Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 12, 2011

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Campus News

Rabbi Steven Greenberg to discuss being openly gay Orthodox Jew, Sept. 13
This fall's Swope Endowed Lecture on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values will feature Steven Greenberg, an openly gay Orthodox rabbi. The talk, "Wrestling With God and Men: Constructing a Queer Orthodox Faith," will begin at 7 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Contact Wheelock Info Center or obstain tickets online.

Benefits Task Force open forum Sept. 13
Faculty and staff members are invited to an open forum of the Benefits Task Force. The forum will begin with a review of BenTF's summer activities and next steps in support of developing an education benefits recommendation for Puget Sound. The goal of the forum is to hear faculty and staff feedback regarding an education benefits recommendation that is predictable for families and sustainable in the context of the university's benefits budget. The campus community will have another opportunity to provide feedback through a survey planned for October. The open forum will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Trimble Forum, at 4 p.m.

Guest lecturer Joanna Rostek to explore the London terrorist attack of 7/7, Sept. 15
On Thursday, Sept. 15, Joanna Rostek, professor of British literature and culture at University of Passau will give a talk as part of the Puget Sound/Passau 2011 faculty exchange. Sponored by the Humanities Program and the Departments of English and Foreign Languages and Literature, the talk will explore how contemporary playwrights Robin Soans and Simon Stephens draw on documentary and factual theater to recreate the contorted psychology of the city of London leading up to the terrorist attack of July 2005, often referred to as "the attack of 7/7." "Responses to Terrorism in Contemporary British Theatre" will begin at 4 p.m. in Wyatt 108.

Prof Seth Weinberger to deliver Constitution Day lecture, Sept. 19
Each year Student Financial Services hosts a Constitution Day event to help fulfill financial aid requirements. This year the event will brown-bag lunch session with Associate Professor of Politics and Government Seth Weinberger. Weinberger will deliver his lecture, "How to Kill an American: Civil Liberties, the War on Terror, and the Case of Anwar al-Awlaki." Join SFS and Weinberger in Trimble Forum, Monday, Sept. 19, at noon.

Student launches Kids 4 Music program, looking for instruments, musicians
Gavin Beaudry ’12, with the help and connections of the Community Involvement and Action Center, has created a music tutoring and band after-school program for kids at McCarver Elementary School. Completely free for the children, the program will begin in October two days a week—one day will be private tutoring, the other will be a full band rehearsal. All instruments being used have been donated, along with the time and talents of the tutors and band instructor. If you have an instrument you'd like to donate, or if you'd like to get involved, contact Beaudry at

"TEAM BIO" crowned Commute-a-thon champions
Congratulations to faculty and staff members Amy Ryken, Gary Shugart, Michal Morrison-Kerr, Peter Wimberger, and student assistants Cony Craighead ’12 and Rico Vidales ’12 for winning first place in the Puget Sound Summer Commute-a-thon! Throughout the nine-week campaign, five teams competed for a chance to win Cafe coupons, iTunes gift cards, or the grand prize—dinner for the team at Stanley & Seaforts. Teams earned points by using alternative commute options such as walking or biking, attending commuting seminars, or blogging about their commutes. Visit the Commute-a-thon blog to learn more. Loggers live green!

Annual Fall Staff Conversation set for Sept. 22
President Ron Thomas will host the annual Fall Staff Conversation on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The topic of the conversation is "looking ahead," and will involve a discussion of Defining Moments, Puget Sound's 10-year strategic plan. All staff members are invited to download and review the summary of our achievements over the last five years, provided by Thomas, prior to the conversation. The president hopes the conversation will provide:

  • a shared sense of accomplishment, and of where we are relative to the aspirations expressed in the strategic plan;
  • an opportunity to consider how changes in recent years should affect and refocus our planning and work together; and
  • a forum to put on the table questions we will need to address, choices we will need to make, and principles for doing so.


Lisa Johnson, associate professor of business and leadership, was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Bar Examiners for the Washington State Bar. The appointment was made by the Board of Governors. It's a four-year appointment.

Community Music Program Assistant Sharon Styer had a photograph selected for the Ninth Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Tacoma Community Music. The show opens at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College and runs through Oct. 21.

In the News

Logger football player Adam Kniffin ’12 was spotlighted in a News Tribune sports page feature, which also quoted Coach Jeff Thomas.

The Boston Globe quoted Donn Marshall, associate dean of students, in a story about a student's recent suicide at MIT. Daily Oklahoman re-ran the story.

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

Research symposium Sept. 13

The Fourth Annual Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Symposium will be held Tuesday, 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 research in poster format and talk with attendees about their work.

Daedalus Dinner reservations due Sept. 14

The first Daedalus Dinner of the fall will take place Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. in Rasmussen Rotunda. Music faculty members and members of Puget Sound Piano Trio Maria Sampen, David Requiro, and Duane Hulbert will discuss the resurgence of the tango in recent years and perform tangos by Isaac Albeniz and Astor Piazzolla. Reservations, $15, are due Wednesday, Sept. 14. For more information or to make your reservation, call x3207.

Can't-miss events

Through Friday, Oct. 14: William Morris and the Art of the Book: The Private Library of Jack Walsdorf, Collins Memorial Library

Through Nov. 5: Show and Tell: Art Department Faculty 2011 , Kittredge Gallery

Tuesday, Sept. 13: Blood Drive Signup, Wheelock Student Center, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Symposium, Collins Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13: Swope Lecture: Wrestling With God and Men: Constructing a Queer Orthodox Faith, Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Tickets required, free; available online or at Wheelock Information Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: Annual Fall Civic Engagement Fair, Marshall Hall, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14–Thursday, Sept. 15: Blood Drive, outside Diversions Cafe, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 15: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: NMR as a Tool to Study Protein Structure and Dynamics, Andrew Hinck ’87, University of Texas Health Science Center, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 15: Responses to Terrorism in Contemporary British Theatre, Joanna Rostek, University of Passau, Wyatt 108

Thursday, Sept. 15: ASK Night, Wheelock Student Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16: Volleyball vs. Lewis & Clark, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16: Collage! School of Music Faculty and Student Showcase Concert, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16–Saturday, Sept. 17: Homecoming and Family Weekend

Saturday, Sept. 17: Women's Soccer vs. Willamette, East Field, noon

Saturday, Sept. 17: Football vs. Sewanee, Baker Stadium, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17: Men's Soccer vs. Willamette, East Field, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17: Volleyball vs. Linfield, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 19: Constitution Day Lecture: How to Kill an American: Civil Liberties, the War on Terror, and the Case of Anwar al-Awlaki, Seth Weinberger, politics and government, Trimble Forum, noon

Thursday, Sept. 22: Fall Staff Conversation, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m.