Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of April 21, 2014

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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 is on campus today 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 before 5 p.m. There are just a few tickets left!

Graduating art majors display work in final Kittredge exhibit of the year
2014 Senior Show features artwork by 10 seniors graduating with their bachelor's degrees in studio art. The group exhibition showcases a diverse range of subjects and media, and includes paintings, prints, mixed-media works, sculpture, and ceramics. The show runs through Saturday, May 17, and a public reception honoring the artists will be held on Wednesday, April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Kittredge Gallery.

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

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue April 24
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 24, the series will feature Dean Y. Maeda, director of chemistry and preclinical development at Syntrix Biosystems, speaking on "Modern Pharmaceutical Development: Optimization of SX-682 for the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)." For more information visit

Gear up for Earth Day and plan your alternative commute for Smart Commute Day, April 25
Earth Day is April 22, and close on its heels is Smart Commute Day, Friday, April 25. Plan 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! Visit the Smart Commute Day booth outside Diversions or check in in the Wheelock Piano Lounge between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Contact Downtown On the Go Campus Liaison Nikki Polizzotto ’14 at For more information about commuting options, visit the Loggers Commute page.

Staff Senate gift basket raffle is April 24–25
Staff Senate will hold its annual gift basket raffle this week, 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 baskets are submitted by department and individuals, and often include a theme, such as date night, rainy day fun, Logger pride, etc. Contact Chelsea Pemberton at or x3336 with questions. Thanks to everyone who donated items and baskets!

Campus Climate Survey forum welcomes open conversations about race, ethnicity, April 25
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 third of three conversations in April will begin at noon, April 25, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. 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.

Puget Sound students use cardboard boxes to build a castle, April 25
For the first time ever, Puget Sound will have an entry in the Recyclemania contest, which challenges colleges across the country to see who can build the largest structure made of boxes, tape, and imagination. Students (and anyone else who wants to help) will gather Friday, April 25, from 1 to 5 p.m., in Brown Family Courtyard outside Oppenheimer Cafe to create the cardboard castle. Facilities Services Sustainability Services and Loggers Live Green, co-sponsors of the event, are collecting and breaking down supplies from across campus. They expect to have about 1,700 boxes for the Puget Sound castle. Upon completion of the structure, the boxes will be offered to students for move-out before being recycled. 

Symphony Orchestra and Adelphian Concert Choir to perform April 25
Puget Sound’s Symphony Orchestra and Adelphian Concert Choir will feature an evening of dramatic and inspiring works from composers William Mathias, Claude Debussy, Gioachino Rossini, and Gabriel Fauré. The free concert, conducted by Huw Edwards, will take place Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The program's main piece, Fauré’s Requiem will be performed by the orchestra, Adelphians, and guest vocalists, with Steven Zopfi conducting.

Alumnus Paul Fritts ’73 to be honored during 23rd Annual Bethel Schneebeck Organ Recital, April 27
Sunday, April 27, the work of master organ maker Paul Fritts ’73 and his contributions to music will be recognized by the School of Music with the 2013 Outstanding Music Alumnus Award, an honor for alumni who have achieved distinguished careers in the field of music or the music industry, or through outstanding service to the musical arts. The award ceremony will take place following the intermission of the 23rd Annual Bethel Schneebeck Organ Recital, featuring Joseph Adam, performing works by Scheidemann, Couperin, Bach, and more. The concert will begin at 2 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel, and is free and open to the public.

Puget Sound hosts Tacoma Symphony Mini Maestros concert for young families, April 27
Tacoma Symphony Orchestra presents The Wacky, Wild World of Percussion, introducing children to the entertaining world of percussion instruments. The show will include music from Pink Panther, the story of "Mr. Brown Can Moo," and more. The Mini Maestros performance will begin at 2:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Contact Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for tickets and information.

Summer construction projects are in the works
Summer is nearly upon us, and so is a full schedule of campus maintenance and upgrade projects. Facilities Services works hard to minimize disruption to the campus community, and is happy to respond to questions and concerns. Following is a brief overview of summer projects. For complete information and updates in the coming months, visit the Summer Projects page on our website.

  • Wheelock Student Center: Projects include the completion of the new addition, improved availability in the Wheelock parking lot, expansion of the servery, and temporary dining spaces.
  • New Faculty Club: The Faculty Club will move to 1302 N. Alder, after renovations are made to better serve the needs of the club, and the NIWA house, which currently houses the club, will be removed to allow for improved access for deliveries to Wheelock Student Center. For information about the Faculty Club, contact Priti Joshi.
  • Howarth Hall: Two fully accessible restrooms will be created on the ground floor and the Mother's Room will move to a new location on the ground floor.
  • Kittredge Hall: Room 202 will be renovated and building maintenance issues will be addressed, including some work in the public corridors.
  • Electrical Infrastructure Expansion: Ongoing improvements to our electrical infrastructure system will continue this summer with work planned in the south residential quad, as well as Jones and Howarth halls. Campus members affected by planned power outages will be notified well in advance.


The article "Made in China: Wine Edition," by Assistant Professor of International Political Economy Pierre Ly, Cynthia Howson, and Jeff Begun, appeared in Alternative Emerging Investor.  

The Puget Sound women’s tennis team captured a berth in the Northwest Conference tournament Saturday with a 7-2 win at George Fox. The Loggers swept the six singles contests, coming back from a 2-1 deficit.

In the News

Cassie Fastabend ’15 wrote an article on the Thought Catalog website about unexpected struggles while you are studying abroad.

Puget Sound’s two 2014 Watson Scholars, Kelsey Crutchfield-Peters ’14 and Haley Andres ’14, were the focus of a News Tribune story about their plans to travel the world and research special projects, backed by the $28,000 scholarship awards.

Andrew Rex, professor of physics, was on KLAY talk radio of Tacoma talking about his new book Commonly Asked Questions in Physics (7 mins. No link available).

Darby Stanchfield ’93, an actress in the hit television series Scandal, was profiled in a full-page photo story in The News Tribune’s Go arts section

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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

Through Saturday, May 17: 2014 Senior Show, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, April 21: Guest Lecture: "Child Citizen-Subjects: From Dora the Explorer to Dreamer Activists," Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez, Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 21; Tuesday, April 22; Thursday, April 24: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.m.

Monday, April 21: Performance: Student Chamber Music Concerts I and II, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 21: Guest Lecture: "From Puget Sound to Hollywood," Darby Stanchfield ’93, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m. Free, but ticketed.

Monday, April 21; Thursday, April 24: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22: Baseball vs. Saint Martin's College, Logger Baseball Field, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22: Faculty Lecture: "Ukraine, Crimea, and the U.S.: A Russian Perspective," Theodore Taranovski, professor emeritus, Wyatt 206, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: "Celebrating the Power of Play in the Lifelong Journey of Learning," Children's Museum of Tacoma, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22: Guest Lecture: "A Defense of a Weak Linguistic Relativist Thesis," Juan Colomina-Alminana, University of Texas, Austin, Wyatt 109, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22: Film Screening: The World (2005), Commencement 272, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23: 2014 Senior Show Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 24: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Dean Y. Maeda, Syntrix Biosystems, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 24: Occupational Therapy Open House, Weyerhaeuser Hall, 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 24: Career Paths for History Students: An Evening With Alumni, Wyatt 109, 6 p.m.

Friday, April 25: Diversity Advisory Council Forum: Race and Ethnicity, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, noon

Friday, April 25: Track and Field Northwest Conference Championship, Peyton Field, 2 p.m.

Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26: Senior Theatre Festival 2014: How I Learned to Drive, directed by Gaby Gutierrez ’14, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Additional show Saturday, 2 p.m.) Tickets: $6 faculty/staff

Friday, April 25: Performance: Final Thoughts, Symphony Orchestra and Adelphian Concert Choir with Voci d'Amici, Chorale, and Dorian Singers, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 26: Track and Field Northwest Conference Championship, Peyton Field, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 26: Baseball vs. Willamette, Logger Baseball Field, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 27: Baseball vs. Willamette Doubleheader, Logger Baseball Field, noon and 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 27: 23rd Annual Bethel Schneebeck Organ Recital, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 27: The Wacky, Wild World of Percussion, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2:30 p.m.