April 13, 2015

Tri-College Spring Service Day - April 19

The annual Tri-College Spring Service Day takes place on Sunday, April 19 from 8.30 a.m. to noon.

The event brings together approximately 400 volunteers from Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla University and Whitman College to complete important projects identified by our community partners throughout the Walla Walla Valley. This year, there are 30 projects, ranging from environmental conservation to construction, from art to activism, among many others.

A kick-off event will be at held at Walla Walla University at 8.30 a.m. on Kretschmar Lawn, with volunteers departing for individual projects from there. (The first 400 people to sign up will receive a free T-shirt, the design for which was created by Whitman's Ali Holmes '16.)

If you have any questions, please contact Community Service Coordinator Abby Juhasz at juhasza@whitman.edu or x5765.

Monthly live webinars through TIAA-CREF’s Virtual Environment

Monthly webinars are now available to Whitman employees through TIAA-CREF's interactive site, the Virtual Environment: www.tiaa-cref.org/ve. This innovative resource offers users 24/7 access to a wide range of articles, on-demand seminars and live monthly seminars on a variety of essential financial topics.

Live webinars to boost financial know-how

The live events will give participants real-world financial tips, tactics and techniques to help start, build and maintain their retirement savings. Space at these webinars is on a first-come, first-served basis. Employees can reserve their place at any of the webinars by visiting www.tiaa-cref.org/ve. This month, some of the topics that the Virtual Environment will offer live webinars on include:

  • Inside Money: Managing income and debt
  • Equally Prepared: Financial planning for the LGBT community
  • Paying Yourself: Income options in retirement

On-demand webinars are also offered through the Virtual Environment. These include the Financial Essentials Webinar series. Compensation and Benefits Manager Telara McCullough recommends the "Starting Line: Why and how retirement saving should begin now" for those who are just entering Whitman's Retirement Savings Plan for tools and advice you can use right now.

The live webinars start on April 14.

Employees can begin using the Virtual Environment now. TIAA-CREF will offer new webinars throughout the year, including topics like navigating women's unique financial challenges, how to manage income in retirement and more, so visit the Virtual Environment today to sign up. Please contact HR at x5172 if you have questions.

Campus News

"Students study abroad on the high seas"

Geology major Lena Goss '16 and atmospheric and Earth science major Nevin Schaeffer '16 are two of a small group of undergraduates who will be venturing into the world's largest oceans as part of their study abroad semester this year.

"17th annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference"

This year's Whitman Undergraduate Conference saw students, faculty and staff members crossing campus on April 7 to celebrate the scholarship and academic achievement of the college's undergraduates.

"This year's Summer Read: Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying"

Whitman College has chosen the award-winning memoir Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat for the 2015 Summer Read Program.

Whitman in the News

MSNBC - "Women in Politics: College Edition - Whitman College"

ASWC President Tatiana Kaehler '15 spoke to MSNBC about leadership and feminism.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - "Mars exploration chief to address Whitman grads"

Rob Manning '80, engineering manager for NASA's Mars Exploration Program and former chief engineer for the Curiosity rover mission to Mars, will deliver this year's Commencement address.

Campus Events

Lecture: Catherine Zuromskis - Crimes Seen and Unseen: Fantasies and Failures of Photographic Truth

Professor Catherine Zuromskis will explore the unstable status of the photograph as evidence in the contemporary moment in her lecture, Crimes Seen and Unseen: Fantasies and Failures of Photographic Truth in Joel Sternfeld's On This Site and Trevor Paglen's Black Sites. As photography has migrated almost completely into the realm of digital technology (and as that technology becomes ever more powerful and ubiquitous), we find ourselves both more skeptical of and increasingly reliant upon the truth of the photographic image. This talk will focus in particular on the work of Sternfeld and Paglen, both artists who appropriate and comment upon the conventions of crime scene photography. Zuromskis will discuss photography's failures as an evidentiary form, but also its remarkable tenacity as a medium through which to imagine a sense of nationalism, political voice and social control through technology. Zuromskis is the author of Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images, a finalist for the College Art Association's 2015 Charles Rufus Morey Book Prize. She is also the author and editor of The Factory (La Fabrica, 2012), the catalog for the exhibition "From the Factory to the World: Photography and the Warhol Community," which she curated for PhotoEspaña 2012.

April 13 at 6.30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Lecture: Ali Ahmida - Genocide, Silence, and the Politics of Memory

Ali Ahmida, Asian studies visiting educator, will speak on Genocide, Silence, and the Politics of Memory: Archival and Fieldwork Notes on Fascist Internment in Colonial Libya. Ahmida was raised in Libya, leaving the country to go to university in Egypt and eventually settling in Maine. He visits Libya about twice a year for work and to see family, and has published extensively on Libyan politics, including several books that were banned under the Gadhafi regime.

April 14 at 7.30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Walla Walla Symphony: Classical Connections

Prokofiev - Classical Symphony, op. 25; David Glenn - Romantic Fantasy on Themes by Mozart (Maria Sampen, violin; Tim Christie, viola); Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364, Eb Major (Maria Sampen, violin; Tim Christie, viola).

April 14 at 7.30 p.m. Cordiner Hall

Lecture: Tricia Pritikin - Narrating Hanford's Downwinders

Visiting Educator Trisha Thompson Pritikin is a Hanford downwinder and internationally recognized advocate on behalf of populations exposed to Hanford's offsite radiation releases. She is well-known within the community of individuals and organizations concerned for the welfare of populations exposed to nuclear fallout in the U.S. and globally. Pritikin has served on both regional and federal advisory boards and has given presentations in the U.S. and internationally on topics related to the health outcomes of radioactive fallout exposure. Pritikin's lecture will be just one event over the course of April, when the Particles on the Wall (POTW) exhibit (which runs until May 9) is on campus in the Maxey Museum.

April 15 at 7 p.m. Maxey Hall, Maxey Auditorium

Three Tall Women by Edward Albee

Wickedly funny and decidedly unsentimental, Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play in an electrifying and heart-rending exploration of the complicated gap between age and experience. $12 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and over, free for Whitman students.

April 15 through 19, Harper Joy Theatre, Freimann Studio Theatre

Lecture: Kathy Abrams - #Not1MoreDeportation: Confrontation and Belonging in Undocumented Activism

Kathy Abrams will deliver this year's Justice William O. Douglas Lecture. She is the Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley. Abrams teaches feminist jurisprudence, voting rights and constitutional law. Her scholarship has explored questions of employment discrimination, minority vote dilution, campaign finance, constitutional law, and law and the emotions, but it has focused most centrally on feminist jurisprudence. Within this area, Abrams has written on feminist methodology and epistemology, the jurisprudence of sexual harassment, and cultural and theoretical constructions of women's agency.

April 16 at 4 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Film Screening: Rich Hill, Presented by the Walla Walla Children's Forum

The Walla Walla Children's Forum presents Rich Hill, an examination of the challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town. "Summoning the heartland Americana of Robert Frank, the class sensitivity of Barbara Kopple and the eye-level empathy of Spellbound or Hoop Dreams, Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos's intimate doc... burrows into the interior lives of three kids growing up in rural Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,396) and is a marvel of hard-won heartbreak - a story about boys who have the deck stacked against them and are determined to play their hands, whether they understand the game or not." - Rolling Stone.

April 16 at 6.30 p.m. Maxey Hall, Maxey Auditorium

Visiting Writers Reading Series: Jericho Brown

April 16 at 7 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

AIA Lecture Series: John Jamison

John Jamison is a retired faculty member from the Lakeside and Bush Schools in Seattle. He currently teaches part-time at Walla Walla Community College. Jamison will speak on the topic of New Technologies of Archaeology: Visualization.

April 16 at 7.30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 157

Smith Rock Climb

A weekend climbing trip to Smith Rock, Oregon, one of the top sport climbing destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 17 to 19

Spring Backpack Overnight

A rejuvenating overnight backpack trip to Ancient Lakes near Quincy, Washington. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 17 to 18

Fridays at Four Faculty Recital: David Kim

Fridays at Four presents Professor David Kim on piano and pianoforte. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

April 17 at 4 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Day Hike

A spring day hike to enjoy the wildflowers and beautiful views of the Blue Mountains. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 18


Spend the evening pondering the heavens with friends at Wallula Gap. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 18

Senior Recital: Maya Abramson '15

The Department of Music presents a violin recital featuring Maya Abramson '15. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

April 18 at 7.30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Sand Dunes Adventure

Spend the day exploring, sledding and relaxing at Juniper Dunes. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 19

Senior Recital: Will Hunt '15

The Department of Music presents a recital featuring the original compositions of Will Hunt '15. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

April 19 at 3 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

First Year Recital: Gabe Merrill-Steskal Hunt '18

The Department of Music presents a piano recital by Gabe Merrill-Steskal '18. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

April 19 at 7.30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Athletic Events - Home Games

Men's Tennis vs. University of Puget Sound

April 17 at 4.30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Pacific University

April 18 at noon and 3 p.m., April 19 at noon.

Men's Tennis vs. Pacific Lutheran University

April 18 at 1 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs. Lewis-Clark State College

April 18 at 4 p.m.

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, visual editor/photographer

Parting Shot - April 13, 2015

The #AskKathy video shoot kicks off this morning with incoming president Dr. Kathleen Murray. Stay tuned for more.

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