January 21, 2014

Fountain Newsletter

Whitman College to co-host inaugural Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference


Whitman College is proud to announce its role as a contributing co-host of the inaugural Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The conference will be hosted by Western Washington University on Feb. 6 and 7. It is a collaborative effort by higher education institutions statewide to examine the issue of sustainability. Whitman is currently the only co-sponsor from this side of the Cascades.

The WAHESC program will explore ways to enhance sustainability at institutions of higher education, ways to build leadership capacity and the role of colleges and universities in driving advancement on environmental issues and building sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. Whitman will be represented in a panel discussion on divestment by junior Collin Smith ‘15. The conference will include a mix of keynote addresses, panels, experiential “lab” sessions and workshops.

For more information or tickets, go to www.wahesc.org.

Flu season tips

By Claudia Ness, Director of the Welty Student Health Center

It’s winter time again, and with that comes the flu bug! Influenza is spread through air droplets from an infected person who is coughing or sneezing. The virus may be transmitted from surfaces such as door knobs, faucets and counters.

We at the Welty Student Health Center encourage you to protect yourself and those around you. A few simple measures can help you resist the virus, making Whitman College a healthier environment.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If you have not received a flu vaccine, it is still possible and advisable. Vaccinations are available at many pharmacies in town and at the Walla Walla Public Health Department.

If you do develop flu like symptoms (fever, body aches and fatigue), please:

  • Isolate yourself from others if you are ill, even if that means missing class or work. (Students may be assessed at the Welty Health Center.)
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • See a medical provider if your symptoms worsen.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov or call the Welty Student Health Center at x5295.

Wishing you a healthy spring semester!

Faculty news briefs - Jan. 21

John Cotts' "Europe's Long 12th Century"

"Flow Chart: Diffusion" Porcelain, polystyrene, vinyl, mixed media, 2014

Associate Professor of History John Cotts recently received an Outstanding Academic Title from Choice, the magazine of the American Library Association, for his second book. This annual award honors original, well-written publications that are highly relevant within their respective fields and valuable to undergraduate students. His book, “Europe’s Long Twelfth Century,” was described as a necessary addition to every undergraduate medieval history reading list.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Joe Page recently opened a solo exhibition of his work at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore. His exhibition, “Flow Chart: Diffusion,” will run until Friday, Jan. 31.

Whitman Wellness

Contributed by Fitness Facilities Director Michele K. Hanford

Strength Training and Diabetes

Here is yet another great reason why stimulating muscle and bone cells will continue to keep you in good stead!

As stated in “Care2,” the healthy living website, new research has found that there are some types of exercise that might lower your diabetes risk. Doctors have known for some time that there is a correlation between diabetes and exercise, but until recently, it was thought to be aerobic workouts like jogging that lowered your risk.

But a recent study of almost 100,000 women found a new link: Women who did muscle-strengthening and conditioning workouts – hitting the weight room – lowered their diabetes risk by 14 percent for every 60 minutes of exercise per week. For those who worked out for more than 150 minutes a week, their diabetes risk was lowered by 40 percent.

Bench press not your thing? The study found that, surprisingly, lighter forms of exercise like yoga also contributed. Researchers speculated it may be because those forms of exercise prevent the loss of lean muscle mass or affect the body’s use of glucose.

But don’t give up your morning jog just yet! It seems the magic formula is a combination of aerobic exercise and strengthening workouts.

For more great recommendations, check out 5 Natural Health Tips for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention!

Campus Events

Banff Film Festival 2014

January 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Cordiner Hall

Don't miss all the fun at this year's showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour!

Film Screening: Freedom Riders

January 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Glover Alston Center

A two-hour documentary from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, based on Raymond Arsenault's Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

Why The Movement Matters: Learning from America's Civil Rights Struggles

January 27, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Reid Campus Center-Young Ballroom

As part of the kick-off of Whitman Teaches The Movement, we are honored to be able to learn from Dr. Kate Shuster, one of the country's leading researchers and innovators on matters of K-12 education reform.

An Evening with Civil Rights Activist Diane Nash

January 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Cordiner Hall

From Sit-Ins to the Freedom Rides; from Student Leader to National Leader

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

Mariner Moose and Whitman Missionaries

Two Whitman Missionaries hang out with the Mariner Moose.