February 18, 2014

Fountain Newsletter

Whitman Women's Basketball #2 in the nation

Whitman's Women's Basketball team

At 23-0, the Whitman Women's Basketball team was just ranked second in the nation by D3Hoops.com. This is the highest national ranking a Whitman team has ever received. We extend our congratulations to Head Coach Michelle Ferenz and the team!

Faculty & Staff News Briefs, Feb. 18


Assistant Professor of Art Nicole Pietrantoni is exhibiting several installation pieces at Foundry Vineyards on 1111 Abadie St. Works by Maya Lin will also be on display. All Whitman faculty and staff members are invited to an opening reception for the exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Patrick Frierson was recently honored with a Spencer Foundation grant in order to pursue his project, “Pedagogy and Agency in the Philosophy of Maria Montessori.” Frierson extends his appreciation to Rachna Sinnot and Tana Park for the work they did to help prepare his proposal.

Assistant Professor of English Christopher Leise won the Graves Award in the Humanities for his project, “Iroquois Modernism,” which focuses on literature by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) peoples of modern-day New York and Ontario as a distinct national tradition. It argues that this body of work influenced and was influenced by international modernisms of the early 20th century in hitherto unrecognized ways.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Pahlke recently published a research paper in the American Psychology Association journal “Psychological Bulletin,” coauthored with Janet Shibley Hyde and Carlie M. Allison of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. According to their findings, there is no advantage for students in single-sex education over those in co-ed schools. The research has already received coverage in the Washington Post, Ms. Magazine and the Seattle Times, among others.

The University Risk Management and Insurance Association has named Whitman's Environmental Health & Safety Manager Fred Miller a recipient of the association's 2014 Regional Conference Scholarship Program. The scholarship program provides financial support to URMIA members to enable them to attend the regional conference for their area. Miller will attend the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore, Md. in May.

Science Building construction

The college will be performing work on the heating and cooling systems for the Science Building and Memorial, as well as upgrading the infrastructure for the irrigation system. The work, which will start Monday, Feb. 17, requires trenching in 200-foot sections starting at the pump house near the Science Building and continuing between the Library and Harper Joy Theatre to Boyer Avenue near Sherwood Center. The trenching work will be completed and the ground will be repaired prior to Commencement.

Since 1963, the college has used the deep water well near the Hall of Science to heat and cool the Science Building and Memorial and to irrigate most of the campus. The system was innovative for its time and received a sustainability award. The college recently learned it is no longer permissible to discharge excess water from the well into College Creek, since the temperature of the well water is warmer than the temperature of the creek water. Thus, the college has to update the entire system so there is no longer any discharge water.

We apologize for any inconvenience that may result from this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jeff Donahue, Project Manager, at x4784 or donahujb@whitman.edu.

Campus Events

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

February 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Olin Auditorium

An Emmy-nominated documentary film screening, with a Q&A session to follow with director Pamela Yates and producer Pablo de Onis

Power & Privilege Symposium Keynote: "Consuming Inequality: The Crucial Role of Media and Popular Culture for a Just 21st Century World"

February 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Cordiner Hall

Prof. Tricia Rose of Brown University is an internationally-respected scholar of post-Civil Rights-era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender and sexuality. Her lecture will consider the expanded and increasingly important role of mass media in telling our collective stories and shaping perception.

2014 Global Studies Symposium: "Citizen Koch"

February 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Maxey Auditorium

The documentary "Citizen Koch" shows how billionaires undermined public workers' unions in Wisconsin. A Q&A will follow with award-winning filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin.

2014 Global Studies Symposium: "Jornaleros"

February 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. - Kimball Theatre

The documentary "Jornaleros" ("Day-Laborers") will be followed by a Q&A with Portland-based activist/filmmaker Romeo Sosa of VOZ.

2014 Global Studies Symposium: Keynote Event

February 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. - Maxey Auditorium

The 2014 Global Studies Symposium brings together international scholars to discuss "work" as a global phenomenon.

Athletic Events - Home Games

Women's Tennis vs. Linfield

February 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Women's Tennis vs. Willamette

February 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

Whitman's campus rises among the trees of Walla Walla.