A newsletter for the Whitman community May 7, 2007
Vol. 1 No. 35
Range of topics addressed Funeral service set for longtime biology prof
at staff breakfast The funeral service for
A near-capacity crowd of staff Arthur Rempel, beloved longtime
learned a little about a wide range of Whitman biology professor, has
issues and topics at last week’s staff been set for 11 a.m. Friday, June
breakfast in Olin 130, hosted by Pres- 1, 2007, at the First Congrega-
ident George Bridges. He opened the tional Church (corner of South
final staff breakfast of the 2006-07 Palouse and East Alder streets),
year on a note of gratitude to Whit- with a luncheon to follow.
man’s staff for its work on the recent Rempel passed away on
class reunions and “very successful Tuesday, May 1, at age 97.
board meeting.” Thirty-seven of those years he
Among his announcements: the spent infusing “generations of
appointment of new trustees and new Whitman students with a love for
overseers; approval of general plans biology and the world of nature,”
to renovate Olin Hall, Maxey Hall, said interim Dean of the Faculty
Harper Joy Theatre and Sherwood Timothy Kaufman-Osborn.
Center; the process of presenting the Following his retirement,
vision for the future of the college Rempel spent decades more
that may be the impetus for a capital devoted to the lifelong learning
campaign; and news that student of alumni, who were thrilled to
debt for Whitman graduates dropped join the expeditions he led from
by $1,000 this year. Arthur Rempel the Antarctic to Africa well into
Director of Admission Kevin Dyerly his 80s.
reported on applications for the Rempel was born in Ukraine in 1910 and came to the United States
2007-08 year. A record 3,050 appli- with his siblings following his parents’ deaths during the Russian Revo-
cations have been received to date, lution. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Oberlin College in
and the incoming class will be “the 1934, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in
most diverse in Whitman’s history,” 1938. That same year he began teaching at Whitman, where he
Dyerly said. remained until his retirement in 1976.
Other topics discussed: In 1970, Rempel received the Town-Gown award for his service to the
• Holiday decorating survey college and Walla Walla communities. In 1981, he received a distin-
• Appointment versus election of guished service award at Whitman and was named a fellow of the Amer-
Staff Fringe Benefits Committee ican Association of the Advancement for Science. In 1987, the college
members awarded him an honorary doctor of science degree.
• “Smart” classrooms “I learned in my first year at Whitman (1975) how great an influence
• Completion of the Park Street Art Rempel had been on his students,” said Charles Drabek, the biology
bridge (tentatively May 18) professor who holds the endowed chair in Rempel’s name. “Whenever I
• Security in the wake of the Virginia attend an alumni event, I constantly have alums from recent years to
Tech tragedy several decades, ask about Art and share with me how grateful they
• Recycling (see next issue of were for his teaching and guidance.”
The Fountain) Rempel’s spirit and legacy will live on at Whitman through the
• Use of Whitman’s athletic fields endowed chair, a lectureship and a greenhouse that bear his name.
by dog owners He is survived by his wife of nearly 73 years, Lucile.
• Staff Development Day (June 5)
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Thomas Knight, visiting assistant professor of biology, and Leena Knight, post-
doctoral fellow of biology, recently participated with Whitman students Martin
Bomalaski ’07, Daryl Gasca ’07 and Robbie Munday ’07 in the 21st National
Conference on Undergraduate Research at Dominican University of California in
San Rafael. Some 2,200 undergraduates from more than 250 colleges and
universities attended the three-day event. “The conference gives Whitman
students an opportunity to recognize just how competitive their research experi-
ences are relative to colleges and universities across the United States,” said
Leena Knight. “Whitman offers its students fantastic research environments — or
funding opportunities to go to other institutes — and this is no small feat consid- THOMAS AND LEENA KNIGHT
ering Whitman’s location and size.” Bomalaski presented the results of his work
on a treatment strategy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Gasca shared his work on molecular mechanisms
of neuronal development in a culture preparation. Munday presented his research on myelination, a crucial process
in neuronal communication in the brain. Next fall, the Knights will share a tenure-track position as assistant profes-
sors of biology.
Men’s tennis coach leads team to 12th in nation with 24-8 season
Whitman head tennis coach Jeff Northam ’88 led his team to the college’s best men’s tennis season in two
decades. The season came to an end Sunday, May 6, with a closer-than-it-looks 8-1 loss at DePauw University in
Round 16 of the NCAA Div. III National Championships in Greencastle, Ind. DePauw, ranked eighth in the nation,
sealed the win by winning a number of close matches in singles. Whitman, ranked No. 12 nationally, finished with a
24-8 season mark. Jake Cappel, a freshman from River Park, Ill., scored Whitman’s lone team point with a 6-3, 6-3
at No. 5 singles. The loss came one day after the Missionaries whipped Albion College 8-1 in a second-round
match. Northam, associate professor of sport studies, played tennis at Whitman and was on the 1986 men’s
tennis team that made it to the national semifinals. He is a two-time Northwest Conference Coach of the year, and
his 2000 tennis team won the NWC title.
Faculty Spotlight: Alberto S. Galindo
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures
Education: B.A., University of Puerto Rico; M.A., Ph.D.,
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Years at Whitman: One
Courses 2006-07: “Rise of Latinos in the United
States,” “Latinos in the United States after 9/11,”
“Advanced Spanish: Topics in Contemporary Hispanic
Favorite writers: William Faulkner, Jorge Luis Borges,
Sophocles, Reinaldo Arenas, Fernando Vallejo,
Influential thinkers: Michel Foucault, Franco Moretti,
Favorite filmmakers: Ingmar Bergman, Lucrecia Martel,
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alejandro Amenábar
Favorite artists: Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Guillermo Kuitca, Mona Hatoum
Recent accomplishment: A production of Mexican performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s “Border Brujo” by
Galindo’s students. Gómez-Peña’s text explores the tensions at the Mexico-U.S. border.
Why I teach: “For the possibility of exchanging and sharing ideas.”
Favorite aspect of Whitman: “The students. And not owning (or needing) a car.”
Video feature, new design coming to Whitman Web site
Last week you may have seen video crews
shooting interviews and scenes throughout
campus. Footage from the shoot will be used
for a new feature for the Whitman Web site
that will target prospective students with an
“experiential tour” of campus. It will reflect
Whitman’s outstanding academic program
and the myriad opportunities for co-curricular
Come June, you’ll see some dynamic
changes to the Whitman Web site, including
a new design for the home page and interior
template pages, and updated copy in several
key areas. Although the new video feature
won’t be live for several months, in June you
will see another new home page feature At left, Michelle Janning, associate professor of sociology, prepares for her video inter-
called “Uniquely Whitman,” a series of view. At her right is Kimberly Teske Fetrow ’96 of Image Works Media Group, Pasco,
program and people profiles. The design
change reflects a more dynamic look and accommodates easier navigation.
The staff and faculty portal pages will remain virtually unchanged, other than to be placed into the new design.
Stay tuned to The Fountain and e-mail announcements for more news about the Web site. Questions? Call or
e-mail Ruth Wardwell, director of communications, email@example.com or x5768.
Sandy Kimball, longtime Whitman Bookstore employee, passed away April 28, 2007, at age
65. Kimball began her term at the college in 1976 as secretary to the director of the Student
Center. Five years later, she was promoted to textbook buyer in the bookstore. Kimball held the
latter position for 25 years, leaving Whitman in April 2006 due to illness.
“Sandy’s dedication to her work, her passion for Whitman’s students and her commitment to
the Whitman community that exemplified her 30 years with the college will be sorely missed,”
said Douglas Carlsen ’74, director of the bookstore.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, May 11, at 3 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. Memorial contribu- KIMBALL
tions may be made to Planned Parenthood, YMCA or a charity of the donor’s choice through Herring-Groseclose
Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder. St.
In her youth, Kimball enjoyed sports and excelled at swimming. She attended Lewis and Clark State College and
received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Idaho. She taught at Capitol High School in Boise,
Idaho, and was the school’s first woman athletic director. The family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she taught
school, and then to Walla Walla, where she began her career at Whitman.
She is survived by her husband, Stephen, at their Walla Walla home, and a son and daughter.
Patricia McGregor, coordinator of Whitman College’s Summer Dance Lab for a number of years, died April 17,
2007, at age 80.
McGregor was born in San Francisco. She began modeling as a teenager and modeled through her college years
at UC Berkeley, continuing in that career into her 30s.
While in Washington state, she served on the boards of directors of the First Chamber Dance Company in
Seattle and the Spokane Symphony. She moved to Tiburon, Calif., in 1990.
A funeral service for McGregor was held April 25, 2007, in San Francisco, Calif. She is survived by two sons.
Mary Louise Lonneker, former Whitman Bookstore and post office employee, died April 15, 2007, at age 69.
Lonneker graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1955 and attended Lewis and Clark College. She was the
trade book manager in the Whitman Bookstore from 1976-1981 and the post office assistant from 1992-1996.
She is survived by two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren, including Spring Lonneker who plans to attend
Whitman next year.
Faculty, staff join in Duckfest fun
The “UPS,” “Friar Duck” and “Duckus Topiarus” Duckfest
ducks sprung from the imaginations of faculty and staff.
“UPS” (shown top right), was fashioned by the post office
crew headed by supervisor Marge Jessee. You can visit the
duck at the post office in Reid Campus Center.
“Friar Duck” (at right) sprung from the imagination of
Kendra Golden, associate professor of biology, and her
daughters, Oriana, 7, and Tierra, 3. You can find their duck
at the outside entrance to the old Science Building.
“Duckus Topiarus” (above) was created by Jen Johnson,
interlibrary loan supervisor, and Dona LaFran, administrative
assistant at Penrose Library. You can check out (not literally)
“Duckus Topiarus” in the library next to the computer kiosk.
All the Duckfest ducks will be on display until at least May 17, according to Margot Wielgus ’08, one of the cura-
tors of Stevens Gallery. She and co-curators Shelby Blessing ’07 and Mallory Powers ’09 organized the annual
event for the gallery.
Want to join the Relay for Life? Now’s the time
Last year Mary Luckstead, administrative assistant for Human Resources, walked for 5½ hours on graveyard
shift to help in the battle against cancer. Dave Holden, sports information director, raised $530 for the cause. They
were among dozens of campus community members who participated in this national event.
This year Whitman hopes to field an even larger team of faculty, staff and their families for one of the American
Cancer Society’s signature events. The 2007 edition of Relay for Life will begin at noon Saturday, June 23, and end
24 hours later at noon Sunday, June 24. To participate, contact Juli Dunn, associate professor of sport studies, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Last year’s team raised $1,100 for the ACS; Dunn aims to better that total this year.
Last week’s WhiTrivia wasn’t designed as a trick question, but it turned out to be one. The
culprit was a little compound modifier — “well-rounded.” Counting “well-rounded” as one word,
the 31st and 72nd words in Whitman’s mission statement are “learning” and “residential.”
Forgetting the hyphen and thinking of “well-rounded” as two words produces “rigorous” and
“supportive” as words 31 and 72 in the statement. In truth, all four words speak to the
college’s academic culture, so everyone who responded should consider themselves winners.
In order of response, they are: Amy Bruner, Lina Menard, Barbara Stubblefield, Darla Gwinn,
Juli Dunn, Carol Carr, Malcolm Dunn and Barbaraella Frazier. JoAnn Collins also uncovered
the word “nurturing” to go along with “learning” from a previous mission statement.
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