Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of May 6, 2013

Last week of classes edition!

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Campus News

Congratulations to the 2013 Writing in Excellence award winners
Writing Excellence prizes recognize and encourage the achievement of the highest standards of excellence in writing at Puget Sound. This year’s winners are:

  • Molly Levis (connections core)
  • Renee Meschi (first-year seminars)
  • Anna Riggs (graduate programs)
  • Andrew Fox and Isaac Olson (humanities)
  • Talitha Wilson (natural sciences)
  • Andrew Fox, Andrew Galbraith, and Rachael Gary (social sciences)

Apply now for the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship, deadline is May 10
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, to include 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:

  • Written essay about educational goals and progress
  • Academic performance
  • Extracurricular activities/community service

Award amounts will be made based on the number of applicants and funds available. Please submit your application by May 10, 2013, to Staff Senate Scholarship Committee, CMB 1072. Find more information on the book scholarship page, or contact Laura Edgar at with questions.

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.

Call for nominations for honorary degree recipients and speaker for Commencement 2014
As we prepare for this year's Commencement Ceremony on May 19, we also think ahead to next year. The Honorary Degree Committee welcomes nominations for honorary degree recipients and the Commencement speaker for 2014. All campus members are invited to submit nominations.

The committee seeks individuals whose accomplishments clearly merit extraordinary recognition with reference to the mission of the university and who have one or both of the following characteristics:

  • A notable academic reputation
  • A record of outstanding contributions to the betterment of the regional, national, or global community through one of the main areas of public life, such as business, government, education, public service, science, the arts, or religion.

To nominate your candidate, please send the following information to Board Secretary Liz Collins ’81 P'02 at or CMB 1094:

  • The name of the candidate
  • The candidate's position or title and educational background, and your connection to him/her, if any
  • A brief statement (one page maximum) of the reason the candidate should be considered for an honorary degree or as Commencement speaker


The Puget Sound crew teams combined for four wins and the women’s varsity eight defeated the defending Division II national champions in the NCRC Championships—its final regatta of the regular season. Go Loggers!

In the News

2013 Senior Show at Kittredge Art Gallery was reviewed in a two-photo feature in Tacoma Weekly.

Maggie Mittuch ’82, associate vice president of Student Financial Services, was quoted at length in an article in Business Examiner about the effect of the federal sequester on student financial resources (No link available).

The Suburban Times online community paper ran a story about how Tacoma Symphony Orchestra was started at Puget Sound. At a recent TSO concert Puget Sound’s John Hickey, in community relations, and Keith Ward, in the School of Music, spoke about the ties between the college and the orchestra, and about the Puget Sound’s 125th anniversary.

John Woodward, dean of the School of Education, is featured in a video on the U.S. Department of Education’s “Doing What Works” website, along with links to the practice guide Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8. The guide was developed by an Institute of Education Sciences panel that includes Woodward.

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

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

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.

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 6:  B Natural–Puget Sound Clarinet Ensemble, Spring Concert, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7: Film Screening and Discussion: Transgender Tuesdays with Mark Freeman, director, Wyatt 101, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7: Joy, Chorale and Dorian Singers, Anne Lyman, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8: Last day of classes

Wednesday, May 8: Discussion and Light Breakfast with Mark Freeman, director Transgender Tuesdays, Wheelock 101, 9 a.m. Discussion about LGBTQ advocacy and the power of film to share personal narratives.

Wednesday, May 8: De-stress Fest 2013, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, noon. Free massages, yoga, food, music, and more.

Wednesday, May 8: Annual Pops on the Lawn Concert, featuring Wind Ensemble with student conductors, Karlen Quad, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 9–Sunday, May 12: Reading period

Saturday, May 11: Living Well in Pierce County: Happiness, Economy, and Environment, Ramussen Rotunda, WSC, 9 a.m.

Sunday, May 12: Mother's Day

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