The 126 trees uprooted during the storm will be made into pulp... and snowmen

Most of the fallen trees on Whitworth’s Campus are being disposed of rather than being transformed into art or coasters as suggested by multiple Whitworth students and alumni on Twitter.

Due to a smaller lumber market, the lumber from the fallen trees at Whitworth are being ground up into pulp, univeristy arborist Will Mellott said.

“Whitworth is not a lumber business it’s a university, and right now we are trying to clean up the campus as quickly, sufficiently and in the most economic way possible,” Mellott said.

The trees are initially chipped then go through a chemical process to be made into pulp to create new paper products. Due to their soft internal wood which is easy to break down in the chemical process, the pine trees that cover Whitworth’s campus are ideal for pulp production.

However, some of them are turned into pieces of art like the “snowmen” installed in the loop by Whitworth repair man Jeremiah White and groundskeeper August Larsen-Weil on Friday, Dec. 4.

Whitworth is saving money on the disposal cost of the trees through selling the lumber to mills that will further process the wood.

 

Sarah Haman

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Let’s be friends! But first, do you party?

Students question whether close relationships between party-goers and non-party-goers are possible.

Many students said they find it difficult to build and maintain relationships when their friends party and they, themselves don't.

"I have a friend who definitely has a difficult time maintainting a close relationship with his friends who party," sophomore Sarah Dixit said. "I think going to a party is totally up to the individual, but it does shift the dynamic between friends, mainly if it’s negatively affecting the person without them realizing it.”

Other students said partying has not proven to interfere with relationships or school life in their experiences.

“I don’t see partying affecting grades or social lives,” sophomore Zachary Halma said.

Students who said they do feel there is a social divide claimed peer-pressure to party as a reason for why they didn’t believe the relationships worked. There is a lot of pressure on freshmen to explore and socialize off campus which can cause a rift between those not interested in partying and their roommates and hallmates who do, Resident Assistant Felicity Roe said.

“I don’t enjoy spending a lot of time around people who party because it is certainly telling of who they are as people,” freshman Abigail Hochberger said. “I try to surround myself with and build close relationships with people who are conscious about the choices they make on a daily basis, whether that is in how they spend their Friday nights or who they invite to sit with them at lunch. I don’t want to be in a situation to feel pressured to party.”

Sophomore Megan Escobar feels no pressure to party from other students who party here, and that students are very respectful about other student’s personal belief and decisions, she said.

However, partying can create an area of uncertainty amongst a hall or between roommates because students feel uncomfortable informing a RA about situations that involve alcohol, Roe said.

“Last year a friend of mine would come home from parties and other people would have to take care of them because they couldn’t take care of themselves,” Roe said. “It was hard on their friends and produced an awkward atmosphere, which isn’t the sort of thing we would cultivate here at Whitworth.”

 

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The title of tenure

The tenure process at Whitworth is laborious and typically takes seven years to accomplish.

When being considered for tenure, faculty write essays on different prompts that show how they see their teaching philosophy, their faith and their service fit into the university’s mission, Provost Carol Simon said.

“Some institutions will hire people [and automatically give them tenure] but Whitworth won’t do that,” theater professor Diana Trotter said. “You have to earn tenure here.”

In addition to the written essays, peer evaluations and student evaluations are an integral part of the evaluation process as well, Simon said.

“Tenure is really, really important,” Trotter said.

It allows a university to build and maintain a high quality of faculty and have some sense that those people are going to be invested in the institution for the long term, Trotter said.

However, every so often there is a movement by various constitu- ents in academia that questions whether tenure should exist, she said. Some people think that tenure may cause professors to become lazy, Trotter said.

Trotter objects to that perspective because the person who was hired into the job in the first place, may have competed nationally against hundreds of other people and had to be the top candidate to get the job, she said.

“You’re dealing with someone of a pretty high level. They spend around seven yearsvbeing evaluated to receive tenure,” Trotter said. “What are the odds that person is going to suddenly become a lousy teacher? The amount of evaluation is more significant than any other field I can think of."

 

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Taylor announces $2.05 million endowment

President Beck Taylor announced a $2.05 million endowment for a professorship in chemistry gifted by the late retired Whitworth professor and library archivist, Hugh W. Johnston, last Thursday.

In addition to the endowed professorship, the gift will allow Whitworth to establish a fund for research in chemistry. The fund helps fulfill the Whitworth 2021 strategic plan that was developed five years ago.

“Because of Hugh Johnston’s generosity to Whitworth in addition to the endowed professorship, the university will place an additional sum of $550,000 into this newly endowed fund to support interdisciplinary research, moving us more than halfway toward our $1 million goal in that area,” Taylor said. The university plans to have 10 endowed faculty positions at the uni- versity by 2021, Taylor said. The Hugh W. Johnston endowed professorship in chemistry is the seventh endowed professorship.

"This gift will further strengthen Whitworth’s already strong chemistry program and will stimulate research in this important field,” said Caroline Simon, Whitworth provost and executive vice president.

The Hugh W. Johnston endowed research fund will enable faculty and student research collaborations across many disciplines in the university and connect multiple disciplines, Simon said.

“We in the chemistry department are very excited to hear about this announcement, “ said chemistry de- partment chair Dr. Deanna Ojennus. “We rmly believe that faculty-directed research in an essential part of a Whitworth chemistry major’s education.”

The chemistry department believes the fund will help foster faculty and student research, Ojennus said.

“We look forward to how this endowed professorship will raise Whitworth’s academic profile in the sciences,” Ojennus said.

“Knowing Hugh and his love for the sciences, especially for chemistry, it’s appropriate that the majority of his gift will enable strong faculty support in that area through the new endowed professorship,” Taylor said. “And there’s no question that Hugh loved his students, so the generous fund to support student-faculty collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship would make him smile. Thank God for Hugh Johnston.”

Hugh Johnston was an archaeologist, Egyptologist and stamp collector. He started teaching at Whitworth in 1957, teaching chemistry for 16 years. His last 12 years on the Whitworth staff were as director of development services. After his retirement, he served in the archive department of Whitworth as the library’s head archivist.

 

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New institutional repository introduced in library

Whitworth University has an institutional repository allowing student and faculty research available on worldwide scale.

“The institutional repository is a third party hosted site where we can collect all of the digital versions of research that students or faculty do,” library instructor Kathy Watts said. “It’s all in a web portal on the Whitworth page.”

Students now have access to see their professors’ work, and students also have an opportunity to include their own work in the database.

Students, depending on their program, can post their work and research on the program, making it discoverable. is is especially important if students want to go to graduate school.

Students can put on their resume that they have a paper published and uploaded on a database.

This provides students a permanent URL, where their work can be discovered by anybody, even potential employers, Watts said.

The librarians hope to get as much faculty work into the database as possible. The librarians are looking to upload student work from honors students in particular,library director Amanda Clark said.

Next year the librarians want to start focusing more on uploading student work.

"The best part about this is that anything we put in the web portal is discoverable on Google," Clark said. "That is what is so exciting, because within the couple months since we started, hundreds of things have been downloaded because people can find them on Google.”

The database stores faculty papers including papers students might not have known existed such as lectures faculty presented at conferences.

The database also holds master’s theses and Whitworth archives such as the yearbooks and newspapers, Clark said.

Whitworth had no place to physically store projects, audio clips, lectures and videos, and they would end up being forgotten despite the work and research put into them, Watts said.

“It's expanding what people can find out about Whitworth, about the research that goes on here at Whitworth, so suddenly we are broadcast all across the planet,” Clark said. “Everything in the database is branded for Whitworth, it’s a great promotion. A lot of what we were doing here just stayed here at Whitworth, and now we are able to distribute stuff much more broadly.”

 

Sarah Haman

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Hiring professors: The process at Whitworth

Whitworth University obtains qualified professors from nationwide searches from a process that selects only the best and most capable for students.

“We have different categories of teaching instructional faculty at Whitworth and the hiring process of these faculties can be very different,” Craig Hinnenkamp, associate dean in the school of business, said.

When looking to hire permanent faculty the hiring process is very extensive and intense. There are two different types of permanent professors: track one: tenure track, and track two: non tenure track. The difference between the two tracks lies in their contracts. However, the hiring process is the same for both.

The first step in hiring a permanent position is to fill a vacancy with approval from the provost. The next step is to conduct a nationwide search. The recruiting announcement includes a job description and then that is sent across the nation, Hinnenkamp said.

“I saw a posting that was on the Whitworth University website but it was also put through a professional organization. I contacted the chair of the [communications] department to find out more about the job on my own,” Dr. Kevin Grieves, associate professor in the communication studies department said.

Search committees are appointed by the discipline to search for and to evaluate potential professors.

“The standard for a search committee is to get diverse representation as best as possible within a department,” Hinnenkamp said.

The search committee usually includes members from the hiring discipline, an outside faculty member and a student representative. The students are usually pulled from the discipline that forms the search committee and are usually the top students in their discipline.

After receiving applications, the search committees will review all of the applications sent in and narrow it down to a manageable number. Depending on the discipline, that number can vary greatly.

After the narrowing process, there are interviews with potential candidates, conducted through Skype. After these interviews, the search committee will bring the best candidates to campus. Usually there are around three brought for their trial-run.

“I submitted my application online and I was invited to do a Skype interview with the committee, Grieves said. “After that I was invited to come here to Spokane to visit and interview.”

Generally, the campus visits last for two days. During that two-day period potential professors will be interviewed by the search committee, the provost, the chaplain and President Beck Taylor, Hinnenkamp said.

Candidates are required to teach a class and put on presentations demonstrating their research, Hinnenkamp said.

“It truly is a grueling process. It is a good process because there are multiple layers to it and multiple pieces of accountability,” Hinnenkamp said. “Our permanent faculty will be a part of our community at Whitworth and we want them to be the best in the country.”

However, there is a less formal process when looking at hiring contingent faculty, or professors who are not considered permanent such as lecturers and adjunct professors, Hinnenkamp said.

The interviewing process for contingent faculty varies across campus. Some departments have the department chair hold responsibility for potential hires, using input from faculty within the discipline, Hinnenkamp said.

Other departments have their applicants come to the university and guest lecture in an existing class. This way the department can get feedback from the student and the faculty that attend the class.

Whitworth requires permanent professors to give a statement of faith, while contingent faculty does not have this requirement.

“They do not require us to sign any sort of statement that somebody else has prepared, which is something I really liked about Whitworth. We can put in our own words our Christian beliefs,” Grieves said.

To be hired, a lecturer’s beliefs have to be consistent with Whitworth’s Christian mission. This consistency is determined by the provost. However, adjunct professors are not required to write a statement of faith or have beliefs consistent with Whitworth’s Christian mission.

 

Sarah Haman

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Canceled: Turkey Jan Term

Whitworth University has canceled the 2016 study abroad trip to Turkey due to the recent civil unrest in Syria. The Syrian crisis has spilled into Turkey resulting in heightened concerns for student safety while studying abroad. “The hotspot of the Syrian Crisis in Turkey is the southeastern corner,” junior Chase Weholt, a student who was to attend the 2016 Turkey trip said. “There is a group of people that have been wanting to create their own state.”

Due to the Syrian crisis, Whitworth has canceled the 2016 trip to Turkey for liability and safety purposes, Weholt said.

U.S. citizens can travel to Turkey, but there is an official travel warning put out by the U.S. State Department. It cautions travelers from going to the region due to an unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime and violence or frequent terrorist attacks, according to the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The Syrian Civil war has raged for four years, beginning in 2011.

The 15 day trip would have taken place during the 2016 January Term, according to the Whitworth website. This trip is usually available every three years.

In place of the trip to Turkey the administration has scheduled a trip to Greece, Weholt said.

“It’s in the works right now. Jonathan Woo [the trip leader] came to us and gave us the news and out of anyone this had been more tough on him,” Weholt said. “Years of planning go into a study abroad trip. Turkey’s history bleeds into Greece. The next best place to go is Greece.”

The Greece trip has been confirmed, but the economic crisis in Greece could affect the trip.

“It’s not promising. Our dollar is going to have a lot of power in Greece, so that should be helpful when it comes to expenses,” Weholt said. “On the flip side, making changes now to the trip and rescheduling, there will probably be some increased fees. I don’t have any worries in its stability in where we would be able to go.”

Twenty-four students had been scheduled to go on the trip to Turkey and they expressed sadness in the cancellation of the trip, Weholt said.

“Students, when they came to me, prepared a paper on a specific aspect of the trip that gave them an expert voice in that particular field and then when we were at a place in the journey that was relevant to their paper, they would give to the entire group a summary of their findings,” Jim Edwards, the previous trip leader and retired theology professor said.

“There are wonderful advantages to Turkey. Turkey is a large country with a diverse and beautiful landscape,” Edwards said.

The theology department holds this trip for students to experience the birthplace of Christianity, Edwards said.

“I devised and established the trip back in 2007,” Edwards said. “For our purposes we were studying the history of Christianity there. It has tremendous antiquities especially when referenced to Christianity. That was our primary objective. The Turkish people always treated us with great friendliness.

 

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Dick Mandeville resigns after 25 years of service

After 25 years at Whitworth, previous Vice President of Student life Dr. Richard Mandeville resigns, leaving students questioning the rapid changes occurring in the student life department. This past year there have been a multitude of changes in Student Life including the creation of new positions and the resignation of Dick Mandeville whose position is now filled by Rhosetta Rhodes.

“I resigned. It was my choice to do that. I’d been contemplating it for some time. It may become retirement or it may be the first retirements of several.” Mandeville said, he plans on completing his bucket list after he officially leaves Whitworth on Sept. 30.

Mandeville wanted to be sure that he stayed focused on my job through Sept. 29, his last day at the university.

Students are questioning why there have been new hires and positions in the Student Life department.

“I think last year was a pretty tough year on this campus in general. I’m not necessarily sure why, but a lot of sexual assaults happened,” senior Naji Saker and student life worker said when asked about the changes in student life.

“Nobody really imagines that anything bad would happen at Whitworth,” Saker said. “I think that puts a lot of stress under the position here in [resident] life, but they’re handling it really well this year. The environment in student life has been phenomenal.”

While the university is sad to see such a wonderful faculty member depart, students, staff and faculty are thankful for his legacy.

“Those who knew Dr. Mandeville are sad to see him leave, but also have high hopes for the future of student life,” Rhosetta Rhodes, interim Vice President of Student Life said. The Student Life department is better because of Mandeville’s presence, Rhodes said.

The Student Life department with Dr. Mandeville accomplished the creation of three new residence halls Boppell, Duvall and Oliver, hiring and training 40 Resident Directors and helping create great collaborative working relationships with faculty.

"One of the things I feel very good about is our student leadership program in the residence halls. I think that it reflects the values of the institution well and it also adds a focus on the mission of the institution,” Mandeville said. “We are trying to develop wellness programs at a high level and are consistent and presented around campus.”

“No one can speak or translate student life to the general campus community better than Dick,” Rhodes said. “He knew student development and his practice resulted from his knowledge of student development. He made friends out of students, faculty and staff. He will be missed.”

“I think it’s bitter sweet. Knowing him, this is a good decision for him. I think that everybody gets to the point where they need to retire,” Saker said. Saker said that Mandeville was an important mentor and good friend to him throughout his time at Whitworth.

“I’m sad to see him leave but happy to see him go because I know he’s going to be doing other stuff and probably get to spend more time with his family after being here for 25 years,” Saker said.

He will miss watching students grow through a leadership opportunity and through healthy relationships fostered in our residence halls, Mandeville said.

“When I interviewed here, I met with a small group of students and I remembered thinking if these are the kinds of students that this place attracts, this is going to be a great place to be, and it has been,” Mandeville said. “Our students are remarkable and talented and I think that we’ve done a great job of creating a place for them to grow into their best selves. It has been exciting work.”

While sad to see Mandeville depart, Saker is reassured by the interim vice president who stepped into office Aug. 1.

“It’s hard to see him leave, but I think that Rosetta is doing a wonderful job,” Saker said. “She is so intelligent and it’s cool to have her up here [in student life].”

“We have new staff members, which will result in different activities and different projects from those Dr. Mandeville started,” Rhodes said.

“We are looking at an anti-alcohol consumption campaign. Although alcohol doesn’t commit assault, we recognize that it is used by some perpetrators to control their victim and render them helpless. It is one of many tools that perpetrators use,” Rhodes said.

While the Student Life department had a difficult time last year, they look forward to the new semester under Rhosetta Rhodes as Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students and wish Dick Mandeville the best in his new endeavors.

 

Sarah Haman

Staff Writer

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