Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 23, 2012

Year of the Dragon edition

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Campus News

Grantwriters association hosts forum for nonprofits, Jan. 26
Grantwriters and others from nonprofit groups around the South Sound will be on campus Thursday, Jan. 26, for a rare opportunity to meet with representatives from Washington's major grantmaking foundations and organizations, including The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Russell Family Foundation, The Sequoia Foundation, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, Bank of America, Century Link, and others. The forum will take place in Wheelock Student Center. The event is organized by the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association South Sound branch and by Puget Sound's Corporate and Foundation Relations office, led by Jane Kenyon, director, and Business Services office, led by John Hickey, executive director of community engagement and associate vice president for business services.

Jacobsen Series continues Jan. 27 with concert featuring cello
David Requiro, prize-winning cellist and artist in residence at Puget Sound, will perform a selection of folk-inspired works with Maria Sampen, violin, and Tanya Stambuk, piano, on Friday, Jan. 27. The Folk-Inspired Cello, a Jacobsen Series concert, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff members. Tickets are available at Wheelock information Center or online; remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Loggers celebrate 40 years of intercollegiate women's athletics
Participation in women’s sports has been encouraged at Puget Sound in some form since the college was founded in 1888, but in 1972, women's athletics officially came under the purview of the athletic department. This shift on campus mirrored the movement across the country as Title IX, the Educational Amendment to the Civil Right Act, set in motion the fight for equal opportunity for women participating in athletics. This year Puget Sound commemorates the 40th anniversary of the modern era of Logger women's athletics with a film presentation at noon, Friday, Jan. 27, in Murray Board Room, WSC, and during the women's basketball game Saturday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m., welcoming all returning female student-athletes with halftime festivities and a postgame reception.

Puget Sound begins Year of the Dragon with festivities Jan. 27, Feb. 3
The university will celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with traditional food, cultural displays, and hands-on activities on Friday, Jan. 27, and, for the Lantern Festival, on Friday, Feb. 3. Festivities will include calligraphy, ink painting, raising a dragon kite, latern making, and more. Activities are sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, and will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, in the second-floor atrium of Wyatt Hall.

Distinguished Alumni Awards nominations due Jan. 27
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.

Convocation and Commencement student speaker nominations due Feb. 3
One of the highlights of our annual Academic Convocation and Commencement ceremonies is the student speakers. All faculty and staff members are invited to nominate graduating seniors for these roles this May. Submit the name(s) of nominees and a brief rationiale behind nominating them to Deanna Kass at by Friday, Feb. 3. Criteria for student speakers include:

  • Spring 2012 graduate
  • Earned record of academic distinction (GPA of 3.5 or above, as of fall semester 2011)
  • Broad involvement in academic and campus life
  • Commitment to preparing a five-minute speech on the responsibilities of a broadly educated person in society today, with special reference to the significance of a Puget Sound education

Prof. Monica DeHart to discuss China's growing role in Latin America at Daedalus Dinner, Feb. 20
The first Daedalus Dinner of the spring semester will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Associate Professor of Comparative Sociology Monica DeHart will discuss China's explosive growth and growing international influence, which have prompted scholars, policymakers, and pundits to question how China will reshape the global development landscape. The Puget Sound Daedalus Society sponsors the evening four times each academic year. Dinners are open to faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Each Daedalus Dinner 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, and must be made by Monday, Feb. 13, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to make reservations, please call x3207.


Lynda Livingston, Nat S. and Marian W. Rogers Professor in the School of Business and Leadership, presented her paper, "Intraportfolio Correlation: An Application for Investments Students," at the Decision Sciences Institute’s annual meeting in Boston, in November, where the paper was chosen to be highlighted in a featured session. She also presented the paper at the Global Conference on Business and Finance in Honolulu, earlier this month, where it was chosen as the best paper in session (finance).

Professor of Biology Andreas Madlung, Natalie Henkhaus ’08, Leigh Jurevic ’07, Emanual Kahsai ’08, and Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science James Bernhard published the article "Natural variation and persistent developmental instabilities in geographically diverse accessions of the allopolyploid Arabidopsis suecica" in Physiologia Plantarum, vol. 144.

In the News

The annual Pierce County economic forecast was delivered by economics professors Bruce Mann and Doug Goodman to a Chamber business breakfast, reported The News Tribune. Stories also appeared in the Tribune’s Biz Buzz blog, Business Examiner, and Weekly Volcano. Mann also was interviewed on KIRO Radio.

President Ron Thomas was profiled in a “Q&A” interview in the Business Examiner, in a page-and-a-half story that included comments on the One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign and two photos. (Login required.)

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

What's on our "Menu for the Future?"

Be part of a community discussion course designed by Northwest Earth Institute exploring food systems and their impacts on culture, society, and ecological systems. Gain insights into agricultural and individual practices that promote ecological well-being, and consider ways to create and support sustainable food systems. The course, Menu for the Future, meets Wednesdays, noon to 1:50 p.m., Jan. 25–Feb. 29. The cost is $21. To register or for more information, contact Katharine Appleyard at or x3716.

Community music students to perform "Cats," Jan. 26

The Community Music Department presents a Children's Musical Theater performance this Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Community music students between the ages of 8 and 11 will perform musical selections from the Broadway hit Cats, directed by Elizabeth Gettel and choreographed by Stacey Johnson.

Know a child interested in musical theater? The spring Musical Theater Class for students in third, fourth, and fifth grade is registering now! Download the registration form. Contact Elizabeth Gettel at x3575 or with questions.

Can't-miss events

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

Monday, Jan. 23: Chinese New Year

Monday, Jan. 23: The Great Infection of the Sea, Capt. Charles Moore, Murray Board Room, WSC, 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 23: Bluesion, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Studio, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25: Puget Sound Women's League lunch and meeting, Kilworth Memorial Chapel Lounge, 11:30 a.m. Donation requested; more info at

Wednesday, Jan. 25: Menu for the Future, Library 020, noon

Wednesday, Jan. 25: Kittredge Gallery Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26: Funders Forum for Grantseekers, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7:30 a.m. Preregistration required

Thursday, Jan. 26: Community Music Children's Musical Theater performance, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26: School of Education Information Night, Howarth 212, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27: Nappily About Us Book Signing, Trisha R. Thomas, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27: Chinese New Year festivities, Wyatt Hall Second-floor Atrium, 5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27: Women's Basketball vs. Willamette, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27: Swimming vs. PLU, Wallace Pool, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27: Jacobsen Series: The Folk-inspired Cello, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Jan. 27: Men's Basketball vs. Willamette, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28: Women's Basketball vs. Pacific (Ore.), Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28: Men's Basketball vs. Pacific (Ore.), Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.