Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 7, 2013

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Puget Sound to host three Tacoma Film Festival screenings, $2 admission with campus ID, Oct. 7
Through the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, Puget Sound is partnering with The Grand Cinema to host three film sessions as part of the Tacoma Film Festival. On Monday, Oct. 7, screenings will be held in the Kilworth Lounge at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Admission for campus members with a Puget Sound ID is only $2 per screening. Themes in the films being screened relate to a wide range of work happening on campus around issues of diversity, inclusion, identity, sustainability and environmental impact, and social justice.

New shows at Kittredge Gallery feature multipanel prints and recycled sculpture
In the Large Gallery is a body of work by printmaker Randy Bolton, who uses imagery from mass media and popular sources that he then alters and recombines through a collage-like process. On view in the Small Gallery is new work by Tacoma sculptor Holly A. Senn, who is known for her sculptures and installations created from discarded library books. A public reception for these exhibitions will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the gallery. This reception is free and open to the public; Holly A. Senn will be in attendance.

Prof. Rachel DeMotts to deliver Magee Address, Oct. 8
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Mellon Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Politics Rachel DeMotts will deliver the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address. Her talk, "The Elephants of Our Imagination," will begin at 4:30 p.m., in Trimble Forum, and will explore our perceptions of elephants. The Magee Address was established in honor of John B. Magee, professor of philosophy and religion, and a driving force in establishing a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Puget Sound.

Hispanic Film Festival brings filmmaker Leon Ichaso to campus for public talk, Oct. 10
Dubbed the “Scorcese of Salseros” by The New York Times, Cuban-American filmmaker Leon Ichaso has created works for Hollywood and television, ranging from comedies to biopics to drama. On Thursday, Oct. 10, he will be on campus to deliver a free public talk, "Leon Ichaso: A Life in Film," beginning at 4 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Prior to the talk, attend a screening of Ichaso's 2009 film Paraiso, followed by a Q&A with the director, on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., in McIntyre 103. Both events are free.

Seattle artist Carletta Carrington Wilson to discuss her work at the library, Oct. 10
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is an exhibition of some 200 handmade artists' books and single-sheet broadsides created by artist Baeu Beausoleil and scholar Sarah Bodman in response to the March 5, 2007, carbomb that exploded on Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad's literary and intellectual center. As part of the exhibit, artist and poet Carletta Carrington Wilson will be on hand Thursday, Oct. 10, to discuss her work books of the bound. Her talk will be held in the McCormick Room, from 4 to 5 p.m.

The traveling show on display in Collins Memorial Library includes more than 50 works from the original collection, and will be open through Oct. 31.

Guest violinist Frank Huang comes to Puget Sound for String Festival concerts, Oct. 12 and 13
Renowned violinist and teacher Frank Huang will be the guest artist for this weekend's String Festival, an intensive, two-day workshop for high school musicians from around the region. The festival will feature small group and chamber music sessions, as well as master classes with Huang and Puget Sound string faculty members. Part of the university's Jacobsen Series, the festival includes two public concerts. The main performance will be Saturday night, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, featuring Huang and members of the School of Music faculty. On Sunday the String Festival will culminate in a free concert in Schneebeck Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., featuring the festival participants. Tickets for Saturday's concert are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available at Wheelock Info Center or

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 ability 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.

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.

Code of Conduct refresher
As members of the Puget Sound community, all students; faculty, staff, and board members; and university officers and affiliates are responsible for sustaining the highest ethical standards of this institution and of the broader community in which we function. The beginning of each academic year is the perfect time for members of the campus community to reacquaint themselves with the university Code of Conduct.

If you have concerns about the code or to report possible violations, please call the Compliance Helpline at 866.943.5787.


Professor of Math and Computer Science Rob Beezer received a $5,000 unsolicited Flash Grant from the Shuttleworth Foundation for work on an authoring system supporting scholarly documents with open licenses.

Congratulations to Logger swimming coach Chris Myhre, who earned the 300th combined win of his career with wins by both the men's and women's swim teams over the weekend. To the heights!

Welcome to our newest staff members:

  • Melissa Clarke ’83, Community Music Department
  • Sara Inveen, Office of Capital and Planned Giving
  • Lisa Long ’04, M.A.T.'05, Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program
  • Mary Lovette, Facilities Services
  • Sharon Styer, Department of Geology

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

Monday, Oct. 7: Tacoma Film Festival at Puget Sound: Three screenings, Kilworth Lounge, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 8: Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address: The Elephants of Our Imagination, Rchel DeMotts, Mellon Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Politics, politics and government and environmental policy and decision making, Trimble Forum, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Guest Lecture: Dispatches From Fracking's Front Lines: Unconventional Natural Gas Development and the Fate of Gas Field Communities in Pennsylvania, Kai Schafft, Penn State University, Thompson 175, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Kittredge Gallery Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Film Screening: Paraiso (2009) directed by Leon Ichaso, followed by Q&A with the director, McIntyre 103, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Christopher Magirl, U.S. Geological Survey, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10: Guest Lecture: Carletta Carrington Wilson, artist, Collins Memorial Library, Second Floor, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10: Guest Lecture: Leon Ichaso: A Life in Film, Leon Ichaso, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11: Guest Lecture: Rural Education: What is it, Why Does it Matter, and How Can it Help Us to Critically Reimagine Education," Kai Schafft, Penn State University, Howarth 212, 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11: Volleyball vs. Willamette, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11: Symphony Orchestra Concert: Romantic Smorgasbord, Huw Edwards, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Women's Soccer vs. Lewis & Clark, East Athletic Field, noon

Saturday, Oct. 12: Men's Soccer vs. PLU, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Volleyball vs. Pacific (Ore.), Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Jacobsen Series: String Festival Concert featuring Frank Huang, violin, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Sunday, Oct. 13: Women's Soccer vs. Pacific (Ore.), East Athletic Field, noon

Sunday, Oct. 13: String Festival Student/Faculty Concert, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

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