Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of March 4, 2013

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Gabriella Lettini to deliver spring Swope Lecture, March 5
The Rev. Gabriella Lettini, scholar, author, and spiritual leader for military personnel who suffer from the conflicting moral questions arising from war, will deliver the spring Swope Lecture at University of Puget Sound. The Tuesday, March 5 lecture, titled “Moral Injury as a Wound of War and the Need for Soul Repair” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center for online at

Spring Awakening: The Musical continues this weekend
Audiences have just four more chances to enjoy the 2006 Broadway hit that collected eight Tony Awards and gripped audiences across the country: Spring Awakening: The Musical. The play, directed by Sara Freeman ’95, will be performed in Norton Clapp Theatre at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday through Saturday, March 7–9. There also will be a matinee at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 10. Featuring mature themes, strong language, and sexual content, the performance is most suitable for those who are high school age and above. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or online at

Staff Senate nominations are now open
Would you or someone you know like to serve on Staff Senate next year? Nomination forms are now available on the Staff Senate SoundNet site. Complete and send the form via campus mail to Staff Senate #1036, or reply to with your nominations by Wednesday, March 6. Eligibility and interest will be confirmed by Staff Senate Elections Committee. Nominations are open until March 6.

This year, for the first time, elections will be conducted with an online ballot. In March each staff member will be sent an email message with a link to an electronic ballot. To request a paper ballot or to request to have a Staff Senate executive member visit your department meeting to assist in online voting, contact Lisa Kenney at x2813 or Cori Hammock at x2451.

Guest performance, master class, and open discussion with PRISM Saxophone Quartet, March 7
Join the members of PRISM Saxophone Quartet for a trio of events on Thursday, March 7. At 2 p.m. quartet will lead an open discussion, "Culture and Composition: Collaborating and Performing New Chinese Music," in Schneebeck Concert Hall, followed by a master class at 3 p.m., featuring Puget Sound saxophone quartets. At 7:30 p.m. the two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming will give a public concert in the concert hall. Admission to all events is complimentary; tickets not required.

The Cellar offers take-and-bake specials for faculty and staff
The Cellar has announced monthly take-and-bake specials for faculty and staff members. The February special has been extended into March! Faculty and staff members can get any large specialty pizza and a two-liter bottle of pop for just $10. Orders may be placed in person or by phone (x3663), and must be picked up Monday–Friday, between 2 and 6 p.m. Two-liter selections include Barq's Root Beer, Fanta Orange Soda, Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite. In addition to the regular Cellar menu, during the month of March, enjoy a spicy Thai-inspired pizza, the Sambal 'Za!

Looking for ways to improve your commute? Start a vanpool
Ever wish you had someone to chat with during your commute, or at least to help you foot the gas bill? Ridesharing has been proven to help reduce stress, save money, and reduce congestion on our roads and highways. Consider starting a vanpool. Pierce Transit will provide your group of four or more commuters with a van, any required training, and guidance as you plan your route and determine your fares (based on the number of people in your group and the roundtrip mileage).

Need help finding riders? Visit, the tri-state ridematching database, to find potential vanpoolers, or complete a Ridematch application and send it via email it to You can also call Pierce Transit Vanpool at 253.983.3377 or toll free at 888.814.1300. For more information visit the Loggers Commute Rideshare page.

Night of Hope event will include panel discussion with community leaders, March 12
Share a simple meal of soup and bread and hear a panel of community leaders discuss hunger and hope in Tacoma at the "Night of Hope" event, presented by Backpacks of Hope. Learn what hunger issues exist in Tacoma, what nonprofit organizations are doing to help, and how you can get involved. Kevin-Glackin Coley, director of St. Leo Food Connection will moderate the panel, which will include: Betty Popenuck ’14, Food Salvage coordinator at Puget Sound; Jeff Klein, development director of Emergency Food Network; and Carol Ramm-Gramenz, a counselor at McCarver Elementary School. A Night of Hope will begin at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, March 12, in Trimble Forum. For more information visit the Backpacks of Hope Facebook page.

Asian Studies Program announces new writing award to honor Professor Emerita Suzanne Wilson Barnett
The Suzanne Wilson Barnett Writing Award is given each year to an outstanding paper written in an Asian studies course at Puget Sound. Barnett taught in the history department and Asian Studies Program for 34 years, and was instrumental in the development of the program, serving as its director for many years. An accomplished scholar and author in her own right, she guided and mentored thousands of students over the years in improving their analytical writing skills. This award honors her commitment to scholarly inquiry and effective writing in the multidisciplinary field of Asian studies. Papers written for any Asian studies course during the most recent fall, spring, or summer will be considered for the $250 prize. Download the entry form or contact Lorraine Toler at for more information. The deadline for paper submissions is Monday, May 13, 2013.


Clear a Place for Good: Poems 2006–2012, a new book by Professor of English and African-American Studies Hans Ostrom, was recently published.

Congratulations to Tracy Wormwood ’13 and Derek Frenzel ’14, who have each earned invitations to the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

In the News

Business Examiner ran a story online and in its email newsletter announcing that the city of Tacoma has declared March 17, 2013, as “University of Puget Sound Day” in honor of Puget Sound’s 125th anniversary.

The performance of Spring Awakening last weekend and this coming Thursday–Sunday was a “Critics Pick” in The News Tribune’s Go arts section and was covered in Tacoma Weekly in an online photo story.

Business Examiner and The News Tribune each ran short photo announcements about the election of President Ron R. Thomas to the board of NAICU (no links available). The NAICU website also ran an announcement.

Mike Veseth ’72, professor of international political economy, was quoted in The Los Angeles Times in a feature about wineries targeting younger drinkers.

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

Did you know?

Puget Sound offers a variety of resources to assist faculty and staff members with childcare and eldercare needs. For more information visit the benefits website.

Welcome to new staff members!

Welcome to the new staff members who joined Puget Sound in February!

Allyson Lindsley, Office of International Programs
Torri Lutton ’89, Office of Admission

Get your 125th anniversary edition of "Tamanawas"

Don't miss out on a copy of the 125th anniversary Tamanawas yearbook! Faculty and staff members are invited to reserve their books now—on sale for $13 for a limited time! Order through Wheelock Information Center or online at Questions or comments? Send an email message to

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

To request assistance or initiate an emergency response on campus, call Security Services at 253.879. 3311 or x3311 from a campus phone, or dial 911. Learn more at

Can't-miss Events

Through Thursday, March 14: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Celebrating 125 Years in the Stacks, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, March 4: Latino Studies Film Series: Harvest of Empire, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 4: Film Screening: Roadmap to Apartheid, a film showing why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5: Conversations with the Cast and Crew of Spring Awakening, Wyatt 203, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5: Swope Lecture: Moral Injury as a Wound of War and the Need for Soul Repair, Rev. Gabriella Lettini, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free, but ticketed

Wednesday, March 6: Standing Out Among Candidates, Murray Board Room, WSC, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 7: The Long Night Against Procrastination, Howarth 109, 3 p.m.–midnight

Thursday, March 7: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Gary McCall, exercise science, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 7: How Do We Talk About Sex?, a faculty panel discussion of Spring Awakening, Norton Clapp Theatre, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 7: KUPS X BSU Film Series, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 7: Guest Presentation: A Jewish Activitst's Journey to Human Rights Work With Palestinians, Emma Klein, performer and teacher, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 7–Saturday, March 9: Spring Awakening: The Musical, Norton Clapp Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Thursday, March 7: Guest Performance: PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 8: Brown Bag Neuroscience Lunches, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 9: Lucha de Sound II (dos), Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Tickets: Suggested donation is $5 at the door, all ages welcome

Sunday, March 10: Spring Awakening: The Musical, Norton Clapp Theatre, 2 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Monday, March 11–Saturday, April 13: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Start by Cable Griffith; Small Gallery: You Are Here by Michael Johnson, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, March 11: 125 Years in the Stacks Lecture Series: A Brief History of University of Puget Sound, George Mills ’68, M.S.'72 and John Finney ’67, P'94, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.