March 10, 2014

Fountain Newsletter

Memorial building renovation in 2014

Construction this year on Memorial Building will consist of new fire sprinklers on all floors, new energy efficient lighting, new ceiling grid, and new fire alarm and copper piping for the heating and cooling of the building. The two existing restrooms on floors one and two will also receive a makeover, while two new unisex restrooms will be added on the third floor. The first floor lobby and corridor will also get new trim, paint and carpet to match the second and third floor.

Starting on Mar. 17, staff members working on the first floor will be relocated as follows:

  • Human Resources moves to the old Alumni House (219 Marcus St.)
  • Business Office Annex moves to the old Alumni House (219 Marcus St.) 
  • Res Life moves to the third floor of Memorial (rooms 301, 302 and 320) 
  • Security moves to the third floor of Memorial (room 324) 

Advancement Services/Development:

  • Becky Kennedy - Memorial 2nd floor (room 201) 
  • Peter Means - Memorial 2nd floor (room 224) 
  • Wendy Ortega - Memorial 2nd floor (room 224) 
  • Terri Durfee - Baker Center 214 
  • Sara Jones - Baker Center 214

Staff on the second and third floors will move out after Commencement, relocating to several different academic spaces that will be open during the summer.

Whitman in the news

Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Sciences Paul Yancey recently published a paper about his research on deep-sea fish with the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Yancey's research has been covered widely in the U.S. and Canada, in Europe and in Australia and New Zealand, including a "BBC News" article and a piece in the "Washington Post." 

Faculty news briefs


Visiting Assistant Professor of English Rob Schlegel was selected as the winner of the 2014 Grub Street National Book Prize for his recent book "January Machine." The publication consists of a book-length poem comprised of sonnets and sonnet sequences.

Associate Professor of Politics Jeanne Morefield recently published her book "Empires Without Imperialism: Anglo-American Decline and the Politics of Deflection." The book analyzes two key moments of liberal imperial thinking (at the beginning and end of the twentieth century) to unearth a set of common intellectual dispositions and theoretical attitudes shaped by the problem of empire.

Professor of Film & Media Studies Robert Sickels' film "American Lawn," made with Jessica Lawrence '15 via a Perry Grant last summer, is playing in the DocuNation program at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on Mar. 7, 12 and 15. Sickels will be in attendance for a Q&A at the latter two screenings.

Campus Events

The Rise of Islamophobia: Does America Have a Muslim Problem?

March 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Maxey Auditorium

Dr. Esposito presents an engaging discussion on "Islamophobia: Does America Have a Muslim Problem?"

Lunch with Haroon Ullah: Working for the U.S. Secretary of State

March 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. - Reid Campus Center 110

Haroon Ullah '99 is a scholar, diplomat, and author who joined the U.S. Secretary of State Policy Planning Staff in November 2013.

Spring Studio Series: Peter de Grasse's "storyball"

March 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - Dance Studio, 16 Boyer Ave.

Whitman College's Department of Theatre and Dance presents their Spring Studio Series, beginning with Peter de Grasse's "storyball" on Mar. 12.

Islam, Politics, and U.S. Diplomacy in Pakistan

March 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - Olin 130

A lecture by Dr. Haroon K. Ullah '99, a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's Policy Planning Staff.

Visiting Writers Reading Series presents Amy Leach

March 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Kimball Theatre

Visiting Writers Reading Series presents "Best American" essayist and recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, Amy Leach.

Athletic Events - Home Games

Baseball v. Linfield

March 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Baseball v. Linfield

March 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

NCAA Sectionals - TBD v. TBD

March 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Baseball v. Linfield

March 16, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

Parting Shot - Mentee to Campus Day

Whitman mentor Evan Martin '16 gives his mentee a piggy-back ride after a fun-filled day of play during the annual Mentees to Campus Day, part of the Whitman Mentor Program.