October 1, 2012

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Volume 7, Issue 7 October 1, 2012
The Fountain

Author Isabel Wilkerson to present tonight about The Warmth of Other Suns

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson, author of the 2012 Summer Read Program book selection The Warmth of Other Suns, will deliver a public lecture tonight, Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. Helen Kim, associate professor of sociology, will moderate a discussion about key themes from the book, including the Great Migration, social justice and urban affairs. Wilkerson is the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism for her work as the Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times. Her book tells the stories of three individuals who fled the Jim Crow era South in search of better lives in northern and western U.S. cities.

Book Cover

Whitman also will host two other Summer Read Program events this month, both pertaining to the topic of the Great Migration. First, legendary Blues musician Mac Arnold will lead a master class Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall. Arnold has toured with James Brown, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding and B.B. King. He’ll describe the evolution of Blues music in his talk, “From Delta Blues to Chicago Blues: The Great Migration of American Music.” Later in the month, sociologist Stewart Tolnay from the University of Washington will present another public lecture called “The Great Migration from a Demographic Perspective: How and Why the Diaspora Occurred.” Tolnay is a leading scholar of social movements whose research Wilkerson incorporated into her book.

For more information about Whitman’s Summer Read Program, visit:  www.whitman.edu/academics/whitman-signature-programs/summer-read-program/history/summer-reading-2012.


Reminder: Flu shots available on campus tomorrow

The Welty Health Center is again offering FREE flu shots for all Whitman staff and faculty. The vaccine is also available to family members above the age of 14 for a cost of $25. The flu shot “clinic” will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cordiner Hall foyer. Please bring your completed consent form – download and print a copy HERE.


PAC hosts campus tour for staff; other upcoming events

The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) thanks staff members who contributed ideas for special staff events in last year’s survey, and invites all staff to join them for a tour of campus this Wednesday, Oct. 3. Although the tour is targeted at new hires, all staff are welcome to take part in this opportunity to learn more about Whitman’s campus.

“We think our hard-working staff deserve to take a break and tour our beautiful campus,” says Dennis Hopwood, director of human resources. “This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with each other, explore buildings and settings your normal routine doesn’t include, and develop an appreciation for this very special place, where the tree-to-student ratio is high.”

The tour kicks off at 9 a.m. with coffee and muffins in Memorial 328, followed by the hour-long tour. To RSVP, contact Mary Luckstead, administrative assistant for human resources, at luckstd@whitman.edu or x5172.

ALSO – PAC will host a number of other special events for staff during the fall semester, including an admission/financial aid workshop for parents Nov. 8 and a celebration of “holiday treats and traditions” with Bon Appetit in December. An additional spring event is tentatively planned to supplement Staff Appreciation Day, and PAC encourages interested staff to get started on projects for a staff art show in March or April. Watch email and The Fountain for further details.


Save the date: State of the College address Oct. 12

Mark your calendar for a State of the College address by President Bridges Friday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. Refreshments will be served in Baker Faculty Center following the address. Watch email and The Fountain for further details.


National Cyber Security Awareness Month at Whitman to focus on passwords

Cyber Security Awareness Month

It’s that time again! October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and WCTS and The Fountain are teaming up to feature helpful tips each week for keeping your information protected online.

This year, we will focus on a single topic that is relevant to your online activity both at work and at home: passwords.

Additionally, we’ll be posting helpful tips each day on the WCTS Facebook page. We welcome comments and questions on the tips.

Stay tuned for our first installment next week!


Staff news briefs

Ruth Ladderud

Ruth Ladderud, administrative assistant, has been named to fill a vacant school board position for Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS). She will be sworn in tomorrow, Oct. 2 and stands for election in November 2013 to fill the remainder of the term through 2015. Ladderud is a graduate of Wa-Hi with a degree in biology from Whitman and another in animal science from WSU. She and her husband have three children, two who attended WWPS before going on to college and one who is currently a student at Garrison Middle School. In 2010, Ladderud was responsible for arranging a visit by alumna astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger to Whitman and WWPS. Last year, she was honored with the Art Regier Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with 4-H. She has also served on both the High School and the Facilities Task Force, and is active in the American Association of University Women and her church.

Brian Sheedy

Brien Sheedy, director of the Outdoor Program, will present a slide show of his recent exhibition to Tibet tomorrow, Oct. 2 and 7 p.m. in Olin 130. The video presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Sheedy began his journey late last August (2011) and made trips up and down the mountain to get acclimatized. His mountain climbing expedition successfully summited Cho-Oyu in October. The sixth-highest mountain in the world, Cho-Oyu is a 26,906-foot peak in the Himalayas located at the border of China and Nepal. Sheedy has so far climbed the highest peak on every continent and has guided expeditions all over the world.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday 10/1
Lecture: “An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson.” Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Whitman’s 2012 Summer Read Program selection The Warmth of Other Suns discusses the Great Migration, social justice and urban affairs. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 10/2
Slideshow: Brien Sheedy, director of the Outdoor Program, presents a slideshow of his 2011 expedition to Tibet. The video presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Sheedy. 7 p.m. in Olin 130. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 10/3
Lecture: “Inside the Gender Jihad: Voices of Gender Reform from Within.” Amina Wadud, author and scholar of Islam, presents an analysis of gender as a category of thought in Islamic intellectual history. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 10/4
Lecture: “Death and Sacrifice at Midnight Terror Cave.” Anthropologist James Brady of California State University, Los Angeles, explores the sub-discipline of Mesoamerican Cave Archaeology and the role of ideology in complex societies. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 157.

Friday 10/5
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents “Stories and Songs,” a faculty recital with Michael Simon and guest artist Eric Stepanian. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 10/10
Music: “From Delta Blues to Chicago Blues – The Great Migration of American Music.” Legendary blues musician Mac Arnold offers a masterclass on Southern blues music. Arnold will address the significant cultural shift in music which occurred during the Great Migration. Moderated by Doug Scarborough. This event is part of the 2012 Summer Read Program. 7 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall. For more information, click here.

Thursday 10/11
Lecture: “Consuming Embryos in China.” Lynn Morgan, Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College, explores the history of fetal politics and reproductive rights. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 10/12
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents guest artist Michael Partington, classical guitar. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Saturday 10/13
Music: The music department presents a violin recital by Josh Melander ’14. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Monday 10/15
Lecture: “What it Means – The 2012 Election and the Future of America.” New York Times political analyst and bestselling author David Brooks presents the first lecture in a two-part political speaker series hosted by the Office of the President. Moderated by Shampa Biswas. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 10/16
Special event: The politics department hosts a live streaming of the U.S. presidential debate, which covers issues of domestic and foreign policy. Followed by a town hall discussion moderated by Susanne Beechey. 6 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 10/17
Film: “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts.” Whitman alumna Annie Howell ’90 screens her 2011 film about motherhood and coming of age in the internet era. Part of the film and media studies program’s Cinema Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Thursday 10/18 - Sunday 10/21
Theatre: “Noises Off.” HJT presents this comic masterpiece about a mediocre touring company staging a terrible new farce and making a hilarious mess of it. Tickets available Oct. 5. For more information, click here.

Thursday, 10/18
Lecture: Frank Costigliola, U.S. foreign relations expert and professor of 20th century American history at the University of Connecticut presents this year’s Skotheim Endowed Lecture. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Friday 10/19
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents a faculty recital with Amy Dodds, violin, and Jackie Wood, piano. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Friday 10/19
Music: The music department presents a sampler concert with the Whitman chorale and chamber singers, directed by Jeremy Mims; orchestra, directed by Paul Luongo; wind ensemble, directed by Gary Gemberling; and jazz band, directed by Doug Scarborough. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Monday, 10/22
Lecture: “The Great Migration from a Demographic Perspective.” Professor Stewart Tolnay of the University of Washington will explore the causes of the Great Migration from a demographic perspective, examining the characteristics of migrants and their impact on northern and western U.S. cities. This event is part of the 2012 Summer Read Program. 7 p.m. in Olin 130. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 10/23
Lecture: “An Evening with Ray Suarez.” Award-winning journalist and political commentator Ray Suarez presents his perspective on the 2012 presidential election. Suarez is the senior correspondent for The NewsHour on PBS. This is the second lecture in a two-part political speaker series hosted by the Office of the President. Moderated by Paul Apostolidis. 5 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 10/24
Women in Leadership Symposium: Noted Seattle philanthropist and former Whitman trustee Colleen Willoughby ’55 hosts an annual gathering of women leaders in various professional fields. 4 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.'

Tuesday 10/24
Lecture: “Nuclear Energy – Leading the Way or a Legacy Left Behind?” Dr. Frances Smith of the Radiochemical Science and Engineering Group of the Energy and Environmental Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Labs presents a talk on nuclear energy. 8 p.m. in Brattain Auditorium.

Thursday 10/25
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by poet and editor Brenda Shaughnessy, whose book was a finalist for the 2008 NBCC Award. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 10/26
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents a faculty recital with Melissa Loehnig and Jeremy Mims. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Friday 10/26
Music: The music department presents the Fall Composers Concert, where composition students present their work. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Monday 10/29
Lecture: “Euripides’ Bacchae as Dramatic Hymn.” Professor Mark L. Damen of Utah State University explores the narrative structure of The Bacchae, an ancient Greek tragedy based on the mythological story of King Pentheus of Thebes. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Volleyball
Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. vs. Linfield College (Sherwood Center)
Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. vs. Pacific University (Sherwood Center)

Men’s Golf
Monday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. Whitman Invitational (Wine Valley Golf Club)


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

During the Alumni reunion, Nancy Simon took her place in a very familiar spot, at the edge of the HJT stage, to offer her 'notes' at the close of the celebration honoring her retirement from teaching. Full size.


Whitman College
In This Issue
Isabel Wilkerson
Flu Shots
Campus Tour
State of the College
Cyber Security Awareness Month
Staff News Briefs
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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