Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Jan. 27, 2014

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Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues Jan. 30
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. 30, the presentation will feature Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Laura Strausbrerg, giving a presentation on "The inorganic chemistry of metal phthalocyanine complexes." For more information visit

Students explore Puget Sound's M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs, Jan. 30
The School of Education will host its annual spring Information Night on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet faculty members and current students, learn about our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education (in counseling) programs, and more. Info Night will be held in Howarth 212, and is free and open to the public.

First Jacobsen concert of 2014 features music faculty, Jan. 31
The first Jacobsen concert of the new year will feature all of the singers in Puget Sound’s voice faculty, as well as a prominent and popular Seattle guest artist. The concert, titled Got Opera? Arias, Duets, and Ensembleswill take place Friday, Jan. 31, in Schneebeck Concert Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m., and will include performances by faculty members Michael Delos, bass; Christina Kowalski, soprano; Kathryn Lehmann, alto; and Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano; and guest artist Gino Luchetti, tenor. They will be accompanied by Denes van Parys on the piano. Tickets for the concert are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available at the Info Center or

Convocation and Commencement student speaker nominations due Jan. 31
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. Submit the name(s) of nominees and a brief rationale behind nominating them to Deanna Kass at by Friday, Jan. 31. Criteria for student speakers include:

  • Spring 2014 graduate
  • Earned record of academic distinction (GPA of 3.5 or above, as of fall semester 2013)
  • 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

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. 

Artist-in-Residence David Requiro shares cello masterworks in faculty recital, Feb. 2
David Requiro, cellist and faculty member in the School of Music, will perform a recital Sunday, Feb. 2, in Schneebeck Concert Hall, accompanied by pianist and guest artist Solon Gordon. The afternoon performance will include Pierre Jalbert’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Frédéric Chopin’s Sonata in g minor, Op. 65, and Zoltán Kodály’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 4. The concert, Virtuosic Masterworks for Cello and Piano, will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available at the Info Center or

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.

Weyerhaeuser series continues Feb. 4 with Microsoft Studios User Research presentation
The Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., in Thompson 103. Guest speakers Kristie Fisher and Tom Lorusso will explain how they conduct research at Microsoft Studios and how they approach studying ambiguous constructs, such as "fun." Microsoft Studios User Research (SUR) is the preeminent source of consumer-focused entertainment research for Microsoft Studios. Attendees are encouraged to bring a smartphone, iPad, or tablet computer. Pizza will be provided. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit


Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Gareth Barkin published the article "Commercial Islam in Indonesia: How Television Producers Mediate Religiosity Among National Audiences" in the January issue of International Journal of Asian Studies.

Professor of Music Geoffrey Block will deliver the keynote address at the conference, "Stagestruck! Broadway Meets Hollywood” at University of Sheffield, in May. The title of the address is “Refashioning Roberta Into (Perhaps) the First, and Thankfully Not the Last, Successful Adaptation From Stage to Screen.”

Congratulations to Molly Bradbury ’15, who was awarded the Patrick W. Halloran Scholarship from the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. The award recognizes Bradbury's academic achievement, participation and leadership in campus organizations, citizenship, and service within the campus and Greek community, as well as within the Order of Omega. Bradbury is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Amy Ryken, professor of education, was honored with the 2013–14 Keep Living the Dream Award at the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration last week. The award is given to a member of our community who best embodies the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Slater Museum of Natural History, recognized by Tahoma Audubon Society with the Distinguished Service-Community Award for education and outreach efforts in the community. The award will be presented to Slater Museum Director Emeritus Dennis Paulson and museum staff members at the Tahoma Audubon Annual Banquet in February.

In the News

Dexter Gordon, professor of communication studies and African American studies, was featured in a special KBTC television broadcast of Northwest Now about Martin Luther King Jr.

The current Kittredge Gallery exhibit by Chad Gunderson, assistant professor of art, is applauded by The News Tribune, with a large photo, in its Go arts section.

The Institute for New Economic Thinking blog wrote that Wade Hands, co-editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology and professor of economics, participated in a debate, which included investor and philanthropist George Soros, about the theory of reflexivity developed by Soros.

The blog of the North American Victorian Studies Association wrote that Priti Joshi, professor of English, will be a keynote speaker at a June international conference at The University of Warwick in the U.K. 

Business Examiner ran a full-page, two-photo feature about the video game startup Camouflaj, which was founded by Ryan Payton ’03, and his former professor, Jeff Matthews, in business and leadership.

Puget Sound was thanked by Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland for hosting the Annual Sister Cities International Film Festival that celebrates Tacoma’s 12 sister cities, reported Exit 133

President Ronald R. Thomas was quoted in Education Week about his attendance at a White House summit on college access and about Puget Sound’s own plan to expand financial aid and mentoring for alumni of its Access Programs partnership with Tacoma Public Schools.

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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

Monday, Jan. 27; Tuesday, Jan. 28; Thursday, Jan. 30: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Warner Gym Climbing Wall, 5–8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 27: Beta Theta Pi Campuswide Presentation, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Interest and Application Meeting for Southwest Semester (Fall 2015), Thompson 115, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 29: Avalanche Avoidance and NW Winter Weather Class, Wyatt 109, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 30: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 30: School of Education Information Night, Howarth 212, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31: Jacobsen Series: Got Opera? Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Saturday, Feb. 1: Swimming vs. PLU, Wallace Pool, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 2: Faculty Recital: David Requiro, cello, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Monday, Feb. 3: Faculty Meeting, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.