Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Aug. 15, 2011

The "It's the End of the Summer Already?!" Edition

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Campus News

Help welcome members of the Class of 2015 and their families to campus
Join other faculty and staff members and current students Friday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m., to cheer new students and families as they take a "Welcome Walk" after the Convocation Ceremony on the first day of Orientation. Gather at the Wallace Pool entrance to Baker Stadium at 4:55 p.m. Look for Orientation leaders (in their dark green and teal T-shirts), who will direct you to places along the path. Remember, it's Maroon Friday, too, so wear your Logger gear. See you there!

Get involved in Orientation 2011
Faculty and staff members are welcome to participate in two important aspects of Orientation: Prospectives Urban Plunge and Passages Third-Day Activities. On Monday, Aug. 22, and/or Thursday, Aug. 25, join new students in service-learning activities at local agencies such as Tahoma Hope Gardens and Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Contact Marta Palmquist Cady at to participate. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, and/or Saturday, Aug. 27, you can be part of the Passages third-day activities, including day hiking and kayaking, arts and crafts, canoeing, and climbing, or lead or co-lead a workshop of your choosing. If you're interested in these activities, contact Moe Stephens at

For a complete schedule of Orientation activities, visit the Orientation website.

Parking on campus limited Friday, Aug. 19
Leave the car at home this Friday. To help facilitate a smooth arrival for new students and families Friday, Aug. 19, faculty and staff members are asked to park in the Memorial Fieldhouse lot. Other campus parking lots will be reserved for campus newcomers. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please do not park on city streets that front nonuniversity houses. Contact Security Services at x3311 with questions.

Conference phones now available through Technology Service Desk
Beginning with the start of fall semester, the Technology Service Desk will be the new location for checking out conference phones. This service was provided previously by Mail Services.

To reserve a conference phone, contact the Service Desk at x8585 or, or by visiting the Tech Center in the lower level of Collins Memorial Library. Phones may be picked up at the Media Services Desk in the Tech Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.   

Campus wireless network gets name change
At the end of June, the "logGers" wireless network was changed to the "PS-CampusAccess" network to be consistent with the name of the guest network, "PS-CampusGuest." These wireless networks allow anyone on campus using Wi-Fi to connect. Visitors to campus are welcome to use the "PS-CampusGuest" network to gain access to the Internet, while anyone with a Puget Sound login should connect using "PS-CampusAccess" for the fastest service and complete access to university resources. If you hav questions or need assistance, contact the Service Desk at x8585 or

Logger Perks: Tacoma Art Museum
Puget Sound renewed its "Project Muse" membership with Tacoma Art Museum, which means great perks for you, including:

  • Free student and faculty admission (and tours) for class groups
  • Discounted individual student and faculty admission and access to fee-based education programs
  • 20 percent membership discounts at the $50 to $500 level for faculty, staff, and student families
  • Internship opportunities for students
  • Access for students and faculty members to the Art Resource Center
  • Free and discounted admission/membership with Puget Sound ID


Professor of Physical Therapy Roger Allen and students Tonya Bennett D.P.T.'11, Brittany Hodgeson ’08, D.P.T.'12, Kelsey Wallin D.P.T.'11, and Ali Heartman ’10 were awarded the "Outstanding Research Presentation" by the International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists at World Physical Therapy 2011 in Amsterdam. Of the 1,800 presentations at the congress, 28 received research awards. Only three awards went to researchers from America.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Aleman, administrative specialist for Access Programs, an Lori Ricigliano, associate director of information and access services for Collins Memorial Library, who placed first and second, respectively, in the Spring Wellness Challenge!

Associate Professor of Comparative Sociology Andrew Gardner was an invited lecturer at two workshops at The London School of Economics and Political Science. At the workshop In the Shadows of the Oil Economy: Land, Agriculture, and Arab Employment, he delivered the presentation "Transnational Migration in the Gulf States: An Overview." At Ethnograhpy and History of Southwest Asia and North Africa, he delivered the lecture "City of Strangers: Gulf Migration and the Indian Community in Bahrain." Gardner also published the article "Gulf Migration and the Family" in the premiere issue of The Journal of Arabian Studies.

In the News

A selection of summer mentions:

Dan Burgard, associate professor of chemistry, and Matt Breuer ’13 tested bus emissions to check how well they meet environmental regulations earlier this summer.

Research by Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Peter Hodum on the Northwest tufted puffin was the focus of a six-page feature in the national magazine Birdwatching.

Amy Ryken, professor of education, was featured in Weekly Volcano in a photo story about her recent artist book, Are You a Boy or a Girl?: Conversations About Gender in Elementary Classrooms.

"Beyond Gridlock to Green Drift in American Environmental Policymaking," an article recently published by David Sousa, professor of politics and government, and Christopher McGrory Klyza, was mentioned in a New York Times online "Room for Debate" exchange among scholars and environmental policy experts debating the significance of the Endangered Species Act as a tool for affecting policies on climate change.

Wine Wars, the new book by Professor of International Political Economy Mike Veseth ’72, appeared in numerous news media, including The Wall Street Journalblog "On Wine," The News Tribune, and Forbes magazine, which ran a full-page excerpt and photo from the book.

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

Register your vehicle now

Beat the rush; register your vehicle before the majority of students are on campus. All vehicles parked on university property must be registered. Parking registration can be completed through your Cascade account. Once registered you can pick up your parking decal at the Security Services office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. You must show your photo ID.

Mark this task of your back-to-school list. Ticketing begins the first day of classes, Aug. 29.

Faculty and Staff Reception, Aug. 25

Mark your calendar for the annual Faculty and Staff Reception, hosted by President Ron and Mary Thomas. You're invited to celebrate the Puget Sound community at this all-staff, all-faculty reception on the lawn of the President's House. Stop by Thursday, Aug. 25, between 4:30 and 6 p.m. (immediately following the Fall Faculty Conversation), for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, and conversation. Hope to see you there!

Destination: Puget Sound

The campus of Puget Sound will be featured in a new destination video being produced by the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Keep your eyes peeled!

Tacoma named best place to live

Well... in the top 100, anyway. A recent report named Tacoma one of the "Top 100 Places to Live" in the United States. “With so many things to do, both indoors and outdoors, Tacoma residents sometimes have trouble choosing how to spend their leisure hours,” the researchers wrote.

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Can't-miss events

Friday, Aug. 19: First day of Orientation

Friday, Aug. 19: Welcome Walk, 4:55 p.m., Wallace Pool entrance to Baker Stadium. Cheer on and welcome new students and their families!

Friday, Aug. 19–Sunday, Aug. 28: Orientation

Monday, Aug. 22–Nov. 5: Art Department Faculty Show, Kittredge Gallery

Thursday, Aug. 25: Faculty and Staff Reception, President's House Lawn, 4:30–6 p.m.