September 28, 2015

Fall photo contest

Balloon StampedeWant a bird's-eye view of fall at Whitman College? Here's a chance for you and a guest to win a ride in the Whitman-sponsored balloon at the 2015 Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.

To enter, post an original photo depicting fall at Whitman College on the Whitman Facebook page, on your Twitter account or on your Instagram account with both of the hashtags #WhitmanFallPhotos and #WallaWalla.

You have only one week to enter. One winner will be chosen from entries across all three platforms on Monday, Oct. 5. For official contest rules visit

Video: Installing Ai Weiwei's "Refraction"


In a new video charting the installation of Ai Weiwei's Refraction on the lawn beside Fouts Center for Visual Arts, Associate Professor of Art Michelle Acuff talked about the massive sculpture's meaning and message both on campus and for Walla Walla. Watch the full video on YouTube.

Faculty news briefs

Associate Professor of Chemistry Marion Götz was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health for her research on proteasome inhibitors. Her project investigates the development of a new and improved class of proteasome inhibitors that may lead to more effective therapeutic agents for cancer. Her grant will provide research opportunities for nine students over three years.

Associate Professor of Physics Doug Juers was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health for his research on the thermal behavior macromolecular crystals. His project will improve the quality of three-dimensional structures of macromolecules, structures that are key for understanding the molecular basis of disease. His grant will provide research opportunities for several students over three years.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Tim Machonkin was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. His research examines the mechanisms of a specific class of bacterial enzymes that can be used for bioremediation or other applications. This work, which involves a collaboration with Yale University, will provide research opportunities for eight to 12 Whitman students, and send some of them to spend the summer doing research at Yale.

Sign up for Make a Difference Day

Make-a-Difference Day takes place this Saturday, October 3.

A Whitman tradition, Make-a-Difference-Day contributes to a variety of important local nonprofit organizations. Every year, staff and faculty members participate along with students during a morning of service. There will be a wide range of projects for everybody, all focused on supporting and improving life in the Walla Walla community. Kickoff is at 8:30 a.m., with coffee and pastries available in the Cordiner Hall foyer. Projects will start at 9 a.m. and run until noon, when snacks and reflection will follow in Reid Campus Center.

Sign up at this link.

Campus Events

Environment Washington Information Table

Environment Washington's solar campaign organizer will be here to collect petitions urging our state leaders to commit to sourcing 10 percent of our electricity from the sun by 2025.

Sept. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reid Campus Center, foyer

Club Adviser Roundtable

All club advisors are welcome to join the Office of Student Activities for a Q&A and a chance to get to know one another. This event is entirely optional, but a great opportunity to hear what other advisers are doing and get your questions answered.

Sept. 29 at noon. Reid Campus Center, Reid 207

Reading - Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto

A book reading and signing with Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies Lisa Uddin. Why do we feel bad at the zoo? Drawing from her new book, Uddin will discuss the history of bad feelings in and around modern zoos. This talk focuses on reform efforts in U.S. zoos in the 1960s and 1970s, from "naked cages" to more "naturalistic" enclosures. Foregrounding the racial and spatial dynamics that underwrote modernization, Uddin shows how efforts to make the zoo more natural and protect nonhuman species reflected white middle-class anxieties about U.S. urbanism and desires to suburbanize. The story that emerges reveals the complex entanglements of rare and endangered animals with the experiences of postwar American whiteness.

Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Reid Campus Center, Reid G02

Sunset Sea Kayak

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

Oct. 2

Yoga Backpacking

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $85.

Oct. 2 to 3

Smith Rock Climb

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $125.

Oct. 2 to 4

Fridays at Four Recital Series

A Whitman music department faculty recital, featuring Diane Gray-Chamberlain, voice and Jackie Wood, piano.

Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day is a national day of service. Students, staff and faculty members are invited to participate on Oct. 3. At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a kick-off event in the foyer of Cordiner Hall. Groups of volunteers will then go to nonprofit organizations in the Walla Walla Valley to work on service projects from 9 a.m. to noon. Groups are invited to return to the Reid Campus Center at the completion of their project for refreshments and reflection. To read about last year's Make a Difference Day, visit the SEC blog. For more information on the event, please email Forrest Arnold at

Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cordiner Hall

Whitman College Composer's Concert

Whitman College's Department of Music presents the Fall Composer's Concert. Students of John David Earnest perform their works. This event is free and open to the public. To view this performance via live stream, click here.

Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. Hall of Music, Catharine Chism Recital Hall

Athletic Events - Home Games

Women's Soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran University

Oct. 3 at noon

Women's Soccer vs. University of Puget Sound

Oct. 4 at noon

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, visual editor/photographer

Drew Shoals '05, drummer for the band Train, sits in for a song with the Whitman College Jazz Ensemble after Reunion Convocation during Reunion Weekend on campus.

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Compiled by: Bryce Heuett