September 25, 2017

Faculty & staff news briefs

Associate Professor of English Christopher Leise is co-directing a summer institute for faculty development titled "The Native American West: A Case Study of the Columbia Plateau," which will take place on campus next June. He and Laurie Arnold, head of Native American studies and assistant professor of history at Gonzaga University, secured funding for the endeavor from the National Endowment for the Humanities. About 30 participants, including faculty members from tribal and community colleges, will explore diverse perspectives on the Indigenous West, the Columbia Plateau and U.S. history. Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon, is one of the partners for the project. Read more.

Professor Emerita of Theatre Nancy Simon and Kevin Loomer '84, director of theatre arts at Walla Walla Community College, are collaborating on a production of Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, at the Power House Theatre on Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 1. In what The Guardian describes as "the funniest play you'll ever see about depression," the narrator, assisted by the audience, recreates his attempt to help his suicidal mother through the creation of a list of all the things that make life worth living, beginning with ice cream. For more information and tickets, visit the website


Campus Events

Art Reception for Celilo: Progress Versus Protest

Maxey Museum presents its fall exhibit, curated by the staff at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. The show tells the story of the demise of Celilo Falls, a cultural and spiritual center for indigenous people, as a result of the construction of The Dalles Dam. 

Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in Maxey Museum

Lecture: American Foundation for the Blind's Kirk Adams '83

Delta Gamma welcomes Kirk Adams '83, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, for a discussion on his experiences living with blindness and his work with the American Foundation for the Blind.

Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium


Athletic Events - Home Games

Women's Tennis vs ITA Northwest Regional

Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m.

Women's Golf vs Whitman Invitational

Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m.

Women's Soccer vs Pacific Lutheran University

Saturday, Sept. 30 at noon

Men's Soccer vs Linfield College

Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Women's Golf vs Whitman Invitational

Sunday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m.

Women's Soccer vs University of Puget Sound

Sunday, Oct. 1 at noon

Men's Soccer vs Willamette University

Sunday, Oct. 1 2:30 p.m.


Parting Shot

by Matt Banderas, visual editor/photographer

Parting Shot - September 25, 2017

From the archives: Fall is officially here.


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