Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of June 18, 2012

Chock-full June edition!

Campus News

Free public summer concert Saturday, June 23, 4 p.m.
The Community Music Department will host a free public summer concert featuring a mix of classical and modern works for piano, soprano, and flute at Schneebeck Concert Hall on Saturday, June 23, at 4 p.m. The afternoon performance will feature Puget Sound faculty member and alumnus Timothy Strong ’69 on piano and guest artists Karen Oleson, soprano, and Pamela Ryker, flute. Strong describes the program as an eclectic mix of music dealing with “life reflections,” both serious and humorous.

Franke Tobey Jones offers new scholarship for Puget Sound students
University of Puget Sound and senior retirement community Franke Tobey Jones announced a new scholarship focused on excellence in senior health care. Franke Tobey Jones will offer an annual academic scholarship to Puget Sound physical therapy graduate students who specialize in geriatrics or adult neurology. The first award was made recently to Makiko Sato ’12 of Etna, Calif., who earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in May this year. Future awards will be made to ongoing or incoming students.

Faculty and staff members getting new phones
The upgrade of the university’s telephone system has officially begun. The current campus phone system has been declared “end of life” by the manufacturer, so, over the next several weeks, staff members from Technology Services will replace the obsolete telecom solution with a state-of-the-art VoIP (Voice over Internet Provider) system, which will come with more functionality and features at lower maintenance costs.

Additional information about the phones and phone training schedules will be provided through campus email messages and at For questions and assistance, please contact the Technology Service Desk at x8585,, or by visiting the Tech Center in Collins Memorial Library.

Campus fitness center open for faculty and staff during summer
Can't make it to the gym this summer? Puget Sound's fitness center remains open to faculty and staff members throughout the summer, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fitness center also institutes "Quiet Hours" between noon and 2 p.m. daily. Additional campus recreation facilities, including Memorial Fieldhouse, Wallace Pool, Warner Gym, and Tennis Pavilion, also keep summer hours. A valid Puget Sound ID is needed to gain access, or a Recreational Facilities Use Card (obtained from the Department of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation, x3140) for immediate family members of faculty and staff members. See the Recreation Facilities Use page on our website for more information.

Weyerhaeuser Hall recognized for masonry and sustainable design
Just days after receiving a statewide award for building design, Weyerhaeuser Hall earned a LEED Gold certification, the top rating for U.S. environmentally friendly buildings. The William T. and Gail T. Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences was recognized by the Masonry Institute of Washington (MIW) for the quality of its design and building work, and was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Masonry Design Honor Award in the higher education category at the MIW’s biannual awards dinner in Seattle. The building meets the highest standards for the use of sustainable materials and for adhering to stringent environmental guidelines, as set by the U.S. Green Building Council in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, earning the Gold certification.

Save the date: Faculty-Staff Campaign Kickoff, Aug. 23, 2012
"I can think of no better way to begin a new year than by celebrating our community," said President Ron Thomas. Later this summer faculty and staff members will come together to celebrate the hard work that goes in to achieving the goals of our strategic plan and the ambitious $125 million Campaign for University of Puget Sound. On Thursday, Aug. 23, the president will gather faculty and staff members for a special program and reception to celebrate what Puget Sound is all about—what we stand for, what we have achieved, and how we will continue to make this a place like no other. Mark your calendars now. See you in August!


The Oxford Broadway Legacies series, for which Professor of Music Geoffrey Block is series editor, was featured in a window display on Madison Avenue in New York City. (See photo)

Professor of History Nancy Bristow published American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic (May 2012; Oxford University Press), about the calamitous event that exposed a deep vulnerability and weakness in the nation’s health and social systems nearly a century ago.

Andrew Gardner, associate professor of comparative sociology, announced the electronic publication of his new book Constructing Qatar: Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System.

"Because It’s a Girl Cake!: Fostering Dialogue About Gender Identity in Elementary Classrooms," written by Niko Wacker ’10, M.A.T.'11 and Associate Professor of Education Amy Ryken, was published in NORTHWEST PASSAGE: Journal of Educational Practices.

Congratulations to Grace Youn ’12, winner of The Rockin' Fiddle Challenge 2012! Check out Grace's entry video—her awesome cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing."

In the News

History professor Nancy Bristow’s new book American Pandemic was reviewed, alongside a Q&A with Bristow, on the online History News Network, a Seattle-based news service that features opinions from prominent historians.

U.S. News & World Report ran a story about college entrepreneurs, including Michael Haas ’13, Allen Ward ’12, and Jessica Shiarella ’12, who launched Centsless LLC, a firm that allows students to borrow goods from each other. Centsless began as a class project for Associate Professor of Business and Leadership Lynnette Claire.

 An Associated Press article quoting Renee Houston, associate professor of communication studies, about texting and the demise of conversation appeared in at least 25 media, including The Boston Globe; New York Daily News; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Washington Times; The Seattle Times; The News Tribune; San Antonio Express; Cleveland Plain Dealer; Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia; Star Tribune of Minneapolis; ABC News; and others. Separately Komo News radio of Seattle/Tacoma interviewed Houston.

President Ron Thomas wrote an opinion piece for The Spokesman Review naming three higher education issues that state politicians still need to address to ensure a promising future for students, families, and employers.

Education Week online quoted John Woodward, dean of the School of Education, in a report about the findings of a national Department of Education committee that he chairs.

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

Summer research dessert contest June 21

Thursday, June 21, will be the Third Annual Summer Research-Themed Dessert Contest. Everyone is welcome to participate—both by submitting entries and in tasting/judging. Three awards will be given: Most Creative, Most Aesthetically Pleasing, and Most Tasty. Desserts will be on displayin the biology department between noon and 12:30 p.m., and tasting/judging will occur from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

See photos of past years' entries:
2010 Dessert Contest
2011 Dessert Contest

Strawberry Shortcake reception Friday, June 22

The annual Strawberry Shortcake Summer Celebration will take place Friday, June 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. The entire campus community is invited to enjoy live music and delicious strawberry shortcake. Special bonus this year: Associate Dean Alyce DeMarais returns to her first loves—teaching and research in biology! Brief remarks will be made at 2:45 p.m. Questions? Contact the Office of the Associate Deans at x3207.

Book scholarship application deadline June 22

Each year Puget Sound's Staff Senate awards Rosa Beth Gibson book scholarships to staff members, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children working toward a degree or completion of a program at any level, including graduate work. Applicants may be attending Puget Sound or another university, college, or vocational school, either full or part time.

Award recipients are selected based upon the following criteria:
• Written essay about educational goals and progress
• Academic performance
• Extracurricular activities/community service

Award amounts will be made based on the number of applicants and funds available. Applications are due June 22.

Get your camping, hiking, and backpacking equipment at the Expeditionary

The Expeditionary is the Puget Sound Outdoor programs equipment rental center located at 1506 N. Alder. The “Expy” has all the equipment you will need for camping, hiking, backpacking, and more. Equipment is available to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Expy will be open Tuesday–Friday, 2–6 p.m. 

Can't-miss events

Friday, June 22: Strawberry Shortcake Summer Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 2 p.m.

Friday, June 22: Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship application deadline

Saturday, June 23: Community Music Department Concert Life Reflections, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day

Friday, Aug. 17–Sunday, Aug. 26: Freshman Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 23: One [of a Kind]: The Campaign for University of Puget Sound Faculty-Staff Kickoff, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 27: First day of classes

Friday, Aug. 31: LogJam! 2012