April 7, 2014

Fountain Newsletter

Liesl Olson '11 joins the Office of Alumni Relations


Alumna Liesl Olson '11 began her new role of Alumni Relations Officer last week. In her new position, Olson will work with the Director of Annual Giving and the Director of Alumni Relations to define program goals for the Office of Alumni Relations, increase young alumni participation in events put on by the Alumni Association and grow annual giving participation rates among recent graduates.

Delta Gamma seeks staff and faculty to participate in tournament

You are cordially invited to play on the staff and faculty team in Delta Gamma's three-on-three fundraiser basketball tournament, Anchor Slam! The tournament is on Saturday, April 12 in Sherwood.

As a member of the faculty and staff team, you will play in one 20-minute game against the team that wins the tournament. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. and will be finished by 8 p.m. All members of the staff and faculty team will have free admission to the event all day, and there is no cost for participation.

This event is a fundraiser and all proceeds will go the the United Blind of Walla Walla to help fund audible crosswalks around Walla Walla and to the Delta Gamma foundation for scholarships, graduate fellowships, interest-free student loans and Service for Sight grants to other organizations that share the foundation's mission of helping the blind and visually impaired.

If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact Emily Williams at williae@whitman.edu.

Welcome to the Whitman family


Accounts Coordinator Caryn Pooley and husband Ethan Pooley recently welcomed a second son into their family. Orion David Pooley was born on Mar. 19 at 4:32 a.m., weighing 9 pounds and measuring 21 inches. Big brother Oliver was excited to meet the new addition to the family.

Faculty news briefs

"Flowchart: Vortex" is made from porcelain, vinyl, polystyrene, MDF, wire and paint.

Associate Professor of French Zahi Zalloua.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Joe Page organized an exhibition at the annual NCECA conference in Milwaukee, Wis. this past month. He showcased several mixed media pieces.

Associate Professor of French Zahi Zalloua recently published a book with the University of Nebraska Press titled "Reading Unruly: Interpretation and its Ethical Demands." The book, which is part of the Symploke Studies in Contemporary Theory Series, focuses on modern French literature and considers unruliness "as both an aesthetic category and a mode of reading conceived as ethical response."

Senior Lecturer of Environmental Humanities Don Snow delivered a convocation address at Centre College in Danville, Ky. on Mar. 18. Snow's address, titled "A Thousand Different Threads: How the Humanities Can Strengthen the Weave of Environmental Studies," was an invited lecture intended to help Centre College faculty and students think about innovative ways of structuring and building Centre's new major in environmental studies. Among other things, Snow discussed Whitman's recent efforts to add new courses in the environmental humanities taught by recent hires Assistant Professor of Classics and Environmental Humanities Kate Shea and Assistant Professor of German and Environmental Humanities Emily Jones.

Campus Events

The Particle at the End of the Universe: The Hunt for the Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics

April 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Maxey Auditorium

Sean Carroll, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, will explain why the Higgs Boson is so important, talk about the enormous challenge physicists overcame to build the Large Hadron Collider and consider what the future of particle physics looks like.

Whitman Undergraduate Conference

April 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. - Whitman College

The Whitman Undergraduate Conference celebrates the scholarship and creativity of Whitman students over a day dedicated entirely to their presentations, posters and performances.

Rob Schlegel reads from 'January Machine'

April 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. - Olin 130

Rob Schlegel, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, will read from his newly-released book of poems January Machine.

The Proper Pirate: A Psychological Study of Robert Louis Stevenson

April 10, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Maxey Auditorium

A lecture by by Visiting Educator Jefferson A. Singer, Ph.D., on one of Scotland's most famous authors.

Athletic Events - Home Games

Baseball v. Willamette

April 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Women's Tennis v. Whitworth

April 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Baseball v. Willamette

April 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Baseball v. Willamette

April 13, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

Luke Ogden '14 at the head of the pack during yesterday's Whitman Cycling Campus Criterium, the first ever Collegiate Cycling event to be held on Whitman's campus.