Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Feb. 24, 2014

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Campus News

Puget Sound accepts first gift in Bitcoin, from alumnus entrepreneur Nic Cary ’07
Bitcoin entrepreneur Nicolas Cary ’07, who graduated with from Puget Sound’s Business Leadership Program, made a $10,000 gift to the Alumni Fund by electronically transferring just over 14.5 bitcoins to the university. To receive the gift Puget Sound established an online, nonprofit account with e-commerce processor BitPay. Through BitPay the university processed a “bill” in U.S. dollars for the pledged donation. BitPay sent an email message to Cary containing an invoice based on the current bitcoin-to-US$ exchange rate, and Cary scanned a QR code to complete the transaction.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Feb. 27
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. 27, the presentation will feature Peter Selkin from UW Tacoma's Department of Environmental Science, speaking on "A Magnetic Perspective on Magmatic Processes in the Stillwater Complex, Montana." For more information visit

Final Collins Memorial Library citation sessions February 27
Could your students benefit from some guidance when it comes to citation rules in their academic papers? The last of Collins Memorial Library's series of 30-minute citation workshops, "Making the Most of Zotero," will be held Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m., in Library 118. 

Iphigenia 2.0 breathes new life into Euripides' ancient tale, beginning Feb. 28
This spring the Department of Theatre Arts takes audiences to ancient Greece in Iphigenia 2.0 by Charles Mee, a modern telling Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis. Mee’s adaptation takes the original demand for a sacrifice out of the hands of the gods and places it firmly in the hands of Agamemnon’s own soldiers, forcing the audience to question what it means to be a leader. Directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Jess K. Smith ’05, scene design by Kurt Walls, and costume design by Mishka Navarre, performances will be held in Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1; and at 7:30 p.m., Thursday –Saturday, March 6–8. There will be an afternoon performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Admission is $7 for faculty and staff members, and tickets are available at the Info Center or online at

Jacobsen concert shows music faculty's mischievous side, Feb. 28
The next Jacobsen Series concert, this Friday, Feb. 28, will spotlight the diverse talents of School of Music faculty members in a classical evening that evokes the mischief of the French cabaret and the enchantment of a music hall. From the Music Hall to the Cabaret: Chamber Works by Weill and Poulenc will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, and features faculty performers Dawn Padula, Maria Sampen, Stephen Schermer, Karla Flygare, Dan Williams, Jennifer Nelson, Paul Rafanelli, Rodger Burnett, Judson Scott, Gunnar Folsom, Duane Hulbert, and Gerard Morris. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available at the Info Center or online at

Pirate Musician comes to life for Jacobsen Jr. children's concert, March 1
The ninth annual Jacobsen Jr. concert will include the world premiere of The Pirate Musician, with a story written by Judy Carlson Hulbert and music by Puget Sound Professor of Music Duane Hulbert. The concert will run from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 1, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Other pieces to be performed include Babar the ElephantThe Teddy Bear's Picnic, and more. Admission are $10 adults, $5 kids ages 5–18, $25 family of four or more. Tickets are available at the Info Center or

Visual Culture Colloquium calls for student, faculty, staff proposals
Campus members (including students) are encouraged to participate in the first NW5C Visual Culture Colloquium to be held Oct. 3–4, 2014, at Willamette University. 
The Visual Culture Colloquium is intended as an interdisciplinary forum dedicated to issues of visual representation and visual communication, understanding visual culture broadly to encompass work in any discipline that examines or uses forms of visual representation in teaching, research, or scholarship. The organizers have chosen the theme of “Convergence” for this inaugural colloquium. The organizing committee invites proposals for papers, panels, workshops, poster sessions, performances, and presentations in other formats. Proposals are due March 1. For more information view the colloquium poster.

Logger basketball teams begin playoff this week
The Logger men's and women's basketball teams wrapped up the 2013–14 regular season over the weekend and each clinched a spot in the Northwest Conference playoffs later this week. The women will face No. 2 Whitman in the first round of tournament play at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in Walla Walla. The men's team will also face No. 2 Whitman in this year's semifinal, at 8 p.m. Thursday, at Whitman. Good luck, Loggers!

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

New archery club looking for faculty/staff advisor
Have you ever considered advising a student club? Students are interested in forming an archery club, and are looking for a faculty or staff member advisor. If you're interested please contact Chili Johnson ’17 at


Professor Rob Beezer, math and computer science, is a co-author, along with Sang-Gu Lee of Sungkyunkwan University, of Calculus. This is the first English-language calculus textbook for the Korean market and features extensive use of the open-source mathematics software Sage.

The article "The I's, We's, and She/He's of Breakups: Public and Private Pronoun Usage in Relationship Dissolution Accounts," co-authored by Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Nick Brody, Kate Blackburn, and Leah LeFebvre, will appear in the March issue of Journal of Language and Social Psychology. The article explores language style differences in retrospective accounts of romantic breakups. 

Both the Logger men's and women's cross country squads earned team All-Academic Honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The women's team scored a 3.47 grade point average for fall 2013, while the men's team earned the hour with a 3.21 GPA. Go Loggers!

Congratulations to the lacrosse team, who opened the 2014 season with 15-2 and 16-10 victories over the Linfield Wildcats and Alma College Scots over the weekend.

In the News

Entrepreneur Nicholas Cary ’07 made a $10,000 gift in the virtual currency Bitcoin to the Alumni Fund this week. This is thought to be a “first” in higher education. Media interviewed Cary, CEO of Blockchain, and VP for Finance and Administration Sherry Mondou. Google reported more than 100 online stories in the U.S., U.K., Australia, China, and Canada. Many ran an Associated Press story. Venues included the Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher EducationInside Higher EducationThe Washington, The Seattle TimesFast CompanyPuget Sound Business Journal, and a front page story in The News Tribune. KING 5 and KOMO 4 television, KPLU and KUOW public radio, and FOX Radio in New York broadcast interviews. 

Beatrice the Biologist drew an imaginative cartoon of Professor Mark Martin’s microbiology class, to demonstrate Homer Simpson’s couch philosophy that “On a cellular level, I’m pretty busy.” 

Puget Sound received a 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for the excellent tree management by its grounds crew, reported The Suburban Times.

An upcoming performance at Puget Sound by Grammy Award winner Howard Levy was named one of the “Things We Like” by Tacoma Weekly, with a photo, on its arts section front page.

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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. 24; Tuesday, Feb. 25; Thursday, Feb. 27: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 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.

Monday, Feb. 24: Open Mic: Banned Books, Piano Lounge, WSC, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 24; Thursday, Feb. 27: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 25: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 25: Film Screening: Once Upon a Time in China (1991), Commencement 272, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26: Guest Speaker: Marty Sparks ’85, Expeditors International, Thompson 391, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26: Performance: Jazz Band, Tracy Knoop, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Peter Selkin, UW Tacoma, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27: Guest Lecture: 'My Art Speaks for Both My Peoples': Elizabeth Catlett, Prints and Sculptures, Melanie Herzog, Edgewood College, Wyatt 109, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27: Sister Cities International Film Festival: Beijing Meets Seattle, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27: Film Screening: The New Black, part of Black Student Union and Queer Alliance Film Festival Series, The Grand Cinema, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28: Men's Tennis vs. Willamette, Tennis Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28: Film Screening: Someday Melissa, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28: Jacobsen Series: From the Music Hall to the Cabaret: Chamber Works by Weill and Poulenc, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Feb. 28; Saturday, March 1: Iphigenia 2.0, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Saturday, March 1–Sunday, March 2: Wilderness First Aid Course, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday, March 1: Puget Sound Track and Field Quad Meet, Peyton Field, Baker Stadium, 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 1: Men's Tennis vs. Linfield, Tennis Pavilion, 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 1: Softball vs. Lewis & Clark Doubleheader, East Athletic Field, noon and 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 1: Jacobsen Jr. A Children's Concert, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 3 p.m. Tickets: $10 general

Sunday, March 2: Softball vs. Lewis & Clark Doubleheader, East Athletic Field, noon and 2 p.m.