Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of April 14, 2014

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Rachel Martin ’96 announced as Commencement 2014 speaker
Distinguished broadcast journalist Rachel Martin ’96 will deliver the 2014 Commencement address this May. A former NPR national security correspondent and ABC News White House correspondent, Martin has informed and inspired national audiences with hundreds of far-reaching stories during a 14-year journalism career. She will be recognized with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony, to be held Sunday, May 18, at Baker Stadium. Writer Amitav Ghosh; business leader and philanthropist Mark C. Pigott; and Tacoma civil servant, activist, and community leader James L. Watson also will awarded honorary degrees.

Art department hosts events with artist-in-residence Sandow Birk, April 14 and April 16
The art department invites campus members to Living Art events with artist-in-residence Sandow Birk this week. Birk’s work is currently on display in Kittredge Gallery through Monday, April 14. All events are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. 

Artist Talk: Sandow Birk
Monday, April 14, 3 p.m., Kittredge Gallery
Frequently developed as expansive, multimedia projects, Birk's works have dealt with contemporary life in its entirety. His most recent project involves a consideration of the Qur'an as relevant to contemporary life in America.  American Qur'an is a series of artworks that explore how this important religious text relates to contemporary American life. 

Re-imagining Text and Image: Tensions, Medieval, and Contemporary
Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 p.m., Wyatt 109
This roundtable discussion will explore the dynamics of illustrated texts from the medieval period through the contemporary, with an emphasis on tensions between visual and verbal description, prohibitions against particular types of imagery, and revisualizations of iconography in current practice. Participants include visiting artist-in-residence Sandow Birk, Professor of English Denise Despres, Associate Professor of English Mita Mahato, and Professor of Art Lisa Sweet from Evergreen State University.

Campus Climate Survey forums continue this month with discussions about race and ethnicity
The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) continues to share findings from the 2012 Campus Climate Survey through a series of monthly forums and conversations, this month focused on the topic of race and ethnicity. The second of three conversations in April will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. The final forum will be held April 25 at noon, also in the Tahoma Room. Download the report on race and ethnicity from the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Michael Benitez at or x2827 with questions.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue April 17
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are held on Thursdays, at 4 p.m., in Thompson 175. This Thursday, April 17, the series will feature Stacy Alvares, from University of Washington's biochemistry department, speaking on "Genetic Factors Required for Maintenance of the Germ Line in Roundworm C. elegans During times of Stress." For more information visit

Behind the Archives Door guest lecture gives glimpse into life of Professor Lyle Shelmidine, April 17
Collins Memorial Library’s spring exhibition Stan! celebrates the life of Professor Lyle S. “Stan” Shelmidine (1906-1966). Alumnus C. Mark Smith ’61 and student curators Brendan Balaam ’14, Liana Hardcastle ’14, Tosia Klincewicz ’14, and Margaret O’Rourke ’14 will explore Shelmidine's life and legacy at Puget Sound on Thursday, April 17, at 4 p.m. A reception will be held on the library's first floor at 3:30 p.m., prior to the talk. Stan! runs through May 30.

Art+Science Salon welcomes artist Saya Woolfalk for event April 17
Puget Sound's ongoing collaboration with Tacoma Art Museum continues this Thursday, April 17, at the Art+Science Salon, held at Tacoma Art Museum during the gallery's monthly free Third Thursday. The event begins at 6 p.m., and will feature artist Saya Woolfalk, who recently worked with anthropologists to create an ethnographic record and history of a fictional people. For more information visit the Art+Sci website.

Bookstore will host Spring Egg Hunt April 18
A campuswide Spring Egg Hunt will be held in the bookstore Friday, April 18, between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., with a drawing for a spring gift basket held.  Members of the campus community are welcome to stop by and search for eggs filled with various prizes, including candy, coupons, and more. Find an egg (one per person, please), and redeem it at the cashier for your prize and an entry into the gift basket drawing.

Professor Barry Goldstein brings Unassuming Beekeepers back to campus for bluegrass slow jam, April 18
Barry Goldstein, professor of geology, and his bandmate Gen Obata are The Unassuming Beekeepers, an American "roots" band with shades of bluegrass, country, swing, and rockabilly. The duo will perform Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m., in Oppenheimer Cafe. Following the concert (about 8:30 p.m.), guests are invited to break out their fiddles, guitars, mandolins, banjos, basses, and jam. Sponsored by ASUPS Northwest Sounds and Community Music Department.

Piano Trio concert features classical and romantic pieces, April 19
The Puget Sound Piano Trio, made up of music faculty members Duane Hulbert, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; and David Requiro, cello, will perform a concert Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The program features works by Austria’s Joseph Haydn, Chicago-born composer Marilyn Shrude, and Russia’s Anton Arensky. Admission for faculty and staff members is $8.50. Tickets are available at the Info Center and online at

Darby Stanchfield ’93, returns to campus to share her story with students, April 21
Logger and cast member of ABC's hit series Scandal Darby Stanchfield ’93 will visit campus Monday, April 21, to talk with students about her career. From her involvement in theater at Puget Sound to a key role on an international hit TV series, Stanchfield's talk will cover her life in the limelight—and the hard work it took to get there. Admission to the talk is free, but tickets are required. Campus members may pick up one complimentary ticket at the Info Center with campus ID. Tickets will be available beginning April 14, at 4 p.m.

Gear up for Earth Day and plan your alternative commute today
Earth Day is April 22, and close on its heels is Smart Commute Day, Friday, April 25. Start planning now to join Downtown On the Go and Loggers Live Green in biking, walking, busing, taking the rail, or any combination of nonautomobile transit to work, and receive a free drink of choice from Diversions Cafe—and other surprises! Watch Open Line for details or contact  Downtown On the Go Campus Liaison Nikki Polizzotto ’14 at For more information about commuting options, visit the Loggers Commute page.

Staff Senate seeking gift basket donations for annual raffle
Staff Senate will hold its annual gift basket raffle on Thursday, April 24, and Friday, April 25, on the first floor of Wheelock Student Center, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship. Gift basket donations may be submitted by any department or individual, and should be created around a theme (date night, rainy day fun, Logger pride, etc.). If you would like to donate a basket, please contact Chelsea Pemberton at or x3336. Baskets should be prepared and turned in by Monday, April 21, unless they contain perishable food items. Other types of donations that might not necessarily fit into a basket (night at a cabin, boat ride on Puget Sound, etc.) are also welcome. Contact Pemberton with questions.

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues to explore the topic of play April 22
The spring Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, April 22, with staff members from the Children's Museum of Tacoma. Their presentation, "Celebrating the Power of Play in the Lifelong Journey of Learning," will highlight the numerous ways in which the museum is positively serving our community. In recognition of that service, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has named the museum as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Medal finalists are selected from national nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. The presentation will begin at 4 p.m., in Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003. After the talk enjoy conversation, snacks, and beverages. For more information about the Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series, visit


Puget Sound crew competed in its biggest race of the regular season Saturday, retaining both the Meyer and the Lamberth Cups in the 51st running of the Meyer/Lamberth Cup races on American Lake. The women’s varsity 8 squad won the Lamberth Cup, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 7:47.1, 12 seconds ahead of Pacific Lutheran. In the Meyer Cup, Puget Sound’s men’s varsity 4+ crew also prevailed over the Pacific Lutheran rivals, winning by 10 seconds, exactly, with a mark of 7:32.6. 

The School of Business and Leadership presented its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Awards to Jim Haven ’91 and Matt Peterson ’92, of creative agency Creature. The two were honored for their service to Puget Sound students as mentors, seminar presenters, and hosts.

In the News

Puget Sound is among those nominated for the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s annual award for outstanding environmental awareness and efficiency, noted Tacoma Daily Index.

South Sound Talk, a new local online media venue, ran a photo story about the four individuals who will receive honorary degrees at Puget Sound’s Commencement Ceremony: Amitav Ghosh, Rachel Martin ’96, Mark Pigott, and James Walton.

NPR Weekend Edition retweeted a news item about NPR host Rachel Martin ’96 being Commencement speaker at Puget Sound to its 30,000 followers, and remarked that Rachel should adopt #alwaysalogger as the sign off to her show. (We agree.)

David Requiro, artist in residence, will perform solo cello with North State Symphony in Chico, Calif., noted Red Bluff Daily News in a concert preview.

A new book by Andrew Rex, professor of physics, called Commonly Asked Questions in Physics, was covered in a News Tribune news brief and retweeted by fans, including Stanford’s physics department. A story also ran in the online Suburban Times. 

Denes Van Parys, musical director for opera, is conducting for Madame Butterfly at the Pantages, mentioned The News Tribune in a review of the opera.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, May 1: Exhibit: Stan! The Life and Times of Dr. Lyle Stanton "Stan" Shelmidine, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, April 14: Guest Lecture: "Nacidos para desaparecer: los ultimos sindicalistas del franquismo (Born to Disappear: The Last Union Organizers of Franco's Era)," Sonia Ramos, presented in Spanish, Murray Boardroom, WSC, 2 p.m.

Monday, April 14: Artist Talk: Sandow Birk, Kittredge Gallery, 3 p.m.

Monday, April 14: Faculty Meeting, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.

Monday, April 14; Tuesday, April 15; Thursday, April 17: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.m.

Monday, April 14: Concert: Saxophone Ensembles, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 14; Thursday, April 17: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15: Tax Day

Tuesday, April 15: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15: Film Screening: To Live (1994), Commencement 272, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15: Concert: Rajeev Taranath, sarod, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8; FREE with Puget Sound ID

Wednesday, April 16: Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Job Fair, Memorial Fieldhouse, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16: Diversity Advisory Council Forum: Race and Ethnicity, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 16: Panel Discussion: Re-imagining Text and Image: Tensions, Medieval and Contemporary, Wyatt 109, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16: Concert: What She Said, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18: April Blood Drive, Outside Diversions Cafe, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Thursday, April 17: Behind the Archives Door, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m. Reception prior to talk at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Stacey Alvarez, UW biochemistry department, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: Art+Science Salon, Tacoma Art Museum, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 17: Concert: Garden Level, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 18: Admitted Student Day

Friday, April 18: Bookstore Spring Egg Hunt, Wheelock Student Center, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Friday, April 18: Men's Tennis vs. Pacific (Ore.), Tennis Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 18: Music in the Library: The Timbermen, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 18: Concert: Unassuming Beekeepers and Bluegrass Slow Jam, Oppenheimer Cafe, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19: Senior Theatre Festival 2014: True West, directed by JOseph Raya-Ward ’14, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Additional show Saturday, 2 p.m.) Tickets: $6 faculty/staff

Friday, April 18: 12th Annual Puget Sound Drag Show, hosted by Seattle's La Saveona Hunt, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Saturday, April 19: Men's Tennis vs. George Fox, Tennis Pavilion, 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 19: Faculty Recital: Puget Sound Piano Trio, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Monday, April 21: Guest Lecture: "Child Citizen-Subjects: From Dora the Explorer to Dreamer Activists," Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 21: Guest Lecture: "From Puget Sound to Hollywood," Darby Stanchfield, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.