September 21, 2015

Whitman reunions - Sept. 24-27

It is the time of year when alumni return to campus to see their friends and celebrate their relationship with Whitman. Reunion activities begin on Thursday, Sept. 24, and conclude on Sunday morning, Sept. 27. Reunion classes celebrating throughout the weekend include:

1950, 1955, 1960, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2005

Want to know what is happening on campus? Check out the schedule of events and the list of alumni registered to attend this weekend.

All staff and faculty members are invited to watch the Alumni Parade and attend Reunion Convocation on Saturday, Sept. 26. Line up along Boyer Ave. in front of Memorial Building to watch the parade, which starts at 11 a.m., then follow along to Cordiner Hall for Reunion Convocation. There, we will recognize the reunion classes, honor alumni award recipients and hear remarks from President Murray. We hope you will join us.

Please note: Preparations for the weekend will mean that the Baker Center parking lot will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and periodically through Sept. 27. We apologize for any inconvenience.

"Boyer & Park" community magazine

This month, the Office of Communications is launching Boyer & Park, a new Whitman College publication that highlights the connections we have with Walla Walla and builds on our relationship with the local community.

Boyer & Park will highlight the intersections of Walla Walla and Whitman College. The stories featured in the magazine center around organizations and individuals from the Walla Walla community, with Whitman College as a small player in those stories. The magazine also includes a list of upcoming public events over the next six months, a great advertising vehicle for these happenings.

The magazine was produced by the Whitman Magazine team and will be distributed via Every Door Direct Mail to homes surrounding Whitman College: 13 routes and a total of 7,000 homes across all socioeconomic levels. Five hundred copies will be distributed on Main St., at local businesses and to select community contacts. It will also be available online.

The publication was originally presented and vetted at last year's Communications Council meetings (Sept. 2014-May 2015), and the need for community outreach was further endorsed by the Whitman Leadership Program group, which recently studied and presented ways to reach out to the local community, including the local Hispanic population. Funding for Boyer & Park was requested and granted in the regular budget process (added to the ongoing Whitman Magazine budget).

Scheduling Coordinator Debi Evans, a long time Walla Wallan who served as an adviser on the project, said, "I think the magazine is amazing, really well done, and written phenomenally well for the audience."

Associate Dean of Students Noah Leavitt, who also helped vet the idea, stated that the inaugural magazine includes "a wide range of topics, consistent appreciation of the place where we are, awesome images, warm inviting feel, crispness, accessibility."

Boyer & Park

Faculty and Staff News Briefs

Associate Professor of Sociology Helen Kim and Associate Dean of Students Noah Leavitt were featured in a Huffington Post article last week, titled "What it's like for non-white Jews during the High Holidays." The reporter talked to racially and ethnically diverse Jewish families to share their thoughts on their relationship to Judaism during the High Holidays.  

Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Pahlke co-authored a paper recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Research, titled "Parents’ School Satisfaction and Academic Socialization Predict Adolescents’ Autonomous Motivation: A Mixed-Method Study of Low-Income Ethnic Minority Families." Relying on both quantitative and qualitative data, the authors examined the processes through which parental involvement influences adolescents’ achievement motivation. This paper adds to the small but growing body of literature focused on how low-income ethnic minority parents support and promote their children’s education.

Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies Lisa Uddin's book Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto was excerpted by The Utne Reader, which features ideas and thinking from the world of culture and the arts. Uddin's book presents a counterhistory of American zoos in the 1960s and 1970s, examining the familiar narrative of zoo reform in light of questions of urban decay, suburban growth and the dilemmas of postwar American whiteness.

Whitman wins local community engagement award

Whitman College was just named as the winner of the Catalyst Award in the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Showcase. The award goes to organizations that are creating change in our community through collaboration and community effort. Whitman was nominated along with the Downtown Foundation, City of Walla Walla and DeSales High School for its collaboration and successful execution of the Gentlemen of the Road tour. The full list of winners was announced in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin last Sunday.

Just in case: how to report or question suspected financial impropriety anonymously

As a matter of prudent business practice, several years ago the college established a method for campus community members to anonymously question or report suspected financial impropriety at Whitman. A report can be made either by phone or online using a website provided by an outside vendor called EthicsPoint.

"While we hope the system never has to be used, it's important as a matter of course to have it in place given our widely decentralized culture," said Walter Froese, controller. "It is exclusively for financial issues. Some examples would be theft of college property or an improper travel reimbursement. Anyone noticing something that seems odd or off in any way is encouraged to raise questions. This resource provides for anonymous reporting and is available if a campus community member is uncomfortable about using normal college channels to raise questions or bring attention to a matter."

He adds that the college also provides systems and resources for questioning or reporting issues that are not financial in nature. "If a campus community member suspects an issue that does not have a financial impact for the college, they should go through channels such as Human Resources or a supervisor or budget officer, whichever is most appropriate for the situation."

To anonymously report or question a financial issue, call (888) 278-1497 or visit this website.

Questions? Concerns? You are encouraged to contact Froese at or x4936.

New hires

Please welcome our newest addition to the Whitman College staff and faculty.

Melaina Lewis
Digital and Social Media Specialist, Admission

Campus Events

Iroquoia, Illustrated: Image and Text in Haudenosaunee Literary History

Curated by Prof. Christopher Leise and in conjunction with the Sheehan Gallery's SEEING STORIES: Traversing the Graphic Narrative, this exhibit offers a glimpse into the Haudenosaunee peoples' accomplished illustrative legacy. The Haudenosaunee (in English, the People of the Longhouse, or Iroquois Confederacy) are six nations of American Indians hailing from present-day New York and southern Canada. In commentary on the early years of European contact with Turtle Island, through the formation of the United States, and on into today, these peoples are often noted for their eloquent oration and distinctive contribution to American literatures. Beyond their remarkable command of language, however, the Iroquois have also demonstrated a long-standing commitment to accompanying their words with distinctive illustrations. This interest stems from the pre-Contact era and thrives in the present, manifesting in an archive that highlights the ways in which one American Indian body of self-representation both preserves tradition and grows along with its fascinating, complicated history. Research for this exhibit was generously supported by the Whitman College Louis B. Perry Research Award program, the Whitman College Abshire Research Scholar Award program and a Graves Award in the Humanities.

Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. (Reception and opening). Hours: Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Maxey Museum, Maxey Hall

Visiting Writers Reading Series: Alex Dimitrov

Alex Dimitrov is the author of Begging for It and American Boys. He lives in New York and is the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon. Dimitrov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied with the poet Anne Carson and received a bachelor of arts in English and film studies in 2007. In 2009, he received an M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied with the poet Marie Howe.

Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory

Fridays at Four: Jeremy Siskind

Fridays at Four and the Department of Music present Jeremy Siskind, jazz pianist.

Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory

CD Release Concert: Doug Scarborough

Assistant Professor of Music Doug Scarborough's new CD, titled Bridges, mixes elements of jazz and Middle Eastern music. Doug Scarborough, trombone (Whitman College), will perform with special guests: Jeremy Siskind, piano (Western Michigan University); Gary Hobbs, drums (University of Oregon); Mahmoud Shaikhhussein, darbuka; and Michael Simon, bass (Whitman College).

Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music


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

Sept. 26

Reception for Refraction by Ai Weiwei

Join Whitman College's art department for a reception in celebration of the installation of contemporary Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei's sculpture Refraction, located on the lawn in front of the Fouts Center for Visual Arts. Mark Anderson '78, founder and CEO of the Walla Walla Foundry and college overseer, will make remarks about the installation along with Associate Professor of Art and department chair Michelle Acuff. The program will be followed by an open house in Fouts and the closing reception for Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Shane Ward's exhibit, Anthem, located in the Class of 1964 critique gallery.

Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. Fouts Center for Visual Arts, Fouts front lawn

Instant Play Festival

Seven plays on Saturday and then seven more on Sunday: after three weeks of writing workshops with professional playwrights, students receive a prompt in the evening, write all night, go into rehearsal the next morning and perform that evening. Tickets available now. Box office hours: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Sept. 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. Alexander Stage, Harper Joy Theatre

Sand Dunes Adventure

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

Sept. 27

Recital: The Volta Piano Trio

The Whitman College Department of Music presents the Volta Piano Trio. Featuring: Jennifer Caine, violin; Sally Singer, cello; and Oksana Ezhokina, piano.

Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory

Athletic Events - Home Games

Volleyball vs. Whitworth University

Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs. ITA Men's Northwest Regional

Sept. 25, 26, 27 and 28 at 9 a.m.

Volleyball vs. George Fox University

Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

Women's Golf vs. Whitman Women's Invitational

Sept. 26 at noon and Sept. 27 at 8 a.m.

Men's Soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran University

Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. University of Puget Sound

Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, visual editor/photographer

Parting Shot - Sept. 21, 2015

President Kathleen Murray offers Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Northam a musical hand during the Presidential Installation ceremony last Friday.

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Compiled by: Bryce Heuett