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 www.pugetsound.edu/pacrim.
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com by Sept. 14.
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.
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