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New resources help teachers "bring the subject home"

Paul Jackson read Shakespeare in a "fine and mellow voice . . . Art Rempel treated his students to "stories of scientific wonder" . . . Kate Bracher took her astronomy students to the roof of the Hall of Science. One of the things great teachers do is "bring their subject home," says president Tom Cronin in his essay on page two. Several recent gifts to the College have given Whitman's current teachers some special resources that will help them make their subjects come alive.

Lectures by distinguished economists

Former president Louis B. Perry has given the College an endowment in honor of his wife, Genevieve Patterson Perry, to enrich the study of economics.

Income from the endowment will bring one or more distinguished visiting speakers in the general areas of economic policy and business ethics to the campus to give lectures and visit classes. The endowment also may provide an annual prize for outstanding student achievements in the field of economics.

Genevieve Perry was educated as an economist at UCLA and served Whitman in a leadership role during her husband's presidency from 1959 to 1967.

Scientific instruments

Jane Davenport Fairbank, '39, has given the College a gift that will provide a set of scientific instruments for use in geology courses.

The instruments, which cost from $1,000 to $15,000 each, include two Global Position System (GPS) units, a differential GPS system, and an upgrade for the College's seismograph. GPS receivers are used for accurate location of geologic features on the earth's surface. A differential GPS allows location of a feature to within a meter or less, making possible the construction of very accurate and detailed geologic maps.

Fairbank's gift also will go toward completion of funding for purchase of a gravity meter, an instrument that measures minute changes in the strength of the earth's gravitational field. Gravity meters are valuable tools in deciphering the subsurface structure of the earth.

One of the first women to attend the University of Washington as a graduate student in physics, Fairbank worked as a scientist in the radiation laboratory at M.I.T. during World War II.

Mentoring workshops for student journalists

An endowment that will bring top professional journalists to campus has been established by David Hosokawa in honor of his father, Robert "Bob" Hosokawa, '40, retired professor of journalism at the University of Missouri.

The fund will provide for a visit by at least one media professional annually who will give a lecture, visit classes, and hold mentoring workshops for students interested in journalism and writing careers. The endowment also establishes the Hosokawa Prize to be awarded each year to outstanding student journalists feature writers, opinion writers, or editorial writers for The Pioneer.

During his career, Hosokawa worked for several major news-papers before joining the faculty of the University of Missouri's celebrated School of Journalism.

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