Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Feb. 14, 2011

Valentine's Day edition

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Campus News

Love is in the air (maybe that's the Tacoma Aroma)
From the annals of "in case you missed it last week" and "it's too perfect a story not to share on Valentine's Day"... Tacoma was named the most romantic city in the U.S. by online review and social networking site Yelp. The company considered multiple factors in determining the most cozy of communities, including romantic searches that spike just before Valentine's Day, such as "romantic restaurants" and "chocolate-covered strawberries." When the analysis was said and done, Tacoma came out on top. Read more at the Yelp Blog.

Photo and video journalist Melanie Burford to deliver Brown and Haley lectures, Feb. 15 and 16
Nationally acclaimed photo journalist Melanie Burford will give two lectues as part of the Brown and Haley Lecture Series this week. In From Katrina to the Deepwater Horion Disaster: The Slow Erosion of the Gulf, she'll discuss her experiences in the Gulf during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and last year's BP oil spill. Both lectures are free and open to the public:

  • Lecture I: "The Monster Under the Water: Delacroix Island Fishermen Defend Their Marsh Against the BP Oil Spill," Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC
  • Lecture II: "Eyes of the Storm: The Photographic Story of Hurricane Katrina From the Photographers of The Dallas Morning News," Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., Kilworth Memorial Chapel

Library exhibit showcases letterpress printing and book design
Catherine Alice Michaelis has long been inspired by plants to create artists' books and prints. Her artwork, on display now at Collins Memorial Library, includes colorful letterpress printing and the skillful paper engineering that has become her hallmark. "Quintessence: The Etheral and Material That Inspire the May Day Press" is on view now. This Thursday, Feb. 17, celebrate the opening of the show at a reception in the library, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

International pianist Eugene Skovorodnikov to perform free concert Friday, Feb. 18
Eugene Shovorodnikov, a Ukrainian-born pianist and performer, will give a concert of music by Franz Liszt in Schneebeck Concert Hall, Friday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Recognized for his stylistic interpretation and technical brilliance, Shovorodnikov is a prizewinner of the "N. Lisenko" National Piano Competition in Ukraine and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. The concert is free and open to the public.

Library to host Beth Patin on rebuilding libraries in tragedy's wake, Feb. 21
Doctoral student Beth Patin will be on campus Monday, Feb. 21, to discuss living and working in Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, and working in Chile following the earthquake last February. Studying library and information sciences at UW, she will share her experiences rebuilding libraries following devastating natural disaster. The talk, sponsored by Collins Memorial Library and the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, will be held in Murray Boardroom, WSC, at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

CIAC Spring Auction will benefit student programs, March 5
The Third Annual CIAC Spring Auction will be held Saturday, March 5, at 6 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda. The event, hosted by the Community Involvement and Action Center, helps support two of CIAC's youth programs, Kids Can Do! and Etc. Tutoring. The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple. For more information and a list of some of the auction items, visit the CIAC website. To reserve your spot at the auction, contact CIAC at

Discounted tickets for Be the Spark available for campus community
Puget Sound is partnering with The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Pacific Lutheran University on the "Be the Spark" campaign, an effort to address and reduce youth violence in Pierce County. Members of the campus community are actively involved in a variety of projects as part of the yearlong initiative, which will culminate in a speech by Archibishop Desmond Tutu at the Tacoma Dome on Friday, May 13.

Puget Sound community members—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents—have access to a special discount code when purchasing tickets to Tutu's talk. Enter "UPS11" on Ticketmaster under either "Student Promotions and Special Offers" or "Adult Promotions and Special Offers." For more information about Be the Spark or Tutu's visit to Tacoma, visit the press release.

Encourage students to become writing advisors
The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching (CWLT) is seeking student applicants from all academic areas to fill 2011–12 peer writing advisor positions. Please encourage qualified students to apply. Application instructions are available at CWLT, Howarth 105, and online.

Nominate alumni to receive distinguished alumni award
The Puget Sound Alumni Council seeks nominations of deserving alumni to receive one of four distinguished alumni awards: Service to Puget Sound Award, Young Logger Service Award, Service to Community Award, and Professional Achievement Award. Recipients will be profiled in the spring 2011 issue of Arches magazine, and will receive their awards at Summer Reunion Weekend in June. To nominate alumni or to learn more about each award category, visit

Annual flea market set for March 19
Start going through your closets, garage, and attic. The annual Women's League Flea Market will be held at Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering more than 50 booths of antiques, collectibles, books, furniture, art, and more. Donations will be accepted at the field house the days leading up to the event (March 16, 17, and 18) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nearly everything is accepted, excluding clothing, mattresses, and large appliances. More information coming to Open Line soon!

Start planning your Edible Books Fest entry
April 1 is just around the corner—no foolin'. It's time to start planning your submission for the 2011 Edible Books Festival. Free and open to the public, all are invited to particpate. Each edible creation should represent a literary character or book. For more information visit, or contact Carmel Thompson at or x3240.


The School of Business and Leadership team of Ryan Tate ’11, Spencer Kadas ’12, Elizabeth Card ’11, Brennan O'Keefe ’11, and Kyle Benson ’11 advanced to the final round of the Pacific Northwest Investment Research Challenge, sponsored by the Seattle chapter of Chartered Financial Analyst Society. The team will present its sell-side research report on SonoSite, a local medical device company, at the Rainier Club in Seattle, on Feb. 25. The winning team of that challenge will go on to the national competition, to be held in Omaha (home of Warren Buffet, who will be participating), in April. See photo in the photo gallery.

KUPS, Puget Sound's campus radio station was named one of the top 25 college stations in the country, and is once again in the running for an mtvU Radio Woodie award. Vote now to help KUPS make it into the top 10. (The top 10 will be revealed Feb. 15.)

Puget Sound's male a cappella group Garden Level was invited to audition for America's Got Talent by the producers of the NBC television show. The group of 11 students will audition Sunday, Feb. 20, at Tacoma Conference Center. Winning performers chosen from the Tacoma open audition will appear on the show later this year. Good luck, Garden Level!

bLogger applications due Feb. 18

if you use public transportation to get to work, or would like to start, apply today to be a Bus bLogger. Twenty-five ORCA cards will be awarded to Puget Sound faculty and staff members would are willing to blog about their experiences withalterntate commutes using public transportation. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 18.

For more information contact Todd Badham ’85, P'11, P'14 or Nicole Mulhausen, employee transportation coordinators, at

Your dog could be part of study

Does your dog have arthritis, hip dysplasia, or a joint injury? Help Prof. Cindy Benson McGregor conduct research for her dissertation about lameness in dogs. You would be asked to fill out two short questionnaires, then take your dog through a series of activities at its own pace. No treatment is involved. Tests will be conducted in South Hall, and should take about 30 minutes. Dogs will receive a cash reward of $10. McGregor plans to complete her data collection by April 1.

Contact McGregor at to participate.

Librarian now on call on Sundays

Collins Memorial Library now has a librarian on call Sundays, 2–6 p.m., through March 6, and again March 27–May 1.

Can't-miss events

Through Feb. 26: Large Gallery: Marked; Small Gallery: Patterned Remarks, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, Feb. 14: Valentine's Day

Monday, Feb. 14: West Coast Swing with Bluesion, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Room, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 15–Friday, April 15: Quintessence: The Ethereal and Material That Inspire the May Day Press: Books and Prints by Catherine Alice Michaelis, Collins Memorial Library

Tuesday, Feb. 15: Brown and Haley Lecture I: The Monster Under the Water: Delacroix Island Fishermen Defend Their Marsh Against the BP Oil Spill, Melanie Burford, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16: RSVP Deadline for Daedalus Dinner: Hot Stuff! The Politics of Radioactive Waste Disposal in the U.S., Dan Sherman, environmental policy and decision making. Event date: Wednesday, Feb. 23. For more information or to RSVP contact Deanna Kass at or x3207.

Wednesday, Feb. 16: Peace Corps Info Session: Live and Work Overseas, Wheelock 201, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16: Brown and Haley Lecture II: Eyes of the Storm: The Photographic Story of Hurricane Katrina From the Photographers at The Dallas Morning News, Melanie Burford, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16: String Orchestra Concert, Christophe Chagnard, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 17: Quintessence Opening Reception, Collins Memorial Library, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 18: Music in the Library featuring Grace Youn ’12, violin, Collins Memorial Library, 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 18: Women's Tennis vs. Pacific (Ore.) and George Fox, Tennis Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 18: Guest Artist Eugene Skovorodnikov, piano, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19: Baseball vs. Whitworth, Baseball Field, Doubleheader begins at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 20: Baseball vs. Whitworth, Baseball Field, Doubleheader begins at 11 a.m.