Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Feb. 17, 2014

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Campus News

ASUPS brings creators of video game République to campus for public talk tonight
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. 

Campus remembers Japanese-American students interned during WWII
Feb. 19 marks the anniversary of President Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the removal of Japanese and Japanese Americans from the Western coastal regions of the United States, beginning in 1942. Every February we honor the 30 Puget Sound students whose education was interrupted by relocation to internment camps by posting their names next to cherry trees planted in their memory outside Wheelock Student Center. Learn more on the Multicultural Student Services Web page. Thursday, Feb. 20, the Behind the Archives Door series explores the experience of these students and the university's response by examining original documents, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

What do Google, Tacoma Power, and Russell Investments have in common? 
Each of these organizations will be represented by Puget Sound alumni at the Feb. 20 Career Fair! In fact nearly a third of the Career Fair organizations are bringing alumni to talk with students about the wide range of jobs and internships being offered. Encourage students to attend! Whether they’re actively job seeking or just browsing for ideas and practicing their professional demeanor, the Career Fair provides a key career development opportunity.

Art+Science Salon welcomes media artist Victoria Vesna, UCLA, Feb. 20
Puget Sound's ongoing collaboration with Tacoma Art Museum continues this Thursday, at the Art+Science Salon, held at Tacoma Art Museum during the gallery's monthly free Third Thursday. The event begins at 6 p.m., and will feature Professor of Digital Media Victoria Vesna, director of UCLA's ArtSci Center. For more information visit the Art+Sci website.

Swope Lecture explores future of religion in higher ed, Feb. 20
Doug and Rhonda Jacobsen, authors and scholars on the role of faith on college campuses, will deliver the spring Swope Lecture on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values. The lecture, "The Future of Religion in Higher Education," will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be obtained from the Info Center or Following the lecture will be a reception and book signing.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Feb. 20
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. 20, the presentation will feature Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Jung Kim, speaking on "Labeling Neurons Involved in Quadrupedal Stepping in Mice Using a Viral Marker." For more information visit

Campus Climate Survey forums continue Friday, Feb. 21, 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 third forum on socioeconomics will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at noon, 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.

Puget Sound named a top college for Peace Corps volunteers
With more than 280 alumni who have served in the Peace Corps since its founding in 1961, Puget Sound again ranks among the top volunteer-producing small colleges in the country in 2014. Currently 12 Logger alumni are serving worldwide.

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.

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 will host two remaining 30-minute workshops in February. All workshops will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will take place in Library 118. 

    • Making the Most of RefWorks: Feb. 18
    • Making the Most of Zotero: Feb. 27

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

Dining and Conference Services launches MyNutrition online tool
Faculty, staff, and students can now find help online making smart, healthy choices in The Diner. Check out the MyNutrition tool today, and:

    • see how your food choices measure up, nutritionally
    • screen The Diner offerings for allergens
    • search The Diner's daily menu options by food preferences

Call for proposals—campus members encouraged to participate in 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference
The 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference planning committee invites proposals for papers, panels, and other presentation formats, including, but not limited to, round tables, posters, performances, visual arts, and interactive sessions, from a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, and diverse range of participants involved in a variety of educational, civic, artistic, and community-based organizations. The conference also welcomes student poster sessions, and supports innovative and creative presentation formats that address conference themes. The 2014 conference theme is What NOW is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Conscience. More information about the call for proposals, including conference subthemes is available on the conference Web page

Please carefully read the proposal submission requirements and guidelines. Conference staff members are eager to assist you with questions about the conference and submission process. Contact or 253.879.2435.


Katy Ainslie ’14 put on a 30-point clinic in the Logger women's basketball win over Willamette Saturday night. That's the most points by any Logger since 2012, and destroys her previous career high of 19. Go Katy!

Congratulations to the Logger men's and women's swim teams, who competed in the NWC Championships over the weekend. Derek Frenzel ’14, Keven Henley ’16, and Melissa Norrish ’15 claimed individual conference titles, and the men's 800 free team (Teale Kitson ’14, Clayton Jacobson ’15, Jared Fisk ’15, and Frenzel) took first in the relay. Norrish was named Female Swimmer of the Year, and the men's team finished third overall at the meet.

Two more Puget Sound track and field records fell this weekend. Sean Tyree ’14 smashed the record in the men's 600-meter run, set in 2012, by nearly four seconds, and Alicia Burns ’14 beat her own record in the 800-meter run—the third time she's set the mark this season.

In the News

The ceramics exhibit by Chad Gunderson, in art, at Kittredge Gallery attracted a large photo review in Tacoma Weekly.

The blog of the American Society for Microbiology included the Microbial Supremacy blog of Mark Martin, professor of biology, as one of its “favorite blogs.”

Jeff Matthews, professor of business and leadership, and Ryan Payton ’03, were interviewed on KUOW public radio about setting up a video game business.

Seattle-based Crosscut ran a short item noting that Puget Sound is the No. 14 producer of Peace Corps volunteers among small colleges in 2014.

Serni Solidarios, student programs director, was interviewed on Tacoma’s KLAY Radio on Feb 12 about the famous faces who have visited Puget Sound and about a concert with local singer Stephanie Anne Johnson (no link available).

President Ronald R. Thomas was interviewed for a photo feature on the front page of The News Tribune. The story, which ranged from Thomas’ love of literature, to economics, to the future of higher education, marked his 10+ years as president.

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 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. 17; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Thursday, Feb. 20: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.m.

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

Monday, Feb. 17; Thursday, Feb. 20: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18: Relax, Rehearse, Relate, Geoff Proehl, theatre arts, Music L6, noon

Tuesday, Feb. 18: New Course Info Session: Cuba: From Revolution to Evolution, Wyatt 204, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18: Film Screening: The Way of the Dragon (1956), Commencement 272, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Guest Lecture: Steven Green, Tokyo University, Wyatt 109, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19: A Panel on Women and Leadership, sponsored by Business Leadership Program, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Behind the Archives Door: Japanese-American Students at Puget Sound During WWII, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Jung Kim, exercise science, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Career Fair, Marshall Hall, WSC, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Art+Science Salon: Victoria Vesna, media artist, UCLA, Tacoma Art Museum, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Sister Cities International Film Festival: Avenue Montaigne, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Swope Lecture: The Future of Religion in Higher Education, Doulas "Jake" and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21:  Forum on Socioeconomic Status: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, noon

Friday, Feb. 21: Guest Speaker: William Dawson ’02, vice president of corporate finance, GE Capital, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21: Women's Tennis vs. Pacific (Ore.), Tennis Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21: Women's Basketball vs. George Fox, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21: Concert: Musical Postcards, Symphony Orchestra, Huw Edwards, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21: Men's Basketball vs. George Fox, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22: Women's Tennis vs. College of Idaho, Tennis Pavilion, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22: Softball vs. George Fox Doubleheader, East Athletic Field, noon and 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22: Men's Tennis vs. College of Idaho, Tennis Pavilion, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22: Women's Basketball vs. Pacific (Ore.), Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22: Men's Basketball vs. Pacific (Ore.), Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23: Softball vs. Pacific (Ore.) Doubleheader, East Athletic Field, noon and 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 24: Poetry Reading: Civil Rights and Peace, part of Black History Month at Puget Sound, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 5:30 p.m.