November 16, 2015

A Decade of Giving Fundraiser

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual "Workout-for-Helpline" items-drive, which is held in the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center on Thanksgiving Day.

The Walla Walla Helpline organization assists indigent and working-poor individuals and families on an emergency basis, providing food, clothing, prescriptions, transportation, utilities, short-term shelter, homelessness prevention rental assistance, infant-care needs and referrals for crisis advocacy and counseling.

Although grateful for the food donations you have made in previous years, this year, Helpline is hoping to collect personal hygiene items.

To tie into the 10th annual theme, the goal this year is a 10-item list of giving! Please come together as a community to donate items within the following categories:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Socks for men
  • Socks for women
  • Body soap of any kind (bar or gel)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Continence products for men or women

In addition, we are looking for donations of gently used blankets, coats, hats, boots, etc. to help keep out the cold. Another way you can get involved is to donate toward bus passes. Helpline gives out a lot of of bus passes, so if you would like to donate, please contact Michele Hanford for more information.

Bins will be set up in the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center for each of the items listed above, with the goal of taking in 1,000 items (just 10 items donated from 100 people).

The Gift of Giving

Faculty news briefs

Mina Schwabacher Professor of English/Creative Writing and Humanities Katrina Roberts has published the anthology Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art and Craft of the Writing Life (Lost Horse Press, distributed by the University of Washington Press, 2015). The book, edited by Roberts, includes advice and anecdotes on the profession of writing from 85 writers who have visited Whitman College in the past several years as part of the Visiting Writers Reading Series.

Assistant Professor of Politics Jack Jackson was a Visiting Scholar at the Emory University School of Law during the first two weeks of November. He presented a paper titled "The Welfare State and Political Freedom: Reflections on the Affordable Care Act." He also recently published an article titled "Passing Class Notes" in the journal Rethinking Marxism (Vol. 27, No. 4, 2015).

Shu-chu Wei, John and Jean Henkels Endowed Chair and professor of Chinese emerita, has contributed a chapter titled "Critiquing Communist Dictatorship East and West: George Orwell's Animal Farm and Chen Jo-hsi's Mayor Yin" to George Orwell Now! (Peter Lang, 2015), a volume dedicated to Orwell's lasting influence on international journalism and literatures.


Whitman College Factbook

The Office of Institutional Research recently published the annual Whitman College Factbook. If you are in need of any numbers about the college, or are just curious to know what the factbook looks like, follow this link. The link to the full 2015-16 Factbook is in the left-side menu, or follow this link for a copy of document as a PDF.


Campus Events

Lecture: Conversion and Convivencia in Medieval Iberia

Michelle Hamilton is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her lecture will be on Medieval Iberia as a space of cultural complexity, conflict and exchange, and how the Iberian Peninsula has always been an integral part of the Mediterranean world for Jews, Muslims and Christians. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Visiting Educator Fund.

Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 340

Global Entrepreneurship Month: Pitch It Final Competition

The top two finalists from each of the preliminary events will compete for the final award.

Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. GESA Power House Theatre, 111 N. 6th Ave.

Whitman Wind Ensemble Fall Concert

Whitman College's Department of Music presents the Whitman Wind Ensemble Fall Concert, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Gary Gemberling.

Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Burma Voices

Burma Voices will be a monologue show in which GlobeMed members read and perform monologues written by people from Burma regarding their political- or ethnic-based oppression. There will be traditional Burmese food at a reception after the show. Admittance is free with an optional $2 to $5 donation.

Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Whitman Jazz Choir Fall Concert

Whitman College's Department of Music presents the Jazz Fall Concert, directed by Studio Music Instructor Gary Hemenway.

Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall


Athletic Events - Home Games

Women's Basketball vs. The College of Idaho

Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs. California Institute of Technology

Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.


Parting Shot

By John Lee '16

Parting Shot - November 16, 2015

Dancers in "GO ON," a collaborative, movement-based dance performance that ran last week at Harper Joy Theatre.


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