Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Aug. 20, 2012

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One [of a Kind] celebration set for this Thursday, Aug. 23
"I can think of no better way to begin a new year than by celebrating our community," said President Ron Thomas. Join President Thomas and fellow faculty and staff members this week to celebrate the hard work that goes into achieving the goals of our strategic plan and the ambitious $125 million Campaign for University of Puget Sound. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, in Schneebeck Concert Hall, and will be followed by a special reception in Karlen Quad to celebrate what Puget Sound is all about—what we stand for, what we have achieved, and how we will continue to make this a place like no other.

Names Family Foundation pledges $1.1 million for Athletics and Aquatics Center
The generous pledge will help Puget Sound enhance Memorial Fieldhouse and attach a spacious addition to it, creating a modern, attractive, fully integrated recreation and fitness facility for Puget Sound’s student-athletes, campus members, and the community. Erin Shagren ’88, trustee and administrator of the foundation, said the gift aligns with the foundation’s mission of enhancing health and fitness opportunities in the Tacoma and Pierce County area, and has special significance for her because her parents, Tom ’59 and Anna “Meg” ’56 Names, met while studying at Puget Sound.

Schedule your meeting with TIAA-CREF consultants, on campus Aug. 23
Meet with Jonathan Jepsen, TIAA-CREF consultant, to develop long-term saving strategies, find the allocation mix that works for you, and learn about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility. Individual one-hour sessions can be scheduled by calling 866.928.4221 or visiting Jepsen will be on campus between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, in Wyatt 326. Learn more at

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


Science Liaison Librarian Rebecca Kuglitsch was named the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division Program Planner for the 2013 Special Libraries Association Conference in San Diego.

Sharon Styer, program assistant for community music, was awarded first place, photography, at the Juried Proctor Art Fair in July. Two of her photographs were juried into the Peninsula Art League show that runs from August through September in Gig Harbor, and one photograph received an award.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Jennifer Utrata received the American Sociological Association's Sex and Gender Section's Distinguished Article Award for 2012 for her article “Youth Privilege: Doing Age and Gender in Russia's Single-Mother Families," published in Gender & Society.

Wine Wars, by Professor of International Political Economy Mike Veseth ’72, received the silver medal in Business and Economics in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year awards. Foreword is the leading review journal of independent publishers’ books for librarians and booksellers.

Grace Youn ’13, a violin performance major, posted video of herself playing Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" on her YouTube channel, and it was featured in Paramount Pictures' Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D, released in July. Check out all of Youn's covers on her YouTube channel.

In the News

A photo interview with Professor of History Nancy Bristow about her new book, American Pandemic, ran in Crosscut, the online Seattle news site. It was extracted from a piece run earlier in History News Network, which is managed by George Mason University.

Dan Burgard, associate professor of chemistry, and Matt Breuer ’13 were featured in a front-page photo story in The News Tribune about their research, which involves measuring train emissions from two local bridges.

Associate Professor of Comparative Sociology Andrew Gardner was interviewed by the CBC Radio show As It Happens.

The Seattle Times ran a front-page, Sunday photo feature about research on Destruction Island by Assistant Professor of Biology Peter Hodum and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientist. The story ran over two pages with eight photographs and also appeared online in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Olympian, The News Tribune, and Longview Daily News.

Paul Loeb, professor of philosophy, was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education feature about a controversy over a Friedrich Nietzsche biography that seemed to mirror parts of another book.

The Postmen, the Ultimate Frisbee club team at Puget Sound (co-sponsored by the other UPS), was featured in a photo story in The Napa Valley Register of California, after the team placed second in the USA Ultimate Division III College Open Championships in Wisconsin.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a full-page, photo interview with Puget Sound’s new faculty member Siddharth Ramakrishnan, the first Jenny M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience.

John Woodward, dean of the School of Education, was quoted twice in Diverse Issues in Higher Education in a feature about the teaching of mathematics.

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Wheelock Information Center has new number

Over the summer the Wheelock Information Desk phone number was changed from x3419 to x3100. The full, correct number is 253.879.3100. Please use this number from now on in all printed and online references to the Info Center. Thanks!

The Puget Pacer is back, Sept. 8

After a three-year hiatus, the annual 5K (3.1 mile) walk/run and silent auction will return on Sept. 8, 2012. Come and enjoy the beautiful Puget Sound campus while supporting the Community Involvement and Action Center’s very own youth mentorship program Kids Can Do! Bid on prizes from local and national donors at the silent auction, or lace up your running shoes and weave your way around campus. Or do both! Visit the Puget Pacer website to register online or for more details, including schedules and updated auction prizes.

Fee disclosure notice reminder from TIAA-CREF

Recently information was sent to your home mailing address (dining and facilities staff members) or your work email address (all other faculty and staff members) from TIAA-CREF. This fee disclosure notice included important information about the University of Puget Sound Retirement Savings Plan investment options and expenses associated with those investments. This notification is a federal legal requirement for the University of Puget Sound and there is no specific action you need to take. If after receiving this legal notice from TIAA-CREF you have questions, please call TIAA-CREF at 800.842.2252.

Can't-miss events

Through Sunday, Aug. 26: Freshman Orientation

Through Saturday, Sept. 22: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Susan Seubert (Small Gallery), Kittredge Gallery

Through Sunday, Sept. 30: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Skyscrapers and Shadows: Labor and Migration in Doha, Qatar, Kristin Giordano and Andrew Gardner

Through Saturday, Nov. 3: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Jessica Bender (Large Gallery), Kittredge Gallery

Thursday, Aug. 23: One [of a Kind] Faculty-Staff Celebration and Reception, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow in Karlen Quad

Friday, Aug. 24: Campus facilities open for returning students

Monday, Aug. 27: First day of classes

Friday, Aug. 31: LogJam! 2012