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How education can save lives, brown bag luncheon April 24
Come find out! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to a brown bag lunch discussion celebrating Education for All Action Week and the importance of education and advocacy both for domestic issues (Early Head Start, Head Start, and other early childhood education programs) and global issues (Education for All Act of 2011). The discussion will be held Tuesday, April 24, at noon, in Murray Board Room, WSC, and will be facilitated by Beth Wilson, South Kitsap/Gig Harbor RESULTS Group Co-leader ( and Betsy Gast, instructor, School of Education

Staff Senate Raffle this week; donations due April 25
The Staff Senate Raffle is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wheelock Student Center. The senate is looking for creative baskets and items to include. Raffle donations may be dropped off at the bookstore on Wednesday, April 25. Please include a list of basket contents and who/which office or department is donating the basket. Contact Chelsea Pemberton ( to confirm your donation and/or to brainstorm donation ideas. Make sure to bid on your favorite items on April 26 and 27! All money raised will go toward the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship.

Slater Museum to host open house and "Exotic Species Night" April 25
Have you ever touched a lion's mane? Or a leopard's spot? Join the Slater Museum of Natural History for Exotic Species Night and you'll see all kinds of exotic animals, such as pangolins, pacas, pudus, kinkajous, emus, rurus, rheas, keas, and kiwis. There will even be visitors from Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. This event is free and open to curious minds of all ages! Enjoy arts and crafts, hands-on learning, free food, and family-friendly fun from 7 to 9 p.m., in Slater Museum (Thompson 295), on Wednesday, April 25.

Flamenco dance workshop and performance with renowned guest artists April 26–27
On Friday, April 27, Puget Sound presents Flamenco Jondo—A Night of Flamenco, with renowned trio dancer Teo Morca, singer Vicente Griego, and guitarist Gerardo Alcalá. They will be joined by Marisela Fleites-Lear, dancer and director of the Tacoma Flamenca dance company. The performance will be in Norton Clapp Theatre, starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with Puget Sound ID. On Thursday, April 26, join Teo Morca for a free workshop, Flamenco 101, to learn about the history and essence of flamenco, and try some moves. The workshop will begin at 4 p.m., in Norton Clapp Theatre. No ticket is required.

Race and Pedagogy Initiative partners with local groups to host 2012 Youth and Family Summit, April 28
This year parents and guardians are invited to the 2012 Youth and Family Summit, a highly popular day of workshops, talks, and music organized by and for Tacoma youth, on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The summit features two workshop tracks—one for youth, another for parents and guardians—and includes free breakfast and lunch. Admission is free. Preregistration is encouraged at or The summit is organized by Tacoma Public Schools, The REACH Center, Tacoma 360, and University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative. Summit co-chairs are Noah Prince and Ayanna Drakos ’11.

Operation S.A.V.E. seeks volunteers for Commencement Weekend
CIAC (Community Involvement and Action Center) will again host Operation S.A.V.E. over Commencement Weekend in May, campus members are invited to volunteer. Operation S.A.V.E. joins community partners, students, faculty, and staff to sort and share the belongings that students cannot ship home at the end of the academic year. The three-day event takes place in the lower level of Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Visit the Operation S.A.V.E. website or contact CIAC director Jack Pearce-Droge at to learn more.

Remind your students of the option to take classes this summer
Many students find it helpful to take a class or two during the summer. Summer session credits can allow students to take a lighter load during the fall or spring semesters, make up for gaps in transfer credit, or revise their current schedules if they’re struggling, and still graduate on time. Without being distracted by the additional coursework and activities of the academic year, students can focus their attention on subject matter that may be difficult or unfamiliar. Encourage your students to visit the summer session website to learn more.


School of Education faculty member Fred Hamel and Noel Sollom-Brotherton M.A.T.'11 co-presented a paper at the annual conference of the American Education Research Association in Vancouver, B.C. The paper, “Whose Space? Finding Third Space in an Urban High School Literature Classroom,” was presented as part of a roundtable session titled "Separate or Equal: Race, Space, and Nation in Contemporary Urban Schools."

Congratulations to Puget Sound's Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, which were each recognized in the "small university" category at the 2012 Association for Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference in Costa Mesa, Calif. Five awards are given in each category. IFC took home three of those five awards, and the Panhellenic Council took home four, plus the conference's Legacy Award.

Interfraternity Council was awarded:

  • Community Involvement: Given to the council that promotes service to the surrounding community
  • Inter-Greek Relations: Given to the council that works with the Greek community to promote interfraternalism
  • University Relations: Given to the Council that collaborates with various departments on campus to promote the Greek community

Panhellenic Council was awarded:

  • Inter-Greek Relations
  • Community Involvement
  • Academic Achievement: Given to the council that maintains a GPA that is the highest above the all-women’s average
  • Legacy Award: Given to one council overall; awarded to the council that is dedicated to improving the community through programming, communication, constituent outreach, academic achievement, and service; the highest honor a council can achieve in the Western Region

Community Music Program Assistant Sharon Styer had two photo selected for the Tacoma Art Museum Hide/See/Difference/Desire/Northwest Portraiture show. Both portraits are of Puget Sound students: Holly Kvalheim and Hannah LeFebvre. The show opens with a public reception on May 12, at The Space in Opera Alley.

In the News

Donn Marshall, associate dean of students, wrote a guest blog for The Washington Post’s “College Inc.” advising on measures campuses can take to try to prevent crises such as the recent killings at Oikos University in California.

Professor of Biology Peter Hodum was quoted in The Herald of Everett in a story about a local birdwatcher.

The Logger rugby team, which triumphed in the Pacific Northwest League this year, but fell at the PacWest Region Championship, was spotlighted in a photo story in Tacoma Weekly.

Dean of Students Mike Segawa was quoted in Diverse Issues in Higher Education in a story about the retiring head of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, or NASPA.

The 2012 Youth and Family Summit on April 28, co-organized by Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative, was previewed in The News Tribune’s “Word on the Street” blog.

Puget Sound’s Spring Lu`au was previewed by Exit 133 and by Tacoma Weekly, with a photo, in its arts front-page section “The Things We Like.”

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Faculty: Send in your submissions for the 2011-12 Faculty Scholarship book

All faculty members are invited to submit their books, book chapters, papers, articles, reviews, exhibits, performances, lectures, and professional presentations for the 2011–12 academic year. Visit the faculty scholarship website to see a current copy of the guide or to complete the submission form.

Retirement Reception set for May 3

Join President Ron Thomas Thursday, May 3, to celebrate the contributions of those members of the Puget Sound community retiring from the university this year. The Annual Retirement Reception will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC.

Staff Senators elected

Staff Senate would like to thank staff members for voting in the recent election. Congratulations to the following, who were elected to the Senate:

East Campus (three-year term)
Kate Cohn
Kelli Delany
Shirley Skeel

North Campus (three-year term)
Leah Coakley
Laura Edgar
Cori Hammock

South Campus (three-year term)
John Horne

At-large (one-year term)
Katherine Appleyard
Lisa Beritich
Andrea Kueter
Steven Olveda
Pam Taylor

Can't-miss events

Through May 14: Circus Libris, Jessica Spring, Collins Memorial Library

Through May 12: 2012 Senior Show, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, April 23: Puget Sound Contemporary Ensemble, Maria Sampen, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24: Yuki Nakamura Artist Talk, Kittredge 201, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24: Readings by Jeffrey Solomon and Suzanne Warren, Jomes 202, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24: One-hour Shakespeare!, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 5:30 p.m. Two plays reduced to one hour each, performed by five actors playing multiple roles. 5:30 p.m.: The Winter's Tale; 6:40 p.m.: Macbeth

Tuesday, April 24: Omar Offendum Concert, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25: Puget Sound Women's League Lunch and Meeting, Kilworth Memorial Chapel Lounge, 11:30 a.m. Donation requested. For more information:

Wednesday, April 25: Circus Libris Artist Talk, Jessica Spring, Library 020, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25: Exotic Species Night at Slater Museum of Natural History, Thompson 295, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25: Jazz Band, Wayne Horvitz, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 26–Friday, April 27: Staff Senate Spring Raffle, Wheelock Student Center, 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 26: Flamenco 101: An Introduction to Flamenco with Teo Morca, Vincente Griego, Gerardo Alcala, and Marisela Fleites-Lear, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 27: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, April 27: Music in the Library: Bronwyn Hagerty ’15 and Alana Roth ’14, Collins Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 27: Die Physiker (The Physicists): German 305 presents a dark comedy in two acts, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m. German with English supertitles

Friday, April 27: A Night of Flamenco with Teo Morca and Vincente Griego, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free for faculty/staff; ticket required

Saturday, April 28: 2012 Youth and Family Summit, Lincoln High School, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Saturday, April 28: Flute Clinic and Master Class with Jim Walker, Music L6, 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 28: Baseball vs. Willamette Doubleheader, Baseball Diamond, noon and 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 29: Baseball vs. Willamette, Baseball Diamond, noon

Sunday, April 29: Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

Monday, April 30: Percussion Ensemble, Gunnar Folsom, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.