Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Dec. 16, 2013

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Campus News

Two students earn prestigious Murdock science awards
Benjamin Boe ’15 and Kathryn Ginsberg ’14 were recognized for their excellence in science research at the 2013 Murdock College Science Research Program Conference (MCSRP). Boe was named the winner of the John Van Zytveld Award in the physical sciences for his presentation “Coupled vibrations between musical drumheads,” and Ginsberg was selected as the winner of the Murdock Poster Prize in Environmental Science/Geology for her presentation “Method development for wastewater epidemiology.” Read more about Benjamin and Kathryn.

Puget Sound joins national network to help students attend their dream schools
Puget Sound has joined other top colleges and universities as a member of the American Honors Network, a first-of-its-kind, national education initiative. Announced today, the new network of 27 public and private four-year colleges and universities will help community college honors students gain access to new transfer opportunities.

Remind students to enter the 2013 Writing Excellence awards contest
The Writing Excellence prizes are awarded annually to encourage and reward good writing in all disciplines. Any paper submitted for a single course taken at Puget Sound in spring, summer, or fall of 2013 is eligible. This year the entry process has been changed and only electronic submissions will be accepted. More information and the entry form are available at Prizes of $250 each will be awarded in six categories to nine student winners. Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

The Diner and campus cafes begin special hours during finals week and winter break
Dining and Conference Services
announced finals week and winter break operating hours last week. The Diner, Diversions Cafe, and Oppenheimer Cafe will have normal hours this week, except Friday, Dec. 20, when The Diner will close at 6 p.m., Oppenheimer will close at 3 p.m., and Diversions will close at 3:30 p.m. The Cellar will be open through Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 6 p.m. to midnight. All dining operations will be closed Saturday, Dec. 21–Wednesday, Jan. 1. Additional winter break hours can be found at by clicking on the link for each dining location.

The Cellar offers take-and-bake specials for faculty and staff through Dec. 18
The Cellar
is once again serving up "take-and-bake" pizzas! For $10 faculty and staff members can get a large, any-topping pizza that's ready to go straight into the oven, and a 2-liter bottle of pop. Orders may be placed in person or by phone (x3663), and can be picked up by 6 p.m. The Cellar will be open through Dec. 18, then closed for winter break.

Donate your department's old, unusable letterhead by Dec. 20
All fall offices and departments across campus have adopted the new university logo for use on fliers, posters, business cards, and more, using up and phasing out materials with the old wordmark by the transition deadline of Dec. 31. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, all university letterhead will use the new logo. If you or others in your area have leftover letterhead, and you would like to donate it to a couple of worthy causes, Print and Copy Services can help. Please collect and deliver department letterhead to Print and Copy Services marked “To Be Donated” by Dec. 20, and PCS staff members will trim the paper so it can be donated to the Freedom Education Puget Sound Project and City of Tacoma’s Arts EnviroChallenger program. Thanks to Anna Coy in the School of Education for the suggestion, and to Print and Copy Services for making it happen.

Puget Sound Outdoors and the Expy have what you need to get out and enjoy winter
Discounted ski tickets for Crystal Mountain and the Summit are now available through Puget Sound Outdoors. Ticket prices are $10 off, and are available for students, faculty, staff, and dependents only. More ticket information at

Snow equipment rentals:
Rent Snowshoes, cross-country skis, or other equipment from Puget Sound Outdoors for the winter break. You can rent anything from the Expeditionary—for the whole break—for just a "weekend + a day" rate. For prices visit the Expeditionary online at

The Expeditionary is located at 1506 N. Alder St., and is open during finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 3 to 7 p.m. Call x3403 with questions.

Professional development conference for faculty and staff coming in January
The annual Professional Development and Enrichment Conference for Faculty and Staff will be Jan. 13–16, 2014. Choose from more than 40 opportunities to continue your professional and personal discovery, including sessions on leadership, PeopleSoft, blogging, emergency procedures, and more. View the complete course schedule and registration details at Learn something new in 2014!

Save the date! 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration to feature educator, author, and activist Carlos Muñoz
For more than 25 years, Puget Sound has brought the campus and community together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 2014 celebration, our 28th, will feature gospel music by Navele & Friends and a lecture by scholar and activist Carlos Muñoz Jr. Mark your calendar now. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Watch Open Line for more information, or contact for details.

Winter has arrived! Reminders from Security Services
With fewer daylight hours and temperatures dropping, here are a couple reminders from Security Services to help keep all our campus members safe this winter:

  • Please take a moment to review and discuss your department's plans, should Puget Sound close or have a late start due to inclement weather. Use your best judgment about coming to campus. Conditions differ greatly in our region and may be worse at your house than on campus. Information about the university's plans and response is available on the emergency website at
  • Long-term parking over winter break (Dec. 23–Jan. 17) is reserved for resident students who are leaving town and have no other option for storing their vehicle. This year, due to construction at Wheelock Student, the parking lot at N. 18th St. will be used for long-term parking over break.
  • During the semester break—when faculty and staff members are working, but classes aren’t in session—the campus can be very quiet. Please help keep the campus safe by using the security safety escort service and by reporting suspicious activity immediately to Security Services, x3311, or Tacoma Police (911).

Work will continue on student center during winter break
Progress continues on the renovation and expansion of Wheelock Student Center. The two-story, 18,000-square-foot addition to the building has begun taking shape, with most of the structural steel and roof framing complete. Construction work will continue through winter break and into May when the kitchen and dining addition is completed. As a result Marshall Hall will be closed beginning Dec. 21, and will re-open on Jan. 20. Seating will be available in the rotunda during the closure.

In addition to new, larger kitchen space on the first floor, the student center addition includes a second floor seating area and new dining staff offices. Construction of a completely remodeled and expanded servery is scheduled for summer 2014.


Congratulations to musician Zachary Hamilton ’14, who has been awarded the City of Music Scholarships, a competitive scholarship provided by IES Abroad and Vienna-based musical string company Thomastik-Infeld to outstanding IES Abroad Vienna string students. Hamilton will participate in the IES Abroad Vienna Music program next spring.

Archivist and Digital Collections Coordinator Katie Henningsen and Laura Edgar, administrative assistant in the art department, had proposals accepted for the Pacific Northwest History Conference, which will be held in Vancouver, Wash., in April. Henningsen will present on "Using Special Collections to Enhance Undergraduate Education," and Edgar will present on "A Tacoma Trailblazer: The Life and Time of Abby Williams Hill."

In the News

South Puget Sound News, an online community news site, ran a large photo of the Adelphians and a story about the choir's winter concert.

Associate Professor of Religion Greta Austin was quoted twice in a Christian Science Monitor feature about religious groups trying to celebrate their holiday traditions in public spaces without causing contention.

Leon Grunberg, professor of sociology and anthropology, was quoted by Bloomberg News in a story about union negotiations with Boeing. The story also appeared in The Washington Post online, Bloomberg Businessweek, and in Business Day online of South Africa.

Suzanne Holland, professor of religion, was quoted in the Newsweek affiliate The Daily Beast, in a feature about the growing number of mergers between Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals.

Associate Professor of Business Leadership Lisa Johnson is part of an international group of academics undertaking a major new review of the ethics of using animals in research, the Web journal International Times reported.

The Puget Sound Ethics Bowl team, advised by Ariela Tubert, associate professor of philosophy, was pictured in the Web news of Independent Colleges of Washington.

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

Can't-miss Events

Through Thursday, Dec. 19: Collins Memorial Library open 24 hours

Through Friday, Dec. 20: Final exams

Through Tuesday, Jan. 14: Exhibit: Camp Stories, Collins Memorial Library

Friday, Dec. 20: Women's Basketball vs. UC Santa Cruz, Memorial Fieldhouse, 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 20: Community Music Student Recital, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day

Monday, Dec. 30: Men's Basketball vs. SUNY Geneseo, Memorial Fieldhouse, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 1: New Year's Day

Friday, Jan. 3: Women's Basketball vs. Lewis & Clark, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3: Men's Basketball vs. Lewis & Clark, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4: Women's Basketball vs. Linfield, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4: Men's Basketball vs. Linfield, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.