Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of May 5, 2014

Less than two weeks to Commencement!

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Campus News

Neukom Family Foundation makes $500,000 gift for student scholarships
The gift, made to the foundation's existing endowed student scholarship fund, will help talented students from groups underrepresented in higher education attain a degree from Puget Sound. The continuing support of the foundation, through several gifts in recent years, has produced 13 Neukom Scholars to date. This new gift moves the fund to a level that ultimately will support full-tuition awards for future recipients.

National scholarship exceed the 150 mark at Puget Sound
Puget Sound students have secured national scholarships that will take them abroad for work and study or on to graduate school over the next year—bringing the total number of prestigious fellowships secured by Puget Sound graduates to more than 150 since 2000. Facing formidable competition from across the country, students secured two Watson Fellowships, two Princeton in Asia Fellowships, a Critical Language Scholarship, a Gilman Scholarship, two Boren Scholarships, and four French Government Teaching Assistantships. Students received honorable mentions for both the Goldwater Scholarship and Udall Scholarship, and two more students were chosen as alternates for Fulbright Scholarships. See the full list of this year's award recipients.

Winners of the Writing Excellence awards announced
The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching warmly congratulates this year’s winners of the Writing Excellence competition, and thanks the faculty members who helped to judge the entries. These prizes recognize and encourage the achievement of the highest standards of excellence in writing at Puget Sound. This year's winners are:

    • Connections Core: "'criminal queers': Criminalizing and Disciplining Non-Normative Gender and Sexual Expression in the U.S.," Ryan Coleman ’14
    • First-Year Seminars: "Separate and Unequal," Audrey Kaufman ’17
    • Graduate Programs: "'sometimes text is just text': Engaging Students in Meaning Making in English Language Arts," Elizabeth Kirsch ’12, M.A.T.'13
    • Humanities: "A Chronic Tuberculosis: Carl Spitzweg and the Biedermeier," Benjamin Block ’14; "Leontyne Price: The Woman of Action Behind the Facade of Passive Artistry," Emily Brothers ’14
    • Natural Sciences: "The Effect of Increasing Ambient Salinity on the Heart Rate and Osmoregulatory Ability of the Invasive Crayfish, Orconectes sp.," Alix Melton ’15
    • Social Sciences: "Woodrow Wilson's Place in Political Time: A Critique on Stephen Skoronek's The Politics Presidents Make," Alex Plant ’16; "Online, On the Couch, or On the Move: The Contours of the Evolving Video Market," Morgan Taylor ’14

Library hosts bake-off as a treat to students heading into reading period, May 7
Back by popular demand is the Collins Library Cookie Bake-off. Last year first-year archives assistant Zeb Howell, discovered Gwen Phibbs' Cookie Cookbook, and was so inspired by the recipes that he helped plan a cookie bake-off for the last day of classes. The event was so successful, the library is hosting a similar event on Wednesday, May 7, in the Misner Room. From 3 to 3:30 p.m., staff and faculty members are invited to sample cookies baked by library and student staffers, and at 3:30, students studying in the library will be lucky recipients of the delectable treats. It’s the library’s way of wishing students congratulations and good luck!

Logger student-athletes and coaches honored at annual All-Sports Celebration
Logger athletics hosted its annual All-Sports Celebration last week at Memorial Fieldhouse, celebrating the 2013–14 athletic year and commemorating the numerous student-athletes who were standouts both on the court and in the classroom. In addition 
three Logger coaches were recognized for reaching notable benchmarks in their coaching careers, including Chris Myhre, head swimming coach, who won his 300th dual meet in the fall; baseball head coach Brian Billings, who tallied his 200th career win at the helm of the baseball program in April; and head women’s tennis coach Steve Bowen, who was recognized for his 25th year of service to the Puget Sound community. 

Faculty and staff made Smart Commute Day a big success
To celebrate Earth Week, Puget Sound and Downtown on the Go hosted a commute-to-work celebration on Friday, April 25. Faculty and staff members who reside within three to four miles of campus received prizes and were greeted with a small celebration upon arriving to campus if they carpooled, walked, rode a bike, or used public transportation that day. With the exception of one person who rode the bus for four miles, all others who participated either walked or rode a bicycle. The farthest walker walked approximately three miles, and the farthest pedaler rode four miles.

Smart Commute Day shows just how easy it can be to be a smart commuter—even if just for the day. Thank you to the 30 faculty and staff members who participated and to all Logger smart commuters!

Call for submissions for 2014–15 Arts and Lectures communications
The Office of Public Events produces an annual series of communications to promote lectures, concerts, presentations, performances, conferences, and other events taking place on campus that are open to the public. If you have an event that you would like to have included, please contact Margaret Thorndill, Submissions for the fall 2014 guide are due Monday, June 16. Submissions for the spring 2015 guide are due Monday, Oct. 14. We look forward to another exciting year of campus events!

"Grizz Grounds" available to help Logger gardeners 
Help your garden grow with recycled coffee grounds from Diversions Cafe! Faculty and staff members are invited to pick up "Grizz Groundz" just inside Diversions, at the Wheelock Student Center entrance. A basket is set up with grounds for the taking.

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.

Welcome new staff members!

    • Robert Clements, Logger Athletics
    • David Billbrey, Technology Services
    • Joseph Colon, Access Programs
    • Jeffrey Ramsey, Logger Athletics
    • Nicole Moore, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services


A review by Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, of the book The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth-Century Europe by Kathryn Brown (Ashgate, 2013) appeared in the scholarly publication of the Art Libraries Society of North America.

Logger varsity athletics placed third in this season's race for the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy, scoring the most points toward the trophy in five years. Way to go, Loggers. Thanks for an outstanding year!

Puget Sound men’s crew capped off its season with a Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference championship Saturday, winning the overall team title on Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore. The women’s crew squad also capped off its regular season at the NCRC regatta by taking second place, its highest finish in a few years.

In the News

The 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference, Sept. 25–27, which is taking registrations now, was previewed with a photo of keynote speaker Angela Davis in Tacoma Weekly

Puget Sound is mentioned in a KUOW, Northwest Public Radio, and Oregon Public Radio story about a new type of ergonomic baseball bat that has been trialed by the Logger baseball team.

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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 5; Tuesday, May 6; Thursday, May 8: Orientation and Free Climbing Nights, Climbing Wall, Warner Gym, 5 p.m.

Monday, May 5; Thursday, May 8: Kayak Club Pool Session, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Monday, May 5: Performance: Clarinet Ensemble, Jennifer Nelson, director, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 5: Performance: Percussion Ensemble, Gunna Solsom, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6: JuST: Justice and Service in Tacoma, Commencement Hall, Seminar Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6: Performance: Beautiful Day!, Chorale, Steven Zopfi, conductor, and Dorian Singers, Kathryn Lehmann, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7: Last day of classes

Wednesday, May 7: Staff Senate Meeting, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, noon

Wednesday, May 7: Collins Library Cookie Bake-off, Misner Room, Collins Memorial Library, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7: Performance: Pops on the Lawn, Wind Ensemble with student conductors, Karlen Quad, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 8–Sunday, May 11: Reading period

Thursday, May 8: Annual Retirement Reception, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 3:30 p.m.

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