sixth time, Whitman has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Corporation for National and Community Service uses the honor roll to recognize colleges and universities “for exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs” and honorees are chosen based on a number of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation, incentives for service and the extent to which schools offer academic service-learning courses.

Whitman has a strong track record when it comes to community service. According to Kelsie Butts ’11, community service coordinator, 450 Whitman students engage in at least 20 hours of community service each semester, for an annual total of 18,000 hours.

“I am very pleased that Whitman is receiving this recognition,” Butts says. “Our students work hard to be actively engaged in the community and are always seeking ways to improve our outreach to the Walla Walla Valley. It is nice when they can be nationally recognized for the many ways they give back.”


2012 Summer Read selection announced

Staff and faculty are again invited to join incoming students in participating in this year’s Summer Read Program. The 2012 selection is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. The book chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens fleeing the tyranny of the Jim Crow South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From World War I to the 1970s, this exodus of almost six million people changed the cultural and political landscape of the country forever, setting in motion the civil rights movement. Wilkerson portrays a detailed and vibrant picture of the change in northern cities, the music and culture that developed and the long-lasting consequences of this major demographic shift in American society.

Watch campus email and future editions of The Fountain for more information about special Summer Read events, including guest lectures, concerts and art projects. The Warmth of Other Suns is available for purchase now at the Whitman College Bookstore.


Faculty profile: Janis Breckenridge
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Birthplace: Fairborn, Ohio

Education: University of Chicago

Years at Whitman: Four

Favorite…

  • Book: Depending on my mood….Pilgrim at Tinker Creek? Or Illusions? Or Winnie the Pooh? Milne did instill in me a love of illustrated text and metafiction after all; I remain ever grateful and enchanted.
  • Film: Hiroshima mon amour? Synecdoche New York?Exit Through the Gift Shop? Tesis? Moebius? Millenium Actress? I can be a bit indecisive with these kinds of questions!
  • Art: The Bean in Chicago. It’s soooo much fun!  Or Triumph of Death. It’s soooo depressing! Or Las meninas. It’s soooo classic!  OrThe Scream. It’s soooo expressive!

Favorite sculpture on campus: Tiki, definitely. I’ll let those who know me guess why…

Best travel experience: Looking forward rather than back, I hope the correct answer here is walking part of the Camino de Santiago in Spain this summer. The journey will combine many things I value greatly—hiking in the great outdoors, walking meditation, participating in a rich cultural tradition, and sharing off-campus study with colleagues and students albeit from another institution.

Why I teach: It’s the best way I know to keep learning.

Favorite aspect of Whitman: That everyone loves this place; it’s contagious!

 


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Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Note: Due to the large number of April events, this issue only includes events through April 9. The following week's events will be included in next week's issue.

Tuesday 4/3
Reading: Poet Martha Collins reads selections from her poetry, including from Blue Front, a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 4/4
Exhibition: Artstream Nomadic Gallery 2012 Tour: North American Studio Potters. An Airstream trailer converted into a gallery space, this mobile exhibition and sale of functional ceramics features the work of 27 internationally exhibited artists working in clay. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Fouts Center for Visual Arts.

Wednesday 4/4
Panel: Six students as well as professors Paul Apostolidis and Aaron Bobrow-Strain discuss the current humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border following a spring break trip to the border with the advocacy group “No More Deaths.” 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Wednesday 4/4
Lecture: “The Psychological Advantages of Conservative Ideology.” Visiting educator Chris Crandall, professor of psychology at the University of Kansas, discusses the psychological impact of political ideology, specifically how three basic tenets of political conservatism can be perceived as “natural” to the human psychological system. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday 4/4
Lecture: “The Psychological Advantages of Conservative Ideology.” Visiting educator Chris Crandall, professor of psychology at the University of Kansas, discusses the psychological impact of political ideology, specifically how three basic tenets of political conservatism can be perceived as “natural” to the human psychological system. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday 4/5
Exhibition: Artstream Nomadic Gallery 2012 Tour: North American Studio Potters. An Airstream trailer converted into a gallery space, this mobile exhibition and sale of functional ceramics features the work of 27 internationally exhibited artists working in clay. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Fouts Center for Visual Arts.

Thursday 4/5
Demonstration: Artstream Nomadic Gallery 2012 Tour: North American Studio Potters. Avi Arenfeld, Doug Browe, Lyla Goldstein and Tara Wilson, four internationally exhibited ceramic artists, are on hand to give working demonstrations of their personal techniques in clay. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fouts Center for Visual Arts 118 (ceramics studio).

Friday 4/6
Music: The Whitman College Fridays at Four Recital series presents the Whitman Brass Choir, directed by William Berry. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 4/6
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents a jazz workshop with the guitar duo of Jay Roberts and Don Mock. 5:30 p.m. in the Music Building Rehearsal Hall Room 127.

Friday 4/6
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents An Evening of Nationalistic Music. Monica Griffin Hunger, voice, and Melissa Loehnig, piano; with works by Villa-Lobos, Rachmaninoff, Monstsalvatge, Dvorak and H.T. Burleigh. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Saturday 4/7
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents a sophomore flute recital with Kristi Von Handorf, assisted by Jeremy Mims, piano. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Saturday 4/7
Music: The Whitman College Department of Music presents a junior voice recital with Diana Wu, assisted by Phoebe Horvath, piano; with works by Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Donaudi and Duke. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Monday 4/9
Lecture: "Nietzsche and Amor Fati." Beatrice Han-Pile of the University of Essex delivers a talk as visiting educator in philosophy. 6:30 p.m. in Olin 221.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Friday, 4/6 at 11 a.m. – vs. Linfield College
Saturday, 4/7 at 10 a.m. – vs. Willamette University


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Washington State Representative Maureen Walsh spoke on campus last week. Full size.


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Community Service Honor Roll
2012 Summer Read
Faculty Profile
Survey Feedback
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Parting Shot

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