July 30, 2012

Volume 6, Issue 49 July 30, 2012
The Fountain

Explore students’ summer internship adventures

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Thanks to increased funding through Whitman, 82 students are applying their critical thinking skills to a wide range of summer internships, from organic gardening in Seattle to studying brain chemistry in New York City. Read about their experiences in our new online flipbook, featuring photos, descriptions and personal accounts from Whitman students.

Click HERE to view the flipbook.


Whitman joins fledgling liberal arts coalition

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn

More than 60 academic leaders from across the state gathered recently at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., to explore the idea of forming a coalition of colleges that can communicate the value of a liberal arts education. Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, provost and dean of the faculty, represented Whitman at the one-day conference, which included a keynote speech from Washington State Rep. Mary Helen Roberts. While the specifics of what the coalition will look like have yet to be determined, Kaufman-Osborn is excited about the project and believes Whitman has an important role to play in showcasing the value of a liberal arts education. “What we really need in the state of Washington at this point in time is an informal organization that can secure a voice for promoting the liberal arts within the public sphere,” said Kaufman-Osborn. “And if you seek to identify the institutional type that best advances the cause of the liberal arts education, you will identify institutions like Whitman.”

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Faculty news brief

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn

From left: Aida Hurtado, Sandra Pacheco, Josie Méndez-Negrete, and Nohemy Solórzano-Thompson at MALCS conference.

Nohemy Solórzano-Thompson, associate professor of Spanish, recently attended two professional meetings in the Greater Los Angeles area. She was at UCLA for a board meeting of the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS), a new Queer Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies organization. As part of the Program Committee, Solórzano-Thompson is working on the inaugural AJAAS Conference to be held next October in New Mexico. Solórzano-Thompson then attended the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) annual gathering held at UCSB. At MALCS, Solórzano-Thompson participated in a roundtable discussion on “Consejos y Sabiduría: Chicana/Latina Leadership in Academia.” As one of a handful of tenured Chicanas in the U.S. academy, Solórzano-Thompson was invited to speak on professional development and mentorship to an audience of Chicana/Latina/Native women activists, scholars and students.


Tickets still available for Whitman Night with the Walla Walla Sweets

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn

Tickets are still available for Whitman Night at the Walla Walla Sweets baseball game on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Staff and faculty may each claim two free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up your tickets from Krista Meyer in the president’s office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. They must be picked up in person.
The game begins at 7:05 p.m. with the Sweets playing the Bellingham Bells. This particular game is also themed “Disco Night,” so feel free to dress accordingly. Players will also sign autographs in the 45 minutes leading up to the game.


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Local area kids got a preview of The 2012 Summer Dance Lab's performance on the Cordiner stage last week, with co-director Lydia Tetzlaf inviting several up on stage for a quick dance step lesson. Full size.


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In This Issue
Summer Internship Flipbook
Liberal Arts
Faculty News Brief
Walla Walla Sweets
Parting Shot

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