Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 14, 2013

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"Say Yes!" Professional development conference for faculty and staff, Jan. 14–16
The annual Professional Development and Enrichment Conference, hosted by human resources, is this week. The conference features courses on the new timekeeping system, CPR, personal financing, computer skills, and more. Plus, new this year, keynote speaker Galen Emanuele, from The Upfront Theatre in Bellingham, will offer a presentation using a fun, creatively developed curriculum to help companies establish a "yes, and" culture, where people are connected, listen, support one another, and make each other look good. There's no acting or role-playing involved, and no one will be put on the spot or made to "perform." Galen’s workshops are fun and safe for everyone. Visit or contact human resources at for more information.

College planning workshop offered for faculty and staff Jan. 17, reservations due today
Staff members in admission, human resources, and Student Financial Services will offer a workshop for faculty and staff families with children currently in high school who are planning for college on Thursday, Jan. 17. Topics will include types of colleges, sourses of information about about college, what to consider when assessing a college, and the application process; need- and merit-based aid and information about financing a college education; and Puget Sound's education benefits and how to apply for them. The workshop will be held in Library 020, and will being at 6 p.m. Faculty and staff members, spouses, partners, and their children are encouraged to attend. RSVP to (include "RSVP" in your subject line), providing each attendee's name, or call x3214 by the end of the day.

Faculty and staff members invited to participate in MLK Day of Service 2013
On Jan. 21, 2013, Puget Sound will participate in its fifth MLK Day of Service, part of United We Stand, President Obama's national call to service initiative. Last year, despite unexpected snowy weather, almost 200 members of the cmapus community took part in service activities throughout the day; in 2011, more than 300 students, faculty, and staff engaged in volutneer work at various service agencies throughout Tacoma.

This year's projects will take place on Monday, Jan. 21, from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. At the end of the day, there will be a simple meal with reflection to bring the campus community back together. The reflection will take place in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, at 5 p.m.  

To volunteer complete the Puget Sound MLK Day of Service 2013 online form. You may sign up a group or as an individual. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer by email, send an email message to mlk@pugetsound.eduRoman Christiaens at, or Marta Palmquist Cady

Campus to host South Sound Food Summit, Jan. 17
On Thursday, Jan. 17, members of the community will be on campus for the South Sound Food Summit, a conference intended to inform, organize, connect, and support local efforts to optimize the growing demand for local, fresh, healthy food. Attendees will include representatives from local businesses and organizations, consumers, students, policy makers, farmers, and more. Learn more about the summit at

Partnership with Ted Brown Music and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra leads to family concert series, kicks off Jan. 20
Puget Sound's Community Music Department has teamed up with Ted Brown Music and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Bamford Foundation and Washington State Arts Commission, to offer the community a family concert series, aimed specifically at addressing the gap in musical programming for young children and families. The first concert in the series will be held Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2:30 p.m., at Rialto Theater. Tickets are $5 for children and $7 for adults, and are available at To learn more about the collaboration and concert series, visit the Tacoma Symphony blog.

Olympian John Carlos to deliver MLK Day Celebration lecture, Jan. 22
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, John Carlos will deliver a message reflecting the humanitarian struggle he has pursued for more than four decades at the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. The event will begin at 7 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The evening will include comments by local and campus leaders and music by Navele Davis and Friends. A reception and a book signing by Carlos, author of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, will follow. Tickets are not required.

Student trio invited to perform at international chamber music festival
Pianist Jinshil Yi ’14 was left “absolutely speechless” the first time she sat down and played with freshmen Faithlina Chan ’16 (cello) and Jonathan Mei ’16 (violin). Trio Consonare was formed, and within a few short months the three students had been chosen to perform in the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival in San Francisco. The Jan. 29–Feb. 3, 2013, festival at San Francisco State University has attracted high-caliber performers and faculty members from The Juilliard School of Music in New York, as well as from schools in Toronto, Canada, and London, England.

Students earn grant to support women in technology
Jillian Andersen ’13 and Shelby Lee ’13 have been awarded a $750 grant to fund their plan to start a college group supporting women in computer science. The Student Seed Fund grant was awarded by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and is sponsored by Symantec, a global company offering security, backup, and availability solutions. Andersen and Lee will work work with students at Pacific Lutheran University to create a joint ACM-W college chapter. The ACM-W represents women in the international Association for Computing Machinery.

Remind your students to enter the Writing Excellence Awards Contest
Any student who has written a paper for a Puget Sound course taken during the spring, summer, and fall 2012 semesters is eligible to enter the Writing Excellence Awards contest. Prizes of $250 each will be awarded in six categories: humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, connections core, freshman seminars, and graduate programs. Entry forms are available on the Center for Writing, Learning, an Teaching website Papers must be submitted in Howarth 105 by 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.


Andrew Gardner, associate professor of comparative sociology, published the article "Rumor and Myth in the Labor Camps of Qatar" in the December 2012 issue of Anthropology Today.

Nila Wiese, director of the Business Leadership Program, recently signed a contract with Taylor & Francis to write a book on “Business in Emerging Latin America.” The book promises to be the most up-to-date and comprehensive book on doing business in the Latin American region available in the market. Wiese and her co-authors, Fernando Robles and Gladys Torres-Baumgarten, expect the book will be ready for publication in 2014.

In the News

Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, co-wrote a blog post on HuffPost College encouraging families to give costless gifts that build memories and literacy.

Anthony Hemstad ’85, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Tacoma, named Puget Sound as one of the great educational resources that could help attract international students in an opinion piece in The News Tribune and Bellingham Herald.

Mark Martin, associate professor of biology, was quoted in a San Diego Union-Tribune and North County Times (San Diego) feature about a National Academy of Sciences paper on using genetically engineered algae to develop biotech drugs.

The Feb. 10 appearance by Bill Cosby at Puget Sound was included in Tacoma Weekly’s and The News Tribune’s Jan. 2 previews of great events to attend in 2013.

Puget Sound’s 125th anniversary and memories from President Ronald R. Thomas were featured, with a photo of President Thomas, in a Weekly Volcano feature story, as well as in a Spew blog post.

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125th anniversary celebration kicks off Jan. 25

Get ready, Loggers. Puget Sound's 125th anniversary celebration begins next Friday, Jan. 25, with special kickoff events in the rotunda, performances by student musicians, chances to record your video birthday message to Puget Sound, giveaways, and more! Look for details in the Jan. 22 edition of Open Line. To the heights!

Congratulations to Professors Bruce Mann and Doug Goodman!

On Friday, Jan. 11, Professors Bruce Mann and Douglas Goodman delivered their 25th Pierce County Economic Index (PCEI) report. The pair, affectionately termed "the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby of economic development" on Twitter, were honored at the 2013 Horizons Economic Forecast event, hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. After a quarter century of delivering the report, Mann and Goodman hand the PCEI reigns over to economists at Pacific Lutheran University. Congratulations, professors!

Expeditionary offers deals on ski tickets and winter sports equipment

Discounted ski tickets for Crystal Mountain and the Summit are available to all campus community members through Puget Sound Outdoor Programs. Crystal Mountain tickets are $50 (regularly $65) and Summit tickets are $48 (regularly $64). Youth tickets for the Summit are $33 (regularly $45).

Tickets will be available by appointment with Justin Canny (x3510 or until the Expeditionary opens up on Wednesday, Jan. 23, for the semester.

Thank you!

Last fall the campus community pledged $16,673 to the United Way campaign. All donations to the campaign will remain in Pierce County, helping keep administrative costs at the local United Way office low. Nearly 85 cents of every dollar donated is directly invested in more than 100 programs addressing critical needs in Tacoma and Pierce County. Thank you!

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

To request assistance or initiate an emergency response on campus, call Security Services at 253.879. 3311 or x3311 from a campus phone, or dial 911. Learn more at

Can't-miss Events

Monday, Jan. 14–Wednesday, Jan. 16: 2013 Professional Development and Enrichment Conference

Thursday, Jan. 17: South Sound Food Summit

Thursday, Jan. 17: College Planning Workshop, Library 020, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18–Monday, Jan. 21: Puget Sound Conductor's Institute, Schneebeck Concert Hall and School of Music

Friday, Jan. 18: Swimming vs. Whitworth, Wallace Pool, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19: Swimming vs. Whitworth, Wallace Pool, 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Puget Sound MLK Day of Service

Tuesday, Jan. 22: Classes begin

Tuesday, Jan. 22–Saturday, March 2: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Yuki Nakamura and Robert Campbell; Small Gallery: Contemporary Drawings Show, Kittredge Gallery

Tuesday, Jan. 22: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, featuring John Carlos, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25: Puget Sound's 125th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration

Friday, Jan. 25–Thursday, March 14: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Celebrating 125 Years in the Stacks, Collins Memorial Library

Friday, Jan. 25: Women's basketball vs. Whitworth, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25: Jacobsen Series: A Due Celli, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Jan. 25: Men's Basketball vs. Whitworth, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.