October 21, 2013
Volume 8 | Issue 9 | October 21, 2013
Students participate in Dia de los Muertos community art festival
Whitman art students will be participating in an exciting art project for the first annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival. Along with Carnegie Picture Lab and ArtWalla, these students will be creating giant relief prints using a steamroller as a printing press. Additionally, a table will be set up so that festivalgoers can make their own mini-relief blocks, which can be printed on T-shirts using the steamroller.
Attendees can also listen to live music, watch performances and visit Dia de los Muertos altar displays.
The festival will take place on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Gesa Power House Theatre. The steamroller print project will be on Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
More information about the festival can be found here.
Nominations open for Pete and Hedda Reid Award
If you know of any faculty or staff members who volunteer in the community, consider nominating them for the Pete and Hedda Reid Award. The winner of this outstanding service award will be recognized with a $1,000 prize at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
To nominate someone, please fill out this online form. Nominations are due by Thursday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
Alaska Airlines changes flight check-in time window
Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 30, passengers flying out of Walla Walla on Horizon/Alaska flights will have to get up a little earlier to get to the airport. Once the change is in place, passengers checking in without bags for a domestic flight must complete check-in 40 minutes prior to flight time instead of 30 minutes.
Students invite kids to trick-or-treat in residence halls
Students living in the residence halls are excited to celebrate Halloween with local families. If you have kids interested in trick-or-treating, stop by the dorms and interest houses for delicious candy!
Trick-or-treating will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anderson, Prentiss and the interest houses will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lyman, Jewett and North will be open from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating rooms will have orange “Trick-or-Treat Here” signs posted on their doors, so they will be easy to spot.
If you have any questions about the event, feel free to send them to Amy Bruner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty news briefs
Assistant Professor of Music Rachel Chacko recently published an article titled “Unheard Complexities in Lou Harrison’s ‘Main Bersama-sama’ and ‘Bubaran Robert’” in the Journal for the Society of American Music.
Her article focuses on two cross-cultural compositions by American composer Lou Harrison, a pioneer in creating East-West fusions. These pieces were composed for Javanese gamelan and Western instruments, and they are typically regarded as examples of Harrison’s post-modern musical sensibilities. However, analysis of their pitch structure reveals intricate compositional "games" similar to the pre-compositional strategies of composers more typically associated with algorithmic compositional methods. Chacko argues these “games” challenge the widely accepted depiction of Harrison as a mere "tunesmith" and West Coast musical dabbler.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mark Juhasz, Associate Professor of Physics Doug Juers and alumnus Aaron Rosenbaum '12 recently published an article titled "Copper-Promoted Cyanation of a Boron Cluster: Synthesis, X-ray Structure, and Reactivity of 12-CN-closo-CHB11H10-" in an academic journal.
The research team investigated new chemical reactions for use with carboranes, molecules based on clusters of carbon and boron. Carboranes are valuable for a variety of uses, including pharmaceuticals, materials for optics and electronics and catalysts for industrial-scale chemical reactions, but the limited synthetic repertoire of these molecules has been a roadblock to their wider adoption for practical applications. The article describes the development of a new synthetic method for carboranes and the first synthesis of three new carborane-based molecules.
Hover before you click – don’t get phished!
This year’s focus for National Cyber Security Awareness Month is on email fraud and keeping your accounts private. Mike Osterman ’96, IT Security Officer and Deputy Director of Enterprise Technology, offers the following advice to avoid getting caught by a fraudulent phishing message:
“If you remember and practice the mantra of ‘hover before you click’ with links in email, the likelihood of getting phished goes way down. While you may be tempted to visit a link to see if the site looks legitimate, it’s very easy to make a fake web page that looks like a legitimate site you’re used to using daily, such as the Zimbra login page. Additionally, it’s possible that the link may lead to a site that can silently install malware without your knowledge. When in doubt, contact the sender to confirm that the message is legit before proceeding.”
For more about this topic or IT Security in general, contact Osterman at x5419 or email@example.com.
Whitman Student Affairs staff attends Northwest conference
Last Wednesday, nine members of the Student Affairs Department attended an all-day conference at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash titled “Promising Assessment Practices in Student Affairs.” Nearly 100 senior staff from college and university Student Affairs programs throughout the Northwest participated, and Whitman was recognized by keynote speakers for the ways in which we apply learning outcomes throughout the co-curricular program as a way of assessing effectiveness.
Throughout the conference, Whitman staff members shared ideas for assessment, and during topic-specific breakout sessions, Nancy Tavelli and Heather Ferguson presented on their work in Residence Life and Noah Leavitt presented on work in the Student Engagement Center. The Chief Student Affairs Officers in attendance also met to discuss next steps with regards to assessment that would benefit colleges in the region, and what would make sense as a follow-up workshop.
Additional Whitman delegates were Chuck Cleveland, Clare Carson, Thacher Carter, Juli Dunn and Adam Kirtley. Find out more at https://www.stmartin.edu/StudentServices/workshop.aspx.
Printed campus directory coming; please proof your listing on draft
By the end of this month, the 2013-14 Campus Directory will be ready for printing, at which time you can order copies for $1.50 each. In the meantime, later this week all staff and faculty will receive an email from Mary Luckstead in Human Resources. The email will include a password protected link. Please click on the link, which goes to a PDF of the directory. Please check your listing and reply to the email ONLY if changes need to be made. Stay tuned for details about ordering copies.
Walla Walla Community Solar to hold informational meeting
Want an opportunity to invest in clean energy?
An informational meeting for Walla Walla Community Solar will be held at noon on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Hall of Science 151. The state government approved this community solar project, Walla Walla Flat Roof Educational Energy.
Bob Carson, Phillips Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, and Frederic Liebrand, a Walla Walla University physics professor, will explain this solar investment opportunity at the meeting. The project has already installed 22 solar panels on top of the Walla Walla Regional Airport terminal building. The terminal could hold as many as 375 panels.
“With the amount of sunlight in Walla Walla, investors should get a 20 percent return on their investment paying out in five years,” Carson said. Investments can range from $250 to $25,000, Carson said. With federal and state tax credits, return on investment could happen in 3.5 years. When signing up, investors will have an opportunity to donate a portion of the profits to Whitman College.
Since the state approved incentives for public and private solar projects, at least 100 solar projects have launched throughout the state. Carson said three other locations in addition to the airport have been selected to have solar panels installed: Walla Walla wastewater treatment plant, a business suite in Dayton and a proposed building at Walla Walla Community College.