April 1, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 32 April 1, 2013
The Fountain

Whitman Athletics in the spotlight; staff and faculty fans have much to cheer

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Whitman athletics has been plastered on the front page of the Union-Bulletin recently. From victory on the basketball court to record-breaking finishes in the pool, 2013 has already proven to be a banner year for Whitman sports, and staff and faculty have been showing their support in great numbers. Last month, campus sports fans gathered to watch via live stream as the women’s basketball team made history, ending the season with their best record in school history (23-6), after earning their first-ever berth to the NCAA championships.

Whitman swimmers also recently wrapped up the season after their most impressive showing ever at nationals. They earned their first national ranking of No. 20 for the men’s team, placing a record 17th at the NCAA championships. Men’s and women’s tennis are currently at 15 and 16, respectively, in the national rankings, and just last week the baseball team took their first conference series in more than a year.

Other recent sports highlights include:

  • Michelle Ferenz, head women’s basketball coach, was selected Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
  • Three women’s basketball players, Sarah Anderegg ’14, Heather Johns ’15, and Meghan White ’14, earned all-conference honors
  • Basketball player Ben Eisenhardt ’14 was named Northwest Conference Player of the Year and received All-American honors
  • Jenn Blomme, head swimming coach, was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
  • Swimmers Karl Mering ’15 and Galen Sollom-Brotherton ’14 earned All-American accolades; Claire Collins ’14 earned an All-American honorable mention

For more updates on Whitman sports, follow Whitman Athletics online.


NPR’s Sueann Ramella to emcee TEDxWhitmanCollege

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Does the name Sueann Ramella ring a bell? She’s a host of Morning Edition on NPR, and will also serve as emcee for TEDxWhitmanCollege on April 27.

“Sueann Ramella has an appreciative fan base on campus and in the Walla Walla community, so we are deeply honored that she will serve as the emcee for this inaugural TEDx event,” says Cate Lyon, WCTS consultant TEDx sponsorship chair. “We have the feeling as if a friend will be talking to us! We are also grateful to Northwest Public Radio for its involvement and event support.”

TEDx is a series of independently organized, community-based events modeled on the internationally acclaimed TEDTalks format. The theme of TEDxWhitmanCollege is "Walla Walla and Beyond." Seven speakers from the Whitman and Walla Walla communities will share ideas in a series of 15-minute talks. Tickets go on sale online April 7.

To read the full story, click HERE. For more information, visit the TEDxWhitmanCollege website.


Faculty and staff news briefs

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Richard Martinez, assistant professor of art, will have his work included in Texas National 2013, a competitive national exhibition in the Cole Art Center at The School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The exhibit will run April through June 2013. Renowned art historian Dr. Peter Selz juried the exhibit. Selz is a past curator at the Museum of Modern Art and founding director of the University Art Museum at Berkley. He has curated shows on Alberto Giacometti, Morris Graves and Mark Rothko and has written for many art publications. The recipient of numerous awards, he is the author of “The Art of Engagement.”

ALSO–the Portland Art Museum is exhibiting Martinez’ work “Hard Candy,” oil on canvas, as part of the Northwest Art Collection. Bonnie Laing-Malcomson, The Arlene & Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, Portland Art Museum, visited Martinez’ studio in Walla Walla and selected the work to be on exhibit through November 2013.

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Barbara Maxwell, associate dean of students: student programs and activities, is partnering with the Walla Walla County Health Department to show the emotionally packed documentary “Sin by Silence,” which examines the stories of women incarcerated for killing an abusive husband. Despite prison walls, these women have learned from their past and advocate for a future free from domestic violence. The film will be shown on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in Olin 130. A short panel discussion will follow immediately after the film to answer questions about issues of domestic violence in the Walla Walla valley. Panelists include Lorena Ault and Ann Passmore from the YWCA and Chalese Rabidue and Miguel Sanchez from the Walla Walla Police Department.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 4/8
Lecture: “Barbary Coasts: How Mediterraneans Came to Be.” Julia Clancy-Smith, professor of history at the University of Arizona, delivers the Forty-first Sivert O. and Marjorie Allen Skotheim Lecture in History. She is the author of “Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in the Age of Migration, c. 1800-1900,” and “Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904).” 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Monday 4/8
Lecture: “Life in the German Concentration Camps: A Survivor’s Tale.” Whitman commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with a talk by Willem Houwink, a Dachau survivor and this year's Yom Hashoah guest lecturer. Mr. Houwink was active in the Dutch underground during World War II and spent three years in the concentration camps. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday 4/10
Lecture: “Is There a Glass Ceiling in American Politics?” A talk by New York Times columnist Gail Collins, the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times’ editorial page. She is the author of several books on women and politics, including “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present.” 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday, 4/10 to Sunday 4/14
Theatre: “My Chernobyl.” HJT presents Aaron Bushkowsky's quirky romance about a naïve Canadian who travels to Belarus to give an inheritance to his father’s last remaining relative. While there he meets his long lost cousin, a Russian woman who sees him as her ticket out of the radiation blasted country. Tickets available March 29. For more information, click here.

Thursday 4/11
Lecture: “How to Love Wine.” A talk by New York Times chief wine critic and author Eric Asimov. He created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants 2004, the fifth edition of the guide, and has offered commentary on food and wine on WQXR since 1999. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday 4/17
Lecture: “The Masque of the Red Death.” A talk by Adam Gordon, assistant professor of English, on the short story by Edgar Allen Poe. Part of the English department’s Faculty Wednesday Night, a lecture and discussion series. 7 p.m. in Olin 221. Reception to follow.

Thursday 4/18
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading with Robyn Schiff and Nick Twemlow. Schiff is a poet and the director of undergraduate writing at the University of Iowa; Twemlow is an Iowa filmmaker, poet and editor. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Thursday 4/18
Lecture: “The Trail in Our Cells: Genetics and Human Migration.” A talk by Jon Jamison of Walla Walla Community College, whose graduate work included the prehistory, archaeology and early history of the Aegean region. 7:30 p.m.in Olin 157.

Wednesday 4/24
Lecture: “Goodbye to 48th Street.” A talk by Irvin Hashimoto, associate professor of English, on the essay by E.B. White. Part of the English department’s Faculty Wednesday Night, a lecture and discussion series. 7 p.m. in Olin 221. Reception to follow.

Saturday 4/27
TEDxWhitmanCollege: “Walla Walla and Beyond.” An independently organized, community-based event featuring talks by seven local speakers modeled on the popular TEDTalks format. Tickets available online only April 7 for $25; space is limited. For tickets and information, click here.

Monday 4/29
Lecture: “350: The Most Important Number in the World.” A talk by Bill McKibben, environmentalist, author and journalist specializing in climate change. 350 is the number of parts-per-million of CO2 in the atmosphere that scientists believe to be the safe super limit to avoid a climate tipping point. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Baseball (Borleske Stadium)
Saturday, April 6 at noon vs. Pacific University (doubleheader)
Sunday, April 7 at noon vs. Pacific University

Women’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. vs. Pacific University
Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. vs. Bellevue CC
Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. vs. Whitworth University

Men’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. vs. Pacific University


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Many students got a nice, sweet surprise Friday when an email solicitation from the Bookstore to parents went WAAAAY better than anticipated. More than 150 orders came in for Easter baskets, causing the Bookstore staff to scramble!
Full size.


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In This Issue
Whitman Athletics
TEDx Update
News Briefs
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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