February 21

Volume 6, issue 26
February 21, 2012
The Fountain

Findings of “The State of the State for Washington Latinos” attract statewide media attention

Apostolidis news conference

Students participating in the academic and community-based research effort called “The State of the State for Washington Latinos” released their findings on five key issues vital to the Latino community and all residents of Washington State at a news conference on campus last week. These issues included voting rights, immigrant integration, English language learners, cultural competency in public schools and access to human services.

“The unique thing about The State of the State for Washington Latinos is the way that it equips Whitman students to become publicly engaged and critically thinking leaders in today’s changing world,” said Paul Apostolidis, Judge T. Paul Chair of Political Science and director of the State of the State program. “These students have done four months of field research in Latino communities in eastern and central Washington, and the report this year is really of unparalleled depth.”

Launched in 2005, State of the State made headlines in 2008 when a student’s report documented how the city council of Sunnyside, Wash., was in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The findings were brought to the attention of the federal Department of Justice and Sunnyside changed its local election rules to a partially districted system.

Thursday’s news conference was streamed live by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, and reporters from the UB, NPR and KNDU-TV News attended. They filed stories that reached virtually every media outlet in the state.

“Media attention can be intimidating, but the students handled the interviews like seasoned professionals,” said Ruth Wardwell, assistant vice president for communications. “The research opportunities provided by this program reflect the academic rigor and excellence that help define the Whitman College experience, and that came through very clearly as the students spoke about their findings.”

Here are links to the video of the presentation and some of the coverage:
Union Bulletin video of the presentation (start watching at the 3-minute mark)
KNDU video clip
Oregon Public Broadcasting and KUOW
Tri-City Herald
Seattle Times/Associated Press


Staff coffee with the president tomorrow, 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.


Staff and faculty news briefs

acuff artworkMichelle Acuff, assistant professor of art, reports that a solo exhibition of her sculpting and installation work recently opened at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. She spent a week there and delivered an artist talk at the opening night reception. Acuff, who is currently on sabbatical, also has been awarded two upcoming artist residencies. In March, she will spend a month with Playa, a nonprofit organization supporting creative work in the arts and natural science located near Summer Lake, Ore. Her second residency is with the Bush Creek Foundation in Laramie, Wy. “Both are fully funded and are really great opportunities for me to focus exclusively on my creative research and to professionally network with other residents,” she says.

Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt

Helen Kim, associate professor of sociology, and her husband, Noah Leavitt, assistant dean for student engagement, report that their paper titled “The Newest Jews? Understanding Jewish American and Asian American Marriages” was published on Valentine’s Day in Contemporary Jewry, a peer-reviewed journal considered to be the premier source for cutting edge social science research on topics related to Judaism throughout the world. Their study of Jewish-American and Asian-American romantic partnerships investigates how racial, ethnic and religious identities intersect among couples where one spouse is Jewish-American of any racial or ethnic descent and one spouse is Asian-American of any religion or ethnic descent.


Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

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.

Tuesday 2/28
Lecture: "Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt's Youth Movement." A talk by O'Donnell Visiting Educator David Wolman, contributing editor to Wired. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

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.


Baseball runs in the family – Coach Jared Holowaty faces off against his dad

Apostolidis news conference

This weekend's baseball series versus Eastern Connecticut University is more than team versus team; east versus west – it's son versus father. Head baseball Coach Jared Holowaty will lead Whitman against his father, who is a legendary NCAA Division III coach.

"This series isn't just about my dad against me, but I know he's excited and thrilled about the chance to bring his team out there to play us," Jared says. "He's a father who's looking forward to playing his son's team. What father wouldn't enjoy the heck out of a situation like that."

Read the full story written by Dave Holden, sports information director.

Also - Tune in to KUJ Radio (1420 AM) on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 a.m. for an interview of the father and son coaches.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. – vs. Pacific Lutheran University
Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. – vs. University of Puget Sound

Men’s Baseball (Borleske Stadium)
Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. – vs. Eastern Connecticut State College
Saturday, Feb. 25 at noon – vs. Eastern Connecticut State College (doubleheader)
Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. – vs. Eastern Connecticut State College


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Well known for his tie style preference, President Bridges took it to the extreme when this bow tie appeared at the back entryway of Memorial last week. It turned out to be a student art project. Full size.


Whitman College
In This Issue
State of the State for Washington Latinos
Coffee with The President
Faculty and Staff News Briefs
Baseball Runs in the Family
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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