Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of March 17, 2014

126th anniversary edition

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Campus News

Students participate in annual "alternate" spring break
Alternative Break ("Alt Break" for short) is a unique service-immersion program hosted by the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice during the fall and spring breaks. It asks what social justice issues are especially relevant in Tacoma, and gives students the chance to learn about and address these issues in our community. This year Alt Break focuses on sustainable food justice. Students will explore the successes, issues, and impacts of America’s food system, locally and nationwide. Programming will include discussions, opportunities to hear from experts, and hands-on service projects. For more information visit the Alt Break Web page.

Annual Women's League Market offers "field house full of awesome stuff" March 22
Local merchants. Vintage finds. Antiques. Specialty gifts. The popular market, run by the Puget Sound Women’s League, offers a little bit of everything—and something for everyone! The market will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 60 booths will feature collectibles, artwork, handcrafts, artisan and vintage jewelry, home and garden items, furniture, clothing, glassworks, locally sourced foods, and more. Visit the Women's League Facebook page for featured vendors and more information.

Guest speaker Aseel Al-Awadhi discusses challenges and prospects of democracy in the Middle East, March 24
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Kuwait University, Aseel Al-Awadhi will be on campus Monday, March 24, to give a presentation on "The Stumbling Democracy in the Middle East: Challenges and Prospects," exploring
 what she believes to be the crucial factors that hinder democratization in the Middle East, and shedding light on the problematic assumptions that arguments for “Islamic Liberalism” or “nonsecular democracy” rest upon. Co-sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy, Politics and Government, and Religion, and by the Gender Studies and International Political Economy programs, the lecture will begin at 6 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall.

Political commentator E.J. Dionne to deliver spring Pierce Lecture, March 25
Acclaimed journalist, NPR commentator, and columnist for The Washington Post, E.J. Dionne will present “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent” on Tuesday, March 25, at 8 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, as part of the Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture series. His Washington Post column runs in more than 100 newspapers in the United States and abroad, and he's the author of five books, including the best-selling Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Admission to the lecture is free for faculty and staff members, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Info Center or online at

Professor Katherine Smith to discuss the First Crusade at Daedalus Dinner—reservations due March 26
The second Daedalus Dinner of the spring will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m., in Murray Boardroom, WSC. In this talk Katherine Smith, associate professor of history, will discuss how the First Crusade (1095–99) was one of the most dramatic and notorious events of the Middle Ages—and one of the best documented.    

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 March 26. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Nominate a staff member for an Excellence in Action award—nominations due April 4
Excellence in Action awards recognize university staff members who consistently exhibit excellence in their work at Puget Sound. Nominated individuals consistently demonstrate one or more of the following Puget Sound core values: self-expression, collegiality, courage, passion, diversity, leadership, stewardship, and environment. Find more information about each of these core values on the website.

To nominate someone complete the Excellence in Action Nomination Form and return it to the Staff Recognition Committee via email to or through campus mail to CMB 1036 by Friday, April 4. The Excellence in Action award will be presented during the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon, held this year on Friday, May 23.

Faculty and staff members invited to contribute to Black Ice, Black Student Union's literary magazine
This spring the Black Student Union is accepting submissions to the third edition of Black Ice—and the entire campus community is invited to contribute, including faculty and staff members. Black Ice is a magazine that focuses on race and race relations on campus and in the greater community. The publication accepts art, essays, cartoons, photography, poetry, and more. Speak from your heart, anything is welcome! Send your submissions and questions to by April 6.

Race and Pedagogy National Conference Call for Proposals: Due April 7
This September Puget Sound will host the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference. The conference will focus on the theme "What NOW is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Conscience." Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit proposals in the form of papers, panels, round tables, posters, performances, visual arts, interactive sessions, and more. The steering committee encourages innovative and nonconventional program ideas.

For detailed proposal guidelines, information about student proposals, and more, visit the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference website.

Coming soon—Summer Session courses available for faculty and staff members
Have you considered taking a class during the summer? Courses are offered in a multitude of disciplines in six-week terms—and faculty and staff members are welcome to participate. Find more information and a schedule of available courses at


Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching Julie Christoph was selected to speak this week at the Conference on College Composition and Communication 2014 Annual Convention. Her session, "Opportunities Lost and Found: Second Language Writing and Writers at a Small Liberal Arts College," will be part of a session addressing critical issues of diverse communities.

In the News

Puget Sound was mentioned on the home page of Wuchang University of Technology in Hubei Province, China, for the speech and debate tournament the university recently hosted there.  

Social Sciences Librarian Ben Tucker and Collins Memorial Library were featured the DC Telegraph blog, discussing film preservation in smaller libraries.

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

Can't-miss Events

Through Sunday, March 30: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: The Horizon Exhibit: Guild of Book Workers, Collins Memorial Library

Through Saturday, April 12: Kittredge Gallery: Large Gallery: Works by Michael Schall; Small Gallery: Paintings, Kittredge Gallery (Closed during spring break)

Monday, March 17: Happy 126th anniversary, Puget Sound!

Monday, March 17–Friday, March 21: Spring break (no classes)

Monday, March 17; Tuesday, March 18; Thursday, March 20: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.m.

Monday, March 17; Thursday, March 20: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19: RPI Campus Development Committee Staff Dessert, McCormick Room, Collins Memorial Library, 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 20: Sister Cities Film Festival: The Other Side of Sunday, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 22: Annual Women's League Flea Market, Memorial Fieldhouse, 9 a.m.

Monday, March 24: The Stumbling Democracy in the Middle East: Challenges and Prospects, Aseel Asawadhi, Kuwait University, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 6 p.m.