April 20, 2015

Retirements: Bob Carson, Gary Rollefson and Mike Washington

Grace Farnsworth Phillips Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies Bob Carson, Professor of Anthropology Gary Rollefson and Head Men's Soccer Coach Mike Washington are retiring from their careers at Whitman College in May 2015. They will be honored at the annual End of the Year Reception, scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 4 p.m. in Cordiner Hall Foyer.

Bob Carson and Mike Washington have expressed an interest in receiving a book of letters and remembrances from Whitman College friends, students, faculty and staff. Should you wish to contribute to a book of letters, please send your letter to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty by Monday, April 27. Please do not send these letters directly to the individuals.

Bob Carson joined Whitman in 1975 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Over the course of his career, Carson has been honored with the Whitman College Town-Gown Award, the Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching, the Alumni Association Faculty Award for Service and the George Ball Award for Advising. The author of more than 60 books and articles, he has led students on trips as far afield as Ecuador and the Galapagos, and as nearby as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Carson is also a tireless advocate for issues of environmental significance, serving on committees across the region.

Gary Rollefson, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Tucson, joined Whitman's anthropology department in 1998 as a visiting professor before entering the tenure track in 2005. Rollefson has taught courses focusing on the pre-history of West Asia, Europe and East Asia, while maintaining a vibrant career of scholarship, publishing more than 100 articles. His field projects in Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, including the excavation of a tomb that was constructed around 5500 B.C. at Wisad Pools in Jordan's Black Desert, have often included Whitman students as participants. Rollefson has successfully obtained Louis Perry grants at least seven times, as well as grants from the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation and many others. He has received the P.E. McCallister Award for Accomplishments in Field Archaeology from American Schools of Oriental Research and in 2009 was was named the Kershaw Lecturer by Archaeological Institute of America.

Mike Washington joined Whitman College as head men's soccer coach in 1998 and has built a program that is competitive in the Northwest Conference as well as in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He became a lecturer of sports studies in 2010. Washington has taught a variety of classes, including coaching soccer, intercollegiate men's soccer and badminton. As well as coaching, teaching and mentoring, Washington has remained an active and dedicated professional. He earned a National "A" license, a national Goalkeeping Certificate, and a National Youth Instructor Certificate from the United States Soccer Federation. Through his 17 years in the Walla Walla Valley, Washington has become deeply involved in the local and regional community through his activities as director of coaching for the Walla Walla Youth Soccer Association, the Blue Mountain Soccer Club and Tri-Cities Youth Soccer.


Whitman named a green college and a Green Power Leader

The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges has named Whitman College one of the most eco-friendly colleges nationally. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this sixth annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability. The profiles in the guide provide information about each school's admission requirements, cost, and financial aid and student body. Colleges are chosen based on "Green Rating" scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied using data from its 2013-14 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with "Green Rating" scores of 83 or higher made it into this guide. See the full list and article at princetonreview.com/green-guide.

The Environmental Protection Agency has also named Whitman a Green Power Partner for 2015. Institutions who are named partners must meet the Leadership Club green power use requirements, and exemplify environmental leadership in their field. For more information on the EPA's Green Leadership Club, go to epa.gov/greenpower/.

Princeton Review

Faculty News Briefs

Assistant Professor of Chinese Donghui He has published a paper titled "Cultural critique and avant-garde theatre in post-socialist China: Meng Jinghui's I love therefore I am" in the peer-reviewed journal China Information, based in London. The article discusses how the cutting edge of avant-garde theater in China and many post-socialist countries is largely retrospective and anti-futuristic, and that the campus-based fringe theater of the early 1990s in particular is regarded as the highlight of avant-garde theater in China. An alternative venue spearheaded by young theater artists, avant-garde fringe theater is notable for unpacking the cultural and political constructs of the Chinese socialist period as it played out through the artists' own formative experiences. I love therefore I am, directed by Meng Jinghui, is composed of more than 700 parallel sentences prefixed with "I love," presenting a meticulously constructed emotional archive of the generation that was born in the late socialist period and came of age in post-socialist China.


Office of Civil Rights campus visit

Title IX is not just about sports; it is the prohibition of sex-based discrimination in education. It also addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination and sexual violence (including sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse and intimate partner violence).

Learn more at one of many upcoming sessions hosted by the Office of Civil Rights on April 22 and 23 at Whitman.


Intercultural Center candidate meet-and-greet

The search committee for the position of co-assistant director of the Intercultural Center would like to invite members of the Whitman community to meet the first of their three candidates at an open session on Friday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Glover Alston Center.

The first candidate is Michelle Salazar. The other two candidates will be on campus May 4 and May 11 at the same time (4 to 5 p.m.) and in the same location. If you would like background information on the candidates please contact Sonja Aikens at aikenssl@whitman.edu.


Campus Events

Spring Studio Series: The People's Republic of Valerie

Third in the Spring Studio Series, The People's Republic of Valerie is an obsessive construction-description of a utopia that's either already dead or about to be born. Assistant Professor of Theatre Kristen Kosmas is an American writer and performer. Her plays and solo performances have been presented throughout the U.S. at numerous venues.

April 21 at 7.30 p.m. Dance Studio (16 Boyer Ave.)

Whitman College Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

The Department of Music presents the Whitman Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Gary Gemberling. Free and open to the public.

April 22 at 7.30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

2015 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture: Gustavo Arellano - Journalism in a Jugular Vein

The Office of Communications presents the 2015 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture, titled "Journalism in a Jugular Vein." Award-winning journalist and author Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, and author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He is also a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano studies department at California State University, Fullerton, and a consulting producer on Fox's animated show Bordertown. Arellano writes "¡Ask a Mexican!," a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. A 2014 study by the Brookings Institution noted that Americans trust The Daily Show more than MSNBC as a news source. With the rise of satirical news both in print and on screen, journalists like Arellano have made successful careers out of mocking the powerful, establishing a brand of news reporting buoyed by the public's taste for satire. Is ironic, humorous, snarky and sarcastic now the best way to get your audience's attention while covering serious subjects, or are newspapers like Arellano's OC Weekly, Seattle's The Stranger and France's Charlie Hebdo going too far?

April 23 at 7 p.m. Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom

Plant and Bird Ecology

An afternoon/evening trip to Wallula Gap to learn about local birds and plant ecology. Watch the sunset as you eat dinner and return to campus by early evening. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $25.

April 24

Sunset Sea Kayak

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $35.

April 24

2015 Studio Art Majors Senior Thesis Show

The 2014-2015 Sheehan season closes with its second student-based exhibition, the 2015 Senior Art Thesis Show. The show is a favorite for the campus because of its energy, diversity and connection to the Whitman community, and celebrates the accomplishments of the senior art majors. The exhibition runs through May 24.

April 24 at noon to May 24. Olin Hall, Sheehan Gallery

Fridays at Four: Whitman Jazz Combo

Fridays at Four presents the Whitman Jazz Combo, featuring students of the Whitman Jazz Ensemble: Jason Morrison '15, piano; Max Bates '15, alto sax; Pablo Rivarola '15, trumpet; Peter Ramaley '17, tenor sax; Mcebo Maziya '15, vocals; Steven Aslin '18, drums; Skye VanderLaan '16, drums; Clayton Collins '15, trombone; and Jessie Austin '16, vocals. The program for this recital is as follows: Mobley's Medley by Jeremy Alexander '18; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Jerome Kern and Otto Herbach; Slow Like Honey by Fiona Apple; You've Changed by Bill Carey and Carl Fischer; and Sgt. Tagowski by Starcadian. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

April 24 at 4 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Choral Contest

It's time for the Annual Whitman Choral Contest. Join in the fun and cheer your favorite Whitman singing group. Register your group here.

April 24 at 7.30 p.m. Cordiner Hall

Whitman Renaissance Faire

The Whitman Renaissance Faire is an annual day-long festival that brings musicians, dancers, artisans and other performers and merchants from both Whitman and the community to Boyer Avenue in the lovely spring weather. Whether you're into songs or swordplay, costumes or comedy, you'll find a good time here.

April 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Building, front lawn

Sophomore Recital: Anna Burgess '17

The Department of Music presents a violin recital featuring Anna Burgess '17. Free and open to the public.

April 25 at 3 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Whitman College Chorale and Chamber Singers Spring Concert

The Department of Music presents a spring concert featuring the Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey. Free and open to the public.

April 25 at 7.30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Day Sea Kayak

A day sea kayak trip to the beautiful Palouse River or Wallula Gap. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $35.

April 26

Chamber Music Concert

The Department of Music presents a Chamber Music Concert featuring Whitman students under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Amy Dodds. Free and open to the public.

April 26 at 3 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Film Screening: I Will Dance

April 26 at 7 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre


Athletic Events - Home Games

Women's Tennis vs. NWC Tournament

April 24 at 10 a.m. and April 25 at 9 a.m.


Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, visual editor/photographer

Parting Shot - April 20, 2015

Psychology and art double major Mathias Sanyer '15 gets some final feedback on his senior thesis work from Assistant Professor of Art Richard Martinez. Senior art majors install their thesis works in galleries on campus this week.


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