Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of May 13, 2013

Commencement edition

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Psychologist, educator Philip Zimbardo to deliver 2013 Commencement 2013 address
Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., best known for his PBS-TV series Discovering Psychology, best-selling trade and textbooks, and groundbreaking research, will be the speaker at this year's Commencement Ceremony. Zimbardo’s research has explored various facets of social psychology, from the nature of evil and heroism, to shyness and time perspective. His most recent work, the Heroic Imagination Project, aims to encourage and empower individuals to take heroic action during critical moments, and to successfully initiate positive change in their own lives as well as that of their community. He will be awarded the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to the Honorable Norm Dicks, 18-term 6th Congressional District representative, and Senator Debbie Regala ’68, who has served in the Washington State Senate since 2000, and in the House of Representatives from 1994 to 2000. University of Puget Sound's 121st Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m., in Baker Stadium.

Commencement Weekend features student speakers Airiel Quintana ’13, Isaac Olson ’13
As part of this weekend's graduation festivities, two students have been selected to speak. Isaac Olson ’13, a religion major and politics and government minor from Evergreen, Colo., will be the student Convocation speaker at Academic Convocation, which takes place Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. His talk is titled “Everything's Broken: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Love the World.” At Commencementon Sunday, Airiel Quintana ’13, a communication studies major, and English and African American studies minor from Oakland, Calif., will deliver her talk, titled “Pros Ta Akra and Other Puget Sound Prerequisites for Real Life.” Pros ta akra is the Greek inscription on the university seal, meaning “to the heights.”

Faculty members, submit your published works for the annual faculty scholarship publication
The Faculty Scholarship project includes a website and the annual publication Advancing Knowledge, Building Understanding. This publication has proved a useful reference for faculty members, as well as for current and prospective students, prospective faculty members, donors, parents, and others who are interested in the depth and breadth of scholarly activity at Puget Sound. Work will soon begin on the 2011–13 edition. Faculty members are encouraged to submit their faculty scholarship activities for the 2012–13 academic year—work published, presented, or performed during the period July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013, via the online faculty scholarship submission form.

Schedule your personal TIAA-CREF counseling session today
Matt Jones, consultant with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus May 29 and 30, and July 9–11, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Jones 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 226 (McIntyre 008 on May 30), 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

Faculty and staff members needed to make Operation S.A.V.E. a success
Each spring, when students prepare to leave campus for the summer, Community Involvement and Action Center steps in to make sure all the household and personal items they leave behind don't go to waste. Puget Sound's first sustainability project, Operation S.A.V.E. (Sharing the Abundance Volunteer Effort) was started 16 years ago by CIAC director Jack Pearce-Droge and the director of Facilities Services at the time. Today the project is a three-and-a-half-day effort to sort, organize, pack up, and deliver all usable items that would otherwise go to landfills.

Volunteers from community organizations join the CIAC staff on Saturday and Sunday of Commencement Weekend to pack up the items. Campus volunteers are welcome anytime, but needed especially Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21, to help retrieve items from around campus and finish readying them for delivery. Volunteers meet in the lower level of Kilworth Memorial Chapel at 9:30 a.m. If you are available and interested in joining the effort, contact Pearce-Droge at Visit the Operation S.A.V.E. Web page to learn more.

Summer volunteer opportunities through Backpacks of Hope
Would you like to help provide local kids with meals this summer? Jasmine Kaneshiro ’13, Puget Sound's Hurley Community Service Scholar for 2012–13 and 2013–14, and founder/coordinator of Backpacks of Hope, is working with St. Leo Food Connection's Summer Meals program to organize program volunteers. Volunteers are needed 8 to 11:30 a.m. each weekday to prepare meals. If you're interested in participating and able to volunteer once a week (or more), please sign up online.


Professor of Music Geoffrey Block participated in two sessions at "A Festival of Ives" at University of Washington. He delivered a pre-concert talk on Ives's "Concord" sonata and was part of a panel discussion with Joseph Horowitz and Larry Starr on "Charles Ives' Bequests to American Music."

In the News

The Art+Science Salons arranged by Puget Sound professors are one of the new initiatives creating a regional movement of combining art and science, wrote a News Tribune story about a concert at PLU.

Puget Sound is among those receiving grants from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation for creating positive change in the area, wrote Tacoma Weekly, Exit 133, and Tacoma Daily Index.

Kate Stirling, professor of economics, was one of the speakers at a Pierce County forum about the environment and the economy, wrote The News Tribune.

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

Mark your calendar now for the annual Puget Sound Staff Recognition Luncheon, Friday, May 24, at 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse. Remember to wear your Logger gear, and please bring a nonperishable food or monetary donation to support Emergency Food Network.

Library announces summer hours

Collins Memorial Library is a great place to work or study during the summer. Keep in mind the library's summer hours, good May 20–Aug. 9:

Monday and Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

May Faculty Grants Update newsletter now available

Produced by the Office of the Associate Deans and Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Faculty Grants Update newsletter shares a variety of opportunities and search tools that may be helpful in faculty research or to stimulate new ideas. Download the May issue, or see past issues and other funding services on the Grant Resources Web page.

Save the Date: "The Conversation," Aug. 29

After many enthusiastic reports from last year, when the faculty and staff came together for the annual fall conversation, we're doing it again! We will gather as a community once again to celebrate, inquire, analyze, learn, and plan for the year ahead. "The Conversation" will take place Aug. 29, at 2:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, followed by a reception on Karlen Quad.

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 Saturday, May 25: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Out of Scale: Artist's Books and Collections, Diane Stemper, Collins Memorial Library

Through Saturday, May 18: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: 2013 Senior Show, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, May 13–Friday, May 17: Final exams

Friday, May 17: Lavender Graduates Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 17: Class of 2013 Graduation Party, Marshall Hall, WSC, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 18: Academic Convocation, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 18: Graduates of Color Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 19: Commencement Brunch, Marshall Hall, WSC, 9 a.m. Tickets required.

Sunday, May 19: Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 10 a.m.

Sunday, May 19: Commencement Ceremony, Baker Stadium, 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 19: Commencement Reception, Event Lawn, 4:30 p.m.