Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 30, 2012

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Campus News

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration moved to Feb. 1
Puget Sound's annual program commemorating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was postponed earlier this month due to inclement weather, but will be in full swing this Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Lyle Quasim ’70, Hon.’05, retiring president of Bates Technical College and longtime social activist and political leader, will present a talk on “The Fire Within” beginning at 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public. The celebration will also include gospel music from local artists Navele Davis & Friends. Find more details on the event page on Facebook.

Swope Lecture explores inclusion in faith communities, Feb. 2
Presbyterian pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell will deliver the spring Swope Lecture, "Beyond Accessibility: Moving Toward Full Inclusion in Our Faith Communities," Thursday, Feb. 2. The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. The event is free, but tickets are required. They are available at Wheelock Information Center or online.

A community conversation on “Being a Gay Parent” will be hosted by Webb-Mitchell at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Participation is free and tickets are not required. The church is located at 901 North J St. in Tacoma.

Puget Sound marks Year of the Dragon with festivities, Feb. 3
Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations continue this week with the lantern festival on Friday, Feb. 3. Enjoy calligraphy, ink painting, raising a dragon kite, lantern making, and more. Activities are sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, and will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., in the second-floor atrium of Wyatt Hall.

Puget Sound No. 5 among small colleges for alumni in the Peace Corps
University of Puget Sound has risen to the No. 5 spot among small colleges and universities nationwide in this year’s rankings of Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools with 22 undergraduate alumni currently serving in the corps. Puget Sound has placed in the top 10 each year since the Peace Corps started producing its rankings in 2001. Last year the college was No. 8 on the list.

Enjoy the slopes this winter! Discounted ski tickets available for Puget Sound community
Puget Sound Outdoors is offering discounted ski tickets to faculty and staff members and their dependents for both Crystal Mountain and the Summit. Tickets are available at the Expeditionary—the outdoor programs rental and trip center. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Expeditionary is located at 1506 N. Alder St., and is open Monday through Friday, 3–7 p.m. Call x3403 or send an email message to for details. For more information on Expy hours and rentals, visit

  Regular Ticket Discounted Ticket
Crystal Mountain
Adult Day
$65 $50
Adult Day
$63 $48
Youth Day $44 $33
(includes rental, lesson,
beginner ticket)
$79 $69










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


Todd Badham ’85, P ’11, P ’14 and Nicole Mulhausen ’89, who have successfully led the “green” commuting efforts at University of Puget Sound, have been recognized with 2011 Employee Transportation Coordinator of the Year awards from Pierce Trips.

Will Gent ’12 and Sarah Webb ’12 earned a first-round bid to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, an invitation-only tournament featuring the top 64 two-person college debate partnerships in the country. By being ranked in the top 24 teams in the country, which is calculated by success in both preliminary and elimination rounds and how large the competition was at the attended tournaments, Sarah and Will received an automatic invitation to compete in this vigorous tournament. The 2012 tournament will take place at Western Washington University in March. Congratulations!

In the News

Lynnette Claire, in business and leadership, was a speaker at the Tacoma Shift Happens 2012 event, reported Business Examiner. The program aims to support local businesses.

A fitness story about rowing techniques in The News Tribune quoted Marsa Daniel, Puget Sound’s rowing coach, and rower Jordan Hanssen ’04 at length.

The International Herald Tribune published an opinion piece on Egypt’s elections co-written by Assistant Professor of Religion Matthew Ingalls. The piece earlier appeared in The New York Times Review.

Maggie Mittuch ’82, associate vice president for student financial services, was quoted in a Reuters wire story about student financial aid offerings.

The College Store Magazine quoted Puget Sound Bookstore Manager Barbara Racine and ran a photo of a book signing in Wyatt Hall in a story about author events in its January/February edition.

Lillis Scholar Billy Rathje ’14 and his brother Steve were featured in Lake Oswego Review, in a piece announcing the world premiere of their musical comedy Fight Call, a "meta-theatrical musical murder mystery."

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

AA/Al-Anon meetings continue on campus

“It’s Friday and We’re Sober!” Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings and the new Al-Anon meeting, "TGIF North-End Noontime," take place weekly on campus this semester. These 12-step meetings are 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. For more information contact CHWS Physician Assistant Colleen Carette at

Prof. Monica DeHart discusses China at Daedalus Dinner, Feb. 20

Associate Professor of Comparative Sociology Monica DeHart will discuss China's explosive growth and growing international influence, at the first Daedalus Dinner of the spring semester, Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Daedalus Dinners are open to faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Each 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.

Can't-miss events

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

Tuesday, Jan. 31: Extraction, Consumption, and Indigenous Politics in Peru, guest lecture by Maria Elena Garcia and Jose Antonio Lucero, University of Washington, Murray Board Room, WSC, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: Philosophy and Political Theory Film Series: Minority Report, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1–Wednesday, Feb. 29: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crows: The Art of Mark Hoppmann, Collins Memorial Library

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: The Fire Within, Lyle Quasim ’70, Hon.'05, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Asian Film Series: Adrenaline Drive, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Artist Talk and Tempera Painting Demo by Nathan DiPietro, Kittredge Gallery, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Swope Lecture: Beyond Accessibility: Moving Toward Full Inclusion in Our Faith Communities, Brett Webb-Mitchell, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Tickets free but required.

Friday, Feb. 3: Music in the Library: Adelphians, Collins Memorial Library, 11:15 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 3: Lantern Festival Celebration, second-floor atrium, Wyatt Hall, 5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 6: Campus Climate Check: Hearing Our Stories, staged reading directed by Geoff Proehl, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.