September 8, 2015

Faculty and Staff News Briefs

Associate Director of Admission Bruce Jones, who works in Whitman's New England regional admission office, just had an op-ed published in the Cape Cod Times. The article, titled "Inside the spiral of higher ed loan debt," discusses the financial aid and admission issues facing current college students and colleges.

Elyse Semerdjian, director of global studies and associate professor of Islamic world/Middle East history, was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Sept. 6 discussing the history of Aleppo’s Armenian community. Her collaboration with punk rock drummer Jason Hamacher began when they were introduced to each other in the Library of Congress in fall 2014. She has since written liner notes detailing the history of Aleppo’s Armenian community—the subject of her ongoing research—for one of Hamacher’s recordings entitled "Forty Martyrs" (pictured right). Performed by father Yeznig Zegchanian inside the 15th century Forty Martyrs Armenian church in Judayda, Aleppo, the chants were recorded before the current war reached the city. The current devastation has prompted inhabitants to flee for their lives and depopulated the country. Semerdjian writes: "Jason has captured the sounds of Aleppo’s Armenian community at an important moment in its history… The album will be remembered as an artifact of a way of life that will no longer exist when Syria’s war, replete with ethnic cleansing, is over." The album is the second in a series of six soon-to-be-released recordings made in Aleppo before the war. More information and opportunities to purchase these albums can be found here. Proceeds from sales are being donated to help with the relief efforts in Syria.

Forty Martyrs

2015-16 Campus Directory

The college will once again create a printed campus directory that includes offices/departments and a full alphabetical listing of staff and faculty member contact information.

The information used in the directory is pulled from Datatel. We ask that you check to verify the current information listed in Datatel is correct by carrying out the following steps:

  1. Go to People Search.
  2. Type in your last name. Sign in to view your complete listing. (Please note: you will also see a "View Earnings Statement" link. Only you can see your own earnings statement.)
  3. Reply to Krista Garcia by the end of day today (Sept. 8) only if you have changes and/or corrections to make via or x5172.

We understand that there may still be changes to your information, including job titles and/or office locations. If you know a change is coming, even if you don't have all the details yet, let us know. The campus directory will be available online for final proofing before it goes to press.

Physical Plant Annual Yard Sale

Don't forget to check out this year's Physical Plant Annual Yard Sale. The sale will take place on Friday, Sept. 11, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the physical plant offices at 804 Penrose Ave. One hundred percent of the sale's proceeds will be deposited into the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship fund.

Campus Events

Harper Joy Theatre 2015-16 Season Tickets On Sale

Season tickets for the 2015-2016 season at Harper Joy Theatre are now on sale. A season ticket entitles you to eight tickets at a substantially reduced admission price, the opportunity to make reservations in advance of the general public and email reminders throughout the season about upcoming performances and reservation dates. Season tickets will not be sold after Oct. 30. Cost: $40 for seniors, staff and faculty members; $55 for adults.

Sept. 8 to Oct. 30, Harper Joy Theatre Box Office

2015 Summer Read Lecture: Edwidge Danticat

Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat is the 2015 Summer Read. Danticat will be on campus to share a deeply affecting story of home and family, of two men's lives and deaths, and of a daughter's great love for them both.

Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Cordiner Hall

Tosca Clarinet Duo in Concert

The Department of Music presents the Tosca Clarinet Duo, featuring Shawn Copeland and Lynn Musco.

Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

River Overnight Rafting

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $90.

Sept. 11 to 12

Wallowa Peak Backpacking

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $110.

Sept. 11 to 13

Fridays at Four: Ethan Maier and Friends

Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Joe Sacco: Interview and Book Signing

Part of the SEEING STORIES: Traversing the Graphic Narrative series, which runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 11. This interdisciplinary display designed by Sheehan Gallery staff and Whitman faculty curators covers a wide range of subjects from superhero comics to bande dessinée to the works of contemporary authors/artists. A book signing and reception will follow the interview in the Sheehan Gallery.

Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Canoe Clean-up

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $20.

Sept. 13

Day Climb

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $45.

Sept. 13

Parting Shot

Parting Shot - Sept. 8, 2015

The moon over memorial at sunrise. Mark your calendars for a supermoon eclipse on Sept. 27, something that has happened only five times since 1910.

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Compiled by: Bryce Heuett