Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of May 12, 2014

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Campus News

Class of 2014 to become newest Logger alumni, May 18
This Sunday, May 18, Puget Sound will welcome its newest crop of alumni in the university's 122nd Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will take place, rain or shine, in Baker Stadium, beginning at 2 p.m., and all members of the campus community are invited to attend. Following the ceremony will be a reception on the Event Lawn, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Haley Andres ’14 was selected as the class speaker and has titled her speech, "A Blank Sheet of Paper." Broadcast journalist Rachel Martin ’96 will deliver the ceremony's address, and will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her distinguished and inspiring career. Meet all four of this year's honorands:

  • Amitav Ghosh is an internationally acclaimed writer, professor, and winner of numerous literary awards, whose work explores the nature of national identity. His book Sea of Poppies, about life in Calcutta and on the Ganges River, was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.
  • Rachel Martin ’96 is a former National Public Radio national security correspondent and current host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. A Puget Sound graduate, she has reported on critical social and political issues in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
  • Mark C. Pigott, KBE, executive chairman of global truck-maker PACCAR, was named one of Harvard Business Review’s top 50 CEOs in the world in 2009. He is a prominent business leader, philanthropist, supporter of the arts in the United States and abroad, and an advocate for higher education and environmental stewardship.
  • James Lee Walton, former Tacoma city manager, is a respected civic leader and pioneer. He was a leader in the 1960s civil rights movement and a founder of Tacoma’s Black Collective. He has spent a lifetime advocating for improved health services, education, and equality for people in the region.

Attending this year's Commencement Ceremony? Tag your photos and tweets with #alwaysalogger! Can't be there in person? Live stream the ceremony wherever you are at

Alumna LiAnna Davis shares ways educators can collaborate with Wikipedia, May 19
LiAnna Davis ’04 is now head of communications and external relations for the Wiki Education Foundation, which supports innovative uses of Wikipedia and related projects in communities of teaching, learning, and inquiry in the United States and Canada. The foundation aims to improve the breadth, scope, and quality of Wikimedia content; enhance student information fluency; and increase the number and diversity of contributors to the free knowledge movement by engaging educators, researchers, and students. Davis will discuss her work with the foundation and opportunities that exist to collaborate with Wikipedia in a special presentation on Monday, May 19, in Library 020, at 2 p.m.

Dining Services hours change for the end of the semester

  • The Diner will have normal operating hours through Thursday, May 15, closing at 8 p.m., Friday, May 16. The Diner will be open Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will be closed Sunday, May 18, to accommodate Commencement Brunch. Dinner "grab and go" options will be available Sunday in Diversions Cafe until 6 p.m.
  • Diversions Cafe will be open 7:30 a.m. to midnight, today through Thursday, May 15. It will be open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 16, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. over Commencement Weekend.
  • The Cellar will be open 6 p.m. to midnight through Wednesday, May 14, and will be closed for the summer beginning Thursday, May 15.
  • Oppenheimer Cafe will be open through Thursday, May 15, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be open Friday, May 16, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be closed for the summer beginning Saturday, May 17.

Summer Session courses available for faculty and staff members
Have you considered taking a class during the summer? Courses are offered in a multitude of disciplines in six-week terms—and faculty and staff members are welcome to participate. Find more information and a schedule of available courses at

Staff members to be recognized for service at annual luncheon, May 23
Life is a carnival at this year's annual Staff Recognition Luncheon, Friday, May 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in Memorial Fieldhouse. Staff members are encouraged to wear brightly colored attire and come ready to mingle! Please also bring a nonperishable food or monetary donation to support the Emergency Food Network. Please direct questions to or x3369.

Each year at the luncheon, staff members are honored for going above and beyond in support of Puget Sound with the Excellence in Action award. Congratulations to this year's nominees:

  • Shannon Briggs, Department of Human Resources
  • Jenni Chadick, Office of Residence Life
  • Leah Coakley, M.Ed.'14, Office of the Registrar
  • Kate Cohn ’00, Office of Institutional Research
  • Kyle Cramer ’08, Technology Services
  • Kelli Delaney, M.Ed.'07, Office of Academic Advising
  • Laura Edgar, Department of Art
  • Cathie Escalante, Facilities Services
  • Chandler Fox ’12, Department of Human Resources
  • Wade Guidry, Collins Memorial Library
  • Dave Howell, Dining and Conference Services
  • Stefanie Lund P'15, Office of Finance
  • Yong Mi Lunde, Dining and Conference Services
  • Michal Morrison-Kerr ’96, P'13, Department of Biology
  • Victor Nieves, Dining and Conference Services
  • Carol Odland ’89, ’96, P'10, Technology Services
  • Donelle Pearson, Dining and Conference Services
  • Peggy Perno, Office of Student Accessibility and Accommodation
  • Erin Ruff, Department of Human Resources
  • Kathy Samms P'10, Health Professions Advising
  • Anne Smith ’05, Office of University Relations Information Services
  • Kristen Spiese ’92, Technology Services
  • Frances Thomas, Dining and Conference Services
  • Neva Topolski ’14, P'07, P'12, P'14, Department of Physics
  • Ana Valladares, Dining and Conference Services
  • Valerie Walston, Occupational Therapy Program
  • Bill Warner ’14, Security Services

Eco-Mandala brings students, faculty, and staff together during Earth Week
Hanging in the Reading Room in Collins Memorial Library is Eco-Mandala, a collaboration by Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff, turning nonrecyclable lids into a large-scale object of contemplation about the disposable items populating our world. Conceived by Professors Peter Hodum, Siddarth Ramakrishnan, and Elise Richman, the structure was designed and constructed by students in ART 101, members of Students for a Sustainable Campus, and those involved in the Environmental Policy and Decision Making Program.

Apply now for the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship, deadline is May 21
Staff Senate will award book scholarships to staff members, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children working toward a degree or completion of a program at any level, including graduate work. The applicant may be attending Puget Sound or another university, college, or vocational school either full or part time. Selections will be made based upon the following:

    • Two written essays
    • Extracurricular activities/community service

Award amounts will be made based on funds available. Scholarships will be awarded to five individuals. Please submit your application by May 21, to Staff Senate Scholarship Committee, CMB 1072. Download the application from and find more information on the book scholarship page, or contact Laura Edgar at with questions.


The article "Libraries and Institutional Research: Opportunities for Collaboration," written by Jane Carlin and Lori Ricigliano, of Collins Memorial Library, and Ellen Peters in institutional research, was published in College Research Libraries News, the newsletter of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Amanda Forshay ’15, forward, has been selected to the 2014 USA Division III Women’s Basketball Team for this summer, and will spend eight days touring Brazil with the squad. 

Congratulations to Professor of Biology Andreas Madlung, who was selected as Puget Sound's fifth William L. McCormick Professor of Natural Sciences.

In the News

Gwynne Brown, associate professor of music, was interviewed by Alaska community radio KCAW  about her role as visiting musicologist at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and about the African thumb piano, the mbira, which she plays. (Puget Sound mentions at 1:40 and 10.40 mins.) 

Doha News of Qatar ran a large photo story about the work done by Andrew Gardner, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, and photographer Kristen Giordano in producing a photo exhibit and research report on low-income migrants in Qatar. The story drew more than 370 “shares” and 33 comments.

Fine Books & Collections magazine ran a photo story about Katie Henningsen, archivist at Puget Sound, in its “Bright Young Librarians” section. The magazine interviewed Henningsen about her interest in rare books and previewed exhibits at Collins Memorial Library.

Jesse Proudman ’07, founder of internet hosting firm Blue Box, was chosen as Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2014 GeekWire Awards in Seattle, reported GeekWire with a photo. 

The Senior Art Show at Puget Sound was reviewed with a photo in Tacoma Weekly. The reviewer concluded that the art department “seems to have produced a crop of strong artists, some of whom are sure to make a splash.”

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Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, May 17: 2014 Senior Show, Kittredge Gallery

Through Friday, May 30: Exhibit: Stan! The Life and Times of Dr. Lyle Stanton "Stan" Shelmidine, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, May 12–Friday, May 16: Final exams

Friday, May 16: Lavender Graduates Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 16: Class of 2014 Graduation Party, Marshall Hall, WSC, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 17: Academic Convocation, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 17: Graduates of Color Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 18: Commencement Brunch, Marshall Hall, WSC, 9 a.m. Ticket required

Sunday, May 18: Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 10 a.m.

Sunday, May 18: Commencement Ceremony, Baker Stadium, 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 18: Commencement Reception, Event Lawn, 4:30 p.m.