March 11, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 29 March 11, 2013
The Fountain

Staff and faculty support, show spirit for women’s basketball team

The Fountain

“Getting to the NCAA tournament was historic,” said Dean Snider, director of athletics, and the Whitman community showed its spirit and support.

Last Friday and Saturday, staff and faculty joined students and family members in Sherwood Center to watch live streams of the Whitman women’s basketball team NCAA regional semi-finals and finals games.

During Friday’s live stream, sports fan Delbert Hutchison, associate professor of biology, shared, “I go to all the home games, and this is just fantastic.”

“I like to watch students doing what they love because they are so passionate about it,” said Claudia Ness, Welty Health Center director, who also follows Whitman basketball.

Chris Bishop, publications design manager, reported from the scene of Friday’s watch party:

Sherwood Foyer and the adjoining classroom erupted with whoops and high-fives and hugs. Steve Rubin got the crowd going throughout the game with his crazy hats and cheers, and Hutch provided expert analysis of the highs and lows in his rich, booming voice. What a party! In the game’s final seconds, Whitman’s free throws took the game out of Emory's reach.

And the fans returned to Sherwood Saturday afternoon to watch the lady Missionaries take on Williams College. Though Whitman fell short of another tournament win, the spirit never floundered, and faculty and staff again joined other fans at a Welcome Home rally at the airport on Sunday.

For a recap of Friday's game against Emory as well as player statistics and the official box score, click HERE.
For a recap of Saturday's game against Williams, click HERE.
For footage of postgame comments from Coach Michelle Ferenz as well as players, click HERE.

The Fountain
Winners on the court and off return to Walla Walla following their tournament run. Photo courtesy of Prof. Ellen Bishop.


Reminder: Contact web team for help during transition

As reported via campus email and The Fountain, Web Content Manager Phil Thompson is no longer at Whitman as of Friday, March 8. If you need help with a web content issue, please continue to use the following address to submit requests and ask for assistance: webteam@whitman.edu. Both Communications and WCTS staff members receive these messages and will assist as needed during the transition.

The interview process for Thompson’s replacement begins this week, and the goal is to have a new staff member in place by the second week in April. That person then will go through a significant training period, both on campus and with the content management system provider, Ingeniux. Nonetheless, the web team is prepared to manage all basic functions and needs.


Special climbing wall times available to staff and faculty

The Fountain

Staff and faculty interested in using the climbing wall during off-peak hours are invited to do so on Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. and Fridays from 1-2 p.m. While the climbing wall is always open to members of the Whitman community, these sessions are reserved specifically for staff and faculty. “They’re quiet and have a nice mellow feel,” says Brien Sheedy, director of the outdoor program.


Seismic work underway in Memorial

Starting today, a construction crew will be completing additional seismic upgrades in the Memorial Building. The work is scheduled to coincide with students’ spring break, March 8-25. The crew will use the north side of the building to access the fourth floor with lifts and cranes, so expect some occasional noise this week and next. Questions? Call the Physical Plant at x5999.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 3/25
Lecture: “Beyond Rio+20: Combating Environmental Crises Through Education and Action.” A talk by alumna Kim Smith '90, who teaches sociology at Portland Community College and specializes in environmental sociology and social movements. She discusses actions being taken around the world to combat climate change and how Whitman can join in this larger mission to foster healthy green economies, ecosystems and communities. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

Tuesday 3/26
Film: “Trouble the Water.” Director Carl Deal screens this powerful documentary that takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen, incorporating home video footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th Ward. From the producers of “Fahrenheit 911” and “Bowling for Columbine.” Part of Whitman’s Cinema Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “From Chimel to Nobel: The Story of a Maya Woman.” A talk by Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Guatemalan indigenous K'iche' woman who has fought for justice and defended victims of discrimination and racism both in her home country and around the world. She will discuss race and ethnic relations, gender studies, social change and human rights. A simultaneous translation of her lecture will be provided in English. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka: Unfolding the Multi-faceted Personality of an Island Civilization.” A talk by Sudharshan Seneviratne, this year’s Edwin F. Arnold Visiting Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Whitman. He has held academic and diplomatic posts in Sri Lanka since the 1980s and is an archaeological consultant to several countries. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 245.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “Imaging the Biology of Cancer.” A talk by Janet Eary, M.D., professor of radiology and orthopedics and director of the Molecular Imaging Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A leader in the development of positron emission tomography for cancer diagnosis and assessment of cancer therapies, she will discuss the development of imaging technology in oncology. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 3/28
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Mat Johnson, author of the novels “Pym,” “Drop” and “Hunting in Harlem”; the nonfiction novella “The Great Negro Plot”; and the comic books “Incognegro” and “Dark Rain.” He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “Nanoscience and the Future of the Global Carbon Cycle.” Professor A. Paul Alivisatos of the University of California, Berkeley, presents the Brode Lecture. His talk will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts that underlie the emerging field of nanoscience and illustrate their impact on future energy technologies. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130. Reception with hot beverages and desserts to follow.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “Poor Richard’s iPad: The Return of American Journalism to its Roots.” Terry Tang, deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times and this year’s Hosokawa Journalism Lecturer, discusses how blogging, tweeting and Facebooking fit into our press traditions – and also changes them. 7 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Registrar Ron Urban celebrated his 70th birthday with cake, song and a very fine “Over The Hill” hat. Full size.


Whitman College
In This Issue
Supporting the Team
Web Assistance
Climbing Wall
Seismic Work
Campus Events
Parting Shot

Past issues
The Fountain

The Fountain is published by the Office of Communications. Send news to thefountain@whitman.edu. Photos are accepted. Submissions are due by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the following week’s issue. Editor: Gillian Frew. Managing Editor: Ruth Wardwell. Online: www.whitman.edu/fountain

 
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Volume 7, Issue 29 March 11, 2013
The Fountain

Staff and faculty support, show spirit for women’s basketball team

The Fountain

“Getting to the NCAA tournament was historic,” said Dean Snider, director of athletics, and the Whitman community showed its spirit and support.

Last Friday and Saturday, staff and faculty joined students and family members in Sherwood Center to watch live streams of the Whitman women’s basketball team NCAA regional semi-finals and finals games.

During Friday’s live stream, sports fan Delbert Hutchison, associate professor of biology, shared, “I go to all the home games, and this is just fantastic.”

“I like to watch students doing what they love because they are so passionate about it,” said Claudia Ness, Welty Health Center director, who also follows Whitman basketball.

Chris Bishop, publications design manager, reported from the scene of Friday’s watch party:

Sherwood Foyer and the adjoining classroom erupted with whoops and high-fives and hugs. Steve Rubin got the crowd going throughout the game with his crazy hats and cheers, and Hutch provided expert analysis of the highs and lows in his rich, booming voice. What a party! In the game’s final seconds, Whitman’s free throws took the game out of Emory's reach.

And the fans returned to Sherwood Saturday afternoon to watch the lady Missionaries take on Williams College. Though Whitman fell short of another tournament win, the spirit never floundered, and faculty and staff again joined other fans at a Welcome Home rally at the airport on Sunday.

For a recap of Friday's game against Emory as well as player statistics and the official box score, click HERE.
For a recap of Saturday's game against Williams, click HERE.
For footage of postgame comments from Coach Michelle Ferenz as well as players, click HERE.

The Fountain
Winners on the court and off return to Walla Walla following their tournament run. Photo courtesy of Prof. Ellen Bishop.


Reminder: Contact web team for help during transition

As reported via campus email and The Fountain, Web Content Manager Phil Thompson is no longer at Whitman as of Friday, March 8. If you need help with a web content issue, please continue to use the following address to submit requests and ask for assistance: webteam@whitman.edu. Both Communications and WCTS staff members receive these messages and will assist as needed during the transition.

The interview process for Thompson’s replacement begins this week, and the goal is to have a new staff member in place by the second week in April. That person then will go through a significant training period, both on campus and with the content management system provider, Ingeniux. Nonetheless, the web team is prepared to manage all basic functions and needs.


Special climbing wall times available to staff and faculty

The Fountain

Staff and faculty interested in using the climbing wall during off-peak hours are invited to do so on Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. and Fridays from 1-2 p.m. While the climbing wall is always open to members of the Whitman community, these sessions are reserved specifically for staff and faculty. “They’re quiet and have a nice mellow feel,” says Brien Sheedy, director of the outdoor program.


Seismic work underway in Memorial

Starting today, a construction crew will be completing additional seismic upgrades in the Memorial Building. The work is scheduled to coincide with students’ spring break, March 8-25. The crew will use the north side of the building to access the fourth floor with lifts and cranes, so expect some occasional noise this week and next. Questions? Call the Physical Plant at x5999.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 3/25
Lecture: “Beyond Rio+20: Combating Environmental Crises Through Education and Action.” A talk by alumna Kim Smith '90, who teaches sociology at Portland Community College and specializes in environmental sociology and social movements. She discusses actions being taken around the world to combat climate change and how Whitman can join in this larger mission to foster healthy green economies, ecosystems and communities. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

Tuesday 3/26
Film: “Trouble the Water.” Director Carl Deal screens this powerful documentary that takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen, incorporating home video footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th Ward. From the producers of “Fahrenheit 911” and “Bowling for Columbine.” Part of Whitman’s Cinema Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “From Chimel to Nobel: The Story of a Maya Woman.” A talk by Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Guatemalan indigenous K'iche' woman who has fought for justice and defended victims of discrimination and racism both in her home country and around the world. She will discuss race and ethnic relations, gender studies, social change and human rights. A simultaneous translation of her lecture will be provided in English. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka: Unfolding the Multi-faceted Personality of an Island Civilization.” A talk by Sudharshan Seneviratne, this year’s Edwin F. Arnold Visiting Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Whitman. He has held academic and diplomatic posts in Sri Lanka since the 1980s and is an archaeological consultant to several countries. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 245.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “Imaging the Biology of Cancer.” A talk by Janet Eary, M.D., professor of radiology and orthopedics and director of the Molecular Imaging Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A leader in the development of positron emission tomography for cancer diagnosis and assessment of cancer therapies, she will discuss the development of imaging technology in oncology. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 3/28
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Mat Johnson, author of the novels “Pym,” “Drop” and “Hunting in Harlem”; the nonfiction novella “The Great Negro Plot”; and the comic books “Incognegro” and “Dark Rain.” He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “Nanoscience and the Future of the Global Carbon Cycle.” Professor A. Paul Alivisatos of the University of California, Berkeley, presents the Brode Lecture. His talk will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts that underlie the emerging field of nanoscience and illustrate their impact on future energy technologies. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130. Reception with hot beverages and desserts to follow.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “Poor Richard’s iPad: The Return of American Journalism to its Roots.” Terry Tang, deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times and this year’s Hosokawa Journalism Lecturer, discusses how blogging, tweeting and Facebooking fit into our press traditions – and also changes them. 7 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Registrar Ron Urban celebrated his 70th birthday with cake, song and a very fine “Over The Hill” hat. Full size.


Whitman College
In This Issue
Supporting the Team
Web Assistance
Climbing Wall
Seismic Work
Campus Events
Parting Shot

Past issues
The Fountain

The Fountain is published by the Office of Communications. Send news to thefountain@whitman.edu. Photos are accepted. Submissions are due by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the following week’s issue. Editor: Gillian Frew. Managing Editor: Ruth Wardwell. Online: www.whitman.edu/fountain