Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Dec. 9, 2013

Campus News  •  Noteworthy

Campus News

PT students present their research, Dec. 10–11
Third-year physical therapy students will present their capstone research projects in poster sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., on the fourth floor of Weyerhausuer Hall.

Students to present conceptual artwork, Dec. 11
Students in the inaugural CONN 303: Art + Science + Technology class will present their conceptual artwork on Wednesday, Dec 11, beginning at 3 p.m. Six groups of students will present their work from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by a second set of six groups, from 4 to 5 p.m. The artwork, ranging from autistic dogs to microbial music, includes collaborative prototypes and conceptual designs that could be developed into full-fledged pieces in the future. Presentations will be held in Trimble Forum.

President and Mary Thomas to host President's Holiday Brunch, Dec. 13
This Friday! Make plans to attend the annual President's Holiday Brunch for faculty and staff members on Friday, Dec. 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC.

Last Rocking Chair Room Story Hour of the semester will be Dec. 14
Collins Memorial Library will host the last Rocking Chair Room Story Hour of the semester for the campus community and our neighbors on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. Story time lasts about 30 minutes, and includes a song or short activity, followed by a family-friendly craft. This Saturday's theme is "winter, and promises snowflakes, polar bears, and lots of wintery fun."

The Cellar offers take-and-bake specials for faculty and staff
The Cellar
is once again severing 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.

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).

Donate your department's old, unusable letterhead
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, to Print and Copy Services for making it happen.

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.

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

Snowshoe, cross-country ski, or rent other equipment from Puget Sound Outdoors to use over winter break. You can rent anything from the Expeditionary—for the whole break—for just a "weekend + a day" rate. Equipment can be reserved now with payment, and picked up during special hours the week of finals. For prices visit the Expeditionary online at

The Expeditionary is located at 1506 N. Alder St., and is open Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m., through the last day of classes. Call x3403 with questions.

Save the date! 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. The schedule will hit your inbox soon—visit for a preview of courses.


Andrew Gardner, associate professor of anthropology, and Kristin Giordano, photographer, installed their collaborative exhibit, Skyscrapers and Shadows: Labor and Migration in Doha, Qatar, at New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Nov 27. The exhibit, which first showed at Collins Memorial Library in 2012, is a cross-disciplinary and blurred-genre assemblage that seeks to illuminate the lives and experiences of transnational labor migrants on the Arabian Peninsula, and will be on display at NYUAD’s downtown campus building for three months.

Two handmade screenprints by Associate Professor of Art Janet Marcavage were recently selected for purchase by the King County Public Art Collection. These are portable works that will be rotated throughout the public spaces of county-owned facilities.

Ben Tucker, business and economics librarian, published the article "A Modest Movie Migration: Digitizing and providing institutional repository access to a small archive of motion picture films at a liberal arts college" in Public Services Quarterly.

Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, Dec. 14: Exhibit: 2013 Art Students Annual, Kittredge Gallery

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

Monday, Dec. 9–Tuesday, Dec. 10: Collins Memorial Library open 24 hours

Monday, Dec. 9–Wednesday, Dec. 11: Directing Class Festival of One Acts and Scenes, different shows each night, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $2, only sold at the door

Monday, Dec. 9: Concert: Clarinet Ensemble, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10: Community Music Department Suzuki Violin Student Recital, directed by Betty Ellsworth, Gayane Grigoryan, and Kendall Becherer, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10: Concert: Make a Joyful Noise, Chorale and Dorian Singers, Steven Zopfi and Kathryn Lehmann, conductors, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11: Last day of classes

Wednesday, Dec. 11–Thursday, Dec. 12: Slater Museum of Natural History Open Hours, Thompson 295, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12–Sunday, Dec. 15: Reading period (no classes)

Friday, Dec. 13: President's Holiday Brunch, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 9 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14: Rocking Chair Room Story Hour, Collins Memorial Library, 10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14: South Sound Strings Harp Ensemble Concert, directed by Patricia McNulty Wooster, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 3 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 16–Friday, Dec. 20: Final exams