Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of May 7, 2012

Commencement 2012 edition

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Campus News

Congratulations, Class of 2012! Commencement Ceremony, May 13
The Class of 2012 will be celebrated at Puget Sound's 120th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 13, in Baker Stadium. The ceremony, beginning at 2 p.m., is open to graduates’ families and friends, faculty, staff, and the community. Tickets are not required.

Jane Lubchenco, a distinguished scientist whose federal role has put her at the center of critical debates involving leaders in the environment, industry, and public policy, will deliver the Commencement address Sunday. Student speaker Kaeline Kine ’12, a theatre arts and business major from Seal Beach, Calif., will deliver the student address. Her talk is titled “The Sound of Opportunity.”

At the ceremony President Ron Thomas will present Lubchenco with an honorary Doctor of Science degree, and fellow honorands Dennis Flannigan ’61 and Ruth B. Purtilo with honorary Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, respectively.

Prof. Stuart Smithers and Billy Wonderly ’12 to speak at Convocation, May 12
Puget Sound's Academic Convocation Ceremony will be held at Schneebeck Concert Hall on Saturday, May 12. The ceremony features the presentation of academic awards and recognition of graduate fellowship awardees, scholar-athletes, and initiates into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, among others. Student speaker William “Billy” Wonderly ’12, a chemistry and mathematics major from Seattle, will deliver the talk “Fear and Gratitude.” The faculty address, “Exceptionalism and the Everyman: Or Why We Should All Fish in the Morning," will be given by Professor Stuart Smithers, chair of the Department of Religion.

Operation S.A.V.E. seeks volunteers for Commencement Weekend
CIAC (Community Involvement and Action Center) will again host Operation S.A.V.E. over Commencement Weekend in May, campus members are invited to volunteer. Operation S.A.V.E. joins community partners, students, faculty, and staff to sort and share the belongings that students cannot ship home at the end of the academic year. The three-day event takes place in the lower level of Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Visit the Operation S.A.V.E. website or contact CIAC director Jack Pearce-Droge at to learn more.

Update your Everbridge emergency notification information
To help ensure that Puget Sound is prepared to communicate with campus members in case of local, regional, national, or international emergency, faculty and staff members are encouraged to update their emergency notification contact information.

All current faculty/staff email addresses are automatically entered in Everbridge, Puget Sound's emergency mass notification system. These email addresses are updated regularly in Everbridge to keep them current. In addition many faculty and staff members have entered additional emergency message paths in the Everbridge system, for example, cellphone/text number, home phone number, personal email address, etc.   
If you would like to enter additional contact paths in Everbridge, or wish to update any previously entered information, you may request instructions from Security Services at You will be sent password-protected instructions from the Everbridge system so you can enter the desired contact information.


War and the Making of Medieval Monastic Culture (Boydell & Brewer, 2011) by Associate Professor of History Katherine Smith has been shortlisted for the American Academy of Religion's Best First Book in the History of Religions Award for 2012.

Sharon Styer, program assistant for community music, was nominated as one of the 2012 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation of Art Award artists. Her solo photography installation, The Night Watchman, will be on display at Fulcrum Gallery. Opening reception: Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m.

In the News

Associate Professor of Comparative Sociology Gareth Barkin was quoted inThe Business Examiner in a front-page, lead photo story about “cash mobs."

Faith and Race in American Political Life, a new book co-edited by Robin Dale Jacobson, assistant professor of politics and government, was reviewed in Kitsap Sun and The Bellingham Herald.

The News Tribune and The Bellingham Herald ran photo stories covering the 2012 Youth and Family Summit co-sponsored by Puget Sound's Race and Pedagogy Initiative.

The 2012 Senior Show, which runs through Thursday, May 12, was reviewed in a Tacoma Weekly photo story, with a quote from artist Caitlin Bovard ’12.

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Read a book this summer, courtesy Collins Memorial Library

From Monday, May 7, through the end of August, enjoy a book (or share one) with fellow campus members as part of Summer Reads 2012! Visit the Collins Memorial Library book cart and discover some cool reads for those hot summer days with the library's take-and-share share program.

Have a book? Leave a book.
Need a book? Take a book!

Finals week Diner and cafe hours

The Diner will have normal operating hours through Thursday, May 10, closing, but will close at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 11. The Diner will be open Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed Sunday, May 13, to accommodate the Senior Brunch in Marshall Hall. Dinner “grab and go” options will be available Sunday in Diversions Café until 6 p.m.  The Diner will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, May 14.

Diversions Café will be open 7:30 a.m. to midnight, through Thursday, May 10; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, May 11; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13.

Beginning Monday, May 14, Diversions will be open regular summer hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Cellar will close for the summer Thursday, May 10.

Oppenheimer Café will be open through Friday, May 11, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., and will close for the summer beginning Saturday, May 12.

Can't-miss events

Through May 14: Circus Libris, Jessica Spring, Collins Memorial Library

Through May 12: 2012 Senior Show, Kittredge Gallery

Friday, May 11: Lavendar Graduates Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 11: Class of 2012 Grad Party, Marshall Hall, WSC, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 12: Academic Convocation, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 12: Graduates of Color Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 13: Mother's Day

Sunday, May 13: Commencement Brunch, Marshall Hall, WSC, 9 a.m. Ticket required

Sunday, May 13: Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 10 a.m.

Sunday, May 13: Commencement Ceremony, Baker Stadium (rain or shine), 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 13: Commecement Reception, Event Lawn, 4:30 p.m.