December 2, 2013

Volume 8 | Issue 15 | December 2, 2013

Professor of Geology Pat Spencer to serve as Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty

President George Bridges announced today to the Whitman community that Pat Spencer, Professor and Chair of the Geology Department, will take up the position of Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty beginning on July 1, 2014. Spencer, who will replace current Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tim Kaufman-Osborn, will serve in this interim position until a permanent appointment is made.

In Bridges’ email to college staff and faculty, he cited Spencer’s experience, abilities and understanding of Whitman as valuable assets in this position.

“Like many others with whom I spoke, he is a person who listens well and prior to making decisions gives thoughtful and fair consideration to individuals and groups raising issues and concerns of a personal or professional nature,” Bridges said.


Tau Kappa Epsilon hosts Thanksgiving dinner for Odd Fellows residents

Every November, members of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) invite residents from the Walla Walla Odd Fellows Home to share a Thanksgiving dinner. TKE chapter members assist the cook in the preparation and serving of the meal and then join the Odd Fellows residents for dinner.


4th Annual Student Activities Arts and Crafts Fair

Arts and Crafts Fair poster. Monday, December 9, 4-6 pm. Reid Campus Center Ballroom.

Whitman Wellness
Contributed by Fitness Facilities Director Michele Hanford

5 Tips for Holiday Fitness and Nutrition Survival

First, I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who donated food or clothing items during the Thanksgiving Day Work-Out Helpline Drive. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

If you view getting fit or attempting to achieve fitness not so much as an “event,” but as more of a trial-and-error process, then you may find yourself ahead of the game and working to stay fit on a more consistent basis.

Try and take the emotion out of the trial-and-error journey, embrace the achievement and the plateau, and look for inspiration inside the fatigue. Then you may find yourself thinking of this process as part of your life and not that big of a deal!

Here are some timeless classics to help you avoid the holiday overeating traps:

  • Baby Steps. Don’t try to do too much, too soon. 15 to 20 minutes of brisk walking or calisthenics will get your lungs and legs moving, your muscles warmed up and your body ready for more the next day.
  • Forget feeling full and eat only when you’re hungry. Do you like to eat pie? Eat it for breakfast instead of at night! Mind the portions, and you’ll find that eating this type of food earlier on in the day will save you the “creep” of holiday pounds.
  • Don’t starve then stuff! Putting off eating so that you can really “strap on the feedbag later” not only robs you of nutrition but it also plays with your metabolism – a mechanism you want to keep fine-tuned. Eat at least 200 calories in the morning if you’re going to have a huge holiday meal.
  • Exercise in the early morning. Even if it’s only one day a week, exercising earlier than you’re used to is your fat cells’ worst nightmare, and we love to scare those fat cells! Burn baby burn!
  • Drink Water. Water helps to transport nutrients, fat, minerals and vitamins as well as waste and toxins. Water also helps to curb appetite and decrease cravings.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Thursday, Dec. 5
Music. Students will be performing six scenes from well-known operas. The director will be Music Lecturer Monica Griffin Hunter. 7:30 p.m. in Chism.

Friday, Dec. 6
Music. The Department of Music will host a concerto aria competition. 7:30 p.m. in Chism.

Sunday, Dec. 8
Music. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Department of Music will sponsor the twenty-eighth annual Feast of Carols. At this performance, choral groups from a variety of local schools and colleges will sing your favorite holiday tunes. 7 p.m. in Cordiner.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Thursday, Dec. 5
Men’s Basketball v. University of California, Santa Cruz
8 p.m. – Sherwood Athletic Center


Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Seeing faces in unusual places.
Full size.

Whitman College

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