February 11, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 25 February 11, 2013
The Fountain

The Princeton Review, Peace Corps rankings reflect credit on Whitman

Best Value Colleges cover Princeton Review
Peace Corps Top Colleges logo

Again this year The Princeton Review has named Whitman College to its list of 150 “Best Value Colleges.” The list includes 75 public and 75 private colleges that The Princeton Review has selected for its book, The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition. It does not rank the schools beyond the top 10. Read the full story HERE.

Last week the Peace Corps announced that Whitman ranks No. 8 among small schools on its 2013 Top Colleges list, which spotlights colleges and universities that produce the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. Sixteen Whitman graduates are currently serving overseas in the Peace Corps; more than 300 Whitman alumni have served since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961. This is the fifth time Whitman has appeared on the annual Top Colleges list since 2003. Read the full story HERE.


UB features Whitman in China article by Susan Brick; your program next?

Susan Holme Brick

Quarterly, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin publishes a guest article written by a Whitman staff or faculty member. This time it’s an article by Susan Holme Brick, director of off-campus studies, about the Whitman in China program. The article appeared in the Sunday, Feb. 10 edition – also the date of the Chinese New Year. The program, which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary, traces its roots to the Walla Walla community. Click HERE to read the article.

The UB quarterly articles focus on aspects of Whitman that have community ties or benefits. The next Whitman UB column will appear in early May. If you have an idea for an article that you would like to write, contact Ruth Wardwell, assistant vice president for communications, at wardwers@whitman.edu.


Staff Coffee with the President next week

Farrington eBay photo

Staff are invited to attend a meeting with President Bridges next Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. President will discuss the recent Governing Board meeting and take questions.


Email: “You’re for sale on eBay”

Farrington eBay photo

That’s the message Keith Farrington, Peterson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, received from fellow faculty member Lee Sanning, assistant professor of economics.

So like just about anyone who is digitally connected would, Farrington checked it out. What he saw was a photo of himself that accompanied a 1992 Walla Walla Union-Bulletin about Farrington having been selected as that year’s CASE Professor of the Year for Washington.

“I remember there was quite a bit of buzz, both on campus and in the local and statewide media, because I was the first Whitman professor to be so honored,” Farrington said.

When asked for a response to seeing the eBay post, Farrington wrote: “I must confess that my first reaction to seeing myself on the eBay screen was rather selfish and superficial; ‘hey, who is that nice looking young fellow standing up in front of the blackboard in that Maxey classroom that I know so well?’ My second reaction was to ask the Alumni Office if they had a current address for Clare Macguire, the student with whom I am talking in this photograph. It occurred to me that Clare might like to know that she, too, is for sale on eBay. Unfortunately, there appears to be no current contact information for her. Finally, in looking ahead, I’m having difficulty deciding whether I should feel worse if no one buys me (although I have to confess that I may, as several of my closer friends have noted, be drastically overpriced) or if I should be more troubled if someone does buy me, and I would have no idea who that person is or what his/her motives for doing so might be.”

If you check out the eBay post yourself, you’ll see that Prof. Farrington sold for $28.88.

Oh, and the photographer? Current Whitman photographer Greg Lehman, who was equally surprised to see his work being sold on eBay.


Save the date: Global Studies Symposium set for Feb. 23

Global Studies Symposium 2013 logo

The 5th Annual Global Studies Symposium, set for Saturday, Feb. 23, will focus on the topic of “Food in Global Perspectives.” It includes keynote addresses by three visiting experts as well as comments by several Whitman faculty members and students. Keynote topics and speakers include:

  • “The End of Overeating” by David Kessler, professor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School and former Commissioner of the FDA
  • “The Global Peasant/Farmer Struggle for Our Food System” by Peter Rosset, professor at the Advanced Studies Institute at the Sothern Frontier, researcher at the Center for the Study of Rural Change in Mexico and coordinator of the Land Research Action Network
  • “Conflict Kitchen and the Practice of Politically Engaged Art” by Jon Rubin, professor at Carnegie-Mellon University and political artist

The event takes place from 1-4 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click HERE.


Whitman to host Backcountry Film Festival on Wednesday

Peace Corps Top Colleges logo

Staff and faculty are invited to attend the Backcountry Film Festival this Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. The festival, which celebrates the fun and beauty of winter as told through seven short films, is hosted by Whitman’s Outdoor Program. A portion of the proceeds will support the Wallowa Avalanche Center in Joseph, Ore.

Tickets are free with Whitman ID or $5 for community members, and are available now at the bookstore, the rental shop or at the door. Questions? Call the rental shop at x5965 or email Lish Riley at rileyab@whitman.edu.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Wednesday 2/13
Film: The OP hosts the Backcountry Film Festival, celebrating the fun and beauty of winter through seven short films. Tickets are free with Whitman ID or $5 without, and a portion of the proceeds will support the Wallowa Avalanche Center in Joseph, Ore. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30.

Wednesday 2/13
Lecture: “Renaissance or Meltdown? The Economics of Nuclear Power After Fukushima.” A lecture by Charles F Mason of the University of Wyoming’s Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy. Mason is an internationally known scholar and author of more than 50 publications. He specializes in environmental and resource economics. 7 p.m. in Olin 130. Reception to follow.

Friday, 2/15
Symposium: "Entrepreneurship and a Whitman Education." The Student Engagement Center hosts a panel designed to bring together successful alumni from around the country to discuss how their Whitman education served as an important foundation for building their organizations. Sproxil CEO Ashifi Gogo '05 offers the keynote address, and students David McGaughey '13 and Sarah Cronk '15 serve as moderators. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 2/19
Lecture: “The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey.” A talk by Spencer Wells, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 Professor at Cornell University. He leads The Genographic Project, which is collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of human DNA samples in order to learn more about how our ancestors populated the planet. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday 2/21
Lecture: “Wealth and Equality: Modern America, the Gilded Age, and the Purpose of an Economy.” Richard White, Margaret Byrne Chair of History at Stanford University, presents the Mary L. Bierman Lecture on the History of the American West. White is the author of several historical volumes including Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 2/21
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Heather McHugh, a MacArthur Fellow, essayist and former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is the author of multiple poetry and essay collections and has edited two anthologies. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 2/22
Workshop: “If I Build [My Social Network], Will They Come? Job Hunting Using Social Media.” A workshop on social media and the job market with alumni association members Mary Deming Barber ’78 and Kirsten Adams Gable ’01. 2 p.m. in Reid Campus Center Room G02.

Saturday 2/23
Global Studies Symposium: “Food in Global Perspectives.” Keynote speakers include David Kessler, the former commissioner of the USFDA; Peter Rosset, a professor at the Advanced Studies Institute of the Southern Frontier; and Jon Rubin, artist and associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. 1 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Monday 2/25
Storyteller: The Intercultural Center Storyteller Series presents Kathya Alexander, a writer, actor, poet, playwright and teaching artist. She will perform “With Hope and With Morning: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement” as the third installment of the series. Reception to follow. 7 p.m. in the Glover Alston Center.

Monday 2/25
Lecture: “Beyond the Border: Canada/U.S. Relations.” A talk by Denis Stevens, Consul General of Canada. Stevens is Canada’s senior representative in the Pacific Northwest, appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010. He has served with the Canadian government for 17 years. 7:30 p.m. in Young Ballroom B, Reid Campus Center.

Tuesday 2/26
Lecture: “From China to Apple: How a Liberal Arts Grad Can Thrive in Silicon Valley.” A discussion with Jason Copeland ’94, Group Product Manager at Apple. Copeland, a graduate of Harvard Business School who has lived and worked in China, will share his thoughts on careers, work-life balance and how a liberal arts grad can thrive in Silicon Valley. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 2/27
Lecture: “Building a Movement to End Poverty: An Evening With 2012 Green Party Vice Presidential Nominee Cheri Honkala.” A talk by anti-poverty activist and former Green Party running mate Cheri Honkala. She offers an insider’s look at leading a poor people’s social movement and discusses practical, impactful ways to create social change and battle poverty. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, 2/27 to Sunday 3/3
Theatre: “The Tempest.” HJT presents Shakespeare’s classic play, a magical tale of romance, political intrigue and drunken louts. Prospero, after being trapped on an island by his power-hungry brother, finally gets a chance for revenge when a ship carrying his brother passes by on its way to Naples. An enchanted tale filled with humor, romance and adventure. Tickets available Feb. 15. For more information, click here.

Thursday 2/28
Lecture: “Digital Return: Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of Cultivating Indigenous Knowledge.” A talk by Kimberly Christen, associate professor of critical culture, gender and race studies at Washington State University. Dr. Christen’s academic research focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, archival practices, cultural heritage movements and intellectual property rights within indigenous communities and the global commons. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. vs. Willamette University

Women’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. vs. Lewis and Clark College


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

The men's and women's basketball teams enjoyed strong turnouts at George Ball Court last week heading into the final stretch of the home season. Full size.


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Rankings Report
UB Article
Staff Coffee
eBay Message
Global Studies Symposium
Backcountry Film Festival
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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