October 22, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 10 October 22, 2012
The Fountain

Thursday, Oct. 25 marks transition to new web content management system

Last week all staff and faculty should have received an email announcing the Thursday, Oct. 25 transition to the new Ingeniux content management system. In addition to greater functionality for our website, the transition brings with it several changes and enhancements to the Whitman home page. Among them is a new header for the page, with several design and navigation upgrades.

New Header

The email also discussed important changes to the Staff/Faculty/Student landing pages, the myWhitman portal system and the transition of the People Search tool to a more contemporary directory that uses the Ingeniux system.

Click HERE to read a recap of the email.


Whitman to host regional Murdock science conference this week

The 2012 Regional Conference of Undergraduate Research of the Murdock College Science Research Program will take place on the Whitman campus, Oct. 26-27, 2012. The conference brings together more than 400 students and faculty from colleges across the Pacific Northwest to share scientific research with peers and colleagues. The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust sponsors the event and funds scientific research for a select number of colleges and universities, including Whitman.

Whitman previously hosted this prestigious conference about 10 years ago. Doug Juers, associate professor of physics, is the faculty host and program director.


Whitman’s beautiful autumn colors make Washington Post photo gallery

Fall at Whitman

A photo of a tree-lined walkway near the northwest corner of campus was recently featured in an autumn slideshow on the Washington Post website. The photo gallery is titled “Fall foliage sweeps the nation” and includes idyllic images of fall from all across the country. Local photographer Jeff Horner originally captured this tribute to the season for The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

Click here to view the Washington Post slideshow.


Faculty News Brief

Ellen Bishop

Ellen Morris Bishop, visiting assistant professor of geology and environmental studies, has been named the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Fellow by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. The alumni association honored her at several events this past weekend, including a gala dinner. She was also introduced on the field just before kickoff at the homecoming football game. Her citation notes that she is a geologist, professor and author with a master's degree (1979) and a doctorate (1983) from OSU, both in geology. A highly trained and experienced geologist, she is widely recognized for her writing and photography skills as well as for her dedication to advancing public understanding of geology and its role in considering how humans use the land.


National Cyber Security Awareness Month: using passphrases

National Cyber Security Awareness Month continues this week with a look at how passphrases can help protect your accounts without resorting to passwords too complicated to remember. Mike Osterman ’96, IT security officer and deputy director of enterprise technology, explains:

For years, the mantra in making a secure password has been to make it complex. Does this look familiar?

Secure Password by paul.orear, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by paul.orear

While the above example is hard for an evildoer to guess, it’s also very hard for you to remember.

Research now suggests that you’re safer using a phrase made up of real words--a “passphrase”--than a shorter password made up of random characters. Why?

  • Passphrases are easier for people to remember, so they’re less likely to write them down.
  • The more characters in the credential, the harder it is to crack. It’s simple(?) math.*

The following are tips you can use to create a strong passphrase:

  • Try for a minimum of five words.
  • Use a full sentence that includes both punctuation and upper and lower case letters.
  • A personal phrase (something unique to you) is preferred to a well-known quote or lyric.
  • Lie. For example, instead of using “My first car was a Galaxy.” (true), try “My first car was a Ferrari.” (false)

Do you have questions? We’ve got answers! Email the IT Security Officer at itso@whitman.edu.

*Technically, information theory.


Video of David Brooks presentation now available online

For those who missed last Monday's lecture by New York Times columnist David Brooks, video of the presentation is now temporarily available online. Please note: This link will expire 30 days from today.

Watch the video of "What it Means: The 2012 Election and the Future of America" with David Brooks.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, 10/22
Lecture: “The Great Migration from a Demographic Perspective: How and Why the Diaspora Occurred.” Professor Stewart Tolnay of the University of Washington explores 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: “Election 2012: The American Political Landscape.” 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 sponsored by the Office of the President. Moderated by Paul Apostolidis. 5 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 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. This year’s speakers include Aya Hamilton, Northwest region head for private wealth management at Goldman Sachs; Fidelma McGinn, vice president of philanthropic services at The Seattle Foundation; and Deborah Streeter ’85, board president of iLeap and president of The Hans & Elizabeth Wolf Foundation. 4 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 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.

Thursday 10/25
Sixth Annual Gender Studies Roundtable: “Theory, Practice, Praxis: Gender Studies and Activism.” Participants in this year’s Gender Studies Roundtable include Julie M. Bacon, an activist and doctoral student in environmental studies at the University of Oregon; Karma R. Chávez, professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison and member of Against Equality; Rabab El-Mahdi, Egyptian opposition member and professor at the American university in Cairo; and Patrick J. Lemon, co-founder of Men Can Stop Rape. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130. For more information, click here.

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.

For more campus events, click here.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Women’s Volleyball (Sherwood Center)
Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. vs. George Fox University
Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. vs. Lewis and Clark College


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Dorothy Cruickshank laughs with her granddaughter Katie Jenike ’15 (right) while making a tie-dye scarf during Saturday's chemistry open house, part of the college's annual Family Weekend. Full size.


Whitman College
In This Issue
New Content Management System
Murdock Conference
Whitman in the Washington Post
Faculty News Brief
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
David Brooks Video
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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