Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Feb. 10, 2014

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Campus News

Caribbean Writer Series continues tonight with guest speaker Myriam J. A. Chancy
The Caribbean Writer: Identity, Immigration, and Art, a yearlong series presented by the African American Studies Program, continues tonight with a free, public talk by Haitian-Canadian writer Myriam J. A. Chancy. "The Memory Table" will begin at 5:30 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. A professor of English and author or numerous books, Chancy explores spirituality, ranging from mysticism to Judaism, in her latest novel, The Loneliness of Angels. The Caribbean Writer Series features writers from Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands—areas that have each had unique encounters with colonialism, slavery, tourism, and multiculturalism. The series concludes in May, with guest speaker Elizabeth Nunez.

Library hosts exhibit showcasing book arts, through March 30
The Guild of Book Workers is an organization of practitioners in and fans of all book arts, including bookbinding, hand papermaking, printing, calligraphy, marbling, conservation and restoration of older materials, and artists’ books. On display now in Collins Memorial Library is The Horizon Exhibit, which prompted members of the guild to consider the horizon, and yielded an impressive array of fine and design bindings; broadsides; and one-of-a-kind, multiple, fine press, sculptural, and calligraphic artists’ books. The exhibit runs through March 30.

Collins Memorial Library offers citation sessions during the month of February
Could your students benefit from some guidance when it comes to citation rules in their academic papers? Collins Memorial Library is offering four 30-minute workshops in February. All workshops will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will take place in Library 118. 

    • Choosing a Citation Manager: Feb. 11
    • Making the Most of RefWorks: Feb. 18
    • Making the Most of Zotero: Feb. 27

Poems by Prof. Bill Kupinse set to music, performed Feb. 11
Greg Youtz, professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University, has been setting to music the Northwest-themed poetry of Associate Professor of English Bill Kupinse, and will be sharing his efforts in a performance at PLU on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Poetry Above the Roar will feature mezzo-soprano Erin Calata performing the 10 poem-songs in an hourlong cycle. Kupinse will open the program by reading his poems. The performance will begin at 8 p.m., in MBR Music Center 306.

Campus Climate Survey forums continue Tuesday, Feb. 12, with discussion about socioeconomics
Campus conversations continue this month, as the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) shares findings from the 2012 Campus Climate Survey focused on the topic of socioeconomics. The first of three conversations in February will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. The third forum on socioeconomics will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at noon, also in the Tahoma Room. Download the report on socioeconomics from the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site.

DAC will host additional conversations in the coming months on the topics of political beliefs and race/ethnicity. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Michael Benitez at or x2827 with questions.

Open drawing sessions available Wednesdays, Feb. 12–April 23
The art department will host Open Figure Drawing sessions on Wednesday evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m., in Kittredge 201. The dates for this semester are Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, and April 23. These sessions are not led by an instructor. Easels and stools are provided, but you must bring your own drawing materials. Open Figure Drawing is free and open to the public. Questions? Please contact the art department at x2806 or

Stephanie Anne Johnson from NBC's The Voice will perform live, Feb. 12
ASUPS NW Sounds presents Stephanie Anne Johnson, one of the stars of NBC's performance reality series The Voice, will be on campus Wednesday, Feb. 12, for a free concert. The singer/songwriter and Tacoma native will perform at 6:30 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. 

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Feb. 13
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are held on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, Feb. 6, the presentation will feature guest speaker Kristin Hultgren, Seattle University, speaking on "Size, Sociality, and Symbiosis in the Sea." For more information visit

ASUPS brings creators of video game République to campus for public talk, Feb. 17
Ryan Payton ’03 and Jeff Matthews, professor of business and leadership, will give a talk about their startup video game venture, Camouflaj, on Monday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Camouflaj, which was partially funded through the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter, launched its first game, République, just before Christmas. iTunes and scores of bloggers and reviewers recommended the game, including Hayley Tsukayama at The Washington Post. The talk is sponsored by ASUPS. 

Expy offers discounted ski tickets for Crystal and the Summit and winter equipment rentals
Discounted ski tickets for Crystal Mountain and the Summit are available through Puget Sound Outdoors (PSO). Get $10 off regular ticket prices, available for students, faculty and staff members, and dependents only. 

Get outside this winter! Snowshoe, cross-country ski, or more! In addition to discounted lift tickets, you can rent equipment from PSO at the Expeditionary, campus's trip and rental center, for yourself and your family. Equipment may be reserved with payment.

The Expeditionary is open Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m., through the last day of classes (excluding holidays). For more information about discounted lift tickets or equipment rentals and prices, stop by the Expy, call x3403, or visit to

Annual Women's League Flea Market seeks volunteers
The popular flea market run by the Puget Sound Women’s League will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 60 booths will offer antiques and collectibles, artwork, handcrafts, artisan and vintage jewelry, home and garden items, furniture, clothing, glassworks, locally sourced foods, and more. Student, faculty, and staff volunteers are needed to help sell tickets, price items for sale, and work league booths, such as the cafe and Grandma's Attic.

If you would like to volunteer, or have questions about this year's market, contact Lynn Raisl ’77 at or 253.759.0725. Check the Women's League Facebook page for featured vendors and more information. 

ASUPS can help you promote your event
Have an event you want to advertise through posters, on the plasma screen in The Diner, or on the ASUPS website? Request your posters and images through ASUPS today, whether you have your own image or want ASUPS to design it for you! The new ASUPS Poster Request system makes it easier than ever. Visit to create your new request! Have questions? Send an email message to

State legislators to host town hall meeting for 27th District Feb. 22
Senator Jeannie Darneille and Representatives Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey will host their 2014 Town Hall Meeting in Tacoma on Feb. 22. Encompassing much of the North End, the 27th District includes campus and many campus members. At the event attendees will receive an update on the session and have an opportunity to ask questions and share their ideas on ways to help the community. The Town Hall will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Jason Lee Middle School, 602 S. Sprague, Tacoma. Sign-in to speak begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, or if you have questions, contact Darneille's office at 360.786.7652.


Two Puget Sound school indoor track and field records fell at the Vandal Open Saturday as the women’s 4x400m relay set a new Puget Sound best in the event, and Alicia Burns ’14 extended her own school record in the 800m run.

Beyond Civilization and Barbarism: Culture and Politics in Postrevolutionary Argentina, by Assistant Professor Foreign Languages and Literature Brendan Lanctot, was published by Bucknell University Press in December 2013.

In the News

Nakisha Jones ’16, president of the Black Student Union, was interviewed on Tacoma radio KLAY about Black History Month at Puget Sound (no link available).

Slater Museum of Natural History was honored by the Tahoma Audubon Society for its contributions to public education and scientific research, wrote The Suburban Times in a photo story.

The Feb. 20 Swope Lecture by Doug and Rhonda Jacobsen on the topic “The Future of Religion in Higher Education” attracted a short story in Tacoma Weekly.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, March 1: Kittredge Gallery Exhibition: Large Gallery: I Like Rocks!; Small Gallery: Ceramics, Kittredge Gallery

Through Sunday, March 30: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: The Horizon Exhibit: Guild of Book Workers, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Feb. 10; Tuesday, Feb. 11; Thursday, Feb. 13: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 10: Guest Lecture: The Memory Table, Myriam J. A. Chancy, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Monday, Feb. 10; Thursday, Feb. 13: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma Meeting, Seminar Room, Commencement Hall, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Film Screening: New Year's Sacrifice, Asian Languages and Cultures Program, Commencement Hall, Room 272, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Service Corps Panel, Trimble Hall Forum, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Forum on Socioeconomic Status: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Birds of Prey Night at the Museum, Slater Museum, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Daedalus Dinner: Keith Ward, music, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 6 p.m. Reservations required.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Stephanie Johnson, local singer/songwriter who starred on NBC's The Voice, in concert, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Kristin Hultgren, Seattle University, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13: Sister Cities International Film Festival: Restoration, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, doors open at 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14: Valentine's Day

Saturday, Feb. 15: Avalanche Awareness Course, Murray Boardroom, WSC, 9 a.m. Sign up at The Expy

Saturday, Feb. 15: Concert: Rob Hutchinson and Friends—An Evening of Classic Blues and Jazz, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17: ASUPS Lecture: Camouflaj, Jeff Matthews, business and leadership, and Ryan Payton ’03, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 8 p.m.