Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 17, 2012

Snowmaggedon 2012 edition

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Campus News

New shows at Kittredge Gallery showcase photographer Eirik Johnson and painter Nathan DiPietro
Seattle photographer Eirik Johnson’s works ponder the places on the outskirts of metropolitan areas where the natural and the manmade blur. His eerily lovely large-scale color photographs redefine the picturesque but also evoke complex questions about the limits of nature’s adaptability. Painter Nathan DiPietro works in egg tempera, a centuries-old painting medium created by mixing powdered pigments with egg yolk and water. His exhibition explores a new Northwest where the lush overgrowth of the native landscape has been replaced with neatly platted developments, leveled fields, and manmade greenbelts. Both shows run now through Feb. 11 at Kittredge Gallery.

How many hands does it take to play Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture?
Well, to get the full experience, it takes four hands playing two pianos, and that's what you'll get at the Jacobsen Series concert, Four Hands and Eight Hands on Two Pianos, on Friday, Jan. 20. The concert will feature guest artist John Pickett, professor of music at Central Washington University, and will include a series of inspiring piano compositions performed by one, two, and four players. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff members. The concert will be in Schneebeck Concert Hall, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Puget Sound joins with peer schools to form Northwest Five consortium
Through an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Puget Sound joins Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, Whitman College, and Willamette University to form the Northwest Five Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges. The consortium will use combined resources to establish a broader and more diverse intellectual community, creating new learning, research, and development opportunities for faculty and students. “The timing is right for this collaborative effort to develop innovation in teaching and learning among a distinguished group of colleges in the Northwest,” said President Ron Thomas. “The partnership will allow us to offer some exciting new resources for faculty and new opportunities for students by combining the distinctive strengths and intellectual capital of our five campuses.”

Nominate Loggers for Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Puget Sound Alumni Council Awards and Nominating Committee invites you to nominate outstanding alumni for one of the Alumni Association’s four distinguished alumni awards: Professional Achievement, Service to the Community, Service to Puget Sound, Young Logger Service.

Award recipients will be profiled in the spring 2012 issue of Arches and will be honored during Summer Reunion Weekend, June 8–10. Nominations of alumni celebrating a reunion year (class years ending in 2 and 7) are encouraged. Please complete all nomination forms by Jan. 27.

Food Salvage and DCS programs feed body and soul
Betty Popenuck ’14, coordinator of the Food Salvage Program, has generated a very successful partnership with Dining and Conference Services this year. With the help of new sous chef Andrew Riedmueller, who was involved with a similar program in Portland, several improvements have gone into effect in the planning and preparation of food delivered to Tacoma Catholic Worker and Guadalupe House. On Dec. 22 food was carefully packed by DCS staff members and received by representatives of Guadalupe House, who were able to feed people for days.

Dining and Conference Services staff members also collected coats, jackets, and other warm clothing, delivering the items to Guadalupe House, where they were distributed to residents and visitors, most of whom live on the streets of Tacoma.

Congratulations and thanks to Betty, Andrew, Melissa Flood, Curt Paulsen, and Phillip Wells for these successful programs!

Staff Recognition Luncheon moved to May
The 2012 Staff Recognition Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 25. The Staff Senate Staff Recognition Committee shifted the luncheon date from the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day in order to hold the event in Memorial Fieldhouse. This location allows staff members to be seated together in a spacious venue with improved visibility and sound. Other aspects of the luncheon will remain the same: We will celebrate the anniversaries of long-service staff, have a delicious meal catered by our Dining and Conference Services colleagues, enjoy a presentation from President Thomas, receive door prizes from our community donors, participate in a food drive, and recognize Excellence in Action. Following the event staff members will be released to enjoy an early start to the Memorial Day holiday.

In the meantime the deadline for Excellence in Action award nominations has been extended through Monday, April 30. Complete your nominations now!


Recently, while receiving the Medal for Lifetime Contribution to Education in Vietnam, Professor Jim McCullough was thanked in person by President Truong Tan Sang for his contributions to education and business in the Southeast Asian republic.

Congratulations to Community Music Program Assistant Sharon Styer, grand prize winner of the Tacoma Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau photo contest "Where Art + Nature Meet in Tacoma." Her image of Ruston Way was selected from more than 300 photo submissions, and will be used in future destination marketing collateral for Tacoma.

In the News

Bernard Bates, in physics and astronomy, was interviewed in a Dec. 9, KPLU Public Radio news story at 5 p.m. (with two repeats) about Saturday’s lunar eclipse. The story is also on the KPLU science blog.

The Tacoma Weekly ran a front-page arts section story on Dec. 9, with three photos, about the “T-Town Transgender Neighbors” photo exhibit at Collins Memorial Library.

Matthew Ingalls in Religion has an op-ed in the New York Times-- in the Week in Review

Donn Marshall, associate dean of students, was quoted in Inside Higher Education in a Dec. 6 story about new Justice Department regulations that muddy the water on what colleges can do to protect students who may harm themselves.

Puget Sound’s retention task force, which includes student affairs officers and faculty members, is one example where a college is helping students and professors understand each other’s campus workloads, wrote a commentator for Inside Higher Education on Dec. 23.

An article by Puget Sound Chaplain Dave Wright ’95 about his role and the involvement of students in spirituality and social justice work ran on the website of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Sign up to receive "In the News," a biweekly digest of Puget Sound press coverage, by contacting our media relations office at or x2611.

Snowy Tacoma

Given the predictions of wintry weather hitting Tacoma and the Puget Sound region over the next 24–36 hours, we at Open Line thought now would be a good time to remind you where to go to find out whether or not the weather will affect university operations.

Decisions to close operations usually will be communicated by 5:30 a.m. No announcement of closure or altered operations means the university is operating normally.

Closure decisions will be communicated as follows:

Campus Emergency Information Line: 253.879.4900 University of Puget Sound's website KPLU FM 88.5, KMPS FM 94.1, KIRO AM 710, KIXI AM 880, KOMO AM 1000 KING TV 5, KIRO TV 7, KOMO TV 4 Other communications methods may be used (such as the Everbridge University Mass Notification System), if needed

Please DO NOT call Security Services for open/close information.

Lecture and book signing by Capt. Charles Moore, Jan. 23

Capt. Charles Moore, scientist and activist, will discuss his book Plastic Ocean, which describes the alarming presence of plastics in our oceans, at a free event at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23.

His presentation, “The Great Infection of the Sea,” is open to all and will be held in Murray Board Room, WSC. The event is sponsored by the Sierra Club Tatoosh Group and Puget Sound’s Sound Policy Institute.

AA/Al-Anon meetings continue on campus

The “It’s Friday and We’re Sober!” AA meetings, and the a new series of Al-Anon meetings, will take place weekly on campus this semester. These "12 step" meetings will be held in the basement of Kilworth Memorial Chapel from noon to 1 p.m. every Friday during the academic year and are open to everyone. Download a flier about the meetings. For additional information contact Community Service Coordinator Jasmine Herrick '11 at or CHWS Physician Assistant Colleen Carette at

Can't-miss events

Through–Friday, Jan. 20: T-Town Transgender Neighbors: A Portrait Exhibit, Collins Memorial Library

Through Saturday, Feb. 11: A Makeshift Landscape by Eirik Johnson and Invasives by Nathan DiPietro, Kittredge Gallery

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Spring semester begins

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Guest Lecture: Doug Frye, Colliers International—Postponed due to expected inclement weather

Friday, Jan. 20: Women's Basketball vs. Linfield, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20: Jacobsen Series: Four Hands and Eight Hands on Two Pianos, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Jan. 20: Men's Basketball vs. Linfield, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21: 22nd Annual Piano Festival for middle and high school students, School of Music

Saturday, Jan. 21: Women's Basketball vs. Lewis & Clark, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21: Men's Basketball vs. Lewis & Clark, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.