October 29, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 11 October 29, 2012
The Fountain

Transition underway: Ingeniux content management system has been launched

At about 10 a.m. today, Oct. 29, the Whitman website began running on a new content management system (CMS) called Ingeniux. The new CMS will provide for better website architecture and page design, and it will improve functionality and enhance the experience of those visiting the site.  Some of the final technical steps and changes can only happen after the live launch, and web content team members Phil Thompson and Michael Cox are working on those details. If you notice pages with spacing issues or find broken links, please send a note to webteam@whitman.edu.


Whitman featured in USA Today for "Make A Difference Day"

USA Today Logo

A recent article in USA Today about the national service project "Make A Difference Day" spotlights Whitman College for its commitment to volunteer work. About 135 Whitman students, faculty and staff are expected to turn out for this year's effort, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 27, led by the Student Engagement Center. Whitman has participated in Make A Difference Day for more than 10 years.

Click here to read the full story.


Charles Simonyi visits Whitman this Thursday for talk on space tourism

Charles Simonyi

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a special presentation by Charles Simonyi this Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in Olin 130. Simonyi is a high-tech pioneer, philanthropist and space traveler. Born in Budapest and educated at Berkeley, he was the chief architect of Microsoft Word, Excel and other widely-used application programs. He left Microsoft to found Intentional Software, which aims to develop and market computer software for knowledge processing. His passion for science and for space has led him to travel into space twice aboard Soyuz spacecraft, becoming the fifth private citizen in space and the first space tourist ever to fly twice.

His talk is titled “Space Tourist: Training and Mission” and will be followed by a Q&A session.


Just in case: how to report, question suspected financial impropriety anonymously

As a matter of prudent business practice, several years ago the college established a method for campus community members to anonymously question or report suspected financial impropriety at Whitman. A report can be made by phone or via a Website, provided by an outside vendor called EthicsPoint.

“While we hope the system never has to be used, it’s important as a matter of course to have it in place given our widely decentralized culture,” said Walter Froese, controller.  “It is exclusively for financial issues. Some examples would be theft of college property or an improper travel reimbursement. Anyone noticing something that seems odd or off in any way is encouraged to raise questions. This resource provides for anonymous reporting and is available if a campus community member is uncomfortable about using normal college channels to raise questions or bring attention to a matter.”

He adds that the college also provides systems and resources for questioning or reporting issues that are not financial college in nature. “If a campus community member suspects an issue that does not have a financial impact for the college, he/she should go through such channels as Human Resources or a supervisor or budget officer, whichever is most appropriate for the situation.”  

To anonymously report or question a financial issue, you can call (888) 278-1497 or visit this website.

Questions? Concerns? You are encouraged to contact Froese at froesewr@whitman.edu or x4936.


U.S. presidential election – “What’s at Stake” for higher ed

Inside Higher ED

Recently, Whitman hosted a series on the presidential election that featured David Brooks and Ray Suarez, providing commentators’ general views on the candidates and the election from different points on the political spectrum. If you are interested in understanding the candidates’ specific positions related to higher education, you might find value in an article published Oct. 25 by the daily online news source Inside Higher Ed. Titled “What’s At Stake,” the article reports on the positions of President Obama and Mitt Romney related to a variety of higher education topics, including fiscal policy and Pell grants, student loans and campus-based aid, for-profits, regulation and non-profits, labor law, Title IX, Affirmative Action and more. In case you missed it, click HERE to read the article.


National Cyber Security Awareness Month: storing credentials

Safe by Roo Reynolds, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License  by Roo Reynolds

This is the final week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and WCTS and The Fountain are focusing this last installment on how to securely store your online credentials. Mike Osterman ’96, IT security officer and deputy director of enterprise technology, explains:







You have unique credentials for every web site, you’re using passphrases and you’ve shredded all your post-it notes. Now what?

Likely you have too much information to remember and keep sorted out, but thankfully, there’s software that can do the heavy lifting: a password safe.

WCTS recommends KeePass (see setup tutorials here) as it is free, open source and works on all major operating systems. There are many other options to choose from, many with more functionality, though they often carry a price tag. Please email itso@whitman.edu if you’d like more information or suggestions.

A few pointers for whichever safe you choose:

  • Use a strong passphrase – this "safe" holds the keys to your online kingdom.
  • If you’re extremely worried about forgetting your safe’s passprase, write it down and keep a copy in a secure place away from your computer.
  • Be sure to back up the safe’s files regularly so you don’t lose your data should your hard drive crash.

Guest panel tonight on political parties and role of government

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a special forum tonight on American political culture, sponsored by Whitman’s Intercultural Center, The Walla Walla Diversity Coalition and The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. The purpose of the event is to discuss the role of government from various political perspectives. David Schmitz, Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History, will speak briefly on the history of political parties in the United States.

Titled “The Future of American Politics: Civility vs. Gridlock,” the event takes place today, Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Reid Campus Center’s Young Ballroom. Q&A and refreshments to follow.

Click here for more information.


Fort Walla Walla Museum invites Whitman to special lecture

Fort Walla Walla Museum invites the Whitman community to attend a special presentation by Pacific Northwest author Jack Nisbet on the history of David Douglas, a Scottish naturalist who made six trips to the Fort Walla Walla fur trade post between 1826 and 1833. His slide presentation will explore the context of what Douglas saw in the Blue Mountains, including outstanding specimens, wild stories and a complexity of personal relationships.

This free event takes place next Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Grand Hall of Fort Walla Walla Museum. Questions? Contact the museum at (509) 525-7703 or email Anne Stotler, programs manager, at programs@fortwallawallamuseum.org.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

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.

Thursday 11/1
Lecture: “Space Tourist – Training and Mission.” Charles Simonyi is a high-tech pioneer, philanthropist and among the first private citizens in space. He will address the topic of space travel and tourism as he describes his personal experience. 4 p.m. in Olin 130. For more information, click here.

Friday 11/2
Music: The Music Department presents a general Student Music Recital. 4 p.m. in the Music Building Room 127 (rehearsal hall). 

Friday 11/2
Music: The Music Department presents The Fall Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dough Scarborough. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall. 

Wednesday 1/17 - Sunday 11/11
Theatre: “Shooting Simone.” HJT presents this very funny play exploring themes of jealousy, the changing face of feminism, and the inevitably subjective nature of "truth." Tickets available Oct. 26. For more information, click here.

Thursday 11/8
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by writer, poet and essayist Matt Bondurant, author of three novels as well as numerous works of short fiction, poems, essays and reviews. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Thursday 11/8
Lecture: “The Mosaics of Seugma on the Euphrates – Visual Culture on the Roman Frontier.” A talk by Katherine Dunbadin, emerita professor of classics at McMaster University specializing in Roman art and mosaics, Roman dining customs and theatre and spectacle in the Roman Empire. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 11/8
Music: The Music Department presents The Whitman Orchestra Fall Concert, directed by Paul Luongo. 7:30 p.m. in Chrism Recital Hall.

Friday 11/9
Music: The Music Department presents a general Student Music Recital. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Wednesday 11/14
Lecture: “Corridors of Heritage – For Peace and Conflict Resolution.” Sudharshan Seneviratne, professor of archaeology at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, will discuss the heritage initiatives he has undertaken focusing on peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, as well as his experience working with city and village folk, school children, undergraduates and public-private sector partnerships. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 11/14
Film: “Holy Rollers.” Documentary filmmaker Bryan Storkel screens his second feature film endeavor, which follows the rise of a large, extremely well-funded blackjack team made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. Part of the film and media studies program’s Cinema Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 11/14
Lecture: “Save the River, Kill the Trees.” O’Donnell Visiting Educator Jamie Workman presents the first in a three-part series of lectures called “Three Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Water Conservation.” Part one explores the massive surplus of trees that are now threatening another one of our most valuable natural resources: water. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Friday 11/16
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents seven unique keys of jazz piano with Nicholas Ferrell, Ethan Maier, Dylan Martin, Veronica Miller, Jason Morrison, Lucinda Sisk and Zack Strater. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre. 

Monday 11/26
Lecture: “The Impact of Global Environmental Challenges on U.S.-China Relations.” China expert and award-winning journalist Orville Schell explores China’s current environmental crisis and what it means for the U.S. and the rest of the world. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 11/28
Lecture: “Taps Leak Energy, Cars Burn Water.” O’Donnell Visiting Educator Jamie Workman presents the second in a three-part series of lectures called “Three Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Water Conservation.” Here he explores the interrelationship of water and energy. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.
For more campus events, click here.

Wednesday 11/28
Music: The Music Department presents The Fall Wind Ensemble Concert, directed by Gary Gemberling. 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall. 

Friday 11/30

Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents a faculty recital with William Berry, trumpet, and Jackie Wood, piano. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre. 

Friday 11/30
Music: The Music Department presents The Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers Fall Concert, directed by Jeremy Mims. 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Friday 11/30
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents a faculty recital with William Berry, trumpet, and Jackie Wood, piano. 4 p.m. in Kimball Theatre. 

Friday 11/30
Music: The Music Department presents The Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers Fall Concert, directed by Jeremy Mims. 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.  


Athletic Events – Home Games

Swimming
Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. vs. Linfield College (Harvey Pool)
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. vs. Willamette University (Harvey Pool)

Women’s Soccer
Friday, Nov. 2 at 12 p.m. vs. Linfield College (Athletic Fields)

Men’s Soccer
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. vs. Whitworth University (Athletic Fields)


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

An attendee of the Murdock Conference makes her way across campus shielded from the rain. Full size.


Whitman College
In This Issue
Ingeniux Transition
Whitman featured in USA Today
Charles Simonyi
Whistleblower Hotline
U.S. Presidential Election
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Guest Panel
Fort Walla Walla Museum Lecture
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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