Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Oct. 20, 2014

Campus News  •  In the News

Campus News

10th Annual Hispanic Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 22
See five cutting-edge Spanish and Latin American films on campus during the Hispanic Film Festival. Each critically acclaimed film will be screened at 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 22–Nov. 19, in Rausch Auditorium. Admission is free and all are welcome. See the festival news release for film synopses and more information.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Oct. 23
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. 23, the series will feature Ivan Liachko from University of Washington's Department of Genome Science, discussing, "Species-level Deconvolution of Metagenome Assemblies With Hi-C-based Contact Probability Maps." For more information visit

Guest speaker Ravichandran Moorthy to speak environmental ethics, Oct. 24
This Thursday join the Asian Studies Program for the first-ever Southeast Asia Symposium on campus. The symposium will feature at talk by guest speaker, Ravichandran Moorthy, associate professor of international relations at Universitas Kebangsaan Malaysia, as well as a student research panel, dinner for participants and attendees, and an interest meeting for students who would like to learn about the spring/summer 2015 field course in Malaysia. Moorthy's talk, "Environmental Ethics in Managing Resources in the Asia Pacific," will begin at 4 p.m., in Wyatt 109, with the student research panel following, at 5 p.m. Additional details available on the event flier.

Jacobsen concert features School of Music performers and guest artist John Rojak, Oct. 26
Acclaimed New York trombonist John Rojak will join members of ensemble Pacific Coast Brass onstage in Schneebeck Concert Hall, Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., for Romantic Bass Trombone and Friends. The concert will feature School of Music performers Rodger Burnett, David Krosschell, Judson Scott, and Ryan Schultz, in addition to Brian Chin, trumpet, and Rojak. The group will perform pieces mostly written for brass, including romantic and theatrical works, as well as legendary brass classics. Admission is $10 for faculty and staff members, and tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center and

Cirque Zuma Zuma brings the "African circus" to campus, Oct. 28
The 15-member troupe seen by millions on America's Got Talent will be on campus to perform a world music and dance show in Schneebeck Concert Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 28. Cirque Zuma Zuma combines the mysticism of Africa with the nonstop excitement of a theatrical cirque performance, with live music and percussionists, pole and aerial acts, tumbling, contortionists, and more. Described as an "African-style Cirque du Soleil," the show is suitable for all ages. Admission is $4 with your Puget Sound ID, and tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center and

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. 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.

Schedule your personal TIAA-CREF counseling session, Nov. 4 and 6
Andrew Martinez and Tanya Willoughby, consultants with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 4 and 6, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Martinez and Willoughby will help you determine long-term strategies, find the right allocation mix, and develop your own strategies for retirement savings. Individual sessions will be held in Wyatt 326, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule your appointment, call 866.928.4221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or schedule online at Martinez and Willoughby will return to campus for additional sessions Dec. 9 and 10.

In the News

Nancy Bristow, professor of history and author of American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, was quoted at length in a CNBC article about Ebola and the world’s readiness to deal with pandemics. 

Fine Books Collections magazine’s autumn edition quoted Collins Memorial Library Director Jane Carlin in a photo feature about Seattle’s bid to be named a City of Literature by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Lillis Scholar Billy Rathje ’15 wrote a story for USA Today on tips for making it through midterms.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Tuesday, Oct. 21: Fall break (no classes)

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. 20, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.: Hispanic Film Festival: Con la pata quebrada (Barefoot in the Kitchen). Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003

Thursday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Ivan Liachko, UW Department of Genome Science. Thompson 175

Thursday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Acoustic Concert: Kris Orloski, presented by ASUPS Northwest Sounds. Oppenheimer Cafe

Thursday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Friday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.: Percussion Master Class: Evelyn Glennie. Schneebeck Concert Hall

Friday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m.: Music in the Library: Flute, Cello, and Harp Trio. Collins Memorial Library

Friday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m.: 4HI Speaker Series: Ryan Tate ’11, Four Horsemen advisor. McIntyre 103

Friday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Environmental Ethics in Managing Resources in the Asia Pacific, Ravichandran Moorthy, Universitas Kebangsaan Malaysia. Wyatt 109

Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Willamette. Memorial Fieldhouse

Friday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.: Wind Ensemble Performance: Wildflowers for Winds, Gerard Morris, conductor. Schneebeck Concert Hall

Saturday, Oct. 25: Puget Sound Men's Rugby Game. Todd Field

Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.: Puget Sound Book Artist Talk: Tools of the Trade. Library 020

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. Linfield. Baker Stadium

Saturday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Lewis & Clark. Memorial Fieldhouse

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: Jacobsen Recital Series: Romantic Bass Trombone and Friends, featuring guest artist John Rojak. Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $10 faculty/staff

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. Willamette. Baker Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.: Low Brass Master Class: John Rojak. Schneebeck Concert Hall