Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of April 28, 2014

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Campus News

Puget Sound makes Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges
University of Puget Sound is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country, according to The Princeton Review. The college was included in the 2014 Guide to 332 Green Colleges, commended for recycling and composting initiatives, zero-waste events, sustainability-related courses, and more. For more information about sustainability at Puget Sound, visit Loggers live green! 

Race and Pedagogy National Conference speakers announced
This September Puget Sound will host the third quadrennial Race and Pedagogy National Conference, bringing together some of the country's most inspiring advocates for civil rights and educational justice. Keynote speakers for the conference have been announced and include renowned activist Angela Davis; environmental and indigenous peoples' rights advocate Winona LaDuke, who will also be the fall Swope Lecturer; Harvard professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose lecture is sponsored by the Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts; and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor and author of the acclaimed book Racism Without Racists. The conference will run Sept. 25–27, and campus members are encouraged to participate. Find more information about the conference at

Grammy-winning clarinet virtuoso Eddie Daniels performs with Jazz Band, April 30
This Wednesday the Puget Sound Jazz Band, directed by Tracy Knoop, will be joined by Grammy Award-winning musician Eddie Daniels. A renaissance musician, recognized for his exceptional skill performing both jazz and classical music, Daniels has recorded three albums (all Grammy nominated) and earned recognition from critics, peers, and music lovers across the country. Wednesday, April 30, Daniels will join with the Jazz Band for a performance in Schneebeck Concert Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10, and tickets are available at the Info Center or online at

See how the university helps solve campus mysteries, May 1
Join John Finney ’67, P'94 for a special lecture exploring "Solving Mysteries With Photographs," part of Collins Memorial Library's Behind the Archives Door Series. The talk will begin at 4 p.m., on Thursday, May 1, just outside the archives and special collections section of the library's second floor. Finney will share some of the mysteries he's encountered—and how he's solved them—while scanning and cataloging more than 3,000 images documenting Puget Sound's history.

Poet Anis Mojgani performs at Puget Sound, May 1
Two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam Anis Mojgani will give a spoken-word performance on campus Thursday, May 1, in Schneebeck Concert Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Mojgani has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in journals including RattleForklift OhioUsed Furniture Review, and Thrush. Admission is free for  the campus community ($7 general). Tickets are available at the Info Center and at Presented by ASUPS Cultural Events.

Final Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar of the year, May 1 
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, May 1, the series will feature Jo Handelsman from the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University, speaking on "The Fallacy of Fairness: Rethinking the Meritocracy of Science." For more information visit

Caribbean Writer Series concludes May 1 with guest speaker Elizabeth Nunez
The Caribbean Writer: Identity, Immigration, and Art, a yearlong series presented by the African American Studies Program, concludes Thursday night with a free, public talk by author Elizabeth Nunez. "The Two Annas: Novels and a Memoir About the Caribbean Immigrant Experience" will begin at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1, in Rasmusseun Rotunda, WSC.  The Caribbean Writer Series features writers from Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands—areas that have each had unique encounters with colonialism, slavery, tourism, and multiculturalism. 

Orchestral-pop ensemble Hey Marseilles and hip-hop artist Pigeon John perform, May 2
ASUPS Concerts presents self-described "world-weary, six-piece orchestral-pop ensemble" Hey Marseilles, and happy-go-lucky hip-hop artist Pigeon John in concert Friday, May 2, in Memorial Fieldhouse, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($5 for the campus community) are available at the Info Center or online at

Library hosts bake-off as a treat to students heading into Reading Period, May 7
Back by popular demand is the Collins Library Cookie Bake-off. Last year first-year archives assistant Zeb Howell, discovered Gwen Phibbs' Cookie Cookbook, and was so inspired by the recipes that he helped plan a cookie bake-off for the last day of classes. The event was so successful, the library is hosting a similar event on Wednesday, May 7, in the Misner Room. From 3 to 3:30 p.m., staff and faculty members are invited to sample cookies baked by library and student staffers, and at 3:30, students studying the library will be lucky recipients of the delectable treats. It’s the library’s way of wishing students congratulations and good luck!

Food for Fines runs through May 11
Collins Memorial Library and Backpacks of Hope are co-sponsoring "Food for Fines." Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash! One can of food equals $1 off your library fines. Bring your cans to the library circulation desk before May 11. All canned food will be donated to St. Leo Food Connection.

"Grizz Grounds" available to help Logger gardeners 
Diversions Cafe has launched a new sustainable program dubbed “Grizz Groundz," through which campus and community members can pick up used coffee grounds for gardening. Compliment your garden with complimentary coffee grounds, and we’ll all reduce our carbon footprint. Assist your green thumb and help yourself to Diversions' recycled coffee grounds. Faculty and staff members are invited to pick up grounds just inside Diversions Café, at the Wheelock Student Center entrance. A basket is set up with grounds for the taking.


Congratulations to Logger baseball Head Coach Brian Billings, who tallied his 199th and 200th wins as manager of the Puget Sound squad over the weekend with two victories over the Willamette Bearcats, 18-3 and 9-5. Way to go, coach!

Humanities Librarian and Coordinator of Information Literacy Peggy Burge was reappointed to the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Best Practices Committee and has accepted the organization’s  appointment to the Literature and English Planning Committee, which will focus on the intersection of English and digital humanities. 

Congratulations to Allanah Whitehall ’16, who broke three individual school records and was part of the record-breaking 4x400 run at the weekend's Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships. Named Women's Track Athlete of the Meet, Whitehall was one of numerous Logger student-athletes with standout performances at the meet. Go Loggers!

In the News

Darcy Irvin, visiting assistant professor of English, was quoted about women and erotic books in Victorian times, in a story about e-books in Huffington Post and in the PBS online magazine Next Avenue.

Trio Seraphin, which includes School of Music Director Keith Ward, piano; and affiliate artist faculty members Christina Kowalski, soprano, and Jennifer Nelson, clarinet, will perform as part of the Maier Hall Concert Series, reported Sequim Gazette in a photo story.

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Can't-miss Events

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

Through Friday, May 30: Exhibit: Stan! The Life and Times of Dr. Lyle Stanton "Stan" Shelmidine, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, April 28; Tuesday, April 29; Thursday, May 1: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.m.

Monday, April 28; Thursday, May 1: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29: Film Screening: Lust, Caution (2007), Commencement 272, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30: Guest Lecture: "On Dropping the 'I' Word: Language, Violence, and the Current Immigration Debate," Mónica Novoa, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30: Guest Performance: Puget Sound Jazz Band, Tracy Knoop, director, with guest artist Eddie Daniels, clarinet, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10

Thursday, May 1: Faculty Lecture: "Solving Mysteries With Photography," John Finney ’67, P'94, part of Behind of Archives Door Series, Collins Memorial Library, library second floor, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 1: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Jo Handelsman, Yale University, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 1: Guest Speaker: "The Two Annas: Novels and a Memoir About the Caribbean Immigrant Experience," Elizabeth Nunez, part of The Caribbean Writer Series, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 1: Performance: Anis Mojgani, slam poet, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 2: Roundtable: MW5 Mellon Science & Gender, Murray Boardroom, WSC, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. RSVP required (

Friday, May 2: Imagining Yourself in the Race and Pedagogy National Conference, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 2: Concert: Hey Marseilles and Pigeon John, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 campus members

Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3: Senior Theatre Festival 2014: The Skriker, directed by Sarah McKinley ’14, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Additional show Saturday, 2 p.m.) Tickets: $6 faculty/staff

Saturday, May 3: Sixth Annual Tacoma Bike Swap, Memorial Fieldhouse, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Saturday, May 3: Relay for Life, Baker Stadium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 4: Theater: Don Juan oder die Liebe zur Geometrie (Don Juan or the Love of Geometry) by Max Frisch, students in the German program will perform a modern full-length play in German with English supertitles, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m.

Monday, May 5: Performance: Clarinet Ensemble, Jennifer Nelson, director, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 5: Performance: Percussion Ensemble, Gunna Solsom, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6: Performance: Beautiful Day!, Chorale, Steven Zopfi, conductor, and Dorian Singers, Kathryn Lehmann, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7: Performance: Pops on the Lawn, Wind Ensemble with student conductors, Karlen Quad, 4 p.m.