February 13

Volume 6, issue 25
February 13, 2012
The Fountain

Memory of George Ball honored during alumni trip to Sri Lanka

sri lankaJonathan Walters, George Ball Endowed Chair of the Humanities and professor of religion, paid special tribute to Dr. Ball during a recent alumni trip to Sri Lanka. The group gave 8,400 Sri Lankan rupees (about $75) as a pious offering to the Great Stupa of Ruwanwelisaya in the ancient city of Anuradhapura. This offering paid for the illumination of the stupa for one week in honor of Dr. Ball.

“We made the offering on the seventh day after George’s passing, which is an auspicious day for such offerings according to the Theravada Buddhist tradition,” Walters said. “This was as especially appropriate ‘dana’ (pious gift) because light/illumination is an important symbol of wisdom and enlightenment in Buddhism, as indeed it is in Christianity and many religions.”

Walters reports that the temple custodian announced the offering over loudspeaker, along with Dr. Ball’s name. He says he hopes that Dr. Ball’s widow, Nancy, and the family will find some comfort in knowing that the group took this opportunity to “remember George and the great impact he had on all our lives.”


Staff coffee with the president: Feb. 22

staff coffee with the president
All staff members are invited to attend a meeting with President Bridges Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. The president will speak about the recent Board of Trustees meeting and take questions. Light refreshments provided. Please bring your own cup/mug to help support campus sustainability efforts.


Princeton Review lists Whitman as “best value” college for 2012

princeton review logoWhitman has again been recognized as a Best Value College by The Princeton Review. The college will be featured in the forthcoming book Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition, which profiles 150 undergraduate institutions, 75 public and 75 private. The rankings are based on surveys of administrators and students at 650 institutions, and reflect factors such as academics, cost of attendance and financial aid. The list is available online HERE. The top 10 public and private schools are ranked in order with the remaining schools listed alphabetically. The rankings are also the subject of a recent article in USA Today.


Staff and faculty news briefs

tom cronin leadership mattersTom Cronin, Whitman president emeritus and McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College, has co-written a new book titled Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of Paradox (Paradigm Publishers) with Michael A. Genovese of Loyola Marymount University. The publisher writes: “Most leadership books emphasize specific rules of the road or characteristics and signposts. Tom Cronin and Michael Genovese see leadership as more nuanced and filled with paradox – a realm in which rules only occasionally apply and “how to do it” prescriptions obscure more than they enlighten. Leadership Matters offers a different view of leadership – one that builds community, motivates self as well as others, and one that is creatively adaptive and synthesizing.”

katharine curles Katharine Curles ’07, student activities and orientation program adviser by day, is also the head swim coach for Walla Walla High School girls and boys teams, and she has been selected at the 4A District Coach of the Year as she led the Wa-Hi boys team to its first-ever District Championship. This was her first year as head coach, having previously served Wa-Hi as assistant coach for several years. Assisted by Admission Officer Robert Street ’07, the team continues its season in preparation for the State Championships, to be held over President’s Weekend. About her, Walla Walla Public Schools District Athletic Director Don Wilkins said, “She’s done a fantastic job this season. She relates well with the students and does a great job getting them ready to compete.”


Celebrate the birthday of Cushing Eells

cushing eells Thursday, Feb. 16 marks the day Whitman founder Cushing Eells was born in 1810 and died 83 years later in 1893. To honor his legacy, a celebration will be held in the foyer of Reid Campus Center Feb. 16. Alumni relations staff members will serve birthday cake, and old copies of The Pioneer, Waiilatpu and historical photos of the campus will be on display. Rogers Miles, senior adjunct assistant professor of religion, will reprise his role as Cushing Eells to greet attendees, in full costume. The festivities will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read more about the history of the college HERE.


See the world through winning photos by Off-Campus Studies students

Laura Cummings, Off-Campus Studies senior assistant, has announced the winners of the annual OCS Digital Image Contest, and the stunning photos are available for viewing online. She says that it’s challenging to select winning images from the great number of fantastic entries submitted by students studying around the globe. The task of selecting the winners fell to judges Lisa Perfetti, associate dean of the faculty; Chris Bishop ’79, publications design manager; and Robert Street ’07, admissions officer and former study abroad participant. Staff and faculty are invited to stop by the OCS office (Mem 204) for a closer look at the winning images.


Welcome to the Whitman family, Natalie!

new baby
Brenda Michels, annual giving program officer, and her husband, Keith, announce the birth of their first child. Daughter Natalie Rose was born Monday, Feb. 6 at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and 21.5 inches. All are doing well, and the new mom is eager to introduce baby Natalie to colleagues.


Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday 2/13
Music: Whitman Orchestra Winter Concert. The music department presents the string players of the 2011-2012 season, conducted by Jeremy Mims, with Joshua Melander, violin and Katherine Lee, violin. Works by Vivaldi, Respighi, Stravinsky and André Prévost. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Tuesday 2/14
Music: Walla Walla Symphony Concert. 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Tuesday 2/14
Lecture: “A Participant in the Evolution of the Whitman Faculty since the 1960s.” A talk by Tom Edwards, William Kirkman Professor of History Emeritus. He will discuss the changing role of the faculty and his personal experience teaching at Whitman over several decades. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Edwards’ book, Triumph of Tradition. 4 p.m. in Olin 130.

Wednesday 2/15
Lecture: “Creative Writing and the Liberal Arts: Works in Progress.” Scott Elliott, associate professor of English and last year’s recipient of the G. Thomas Edwards Award gives a brief talk and a reading. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Wednesday 2/15
Film: Director Jennifer Maas screens her film Wheedle’s Groove on campus. This feature documentary explores Seattle’s long-lost soul and funk music scene of the 1960s and 1970s, with interview footage, archival materials, original music and live performances. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 2/15
Lecture: “Living Your Values.” A conversation with life-long activist and community organizer Jim Owens ’66, who now advises community conservation and environmental groups across the Northwest. 7 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Room G02.

Thursday 2/16
Lecture: “Political Participation in Chile: From Institutional Crisis to the Emergence of Social Movements.” The off-campus studies program presents a talk about Dr. Victor Tricot, academic director for the SIT Chile Program. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Thursday 2/16
Lecture: “The Nespelem Art Colony in the Allotment Era.” Michael Holloman is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and director of the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies. He also serves as an associate professor of art at Washington State University. 7 p.m. in Olin 157
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Friday 2/17
Music: The Whitman College Fridays at Four recital series presents “Cello-Piano Favorites” with Edward Dixon, cello and Sheila Gephart, piano. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Thursday 2/23
Music: The music department presents the Spring Composers Concert, with Emily Allen ’11, Mark Arand ’12, Jordan Brown ’14, Ross Eustis ’11, Eric Feldmen ’14 and Peter Qualtere-Burcher ’12. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Saturday 2/25
The 2012 Global Studies Symposium: “Places/Peripheries: Intersections of the Global and the Local.” The fourth annual Whitman College Global Studies Symposium hosts distinguished scholars Simon Gikandi and Carolyn Nordstrom. Read more about this year’s symposium here. 1 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Sunday 2/26
Music: The music department presents A Senior Violin Recital with Rebecca Young, assisted by Jeremy Mims, piano. 3 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 2/29
Film: Director Bradley Beesley screens his film Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo on campus. Venture behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo in a state with the highest female incarceration rate in the country. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Basketball

Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. – vs. Whitworth University (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. – vs. Willamette University (Sherwood Athletic Center)


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Whitman swimmer Genay Pilarowski ’13 just breaks the calm surface of the water at the start of the 100-yard breaststroke during Saturday's NWC Swimming Championships action in Federal Way, Wash. Read about the team's success here.   Full size.


Whitman College
In This Issue
Memory of George Ball Alumni Trip
Coffee with the President
Princeton Review
Staff and Faculty News Briefs
Cushing Eells Birthday
Off Campus Studies Photo Contest Winners
New Baby
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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