Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 8, 2012

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Cuban Cultural Festival events on campus all week long
From Monday, Oct. 8 to Thursday, Oct. 11, Puget Sound will host visiting members of Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur (Concert Chamber Orchestra of the South) as part of the Cuban Cultural Festival, a collaboration between the university and Northwest Sinfonietta. The talented musicians from Tacoma’s sister city Cienfuegos, Cuba, will present workshops and perform in a free concert on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The ensemble repertoire runs from Baroque to Renaissance to contemporary music, with an emphasis on preserving authentic Cuban music. The festival overall runs through Saturday, Oct. 13, and includes events with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Puget Sound, and University of Washington Tacoma.

Event highlights include:

  • Violin Master Class, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.
  • Cello Master Class, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.
  • Cuban Popular Music, Oct. 9, noon
  • Cuban Reality During the Last 10 Years of the 20th Century as Seen Through the Writing of Abilio Estévez, Oct. 10, 4 p.m.
  • Cuban Music for Piano, Oct. 10, 5:15 p.m.
  • The Founding of “El Mónolog en Cuba,” Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
  • Cuban and Classical Music, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Honors Program fall 2012 film series opens Oct. 9 with The Legend of 1900
The Honors Program fall film series, "Don't Leave Me Here Alone," will feature five films exploring death and obsession—from people whose obsession with their "means of living" leads to their death, to people who become obsessed with the dead to the point where they themselves no longer know how to live. Films will be shown Tuesdays at 7 p.m., in Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, unless noted otherwise, and include:

  • Oct. 9: The Legend of 1900 (1998) dir. Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Oct. 23: The Red Shoes (1948) dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  • Oct. 30: Rebecca (1940) dir. Alfred Hitchcock (Wyatt 101)
  • Nov. 6: Is Anybody There? (2008) dir. John Crowley
  • Nov. 13: Up (2009) from Pixar

Without Fear or Favor: Documentary on artist Ai Weiwei, Oct. 10
Screen Without Fear or Favor, a BBC documentary about Ai Weiwei, architect, photographer, curator, and blogger—and China's most famous and politically outspoken contemporary artist. Alan Yentob explores the story of Weiwei's life and art, and reveals how this most courageous and determined of artists continues to fight for artistic freedom of expression while living under the restrictive shadows of authoritarian rule.

The screening will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Wyatt 109. The film will begin at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a discussion led by Zaixin Hong, professor of art.

String Orchestra concert to feature music of Bach, Takemitsu, and more, Oct. 10
In his first appearance with Puget Sound's String Orchestra, conductor Huw Edwards will treat the public to a colorful program of modern British and Japanese masterworks, mixed with classical Bach and Mozart. With Strings Attached, a free performance in Schneebeck Concert Hall, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are not required and everyone is welcome. The evening, featuring students from the School of Music, will also spotlight faculty soloists Maria Sampen and Timothy Christie on violin.

Prof. Janet Marcavage the featured speaker for Daedalus Dinner, reservations due Oct. 25
The second Daedalus Dinner of the fall will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Janet Marcavage, associate professor of art, will discuss the construction of imagery and meaning in her current body of work, drawing connections to influences from the history of printmaking.

Established in the 1970s, 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. Four times each year, the Puget Sound Daedalus Society sponsors an evening of scholarship, debate, and dinner. 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, first-come, first-served, and must be made by Thursday, Oct. 25. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Budget Task Force calls for 2013–14 budget feedback by Nov. 15
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2013–14 by writing to the Budget Task Force (BTF) c/o Lori Johnson, CMB 1083 or, no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. The BTF will submit its budget recommendation to President Thomas before winter break, and members will present their recommendations to the campus community in January. The campus community will be invited to provide feedback on the recommendation before the president presents his recommendations to the board of trustees for approval at its February meeting.

Puget Sound has long embraced a participatory budget process. Chaired by the academic vice president and including students, faculty and staff members, and the chief financial officer, the BTF is charged with recommending to the president a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year that responds to Puget Sound's mission and strategic plan and the economic landscape. This important work is informed by the perspective of the president, presentations from various campus leaders, market and economic conditions, and the analysis of data. The recommended budget will address tuition and financial aid levels, investment and gift support, faculty and staff compensation pools, maintenance of facilities, and program support.

Learn more about the budget process at Puget Sound, or view an overview of the current university budget.


Throughout the fall semester, Puget Sound’s Faculty Club will feature the photography of Sharon Styer, program assistant in  community music. The images include 12 metal prints from Styer’s Nightwatchman show, funded by a Tacoma Artists Initiative Program grant.

In the News

The News Tribune ran a front-page photo story about the Cuban Cultural Festival, sponsored by Northwest Sinfonietta and Puget Sound, which includes performances, master classes, and lectures at Puget Sound. The article quoted Monica DeHart, director of Latin American studies, and ran a box about events on campus. The story also ran in Bellingham Herald, and ran a photo story.

The Seattle Times and Redmond Reporter ran stories mentioning Puget Sound as a partner of the Seattle Latino Film Festival, and as the presenter of a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mirta Ojito.

South Sound magazine ran a short news item, including a photo of Jones Hall, about Puget Sound’s entry into the book Colleges That Change Lives. (No link available.)

The Tacoma Mama blog ran a story about the Race and Pedagogy Initiative's Race, Education, and Criminal Justice Conference, including an interview with keynote speaker Ericka Huggins.

Wine Enthusiast magazine of New York, and the Wine Searcher blog ran photo stories about the Nederburg Wine Auction in South Africa, focusing on the keynote speech by Mike Veseth ’72, professor of international political economy.

Sign up to receive "In the News," a weekly digest of Puget Sound press coverage, by contacting our media relations office at or x2611.

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series talk Oct. 9

Assistant Professor Siddharth Ramakrishnan, neuroscience, will deliver "Neural Swatches: Patterns of Activitiy Underlying Different Behaviors (Snail Tales)" as part of the Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series. The talk will begin at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Thompson Hall, Room 175. A "happy half-hour" of conversation, snacks, and beverages will begin at 5 p.m.

Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit

Can't-miss events

Through Saturday, Nov. 3: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Jessica Bender (Large Gallery), Kittredge Gallery

Monday, Oct. 8: Cuban Cultural Festival: Violin Master Class, Music L1, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Cuban Cultural Festival: Cello Master Class, Music L6, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Cuban Cultural Festival: Cuban Popular Music, Tamara de la Caridad Codorniu Delgado, Music L6, noon

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: Neural Swatches: Patterns of Activity Underlying Different Behaviors (Snail Tales), Siddharth Ramakrishnan, neuroscience, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Christianity as Personal and Political Transformation with Marcus Borg, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Honors Program Film Series: The Legend of 1900 (1998), Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: IPE Brown Bag Series: Annie Bigalke, Wheelock 101, noon

Wednesday, Oct. 10: A Visit With Bill and Vicky Stewart of Vamp & Tramp, McCormick Room, Collins Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Cuban Cultural Festival: Cuban Reality During the Last 10 Years of the 20th Century as Seen Through the Writing of Abilio Estevez, Indria Rodriguez Ruiz, Wyatt 101, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Cuban Cultural Festival: Cuban Music for Piano, Vivian Rodriguez Sanchez, Music 106, 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Film Screening: Voices From Mariel (2011), Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Cuban Cultural Festival: The Founding of "El Monolog en Cuba," Miguel Rafael Canellas Suerias, Murray Board Room, WSC, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Documentary Film: Without Fear or Favor, Wyatt 109, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: With Strings Attached: String Orchestra concert, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 11: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Dan Burgard, chemistry, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 11: Cuban Cultural Festival: Cuban and Classical Music, Orquesta de Camara Concierto Sur, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12–Saturday, Oct. 13: Northwest Honor Choir Festival

Saturday, Oct. 13: Northwest Honor Choir Festival Concert, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 4 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door

Saturday, Oct. 13: Women's Soccer vs. Whitworth, East Athletic Field, noon

Saturday, Oct. 13: Men's Soccer vs. Whitworth, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14: Women's Soccer vs. Whitman, East Athletic Field, noon

Sunday, Oct. 14: Men's Soccer vs. Whitman, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 15–Tuesday, Oct. 16: Fall break (no classes)