Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Oct. 27, 2014

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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

Learn to can at home with a cooking class and demonstration, Oct. 29
Executive Chef Brian Sullivan and Chef Andrew Reidmueller will host "The Modern Pantry: Canning and Preserving at Home," a cooking class and demo for campus members Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 p.m., in Club Rendezvous, in the lower level of Wheelock Student Center. Sullivan and Reidmueller will share recipes and tricks from Ball's Complete Book of Home Preserving

Slater Museum hosts "Skulls and Skeletons" night for all ages, Oct. 29
Just in time for Halloween, Slater Museum invites you to get familiar with the skeletal side of the museum's collections! This is a free, family-friendly event that will feature museum specimens, hands-on learning, a paleontology dig activity for kids, and special guests from Puget Sound's School of Occupational Therapy. Come get up-close and personal with some skulls and skeletons from around the world. Plus expect a special guest from Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium! Skulls and Skeletons Night begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Slater Museum. 

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Oct. 30 with exploration of electricity
This week's Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminar will begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, in Thompson 175. The talk will feature Professors Amy Spivey, physics, and Amy Fisher, science, technology, and society, discussing, "Sparking Imaginations: An Exhibit on the History and Technology of Electricity and Electrical Power." It's part of a new exhibit of the same name at the library, investigating the student of electricity from the 18th to the 21st centuries and exploring today's "electrical generation" and conservation efforts. Following the talk will be a reception and viewing of the exhibit in the library.

For more information about Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars, visit For information about the Sparking Imaginations exhibit, visit the library or check out the exhibit news release.

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

Neuroscientist Christof Koch to give public talk on consciousness and the brain, Oct. 30
Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science, has spent more than 25 years studying the brain and consciousness. On Thursday, Oct. 30, Koch will be on campus to speak at a lively town hall-style meeting on "Understanding Consciousness by Understanding the Brain." The talk, which will begin at 7 p.m., in Thompson 175, is the first in a series to be offered by the Keck Initiative for NeuroCulture. Admission is free and open to the public.

Spend Halloween with The Phantom of the Opera, Oct. 31
In the mood for a little gothic horror this Halloween? Come to a screening of the classic 1925 black-and-white silent film version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring cinema legend Lon Chaney, in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Professor of Music Duane Hulbert will provide the musical score for the film from a repertoire he created by going through the film scene by scene. Music student Sarah Stone ’15 will accompany some scenes on the chapel’s pipe organ. There will be two screenings of the film: Campus members are encouraged to attend the 6:15 p.m. showing and performance, and the 8 p.m. screening is open to the public. Admission is $10 for faculty and staff members. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center or

Prof. Geoff Proehl directs selections from 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, beginning Oct. 31
Geoff Proehl, professor of theatre arts, will present a sampling of short plays from Parks' theatrical phenomenon 365 Days/365 Plays, in which she created a play a day for an entire year. About 30 of the plays (most are two to three minutes long) will be staged at each performance on campus. 365 Days/365 Plays, with scene design by Kurt Walls, with costume design by Mishka Navarre and lighting design by Richard Moore, will be performed in Norton Clapp Theatre in Jones Hall, running Friday–Saturday, Oct. 31–Nov. 1, and Thursday–Friday, Nov. 6–7, at 7:30 p.m.; and on Saturday Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff members; available at Wheelock Info Center and

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. Due to the event's success, 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.

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. 

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.


Professor of Psychology Mark Reinitz created a demonstration for the exhibit Memory: Past Meets Present at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The exhibit focuses on visual memory, and the demonstration requires people to try to identify faces that that have seen. The exhibit is on display in the Portal to Current Research through Feb. 16, 2015.

In the News

Terry Beck, professor of education, offered several tips about how to get boys to read more books in a Los Angeles Times supplement called “Parent Reading Guide.” 

Matt Hudgins ’15 wrote a piece on the “Worst Thing You Can Do in Your Internship” for an intern-matching site.

Jenny Rickard, vice president for enrollment, was quoted about the benefits of attending a smaller college in a Seattle Times college education supplement.

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 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, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.: Panel: Unlocking Innovations, BLP-sponsored panel discussion with speakers from Google, Hitachi Consulting, Boeing, and MonkeyPad Enterprises. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.: Honors Program Film Series: Shakespeare for a Modern World: Much Ado About Nothing. Wyatt 109

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Cirque Zuma Zuma. Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $10 general

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Dinner + Discussion: Robots + Artificial Life. Kilworth Memorial Chapel, Lower Level

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m.: Cooking Demo: Canning and Preserving at Home. Club Rendezvous, WSC

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m.: Skulls and Skeletons Night at the Museum. Slater Museum

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.: Hispanic Film Festival: La Yuma. Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Writing in Cuba in the 21st Century, Leonardo Padura. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Lecture in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Amy Spivey (physics) and Amy Fisher (science, technology, and society). Thompson 175. Followed by a reception and exhibit viewing in Collins Memorial Library at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30 p.m.: Career Fair. Marshall Hall, WSC

Thursday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m.: Tacoma College Fair. Memorial Fieldhouse

Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.: Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address: No Subject, Ronald R. Thomas, president. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Tickets are free by required.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Understanding Consciousness by Understanding the Brain, Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science. Thompson 175

Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Doom & Gloom: A Fall Musical Theater Review, presented by Curtain Call. Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003

Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.: Workshop: Fundamentals of African Rhythm, Chris Berry. Music L6

Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club Pool Session. Wallace Pool

Friday, Oct. 31–Saturday, Nov. 1: Northwest Honor Choir Festival

Friday, Oct. 31, 6:15 p.m.: Jacobsen Series: The Phantom of the Opera. Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $10 faculty/staff. Additional (public) performance: 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Pacific (Ore.). Memorial Fieldhouse

Friday, Oct. 31–Saturday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.: Performance: 365 Days/365 Plays, directed by Geoff Proehl. Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Saturday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m.: Football vs. PLU. Baker Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m.: Northwest Honor Choir Concert. Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $8 available only at the door

Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. George Fox. Memorial Fieldhouse

Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.: Music Guest: Blue Scholars. Marshall Hall, WSC. Tickets: $12, limit one ticket per PS ID