Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of March 31, 2014

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Campus News

Two students receive prestigious Watson Fellowship
This year two Puget Sound seniors have been named to a group of 43 Watson Fellows chosen for 2014–15 from more than 700 student candidates worldwide. Haley Andres ’14, a double major in painting and psychology from Princeton, N.J., and Kelsey Crutchfield-Peters ’14, a biology major and conservation worker from Seattle, will each head off this summer for yearlong excursions around the globe to find the answers to questions they deeply care about.

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues to explore the topic of play, tonight
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

"Take Back the Night" activities raise awareness about sexual violence
Faculty and staff members are invited to participate in activities this week as part of Take Back the Night, a reaction to and protest against sexual violence. TBTN events are facilitated by SIRGE (Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education) on campus, Sadie Boyers ’14, coordinator, and include:

  • March 31–April 3: The Clothesline Project, displayed in the Piano Lounge, WSC. Decorate a shirt to express your feelings about sexual violence at the Student Diversity Center, and it will be hung on the clothesline.
  • April 1, 2 p.m.: Performance and workshop by poet, artist, and actress Yazmin Monet, Watkins. Space is limited; contact to RSVP.
  • April 1, 7 p.m.: Spoken-word performance by and conversations with Yazmin Monet Watkins, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Tacoma.
  • April 2, 7:30 p.m.: Take Back the Night Keynote by Yazmin Monet Watkins, Kilworth Memorial Chapel.
  • April 3, 5 p.m.: "Not Just a Women's Issue: Addressing Intersections of Violence," Sarah Shives, assistant director of spirituality, service, and social justice; Sadie Boyers ’14, SIRGE coordinator; and Khalila Fordman, CHWS intern, Murray Boardroom, WSC.
  • April 4, 4 p.m.: Green Dot Bystander Training. To participate contact Sadie Boyers ’14 at or Marta Palmquist Cady at

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.

Guest lecture by Peter Small explores Gates Foundation work with tuberculosis, April 2
For nearly a decade, Peter Small served as the tuberculosis team leader at the Gates Foundation. He was responsible for developing the foundation’s TB strategy, building the program's core partnerships, hiring and managing the team, and serving as the foundation’s voice for TB. In 2011 he relocated with his family to New Delhi to assume a leadership role for the program in India, specifically focused on the ways in which innovation in TB delivery systems might accelerate the decline of TB incidence. Hear about his experiences Wednesday, April 2, in a guest lecture at 4 p.m. in Thompson 395, "The Gates Foundation, Tuberculosis, and India: Complexities in Bringing Diagnostic Tests for TB to Those Who Need Them."

Alumnus Jordan Hanssen returns to campus to discuss rowing across the Atlantic, April 2 
Meet Jordan Hanssen ’04, author, adventurer and Puget Sound graduate, and learn about his incredible 72-day journey rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 2006. His four-person team was the only American team in the first-ever race from New York to England. Hanssen and his team faced hurricane-level winds, giant eddies, passing freighters, flying fish, sharks, and more. This Wednesday, April 2, enjoy refreshments and meet Hanssen from 6:30 to 7 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, followed by his presentation and book signing, from 7 to 8 p.m. Copies of Hanssen's book, Rowing into the Son, will be on sale at the event.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar shines spotlight on Phi Sigma Symposium, April 3
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, in Thompson 175. This Thursday, April 3, the presentation will feature Phi Sigma Symposium keynote speaker E. Peter Greenberg, of University of Washington's Department of Microbiology. Greenberg will discuss "Bacterial Quorum Sensing, Social Cheats, and a Solution to Darwin's Dilemma—A Metabolic Constraint on Freeloaders in a Cooperating Group of Bacteria." This week's lecture will begin later that usual, at 5 p.m. For more information visit

Nominate a staff member for an Excellence in Action award—nominations due April 4
The deadline to nominate a staff member for an Excellence in Action award is Friday, April 4. Nominated individuals consistently demonstrate one or more of the following Puget Sound core values: self-expression, collegiality, courage, passion, diversity, leadership, stewardship, and environment. 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. The Excellence in Action award will be presented during the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon, held this year on Friday, May 23.

Students perform scenes from popular operas, April 4–5
An Evening of Opera Scenes, including nine scenes from famous operas and operettas, will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Dawn Padula, director of vocal studies, will direct the performance, with piano accompaniment by Denes Van Parys. “Audiences will be entertained by a good deal of musical variety and excellent comedic and dramatic performances by our students,” Padula said. “The musical styles run the gamut from the classical era all the way to the present day. There is a little bit of everything, including some dancing and a little magic.” Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available at the Info Center or online at

Faculty and staff members invited to contribute to Black Ice, Black Student Union's literary magazine
Black Student Union is accepting submissions to the third edition of Black Ice, 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 Sunday, 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.

Campus celebrates Pacific Island culture with 44th Annual Spring Lu`au, April 12
The Annual Spring Lu`au, which attracts nearly 1,000 people each year, includes Hawaiian food, music, colorful traditional costumes, and exotic dances. Dinner will be served in Wheelock Student Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the stage show will begin at 8 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse. Admission for campus members is $17 for the dinner and show, $9 for the show only, or $12 for the dinner only. Tickets are available at the Info Center and online at For more information see the lu`au press release.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Math and Computer Science Craig McBride published the article "Mathematical Excursions to the World's Great Buildings" in the March 2014 issue of Mathematics Teacher.

An essay by Hans Ostrom, professor of African American studies and English, “Dickinson and Presley, the Sacred and Profane, and I,” will appear in the spring 2014 issue of the Emily Dickinson Newsletter. Three poems by Ostrom will also appear in that issue, as well: “Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven,” “Homage to Emily Dickinson,” and “Emily Dickinson on Twitter.”

“Team Collins” is well represented at a regional assessment conference organized the by the Orbis Cascade Alliance taking place in Portland, Ore., this week. Eli Gandour-Rood, science librarian, will facilitate a discussion about assessing reference models. Peggy Burge, humanities librarian and coordinator of information literacy, will lead a discussion about longitudinal assessment of students’ information literacy competencies. Lori Ricigliano, associate director, will present a lightning talk about assessing library spaces, and is one of the conference organizers.

In the News

Joint Base Lewis McChord ran a photo on its Flickr site of Nancy Bristow, professor of history, speaking at the base during Women’s History Month.

The News Tribune wrote an arts section cover story, with many photos, about Lucha de Sound III and the Lucha Libre Volcanica wrestlers who performed at Puget Sound over the weekend. The story quotes Michael Leveton ’12 and a Puget Sound student using the name La Avispa (The Wasp). Exit 133 also ran an item on its March 28 home page.

Mark Martin, associate professor of biology, reviewed the book The Amoeba in the Room in Nature magazine.

Sherry Mondou, vice president for finance and administration, and William Morse, chief information officer, were quoted in stories in University Business magazine. 

Clatsop Community College will have an exhibit of Puget Sound alumni ceramic works, reported the Coast Weekend of Astoria, Oregon, in a photo feature.

Slater Museum for Natural History lent bird specimens to students at Camp Seymour, a retreat for home-schooled children, mentioned Key Peninsula News.

The Puget Sound Women’s League’s market attracted a front-page, second-section photo story in The News Tribune. The paper also previewed the event in its “Get Out” section.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, April 12: Kittredge Gallery: Large Gallery: Works by Michael Schall; Small Gallery: Paintings, Kittredge Gallery 

Monday, March 31: Softball vs. Linfield Doubleheader, East Athletic Field, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Monday, March 31; Tuesday, April 1; Thursday, April 3: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.m.

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

Monday, March 31: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: "Making Play Possible," Douglas Anderson, Southern Illinois University, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7 p.m.

Monday, March 31; Thursday, April 3: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 1: Guest Artist Workshop: Poetry and Performance with Yazmin Monet Watkins, 2 p.m. Contact for RSVP.

Tuesday, April 1: Japanese Week: Mountain Temple-style Tea Ceremony, Wyatt Hall, Second-floor Atrium, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 1: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2: Bookstore Pop-up Sale, Wheelock Student Center, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2: Guest Lecture: "Tuberculosis," Peter Small, Gates Foundation, Thompson 395, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2: Japanese Week Guest Lecture: "Becoming a Freelance Translator in Japan," Laura Bartholomew, Wyatt 307, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2: Film Screening: Milking the Rhino, followed by discussion with Janet Matota, conservation practitioner, Thompson 175, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2: Daedalus Dinner: "The First Crusade and the Limits of History in 12th-century Europe," Katherine Smith, history, Murray Boardroom, WSC, 6 p.m. Reservation required.

Can't-miss Events

Wednesday, April 2: Guest Lecture: "Rowing Across the Atlantic," Jordan Hanssen ’04, and book signing, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2: Guest Lecture and Performance: "Take Back the Night," Yazin Monet Watkins, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 3–Saturday, May 1: Exhibit: Stan! The Life and Times of Dr. Lyle Stanton "Stan" Shelmidine, Collins Memorial Library

Thursday, April 3: Student/Staff Lecture: "The Joy of Book Collecting," Ian Fox ’14 and Jane Carlin, library director, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 3: Japanese Week Film Screening: Dragon Head (2003), Wyatt 209, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 3: Sister Cities Film Festival: Esther, Somewhere, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 4: Japanese Week: Mochi-tsuki (sticky rice cake-making ceremony), Wyatt Hall entrance, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 4: Women's Tennis vs. Linfield, Tennis Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5: Theater: An Evening of Opera Scenes, directed by Dawn Padula, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5: Senior Theatre Festival 2014: Yellow Face, directed by Jenna Gerdsen ’14, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Additional show Saturday, 2 p.m.) Tickets: $6 faculty/staff

Saturday, April 5: Admitted Student Day

Saturday, April 5: Track and Field Shotwell Invitational, Peyton Field, 10 a.m.