Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Jan. 21, 2014

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Campus News

Puget Sound welcomes educator, author, and activist Carlos Muñoz to keynote annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Jan. 21
Tonight Puget Sound will host scholar and activist Carlos Muñoz Jr. at the annual campus MLK Day Celebration. Muñoz's lecture, "Victory is in the Struggle," will begin at 7 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Prior to the lecture, enjoy a free concert by local gospel group Navele & Friends. Contact for more information.

Kittredge Gallery exhibit features work by new faculty member Chad Gunderson, opens today
The spring semester at Kittredge Gallery opens with two exhibitions focused on ceramics. In the Large Gallery, I Like Rocks! showcases recent work by Assistant Professor Chad Gunderson, the newest member of the art department faculty. On view in the Small Gallery is a small group of ceramics from University of Puget Sound’s collection, curated by Gunderson. They are all works that pushed the boundaries of traditional art ceramics at the time they were made, primarily the 1960s through 1980s. 

A public reception for these exhibitions will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the gallery.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues Jan. 23
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, Jan. 23, Professor of Biology Joel Elliott will give the presentation "Sawmills, sulfides and symbiosis: How an environmental legacy has resulted in novel relationships between bacteria and marine organisms in Puget Sound." For more information visit

Art+Science Salon features intersection of art and biology, Jan. 23
Puget Sound's ongoing collaboration with Tacoma Art Museum continues this Thursday, at the Art+Science Salon, held this month at Kittredge Gallery. The event begins at 6 p.m., and will feature professors David Craig, biology, and Andries Fourie, art, from Willamette University, followed by conversation and refreshments. For more information visit the Art+Sci website.

Puget Sound hosts Tacoma Symphony Mini Maestros concert for young families, Jan. 26
Tacoma Symphony Orchestra presents Fiddler on the Hoof, a Mini Maestros concert perfect for young children. The concert will introduce kids to instruments in the violin family, including the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Before the concert guests can experience a "musical instrument petting zoo," where they can engage with the instruments in a fun, hands-on environment. Fiddler on the Hoof will include everything from Copland's Hoedown, Rossini's William Tell Overture (the Lone Ranger theme), "Home on the Range," "Old MacDonald," and more. Contact Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for tickets and information.

Professor Keith Ward to discuss composer Arthur Foote at Daedalus Dinner—reservations due Feb. 5
The first Daedalus Dinner of the spring will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. In this talk, Keith Ward, professor of music, will discuss standard American musical canons in the opera house and concert hall and how one group of composers known as the Second New England School deserves consideration for inclusion, highlighting composer Arthur Foote. 

Established in the 1970s, Daedalus Dinners cover a wide range of programs and topics, and are open to all faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Four times each year, the Puget Sound Daedalus Society sponsors an evening of scholarship, debate, and dinner. The evening begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, made on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made by Feb. 5. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Receive your 2013 W-2 form electronically
With 100 percent participation by faculty and staff members, Puget Sound will save substantial time, paper, and postage, and you'll have 24/7 access to your W-2 whenever you may need it. Forms will become available in PeopleSoft on or before Jan. 31. The IRS requires individuals to provide consent each time a company implements a major software or hardware change, such as PeopleSoft, and does not permit us to rely on your previous consent in Cascade. Follow these steps to enroll: 

    1. Go to
    2. Log in to Cascade with your username and password 
    3. Select PeopleSoft Human Resources 
    4. Log in to PeopleSoft HR 
    5. Select Main Menu – Self Service – Payroll and Compensation – W-2/W-2c Consent
    6. Click the checkbox next to “Check here to indicate your consent…”
    7. Click the Submit button
    8. Enter your PeopleSoft password and click the Continue button
    9. In approximately 10 seconds you will receive a Submission Confirmation screen and an email message confirming your consent

If you do not receive the confirmation screen, return to step 5 to reconfirm your consent. If your second attempt does not prove successful, please contact the Service Desk ( or x8585) for assistance.

Puget Sound announces program to help local students attend college
At a summit hosted by President Barak Obama last week, Puget Sound announced plans to help more Tacoma students get a college education by meeting the full financial need of all Access Programs alumni who enroll at the college. “For decades we have been offering mentoring and access programs for local students, most recently in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools,” said President Ron Thomas. “Now we are pleased to extend these efforts further with a plan that includes expanded financial aid and support in order to open doors for talented local high school graduates who aspire to attend Puget Sound. This commitment is just one step we are taking as part of a broader planning effort to provide access and support to students who might not otherwise think a Puget Sound education is within their reach.”

Schedule your personal TIAA-CREF counseling session
Andrew Martinez and Tanya Willoughby, consultants with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 28 and 29, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Matinez and Willoughby will help you determine long-term strategies, find the right allocation mix, and develop your own strategies for retirement savings. Individual sessions will be held in Wyatt 326, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule your appointment, call 866.928.4221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or schedule online at Martinez and Willoughby will return to campus in several times in February, March, and April.

Remind students to enter the 2013 Writing Excellence awards contest
The Writing Excellence prizes are awarded annually to encourage and reward good writing in all disciplines. Any paper submitted for a single course taken at Puget Sound in spring, summer, or fall of 2013 is eligible. This year the entry process has been changed and only electronic submissions will be accepted. More information and the entry form are available at Prizes of $250 each will be awarded in six categories to nine student winners. Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. 


Congratulations to Alicia Burns ’14, one of three Logger student-athletes who competed in the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle. Burns ran the 800 meter run and finished in 2:21.96, smashing the Puget Sound indoor record (which she set) by more than four seconds. Go Loggers!

Director of Collins Memorial Library Jane Carlin was appointed to the board of the William Morris Society. Founded in New York in 1971, the society strives to publicize the life and work of William Morris and his associates, coordinating activities with Morris societies in the U.K. and Canada, and distributing U.K. and U.S. newsletters and a biannual Journal of William Morris Studies.

Wade Hands, professor of economics, was awarded a grant from the Institute of Economic Thinking for a research project titled “Agents and Markets: The Representative Agent in Mid- vs. Late-Twentieth Century Economics.”

Steven Neshyba, professor of chemistry, will co-host "Flipped for the Sciences: Course Design," his second webinar about flipping classrooms for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Arts.

Puget Sound was recognized with as a 2013 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students, faculty, and staff in the spirit of conservation. Congratulations to Grounds Manager Joe Kovolyan for his work in achieving this recognition!

In the News

Loggers women’s and men’s basketball secure victories over crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran, reported The News Tribune. 

Puget Sound’s Martin King Jr. Day Celebration, was noted in The Seattle Times, The News Tribune, and The Olympian, as well as with a photo in Tacoma Weekly. All also noted a keynote speech by Dexter Gordon, in African American and communication studies, at Urban Grace Church on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. 

Emelie Peine, in international political economy, was quoted by CNBC online, in a feature about a Canadian economist’s proposal to impose a fee on all antibiotics used by farmers to reduce the risk of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

Jenny Rickard, vice president for enrollment, was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education, both of which covered a California conference about admissions where she spoke. Rickard described changes in financial-aid strategy that can help ensure student success.

President Ron R. Thomas attended a White House summit on higher education, as Puget Sound announced a new initiative to meet the full financial need of enrolling students from its Access Programs partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, reported The Seattle Times education blog and The News Tribune. The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an online summary of commitments, including that of Puget Sound.

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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

Tuesday, Jan. 21: Spring semester begins

Tuesday, Jan. 21: 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22: Kittredge Gallery Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Joel Elliott, biology, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23: Art+Science Salon: Art and Science in the Cacadu District of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, David Craig and Andries Fourie, Willamette University, Kittredge Gallery, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25: National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference, School of Music

Sunday, Jan. 26: Trumpet Master Class with Jens Lindemann, Music L1, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 26: Mini Maestro Concert: Fiddler on the Hoff, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2:30 p.m. Tickets:

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Film Screening: The New Women (1935), hosted by Asian Languages and Cultures program, Commencement 272, 5:30 p.m.