April 27, 2015

Staff news brief

Brien Sheedy at the North PoleOn April 20, Director of Outdoor Programs Brien Sheedy finished skiing to the North Pole. This completed what is known as the adventure grand slam, which is climbing the seven summits (the highest peaks on each continent) and skiing to both the North and the South Pole.


Campus Landscape News by Bob Biles, landscape supervisor

Let it Bee

It is great to see all of the dogwoods, redbuds, lilacs trees, shrubs and flowers with sweet smelling blooms telling us that, yes, spring has truly arrived. What a great environment it is, especially if you are a honey bee. They are everywhere, gathering nectar for their hives to ensure that they will have an adequate food supply to survive the long and cold winter months.

When a hive creates a second queen, then she must leave, and a portion of the hive will tag along and look for another place to set up a new home. This is when we see those swarms which collect in a large mass often in inconvenient locations for us humans. Our practice has been to allow the swarms to locate a new hive and move on unharmed. Normally this occurs within 24 hours and the bees can get back to their normal nectar-gathering instincts.

Although honey bees are not aggressive when they swarm, some people are concerned that the swarm should either be removed or eradicated, and so we have a list of beekeepers who come to capture the queen and take the others away.

Sometimes they build their hives in spaces that can also make people uncomfortable: places like chimneys or walls or rotten spots in trees that are adjacent to human activity. These locations make it almost impossible to remove the queen, and so it usually means that these hives will be exterminated.

For many unknown reasons, honey bee populations in North America are in rapid decline and it is always heartbreaking for me when a hive is destroyed, because it appears to annoy rather than pose any real threat. Hopefully people realize that, with fewer bees, the environment as a whole suffers. We here at Whitman want to be recognized for our environmental conscientiousness, but that can be a little inconvenient. Let it Bee, Let it Bee.


Campus News

"Christine Lanphere '86 shows off her passion for teaching"

During the second week of April, Christine Lanphere '86 visited campus to meet with students and give a presentation titled "Creating Global Citizens: World Language Education and College and Career-Ready Students."

"Whitman Class of 2019 sets new record for applications"

This year, Whitman received a record 3,918 applications for the Class of 2019, a three percent increase over last year's total and, with a 40 percent admit rate, one of the college's most selective years on record.


Campus Events

Performance: Hair - The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

Tickets available now. Box office hours: 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, or call (509) 527-5180. Book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt Macdermot. A searing indictment of the war in Vietnam and a plea for freedom, love and understanding, Hair's iconic songs include "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "Hair" and "Let the Sunshine In." Join the tribe as they take over Harper Joy Theatre, presenting a fresh new take on one of the most revolutionary musicals of all time. $12 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and over and students, free for Whitman students.

Tickets available April 24. Performances May 7 to 10, May 21 to 23, Harper Joy Theatre, Alexander Stage

Film Screening: The Whitman Glean Team - A documentary

The Whitman College Glean Team has only been around for two years, however, in that time, they have hosted more than 100 gleaning events, with 220 students and community members involved, and donated more than 38,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Warehouse, which is redistributed throughout Walla Walla County. This documentary of their work over the last year was produced in conjunction with the Student Engagement Center and with help from the Ben Rabinowitz Award.

April 28 at 6.30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Hanford State of the Site Meeting

This meeting offers the opportunity for interested members of the public to discuss Hanford clean-up progress, its challenges and priorities with decision-makers from the Tri-Party Agreement agencies. The meeting will feature an open house with displays and information from the TPA agencies as well as regional organizations involved or interested in Hanford clean-up.

April 29 at 7 p.m. Maxey Hall, Maxey Auditorium

Lecture: Jenny Marienau

Jenny Marienau, the U.S. divestment campaign manager for 350.org will speak to the Whitman and Walla Walla communities about the importance of divestment and social movements. Free and open to the public.

April 30 at 7 p.m. Whitman College Amphitheatre

Poetry Reading: Kathleen Flenniken

Kathleen Flenniken will read from her most recent poetry collection, Flume. The reading is in association with the "Particles on the Wall" exhibit in Maxey Museum. Flenniken is a civil engineer, poet and editor with Floating Bridge Press. She worked for eight years as an engineer and hydrologist, three of those at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

April 30 at 7 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Whitman College Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert

The Department of Music presents the Whitman Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Doug Scarborough. Free and open to the public. If you are unable to join us in person, livestream the concert at livestream.com/WhitmanCollege/springjazz2015.

April 30 at 7 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Moonlight Sea Kayak

Sea kayak by moonlight at Wallula Gap. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

May 1

Wenatchee River Rafting

Go rafting the Wenatchee River. Spend Friday night at the put-in, return late on Saturday. No rafting experience necessary. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

May 1

Senior Recital: Clayton Collins '15

The Department of Music presents a voice recital featuring Clayton Collins '15, tenor. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

May 1 at 7.30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Day Rock Climb

An outdoor climbing trip to Spring Mountain, Oregon, or Vantage, Washington, great for beginner or intermediate climbers. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop..

May 2

Senior Recital: Victoria Karschney '15

The Department of Music presents a horn recital featuring Victoria Karschney '15. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

May 2 at 3 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Senior Documentary Premiere: Call Me Joe

The world premiere of Call Me Joe, a documentary short that investigates education in the prison system and its positive impact on reintegration into society. This film follows the personal stories of several community members and incarcerated students at the Washington State Penitentiary.

May 2 at 7 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is brought to campus by WEB and the Blue Mountain Land Trust. This festival is the largest environmental film festival in the nation. We have selected two-and-a-half hours of films from their 75-film roster. This is a fun family-friendly event for the community to watch great films and celebrate environmentalism. At this event there will be many opportunities to get involved in the Walla Walla area activist community. $12 for adults; $8 for children under eight.

May 2 at 7 p.m. Cordiner Hall and Cordiner Hall foyer

Sophomore Recital: Milo Cantor '17 and Lena de Guzman '17

The Department of Music presents a recital featuring Milo Cantor '17 on piano and Lena de Guzman '17 on violin.

May 2 at 7.30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Stand-up Paddleboarding

One of the most popular new sports: spend the day learning to stand-up paddleboard on the Walla Walla or Columbia River. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

May 3

Junior Recital: Lucas Barry '16 and Kyle Donald '16

The Department of Music presents a recital featuring Lucas Barry '16 on saxophone and Kyle Donald '16 on piano. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

May 2 at 7 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Faculty Buffet

May 3 at 5 p.m. Reid Campus Center, Reid side lawn


Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, visual editor/photographer

Parting Shot - April 27, 2015

A student naps in the sun as the end of the semester draws nearer.


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