January 9, 2012

Volume 6, issue 20
January 9, 2011
The Fountain

Celebration of life for Dr. Ball set for Jan. 28

Dr. Ball on bike Dr. Ball

Together with the Ball family, Whitman will host a Celebration of Life in memory of Dr. George Ball, who passed away Jan. 1, 2012 at the age of 96. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Adam Kirtley, Stuart coordinator of religious and spiritual life, will preside, and various members of the Ball family and Whitman community will speak.

A tribute web site has been established; written submissions by faculty and staff are encouraged. Click Written Remembrances to see what has already been submitted; click Submit a tribute to post one of your own.


“New” dinosaur bone something to see

dinosaur bone Click to view full size.

Calling a dinosaur bone “new” more accurately means new to us, at Whitman. Nick Bader, assistant professor of geology, reports that local resident Ben Workman has donated a dinosaur bone to the college. It is on display in the Hall of Science atrium.

According to Bader, the yard-long bone is the ischium (part of the hip bone) of a hadrosaur from the Two Medicine Formation in Montana. The hadrosaurs, also known as duck-billed dinosaurs, were large herbivores that roamed what is now Montana in the Late Cretaceous more than 65 million years ago.

Larry North, science technician, and geology alumna Katie Rouse ’10 reconstructed the bone from several fragments. Workman donated the bone from his personal collection to Whitman’s Geology Department. He originally purchased the bone from the Blackfoot Reservation in Montana. Workman, a retired machinist, moved to Walla Walla from Seattle in 2009 with his wife Kay, a retired teacher.


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. Contact hutsoni@whitman.edu for ticket prices and 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.

Click here for more campus event listings.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Basketball
Friday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. – vs. Linfield College (Sherwood Athletic Center)

Men’s Basketball
Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. – vs. Linfield College (Sherwood Athletic Center)


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

The recent yo-yoing of temperatures has a few of our campus plants jumping the gun on spring activity. This cluster of buds was the only one on the fiery branches of shrubs near the Penrose Library. Full size.


Whitman College
In This Issue
Dr. Ball Memorial
“New” dinosaur bone
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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