Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 28, 2013

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Digital media and ceramics open the season at Kittredge Gallery
Kukai is a new collaboration between digital media artist Robert Campbell and ceramic sculptor Yuki Nakamura. An extension of and elaboration on some of the revisited experimentations and ideas generated during an earlier collaboration 2006, as well as an installation at SOIL in 2012, the installation is an immersive environment created using digital projection, porcelain, and Mylar. On view in the Small Gallery is an exhibition of contemporary drawings co-curated by Associate Professor of Art Elise Richman and Kittredge Gallery Manager Margaret Bullock.

A public reception for these exhibitions will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the gallery. This reception is free and open to the public. A gallery talk by Yuki Nakamura and Robert Campbell will be scheduled during the run of the exhibition.

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series begins with talk on memory, Jan. 29
The spring Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 29, with guest speaker Melissa Mace, 2012 Ph.D. recipient, Pacifica Graduate Istitute. The talk, "Our Stories Emerge From the Depths of Memory," will begin at 4 p.m., in Weyerhaeuser 402. After the talk enjoy conversation, snacks, and beverages. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit

Jacobsen Series continues Friday, Feb. 1
A musical voyage through time and across continents is the promise of An Evening of Chamber Music, the next Jacobsen Series concert, to be held Friday, Feb. 1. The concert, featuring Tanya Stambuk, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; guest artist Mara Gearman, viola; and guest artist Kevin Krentz, cello, 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 at

Would you like neuroscience with that? Brown Bag series every Friday
This Friday, Feb. 1—and every Friday this semester—join members of the neuroscience department for Brown Bag Neuroscience Lunches. Bring your lunch to Rasmussen Rotunda at 1 p.m. each Friday to hear neuroscience faculty members or students present a talk or discussion inspired by the latest journal headlines. Visit the Neuroscience Journal Club website for the weekly title and presenter. This week's presenter is new Assistant Professor of Biology and Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience Siddharth Ramakrishnan.

Convocation and Commencement student speaker nominations due Feb. 1
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. 1. Criteria for student speakers include:

  • Spring 2013 graduate
  • Earned record of academic distinction (GPA of 3.5 or above, as of fall semester 2012)
  • 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

Reaccreditation committee needs your input
Puget Sound is in the midst of a seven-year process of evaluation to affirm the college’s accreditation. The Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) has prepared a draft of Puget Sound’s Year Three Report, and seeks faculty and staff member feedback. Please review the report and send any comments and/or suggestions to Please provide your comments no later than Feb. 4, 2013. The draft Year Three Report is available on the reaccreditation page of the Puget Sound website.

Puget Sound Outdoors to sponsor avalanche two-day or three-day certification course, beginning Feb. 9
Join Puget Sound Outdoors for a two-day or three-day level one avalanche course, designed for those who will be backcountry skiing, boarding, hiking, or mountaineering on snow slopes that could slide. The class session will be held Saturday, Feb. 9. Field sessions are chosen when you register. The two-day (noncertification) course is $210, and the three-day course is $340. Register online at Visit for more information.


Director Athletics and Physical Education Amy Hackett presented as part of the panel discussion "Division III: Rules Compliance Campus Integration" at the 107th Annual NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas. Hackett serves on the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions, and her presentation addressed common findings in  major infraction cases. In particular her portion of the discussion addressed the area of building sound relationships and practices with colleagues in campus financial aid offices.

Ellen Peters, director of institutional research, was part of a team presenting "So Now You Have Data—What Do You DO With It?" at the American Association of Colleges and Universities national meeting. Other presenters included: Charles Blaich, director, Center of Inquiry and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, Wabash College; Frank Boyd, associate provost for academic planning and standards, Illinois Wesleyan University; Christina Leimer, associate vice president for planning and effectiveness, Bridgepoint Education; Kathy Wise, associate director, Center of Inquiry, Wabash College.

Sharon Styer, program assistant for community music, has photographs in three juried shows: the TCC Greek and Roman Mythology Show; Resolutions, at The Brick House Gallery; and the Annual Juried Show at Gallery 110 in Pioneer Square, Seattle.

In the News

The Wall Street Journal wrote a story about research by Tricia Burke, visiting assistant professor of communication studies, on the effect of weight issues in marriages. Stories also ran in Daily Mail of London, Yahoo!, and elsewhere.

A presentation by Andrew Gardner, associate professor of comparative sociology, at the American University of Kuwait about migrant labor was covered, with a photo, in Arab Times.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day talks by Dexter Gordon, professor communication studies and African American studies, at Urban Grace Church, and by Olympian John Carlos at Puget Sound were summarized in The News Tribune.

Professors Bruce Mann and Douglas Goodman appeared on TV Tacoma’s “CityLine” show talking about their economic forecast for the region. The KOMO News Tacoma blog wrote about the two creators of the Pierce County Economic Index.

Mark Martin, associate professor of biology, wrote a guest piece for the Small Things Considered blog about teaching students to experience “microbial pride” and to spread the word about the world of microbiology.

William Morse, chief technology officer, was quoted in an article in Campus Technology on his thoughts about higher education trends in 2013.

The Chronicle of Higher Education included Puget Sound’s plans for a new “learning and living” environment in its new student residence hall, plus quotes from Brendan Joanou ’13 about his experience on the humanities floor.

Tacoma Weekly ran a front-page feature on Puget Sound's 125th Anniversary, including quotes from President Ron Thomas and several historical photos.

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125th anniversary kicks off with fun photos and videos

Did you get your photo taken in our photo booth at the 125th anniversary kickoff party last Friday? See all the photos on our Facebook page! Miss the photo booth? There will be more opportunities to snap your birthday photo throughout the year (mustaches optional)!

Vote Now! Be sure to watch the entries in our 125th Anniversary Video Contest and "like" your favorite(s) to cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Watch the whole playlist on our YouTube channel.

PacRim interest meeting, Jan. 30

Do you know a student who would like to participate in the Pacific Rim-Asia Study/Travel Program? The program will host a general interest meeting Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6–8 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC.

FREE avalanche awareness course, Jan. 30

Are you interested in avoiding avalanche slopes while snowshoeing, hiking, or cross-country skiing? Puget Sound Outdoors will sponsor a free avalanche awareness course on Wednesday Jan. 30, 7–8:30 p.m. Check the PSO website for the course location. Join Matt Schonwald ’92 for this informative class. Matt is a certified ski mountaineering guide and avalanche course instructor. He also has an M.B.A. in sustainable business and owns his own company, BC Adventure Guides.

Winter sports equipment available at the Expeditionary

Discounted ski tickets for Crystal Mountain and the Summit are available to all campus members through Puget Sound Outdoor Programs. Crystal Mountain tickets are $51 (regular $65) and Summit Tickets are $49 (from $64). Youth tickets for the Summit are $34 (regularly $45). Tickets will be available at the Expeditionary Monday–Friday, 2–6 p.m.

Rent your snowshoes, cross country skis, and other winter equipment from the Expeditionary. Visit for rates and more.

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

Through Saturday, March 2: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Yuki Nakamura and Robert Campbell; Small Gallery: Contemporary Drawings Show, Kittredge Gallery

Through Thursday, March 14: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Celebrating 125 Years in the Stacks, Collins Memorial Library

Tuesday, Jan. 29: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium: Our Stories Emerge From the Depths of Memory, Melissa Mace, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Weyerhaeuser 402, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Puget Sound Women's League Meeting, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, Lower Level, 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Kittredge Gallery Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: PacRim Interest Meeting, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 31: Children's Musical Theater Performance, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1: Brown Bag Neuroscience Lunches, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1: Jacobsen Series: An Evening of Chamber Music, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Monday, Feb. 4: 125 Years in the Stacks Lecture Series: The Woman Behind Jones Hall: The Life and Times of Franke Tobey Jones, Darlyne Reiter, Trimble Forum 4 p.m.