Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of March 24, 2014

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Guest speaker Aseel Al-Awadhi discusses democracy in the Middle East, tonight
Aseel Al-Awadhi, assistant professor of philosophy at Kuwait University, 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

Explore the Pacific Crest Trail right here at Puget Sound, March 26
Join Elena Wimberger and staff members from Slater Museum of Natural History for a fun-filled evening. Wimberger will share her experiences walking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013. Then visit Slater Museum for a look at the flora and fauna of the trail. The presentation will begin Wednesday, March 26, at 6 p.m., in Thompson 175, followed by the hands-on visit to Slater Museum.

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. 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.

Events feature visiting artist Josephine Halvorson, include panel discussion and artist talk, March 26–27
Puget Sound's art department will host painter Josephine Halvorson on campus this week, and all campus members are invited to two special events. Both events are open to the public. For more information visit the Living Art Web page.

What Makes Its Presence Known: Emily Gherard, Helen O'Toole, and Josephine Halvorson
March 26, 4 p.m.
Trimble Forum
Professor Elise Richman will moderate this panel discussion with local painters Emily Gherard, Helen O'Toole, and artist-in-residence Josephine Halvorson. The artists will discuss how memory, tactility, and empathy inform the layered, distinctly time-baased process of painting. 

Artist Talk: Josephine Halvorson
March 27, 7 p.m.
Tacoma Art Museum
Josephine Halvorson makes paintings on site, face to face with an object in its environment. Often no more than an arm's length away, she detects variations in texture, light, and temperature, transcribing these perceptions through the medium of paint. The result is an intimate portrait of the object, capturing both a natural likeness, as well as the often unseen or overlooked character of her subject.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue March 27
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are held on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, March 27, the presentation will feature Oliver Fregoso from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. His presentation is titled, "Analysis of the Functional Evolutionary History of Lentiviral Proteins in Primates." For more information visit

Campus Climate Survey forums continue in March, with discussions about campus political beliefs
The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) continues to share findings from the 2012 Campus Climate Survey through a series of monthly forums and conversations, this month focused on the topic of campus political beliefs. The third and final conversation in March will begin at noon, Friday, March 28, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Download the report on political beliefs from the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site.

DAC will wrap up campus conversations in April with a trio of forums on the topic of race/ethnicity. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Michael Benitez at or x 2827 with questions. 

Students plan and host PIE Conference, inspired by TED Talks, March 29
Reserve your spot for the PIE Conference (Perspective Inspired Experience), on campus March 29. Modeled after TED Talks, the conference will feature speakers giving five- to 20-minute presentations about events that changed their perspective on the world or topics about which they're deeply passionate. Faculty and staff speakers include: Amy Fisher, Arielle Hill-Moses ’05, Peter Hodum, Kristin Johnson, Alisa Kessel, Gerard Morris, Siddharth Ramakrishnan, Brett Rogers, Dan Sherman, and Dave Wright ’96. Pick up your ticket at the Info Center, and find more information in this article from The Trail.

Lucha de Sound returns to Memorial Fieldhouse, March 29
Los luchadores of Lucha Libre Volcánica return to Puget Sound for the third year in a row. See your local masked warriors perform daring, high-flying, acrobatic stunts of epic proportions at the largest lucha libre event on the West Coast! Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit the CHIspA Latino Leadership Scholarship Fund. For more information check out the Lucha de Sound III Facebook event.

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series explores play, March 31
The spring Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Monday, March 31, with guest speaker Douglas Anderson, professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, who will speak on "Making Play Possible." In this talk Anderson will explore ways in which we might try to transform our cultural habits to make play, and especially movement play, a more central part of our daily lives. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. After the talk enjoy conversation, snacks, and beverages. For more information about the Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series, visit

Schedule your personal TIAA-CREF counseling session, April 1–2
Andrew Martinez and Tanya Willoughby, consultants with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 and 2, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Martinez and Willoughby will help you determine long-term strategies, find the right allocation mix, and develop your own strategies for retirement savings. Individual sessions will be held in Wyatt 326, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule your appointment, call 866.928.4221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or schedule online at Martinez and Willoughby will return to campus for additional sessions May 21–22.

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.


Department of Art Administrative Assistant Laura Edgar and Archivist/Digital Collections Coordinator Katie Henningsen will be attending and presenting at the Pacific NW History Conference in Vancouver next month. Laura’s presentation is titled "A Tacoma Trailblazer: The Life and Times of Abby Williams Hill," and Katie’s presentation is titled, "Using Special Collections to Enhance Undergraduate Education."

Andy Rex, professor of physics, has published a new book, Commonly Asked Questions in Physics (CRC Press, 2014). The book is part of the CRC press Commonly Asked Questions series and is intended for students of physics, scientists, and others who use physics professionally (e.g., medical practitioners), and anyone else who is curious about physics. The topics covered emphasize contemporary discoveries and questions.

In the News

Radio New Zealand interviewed Dan Burgard, associate professor of chemistry, about the potential for research on city wastewater to reveal which chemicals citizens are consuming (13 mins).

The Horizons exhibit of national book art at Collins Memorial Library was described as a “don’t miss it” event in an arts photo feature in The News Tribune.

Josephine Halvorson and Sandow Birk, whose work is on display in Kittredge Gallery, will be artists in residence at Puget Sound, wrote The News Tribune in an arts photo story.

Kittredge Gallery’s current exhibit, American Qur’an, was reviewed with a photo in Tacoma Weekly.

TIME magazine mentions Puget Sound in a story about a ping pong-playing robot. The story is written by Doug Aamoth ’01, who claims authority on the topic due to his title as 1997 Harrington Hall Ping Pong Champion at Puget Sound.

The Vail Mountain School blog of Colorado, written by its college counselor, reflects on her visit to Puget Sound and other colleges. She quotes a student saying, “It is not uncommon to walk out of a professor’s office with a plan for life.”

The 46th Puget Sound Women’s League Flea Market and Field House Full of Awesome Stuff was previewed in The News Tribune’s “Beyond the Column” blog and in an arts spotlightExit 133 also ran an item on its home page.

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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 

Monday, March 24; Tuesday, March 25; Thursday, March 27: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.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.

Monday, March 24; Thursday, March 27: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25: Faculty Meeting, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25: Guest Lecture: "Dimmi come mango, Art Science, and Performance in Renaissance Italian Cooking," Michaelangelo Zaccarello, University of Verona, Trimble Forum, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25: Film Screening: The Eight Model Works (2005), Commencement 272, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25: Phi Eta Sigma Natural Honor Society Chapter Faculty Lecture: "Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From My Toddler," Sarah Heavin, psychology, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25: Pierce Lecture: Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, E.J. Dionne, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets: required, but FREE for campus members

Wednesday, March 26: Panel Discussion: What Makes Its Presence Known, Emily Gherard, Helen O'Toole, and visiting artist in residence Josephine Halvorson, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26: Guest Lecture: "Environmental Preservation in Sulawesi, Indonesia," Alliance for Tompotika Conservation, McIntyre 309, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26: Guest Lecture: Adventure and Wildlife on the Pacific Crest Trail—A Bold Journey," Elena Wimberger and staff members from Slater Museum of Natural History, Thompson 176, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 27: Office of Finance Open House, Jones 018, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 27: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Oliver Fregoso, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 27: Networking Etiquette Dinner, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 27: Artist Talk: "Living Art," Josephine Halvorson, visiting artist, Tacoma Art Museum, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 27: Sister Cities Film Festival: Defining Love, A Failed Attempt, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 28: Diversity Advisory Council Forum: Political Beliefs, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, noon

Friday, March 28: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, March 28: Music in the Library—Beatles Music, Reading Room, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Friday, March 28: Adelphian Concert Choir, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 29: PIE Conference, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC

Saturday, March 29: Crew: Daffodil Sprints, American Lake, 8 a.m.

Saturday, March 29: Track and Field: Peyton Scoring Meet, Peyton Field, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 29: Softball vs. Linfield Doubleheader, East Athletic Field, noon and 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 29: Baseball vs. Linfield Doubleheader, Baseball Field, noon and 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 29: Lucha de Sound III, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation

Monday, March 31: Film Screening: Narco Cultura, followed by discussion with Melisa Galvan, history, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6 p.m.