Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of March 11, 2013

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Night of Hope event will include panel discussion with community leaders, March 12
Share a simple meal of soup and bread and hear a panel of community leaders discuss hunger and hope in Tacoma at the "Night of Hope" event, presented by Backpacks of Hope. Learn what hunger issues exist in Tacoma, what nonprofit organizations are doing to help, and how you can get involved. Kevin-Glackin Coley, director of St. Leo Food Connection will moderate the panel, which will include: Betty Popenuck ’14, Food Salvage coordinator at Puget Sound; Jeff Klein, development director of Emergency Food Network; and Carol Ramm-Gramenz, a counselor at McCarver Elementary School. A Night of Hope will begin at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, March 12, in Trimble Forum. For more information visit the Backpacks of Hope Facebook page.

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues March 12 with talk on managing concussive trauma
The spring Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, March 12, with Stanley Herring, team physician for the Seattle Seahawks. The talk, "Management of Concussive Trauma Across the Lifespan," will begin at 4 p.m., in Thompson 193. After the talk enjoy conversation and light refreshments. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit

How will you celebrate University of Puget Sound Day, March 17?
It's our very own day! The City of Tacoma has declared March 17, 2013, as “University of Puget Sound Day” in honor of the university’s founding on that day 125 years ago. At the council’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mayor Marilyn Strickland read a proclamation detailing the rationale for a commemorative day to mark Puget Sound’s founding in 1888. See the press release to read the full proclamation. Beginning March 17 the 125th Anniversary Web page will feature video anniversary messages from various members of the Logger community, as well as historical photographs, favorite memories, and more. Be sure to check back each week for new content.

Psychologist, educator, and author Philip Zimbardo named Commencement 2013 speaker
Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., best known for his PBS-TV series Discovering Psychology, best-selling trade and textbooks, and groundbreaking research, will be the speaker at this year's Commencement Ceremony. Zimbardo’s research has explored various facets of social psychology, from the nature of evil and heroism, to shyness and time perspective. His most recent work, the Heroic Imagination Project, aims to encourage and empower individuals to take heroic action during critical moments, and to successfully initiate positive change in their own lives as well as that of their community. He will be awarded the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to the Honorable Norm Dicks, 18-term 6th Congressional District representative, and Senator Debbie Regala ’68, who has served in the Washington State Senate since 2000, and in the House of Representatives from 1994 to 2000. University of Puget Sound's 121st Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m., in Baker Stadium.

Annual Women's League Flea Market fills field house with "awesome stuff," March 23
The popular flea market run by the Women’s League—now in its 45th year—will be held this year on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 60 booths will offer antiques and collectibles, artwork, handcrafts, artisan and vintage jewelry, home and garden items, furniture, clothing, glassworks, locally sourced foods, and more. Check the Women's League Facebook page daily for featured vendors. Admission is $3.

Proceeds from the event support scholarships for Puget Sound students. Last year the flea market raised $13,000, and in total, Women’s League endowed scholarships provided $28,950 in financial aid to 13 talented Puget Sound students in 2012.

To make donations of goods to be sold at the market, please contact Carla Moschetti at 253.777.4385 or send an email message to

Professor Barry Goldstein to discuss change at Daedalus Dinner—reservations due March 28
The second Daedalus Dinner of the spring semester will be held on Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. In this talk Barry Goldstein, professor of geology and environmental policy and decision making, will discuss some of the ways that he has been examining various aspects of environmental change, illustrated by examples that range from small to large and from old to young, including recent work on landscape change in our own backyard, the Puget Sound region.

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 Thursday, March 28. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Nominate outstanding campus offices or staff members for the Excellence in Action award
The Excellence in Action award recognizes campus departments and staff members who consistently exhibit excellence in their work at Puget Sound, and are presented during the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon, which will be held on Friday, May 24. To nominate a staff member or department, send an email message with the following information to by Friday, April 5:

  • Name of the staff member or department being nominated (faculty members and members of the President's Cabinet are not eligible)
  • The staff member's campus department
  • Whether you are a staff member or faculty member

In addition, in your email message, please incude responses to the following:

  • Puget Sound’s core values include courage, passion, and leadership. Please describe in 300 words or less how this staff member or department demonstrated these core values.
  • In 300 words or less, please share why you think this nominee deserves an Excellence in Action award.

Faculty members, submit your published works for the annual faculty scholarship publication
The Faculty Scholarship project includes a website and the annual publication Advancing Knowledge, Building Understanding. This publication has proved a useful reference for faculty members, as well as for current and prospective students, prospective faculty members, donors, parents, and others who are interested in the depth and breadth of scholarly activity at Puget Sound. Work will soon begin on the 2011–13 edition. Faculty members are encouraged to submit their faculty scholarship activities for the 2012–13 academic year—work published, presented, or performed during the period July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013, via the online faculty scholarship submission form.

In the News

Business Examiner ran a photo brief in its “People on the Move” section about the appointment of Michael Benitez Jr. as dean for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. (No link).

Admission Evaluator Rusty Horton was recently interviewed on The Cathy Bennett Show on the topic of authentic dialogue applied to the practice of servant leadership.

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

Special 125th anniversary message on KUOW March 17

Once a Logger, always a Logger! Former staff member of more than 30 years Rosa Beth Gibson has sponsored a special message on public radio station KUOW Sunday, March 17, in honor of Puget Sound's 125th anniversary. Want to hear the message? It will play twice, a little before noon, and a little before 9 p.m. Start listening about 11:50 a.m. and 8:50 p.m., and continue to listen through the next break.

Thank you, Rosa Beth! To the heights!

Longtime Loggers present "A Brief History of Puget Sound"

George Mills ’68, M.S.'72 and archives volunteer John Finney ’67, P'94 present a special edition of the 125 Years in the Stacks Lecture Series, "A Brief History of University of Puget Sound," Monday, March 11, at 4 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda. In this illustrated presentation, George and John will provide a compelling overview of the university’s remarkable 125-year history. Following the presentation will be a reception to honor George and John.

Progress continues on new residence hall

Construction continues on the new residence hall, set to open this fall. Five residential academic "houses" are coming together, organized around the humanities, Puget Sound Outdoors and the environmental policy and decision making program, international gobal education, Honors Program, and entrepreneurship.

To keep construction on pace, crews will work on Saturdays through March on mechanical projects, interior framing and drywall, masonry and roofing.

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

Monday, March 11–Saturday, April 13: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Start by Cable Griffith; Small Gallery: You Are Here by Michael Johnson, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, March 11: 125 Years in the Stacks Lecture Series: A Brief History of University of Puget Sound, George Mills ’68, M.S.'72 and John Finney ’67, P'94, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.

Monday, March 11: Guest Lecture: Transcending Borders: The National Award in Narrative Literature and the Role of Art in Democratic Spain (1977–2011), Sally Perret, Ohio Wesleyan University, Jones 202, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: Management of Concussive Trauma Across the Lifespan, Stanley Herring, Thompson 193, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12: A Night of Hope, Trimble Forum, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13: Kittredge Gallery Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13: Jazz Band, Tracy Knoop, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13–Friday, March 15: Infinite Monkey Festival of student-written, -produced, and -acted works, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $3 at the door

Thursday, March 14: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Circulating Micro RNA Biomarkers for Cancer, John Chevillet, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, March 15: Brown Bag Neuroscience Lunches, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 17: University of Puget Sound Day and 125th Anniversary

Sunday, March 17: Softball vs. Whitworth Double Header, Softball Field, noon and 2:30 p.m.

Monday, March 18–Friday, March 22: Spring break (no classes)