Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of April 1, 2013

April Fools' Day edition

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Campus News

PeopleSoft campus module now live, signals major changes for faculty and staff
PeopleSoft became the university’s system of record for student information with the March 25 go-live of the Campus Solutions module. Staff members in Technology Services and partners across campus are now in the process of transitioning from Cascade to PeopleSoft for all advising, scheduling, and class-related information. Faculty members will use both systems during the remainder of the spring term (see what to do in Cascade vs. PeopleSoft). More data and functionality will shift to PeopleSoft in the summer, and many of the current work-around solutions will disappear.
Faculty and support staff members attended numerous training sessions presented by the Office of the Associate Deans and Technology Services in recent weeks. There are two more sessions offered this week. Registration, as well as instructional handouts and videos, are available on the training site in SoundNet.
Students will be using the new system during registration for Fall 2013, which takes place the week of April 8. Students are being directed to for instructions and training materials. Drop-in help sessions will be held in Library 034 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 8, through Thursday, April 11, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 12.
As always, for assistance with PeopleSoft, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or

Edible Book Festival makes reading delectable
Today! See delectable reads and delicious entries in the International Edible Book Festival at Collins Memorial Library. View all the entries from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; vote for your favorite until 3:30. Past entries included: Life of Pi(e), The Black Scallion (The Black Stallion), and The Wizard of Paws (The Wizard of Oz). Get all the details on the library website.

Francis Fukuyama to deliver two-part Brown and Haley Lecture Series, April 2 and 3
Francis Fukuyama, one of the major public intellectuals of our time, will give two lectures at Puget Sound examining the development of political order from the days of man’s early evolution to modern times. The series, “The Origins of Political Order,” will include two free public lectures. The first will be an overview of Fukuyama’s recent, thought-provoking book The Origins of Political Order. The second will look at his current work on the second volume. The lectures will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission to both events is complimentary and tickets are not required.

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues April 2
The Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, April 2, with Desiree Douglass, founder of HeadStrong, a nonprofit organization that provides support for young survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Join Douglass for an informal session to learn more about HeadStrong in Thompson 193, at 4 p.m. After the session enjoy conversation and light refreshments. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester.

Slater Museum hosts open house celebrating art and science, April 3
The scientific study of the natural world regularly collides with visual art, often providing a more intimate understanding of form and function as a result. On Wednesday, April 3, the Slater Museum open house (in Thompson 295) will showcase work by local artists, community members, high school students, and Puget Sound alumni, faculty, and students that shows the intersection of natural history, science, and art. In addition to the artwork, enjoy arts-and-crafts activities, natural history displays, and live animal encounters. Admission is free and children of all ages are welcome!

Artwork will be on display March 31–April 6, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., in the second floor of Thompson Hall.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue April 4
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series has been held on a regular basis since 1978–79, and features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are normally held on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, April 4, the presentation will feature the Phi Sigma Symposium keynote speaker.For more information visit

April 5 Jacobsen concert to feature music professors Dawn Padula and Tanya Stambuk
Songs of Life, Love, and Death
will feature selections from Alessandro Scarlatti’s Il Primo Omicidio(The First Murder), sung in Italian; songs by Henri Duparc, in French; and by Richard Strauss, in German. Finally The House of Life, sung in English, includes six sonnets by Ralph Vaughan Williams that are the setting for Dante Gabriel Rossetti's poetic collection of the same name. Showcasing music faculty members Dawn Padula, mezzo soprano, and Tanya Stambuk, piano, the concert will be held Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or online at

Rocking Chair Reading Room event for kids of all ages, April 6
Puget Sound students will read The Legend of the Bluebonnet by famed writer/illustrator Tomie DePaola and Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott, a Caldecott Honor book, at the third Rocking Chair Reading Room event for kids, Saturday, April 6. Participants will also make special keepsake totem poles and have the chance to see some of the artifacts associated with the Abby Williams Hill collection. The event will begin at 10 a.m., at Collins Memorial Library.

Wind faculty pay homage to Paris Conservatory in April 7 Jacobsen concert
The Jacobsen Series concert Music of the Paris Conservatory will be held Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The concert will feature Rodger Burnett, horn; Karla Flygare, flute; Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Paul Rafanelli, bassoon; Dan Williams, oboe; Fred Winkler, saxophone; Tanya Stambuk, piano; and Duane Hulbert, piano, playing some of the best-known works created for the concours, the conservatory's annual composition competition. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or online at

April is Student Employment Month
Did you know? Student staff members provide more than 25 percent of Puget Sound’s nonfaculty staffing and hold important positions that contribute to Puget Sound's mission and strategic goals. Celebrate Student Employment Month! Send an email message to with your celebratory shout-out (140 characters or less) to recognize your student staff on the CES Twitter and Facebook pages!

VIII Spanish Matters Colloquium will bring human rights leader to campus, April 10
Father Alejandro Solalinde, who received the 2012 National Human Rights Award, will speak at Puget Sound about the crisis faced by Central and South American migrants who transit through Mexico on their way to the United States. The talk will take place Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. The event, part of the VIII Spanish Matters Colloquium, is free and open to the public.

Annual Spring Lu`au is coming, April 13
The annual Spring Lu`au will be held Saturday, April 13, with dinner in Wheelock Student Center and the stage show in Memorial Fieldhouse. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., and the performance, with traditional costumes and dance, will begin at 8 p.m. The traditional island food and colorful entertainment of this event attract nearly 1,000 people to campus each year, making it one of the biggest public celebrations of Pacific Island culture in Washington. Tickets are available now through or at the door. For more information contact

Tickets: General admission:      Combo show and dinner: $23
                                                Show only: $12
                                                Dinner only: $15
              Puget Sound campus members, seniors (65+), and those 17 and under:
                                                Combo show and dinner: $19
                                                Show only: $9
                                                Dinner only: $12
              (Children 4 years old and under enter free.)



Congratulations to Leon Grunberg, professor of comparative sociology, who received the 2013 Dean S. Dorn Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award from the Pacific Sociological Association, which recognizes individuals whose distinction as teachers has made a significant impact on how sociology is taught.

Sophomore Connor Savage smashed a grand slam in the eighth inning to lead the Puget Sound baseball team to a 9-7 upset of No. 1 Linfield on Saturday. Go Loggers!

Recent graduate Olivia Weitz ’12 published an article titled "The Online Comment: A Case Study of Reader-Journalist-Editor Interactions" in the international refereed journal Young Scholars in Writing. Olivia is currently serving as a paid intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.

The Portland Symphonic Choir's recording of the Rachmaninov Vespers was featured on American Public Media's "Performance Today" showcase. Steven Zopfi, Puget Sound's director of choral activities, serves as PSC's artistic director. To hear the recording, visit the Performance Today website, and select the program archive for March 28, 2013.

In the News

South Sound magazine ran a four-page feature about Puget Sound’s 125th anniversary, including archive photos and a photo of President Ron Thomas, with a link to an online interview with the president. The magazine also had a photo of Bill Cosby meeting students in its “Sound Sound Life” section.

Rachel DeMotts, global environmental politics, published a photo story in Zambezi Traveler about her work helping women through a “green” basket-making project in Botswana.

Andrew Gardner, anthropology, was quoted in The National, a Middle Eastern paper, about a photo studio used by migrant laborers to convince their families at home that they are prospering.

Kittredge Gallery’s current exhibit of works by Cable Griffith and Michael Johnson, art, were reviewed with a photo in Weekly Volcano and South Sound Arts etc. blog.

Gerard Morris, director of bands, appeared in an Olympian photo in a story about a regional high school bands event, where Morris offered advice and assistance.

Works by Elise Richman, art, shown at Pacific Lutheran University’s gallery, are reviewed in a large story in The News Tribune “Go” section, with two photos, and in Tacoma Weekly with two photos.

The Ikkatsu Project, a blog dedicated to ocean issues, ran a photo story about a visit to Slater Museum of Natural History, where the writers learned how to do necropsies on sea birds from Gary Shugart, museum collections manager.

Puget Sound’s Summer Academic Challenge, part of a mentoring program for middle and high school students, was the subject of a photo story on the Tacoma KOMO community news site. Program coordinator Abigail Taitano M.Ed.'14 was quoted.

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Last day to pay your library fines with food for the hungry

Collins Memorial Library and JuST (Justice and Service in Tacoma) are co-sponsoring a spring Food for Fines event. Today is the last day to off your library fines with food instead of cash. Bring in one can of food and the library will waive $1 of your library fines. Patrons will be able to pay off fines up to $20 with nonperishable food items. All food will be donated to the St. Leo Food Connection.

Excellence in Action award nominations due April 5

The Excellence in Action award recognizes campus departments and staff members who consistently exhibit excellence in their work. To nominate a staff member or department, send an email message with the following information to by Friday, April 5:

•  Name of staff member/department
•  Staff member's department
•  Whether you are a staff or faculty member

In addition please include responses to the following:

•  Puget Sound's core values include courage, passion, and leadership. In 300 words or less, describe how this staff member/department demonstrated these core values.
•  In 300 words or less, share why you think this nominee deserves an Excellence in Action award.

Welcome to new staff members!

Welcome to the new staff member who joined Puget Sound in March.

Shanece Johnson-Wilson, Dining and Conference Services

Call for donations: Staff Senate Gift Basket Raffle

Staff Senate requests gift basket donations for its annual spring gift basket raffle, which will take place on April 25 and 26. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship. Baskets can be donated by individuals or departments and should be based on a theme of your choosing. Past examples include spa nights, kitchen essentials, gardening supplies, pet supplies, rainy day fun, etc. Please remember that it does not literally need to be a basket—the presentation is up to you! Donations of experiences (night at a cabin, boat ride on the Puget Sound, etc.) are also welcome. Be creative! Please contact Laura Edgar at if you are interested in donating.

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

To request assistance or initiate an emergency response on campus, call Security Services at 253.879. 3311 or x3311 from a campus phone, or dial 911. Learn more at

Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, April 13: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Start by Cable Griffith; Small Gallery: You Are Here by Michael Johnson, Kittredge Gallery

Through Saturday, May 25: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Out of Scale: Artist's Books and Collections, Diane Stemper, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, April 1: Edible Book Festival, Collins Memorial Library, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: Desiree Douglass, Thompson 193, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2: Japan Week: Haiku and Decoration, Wyatt Second Floor, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3: Brown and Haley Lecture Series: The Origins of the Political Order, Part 1 and 2," Francis Fukuyama, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3: Softball vs. PLU Double Header, Softball Field, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3: Japan Week: Mountain Temple-style Tea Ceremony, Wyatt Second Floor, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3: Celebrating Art and Science: Slater Museum of Natural History Open House, Thompson 295, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3: Latino Studies Film Series: Maria en Tierra de Nadie and Los Invisibles, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 4: Kanji Cookie Sale by the Japanese House, 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 4: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Phi Sigma Symposium Keynote Speaker, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 4: Guest Lecture: Marxism and the 1930s Origin of the Social Construction of Science, Mary Jo Nye, science historian, Wyatt 101, 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 4: Daedalus Dinner: Barry Goldstein, geology, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6 p.m. Reservations required.

Thursday, April 4: KUPSxBSU Documentary Film Screening: Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m. Screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Ben Harbert, Georgetown ethnomusicologist.

Friday, April 5: Brown Bag Neuroscience Lunches, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 1 p.m.

Friday, April 5: Japan Week: Mochi Making, Wyatt Courtyard, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5: Jacobsen Series: Songs of Life, Love, and Death, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, April 5: Senior Theatre Festival 2013: The Faculty Room, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 faculty/staff

Friday, April 5: Repertory Dance Group Performance, Wilson High School, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7

Saturday, April 6: Admitted Students Day

Saturday, April 6: Track and Field Shotwell Invitational, Peyton Field/Shotwell Track, 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 6: Rocking Chair Reading Room Event, Collins Memorial Library, 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 6: Baseball vs. George Fox Double Header, Baseball Diamond, noon and 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 6: Softball vs. Pacific (Ore.) Double Header, Softball Field, noon and 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 6: Senior Theatre Festival 2013: The Faculty Room, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 faculty/staff

Saturday, April 6: Repertory Dance Group Performance, Wilson High School, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7

Sunday, April 7: Baseball vs. George Fox, Baseball Diamond, noon

Sunday, April 7: Softball vs. Lewis & Clark Double Header, Softball Field, noon and 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 7: Jacobsen Series: Music of the Paris Conservatory, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Monday, April 8: Japan Week: Japanese Movie Series: Norwegian Wood, Wyatt 209, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9: Japan Week: Guest Lecture: Siberian Shadows: Japanese Prisoners Remember the Soviet Gulag, 1945–56, Andrew Barshay, UC Berkeley, Wyatt 301, 4 p.m.