Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Sept. 15, 2014

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Campus News

Are you prepared for a campus emergency? Lockdown drill, Sept. 16
Security Services will conduct our annual all-campus lockdown drill on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 1:40 p.m. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to watch the Shots Fired training video in preparation, and to review both general campus lockdown procedures and special procedures specific to your area.

Cuban musician Pablo Menendez and his band Mezcla to perform on campus, Sept. 16
Known for their fusion of Cuban jazz, Afro-Cuban rumba, and Cuban rock and son (salsa), Pablo Menendez and his band have been influencing the Caribbean music scene since their formation in 1985. Their performance on campus—the culmination of along and complicated journey—will start at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Schedule your personal TIAA-CREF counseling session, Sept. 16–17
Andrew Martinez and Tanya Willoughby, consultants with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16 and 17, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Martinez and Willoughby will help you determine long-term strategies, find the right allocation mix, and develop your own strategies for retirement savings. Individual sessions will be held in Wyatt 326, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule your appointment, call 866.928.4221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or schedule online at Martinez and Willoughby will return to campus for additional sessions Oct. 14 and 15.

Guest lecture by printmaker Nicole Pietrantoni explores nature, Sept. 17
Collins Memorial Library will host Nicole Pietrantoni, assistant professor of art at Whitman College, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, for an artist talk as part of the Book Power Redux exhibit currently on display in the library. Pietrantoni's piece, "Precipitous," is a collection of five accordion books that expand to create a life-size panorama of the sea. Her talk will begin at 7 p.m., in Library 020.

Economics alumni return to campus for public policy panel, Sept. 18
The Department of Economics will host a Third Thursday Speaker Series guest panel on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in McIntyre 303. "Environmental Public Policy: Puget Sound Alumni Make an Impact" will include guest speakers Jim Cahill ’85, senior budget assistant to the governor, Office of Financial Management, State of Washington; and Ryan Mello ’09, Tacoma city councilman and executive director of the Pierce Conservation District. Refreshments will be provided.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Sept. 18
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are held on Thursdays, at 4 p.m., in Thompson 175. This Thursday, Sept. 18, the series will feature Greg Brennan of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, speaking on gene amplification. For more information visit

Art+Science Salon will feature artists, scientists, scholars, and students, Sept. 18
The first Art+Science Salon—bringing scientists and artists together to discuss ideas—of the year will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at Kittredge Gallery. The event begins at 6 p.m., with presentations at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the free event. The salon will feature speakers, including artist Marita Dingus, professors Dan Burgard (chemistry) and Susan Digby (geography, Olympic College), students Maia Raeder ’15 and Rachel Kalman ’16, and more. For more information contact

Finance office offers budget orientation sessions this fall
The Office of Finance offers budget orientation training to faculty and staff members, including one-on-one, departmental group, or class training. Group training is also offered as part of the Professional Development and Enrichment Conference for Faculty and Staff, sponsored by human resources in January. Trainings may include introduction to the following: the chart of accounts, coding transactions, entering and approving requisitions, utilizing and navigating the PS Financials budget tools, and answering budget-related questions.

Upcoming budget orientations will he held:

  • Sept. 18, 10–11 a.m.
  • Nov. 12, 2–3 p.m.

To participate in a budget orientation, contact Dana Kapla at or x2736.

Scholar Marya Schechtman delivers philosophy conference keynote, Sept. 19
Puget Sound's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18 and 19, on campus. Anchoring the conference will be Marya Schechtman, professor of philosophy at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her guest lecture, "The Moments of a Life: Some Similarities Between Life and Literature," will begin at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. The lecture is free; tickets not required.

Physical Therapy Clinic offers exercise/wellness group for campus community
Would you like to start an exercise program? If so the Puget Sound Onsite Physical Therapy Clinic has an exercise/wellness group designed to help! The group will meet once a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Meetings will run for seven weeks, from October to mid-November. The cost for participating is $20.

Participants will work with student physical therapists, who will design an individualized exercise program to help improve or maintain general fitness, including flexibility, strength, and endurance. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who have never exercised, those who have exercised in the past but have lost their motivation, those who are interested in exercising for weight management, or those who would simply like to learn more about safe exercise. 

If you would like an application or more information, please contact the clinic at x3281 or send an email message to

Race and Pedagogy National Conference includes both fall Pierce and Swope lectures
Puget Sound will host the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference on campus Sept. 25–27. Keynote addresses will delivered by scholars, activists, and educators Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Winona LaDuke. The lectures by Gates and LaDuke will double as this semester's Pierce Lecture in the Arts and Public Affairs and Swope Lecture on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values, respectively. The lectures are both free for faculty and staff members, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or


Associate Professor of Anthropology Andrew Gardner and Ali Alshawi, assistant professor of anthropology at Qatar University, just published their cowritten paper titled "Tribalism, Identity, and Citizenship in Contemporary Qatar" in the journal Anthropology of the Middle East

In the News

Max Mirande ’15, a Logger linebacker, was profiled, with two photos, in a front-sports-page football season preview by The News Tribune.

Andreas Udbye, visiting assistant professor of business and leadership, wrote a letter to The News Tribune defending free trade, in reaction to a story that blamed globalization for U.S. wage stagnation. 

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 Sept. 27: Exhibits: They Still Hold Us, Marita Dingus; 3,000 Miles From Home, Sarah Gilbert. Kittredge Gallery

Through Oct. 15: Exhibit: Book Power Redux. Collins Memorial Library

Through Nov. 28: Exhibit: Brandywine Workshop: Prints From Six Contemporary Artists. Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Representations of Native American in Polish Literature, Dirk Uffelmann. Wyatt 109

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m.: Behind the Archives Door: The Book in Society: An Introduction to Print Culture, Solveig Robinson. Archives and Special Collections, Library, Second Floor

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Performance: What Keeps Us Apart?, Pablo Menendez and His Band Mezcla. Schneebeck Concert Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.: Daedalus Dinner and Lecture, Brendan Lanctot, Hispanic studies. Murray Boardroom, WSC. Reservations required

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.: Artist Talk: Exploring Landscape, Nature, and the Power of Prints and Artists' Books, Nicole Pietrantoni. Library 020

Thursday, Sept. 18–Friday, Sept. 19: Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m.: PS Financials Budget Orientation. Howarth 005

Thursday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.: Third Thursday Speaker Series: Environmental Public Policy: Puget Sound Alumni Make an Impact. McIntyre 303

Thursday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Greg Brennan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Thompson 175

Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.: Art+Sci Salon: Re-Purposed. Kittredge Gallery

Friday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.: Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Keynote Address, Marya Schechtman, University of Illinois at Chicago. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitman, Memorial Fieldhouse

Friday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Performance: Faculty/Student Collage. Schneebeck Concert Hall

Saturday, Sept. 20, noon: Women's Soccer vs. Linfield. East Athletic Field

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m.: Improving the Diversity of Representation on Wikipedia. Library 118

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2:30 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. Pacific. East Athletic Field

Saturday, Sept. 20, 5 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitworth, Memorial Fieldhouse

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. George Fox. East Athletic Field