Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of April 8, 2013

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April is Student Employment Month
Did you know? Student staff members provide more than 25 percent of Puget Sound’s nonfaculty staffing and hold important positions that contribute to Puget Sound's mission and strategic goals. Celebrate Student Employment Month! Send an email message to with your celebratory shout-out (140 characters or less) to recognize your student staff on the CES Twitter and Facebook pages!

VIII Spanish Matters Colloquium will bring human rights leader to campus, April 10
Father Alejandro Solalinde, who received the 2012 National Human Rights Award, will speak at Puget Sound about the crisis faced by Central and South American migrants who transit through Mexico on their way to the United States. The talk will take place Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. The event, part of the VIII Spanish Matters Colloquium, is free and open to the public.

Jacobsen Series continues with concert featuring spirituals, April 12
When spirituals are sung today, it is mostly through the creative reimaginings of composers and arrangers. A diverse selection of these can be experienced at an upcoming Jacobsen Series concert, The Art of Spirituals. The concert, featuring the Adelphian Concert Choir and guests, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. 

The Adelphians, conducted by Steven Zopfi, will be joined by the Dorian Singers, conducted by Anne Lyman, as well as by Gwynne Kuhner Brown on piano, mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula, and guest artist Marlette Buchanan, soprano. Brown, assistant professor of music history and music theory, will offer comments about each piece. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or online at

Puget Sound and Proctor District welcome Puget Sound families for Spring Family Weekend and Spring Zing
Renowned jazz vocalist Lavay Smith and soul and rock singer LeRoy Bell will headline the music program for this year’s Proctor District family festival known as Spring Zing. The musical performances are just some of the off-campus activities for Puget Sound students and families to enjoy during Spring Family Weekend, Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14.

Sponsored by ASUPS, Spring Family Weekend gives students and their families a chance to sit in on a class together, enjoy musical and theater performances, attend the Spring Lu`au on Saturday, April 13, visit art exhibits, take in a softball game, and explore the great variety of life in Tacoma. Tickets for most events can be obtained by visiting Wheelock Information Center or by calling 253.879.6013.

Spring Zing, from 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, through Saturday, April 13, takes place in the historic Proctor District. It includes free horse carriage rides, Proctor Farmers Market, food trucks, and performances throughout the neighborhood. Spring Zing is sponsored by the North Proctor Merchants Association and ASUPS student programs.

Annual Spring Lu`au is coming, April 13
The annual Spring Lu`au will be held Saturday, April 13, with dinner in Wheelock Student Center and the stage show in Memorial Fieldhouse. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., and the performance, with traditional costumes and dance, will begin at 8 p.m. The traditional island food and colorful entertainment of this event attract nearly 1,000 people to campus each year, making it one of the biggest public celebrations of Pacific Island culture in Washington. Tickets are available now through or at the door. For more information contact

Tickets: General admission:     Combo show and dinner: $23
                                                Show only: $12
                                                Dinner only: $15
              Puget Sound campus members, seniors (65+), and those 17 and under:
                                                Combo show and dinner: $19
                                                Show only: $9
                                                Dinner only: $12
              (Children 4 years old and under enter free.)

Call for donations: Staff Senate Gift Basket Raffle
Staff Senate
requests gift basket donations for its annual spring gift basket raffle, which will take place on April 25 and 26. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship. Baskets can be donated by individuals or departments and should be based on a theme of your choosing. Past examples include spa nights, kitchen essentials, gardening supplies, pet supplies, rainy day fun, etc. Please remember that it does not literally need to be a basket—the presentation is up to you! Donations of experiences (night at a cabin, boat ride on the Puget Sound, etc.) are also welcome. Be creative! Please contact Laura Edgar at if you are interested in donating.

Encourage your students to apply for Asian studies writing award
The Suzanne Wilson Barnett Writing Award is given each year to an outstanding paper written in an Asian studies course at Puget Sound. The award honors Barnett's commitment to scholarly inquiry and effective writing in the field of Asian studies. Papers written for any Asian studies course during the most recent fall, spring, or summer will be considered for the $250 prize. Download the entry form or contact Lorraine Toler at for more information. The deadline for paper submissions is Monday, May 13, 2013.


Congratulations to Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, recently elected chair of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance board of directors. Carlin's three-year term as chair-elect, chair, and past-chair, will begin in July.

The poem "Office" by Academic Recorder Leah Coakley was published in the April issue of Wrist, a Tacoma art and literary magazine.

Peter Hodum, assistant professor of biology, wrote the chapter "Climate Change the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary: Interpreting Potential Futures" for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report.

Women's tennis have won 10 consecutive matches, nearly clinching a spot in the Northwest Conference tournament. Go Loggers!

In the News

Tacoma Weekly wrote a news brief about the April 18 “Art + Science Salon” at Tacoma Art Museum, which Puget Sound professors have organized. The salon also was covered, along with a story about Slater Museum of Natural History’s “Celebrating Art & Science” exhibit, in the Tacoma Arts blog.

Robin Jacobson, associate professor of politics and government, was quoted twice in a Christian Science Monitor article about the Associated Press dropping the use of “illegal” in reference to immigrants. The article also appeared on Yahoo! News Canada and in the online Alaska Dispatch.

Steven Neshyba, professor of chemistry, wrote an essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education about “flipping” his chemistry class to improve student learning. The essay attracted 40 comments online, including a poem, and the Chronicle home page reported it as the second “most emailed” and “most commented," and the fourth “most viewed” article online.

The Seattle Times featured five photos of students on the Puget Sound campus in its online photo feature section. Almost 3,000 people “liked” the feature.

Tacoma Weekly ran an online story about the appearance of jazz diva Lavay Smith with the Puget Sound Jazz Band, as well as musician LeRoy Bell at this weekend’s Proctor District Spring Zing, which is co-sponsored by ASUPS student programs.

Zena Toyama ’10 and Tara Curtis ’13, who are studying occupational therapy, are quoted in an Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners magazine article about their plans for Occupational Therapy Month.

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Recycle your e-waste!

Do you have broken or unwanted electronics lying around? "E-cycle" them! Sustainability Services will host a collection drive for electronic waste April 24–26. All members of the campus community are encouraged to bring electronics and small appliances to the Facilities Services Complex (behind Memorial Fieldhouse) to be recycled.

The collection site will be open each day from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. All collected materials will be recycled for free and in accordance with Washington state’s environmental and safety standards. Most types of electronics and small appliances (mini-fridges included) will be accepted. Only hazardous waste (such as tube televisions with broken screens), non-electronic waste, and University-owned materials will not be accepted.

For more information download the e-waste flier or visit the Sustainability Services website.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue April 11

The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series has been held on a regular basis since 1978–79, and features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are normally held on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, April 11, the presentation will feature Joel Franklin from the Reed College physics department, discussing the "Motion of two oppositely charged particles." 

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, April 13: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Start by Cable Griffith; Small Gallery: You Are Here by Michael Johnson, Kittredge Gallery

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

Monday, April 8: Japan Week: Japanese Movie Series: Norwegian Wood, Wyatt 209, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9: Japan Week: Guest Lecture: Siberian Shadows: Japanese Prisoners Remember the Soviet Gulag, 1945–56, Andrew Barshay, UC Berkeley, Wyatt 301, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9: Symphony Orchestra: Friendship and Fraternity, Huw Edwards, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10: Guest Lecture: Father Alejandro Solalinde, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 11–Friday, April 12: VIII Spanish Matters Colloquium, Library 020 and McCormick Room

Thursday, April 11: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Joel Franklin, Reed College, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 12: Admitted Student Day

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

Friday, April 12: Brown Bag Neuroscience Lunches, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 1 p.m.

Friday, April 12–Sunday, April 14: Spring Family Weekend/Spring Zing

Friday, April 12: Senior Theatre Festival 2013: Cloud Nine, directed by Krista Curry ’13, Norton Clapp Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 faculty/staff

Friday, April 12: Jacobsen Series: The Art of Spirituals, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Saturday, April 13: Softball vs. Willamette Double Header, Softball Field, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 13: Senior Theatre Festival 2013: Cloud Nine, directed by Krista Curry ’13, Norton Clapp Theatre, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 faculty/staff

Saturday, April 13: Spring Lu`au Dinner and Show, Wheelock Student Center and Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 14: Softball vs. Linfield Double Header, Softball Field, noon and 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 14: Family Concert Series: Rhythms From Around the World, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $5 children, $7 adults; available at