Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of April 9, 2012

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Meet Elephants Without Borders director Michael Chase, April 10, 12
The Environmental Policy and Decision Making Program, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, present Michael Chase, Ph.D., director of Elephants Without Borders, who will give a free talk Tuesday, April 10, on "Botswana's Wildlife: Conservation and Challenges." The talk will begin at 5 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. On Thursday, April 12, screen a BBC documentary about the work of Elephants Without Borders with an introduction by Chase and a Q&A with Kelly Landen, an ecologist featured in the film. The screening is free and will begin at 6 p.m., in Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003.

Chilean novelist José Valenzuela on campus April 12 to deliver free Spanish-language lecture
Rapidly rising young novelist, playwright, and screenwriter José Ignacio Valenzuela will give a free public talk on Thursday, April 12. Recently listed among the top 10 Latin American writers under the age of 40 by, Valenzuela, or “Chascas” as he also is known, is a prolific writer with numerous honors to his name. His lecture, titled “Aproximaciones a la escritura massmediática”(“Approaches to Writing for the Mass Media”), will be delivered in his native Spanish. The talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Sponsored by Catharine Gould Chism Fund and Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

Valenzuela's lecture will be the keynote speech at the VII Spanish Matters Colloquium, a gathering of scholars, educators, students, and others interested in cultural and literary studies in the Spanish-speaking world. The colloquium will be held at Puget Sound April 12–13. 

Puget Sound Night at Tacoma Art Museum, April 12
Members of the Puget Sound community are invited to Tacoma Art Museum to view the HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture exhibition Thursday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of gender identity and sexuality in modern American portraiture and brings together more than a hundred works in a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. Show your Puget Sound ID card for free admission to the museum. Tours will be offered throughout the evening. Two lucky winners will receive a free copy of the exhibition catalog.

Spring Family Weekend and Spring Lu`au coming later this month
The annual Spring Lu`au will be held on Saturday, April 21. The event attracts nearly 1,000 people to campus each year making it one of the biggest public celebrations of Pacific Island culture in Washington state. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., in Wheelock Student Center, and the lu`au performance, with traditional costumes and dance, will begin at 8 p.m., in Memorial Fieldhouse. Ticket prices range from $9 (campus member, show only) to $23 (general admission, dinner+show). See the lu`au press release for more information or purchase your tickets online.

In addition to the lu`au dinner and show, the Spring Family Weekend will include "Spring Zing," a neighborhood event in the Proctor District with performances, carriage rides, and free food (while it lasts), as well as a special concert by Uncle Bonzai in the historic Blue Mouse Theater. Watch Open Line for more details!

Miss the Edible Books Fest? See the pics!
Collins Memorial Library hosted the sixth annual Edible Books Festival March 31, encouraging campus members and guests alike to devour a good book—literally! Students, faculty, and staff entered delectable treats inspired by/based on book titles and characters to celebrate reading (and compete for prizes). See photos of all the entries on the library website.

Submissions requested for 2011–12 Faculty Scholarship publication by May 31
Puget Sound’s annual faculty scholarship guide provides a glimpse into the academic engagement of our faculty for prospective students, prospective faculty, campus colleagues, and peers. 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. Thank you for your work in advancing the intellectual life of Puget Sound.

Please visit the faculty scholarship website to see a current copy of the guide or to complete the submission form.


Assistant Professor of Politics and Government Robin Jacobson co-edited the book Faith and Race in American Political Life (University of Virginia Press, February 2012), which includes essays from scholars in an array of disciplines, and probes the intertwining of race and faith, and the impact this has on America’s foundational moments, on the country’s political behavior, and on American public opinion.

Jeffrey Matthews, professor of business and leadership, published his new book, Blacksheep Leadership (University Place Publishing House, February 2012), which explores transformational leadership not only in business, but politics, family life, coaching, philanthropy, and other fields.

Congratulations to psychology major Maddi Werhane ’12, whose research presentation was selected from more than 600 submissions for presentation and to receive one of two student research awards at the American Psychological Science national conference. See video of Maddi presenting her research on the Puget Sound YouTube channel.

In the News

Nick Kontogeorgopoulos, professor of international political economy, was interviewed about Thailand’s tourist elephant camps on Australian radio The Wire, which distributes to 200 community radio stations (2 mins from 2:10).

CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is running a video interview and story about 2010 Washington Professor of the Year Mike Veseth, professor of international political economy.

Forty years of (intercollegiate) women’s athletics at Puget Sound was celebrated with a five-photo feature on the front sports page of Tacoma Weekly.

An article by Steven Zopfi, associate professor of music, appeared on Choral Caffeine blog of the Northwest American Choral Directors Association.

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

Friday the 13th is Freebie Friday at the bookstore

Friday the 13th doesn't have to be bad luck. Stop by the bookstore for raffles and special deals! The first 50 students in the door may select a free grab bag. All customers will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win (no purchase necessary). Two lucky winners will take home a special prize. Winners' names will be drawn at 4:30 p.m., and you need not be present to win.

Remember that every Friday is Maroon Friday. Receive 10 percent off Puget Sound clothing and novelties. On Freebie Friday between 4 and 5 p.m., receive an additional 5 percent off, for a total of 15 percent off your favorite Logger gear!

Can't-miss events

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

Tuesday, April 10: Continuation of Trayvon Martin Discussion, sponsored by the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice and Multicultural Student Services, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10: Bostwana's Wildlife: Conservation and Challenges, Michael Chase, Elephants Without Borders, Murray Board Room, WSC, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11: Symphony Orchestra Concert, Christophe Chagnard, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 12–Friday, April 13: VII Spanish Matters Colloquium. For information contact

Thursday, April 12–Friday, April 13: Sigma Chi Blood Drive for Cascade Regional Blood Services, outside Diversions Cafe, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Thursday, April 12: Aproximaciones a la escritura massmediática, José Ignacio Valenzuela, novelist, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5 p.m. (Lecture will be in Spanish)

Thursday, April 12: BBC Documentary About Elephants Without Borders, introduced by Michael Chase, and Q&A with Kelly Landen, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 12: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Phi Sigma Undergraduate Research Symposium, Adam Summers, associate director, University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories, keynote speaker, Thompson 175, 6 p.m.

Friday, April 13: Men's Tennis vs. Linfield, Tennis Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 13: Senior Theatre Festival 2012: Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Lizzy Burton ’12, Norton Clapp Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 faculty/staff

Saturday, April 14: Admitted Student Day #2

Saturday, April 14: Crew vs. Meyer Lamberth vs. PLU, American Lake, 9 a.m.

Saturday, April 14: Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark Doubleheader, Baseball Diamond, noon and 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 14: Softball vs. PLU Doubleheader, Softball Field, noon and 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 14: Senior Theatre Festival 2012: Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Lizzy Burton ’12, Norton Clapp Theatre, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 faculty/staff

Sunday, April 15: Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark, Baseball Diamond, noon

Sunday, April 15: Lacrosse vs. Linfield, Lower Baker, 1 p.m.

Monday, April 16: Two Chamber Concerts, David Requiro, director, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.