Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Aug. 22, 2011

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PacRimmers leave today for nine months of study and travel in Asia
Twenty-five students and faculty participants in the Puget Sound 2011–12 Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program take flight today to begin their nine-month journey to Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Vietnam. "It will be the most transformational year in their lives so far," says PacRim program director and Visiting Associate Professor Elisabeth Benard. Some students will be blogging about their adventures throughout the year. Watch for more details at

Fall Faculty Conversation this Thursday, Aug. 25
All faculty members are invited to join President Ron Thomas at the annual Fall Faculty Conversation on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., in Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall. (Note the time change from previous announcements.) The topic this year is "looking ahead," and President Thomas offers this question to reflect upon in anticipation of the discussion:

Among the higher education choices for students, we offer (and deeply believe in) an educational experience of a particular kind—a high-touch, residential, liberal arts education with a fundamental commitment to outstanding teaching that takes place in a comprehensive living and learning environment. It is an expensive enterprise. Colleges like ours serve a small part of the student market (about 4 percent) and that market is shrinking (due to demographic changes, economic conditions, and expanding educational choices). Competition is especially intense for qualified students who seek, can afford, and will succeed in this kind of education. How can we best deliver on our mission in this environment? What adjustments should we consider?

Art faculty display work in new Kittredge show
Kittredge Gallery opens the 2011–12 academic year with an exhibition of recent work by faculty members in the art department. Show and Tell: Art Department Faculty 2011 includes textured paintings, ceramic and mixed-media sculpture, reclaimed artifacts, prints, and more by art faculty John McCuistion, Michael Johnson, Janet Marcavage, Elise Richman, and Becky Frehse, and runs today through Nov. 5.

Library to display works by William Morris
Beginning Aug. 26 Collins Memorial Library will host an exhibit of works by William Morris, a British designer of stained glass, tapestries, wallpaper, furniture, and more. Morris was a renaissance man and the founder of Kelmscott Press, which, between 1891 and 1898, produced 53 distinct art books printed on hand-made paper. William Morris and the Art of the Book: The Private Library of Jack Walsdorf runs Aug. 26 through Oct. 14.

Welcome to new staff and faculty members hired this summer

New Staff Members


Ed Barber, treasury

Thomas Blackerby, technology services

Maxine Broussard-Upchurch, human resources

Joshua Burkhart, dining and conference services

Roman Christiaens, spirituality, service, and social justice

Joseph Contreras, dining and conference services

Joshua Crabb, dining and conference services

Bill Downey, security services

Mark Fillman, security services

Mike Fitzpatrick, facilities services

Helen Garczynski, spirituality, service, and social justice

Charlie Gordon, facilities services

Dana Kapla, accounting and budget services

Courtney LaValle, biology

Lisa Long, Asian studies program

Gail Lund, counseling, health, and wellness services

Angela Markos, accounting and budget services

Karen Nitschman, capital giving

Krystle Pagarigan, biology

Bob Peaslee, natural science program

Paige Phillips, dining and conference services

Kari Purdy, bookstore

Marita Robbins, president's office

Roy Robinson, international programs

Clay Ross, annual giving

Aleisha Smith, Asian studies program

Landon Wade, academic advising

John Wahlke, dining and conference services

Jessica Ward, residence life

Deborah Wiese, counseling, health, and wellness services

Nolan Yaws, residence life

Rob Yuodelis, facilities services

New Faculty Members  

Doug Ballor, exercise science

Francoise Belot, foreign languages and literature

Nate Boland, chemistry

Daninel Cook, English

Tom Devaney, history

Sara Freeman, theatre arts

Denise Glover, comparative sociology

Eda Gurel-Atay, business and leadership

David Hanson, foreign languages and literature

Sarah Heavin, psychology

Darcy Irvin, English

Alan Krause, business and leadership

Heather Murphy, foreign languages and literature

Catalina Ocampo, foreign languages and literature

Matthew Parrott, philosophy

Jason Preszler, mathematics and computer science

Renee Simms, African American studies

Jeff Solomon, English

Carl Toews, mathematics and computer science

Stephanie Tong, communication studies

Cristy Walcher, biology

Suzanne Warren, English

Paul Weber, physics

John Wesley, English

Kirsten Wilbur, occupational therapy

Johanna Wolff, philosophy


Puget Sound was named a "Best Bet" in The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford by admission professionals Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik.

In the News

An interview of Professor of Economics D. Wade Hands by an advisor from the Insitute for New Economic Thinking about his work investigating the Paul Samuelson archives is available on the institute's YouTube channel.

The Princeton Review's naming of Puget Sound to a list of "Colleges with the Most Liberal Students" was covered in The Huffington Post and prompted an interesting discussion on our Facebook page (scroll down to Aug. 17).

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

Staff Senate to rename book scholarship

This fall the Staff Senate will officially rename its book scholarship the "Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship" in honor of Associate Vice President of Human Resources Rosa Beth Gibson. The senate presented Gibson with a proclamation at its May meeting making the announcement and honoring her significant contributions to Puget Sound throughout her 33 years of service to the college. Book scholarships are awarded each year to university staff members, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children who are working toward a degree or completion program at any level.

Puget Sound makes Teach For America "Top Colleges" list

Each year Teach For America selects a limited number of outstanding graduates to join its ranks to teach in urban and rural schools across the country. In 2011 the organization selected 13 Puget Sound graduates, placing the college among the top 20 small schools with alumni selected for the corps.

Civic Engagement Fair, Sept. 14

The 22nd Civic Engagement Fair, sponsored by the Community Involvement and Action Center (CIAC), will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. The fair is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about service opportunities in Tacoma with organizations such as Trinity Learning Center, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Metro Parks Tacoma, Americorps, and more. More than 25 organizations are scheduled to attend.

Annual Study Abroad Fair, Sept. 20

Puget Sound's annual Study Abroad Fair, hosted by the Office of International Programs, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda. Approximately 40 percent of all graduating seniors have an international experience while at Puget Sound. Encourage students you know to attend the fair and learn more.

Faculty grants workshop, Sept. 21

The Offices of the Associate Deans and Corporate and Foundation Relations will host a faculty grants workshop for all Puget Sound faculty members Wednesday, Sept. 21, from noon to 1 p.m., in Murray Boardroom. Learn to navigate funding resources at Puget Sound while you network with colleagues about your funding search. Lunch will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m.

RSVP to Deanna Kass at by Sept. 14.

Fall Staff Conversation, Sept. 22

Staff members: Mark your calendars for the annual Fall Staff Conversation with President Ron Thomas, Thursday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Watch Open Line for more information closer to the date.

Can't miss events

Through Sunday, Aug. 28: Orientation

Monday, Aug. 22–Nov. 5: Show and Tell: Art Department Faculty 2011, Kittredge Gallery

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

Friday, Aug 26: Campus residential facilities open for continuing students

Friday, Aug. 26–Friday, Oct. 14: William Morris and the Art of the Book: The Private Library of Jack Walsdorf, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Aug. 29: Classes begin