June 10, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 42 June 10, 2013
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Whitman receives $800,000 grant from Mellon Foundation to support faculty enrichment

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a grant of $800,000 to support Whitman’s ongoing efforts to upgrade long-term adjunct faculty positions to tenure-track appointments and to strengthen library holdings in the fields in which these faculty members teach.

Four positions in the humanities and social sciences will be upgraded from contingent to tenure-track positions, continuing the successful work made possible by a Mellon grant awarded in 2011, which allowed the college to convert eight faculty positions to tenure-track positions.

“This grant, when combined with college resources, builds on the commitment made in the Now Is the Time Campaign to strengthen the academic program through the expansion of our tenure track faculty,” said John Bogley, vice president for development and college relations. “We are grateful for the renewed support of the Mellon Foundation to this initiative and we are pleased about how the addition of these tenure track teacher-scholars will enrich the student learning experience at Whitman.”

The new Mellon grant will create tenure-track positions that are defined as internal sabbatical leave (ISL) replacements. These ISL positions will preclude departments from requesting the equivalent of one sabbatical replacement position in any given year, eliminating the need to hire a contingent faculty member.

In addition to funding four years of salary for each of the four new tenure-track positions, the grant will provide support for the ancillary needs of the 12 total positions created through these two Mellon grants. These needs include library collections, technology and equipment.

Watch headline news in the coming week for a more in-depth story about this most recent Mellon grant.

Support the Annual Fund this fiscal year; last day to give is June 30

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Learn more about how gifts to the Annual Fund support quality academics and community involvement by watching this video.

Brian DoheHelen TanakaBrenda Michels, and Becci Moore from the Office of Annual Giving thank the 133 faculty and staff donors who have contributed to the college this fiscal year. Their gifts total $62,228 so far, an increase from last year’s amount, with several additional gifts expected June 30 via payroll deduction.

Anyone still interested in making a gift to the college this year may also do so online at www.whitman.edu/give or by sending a check via campus mail to the Office of Annual Giving, Memorial 123. Gifts may be designated to scholarships, varsity athletics or academic departments; an unrestricted gift will support the area of greatest need.

Construction update – Memorial, Baker Faculty Center, Tennis Courts

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Memorial – Work continues in Memorial as crews finish removing the old plaster ceiling from both sides of the second floor lobby and proceed to the third floor. Demolition has begun on the off-campus studies suite on the second floor, which will end up with new carpeting, ceiling and paint. This past weekend, crews also completed the structural upgrade of the HR suite on the first floor.

Baker Faculty Center – Selective demolition continues on the second floor; asbestos abatement has been completed on the first floor and continues in the basement.

Tennis Courts – Construction is still in the demolition phase. Crews are grinding the asphalt to be recycled.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Amber Broel and her daughter Noa, 14, take advantage of the climbing wall. The wall is open Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. this summer for staff and faculty to use at no cost thanks to the Outdoor Program staff and "Movement That Matters. Full size.

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Construction Update
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