Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

 for the week of Nov. 11, 2013

Veterans Day edition

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Campus News

Law School Fair for students, Nov. 12
Tuesday, Nov. 12, Puget Sound will host the Law School Fair, with representatives from 34 law schools from across the country will be on campus to meet students. The fair will be held in Wheelock Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you know students thinking about law school, please encourage them to attend!

Students explore Puget Sound's M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs, Nov. 12
The School of Education will host its annual fall Information Night on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet faculty members and current students, learn about our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education (in counseling) programs, and more. Info Night will be held in Howarth 212, and is free and open to the public.

Professors Beverly Conner and Hans Ostrom read from new works, Nov. 12
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, English faculty members Beverly Conner and Hans Ostrom will read from their new books at a public reading in Trimble Forum. Where Light is a Place is Conner's first novel, and is described by the publisher as "set in a domestic noir world of Los Angeles' Manhattan Beach in the 1940s." Clear a Place for Good is Ostrom's latest collection of poetry, pulling together more than 100 works. The reading will begin at 7 p.m.

"Forum on Religion" continues Wednesday, Nov, 13; open to faculty, staff, and students
Campus conversations continue this month, as the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) shares findings from the 2012 Campus Climate Survey focused on the topic of religion. The second of three conversations in November will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. The third and final conversation on religion will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from noon to 1 p.m., in Trimble Forum. Download the report on religion from the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site.

DAC will host additional conversations in the coming months on the topics of socioeconomic status, political beliefs, and race/ethnicity. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Michael Benitez at or x2827 with questions.

Tacoma Entrepreneur Network holds first business plan competition, Nov. 13
Student teams from five Puget Sound area universities will compete for prizes of up to $2,500 in the first Business Plan Competition organized by the Tacoma Entrepreneur Network (TEN). The Wednesday, Nov. 13, competition will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Eighteen student teams wrote business plans that will be assessed by about 20 entrepreneurs, investors, and economic or entrepreneurship experts who will serve as judges. At the event the teams will give 10-minute presentations, followed by questions and answers. The business plans will be assessed on their feasibility, innovation, growth potential, investment potential, and the team’s ability to execute the plan. At the end of the night, winners will be announced and judges will give teams feedback about their plans. Everyone is welcome to attend the presentations.

Jessica Berry ’94 to discuss Nietzsche in public lecture, Nov. 14
Associate professor of philosophy at Georgia State University, Jessica Berry ’94 returns to Puget Sound this week to deliver a public lecture on "The Skeptical Nature of Nietzsche's 'Immoralism'." The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in Trimble Forum. Berry graduated from Puget Sound in 1994 with major in philosophy and a concentration in classics. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin. Her book Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition, finished with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

On-campus arts conference offers sessions to local creative professionals, Nov. 16
Tacoma's Arts Leadership Lab will host a full-day arts conference on campus Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The conference serves working artists, creative entrepreneurs, and arts professionals, and will include sessions and forums on topics such as arts education, funding, online engagement, public art, creative small businesses, and more. Attendees also may sign up for a 15-minute portfolio review with an arts professional. Preregistration for the full day is $15 or $8 for a single session, free for current Puget Sound students with ID. For more information about conference sessions or to register, visit

Library to host Rocking Chair Room Story Hour for campus and neighbor families, Nov. 16
Once a month throughout the fall, Collins Memorial Library hosts a Rocking Chair Room Story Hour for the campus community and our neighbors. Story time lasts about 30 minutes, and includes a song or short activitiy, followed by a family-friendly craft. This Saturday, Nov. 16, story hour is all about pets. Student members of Mortar Board will be on hand as helpers, and encourage those attending to bring their favorite stuffed animals. Story time begins at 10 a.m., in the library.

Artist Talk by Camp Stories artist Jennifer Kennard, Nov. 16
Collins Memorial Library's newest exhibition, Camp Stories, includes drawings and true stories about a Northwest Family living during the 1930s. This Saturday, Nov. 16, artist Jennifer Kennard, will give an artist talk at 2 p.m., in Library 020. Kennard is a graphic designer, educator and book artist, and writes on typography, lettering, and book design topics for her blog, Letterology. She will discuss the inspiration and motivation behind her mother's narrative artwork in the exhibit and her own creative process behind the tunnel book series, Camp Stories.

Puget Sound honored for excellent grounds management
Puget Sound was recently given an Honor Award by the national Professional Grounds Management Society at the society’s 2013 Green Star Awards competition. Puget Sound was recognized for exceptional grounds maintenance in the Urban University category. A 10-person crew, assisted by student staff members, cares for the 97-acre campus. Manager of Grounds Joe Kovolyan, representing Puget Sound, was on hand at the society's awards dinner in Louisville, Ky., to receive the award.

“Puget Sound’s beautiful campus grounds have long been a matter of pride to those who work and study here, and a source of admiration from visitors,” said Bob Kief, associate vice president for facilities services. “We have some very creative and hardworking grounds maintenance crew members to thank for this, and on their behalf, our department is proud to receive this national recognition.”

Budget Task Force wants to hear from you
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2014–15 by writing to the Budget Task Force (BTF) c/o Lori Johnson, CMB 1083 or, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. The BTF will submit its budget recommendation to President Thomas before winter break, and members will present their recommendations to the campus community in January. You'll have an opportunity to offer feedback on the recommendation before the president presents his recommendations to the board of trustees for approval at its February meeting.

Puget Sound has long embraced a participatory budget process. Chaired by the academic vice president and including students, faculty, staff, and the vice president for finance and administration, the BTF 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. This important work is informed by the perspective of the president, presentations from various campus leaders, market and economic conditions, and the analysis of data. The recommended budget will address tuition and financial aid levels, investment and gift support, faculty and staff compensation pools, maintenance of facilities, and program support.

Learn more about the budgeting process by downloading the Budgeting Process document or the BTF report related to the 2013–14 budget.

Is your son or daughter considering college? College Planning Workshop, Dec. 3
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., colleagues from admission, human resources, and Student Financial Services will sponsor a workshop for Puget Sound faculty and staff families with children currently in high school who are planning for college. Workshop topics include types of college, what to consider when selecting a school, the application process, need- and merit-based aid, Puget Sound's education benefits, and more. If you have questions or are interested in attending, RSVP to or x3369 by Nov. 27. If you RSVP by email, please provide the name of each person attending and include "RSVP" in your subject line.


Emelie Peine, assistant professor of international political economy, was invited by Washington, D.C., think tank Inter-American Dialogue to participate in the "China and Latin America Agriculture Workshop," along with Latin-American and U.S. business leaders, members of the state department, and other academics.

In the News

The American Psychological Association announced the election of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Barry Anton as its new president.

Huffington Post Education ran a blog co-written by Jane Carlin, library director, about the Al-Mutanabbi Street exhibition and the spirit behind it.

Tanya Erzen and Stuart Smithers, in religion, were interviewed in a large, two-photo story about the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, which they co-founded, in The News Tribune and The Olympian, and online in The Bellingham Herald. Professors from five colleges teach FEPPS classes to women in the Washington Corrections Center for Women.

A visit by Puget Sound students to Russell Investments in Seattle was the subject of a photo story in the online Business Examiner. It included quotes from Puget Sound trustee and Russell’s chief legal officer Kenneth Willman ’82.

Broadway World online ran a photo story about cellist David Requiro, artist in residence, performing with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. The arts website Charleston Today, of South Carolina, also ran a photo story including Requiro.

Renee Simms, visiting assistant professor of African American studies, wrote a comment piece about the public availability of firearms for Salon.

The theatre arts production In the Next Room was reviewed by Weekly Volcano, with a photo. The reviewer describes the play, directed by Sara Freeman ’95, as “one of the year’s best.”

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

Can't-miss Events

Through Sunday, Nov. 17: Artist in Residence: Jorge Chen Sham, professor, scholar, editor, and poet from Puerto Limon

Through Tuesday, Jan. 14: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Camp Stories, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Nov. 11: Music Day for prospective students, School of Music, 9 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 11: Guest Workshop and Performance: Heart Journey: A Narrative Approach to Wellness and Justice, Mark Gonzales, spoken-word artist and social justice activist, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Law Schools Fair, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12: School of Education Information Night, Howarth 212, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12: An Evening With Faculty Authors Bev Conner and Hans Ostrom, part of the Coffeehouse Series, Trimble Forum, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Guest Lecture: Our Harsh Logic—Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies From the Occupied Territories, 2000–10, Yehuda Shaul, Breaking the Silence, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Forum on Religion: Conversation About Findings From the Campus Climate Survey, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Daedalus Dinner: Impertinent Relations in the Liberal Arts—Our Critical Moment, Race, Pedagogy, and Community, Dexter Gordon, African American studies and communication studies, 6 p.m. Reservations required

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Film Screening: El lugar mas pequeno (The Tiniest Place) (2011), directed by Tatiana Huezo, presented by the Ninth Annual Hispanic Film Festival, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14: International Programs and the LGBT Experience Brown Bag Lunch, Murray Board Room, WSC, noon

Thursday, Nov. 14: LGBT and Study Abroad panel discussion, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Anahit Galstyan, UW Department of Biology, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Guest Lecture: The Skeptical Nature of Nietzsche's 'Immoralism', by Jessica Berry '94, Georgia State University, Trimble Forum, Trimble Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15: Guest Lecture: The Nocturnes of an Endless Sea: Poetry in the Afternoon With Jorge Chen Sham, Murray Board Room, WSC, 1 p.m. Lecture is in Spanish with some English translation.

Friday, Nov. 15: Guest Lecture: Digitizing History: Leonhard Euler and the Euhler Archive, Erik Tou, Pacific Lutheran University, Thompson 193, 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15: Four Horsemen Speakers: November Presentation, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15: Symphony Orchestra: Lucky 13, Huw Edwards, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Tacoma Arts Conference, 9 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Rocking Chair Room Story Hour, Collins Memorial Library, 10 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Football vs. Willamette, Baker Stadium, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Guest Lecture: The Inspiration and Motivation Behind Her Mother's Narrative Artwork Camp Stories, by Jennifer Kennard, designer and visual storyteller, Collins Memorial Library, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Guest Lecture and Recital: The Ladies of Lyric and Song: A Musical Reflection on the Ground Breaking Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theater, by Erin Guinup '96, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 18: Faculty Meeting, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.