March 9, 2015

Nominate a Senior for a 2015 Leadership Award

Created in 1994, the Robert W. Graham and Colleen Seidelhuber Willoughby Awards for Excellence in Student Leadership recognize and honor two graduating students (one male and one female) who have contributed to the campus through their involvement as student leaders. To nominate a student for one of these awards, they must have:

  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00
  • Held a significant leadership position in at least one student organization
  • Performed his/her leadership responsibilities outstandingly
  • Strengthened/improved the student organization through his/her leadership efforts
  • Made a significant contribution to the campus through his/her leadership efforts

If you know graduating students who meet these qualifications, please spend a few minutes now or over spring break completing the nomination steps below. (This includes December graduates who will walk with the class of 2015 in May.) All completed nominations must be returned to Barbara Maxwell, associate dean of students (, by Monday, April 6. Prior to graduation, the two award recipients will be recognized at a dinner in their honor.

2015 Nomination Form

  • Name of nominated student.
  • Student leadership position(s) held. (Please be as thorough as possible.)
  • Please comment briefly on how this student was outstanding in performing his/her leadership responsibilities.
  • Please comment briefly on how this student leader strengthened/improved the organization.
  • Please comment briefly on how this student made a significant contribution to the campus as a student leader.
  • Name of person completing this form.

Campus News

"Mumford & Sons' 'Gentlemen of the Road' music festival coming to Whitman this August"

Grammy Award-winning British folk rock band Mumford & Sons has selected Walla Walla as one of their 2015 "Gentlemen of the Road" Stopover festivals.

"Mission to Mars"

Ethan Dederick '14 has come one small step closer to being the first human on Mars: two years after applying to be an astronaut with Dutch nonprofit Mars One, the organization has named Dederick one of 100 finalists for a spot on its first manned mission.

Whitman in the News

J. Weekly - "When you're Asian and Jewish, you get questions"

Rachel Williams '12 talks about her role in a study by Associate Dean of Students Noah Leavitt and Associate Professor of Sociology Helen Kim on children of Asian-Jewish parents.

NPR - "Musicians, Critics, Composers: Walla Walla's Bauer Sisters"

Catharine Gould Chism Chair of Music Susan Pickett's new book on Walla Walla-born sisters Marion and Emilie Bauer was featured on Northwest Public Radio.

NBC - "Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters & More Coming to Walla Walla Stopover Concert"

Local NBC affiliates covered the news of Mumford & Sons' summer Walla Walla festival.

Campus Events

Workshop: Whitman in Tech

Open to all students, faculty and staff members. A moderated event with professors Matt Reynolds and Albert Schueller. Stephanie Silver '10 and Scott Silver '05 graduated with liberal arts degrees in art history and English, respectively. Post-graduation, their careers have touched on public broadcasting, AmeriCorps, White House internships and public policy organizations before landing them both in technology startups that are changing the way things get done in the world of business and commerce. The Silvers understand the many ways that Whitman values translate into the world of technology. Join us as they share their knowledge and experience with the Whitman community. RSVP here. This event is made possible by support from the Sava and Danica Andjelkovic Endowed Lectureship.

March 9 at 7 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Lecture - Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet

Journalist and author Todd Wilkinson discusses his recent book, Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, which offers a diligently detailed, keenly interpreted and jaw-dropping portrait of a smart, prescient, independent man hard-driven by sorrow and passionately committed to doing lasting good in the world on as large a scale as possible. The book charts Turner's rise and evolution from media mogul to bison baron and pathfinding 21st century "eco-capitalist-humanitarian."

March 10 at 7.30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 157

Lecture - Marion and Emilie Frances Bauer: From the Wild West to American Musical Modernism

Dr. Susan Pickett, Catharine Gould Chism chair of music, will discuss her book Marion and Emilie Frances Bauer: From the Wild West to American Musical Modernism. Marion Bauer (1882-1955) and Emilie Frances Bauer (1865-1926) were two sisters who were born in Walla Walla in the latter 19th century. Their parents, both French immigrants, were among the first Jewish people in our town. Their father, Jacques Bauer, was a merchant near the corner of Main and Third Ave. Their mother, Julia Heyman Bauer, was on the very first Whitman College faculty, where she taught languages from 1882-1887. Both sisters lived in New York City throughout their adult lives. Marion became a prominent composer and Emilie Frances Bauer became a celebrated music critic. Susan Pickett's book provides the first comprehensive account of the lives and professional accomplishments of these two remarkable women.

March 11 at 7 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

O'Donnell Lecture - The Comedy of the Commons

The O'Donnell Lecture features Jamie Workman, who will discuss "The Comedy of the Commons: How, why, and what optimal group size can build resilience in nature and people." Was Garrett Hardin wrong? For nearly 50 years, his influential 1968 paper "The Tragedy of the Commons" polarized America into two camps, each governing wildlife, water, air, land and sea issues through coercion. Liberals ​sought ​to regulate the ​commons from private threats; conservatives sought to privatize it against public threats. ​But evidence suggests that the most effective approaches manage wild natural resources from below, through self-organizing groups based on shared risks, rights and responsibilities. Workman describes the optimal group size of these quietly powerful coalitions, through research on what he calls "The Greatest Commons Denominator." Workman is an authority on natural resource conservation markets. He wrote the award-winning Heart of Dryness: How the last Bushmen can help us endure the coming age of permanent drought, and founded SmartMarkets, which customizes online utility-based trading platforms - AquaJust & EnerJust - for cities to monetize water and energy savings.

March 12 at 5.30 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

AIA Lecture Series - Justin Leidwanger

Justin Leidwanger is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at Stanford University. He is a specialist in marine archaeology in the Mediterranean.

March 12 at 7.30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 157

Spring Break Canyonlands Backpacking

Spend the first week of spring break backpacking through Canyonland National Park in southern Utah. Don't pass this up! Sign up at the Outdoor Program rental shop.

March 14 to 23

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, photographer/visual editor

Parting Shot - March 9, 2015

In front of Memorial last Friday, students cut themselves some slack in the week before Spring Break.

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