December 17, 2012

December 17. 2012

Volume 7, Issue 18 December 17, 2012
The Fountain

Adopt-A-Family raises $2,700 in gift donations for local families

Whitman’s Adopt-A-Family effort generated about $2,700 in donated gifts this year, all of which were delivered to local families. Staff, faculty and students all participated in this holiday effort by donating toys, clothes, grocery gift certificates, household items, personal care items, books and more.

“The outpouring of generous gift donations for our local families was truly amazing,” says Abby Juhasz, community service coordinator.

Thirty families from Blue Mountain Heart to Heart and Lincoln Health Center benefited from the donations, for a total of 89 individual recipients. Ages ranged from two to 70 years old.

“I had the great privilege of delivering the gifts, and I can personally attest to how appreciative our community partners are of Whitman's support,” Juhasz says.


Faculty Profile: Kevin Pogue
Professor of Geology

Kevin Pogue

Birthplace: Hopkinsville, Ky.

Education: B.S. University of Kentucky, M.S. Idaho State University, Ph.D. Oregon State University

Years at Whitman
: 22

Courses: Structural Geology, Weather and Climate, Geophysics, Physical Geology, Weather and Climate, Cordilleran Tectonics, Terroir.

Favorite…

Books – The works of Asimov and Tolkien, accounts and biographies of 15th-20th century European explorers
Film – Lawrence of Arabia, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Music – classic jazz of 50s and 60s, electronic dance music
Art – many and varied - I know it when I see it…

Favorite sculpture on campus – The rocks on the shiny pillars, of course!

Best travel experiences – Rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece, hiking around the Annapurna Range in Nepal, visiting the wine growing regions of France

Interests/pleasures: Growing grapes, making wine, drinking wine, travel, outdoor adventures - climbing, skiing, mountain biking.

Recent accomplishment: Authored a petition to the federal government to establish a new American viticultural area

What people don’t know about me: I enjoy electronic dance music and DJ on occasion.

Why I teach: I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for the natural world. I believe that a better understanding of our planet enhances one’s appreciation of it and creates opportunities to make more informed decisions.

Favorite aspects of Whitman: Quality of students, camaraderie with faculty and staff, location proximal to the great outdoors and great wine.

What I’ve learned here: That I wished that I had attended a school like Whitman...

Quote: Everything in moderation, especially moderation....


Faculty news brief

Dave Glenn

Dave Glenn, retired professor of music, recently serviced as a clinician (panelist) at the First China Jazz Education Festival in Shanghai. The festival featured several guest artists and attracted participants from throughout China; it was the first event of its kind to enable music students in China to work directly with artists and clinicians. According to DownBeat Magazine, “one could sense the feeling of energy and excitement and the lasting impression it would have on the jazz talents of the next generation.” To read the full article, click here.


Alumni recount favorite classes, professors on Facebook

Kevin Pogue

More than 65 alumni and parents responded to a post on the Whitman College Facebook page last week asking about favorite classes at Whitman. Many mentioned Core, and many more wrote that it was too hard to choose just one. Other respondents reflected on their Whitman education as a whole, noting how the liberal arts prepared them for future careers.


Here are some excerpts from the Facebook discussion:

“All of them were outstanding classes with outstanding teachers and students. When people say to me, ‘Whitman?’ with a questioning expression on their face, I always say ‘Best decision of my life.’”

“Core really set the stage for my academic life at Whitman and in law school.”

“The greatest thing I took from Whitman was the permission and expectation to think critically about everything I learn.”

“It makes you truly value the rationality of multiple arguments rather than just the obvious.”

“Glanced at my transcript and wow did that take me back… #WhitmanLove.”

To see the post and comments, click here.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

MUSIC: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 1/21
Candlelight March: Join the annual peace march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., as Whitman commemorates the holiday with a week of campus activities. Departs at 4 p.m. from Reid Campus Center foyer and continues downtown.

Tuesday 1/22
Faculty Panel: “What Does It Mean to Teach the Civil Rights Movement in Walla Walla in 2013?” Professors Lisa Udden, Catherine Veninga and Erin Pahlke discuss Whitman Teaches the Movement. 7:00 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom B.

Wednesday 1/23
Lecture: “The Legacy of Dr. King.” Writer, feminist and intellectual Rebecca Walker speaks on issues of race, gender, sexuality and power. Daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker ("The Color Purple"), and esteemed civil rights attorney Mel Leventhal, her memoirs include The New York Times Bestseller "Black, White and Jewish" and the critically acclaimed "Baby Love."

Thursday 1/24
BSU Dinner: Whitman’s Black Student Union hosts the annual Soul Food Night in celebration of African American culture and cuisine. 5:30 p.m. in Prentiss Dining Hall.

Friday 1/25
Music: “Impeach the President, Long Live the King.” A hip-hop concert featuring Seattle artist International Mo B. with a guest appearance by Warm Gun. International Mo B. recently released a new album in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his core belief in social justice. Tickets are limited with first priority to students and a select number available to faculty and staff. Tickets available free of charge in Reid Foyer on days prior to event. 8 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

Thursday 1/31
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Johanna Stoberock, novelist and adjunct assistant professor of English. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center)

Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. vs. Walla Walla University
Thursday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. vs. Simpson College (Iowa)
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. vs. Hamline University (Minnesota)


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

In the gloaming of another day of finals, Styx stands sentinel over Penrose Library and Memorial. Full size.


Bonus Parting Shot

parting shot

Staff members Molly Knell '11, Kyle Scott '12, Anastasia Zamkinos '10 and Matt Ozuna '10 take a break from the dance floor at Friday's Winter Holidays Party.
Full size.


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In This Issue
Adopt-A-Family
Faculty Profile
Faculty News Brief
Facebook Discussion
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot
Bonus Parting Shot

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