Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Nov. 3, 2014

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Poetry of Prof. Bill Kupinse set to music, to be performed Nov. 3
Last winter Greg Youtz, professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University, set to music the Northwest-themed poetry of Associate Professor of English Bill Kupinse, and shared his efforts in a performance by local mezzo-soprano Erin Calata in February. The event was a rousing success, and the trio decided to repeat it, this time, at Puget Sound. Poetry Above the Roar will feature Calata performing 10 poem-songs in an hourlong cycle. The performance will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall.

Take Back the Night raises awareness about sexual violence, Nov. 3
Take Back the Night is way for campus members to come together as a community to raise awareness about sexual violence and demand an end to violence. The event is a space for survivors to "shatter the silence," and for others to critically examine how and why violence happens in our society, and why certain demographics are targeted. 

The event will begin in Wyatt Atrium on Monday Nov. 3, at 8:30 p.m., with an introduction from Alison Hale, professor of English, and will move into a march around to campus. Participants are encouraged to bring signs, noise makers, etc. The march will conclude back at Wyatt Atrium, followed by a talk by Renee Simms, visiting assistant professor of African American Studies, to transition into the "speak out" portion of the event. The speak out will be in an open-mic format, where participants will have the chance to speak about their experiences with violence.  

Take Back the Night is sponsored by Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education (SIRGE), Student Activities, ASUPS, and the Office of Intercultural Engagement.

Theatre arts departments hosts leading dramaturgs for campus residency
Three prominent U.S. dramaturgs will be on campus Nov. 3–5 as part of "Staging New Work: Facets of Dramaturgy and Design." The residency features Julie Felise Dubiner, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Madeleine Oldham, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; and Sarah Lunnie, Playwright's Horizons. The women will visit various theatre arts classes and participate in panels and discussions, including "The Dramaturg's Agenda: New Play Programs and Contemporary American Theater," on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Norton Clapp Theatre. That event will begin at 4 p.m., and is open to the public.

Annual Benefits Fair is Wednesday, Nov. 5; benefits open enrollment begins this week
The annual benefits fair will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Representatives from Aon Hewitt, Premera Blue Cross, Unum, and TIAA-CREF will be available to answer your benefits questions. Representatives from human resources also will be on hand to assist you with your benefits open enrollment forms. Open enrollment for 2015 benefits concludes Nov. 21. Contact human resources ( or x3369) with questions. 

Speak up! Forums invite student voices on sexual misconduct policies and procedures, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13
Two student forums discussing campus efforts to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct will be held this week and next:

  • Thursday, Nov. 6, noon–1:30 p.m., Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center

Please share these events with your students and encourage them to attend to make their voices heard about this important issue. These facilitated conversations are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, ASUPS, and the Sexual and Gender Violence Committee.

Guest lecturer Xiaofeng Huang will discuss Chinese painter Fu Baoshi, Nov. 6
Xiaofeng Huang, associate professor of art history at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, will give a lecture titled “How Does Rain Transform Chinese Landscape Painting: Fu Baoshi’s Rainscape in 20th-Century China” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m., in Wyatt 101. Huang will address the iconography of the rainscape in the history of Chinese art and its political symbolism in the case of Chinese painter Fu Baoshi (1904–65). This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and Asian studies.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Nov. 6
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. 6, the series will feature Patrick El-Khoury of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, speaking on, "The Rules of Engagement in Tip-enhanced Raman Nanoscopy." For more information visit

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:

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 Monday, Nov. 10, 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

Welcome to new faculty and staff members!

  • Emily Lavely-Holloway, annual giving
  • Connie Johnson, finance


The paper “Where's Waldo? The Search for Entrepreneurial Role Models," by Associate Professor of Business and Leadership Lynnette Claire, was accepted for presentation at the 2015 USASBE Conference Jan. 22–25, 2015. The paper will be part of the "Careers, Role Models, and Aspirations for Entrepreneurship" session. 

In the News

Professor Dexter Gordon, African American and communication studies, will speak at the annual Dickens Festival, Nov. 6, reported Tacoma Weekly

The Kittredge Gallery exhibit of works by Elise Richman, winner of the 2014 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation art award, and Janet Marcavage, both in art, was reviewed by The News Tribune and Tacoma Weekly, with photos.

Poetry Above the Roar with poet and English professor Bill Kupinse, PLU composer Greg Youtz, and soprano Erin Calata was previewed, with photos, in The News Tribune.

The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Associate Professor of Music Dawn Padula, won third place in the college division of the national American Prize competition, reported Tacoma Weekly.

Policy Innovations, published by the Carnegie Council, ran an earlier article about China that quotes Emelie Peine, assistant professor of international political economy

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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. 3, 7 p.m.: Poetry Above the Roar. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Monday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Monday, Nov. 3, 8:30 p.m.: Take Back the Night Rally and Speak Out. Wyatt Atrium

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m.: Behind the Archives Door: Digital Humanities, Peggy Burge and Laura Edgar. Collins Memorial Library, second floor

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m.: Annual Benefits Fair for Faculty and Staff. Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Hispanic Film Festival: 7 Boxes. Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Food Sovereignty in the South Sound, Emelie Peine, international political economy. Wyatt 109

Thursday, Nov. 6, noon: Speak Up! Student Voices on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Thursday, Nov. 6, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Patrick El-Khoury, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Thompson 175

Thursday, Nov. 6, 4 p.m.: Guest Lecture: How Does Rain Transform Chinese Landscape Painting: Fu Baoshi's Rainscape in 20th-Century China, Xiaofeng Huang. Wyatt 101

Thursday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.: Daedalus Dinner and Lecture: Dan Burgard, chemistry. Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Reservations required

Thursday, Nov. 6–Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.: 365 Days/365 Plays, directed by Geoff Proehl, theatre arts. Norton Clapp Theatre. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club Pool Session. Wallace Pool

Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.: Night Bike Polo pickup game. Faculty/staff parking lot, west of ceramics building

Friday, Nov. 7: Discover Puget Sound fall preview day for prospective students

Friday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m.: Women's Soccer vs. Pacific. East Athletic Field

Friday, Nov. 7, 3:15 p.m.: Music in the Library: Flute Ensemble. Collins Memorial Library

Friday, Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m.: Casual Cruisers. The Shed (behind the Expy)

Friday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.: Four Horsemen Investments Speaker Series: Andrew McDonald. McIntyre 103

Friday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Performance: Jazz Orchestra, Tracy Knoop, director. Schneebeck Concert Hall

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.: 365 Days/365 Plays, directed by Geoff Proehl, theatre arts. Norton Clapp Theatre. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m.: 24th Annual Bethel Schneebeck Organ Recital, Joseph Adam, organ. Kilworth Memorial Chapel

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