Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of April 30, 2012

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Campus News

Excellence in Action Award nominees announced today
Congratulations to the following individuals who were nominated by a member of the Puget Sound community for an Excellence in Action Award:

Ben Ahlvin Buu Dang Tami Hulbert Tammy Smith
Lori Blake Brian Dunn Deanna Kass InLye Soto
Lina Bloomer Linda Everson Emily Mullins Moe Stephens
Ally Bujacich Denise Flis Marta Palmquist Cady Karen Stump
Alan Burk Rebecca Harrison Jada Pelger Jeff Thomas
Peggy Burge Tasha Helton Roy Robinson Carmel Thompson
Justin Canny Katie Holmes Rita Rollins Marcia Vogel
Rachel Cardwell John Horne Julie Seaton Shirley Yenkala
Sharon Chambers-Gordon Arlene Holt Rachel Sizer-Williams  

Four departments also were nominated for Excellence in Action Awards: Career and Employment Services, Facilities Services, School of Music, and Technology Services. Staff Senate will vote on the nominees, and awards will be presented to three individuals and one department. Winners will be announced at the Annual Staff Recognition Luncheon on Friday, May 25.

Celebrate retiring faculty and staff members 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. Congratulations!

Louise Beckman Keith James John Rindo
William Dasher David Lupher Jack Roundy
Gail Deutscher Bob Matthews InLye Soto
Frank Felcyn Jim McCullough Nancy Sullivan
Judy Gibbs Patti McQuade Alan Thorndike
Rosa Beth Gibson Julie Neff-Lippman Ivey West
Elin Gratton Muoi Ngo Cheryl Williams
Mott Greene Susan Oros David Wilson


Puget Sound students recognized with prestigious awards
This year juniors and seniors secured 16 national scholarships, amid tough competition from across the country. These include Fulbright Scholarships, French Government Teaching Assistantships, Princeton-in-Asia Fellowships, a Critical Language Scholarship, an Udall Scholarship, a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellowship, and three Goldwater Scholarships. Congratulations, Loggers!

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.


Congratulations to Emily Selinger ’13 (first place), Ian Fox ’14 (second place), and Asya Pokrovskaya ’12 (third place), winners of the Collins Memorial Library 2012 Book Collecting Contest! Learn more about the contest and the winners' collections.   

In the News

Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, co-wrote a blog in Huffington Post College about the personal legacies that may be lost as the digital age transforms daily living.

Dexter Gordon, professor of communication studies and African American studies and director of the Race and Pedagogy Initiative, co-wrote an opinion piece the The News Tribune about the 2012 Youth and Family Summit, in which Tacoma Public Schools and several local organizations are partners.

Professor Dexter Gordon and Ayanna Drakos ’11 appeared on KING 5 Morning News to talk about the 2012 Youth and Family Summit at Lincoln High School.

Several video games blogs ran stories about the startup Camouflaj, launched by Ryan Payton ’02 and backer Jeff Matthews, director of the Business Leadership Program. They reported that Camouflaj will launch a PC and Mac version of its first game, as well as an iPhone version. Learn more about the project.

Sign up to receive "In the News," a weekly digest of Puget Sound press coverage, by contacting our media relations office at or x2611.

Trio to receive honorary degrees at Commencement

At Puget Sound's Commencement Ceremony, Dennis Flannigan ’61, Ruth Purtilo, and Jane Lubchenco will be recognized as honorary degree recipients. Former Washington state legislator and pioneering Tacoma community leader and activist Flannigan will be named Doctor of Laws. Purtilo, a scholar in ethics who has influenced health care delivery nationally and internationally, will be named Doctor of Humane Letters. Commencement speaker Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, and heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the nation’s science agency for climate, oceans, and atmosphere, will be named Doctor of Science. The ceremony will take place at Baker Stadium, on Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m.

2012 Senior Show continues through May 12

The 2012 Senior Show features artwork by 19 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, video, and installation art. The show runs through Saturday, May 12, at Kittredge Gallery.

Springtime safety reminders from Security Services

As we conclude the year and experience warmer weather, Security Services would like to remind the campus community about some important crime prevention measures. Following these guidelines will enhance your personal safety and help safeguard your property:

•  Always close and secure room windows if you are asleep or away.

•  Keep your room or office locked when it is unattended.

•  Do not leave valuables unattended in your vehicle. Always keep your doors locked and park in well-lit areas on or off campus. The use of auto alarms and “club” type devices to secure the steering wheel is highly recommended.

•  Bicycle owners should use a “U-bolt” style lock, and secure it through the bike frame.

•  Use the Security Escort Service (x3311) to avoid walking alone in the evening or late-night hours. 

•  Always report suspicious activity or crimes IMMEDIATELY by calling 253.879.3311.

Please contact us or visit our website if you have questions or wish to discuss crime prevention in greater detail. Security Services business hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; however, staff members are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

It is important that we all work together to keep our campus safe.

Can't-miss events

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

Through May 12: 2012 Senior Show, Kittredge Gallery

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

Tuesday, May 1: Ecological Public Art: Making a Difference, Patricia Watts, curator, and Buster Simpson, artist, Kittredge 201, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1: Operation Recovery: Right to Heal Tour, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1: Chorale and Dorian Singers Concert, Anne Lyman, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2: Last day of classes

Wednesday, May 2: Annual Pops on the Lawn Concert, Puget Sound Wind Ensemble with student conductors, Karlan Quad, 4 p.m. (Rain Location: Schneebeck Concert Hall)

Thursday, May 3–Sunday, May 6: Reading Period

Thursday, May 3: Annual Retirement Reception, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 6: First Sundays ecumenical Christian worship service, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Monday, May 7: Sophomore Reception, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5 p.m.