Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 16, 2013

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Yearlong Caribbean Writer Series begins tonight
Author Tiphanie Yanique opens the series The Caribbean Writer: Identity, Immigration, and Art, presented by the African American Studies Program, with a free, public talk Monday, Sept. 16. The talk, "Those Who Wait for Us," will take place in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The series features writers from Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands—areas that have each had unique encounters with colonialism, slavery, tourism, and multiculturalism. Upcoming speakers include performance artist and poet Janelle Gordon ’05 in October, and poet and educator Gregory Wilson in November.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz will deliver fall Pierce Lecture Sept. 17
Best known for his short story collections Drown and This is How You Lose Her (a New York Times best-seller and National Book Award finalist), and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Domincan-American author Junot Díaz will deliver the fall Pierce Lecture in Public Affairs and the Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission to the lecture is free for faculty and staff members. Complimentary tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center or

Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Sept. 17 with discussion on movement
The Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, Sept. 17, with Kwame Brown, founder of Move Theory, a consulting and educational service that offers playful, practical infrastructure, programming, and training to solve childhood and adolescent inactivity.  Brown's talk, "Playful, Practical, Community-level Solutions for Youth and Teen Inactivity," will begin at 4 p.m., in Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003. After the talk enjoy conversation and light refreshments. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit

Website redesign previews and CMS overview sessions continue this week
As part of Puget Sound's branding initiative, the university website is being redesigned to help us better tell the Puget Sound story. The new design is scheduled to go live later this fall, but you can get a preview now! A second redesign preview will be held in Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre Hall, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 10–11 a.m.

As work on the redesign moves forward, updates continue to be made to content on the current site. If you're a CMS user or have a new staff member in your area who needs training on the CMS, several sessions are scheduled for September. All sessions will be held in the human resources conference room, in Howarth Hall.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 3–4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 20, 10–11:30 am.

If you have questions about the website redesign or CMS overview sessions, contact Web Manager Barbara Weist at

Washington Supreme Court to hear cases, host discussion on campus, Sept. 18–19
The state's highest court will hold public hearings of three cases on campus Thursday, Sept. 19. The cases are being heard at Puget Sound as part of the "traveling court" initiative, which offers the community an opportunity to observe the justice system in action. The hearings will be held in two sessions in Schneebeck Concert Hall: Session 1 (9–11:45 a.m.) and Session II (1:30–2:30 p.m.). In addition to the hearings, several of the justices will participate in a panel discussion on "Legal Issues in Diversity" on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets to the panel discussion are free, but required, and are available at Wheelock Info Center or online at

Art+Science Salon combines music, science, and technology, Sept. 19
Thursday's Art+Science Salon will showcase two pioneering musical groups who use science and technology to create or inspire their music. Cellist David Balatero, composer and musician Marcin Paczkowski, and saxophonist Ivan Arteaga will perform. The show will include music that is computer-performed, or created via machine learning, and that is produced by both analog and digital devices. The evening also will include an informal panel of musicians and Puget Sound professors who will chat with the audience about music, science, and technology.

The salon will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., in Kittredge Gallery. All are welcome to attend. For more information about the Art+Science series, visit

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues Sept. 19
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, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, Sept. 19, the presentation will feature Penny Rowe, from University of Idaho, discussing "Retrievals of polar cloud properties from infrared radiance spectra."For more information visit

Vamp & Tramp Books "Show 'n' Tell" back by popular demand, Sept. 19
Bill and Vicky Stewart, co-owners of Vamp & Tramp, will be back on campus Thursday, Sept. 19, to showcase their innovative and inspirational artists' books. The Stewarts represent more than 150 contemporary book artists, and visit the Pacific Northwest each year to share the latest additions to their inventory. See the works in Collins Memorial Library, from 3 to 4 p.m., Sept. 19.

Finisterra Piano Trio opens Jacobsen Concert Series, Sept. 20
The public concert by the Seattle trio, Invitation to the Dance, will be Friday, Sept. 20, starting at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Trio members include Professor of Music Tanya Stambuk, piano; Brittany Boulding, violin; and Kevin Krentz, cello. Known for its keen interpretive work, the ensemble breathes old-world vitality into modern works, the standard repertoire, and some imaginative, lesser-known works. Friday's concert will include works by Piazolla, Ravel, Schoenfield, and Turina. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available at Wheelock Info Center or

Ronstadt family to perform at Puget Sound, Sept. 20
America’s "first family of Southwest Americana music," Ronstadt Generations, will perform this Friday, Sept. 20, at Kilworth Memorial Chapel, at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $4 with a Puget Sound ID. Steeped in family music traditions dating to the 1840s, when his great-grandfather emigrated from Germany and settled in the Southwest, Michael J. Ronstadt—younger brother of renowned singer Linda Ronstadt—and family members Michael G. and Petie Ronstadt now carry on the family musical legacy with Ronstadt Generations.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit "Pedaling for Parkinson's, an on-site rehab program at the Pearl Street YMCA, in honor of multi-Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt, who announced recently that her singing career was ending due to Parkinson’s disease. Presented by ASUPS Cultural Events.

Kindermusik classes open to faculty and staff families
Fall Kindermusik classes, offered by the Community Music Department, introduce young children to music through four different, age-appropriate courses, including "Wiggles and Giggles" (ages 18 mo.–3 years), "See What I Saw" (ages 3–4), and various sections of "Kindermusik for the Young Child" for ages 4–6 and 5–7. Download and complete the registration form or contact community music at x3575 for more information. The registration deadline is Sept. 20.

Race and Pedagogy Staff Book Club kicks off Sept. 25
This fall the Race and Pedagogy Staff Book Club will read 35 Dumb Things Well-intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap. Discussions will be held once a month in Murray Board Room, WSC, from noon to 1:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 25. Please read to page 25 for this first meeting. At the end of the semester, books will be collected to be reused by others at Puget Sound. For more information about the book club or to volunteer to facilitate a discussion, contact Sharon Chambers-Gordon at

Library to host Rocking Chair Room Story Hour throughout the fall
Collins Memorial Library will host Rocking Chair Room Story Hour for the campus community and our neighbors once a month throughout the fall. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes, and includes a song or short activitiy, followed by a family-friendly craft. The first story hour of the fall, "It's All About Sandwiches! Yummy for Our Tummy!," will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m., in the library.

September Faculty Grants Update newsletter now available
Produced by the Office of the Associate Deans and Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Faculty Grants Update newsletter shares a variety of opportunities and search tools that may be helpful in faculty research or to stimulate new ideas. Download the September issue, or see past issues and other funding services on the Grant Resources Web page.


James Oliver ’14 and Maya Steinborn ’14 have been accepted to participate in the 2013 Dharmic Seva White House Conference this month, which aims to engage student leaders from across the country with traditions of civic engagement specific to Dharmic spiritual traditions (primarily Hindu, Jain, Sikh, and Buddhism). This is the third annual gathering at the White House, but the first time Puget Sound will be represented. Oliver and Steinborn are co-leaders of Puget Sound's Student Alliance for Satyagraha Studies (SASS).

The Puget Sound cross country teams combined for 14 personal-best times at the Sundodger Invitational over the weekend. Go Loggers!

David Sousa, professor and chair of politics and government, and Christopher McGrory Klyza of Middlebury College published American Environmental Policy: Beyond Gridlock with MIT Press. This is a revised and updated edition of the book first published in 2008.

In the News

Bill Haltom, professor of politics and government, reviewed the book Shakespeare and the Law, co-authored by Martha Nussbaum, who will visit campus this December, on the website Law and Politics Book Review.

The Kittredge Gallery exhibition of photos in Qatar by Kristin Giordano and wood engravings by Paul Landacre was reviewed in Weekly Volcano and on the South Sound Arts etc. blog today.

Former Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and pre-law student Daniel Thorson ’14 appeared on TV Tacoma’s CityLine show in anticipation of the Supreme Court justicies' visit to campus. (Click on the Sept. 12 video.)

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Behind the Archives Door: New series begins Sept. 17

Collins Memorial Library will launch a new presentation series Tuesday, Sept. 17. The series, Behind the Archives Door, will showcase pieces from Puget Sound's unique and special collections. Presenters will spend about 20 minutes discussing the significance of the selected publication, and then provide an opportunity for guests to examine the item(s) up close.

On Sept. 17 Laura Edgar will share insights into the college's Abby Williams Hill collection. The series continues on the first and third Tuesday of each month, with presentations beginning at 4 p.m., in the library.

HR to host root beer float celebration, Sept. 19

The Department of Human Resources will host a "Root Beer Float Celebration" on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in Howarth 106. All faculty and staff members are invited to join the department for a tasty treat, a meet-n-greet, and a fun kickoff for the fall semester.

Puget Pacer to benefit Kids Can Do!, Sept. 21

Enjoy the beautiful Puget Sound campus while supporting the Puget Pacer 5K Walk/Run and Silent Auction. The event benefits the Community Involvement and Action Center's youth mentorship program Kids Can Do!, ETC Tutoring, and the Kids4Music partnership with McCarver Elementary School. Bid on prizes from local and national donors at the silent auction, or lace up your running shoes and weave your way around campus. Or do both! Visit the Puget Pacer website to register online and for event details, including schedules and updated auction prizes.

Daedalus Dinner reservations due Sept. 23

The first Daedalus Dinner of the fall will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. In this talk Mark Martin, associate professor of biology, will discuss how members of the microbial world (commonly known as "germs") receive relentlessly negative publicity, and are often associated with disease and corruption.

The evening will begin with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, made on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made by Monday, Sept. 23. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Sept. 28: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Kristin Giordano; Small Gallery: prints, Kittredge Gallery

Through Oct. 31: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Al-Mutnabbi Starts Here, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Sept. 16: The Caribbean Writer Series: "Those Who Wait for Us," Tiphanie Yanique, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Behind the Archives Door, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: "Playful, Practical Community-level Solutions for Youth and Teen Inactivity," Kwame Brown, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre Hall, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Southwest Semester Interest Meeting, Thompson 115, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Pierce Lecture: An Evening With Junot Diaz, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets: Complimentary tickets for faculty/staff available at Wheelock Info Center or

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Panel Discussion: Legal Issues in Diversity, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1 p.m. Free, but ticketed. Tickets available at Wheelock Info Center or

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Hispanic Film Series: La forma exacta de las islas, followed by Q&A with filmmaker and author Julieta Vitullo, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19: Washington Supreme Court at Puget Sound, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19: Vamp & Tramp, McCormick Room, Collins Memorial Library, 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Penny Rowe, University of Idaho, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19: Taste of Religion, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19: Art+Science Salon, Kittredge Gallery, 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20: Textile Dyeing Workshops with Jacqueline Benard, Kittredge 201, 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20: Volleyball vs. Linfield, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20: Jacobsen Series: Finisterra Piano Trio, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Sept. 20: Ronstadt Generations Trio, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 8 p.m. Tickets: $4 with Puget Sound ID

Saturday, Sept. 21: 2013 Puget Pacer 5k Walk/Run and Silent Auction, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 9 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21: Rocking Chair Reading Room Story Hour, Collins Memorial Library, 10 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21: Volleyball vs. George Fox, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 23: Faculty Meeting, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.