January 3, 2012

Volume 6, issue 19
January 3, 2012
The Fountain

The passing of a legend – Dr. George Ball

Dr. Ball

At the age of 96, Dr. George Ball, Weyerhaeuser Professor of Biblical Literature, Emeritus, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. He was a legendary and iconic professor, mentor,counselor, spiritual adviser and friend to generations of students – as well as staff and faculty. President Bridges calls him “an anchor on campus and in our community” and a “standard-bearer for ethics and justice.”

Dozens of alumni and campus community members have shared their thoughts and sentiments about Dr. Ball on Whitman’s Facebook page. Even some who didn’t know him personally but had heard about him shared feelings.

Also, a page on the Whitman website has been established to pay tribute to Dr. Ball. Feel free to contribute your memories and sentiments.

A fitting tribute then and now, in 2001 The Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine published a piece appropriately titled “Grace, Wisdom and Recycling – Is Dr. George ball changing the world one student at a time?”

The president and various staff members are working with the Ball family to set a date and logistics for a memorial service. Watch The Fountain and campus email for information.


A photo recap of the Winter Holidays Party

Neal Christopherson and Keith Farrington perform with their band, Orange Fight.

The first edition of The Fountain for 2012 offers a photo recap of the staff and faculty Winter Holidays Party, which served not only as a celebration with colleagues but also generated hundreds of bottles of sunscreen and pairs of socks for donation to the YWCA. Click here to view.


Staff invited to teach a “Life Skills” session

There’s still time for interested staff to sign up to teach a “Life Skills” session spring semester. The Student Activities Office is looking for staff members willing to share a talent, hobby or important life skill with a group of about eight to 15 students. The series is an opportunity for students to get to know staff members while learning a valuable skill not taught in the classroom. Popular courses last semester included car maintenance, cooking a chicken dinner, mending, cross stitch, meditation and bike repair. Since all of those sessions ran out of spots, the same topics may be taught again.

In a recent Student Activates Office survey, students requested courses in car maintenance, plumbing, carpentry, business skills, balancing checkbooks, taxes, budgeting, letter writing, Microsoft Excel, etiquette, arts and crafts, cooking, nutrition, baking, mending, outdoor skills and yoga. Cooking and crafts were particularly coveted. With questions or to sign up, contact Katherine Curles ’07, student activities and orientation program adviser, at curleske@whitman.edu or x4436


Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Saturday, 1/14
Play: “Pinocchio,” performed by the Dance Center of Walla Walla. Cordiner Hall, 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices: $15 Reserve, $12 General, $10 Student/Senior. Get tickets: Earthlight Books or at the door. Contact hutsoni@whitman.edu for details.

Monday, 1/16
Candlelight March: Join the annual peace march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with The Testostertones, Whitman’s premier men’s a cappella ensemble. Departs at 5:45 p.m. from Reid Campus Center foyer and continues downtown. Post-march reception with live music from Three Strikes Trio and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. in the Glover Alston Center.

Wednesday, 1/18
Panel: “Visions of the Future: Students Reflections on Civil Rights.” Whitman’s Black Student Union hosts a panel discussion on the Civil Rights Movement as part of the week-long celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Moderated by Nina Lerman, associate professor of history. Audience Q&A to follow. 7 p.m. in Jewett Main Lounge.

Thursday, 1/19
Lecture: “Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr,” by civil rights leader Samuel B. McKinney. The pastor at Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church from 1958 to 1998, he was a friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and convinced King to speak in Seattle in 1961, King’s only visit to Seattle. McKinney marched in Washington D.C. in 1963 and in Selma and Montgomery in 1965. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

I’m back from spending the holidays far from the traditional: volunteering with a local Walla Walla charity at orphanages in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Beauty in the facility is small, unless you look in the eyes and hearts of the people. Contact me if you want information about Embracing Orphans. Click to enlarge and see more photos.


Whitman College
In This Issue
Dr. Ball
Holiday Party
“Life Skills” sessions
Coming Events
Parting Shot

Past issues

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