Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of March 5, 2012

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Campus News

Congratulations to Brian Ernst ’13 and Rachel Borsini ’13, new ASUPS execs
The Associated Students of University of Puget Sound recently held its spring elections. Congratulations to all the winners: Brian Ernst ’12, president; Rachel Borsini ’12, vice president; Jess Yarbrough ’13, senior senator; Santiago Rodriguez ’14, junior senator; Sang-Won Kim ’15, sophomore senator; and Sadie Boyers ’14 and Casey Krolczyk ’14, senators at large. The proposed ASUPS Constitution revisions passed with a 600-to-34 vote. Voter turnout shattered the number of votes normally cast in ASUPS elections, according to the ASUPS Facebook page, with more than 1,000 students participating.

CWLT writing advisor positions open, apps due March 8
The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching is seeking student applicants from all academic areas for the 2012–13 peer Writing Advisor positions. Faculty members should encourage qualified students to apply. Application instructions are available in CWLT (Howarth 105) and online. Completed applications should be returned to CWLT by Thursday, March 8, 2012. For more information contact Julie Nelson Christoph at

Campus hosts mathematical problem-solving workshop, March 10
South Sound Circles will hold a one-day workshop in mathematical problem-solving on campus on Saturday, March 10. The workshop, for both math teachers and community members who support efforts to close the achievement gap in mathematics, will explore a variety of problems and problem-solving methods that can be used in math classes and enrichment programs, particularly at the middle school level. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for participants ends March 5. Contact Professor Emeritus David Scott at x3565 or with questions.

Annual Women's League Flea Market set for March 17
Each year the University of Puget Sound Women's League hosts a flea market to raise funds for student scholarships. The idea for the event dates back to 1967, when a member of the league was inspired by her visit to a flea market in Paris, and the first event was held on campus in spring 1968. This year's event will be held Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market includes more than 60 booths offering a variety of goods, ranging from food to antiques. You can find sporting goods, home furnishings, clothes, books—there's even a silent auction. Admission is $2 and tickets may be purchased in advance from league members or at the door. Contact Flea Market Chair Grace Mills at 253.752.4789

Professor Mott Greene to discuss anthropology in the Pacific Northwest at Daedalus Dinner; 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.

Daedalus Dinners are open to faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Each dinner begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. 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.


Online documentation of the library's artful recycling projects by Lori Ricigliano, associate director of information and access services, was picked up by the American Libraries online magazine. Well done, Lori!

In the News

The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune quoted Andrew Gardner, associate professor of comparative sociology, in a feature about attempts to help migrant workers in the Gulf nations.

The installation by Brian Benfer at Kittredge Art Gallery, and illustrations by Mark Hoppmann at Collins Memorial Library were covered, with photos, in The News Tribune and Bellingham Herald on Feb. 24.

Maria Sampen, associate professor of music, was quoted in a Peninsula Daily News article about Erin Hennessey, who won the 2012 Young Artists Competition, sponsored by the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

Tacoma Daily Index ran a long photo story about the celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week by the Tacoma Entrepreneur Network: College Edition, a local partnership set up by Lynnette Claire, associate professor of business and leadership.

South Sound magazine ran a photo of President Ron Thomas and Mayor Marilyn Strickland as they spoke at the Civic Reception held for Tacoma’s civic leaders in January.

The lecture “Sex in the Sea” by Peter Wimberger, professor of biology and director of Slater Museum of Natural History, is posted on the KCTS Television website, which presents Science Café lectures in partnership with Pacific Science Center.

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

BenTF makes final recommendation

The Benefits Task Force spent February gathering campus input and soliciting feedback on its best thinking document from faculty and staff members. Through open forums, email and paper forms, and faculty and Faculty Senate meetings campus members shared their opinions.

Based on campus feedback, the BenTF has revised and formalized its recommendation and is now submitting it to the president’s cabinet. The cabinet will make a final recommendation to the board of trustees for action at the May meeting. Thanks to everyone who offered feedback about this important topic!

Does your garden need free, organic compost?

If you'd like to fertilize your garden with free, organic compost tea, contact the Live Green House to obtain a bin. The Live Green House utilizes a "worm bin" composting system, which produces a biproduct known as "compost tea." The worms make so much tea that the house can't use it all, and would like to share it with the Puget Sound community. Fertilizing with compost tea is easy and fast, it supresses soil fungi harmful to plants, and it's FREE! To get your tea, contact Elayna Zammarelli ’12 at or grab an empty yogurt container and make an appointment to stop by the Live Green House.

Can't-miss events

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

Tuesday, March 6: Dean's List Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7: Education in 21st-century China, guest lecture by Lin Benchun, Morningside College, Wyatt 109, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7: Some Comfort to the Order of Things: A Journey Through the Terrain of Silence, Grief, and Nature by Laura Derr, Wyatt 101, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 8: Thompson Hall Science & Math Seminar: How the Hippies Saved Physics, David Kaiser, MIT, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, March 9: Lacrosse vs. Berry, Lower Baker Field, 4 p.m.

Friday, March 9: Women's Tennis vs. Willamette, Tennis Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 10: Crew vs. Willamette, American Lake, 9 a.m.

Saturday, March 10: Baseball vs. Whitworth Doubleheader, Baseball Diamond, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 11: Baseball vs. Whitworth, Baseball Diamond, noon

Saturday, March 17: Annual Women's League Flea Market, Memorial Fieldhouse, 9 a.m. Admission: $2