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for the week of Nov. 10, 2014

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Tacoma Historical Society lecture explores Abby Williams Hill as artist and advocate, Nov. 10
Abby Williams Hill (1861–1943) was a landscape painter, social activist, and prolific writer who lived in Tacoma from 1889 to 1910. She produced a remarkable collection of landscape paintings showcasing the grandeur of the American West, as well as a vast archive of letters and journals addressing issues of continuing social and historical interest including African-American and Native-American rights, early childhood education, and the preservation of our national parks. Hill’s children donated her archive and more than 150 of her paintings and drawings to University of Puget Sound after she died in 1943. Laura Edgar, curator of the Abby Williams Hill Collection, will speak about Hill’s life and her impact on the state of Washington on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., in Murray Boardroom, WSC. The event is free and open to the public, but will take place during a meeting of the Tacoma Historical Society. so the first few minutes of the meeting may be taken up by historical society business.  

Redford Archaeology Lecture explores Roman animal sacrifice, Nov. 10
Claudia Moser of Brown University will be on campus tonight to deliver the fall Lora Bryning Redford Lectureship in Archaeology. Her talk, "Making Sense of Roman Animal Sacrifice," will begin at 7 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. For information about the lecture, contact Eric Orlin, professor of classics, at

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Nov. 13
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are held on Thursdays, at 4 p.m., in Thompson 175. This Thursday, Nov. 13, the series will feature Timothy Billo of the University of Washington Program on the Environment, speaking on, "The Natural History of Manacus Manakins, an Unusual Group of Birds of Neotropical Rain Forests." For more information visit

Speak up! Forums invite student voices on sexual misconduct policies and procedures, Nov. 13
The second of two student forums discussing campus efforts to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct will be held this Thursday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Please encourage your students to attend to make their voices heard about this important issue. The facilitated conversation is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, ASUPS, and the Sexual and Gender Violence Committee.

Guest performer Peterson Toscano finds brings one-man show to campus, Nov. 13
In this one-person, multicharacter comedy, Peterson Toscano finds humor in the oddest places—cancer, climate change, and even childhood trauma. Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat? offers laughs and hope in the face of some of life's biggest challenges. The free show begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Rausch Auditorium. 

Profs. Leon Grunberg and Sarah Moore discuss turbulence at Boeing in Regester Lecture, Nov. 13
Leon Grunberg and Sarah Moore, who co-wrote one book on Boeing and are working on a second, have been researching Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the firm’s Seattle-based construction arm, for almost two decades. On Thursday, Nov. 13, they will deliver the Regester Lecture, with a talk titled, “Say Goodbye to All That: Emerging From Turbulence at Boeing.” The 7:30 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Tahoma Room of Commencement Hall.

Concert features works by modern composers and those who inspired them, Nov. 14
Director of Vocal Studies Dawn Padula will present works by three modern composers, and pair those with pieces written by earlier artists who influenced their work. Listeners will be able to compare the music of the inspirer and that of the inspired—and hear the evolution of creativity from one generation to the next. 
The performance, titled Inspirationwill take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Padula will be accompanied by Jooeun Pak ’04, piano; Margaret Shelton ’11, harp; and Maria Sampen, professor of music, on viola.

Campus chefs host cooking class on "The Italian-American Kitchen," Nov. 17
Tired of buying dried pasta and jars of mediocre tomato sauce at the store? Join Executive Chef Brian Sullivan and Catering Sous Chef Chandra Sims for a cooking demonstration that will unlock the secrets to making fantastic homemade pastas, including angel hair, pappardelle, and butternut squash ravioli, right in your own home. Plus learn how to make a variety of quick and easy sauces from scratch. The demo will begin at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in Club Rendezvous, in the lower level of Wheelock Student Center. Recipes and a tasting of the dishes included! This event is free for all and seating is first-come, first-served.

Budget Task Force invites feedback on 2015–16 budget parameters
The university’s Budget Task Force (BTF), chaired by the academic vice president and including students, faculty, staff, and the vice president for finance and administration, is charged with recommending to the president a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year that responds to the university’s mission and strategic plan and the economic landscape. The recommended budget will address tuition levels, faculty and staff compensation budgets, and much more. All campus members are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2015–16 by writing to the BTF, c/o Lori Johnson at CMB 1083 or, no later than Tuesday, Nov. 25. Once the budget recommendations are formed, BTF members will share their recommendations with campus members in January, at which time you will be invited to send your feedback to President Thomas before he forwards his recommendation to the board of trustees at its February meeting.

If you are interested in learning more about Puget Sound’s participatory budgeting process and key budget considerations for 2015–16, read about the process and the BTF’s recommendations formulated last year for the 2014–15 budget.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour coming to Tacoma—tickets through Puget Sound Outdoors
Join Puget Sound Outdoor Programs and the Mountaineers Tacoma branch for the 10th year of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Dec. 1–2. Each year PSO co-sponsors this event to bring the best outdoor films to Tacoma. The festival supports leader training for PSO and programs at the Mountaineers Tacoma branch. Discounted tickets are available at the Expeditionary, open Monday–Friday, 4–7 p.m. For more information visit the BMFF info page on our website.

Help support the Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale
The annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Wheelock Student Center. Proceeds from the sale fund the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to staff members, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children working toward a degree or completion of a program at any level, including graduate work. 
In order for the book sale to be a success, Staff Senate needs your help! Donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs are needed. Please drop off your donated items to Lisa Beritich in McIntyre 011, Laura Edgar in Kittredge 117, Henry Waymack in Print and Copy Services, or Rachel Vaughan-Desir in Library 018. Nonperishable items may be dropped off any time between now and Dec. 6. If you wish to donate baked goods, please contact one of the Staff Senate members listed previously via email
For more information visit the Staff Senate section of Puget Sound’s website and the Staff Senate SoundNet site.

myPugetSound debuts for students and faculty members
Technology Services (TS) recently announced that faculty members, students, and applicants to the university now have access to myPugetSound, the new PeopleSoft portal for accessing academic and administrative information. TS is working with the Department of Human Resources to develop staff access by early 2015.

myPugetSound streamlines access to functions in both PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and PeopleSoft Human Resources, and eliminates the need to sign in multiple times (access to PeopleSoft Financials will be coming soon). For faculty members and students, use of myPugetSound is completely optional at this time as Cascade and the access it provides to PeopleSoft are still in place.

TS extends special thanks to faculty members James Bernhard and Ariela Tubert, Associate Dean Martin Jackson, the Faculty Senate’s Library, Media, and Information Services (LMIS) Committee, and members of the Portal Advisory Group.


Director of Collins Memorial Library Jane Carlin was a speaker in the panel discussion "Opening Open Access: Exposing Digital Images Collections With Ease" at the 2014 Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition.

Congratulations to the Logger women's soccer team, which clinched its 13th consecutive Northwest Conference Championship with a 2-0 win over Lewis & Clark this weekend.

“No Uncertain Term,” a poem by Hans Ostrom, professor of African American studies and English, will be re-published in a “best of” anthology marking the 30th year of publication of New Delta Review, a literary journal published by the Creative Writing M.F.A. Program at Louisiana State University.

In the News

Work by Associate Professor of Anthropology Andrew Gardner is referenced in a Doha News article discussing Qatar's labor policies.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Nov. 15: Exhibit: Ripple and Unfold, Elise Richman and Janet Marcavage. Kittredge Gallery

Through Nov. 16: Exhibit: Jewelry by Petra Winnwalker. Collins Memorial Library

Through Nov. 28: Exhibit: Brandywine Workshop: Prints From Six Contemporary Artists. Collins Memorial Library

Through Jan. 15: Exhibit: Sparking Imaginations. Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.: Redford Archaeology Lecture: Making Sense of Roman Animal Sacrifice, Claudia Moser. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Monday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.: Lecture: Abby Williams Hill: Artist and Advocate, Laura Edgar, curator. Murray Boardroom, WSC

Monday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.: Annual Law School Fair. Wheelock Student Center

Tuesday, Nov. 11, noon: Staff Senate Meeting. Murray Boardroom, WSC

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.: Faculty Meeting. Thompson 193

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Take Back the Night SIRGE Film Series: Transgender Tuesday. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 12–Thursday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.: Puget Sound Blood Drive. Outside Diversions Cafe

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m.: Artist Talk: Janet Marcavage and Elise Richman. Kittredge Gallery

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Hispanic Film Festival: A Busca (Father's Chair). Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.: Performance: Fall A Cappella Concert. Schneebeck Concert Hall

Thursday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Wandering Chicano: Reflections on Border Crossing, Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez. Wyatt 101

Thursday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Timothy Billo, UW Program on the Environment. Thompson 175

Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m.: Guest Lecture and Conversation: Before and After Queer: Identity and Art, Rebecca Brown and Jeffry Mitchell. Thompson 193

Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m.: Speak Up! Student Voices on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures. Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC

Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.: Performance: Peterson Toscano. Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003

Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.: Regester Lecture: Leon Grunberg and Sarah Moore. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Thursday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club Pool Session. Wallace Pool

Thursday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.: Night Bike Polo. Faculty/Staff parking lot, west of Ceramics Building

Friday, Nov. 14, 12:05 p.m.: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ. Kilworth Memorial Chapel

Friday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m.: Casual Cruisers bike ride. The Shed (behind the Expeditionary)

Friday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.: Performance: Inspiration. Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $10 faculty/staff

Friday, Nov. 14–Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.: ASUPS Campus Film: The Hundred-Foot Journey. Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003. Tickets: $1 with Puget Sound ID

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: ASUPS Campus Film: The Hundred-Foot Journey. Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003. Tickets: $1 with Puget Sound ID

Monday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m.: Cooking Class: The Italian-American Kitchen, Brian Sullivan and Chandra Sims. Club Rendezvous