Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Feb. 11, 2013

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Campus News

Puget Sound again among top colleges for Peace Corps volunteers
The Peace Corps announced its annual ranking of colleges and universities with alumni currently volunteering in the corps, and Puget Sound is once again ranked among the top 10 small colleges. Sixteen Loggers are currently active in the corps, and 284 alumni have served since the Peace Corps was established in 1961. Puget Sound has placed in the top 10 each year since the Peace Corps began producing its rankings report in 2001. Go Loggers!

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Feb. 12 with discussion on trauma
The spring Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, Feb. 12, with Sarah Heavin, visiting assistant professor of psychology, presenting on trauma. The talk, "Applied Principles in the Psychological Treatment of Traumatic Events: The Use of Narrative in Treating Childhood Trauma," will begin at 4 p.m., in Thompson 193. After the talk enjoy conversation and light refreshments. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit

Guest speaker Sora Kim will speak on the diet and habitat of sharks in science and math seminar Feb. 14
Join students, faculty, staff, and guests Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 5 p.m., in Thompson 175 for a Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminar on the "Surprising diet and habitat preferences for modern and ancient sharks" by guest speaker Sora Kim, geology and geophysics department, University of Wyoming. The series has been held on a regular basis since 1978–79, and features Puget Sound faculty members and students and invited guest speakers discussing a wide range of topics. For more information visit

Pecos Bill to premiere at Jacobsen Jr. concert Feb. 16
Jacobsen Jr., Puget Sound's annual concert for children, is heading west! The performance, featuring the world premiere of Professor Duane Hulbert's Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale of the Wild West, will begin Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is $5 for children and young adults ages 5–18, $10 for adults, and $25 for families of four or more. Children under five and students with Puget Sound ID are free.

President Thomas elected to NAICU board of directors
President Ronald R. Thomas was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), joining his peers from across the nation to represent the voice of private, nonprofit institutions on a national level. Members of the board set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy and oversee its financial administration. Last week Thomas was formally appointed to a three-year term at NAICU’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“President Thomas was selected by his peers because of his expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren.

Logger swim teams secure four individual titles in Northwest Conference Championships
The Logger swim teams competed in the NWC Championships over the weekend. Derek Frenzel ’14 swam a 200 fly that not only captured the NWC title, but earned him an automatic qualifying time to compete at the NCAA Championships in March. Tracy Wormwood ’13 earned her fourth consecutive title in the 200 breaststroke, earning a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships. Teale Kitson ’14 took the 200 backstroke title, also earning a provisional qualifying time. Melissa Norrish ’15 came from behind in the final laps of the 200 fly to secure her championship title. In the team standings, the men's team finished fourth, and the women's team jumped from fourth place on the final day of competition to finish second.


Congratulations to the Logger baseball team, which completed a season-opening sweep of Division II St. Martin's over the weekend with a 12-0 win on Saturday, followed by 5-4 and 16-9 wins in a doubleheader Sunday.

Katie Henningsen, archivist and digital collections coordinator for Collins Memorial Library, has been appointed chair of the Membership & Professional Development Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, as well as a member of the association’s Diversity Committee.

Puget Sound's Ultimate Frisbee club team, the Postmen, finished first at the "DIII Warmup" tournament.

Metadata and Collection Services Librarian Hilary Robbeloth presented at the Online Northwest Conference in Corvallis, Ore. She and her co-presenters, Justin Wadland (University of Washington) and Alison Lane (MLIS Student at University of Washington Information School) shared “From Can of Worms to Online Collection: Digitizing the Oral Histories of the Tacoma Community History Project.” Learn more at the history project website.

Allanah Whitehall ’16 set the indoor school record in the 60-meter dash to highlight the Puget Sound track & field teams’ day at the UW Indoor Open.

In the News

Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, and a colleague wrote a blog post for HuffPost College about “shushing librarians.”

The new veterans scholarship fund established in honor of Professor Emeritus Bill Dasher was featured in Business Examiner.

The Speculative Humbug blog noted that Paul Loeb, professor of philosophy, will be a plenary speaker at the Nietzsche Society of Great Britain and Ireland conference on Zarathustra in Cork, Ireland, this fall.

William Ransom’s recital as part of Puget Sound's 23rd Annual Piano Festival was included in The News Tribune’s “Critic’s Picks” in its Go arts section today.

Bill Cosby's performance at Puget Sound Sunday was featured in The News Tribune (front page) and The Olympian. Tacoma Weekly ran a front-page arts section interview with Cosby. FOX Q13 television morning news hosts chatted about his appearance, and KOMO Radio ran a five-minute interview with Cosby on its morning show today.

Puget Sound was among the Washington state colleges that placed in a top 10 category for producing 2013 Peace Corps volunteers, mentioned in The Seattle Times, The News Tribune, KOMO 4 News, Seattle Weekly, and more.

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Symphony Orchestra performs "Symphonic Virtuosity" Feb. 15

Puget Sound's Symphony Orchestra, Huw Edwards, conductor, will present Symphonic Virtuosity on Friday, Feb. 15. The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, and will feature Concerto/Aria Competition winners Brenda Miller ’15, piano, and Faithlina Chan ’16, cello.

Prof. Paul Loeb Daedalus Dinner Feb. 27, reservations due Feb. 20

The first Daedalus Dinner of the spring semester will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m., in Murray Boardroom, WSC. Paul Loeb, professor of philosophy, will discuss how rapid advances in science and technology are contributing to the alteration, enhancement, and evolution of the human into the posthuman.

The evening begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, made on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made by Wednesday, Feb. 20. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, March 2: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Yuki Nakamura and Robert Campbell; Small Gallery: Contemporary Drawings Show, Kittredge Gallery

Through Thursday, March 14: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Celebrating 125 Years in the Stacks, Collins Memorial Library

Tuesday, Feb. 12: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: Sarah Heavin, psychology, Thompson 193, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14: Valentine's Day

Thursday, Feb. 14: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Sora Kim, University of Wyoming, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15: Brown Bag Neuroscience Lunch, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15: Women's Basketball vs. Pacific (Ore.), Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15: Symphonic Virtuosity, Symphony Orchestra, Huw Edwards, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15: Men's Basketball vs. Pacific (Ore.), Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16: Jacobsen Jr. Goes West!, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 3 p.m. Tickets: $5 ages 5–18; $10 general; $25 family of four+; Children under 5 and Puget Sound students free

Saturday, Feb. 16: Women's Basketball vs. George Fox, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16: Men's Basketball vs. George Fox, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.