Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of April 29, 2013

Campus News

$50,000 grant will immerse students in environmental studies in Southeast Asia
Puget Sound has been granted $50,000 by the Henry Luce Foundation to pilot a project that will immerse students in environmental studies in Southeast Asia, and help the college develop new ties with scholars abroad. The funding, from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE), will support Puget Sound in the creation of a model for ongoing summer field schools in Asia to be attended by Puget Sound students. A three-week, pilot study trip to Indonesia will take place in the summer of 2014 in collaboration with Indonesian university, government, and environmental partners.

Congratulations to the 2013 Book Collecting Contest winners
Three students who assembled individual book collections about Batman, the phenomenon of death, and gender in crime fiction have won prizes in the 2013 Collins Memorial Library Book Collecting Contest. Ian Fox ’14 took the $1,000 first prize for his collection “Hunting the Dark Night: Books on the Batman.” Andrew Osborne ’13 collected the $500 second prize for “Ars Moriendi: A Selection of Texts Concerning the Phenomenon of Death.” Ariana Scott-Zechlin ’13 was awarded the $250 third prize for “Genderization of Crime Fiction from the Victorian Era to the Modern Day.” Fox’s winning collection will be entered in the prestigious National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, led by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies, Center for the Book, and Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

Renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes to visit Puget Sound, April 29
Sherrill Milnes, widely acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation, will give a free, public talk on campus Monday, April 29."The Business of Opera!" will begin at 3:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is free and tickets are not required. Monday evening Milnes will present a vocal master class for selected students from 7 to 9 p.m., in the concert hall. The public is welcome to observe the master class or attend the reception following.

Carlos Padilla to discuss the experience of queer undocumented youth, May 2
Thursday, May 2, Carlos Padilla, co-founder and project director of the Washington Dream Act Coalition, will visit campus to give a talk titled "Queer, Undocumented, and Unafraid: The UndocuQueer Intersectionality." Latina/o Studies Director and Assistant Professor Oriel Siu will host Padilla in two of her Latino literature classes, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The classes are open to all and will be held in the McCormick Room, Collins Memorial Library.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues May 2
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, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, May 2, the presentation will feature Drew Sellers, from the University of Washington neurosurgery department.
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Ann Putnam, English, to discuss Hemingway as part of Pierce County Reads program, May 2
Internationally recognized Hemingway scholar Ann Putnam, instructor of English, will give a presentation discussing the famous author as part of the Pierce County Reads program. The talk, "Hemingway and Women," will be held Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m., at King's Books in Tacoma. The Pierce County Reads selection this year is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, which provides an account of Hemingway as seen through the eyes of his first wife, Hadley Richardson.

Loggers to present at TEDx Tacoma event, May 3
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual multidisciplinary conference bringing together some of the world's greatest minds to share and inspire with new ways of seeing the world. TEDx Tacoma is an annual program where the region’s greatest minds share their ideas. This Friday, May 3, 16 local visionaries, thinkers, and achievers will speak on this year's theme of "desire"from 3 to 9 p.m., followed by a 90-minute reception. Among the speakers are Loggers Cyrus Brown ’03, M.A.T.'06, Lyle Quasim ’70, and Amy Ryken, associate professor of education. For more information about TEDx Tacoma, visit the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts website. To the heights!

Apply now for the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship, deadline is May 10
Staff Senate will award book scholarships to staff members, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children working toward a degree or completion of a program at any level, to include graduate work. The applicant may be attending Puget Sound or another university, college, or vocational school either full or part time. Selections will be made based upon the following:

  • Written essay about educational goals and progress
  • Academic performance
  • Extracurricular activities/community service

Award amounts will be made based on the number of applicants and funds available. Please submit your application by May 10, 2013, to Staff Senate Scholarship Committee, CMB 1072. Find more information on the book scholarship page, or contact Laura Edgar at with questions.

Backpacks of Hope and St. Leo Food Connection looking for summer volunteers
Are you interested in helping provide local kids with meals this summer? Jasmine Kaneshiro ’13, Puget Sound's Hurley Community Service Scholar for 2012–13 and 2013–14, and founder/coordinator of Backpacks of Hope, is working with St. Leo Food Connection's Summer Meals program to organize program volunteers. The Summer Meals program provides more than 30,000 meals and snacks to kids at community sites around Tacoma because many children rely on school lunches and breakfasts. Volunteers are needed 8 to 11:30 a.m. each weekday to prepare meals. If you're interested in participating and able to volunteer once a week (or more), please sign up online.

Call for nominations for honorary degree recipients and speaker for Commencement 2014
As we prepare for this year's Commencement Ceremony on May 19, we also think ahead to next year. The Honorary Degree Committee welcomes nominations for honorary degree recipients and the Commencement speaker for 2014. All campus members are invited to submit nominations.

The committee seeks individuals whose accomplishments clearly merit extraordinary recognition with reference to the mission of the university and who have one or both of the following characteristics:

  • A notable academic reputation
  • A record of outstanding contributions to the betterment of the regional, national, or global community through one of the main areas of public life, such as business, government, education, public service, science, the arts, or religion.

To nominate your candidate, please send the following information to Board Secretary Liz Collins ’81 P'02 at or CMB 1094:

  • The name of the candidate
  • The candidate's position or title and educational background, and your connection to him/her, if any
  • A brief statement (one page maximum) of the reason the candidate should be considered for an honorary degree or as Commencement speaker

Supreme Court comes to Puget Sound this fall
The Washington Supreme Court will visit Puget Sound on Sept. 18 and 19 as part of its “traveling court” program, which aims to provide public access to its procedures. The nine justices, led by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, will hear oral arguments in Schneebeck Concert Hall on Sept. 19. Campus members and the public are welcome to attend. The justices will tour campus, sit in on classes, and meet students. In addition, on Sept. 18, the Pierce County chapter of Washington Women Lawyers will hold a Continuing Legal Education session for local lawyers. These events are organized by the School of Business and Leadership. Stay tuned—more information will be available over the summer.

Mark your calendar now for the annual Puget Sound Staff Recognition Luncheon, Friday, May 24, at 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse. Remember to wear your Logger gear, and please bring a nonperishable food or monetary donation to support Emergency Food Network.

Library open 24/7 heading into the end of the semester

Remind your students! Collins Memorial Library will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week May 5–7, and May 12–16.

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

Through Saturday, May 18: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: 2013 Senior Show, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, April 29: Guest Lecture: This Business of Opera!, Sherrill Milnes, baritone, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 3 p.m.

Monday, April 29: Film Screening and Presentation: Cries in the Wild: Thuli Makama and the Dark Side of Conservation, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6 p.m.

Monday, April 29: Guest Artist Master Class: Sherrill Milnes, voice, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

Monday, April 29: Guest Lecture: Ecological Restoration of Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand, Mel Galbraith, Unitec Institute of Technology, Thompson 175, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30: Guest Lecture and Book Signing: Desert Air, George Steinmetz, National Geographic photographer, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30: All-Sports Celebration, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. GO LOGGERS!

Thursday, May 2: Guest Lecture: Queer, Undocumented, and Unafraid: The UndocuQueer Intersectionality, Carlos Padilla, Washington Dream Act Coalition, McCormick Room, Collins Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Thursday, May 2: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Drew Sellers, University of Washington, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 2: Guest Lecture: Liberal Arts in Prison: Principles and Strategies, Daniel Karpowitz and Max Kenner, co-founders, Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, Trimble Forum, 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 2: KUPS X BSU Film Series, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 3: Music in the Library: Cello, Collins Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 3: Senior Theatre Festival 2013: Something Cloudy, Something Clear, directed by Casey Oakes ’13, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 faculty/staff

Saturday, May 4: Baseball vs. Whitman, Baseball Diamond, 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 4: Flute Day, Music L6, 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 4: Senior Theatre Festival 2013: Something Cloudy, Something Clear, directed by Casey Oakes ’13, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 faculty/staff

Saturday, May 4: Baseball vs. Pacific (Ore.), Baseball Diamond, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 5: Adelphian Concert Choir, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.