Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of March 26, 2012

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Artist Xu Yongmin on campus for lecture and exhibition, March 27–April 7
Chinese painter and president of the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Xu Yongmin will show his work at Puget Sound and give a public lecture this week. The free lecture, “Changing Art Education in China’s Art Academies,” will be at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, in Wyatt 101, and will be followed by a reception in Kittredge Art Gallery. The exhibit of 20 paintings, titled High Wind, will be in the gallery from Tuesday, March 27, to Saturday, April 7. Yongmin, who uses traditional Chinese brush methods, yet reveals a Western influence in his work, has shown his paintings internationally in Europe, Japan, Korea, and the Ukraine. His art is in the collections of the National Museum of China and Shenzhen Art Museum.

Enjoy an evening of Irish music and dancing, March 27
The McLean Avenue Band and Emerald Fire Dance Company will be on campus Tuesday, March 27—in their only Northwest appearance—creating a night of Irish delight for campus and community members alike. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, and will feature band leader Padraig Allen and Ireland's three-time accordion champion Buddy Connolly, as well as fiery choreography by Dublin-based dance company Emerald Fire. Tickets are $4 with your Puget Sound ID, and are available at Wheelock Info Center and at the door.

Berkeley professor Niko Kolodny to discuss the value of democracy in public lecture, March 30
Niko Kolodny, professor of philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, will deliver a free public lecture Friday, March 30, as part of the Puget Sound Philosophy Undergraduate Conference. His lecture, “Rule Over None: Social Equality and the Value of Democracy,” will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in Trimble Forum. More information about and the schedule for the philosophy conference , which runs March 30–31, and is open to the public, is available on the Department of Philosophy website.

Jacobsen concert celebrates music of Franz Schubert, March 30
“You have to love the guy, who died at 31, ill, impoverished, and neglected except by a circle of friends who were in awe of his genius,” wrote New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini of composer Franz Schubert. “For his hundreds of songs alone—including the haunting cycle Winterreise, which will never release its tenacious hold on singers and audiences—Schubert is central to our concert life.” On Friday, March 30, the School of Music will present Schubertiade, a Jacobsen Series concert featuring Schubert's work. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is $8.50 for faculty/staff. Tickets available at Wheelock Info Center or online.

Edible Book Festival makes reading tasty 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). Still haven't decided on your edible book? Check out these sites for ideas:

1 can = $1 off your library fines, March 30 only
Collins Memorial Library and the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice are co-sponsoring a spring Food for Fines event for one day only! This Friday, March 30, pay off your library fines with food instead of cash. Donate to a worthy cause and take care of your library debt at the same time. Bring in one can of food and the library will waive $1 of your library fines. Patrons will be able to pay off fines up to $20 with nonperishable food items. Tell your students!

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.

Schedule your meeting with TIAA-CREF consultants, on campus April 3 and 17
Meet with Jonathan Jepsen and Emily Everett, TIAA-CREF consultants, to develop long-term saving strategies, find the allocation mix that works for you, and learn about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility. Individual one-hour sessions can be scheduled by calling 206.529.2600 (press 0). Jepsen and Everett will be on campus between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in Wyatt 326, and will return to campus April 17. Learn more at


Rusty Horton, admission evaluator in the Office of the Registrar, presented the workshop "Advancing Servant Leadership Through the Practice of Authentic Dialogye" at the annual Pacific Northwest Regional Conference on Servant Leadership, hosted by Maryhurst University’s Center for Servant Leadership.

Technology Services Development Lead Jeff Strong will be among the contestants on a Travel Channel show called Sand Wars this week. Four teams of two people each will create elaborate sand sculptures, competing for $10,000. After each round the public will vote, and the lowest scoring sculpture is blown up. (Now that's good television!) Strong and his partner, Jon Woodworth from Austin, make up the team called “Grainiacs." Look for them on the episode of Sand Wars called "Castle Crashers," airing Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m. PDT., and re-airing several times throughout the weekend. Good luck, Jeff!

In the News

KCTS has uploaded on YouTube an earlier talk about extraterrestrial intelligence by Bernie Bates, physics instructor. The talk was presented to The Science Café, an evening event run by the Pacific Science Center.

Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, and a colleague wrote a blog post for HuffPost College about reactions to the recent T-Town Transgender Neighbors portrait exhibition at Puget Sound. The blog was among those featured on the HuffPost College home page.

A photo feature about Weyerhaeuser Hall, including quotes from President Ron Thomas, appeared in University Business magazine’s “Sense of Place” section.

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Can't-miss events

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

Tuesday, March 27–Saturday, April 7: High Wind, Xu Yongmin, Kittredge Gallery

Tuesday, March 27: Lacrosse vs. Whittier, Lower Baker Field, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28: Puget Sound Women's League Lunch and Meeting, Kilworth Memorial Chapel Lounge, 11:30 a.m. Donation requested; more info,

Wednesday, March 28: Economics Speaker Series: The Causes and Consequences of the European Debt Crisis, a panel presentation with Professors Wade Hands, Garrett Milam, Pierre Ly, and Matt Warning, McIntyre 309, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28: Changing Art Education in China's Art Academies, Xu Yongmin, Wyatt 101, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28: Daedalus Dinner: Mott Greene, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6 p.m. Reservations required

Wednesday, March 28: High Wind Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28: Guest Lecture by Staceyann Chin, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Tickets: $4 general

Thursday, March 29–Monday, May 14: Circus Libris, Jessica Spring, Collins Memorial Library

Thursday, March 29: Circus Libris Opening Reception, Collins Memorial Library, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 30–Saturday, March 31: Puget Sound Philosophy Undergraduate Conference

Friday, March 30: Edible Books Festival 2012, Collins Memorial Library, 8 a.m.

Friday, March 30: Men's Tennis vs. PLU, Tennis Pavilion, 5 p.m.

Friday, March 30: Rule Over None: Social Equality and the Value of Democracy, Niko Kolodny, University of California, Berkeley, Trimble Forum

Friday, March 30: Jacobsen Series: Schubertiade, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, March 30: Senior Theatre Festival 2012: Tallgrass Gothic, by Melanie Marnich, directed by Marrissa Miles-Cocarro ’12, Norton Clapp Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 faculty/staff

Saturday, March 31: It's All About the Dress, one-day sales event showcasing brand-name evening, prom, and wedding dresses. Proceeds benefit Goodwill, Memorial Fieldhouse, 9 a.m.

Saturday, March 31: Women's Tennis vs. Lewis & Clark, Tennis Pavilion, 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 31: Baseball vs. Linfield Doubleheader, Baseball Diamond, noon and 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 31: Softball vs. Linfield Doubleheader, Softball Field, noon and 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 31: Senior Theatre Festival 2012: Tallgrass Gothic, by Melanie Marnich, directed by Marrissa Miles-Cocarro ’12, Norton Clapp Theatre, 2 p.m. Tickets: $6 faculty/staff

Saturday, March 31: Bluesion Dance Crew "Spring Fling" Dance, Kilworth Memorial Chapel Lower Level, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $7

Sunday, April 1: April Fools' Day

Sunday, April 1: Baseball vs. Linfield, Baseball Diamond, noon

Sunday, April 1: Softball vs. Willamette Doubleheader, Softball Field, noon and 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 1: Women's Tennis vs. Bellevue College, Tennis Pavilion, noon

Sunday, April 1: First Sundays Service, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.