Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of May 28, 2013

Special summer projects preview edition

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Campus News

Summer construction projects are underway
This month construction begins on two projects near the center of campus. For complete details about the projects and updates throughout the summer, visit the 2013 Summer Construction Web page. 

Wheelock Student Center Renovation and Expansion
Construction and renovation work has begun on Wheelock Student Center, including a two-story, 18,000-sq.-ft. addition and improvements to the kitchen, servery, and dining spaces. THe project also includes remodeling and expanding the existing servery, a passenger elevator and restrooms to serve the whole building, and buildingwide fire alarm and sprinkler system upgrades. 

Construction began shortly after Commencement, and is scheduled to conclude before the start of classes, fall 2014. All areas of Wheelock will remain open during construction, with intermittent closures of some spaces while they are renovated. 

The student center parking lot will have reduced capacity until the project is completed, as it will be used for temporary operations and staging during construction. Disabled and Zipcar parking will be available throughout the project. To help reduce parking congestion, please consider parking in the lot at Alder and N. 18th streets, in another campus lot, or employ alternative commuting methods.  

13th Street Hillclimb
The existing parking lot between the new residence hall and Seward and Regester halls will be replaced with an accessible pathway connecting N. Lawrence Street and Commencement Walk. Construction will be completed before classes begin this fall. During construction N. 13th Street, between Lawrence Street and Commencement Walk, will be inaccessible. Plan to take an alternate route.

National scholarships top 125
This year 20 students and recent alumni, competing with top students from across the country, were awarded a total of 22 national scholarships that will help pay for further study at home or for teaching, research, or study abroad in 2013–14. This takes Puget Sound students’ track record of winning national awards to 141 since 2000.

Need equipment to go camping or hiking this summer? The Expy has what you need!
Faculty and staff members can rent outdoor equipment from the Expeditionary—the Puget Sound Outdoors rental and trip information center. The “Expy,” as it's known around campus, will be open Wednesday May 29, from noon to 1 p.m., for weekend rentals and returns. Summer hours will begin on Monday, June 3. The Expy is located in a campus house at 1506 N. Alder St., just north of the Alder Street campus entrance. For information about available equipment hours of operation, visit

Faculty members, submit your published works for the annual faculty scholarship publication, deadline June 17
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 on the 2011–13 edition has begun. 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. Submissions must be received by June 17.

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 now through 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


On the strength of his final three events, Joe Cerne ’14 moved up 13 spots to finish fourth in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and earn All-American honors. Way to go, Joe!

Congratulations to the University of Puget Sound Postmen, runners up in the Division III Ultimate Frisbee National Championship. The team traveled to Milwaukee May 18–19 to compete and lost a heartbreaker, 12-11, to Middlebury. For media links, photos from the weekend, and more, visit the Postmen Facebook page.

In the News

Tanya Erzen, Catherine Gould Chism Visiting Scholar, was named a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow, reported the Open Society Foundations website. A press release also appeared online in The Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times quoted Professor Suzanne Holland, religion, in a story about how hospital mergers with Catholic hospitals are widening faith-based restrictions on procedures such as physician-assisted suicide and abortion. The story was also in Salon, and online in Arkansas Times and The News Tribune.

Sunil Kukreja, professor of comparative sociology and associate academic dean, wrote two more pieces for Asian newspapers, this time for Asia Times Online, about the role of race in the recent Malaysian election, and in Asia Sentinel and online National Express Malaysia about the path ahead for the divided Malaysian electorate.

Skyd Magazine, the online source of Ultimate Frisbee news, recapped the Puget Sound Postmen team’s near miss in the national championship, including a photo of Jonas Cole ’13 and a video.

Barbara Racine, manager of the bookstore, was quoted in the May edition of Souvenirs, Gifts, and Novelties magazine, about best-selling items.

Assistant Professor Siddharth Ramakrishnan, neuroscience, was quoted in the international science journal Nature in a feature about art and science.

The New York Times quoted Douglas Sackman, professor of history and author of Orange Empire: California and the Fruits of Eden, in a story about new urban fruit tree gardens in California. The story also appeared in Bend Bulletin.

Betsy Stone ’79 wrote on her blog, The Philanthrophile, that she gave to Puget Sound’s One [of a Kind] campaign after seeing a tweet from @univpugetsound about the regional “GiveBig” day, which encouraged a day of giving.

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More than 750 Loggers mark 121st Commencement, May 19

The Commencement procession this year included 639 seniors who received four-year bachelor's degrees and 116 graduate students who received master's degrees in teaching, education, and occupational therapy or a doctorate in physical therapy. See photos from Commencement at

Save the Date: Strawberry Shortcake Summer Celebration

The annual Strawberry Shortcake Summer Celebration will be held Monday, June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. All members of the campus community are invited, and the celebration will feature live music. Contact the Office of the Associate Deans at x3207 with questions.

Welcome to new staff members!

Welcome to the new staff members who joined Puget Sound in April and May.

Sylvia Benavides, Office of the President
Barbie Stockstad, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services
Jordan Apele, Office of Admission

Mark your calendar for "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

Thursday, June 6: Children's Musical Theater Performance, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6 and 7 p.m.

Monday, June 24: Strawberry Shortcake Summer Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 2 p.m.

Friday, June 28: Puget Sound Brass Camp Concert, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 4: Independence Day

Friday, Aug. 9: Children's Musical Theater Performance, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 23–Sunday, Sept. 1: Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 29: The Conversation for faculty and staff members, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2:30 p.m. Followed by a reception on Karlen Quad.

Monday, Sept. 2: Labor Day (no classes)

Tuesday, Sept. 3: Fall semester begins