Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Oct. 12, 2014

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Campus News

Does your car fit you? Find out with Puget Sound OT students at CarFit, Oct. 14
Puget Sound occupational therapy students will join students from Bates Technical College to complete assessments for volunteers at CarFit. The assessments will highlight easy changes drivers can make to their vehicles to optimize safety by improving their "fit" in their car. Two CarFit events will be held this year, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1:30–3:30 p.m., at Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, and Friday, Oct. 24, 1–3 p.m., at Tacoma Lutheran Home.

Come climb with us! Weekly faculty/staff climbs begin Oct. 15
Join Puget Sound Outdoors either for an introduction to climbing or for a community to climb with at weekly faculty/staff climbing sessions, every Wednesday, beginning Oct. 15, through the end of the semester. You will have the opportunity to learn how to boulder and climb roped up. Please wear comfortable clothing. Climbing shoes and harnesses will be provided. Meet at the climbing wall in Warner Gym, at noon for the hourlong climb. Questions? Contact Justin Canny ’91 at or x3510.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Oct. 16
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, Oct. 16, the series will feature Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Colbert-White, giving her talk, "Where Apes and Songbirds are Left Behind: A Comparative Assessment of the Requisites for Speech." For more information visit

Art+Science Salon features artists using various methods of analog and advanced technologies, Oct. 16
This month's Art+Science Salon—bringing scientists and artists together to discuss ideas—will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, at Tacoma Art Museum. The event begins at 6 p.m., with presentations at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the free event. The salon will feature speakers: painter and multimedia artist Cable Griffith, computer-controlled installation artist Brent Watanabe, audio-visual artist Joel Ong, and composer James Bernhard, associate professor of math and computer science. For more information contact

Encourage your students to grad school fair, Oct. 22
The Evergreen State College will host its 23rd Annual Graduate School Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The fair is free and will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the college's library lobby (2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia). Students can get a list of participating grad schools in the academic advising office, Howarth 114, or contact academic advising at or x3250. Download and share the event flier.

President Ron Thomas to deliver Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address, Oct. 30
This year's Magee Address, established in honor of Professor of Philosophy and Religion John B. Magee, will be delivered by President Ron Thomas. His talk, "No Subject," will be a personal reflection on how the life of a college president might connect with a previous career as a scholar of the Victorian novel. The address will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, in Commencement Hall. Admission is free, but limited. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center or

Daedalus Dinner with Professor Dan Burgard—RSVP by Oct. 30
Dan Burgard, professor of chemistry, will deliver the second Daedalus Dinner of the year on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. His talk, "After the Flush: Using Sewers to Understand Community Drug Abuse," will explore the techniques and challenges of sewage-based drug epidemiology, and open up discussion of the ethics of the field.

A longtime tradition at Puget Sound, Daedalus Dinners cover a wide range of programs and topics, and are open to all faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. The evening begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, made on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made by Oct. 30. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Are you ready for benefits open enrollment?
Open enrollment for 2015 benefits is scheduled for Nov. 3–21. Information will be sent to benefits-eligible faculty and staff members in the coming weeks. 

Mark your calendar now! The annual benefits fair is scheduled for 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 benefit questions. Representatives from human resources will be available to assist you with your benefit open enrollment forms. Contact human resources ( or x3369) with questions.


Puget Sound's chapter of the Mortar Board national honor society was one of 67 chapters nationwide to receive the society's Silver Torch Award. Mortar Board recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service.

The opera theater performance of The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Dawn Padula, associate professor of music, won third place in the American Prize in Opera Performance, 2014, College/University Division. 

In the News

James Evans, professor of physics, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about the blood moon eclipse last week. 

Sunday's concert by Professor of Music Duane Hulbert and the launch of his new four-CD collection of works by Alexander Glazunov was previewed as a “Critics Pick” in the News Tribune’s “Go” arts section. The concert also was covered, with a photo, in Weekly Volcano.

The new Kittredge Gallery exhibit of works by faculty members Elise Richman and Janet Marcavage made Weekly Volcano’s “5 Things to Do Today” list.

Dean of Students Mike Segawa wrote a blog post for a series called “Why I am Here” on the website of NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. 

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Can't-miss Events

Through Oct. 15: Exhibit: Book Power Redux. Collins Memorial Library

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

Monday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m.: Faculty Meeting. Thompson 193

Monday, Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m.: Student Lecture: Empowering Change in Bangladesh, Megan Davis ’15. Trimble Forum

Monday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.: Honors Program Film Series: Shakespeare for a Modern World: Hamlet. Wyatt 109

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.: French Cine-Club Nouvelle Vague Film Series: E Bout de Souffle, with English subtitles. Commencement 272

Thursday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Erin Colbert-White, psychology. Thompson 175

Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m.: Art+Sci Salon: Analog-Tech. Tacoma Art Museum

Thursday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Friday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m.: Walk-in Flu Shot Clinic. Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services. Cost: $25

Saturday, Oct. 18, noon: Women's Soccer vs. Whitworth

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. Whitworth

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m.: Harp Master Class with Alice Giles. Music L6

Sunday, Oct. 19, noon: Women's Soccer vs. Whitman

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. Whitman

Monday, Oct. 20–Tuesday, Oct. 21: Fall break (no classes)