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Around the Hollow
Around the Hollow aims to present a helpful, informative and efficient online overview of weekly life at Wittenberg. From calendar events and brief news items to mini-profiles and university announcements, Around the Hollow seeks to highlight campus happenings and become a valuable, user-friendly stop on Wittenberg's little corner of the World Wide Web.
May 17, 2002
What's Up On Campus
AROUND THE HOLLOW will not be published weekly throughout the summer. Issues will be published on May 31, June 28 and July 26. On Aug. 16, weekly publication will resume. Deadlines for these issues will be at noon on Thursday May 30, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 15.
BACCALAUREATE SERVICE OF WORSHIP will be held at 2:15 p.m. today. Seniors will speak, sing and offer prayers. WittMen Crew and Wittenberg Choir seniors will be among the musical ensembles. See Highlights
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COMMENCEMENT HOLLOW is being prepared for graduation.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES WILL start at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 when the Class of 2002 begins the processional. In case of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 9:15 a.m. to move the ceremonies from Commencement Hollow to the HPER Center. The computing center will post the information on the Wittenberg home page
shortly thereafter. Seating in the center is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
THE MEN'S AND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL teams departed for China on Thursday, May 16 for an 11-day trip. Click here
to read the Wittenberg press release.
THE WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM has been awarded two grants for the Grrlz to Womyn (sic) program. Click here
DAN STROEH '01, pictured at right with Congressman Dave Hobson, Stacie Rastauskas '98 and James Chope '01, testified before a congressional committee on May 10 in support of research for Neurofibromatosis. Click here
to read a Wittenberg press release.
SUMMER SESSION 2002 will begin on Monday, May 20 with 34 class options offered for Term I. So far 344 students have registered for summer classes, and registration will continue until the beginning of each term.
SUMMER FIELD STUDY experiences commence in the next two weeks. Groups will be going to the Bahamas May 20-June 19, Mexico-Cuernavaca May 25-June 9, Germany-Old Wittenberg May 26-June 29 and Cuba-Havana May 31-June 29. Students will also be participating in the Washington Semester Program May 26-Aug. 15.
JIMMY HUMPHRIES, associate professor of theatre and dance, has completed his project for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Mid-Ohio Harley Davidson Chapter fundraiser "Hoggs on the Town." Click here
to learn more. In the near future, two of the decorated Hoggs will grace campus.
PRESIDENT EMERITUS BILL KINNISON will be honored with the Laureate Award at the Junior Achievement's Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 23.
THE SUMMER FLEX SCHEDULE will begin on Monday, May 20, and conclude on Monday, Aug. 12. University offices will be open from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., during which time all offices must be staffed. Flex-time allows staff to begin their day as early as 7 a.m. and no later than 8:30 a.m. Staff must take a half-hour lunch break.
"YE OLDE THYME HERBALISTS" is the title for the last brown bag lunch program of the Wittenberg Garden Club this semester. On Tuesday, May 21, those who wish to participate are asked to bring an eight-inch terra cotta saucer or a soup dish of similar size and depth, one-and-a-half to two cups of fine sand, several small rocks (large pebble size, of any color or shape) and dried or living moss (optional). See Highlights
A GIANT CRANE towered over the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center Wednesday to install two massive self-contained air-handling systems and a specialized set of exhaust fans manufactured appropriately by the Mammoth Company of Minnesota. A section of Bill Edwards Drive was closed for the day to allow for this phase of construction.
A POWER OUTAGE has been scheduled from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 to support electrical work at the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, and to perform some general repairs.
THE FIRST ROUND OF faculty/staff travel grants to increase teaching about East Asia in the curriculum begin next week. Faculty from the art, economics, geography, music, sociology, biology and management departments, Thomas Library and an assistant provost are among those who will visit East Asian countries this summer. Click here
to learn more.
WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY'S OAK ASSOCIATES Investment Club began on campus in January 2000 with $50,000 seed money provided by The Jim and Vanita Oelschlager Foundation, founder of Oak Associates Ltd. Twenty-one schools are currently participating, and they compete against each other between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 to see which school's club increases its portfolio the most. Click here
to read an article in the Springfield News-Sun
. Click here
to read an earlier press release.
ON MAY 7, students from The Theater of the 18th Century: Performing the Self class presented two performances of a "Restoration, or 18th Century self." Cynthia Richards, associate professor of English, challenged her class to replicate as closely as possible the material conditions of the original production. Cast members photographed by Jim Dexter, director of public relations, are, from left: Brian LeRoy '02, Will Healy '02, Lisa Severino '02, Nick Wenzel '03, Amanda Staver '03, Tom Haushalter '02 and Jesse Mortillo '03, and sitting, from left: Karen Bailey '02, Jordan Boughrum '03 and Colette Thomas '04. Click here
to see the program.
Forty-one Wittenberg athletes who participated in spring sports were awarded postseason all-conference recognition by the North Coast Athletic Conference. Highlighting the tremendous sports awards haul were five athletes and one coach who earned special individual honors: Men's Tennis Player of the Year Casey Clagett '03, Women's Lacrosse Defender of the Year Cara Romanowski '03, Women's Track & Field Field Events Athlete of the Year Geri Woessner '04, Women's Tennis Newcomer of the Year Emily Figel '05, Softball Newcomer of the Year Norah Gillam '05 and Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year Steve Shutt. Click here
to read the Wittenberg press release.
FINAL GRADES are due to the Registrar by noon Monday, May 20.
MARK ELLISON, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded a two-year grant of $40,745 from the Research Corporation to support undergraduate research in chemistry. The title of the project is "Investigation of the absorption of gases on carbon nanotubes."
LAST SPRING PRESIDENT Baird Tipson commissioned a Diversity Task Force chaired by Gus Geil, vice president of university relations, to examine issues of diversity on campus, and to explore ways to ensure that each person benefits from the Wittenberg experience. Initial actions of the Diversity Task Force included meeting with members of other institutions to learn about the best practices to follow. Members also began to draft a mission statement, and those who attended the American Council of Education and SOCHE conferences on diversity issues reported their findings to the president's cabinet. Study-grant opportunities have been investigated and proposals are being written. In March, an SST training program for staff members was conducted during a President's Coffee, and on May 7, students joined members of the task force at the Big 10 & Statewide Conference at The Ohio State University titled "Moving the Nation's Diversity Agenda Forward." Click here
to read about the conference.
Preparation of an on-campus diversity initiatives brochure is ongoing, and the task force welcomes feedback and encourages faculty, staff and students to share their ideas, concerns and experiences in relation to diversity issues at Wittenberg. Click here
for the members of the task force, Click here
to read its mission statement, and click here
to read its goals.
to read the latest research about the impact of diversity on college students.
CONGRATULATIONS to the family of Registrar Alisa McGregor on the birth of an eight -pound, one-ounce baby girl. Mother and daughter, Sidney Ellen, are fine.
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