February 12, 2018

LGBTQIA+ SafeZone Training

If you are interested in learning more about LGBTQIA+ identities and systems, as well as how to support LGBTQIA+ individuals and the community, consider attending a training on Friday, Feb. 16 from 3-5 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 324. Attendees will learn about gender/sexuality and get SafeZone trained. A pizza dinner will be provided.

Signing up is required to attend. Sign-up here

Baby News

Digital and Social Media Specialist Bryce Heuett and his wife, Erin, welcomed their baby boy, Oliver, on February 2. He weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 inches long.


Faculty and staff news briefs

Hallie Barker '18 and Associate Professor of Astronomy Nathaniel Paust '98 recently published a paper, "Isochrone Fitting of Hubble Photometry in UV-VIS-IR Bands" in the March issue of The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The paper started out as an assignment in Stellar Astronomy (Astro 310), led to an in-depth examination of currently available stellar evolution models, and revealed a flaw in all current codes. The problem is significant to astronomers trying to determine what stars are present in galaxies early in the universe's life.

Campus Events

Climate Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?

Tom Ackerman, a climate scientist and professor at the University of Washington, is a person of faith who explores the relationship between Christianity and the science of climate and climate change. He asks questions such as: Is faith in a Creator God incompatible with our understanding of human impacts on climate? Does faith influence our response to climate change science and actions? 

Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium

What Do We Say, When Do We Say It, and Who Do We Tell It To? Risk Communication in Latin America and Beyond

Join O'Donnell Visiting Educator Luke Bowman for a public lecture about risk communication in Latin America. After finishing his degree at Hanover College, Bowman participated in the Peace Corps and was later awarded a Fulbright to study at the University of El Salvador. 

Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium

Women in Leadership Symposium Panel discussion

Six accomplished women tell their workplace stories and explain how they understand leadership at this panel discussion. This year's featured leaders are:

  • Feather Sams-Huesties '00: District 12 operations coordinator at the Oregon Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights, and an enrolled tribal member of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
  • Chau Dang '06: Product manager at Nvidia copmuter technology in the San Francisco Bay area and a former national board member of the American Cancer Society.
  • Mia Satya: Lead employment specialist at the LGBT Center in San Francisco.
  • Janet Lopez: Senior program officer at Rose Community Foundation, working to eliminate the achievement gap and create equitable opportunities for all children.
  • Mo!: Young leaders organizer and activism advocate at Got Green in Seattle. 
  • Sudha Nandagopal: Equity and Environment Initiative program manager at Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium

<<Tournées>> French Film Series - La Noir de (Black Girl)

A 1966 classic from Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène, Black Girl chronicles the alienation of a young African woman in France in the 1960's.  

Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Athletic Events - Home Games

Women's Basketball vs Willamette University 

Friday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs Willamette University

Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.

Baseball vs Pacific (Ore.) University 

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m.

Baseball vs Pacific (Ore.) University

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Linfield College 

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs Linfield College 

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.

Baseball vs Pacific (Ore.) University

Sunday, Feb. 18 at 12 p.m.

Parting Shot

by Loa Jones '20

Whitman students, faculty and staff participated in the 2018 Women's March in downtown Walla Walla on Jan. 21.

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Compiled by: Bryce Heuett