Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 10, 2012

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Guest lecture by Prof. Karsten Fitz, University of Passau, Sept. 12
Professor Karsten Fitz, chair of the American Studies Program at University of Passau, will be in residence with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature through the first week in October. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Fitz will offer a presentation open to the campus community. The lecture, “German ‘Indianthusiasm’ Reconsidered: The ‘Noble Savage’ in the Popular German Imagination,” will begin at 4 p.m., in Wyatt 109, and will explore the long tradition enjoyed by Native Americans in German popular culture, including literature and film.

Skyscrapers and Shadows exhibition presentation, Sept. 12
The husband and wife team of Andrew Gardner, associate professor of comparative sociology, and Kim Giordano, a Tacoma-based photographer and artist, have created a cross-disciplinary and blurred-genre exhibition that explores the lives of transnational labor migrants in the petroleum-rich states of the Arabian Peninsula, now on display at Collins Memorial Library. The exhibit includes numerous materials, such as migration narratives, portraits, and fieldwork notes, collected mainly during their two-year residence in Qatar between 2008 and 2010. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Gardner and Giordano will give a free presentation about the exhibit in Library 020, beginning at 6 p.m., and followed by a Q&A and conversation. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30.

Ski Level to Sea Level: Sound Policy Institute offers two weekend courses beginning Friday, Sept. 14
Ski Level to Sea Level: Understanding Environmental Issues in Our Watersheds is a series of educational excursions and presentations presented over two September weekends to teach campus and community members about protecting the natural beauty of the Puget Sound region. The courses, running Sept. 14–16 and Sept. 28–30, include visits to Mount Rainier, Alder and Mud Mountain dams, and Eatonville rain gardens; a boat tour of Commencement Bay; a tour of a wood products mill; and talks by environmental leaders. Participate in one or both weekends. Cost is $45/weekend. Space is limited. Check out the news release for course descriptions and additional information.

First Jacobsen Series concert features composer William Walton, Sept. 14
Nine months into the 110th year since William Walton’s birth, Puget Sound is celebrating the controversial English composer with a Jacobsen Series concert titled Featuring William Walton: The Man Behind the Façade. The public concert will be Friday, Sept. 14, starting at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, and will juxtapose two Walton compositions that show the opposing sides of his musical talent—from the levity of the avant-garde showman, to the depth of the technical master. An unusual collection of 10 individual instruments and a single voice will present the two works. Artists for the concert include Timothy Christie, violin; Karla Flygare, flute; Gunnar Folsom, percussion; Erin Happenny ’13, piccolo; Gerard Morris, conductor; Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Dawn Padula, mezzo soprano; Joyce A. Ramée, viola; David Requiro, cello; Maria Sampen, violin; Judson Scott, trumpet; and Fred Winkler, saxophone.

Community Music Department offers classes for adults and children
This fall community music will offer a wide array of individual private music lessons, musical theater, group piano classes for adults and children, and more. Follow the course registration form links for more information and registration instructions: Fall Musical Theater Class (deadline: Sept. 14), Beginning Piano Group Classes for Children (deadline: Sept. 17), and Beginning Adult Piano Class (deadline: Sept. 25).

Fall semester safety reminders
As the campus community settles in to fall routines, here are a few important safety reminders and crime prevention tips:

  • Review university emergency response plans at
  • Familiarize yourself with your work area. Know the location of your building exits and the designated building gathering area. Know how to activate the building fire alarm. Keep your keys available for quick unlocking or locking of rooms or areas.
  • Never leave your work area unattended and unsecured. Keep personal and university property safeguarded to prevent theft.
  • Keep your vehicle locked and remove valuables when unoccupied. Car alarms and steering-wheel locking devices are good theft deterrents.
  • If you ride a bicycle, the use of a U-bolt style lock is highly recommended. Secure bicycles through the frame and remove expensive accessories.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and walk with others when possible. Contact Security Services if you would like to be escorted on or near campus (day or night). 

Remember to always immediately report suspicious or unusual activity to Security Services. Security staff members are available 24 hours a day. Call x3311 (or 253.879.3311 from an off-campus or cell phone). Let’s work together to keep our campus safe!


Senior wide receiver Adam Kniffin ’13 set yet another Puget Sound receiving record in Saturday's Logger football game versus Chapman University (Calif.). With Saturday's 267-yard record-breaking performance, Kniffin now owns eight of the nine school records in the receiving category and is just shy of the final record. He now has 2,264 career receiving yards. Congratulations, Adam!

In the News

Biblio Buffet blog named Collins Memorial Library as one of the participants in an international bookmark exhibit being held at a British university. Library staff members designed a bookmark representing the theme “Reading: Your Window to the World.”  Bookmarks will be displayed at Collins in mid-September.

Associate Professor of English Priti Joshi was quoted in a CNN feature about modern-day betrayal and how betrayal and forgiveness play out in literature, such as in Dickens’ David Copperfield.

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Fall 2012 Emergency Drill. Wednesday, Sept. 12

Puget Sound will conduct a campuswide evacuation drill for all campus buildings Wednesday, Sept. 12, 11:40–11:55 a.m. Departments are required to practice evacuating department work areas and classrooms, gathering in designated building gathering areas, and conducting person accountability procedures. Not sure what your area’s evacuation procedures are? Check with your department head and brush up on university procedures at

Humanities summer research symposium, Sept. 13

The Fifth Annual Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Symposium will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in Collins Memorial Library. The symposium is an informal, drop-in event with light refreshments, offering students an opportunity to present their summer research and talk with attendees about their work.

Can't-miss events

Through Saturday, Sept. 22: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Susan Seubert (Small Gallery), Kittredge Gallery

Through Sunday, Sept. 30: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Skyscrapers and Shadows: Labor and Migration in Doha, Qatar, Kristin Giordano and Andrew Gardner

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

Wednesday, Sept. 12: German ‘Indianthusiasm’ Reconsidered: The ‘Noble Savage’ in the Popular German Imagination, guest lecture by Karsten Fitz, University of Passau, Wyatt 109, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 12: Skyscrapers and Shadows: Labor and Migration in Doha, Qatar, Exhibit Presentation, Kristin Giordano and Andrew Gardner, Library 020, 6 p.m. Followed by Q&A.

Thursday, Sept. 13: Fifth Annual Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Symposium, Collins Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 13: Women's Soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran University, East Athletic Field, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 13: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Freshwater Biodiversity Provides New Insights for Public Health, Nathaniel Hitt, USGS Leetown Science Center, Thompson 175. 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 13: Backpacks of Hope Kickoff Event, Trimble Forum, 7 p.m. Learn how to get involved with Backpacks of Hope and the Backpack Program at St. Leo Food Connection, which provides food to Tacoma children. More info:

Thursday, Sept. 13: The Mind and the World, A Buddhist Film Series: Amongst White Clouds, McIntyre 103, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14–Sunday, Sept. 16: Ski Level to Sea Level: A class for campus and community members

Saturday, Sept. 15: Women's Soccer vs. George Fox, East Athletic Field, noon

Saturday, Sept. 15: Men's Soccer vs. Pacific (Ore.), East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16: Men's Soccer vs. George Fox, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.