Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Oct. 14, 2013

Campus News  •   In the News

Campus News

Forum on Gender: Learn about findings from the Campus Climate Survey and participate in the conversation, Oct. 16
As part of the university’s ongoing commitment to actively cultivate a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) shared with the campus community last fall the preliminary results from Puget Sound’s spring 2012 campus climate survey.

Beginning this month DAC will share additional reports from the survey and host a series of campus conversations based on topics emerging from the survey results, including gender, religion, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, and race/ethnicity. The first report (on gender) is now available on the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site, and the first set of campus conversations kicks off this week on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Additional conversations about the gender report will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 3 p.m., both in Murray Board Room, WSC.

An introduction to the reports is available on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Michael Benitez at or x2827 with questions.

Knowledge and Its Limits: A campus conversation, Oct. 16
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Amy Fisher is organizing a campus conversation titled "Knowledge and Its Limits," whose aim is to start a conversation between the sciences and humanities faculty and students about "what we know, how we know it, and what affects or limits our abilitiy to learn about the world."

Join with campus members from all disciplines for lively conversation and debate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m., Thompson 193.

Co-curator of Al-Mutanabbi exhibit visits campus Oct. 15 and 16
Collins Memorial Library welcomes Beau Beausoleil, founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition and co-curator of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibit, to campus this week for two special events. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Beausoleil will host a screening of the film Open Shutters, followed by a facilitated discussion. The screening will be held in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, Beausoleil will discuss the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, a group of book artists working to help rebuild some of the cultural material lost when Al-Mutanabbi Street was bomed in 2007. The talk begins at 7 p.m., in the McCormick Room.  

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues Oct. 17
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, Oct. 17, Assistant Professor of Biology Siddharth Ramakrishnan, neuroscience, will give the presentation "Under the spell of the surroundings: How environmental factors affect brain physiology, behavior, and reproduction."For more information visit

Art+Science Salon features discussions on the elements, Oct. 17
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 showcase five artists and five scientists speaking about their work, each for five minutes, followed by conversation and refreshments. Among the speakers are Puget Sound faculty members Chad Gunderson and Elise Richman, art, and Kristin Johnson, science, technology, and society, as well as alumna Starr Matsushita ’11. For more information visit the Art+Sci website.

Library to host Rocking Chair Room Story Hour for families, Oct. 19
Collins Memorial Library will host Rocking Chair Room Story Hour for the campus community and our neighbors once a month throughout the fall. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, and includes a song or short activitiy, followed by a family-friendly craft. This Saturday, Oct. 19, the theme for story hour is "Celebrating Fall! Apples, farms, and leaves." The event begins at 10 a.m., in the Rocking Chair Room, in the library.

ASUPS Cultural Events presents Familia Valera Miranda, Oct. 26
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend, ASUPS Cultural Events will host Familia Valera Miranda, a musical group from Cuba, for a concert performance on Saturday, Oct. 26. The group features Felix Valera Miranda, a tres and percussion player who runs the Department of Traditional Music in Santiago, the capital of the Oriente region of Cuba, his wife, Carmen Rosa Alarcon Gamba, and the couple's three sons. They bring to life the Oriente region's dominat music form, "son," which combines Cuba's Hispanic, African, and Indian heritages. The performance will be held in Kilworth Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 with Puget Sound ID, available at Wheelock Information Center or

Puget Sound Global Engagement Award nominations due Nov. 1
Puget Sound faculty, staff, and students have been doing tremendous work contributing to global education, global competency, cultural understanding, and international programs, and the efforts of our campus members are enriching the university community and advancing Puget Sound’s international vision.

"We want to recognize our outstanding faculty, staff, and students who are going above and beyond to meet our international goals and therefore have created the Puget Sound Global Engagement Awards," said Director of International Programs Roy Robinson. Please use the nomination form to nominate a faculty member, staff member, or student who has been instrumental in promoting international understanding, global engagement, and/or international education at home or abroad. 

In addition to completing the nomination form, please include the following with your submission:

  • A letter highlighting the nominee's outstanding contributions that have resulted in significant international understanding, global engagement, international education, cultural understanding, or the promotion of global education
  • The nominee's C.V. or resume

Self-nominations will be accepted. To submit your nomination, or if you have any questions, please contact Roy Robinson at or x3653. Nominations are due Nov. 1. Winners will be announced during International Education Week, Nov. 4–8, 2013.

Puget Sound to host annual benefits fair, Nov. 5
The annual benefits fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to noon, in Wheelock Student Center.

  • Rasmussen Rotunda: Representatives from Aon Hewitt, Premera Blue Cross, Unum, and TIAA-CREF will be available to answer your benefits questions. Representatives from human resources will be available to assist you with your benefits open enrollment forms.
  • Murray Board Room: For faculty and staff members interested in learning more about the state of Washington health benefit exchange plans, information sessions will be offered with a local insurance broker. These sessions are available to you and your family members at no cost, and you are welcome to attend the session that best fits your schedule. Sessions on Nov. 5  will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration is not required.

Please contact the Department of Human Resources ( or x3369) with questions.

Homecoming + Family Weekend, Oct. 25-27
Get ready, Loggers! Homecoming and Family Weekend is just two short weeks away. Faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy many of the weekend's festivities, including the President's Welcome Reception and Commencement Hall Open House, the Third Annual Logger 5K, Logger athletics events, La Familia Valera Miranda concert performance, and more. See the complete schedule of events at

Leave a legacy! 125th anniversary time capsule closes soon
Contribute to the 125th anniversary time capsule! The capsule will represent a historic cache of artifacts and information that will provide future Loggers with a snapshot of what life at Puget Sound was like when the college celebrated its 125th anniversary. Collins Memorial Library is collecting items such as photographs, campus posters and fliers, essays and exams, Logger gear, forecasts of what life will be like in the future, and more. If you'd like to contribute to the time capsule, drop off your items at the library during normal business hours by Oct. 25. For complete instructions, download the time capsule flier.


In the News

Washington State Archives included Collins Memorial Library’s interviews with Puget Sound’s 10th president R. Franklin Thompson (1942–73) in a special “Hearing History” feature on its website (click on Puget Sound).

Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Andrew Gardner was quoted in The Verge, an online in-depth news site, about attempts to reform the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup. The article attracted many comments.

A new role for Puget Sound, as a venue for the Tacoma Film Festival, added energy to the event, wrote Tacoma Weekly. It also ran a photo brief about Puget Sound’s co-sponsorship of a visit by film director Leon Ichaso.

The Independent Leader, the newsletter of Independent Colleges of Washington, quoted Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience Siddharth Ramakrishnan in a photo story about the Art+Science Salons run by Puget Sound professors (scroll to page 3). The newsletter also announced that Lyle Quasim ’70, Hon.’05 is a new member of the ICW board.

Brett Rogers, assistant professor of classics, was quoted in Forbes magazine online about the Homeric values apparent in the popular television series Breaking Bad.

Seth Weinberger, associate professor of politics and government, was interviewed about the terrorist attack on a Kenyan shopping mall on Fresh Outlook, which airs on cable channel EBRU TV in about 10 East Coast states (10 mins.; episode not yet on web).

Dave Wright ’96, university chaplain and director of spirituality, service, and social justice, wrote a piece on the website of the student affairs administrators group NASPA about Puget Sound’s Civic Scholarship Initiative.

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 Oct. 31: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Al-Mutnabbi Starts Here, Collins Memorial Library

Through Saturday, Nov. 9: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Randy Bolton; Small Gallery: Holly A. Senn, Kittredge Gallery

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Guest Lecture: The Al-Mutanabbi Book Arts Exhibit, Beau Beausoleil, curator and poet, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Faculty Meeting, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Eid Banquet, Trimble Forum, 6 p.m. Learn about Islamic culture! Tickets: $5, available at Wheelock Information Center

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Film Screening: Open Shutters, followed by discussion with Beau Beausoleil, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Forum on Gender: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion, Murray Board Room, WSC, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Textile Dyeing Workshops with Jacqueline Benard, Kittredge 201, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Student/Faculty Conversation: Knowledge and Its Limits, led by faculty members from the sciences and humanities, Thompson 193, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Faculty Lecture: Double Exposure Film Series, Paul Loeb, philosophy, Wyatt 109, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Guest Lecture: Beau Beausoleil, curator and poet, will read from his anthology about the al-Mutanabbi Street book arts exhibit, Collins Memorial Library, Second Floor, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Textile Dyeing Workshops with Jacqueline Benard, Kittredge 201, 9 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Siddarth Ramakrishnan, neuroscience, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Department of Theatre Arts Presents: Making Beauty/Making a Life, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Art+Science Salon, Tacoma Art Museum, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Guest Lecture: Re-illuminating the Past: Ancient and Medieval Oil Lamps From the Bogue Collection, Ann Nicgorski, Willamette University, Wyatt 109, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Wind Ensemble Concert: Masterworks for Winds, Gerard Morris, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18: Artist Talk by Holly A. Senn, Kittredge Gallery, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19: Rocking Chair Room Story Hour, Collins Memorial Library, 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19: Football vs. Case Western Reserve, Baker Stadium, 1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 21–Tuesday, Oct. 22: Fall break (no classes)