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 for the week of Nov. 18, 2013

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Campus News

Prof. Andy Rex to deliver Regester Lecture, Nov. 21
Thermodynamics plays an important role in the existence of all living things. The laws of thermodynamics define the very parameters of what we can do and how we do it. Are these parameters roadblocks, challenges, or something else? Professor of Physics Andy Rex will explore these questions and more in the fall Regester Lecture, Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. The John D. Regester Lecture recognizes the scholarship and accomplishment of the college's faculty, and gives faculty members an opportunity to address the campus community on a subject of particular interest to the lecturer.

Faculty research is focus of lunchtime Nov. 19 Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series event
The Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, Nov. 19. Faculty members from exercise science, psychology, and the Physical Therapy Program will discuss their past research and future projects. The discussion will begin at noon, in Weyerhaeuser 402. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit

Caribbean Writer Series continues Tuesday with poet Gregory Wilson, Nov. 19
A yearlong series that began in September, The Caribbean Writer: Identity, Immigration, and Art, presented by the African American Studies Program, brings writers from Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands—areas that have each had unique encounters with colonialism, slavery, tourism, and multiculturalism. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the series continues with poet and educator Gregory Wilson. Wilson is the author of Dead Portraits in a Living Room, a collection of poems exploring the intersection of diverse cultures using a river and a meeting of rivers as a metaphor. His talk, "Dead Portraits in a Living Room: Exploring Cultural Unity in the Caribbean and Central America," will begin at 5:30 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC.

Fubuki Daiko brings ancient Japanese drumming to Puget Sound, Nov. 19
Fubuki Daiko, pronounced "foo-boo-key die-ko," reinvents traditional Japanese Taiko drumming—used originally to frighten invaders, inspire troops in battle, and call to the gods—combining martial arts athleticism, dance, and rhythm. Based in Winnipeg the group has performed at concert halls and festivals across North America, and the appearance at Puget Sound is the group's only West Coast stop. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Advance tickets are $12, available at Wheelock Info Center or

Food for Fines trades canned goods for library fines, through Dec. 1
This season, Collins Memorial Library and Backpacks of Hope are co-sponsoring Food for Fines. Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash, Nov. 18–Dec. 1. Donate to a worthy cause and clean up your library debt at the same time. Bring in one can of food and the library will waive $1 of your library fines. Pay off fines up to $20 with nonperishable food items. All food will be donated to the St. Leo Food Connection. 

ASUPS Lectures offers two events for campus community this week
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, ASUPS Lectures welcomes Mukesh Kapila to Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Kapila was the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Sudan in 2003–04. He petitioned UN and world leaders to intervene in Darfur, but was unsuccessful, ultimately turning to the global media to tell his story. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

On Friday, Nov. 22, motivational speaker and author Chris Westfall will discuss "Secrets of the New Elevator Pitch." A specialist in public presentation and high-level business pitches, Westfall inspires aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals trying to raise their game in the job market. The public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Nov. 21
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, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, Nov. 21, the program will feature Andreas Madlung, professor of biology, speaking on "Evolutionary consequences of polyploidy: A case study in the genus Arabidopsis." For more information about the series, visit

Art+Science Salon features intersection of literature and science, Nov. 21
Puget Sound's ongoing collaboration with Tacoma Art Museum continues this Thursday, at the Art+Science Salon, held at the museum during the gallery's monthly free Third Thursday. The event begins at 6 p.m., and will explore the intersections of literature and science with Professors Mita Mahato and Bill Kupinse, and Creative Producer and Director of Video Club Jamie Wyld, followed by conversation and refreshments. For more information about Art+Sci Salons, visit the Art+Sci website.

Final "Forum on Religion" discussion Friday, Nov. 22; 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 third of three conversations in November 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.

Author Maria Mudd Ruth on campus for lecture and book signing, Nov. 22
Sound Policy Institute, Sierra Club, and Our Wild America welcome author Maria Mudd Ruth to campus Friday, Nov. 22, for a presentation on the marbled murrelet, one of Washington's most threatened seabirds. "Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet" will begin at 5:30 p.m., in Trimble Forum, and will be followed by a book signing with the author.

Concert to showcase variety of vocal works, Nov. 22
Dawn Padula, director of vocal studies, will perform a solo concert Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m., accompanied by Professor of Music Tanya Stambuk on piano, and joined onstage by both Artist-in-Residence David Requiro, cello, and the male vocalists of Voci d'Amici. An Evening of Vocal Works will include music by Baroque composer George Frideric Handel, Romanticist Franz Schubert, French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz, and American pianist Lee Hoiby. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff members. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center or

Budget Task Force wants your feedback, due Nov. 22
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.

Students plan TED-like conference for spring, invite faculty and staff members to present
Catherine Durkee ’14, Lisa Tucker ’15, and Lee Pennebaker ’15 want to know what frames your world. They're planning the PIE (Perspective Inspired Experience) Conference for next March, and invite faculty and staff members to share their stories and what they're passionate about. From the conference announcement: "Our mission statement for the conference is: breaking boundaries of personal perspective by experiencing others' passions and unique frames of mind." The event will be held Saturday, March 29, and will feature 26 speakers, each giving a five- to 20-minute presentation describing a specific personal experience or idea/activity that inspires them, and how it shapes the speaker's perspective.

If you'd like to learn more about the conference, are interested in participating, or would like to recommend a speaker, contact

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.

Nominate deserving Logger alumni for alumni association awards, due Dec. 1
The Puget Sound Alumni Council Executive Committee invites faculty and staff members to nominate outstanding alumni for one of the alumni association’s four distinguished alumni awards: Professional Achievement, Service to the Community, Service to Puget Sound, and Young Logger Service. Recipients will be recognized in the spring 2014 issues of Arches magazine, and will be celebrated during Summer Reunion Weekend in June 2014. Full descriptions of the award categories can be found on the online nomination form. Please submit your nominations by Dec. 1.

Help support the Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale
The annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 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 Laura Edgar in Kittredge 117, Chelsea Pemberton in Howarth 114, or Lisa Beritich in McIntyre 011. Items may be dropped off any time between now and Dec. 6. If you wish to donate baked goods, please ensure that they are contained or packaged and contact Chelsea Pemberton at or x3336.
For more information visit the Staff Senate section of Puget Sound’s website and the Staff Senate SoundNet site.


Geoffrey Block, professor of music, published the article "Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World" in Notes, and academic journal published by the Music Library Association Inc.

Writing Advisors Jasmine Kaneshiro ’14 and Billy Rathje ’14 represented the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Tampa, Fla., presenting their work on the writing center as a site for exploring interdisciplinarity. The conference was attended by more than 400 peer writing tutors and directors.

Congratulations to the Logger men's and women's soccer teams, who entered postseason play over the weekend. The men's team advanced to the second round, defeating Hardin-Simmons with a goal in overtime, but fell to Trinity. The team ends the season 15-6, winning its first Northwest Conference title in seven years and first NCAA tournament victory in 11 years. The women's team also advanced to the second round, defeating Cal Lutheran in double overtime, and clinched a berth in round three after topping Hardin-Simmons in a second game that went to double overtime. The Northwest Conference champions will take on Washington-St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo., in the third round. GO LOGGERS!

Women's soccer alumna Maya Mendoza-Exstrom ’03 was featured as part of the NCAA 40-in-40 series, which highlights past Division III athletes who best exemplify the D-III ideals of proportion, comprehensive learning, passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship. Read Maya's full profile.

Lori Ricigliano, associate director of Collins Memorial Library, is a member of a team that recently was selected as  recipient of the first-ever Professional Development Awards, sponsored by the Orbis Cascade Library Alliance in recognition of the alliance's 20th anniversary. The Assessment Team, comprising librarians from across the alliance community of 37 librarians, received a grant to host a conference on assessment of library services, resources, and collections.

Congratulations to TEN (Tacoma Entrepreneurship Network: College Edition), which hosted its first-ever Business Plan Competition Nov. 13. Student teams from five area universities competed. See a complete list of winning teams and prizes.

In the News

A Puget Sound scholarship for veterans, named in honor of Professor Emeritus William Dasher P’04, was listed in a News Tribune story about programs that local colleges offer Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Leon Grunberg, professor of sociology and anthropology, was quoted by KPLU public radio just ahead of a vote by Boeing machinists on a controversial contract offer.

Dennis Paulson, director emeritus of Slater Museum of Natural History, has spotted 113 bird species in his yard since 1991, noted the Maple Leaf Life news blog of Seattle.

Business Examiner wrote online about a business plan contest involving teams from five universities, organized by the School of Business and Leadership’s Tacoma Entrepreneur Network (TEN). A story also appeared in The Suburban Times.

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 Saturday, Dec. 14: Exhibit: 2013 Art Students Annual, Kittredge Gallery

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

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

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Behind the Archives Door Series: The Vernon Manuscript, Denise Despres, English and honors, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: Faculty Research Interest Presentations, Weyerhaeuser Hall Department Faculty, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Caribbean Writer Series: Dead Portraits in a Living Room: Exploring Cultural Unity in the Caribbean and Central America, Gregory Wilson, poet/musician, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20–Thursday, Nov. 21: Slater Museum of Natural History Open Hours, Thompson 295, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 2013 Art Students Annual Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m. Bring your own drawing materials.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: ASUPS Lectures: Against a Tide of Evil, Mukesh Kapila, former UN resident and humanitarian coordinator, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: Guest Performance: Gregory Lee, violin, and Julio Elizalde, piano, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Jo Handelsman, Yale University, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: Speak Out Loud discussion on "Poppin' Tags: Classism in Hipster Culture," Student Diversity Center, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: Regester Lecture: Life, Liberty, and Thermodynamics, Andy Rex, physics, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: Music in the Library: The Silver Keys Quartet, Collins Memorial Library, 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: ASUPS Lectures: Secrets of the New Elevator Pitch, Chris Westfall, motivational speaker and author, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: Women's Basketball vs. Claremont-M-S, Memorial Fieldhouse, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24: Performance: Third Annual A Cappella Extravaganza, featuring Garden Level, Underground Sound, and What She Said, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: Performance: Student Chamber Music Concerts, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: Film Screening: Tropic Thunder, directed by Ben Stiller, part of Honors Film Series DOUBLE EXPOSURE, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.