January 2, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 19 January 2, 2013
The Fountain

Whitman admission essay question featured in LA Times and more newspapers

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The Los Angeles Times included Whitman in a recent story about some of the more “unusual and thought-provoking” essay options available to college applicants at various colleges and universities this year. Whitman’s question, which is part of the Whitman supplement to the Common Application, asks:

Descartes observes, “There are few people who are willing to say everything they believe… because many do not know what they believe.” Describe an unpopular opinion you have had and why you stood (or stand) by it.

Other schools in the story, which was picked up by scores of newspapers nationwide, include Stanford University, Pomona College, Brown University and University of Notre Dame. Creative essay questions ranged from instructing applicants to write a note to their future roommate to asking about the impact of social media on personal reflection.

Click here to read the full article.


Cleaning out your file cabinet? Transfer old records to college archive

Instead of throwing away all out of date records, staff and faculty are encouraged to submit official documents and other relevant files to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives at Penrose Library. The archives function as the final repository for official records of the college, including college publications, institutional records and other materials created by college employees in the course of performing their work.

“We at the archives are thrilled to work with the campus community to transfer non-current, inactive official records to our care,” says Melissa Salrin, archivist and special collections librarian. “By depositing records with us on a regular schedule, offices will not only reduce unnecessary accumulations of inactive records, but will also safeguard the interest of the college by preserving the historical record of its achievements.”

Records commonly transferred to the archives include:

  • Minutes and proceedings
  • Office Files: correspondence, memoranda and subject files concerning activities and functions
  • Historical files documenting policies, decisions, committee and task force reports, questionnaires
  • Publications: one copy of all newsletters, brochures, programs, posters, and announcements issued by the college or its subdivisions. The Archives should be placed on mailing lists to receive all future publications
  • Audio-visuals: photographs, films, and sound and video recordings
  • Personal papers of students, faculty, and staff which relate to the college’s work.

Note: All information formats (e.g., published, typescript, audio-visual, and electronic data, such as computer disks and files) are appropriate for consideration for transfer. Salrin says, “When in doubt, don’t throw it out!”

Records that generally should NOT be transferred include:

  • Records of specific financial transactions
  • Routine letters of transmittal and acknowledgement
  • Duplicate and blank forms
  • All other duplicate material: keep only original copy and annotated copies
  • Papers, reports, working papers and drafts, which have been published
  • Requests for publications or information after the requests have been filled.

To download the PDF containing more specific guidelines on how to transfer records to the archives, click HERE. If you have questions, contact Salrin at x4731or salrinmm@whitman.edu.


“Movement That Matters” approved for second year

The popular employee exercise program “Movement that Matters” has been approved for a second year by the Fringe Benefits Committee. Classes will resume Monday, Jan. 7 and continue through the end of March.

According to Deb Wright, accounts coordinator and member of the Fringe Benefits Committee, the program was very well attended in its first year with 86 employees taking advantage of the fitness classes. Together they logged almost 1,200 hours of exercise.

“The only complaint in the survey last August was that there was a very long break between the three 10-week sessions,” Wright says. “What a nice problem to have–that people didn’t want a break from the program!”

Thanks to increased funding and a slight bump from $40 to $45 for the registration fee, Movement That Matters will now offer classes five days per week for 15 weeks, for a total of 75 classes. Organized by Wright and Michele Hanford, fitness facilities director, the program also benefits from the ongoing efforts of its staff instructors: Stephen Garnett, assistant men’s basketball coach, Elizabeth Sparks, wellness instructor, and Robert Street ’07, admission officer.

For more information or to register, click HERE.


Off-Campus Studies greeting cards available in the bookstore

Penrose House

Looking for a unique set of greeting cards to start off the New Year? The bookstore is now offering six-packs of blank greeting cards featuring six winning images from the 2011 off-campus studies student photo competition. Each pack is $8, and all of the images were captured by Whitman students during their off-campus studies experience.

“The image contest helps our office to share students’ off-campus experiences with the wider Whitman community,” says Barbara Hoffman, assistant director of off-campus studies. “The images and stories help us understand how students are transformed by studying abroad.”

The OCS office also recently announced the winners of the 2012 photo competition. They are Marie von Hafften ’13, Lian Caspi ’13 and Julia Bowman ’13. For more information and to view a slideshow of all the 2012 contest entries, click HERE.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

MUSIC: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 1/21
Candlelight March: Join the annual peace march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., as Whitman commemorates the holiday with a week of campus activities. March departs at 4 p.m. from Reid Campus Center foyer and continues downtown.

Tuesday 1/22
Faculty Panel: “What Does It Mean to Teach the Civil Rights Movement in Walla Walla in 2013?” Professors Lisa UddinCatherine Veninga and Erin Pahlke discuss Whitman Teaches the Movement. 7:00 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom B.

Wednesday 1/23
Lecture: “The Legacy of Dr. King.” Writer, feminist and intellectual Rebecca Walker speaks on issues of race, gender, sexuality and power. Daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker ("The Color Purple"), and esteemed civil rights attorney Mel Leventhal, her memoirs include The New York Times Bestseller "Black, White and Jewish" and the critically acclaimed "Baby Love."

Thursday 1/24
BSU Dinner: Whitman’s Black Student Union hosts the annual Soul Food Night in celebration of African American culture and cuisine. 5:30 p.m. in Prentiss Dining Hall.

Friday 1/25
Music: “Impeach the President, Long Live the King.” A hip-hop concert featuring Seattle artist International Mo B. with a guest appearance by Warm Gun. International Mo B. recently released a new album in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., and his core belief in social justice. Tickets are limited with first priority to students and a select number available to faculty and staff. Tickets available free of charge in Reid Foyer on days prior to event. 8 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

Thursday 1/31
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Johanna Stoberock, novelist and adjunct assistant professor of English. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.


Parting Shot


Whitman College
In This Issue
Essay Question
College Archive
Movement That Matters
OCS Greeting Cards
Campus Events
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