Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of March 19, 2012

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Novelist Maaza Mengiste on campus for reading and book signing, March 22
Ethiopian-born writer Maaza Mengiste, hailed as one of a new generation of African writers who take on the continent’s brutal history of colonization, will give a talk about her book Beneath the Lion's Gaze on Thursday, March 22. The free lecture, titled “The Missing Beat,” will begin at 7 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. A book signing and reception will follow. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Prof. Tanya Erzen to deliver public lecture, March 22
Tanya Erzen, associate professor of religion and comparative studies at The Ohio State University, will be on campus Thursday, March 22, to discuss faith in prisons in her talk "Inside the Carceral Church: The Politics of Transformation in Faith-based Prisons." The talk, sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, will be held in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Erzen is the author of Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement and co-editor of Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City.

A cappella ensemble will visit with classes and perform on campus March 21
Lo Cor de la Plana, a French ensemble known for rich a cappella performances mixed with percussion, will be on campus Wednesday, March 21, to meet with classes and perform a public concert. Called "the most striking group at GlobalFest" by The New York Times, Lo Cor de la Plena combines Mediterranean, African, Arabic, and European influences. The concert, sponsored in part by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund and ASUPS Cultural Events, will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is $4 for faculty and staff members. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center and online.

Upcoming Daedalus lecture reservations due March 21
John Magee Professor of Science and Values Mott Greene, science, technology, and society, will discuss how Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908–2009) helped turn 20th-century anthropology from the analysis of the content of mythology to the study of its underlying structure at the Daedalus Dinner, Wednesday, March 28, at 6 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Lévi-Strauss had a special fascination with the ethnology of the Pacific Northwest and published two important books on the indigenous mythologies of the Puget Sound region.

Reservations are $15 per person, and must be made by Wednesday, March 21, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to make reservations, please call x3207.

Health care benefits presentations to be held March 26
Aon Hewitt and Premera will make presentations about the university’s health care benefits on Monday, March 26. No registration is required. Watch your email inbox for details. If you have questions, contact human resources at or x3369. Presentations will be held at the following times/locations:

  • 10–11 a.m., Murray Board Room, WSC
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m., Murray Board Room, WSC
  • 4–5 p.m., Wheelock Student Center, Room 101

Start planning your entry into this year's Edible Book Festival, March 30
For the sixth year, Collins Memorial Library will participate in the International Edible Book Festival and host the Puget Sound campus competition. There are few restrictions in creating an edible book—namely that it's made of food and is inspired by a book. Past entries included such delicious titles as: Life of Pi(e), The Black Scallion (The Black Stallion), and The Wizard of Paws (The Wizard of Oz).

Help select 125 books for our 125th!
Do you have a favorite Collins Memorial Library book? Or perhaps you've stumbled across a unique and unusual title on the shelves? In anticipation of Puget Sound's 125th anniversary, staff members in the library are combing the stacks to find a book published for each year the university has been in existence, from 1888 to 2013! Help the effort by identifying your favorite! Just fill out the Found in the Stacks form!

Excellence in Action award nominations being accepted through March 30
The Excellence in Action award recognizes staff members and departments who consistently exhibit excellence in their work at Puget Sound. The awards are presented during the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon, May 25. From the staff recognition committee:

Taking our cue from Puget Sound's strategic plan, the staff recognition committee invites you to nominate staff members and departments who went above and beyond to INNOVATE, INSPIRE, ENGAGE, or INVEST in support of the college's mission and strategic plan in 2011. We encourage you to think broadly about such innovation, inspiration, engagement, or investment—some staff members or departments set examples of excellence that are well known to the campus community because of their visible and wide-reaching roles, while others exhibit excellence within their own departments and/or in serving a select group of constituents.

To nominate a staff member or department, complete the online form on the Staff Senate website by Friday, March 30.


Jaki Nestor ’14 and Elisabeth Schyberg ’14, students in a fall class by Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, published the article "'William Morris and His World': A Course at the University of Puget Sound" about the class and the exhibit in the newsletter of the William Morris Society in the United States.

In the News

Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, co-wrote a blog for The Huffington Post about a student’s brave attempt to explain her failure to study for an exam.

The News Tribune ran a photo of Brian Cross ’15 and Brad Heusinkveld ’14 “slacklining” (balancing on a 1-inch wide length of fabric) between two trees, while simultaneously playing Frisbee. (No link available)

The Dorian Singers' appearance in the Best of the Northwest concert and the group's invitation to sing at the annual convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Seattle, was covered in a photo story in The News Tribune’s “Go” arts section.

The March 22 talk at Puget Sound by African novelist Maaza Mengiste was previewed in The Bellingham Herald and The News Tribune in a photo story and in the Weekly Volcano online, with a large photo.

Decanter, a prestigious England-based, international wine magazine ran a review of Wine Wars by Mike Veseth ’72, professor of international political economy.

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

Jane Lubchenco announced as Commencement 2012 speaker

Jane Lubchenco, a distinguished scientist whose federal role has put her at the center of critical debates involving leaders in the environment, industry, and public policy, will deliver the Class of 2012 Commencement address. “Dr. Lubchenco is a quintessential scientist of the 21st century,” President Ron Thomas said. “She is a brilliant researcher who pursues the truth with passion, an expansive thinker who distills her science into political and economic policy with convincing clarity, and an empathetic human being focused on channeling her talents toward the service of humanity.”   

Can't-miss events

Through April 7: Inchoate, Brian Benfer, and Selected Works from the Monsen Ceramics Collection Exhibit, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, March 19: Classes resume

Monday, March 19–Friday, March 23: Hide and Seek: A Week of Student Projects related to the Tacoma Art Museum exhibit HIDE/SEEK, Wheelock Information Center

Wednesday, March 21: Relay for Life Spring Kickoff, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21: Reading and Book Signing by Brian Doyle, essayist and author, Library 020, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21: Lo Cor de la Plana, French a cappella ensemble, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $4 faculty/staff

Thursday, March 22: Beyond the Carceral Church: The Politics of Transformation in Faith-based Prisons, Tanya Erzen, The Ohio State University, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 22: The Missing Beat, Maaza Mengiste, novelist, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 23: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, March 23: Music in the Library: Harp by Lauren Eklund ’15, Collins Memorial Library

Friday, March 23: B-GLAD 10th Annual Drag Show, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 24: Crew: Daffodil Cup Regatta, American Lake, 9 a.m.

Saturday, March 24: Track and Field: Peyton Scoring Meet, Peyton Field, 11 a.m.

Sunday, March 25: Softball vs. Bellevue Doubleheader, Softball Field, noon and 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 25: Adelphian Home Concert, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.