Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 19, 2011

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Campus News

Annual Hispanic Film Festival kicks off Sept. 21
The first event of this year's Hispanic Film Festival takes place this Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the screening of Bajo las estrellas (Under the Stars), a film about Benito, a struggling musician who returns to his hometown after years in Madrid. The festival continues through the semester with additional film screenings and a conversation with Jorge Enrique Gonzalez Pacheco, director of Seattle's Latino Film Festival, in November.

Staff members invited to conversation with President Thomas, 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.

Guest lecturer Stephen Sumida to discuss perceptions of Hawai`i, Sept. 22
Pioneer in the field of Asian-American studies and University of Washington professor Stephen Sumida will give a public lecture on campus Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda. Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawai`i: Tourist, Immigrant, and Native Views in Music, Story, and History will explore what happens to a soverign nation when it becomes multicultural through the lens of Hawai`i's music and cultural history. The lecture is sponsored by the James Dolliver National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished Professorship and African American Studies Program.

Jacobsen Series offers concerts Friday and Sunday
Puget Sound's Jacobsen Series offers music lovers two concerts this weekend. Friday at 7:30 p.m., enjoy the spirit of America at From Salon to Cabaret: New American Songs, featuring mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula and pianist Tanya Stambuk. The program will include selections from Cabaret Songs by William Bolcom and From the Diary of Virginia Woolf by Dominick Argento, among others. Sunday at 2 p.m., hear the Puget Sound Piano Trio play selections by Bernstein, Shrude, Sheng, and Gershwin. The trio is composed of music faculty members Duane Hulbert, Maria Sampen, and David Requiro. Both concerts will be held in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available online or at Wheelock Information Center. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Land use classes offered this weekend
The Sound Policy Institute will offer a weekend course to the campus and community Sept. 23–25. The course, Laws and Land Use Designations in the Puyallup/White Watershed, is the second of two weekend courses offered this month, and will focus on forest practices, urban and suburban growth management, and estuary restoration in an urban and industrialized setting. Attendees of both classes are invited to a capstone event in November to meet with state legislators, environmental leaders, lobbyists, and others to discuss upcoming state environmental bills.

Cost for the course is $55 for the general public, $45 for members of Mountaineers, Washington Environmental Council, Pierce County Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters, and Tahoma Audubon Society. To enroll or for more information, contact Katharine Appleyard at or x3716.

Five inducted into Loggers Hall of Fame during Homecoming and Family Weekend
Puget Sound's Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2011 Friday night during Homecoming and Family Weekend Festivities. The class included Mark Madland ’81, football; Gary McCurty ’95, football; Heather Paulsen-Mairs ’97, M.A.T.'98, softball; Tye Tolentino ’01, soccer; and Richard Ulrich, director of athletics, physical education, and recreation, 1983–2003. Go Loggers!

Campus Films offers inexpensive movie options to campus and community
Most weekend during the semester, Campus Films hosts recently-in-theaters flicks in Rausch Auditorium. Admission is $1 for students, faculty, and staff, and $3 for community members. This fall's movies include Super 8, Winnie the Pooh, Green Lantern, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, Crazy Stupid Love, Captain America, and The Help. Check Open Line each week to see what film is playing the upcoming weekend. Showtimes are 8 and 10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays. For more information join the Campus Films Facebook Group or contact Campus Films at

Honorary degree candidate nominations invited through Sept. 26
The Honorary Degree Committee welcomes nominations for honorary degree candidates for Commencement 2012. The committee seeks individuals whose accomplishments clearly merit extraordinary honor with reference to Puget Sound's mission. Candidates for the honorary degree have one or both of the following characteristics:

  • notable academic reputation
  • outstanding contribution to the betterment of the regional, national, or global community through one of the main areas of public life, such as business, government, labor, education, the arts, or religion

Download the committee's complete guidelines. To make a nomination, send an email message to Board Secretary Liz Collins ’81, P'02 at or CMB 1094 by Sept. 26 that includes:

  • name of the candidate
  • his or her position or title
  • a brief statement (one page max) of the reason the candidate deserves to be considered


A review of open-source textbook A First Course in Linear Algebra by Professor of Math and Computer Science Rob Beezer was featured on the Mathematical Association of America home page.

In the News

KPLU public radio aired a story about the new underwater Nisqually Reach Aquatic reserve, mentioning that Puget Sound students helped to take underwater video for the reserve.

Tacoma Weekly ran a photo story about the 9/11 panel event co-organized by Puget Sound. Dean of Students Mike Segawa and Social Justice Coordinator Imari Romeo ’14 were on the panel.

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

AIDS Walk Sept. 24

Get involved in this year's AIDS Walk! Faculty and staff are invited to join the "Loggers of Love" team, create your own team, or volunteer. Learn more at and visit the Loggers of Love team page.

Annual Study Abroad Fair, Sept. 20

Puget Sound's annual Study Abroad Fair, hosted by the Office of International Programs, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda. Approximately 40 percent of all graduating seniors have an international experience while at Puget Sound. Encourage students you know to attend the fair and learn more.

Human resources now in Howarth Hall

The Department of Human Resources has relocated from its house at the corner of N. Lawrence and N. 13th streets to Howarth Hall, Room 016. The new digs are near the offices of Career and Employment Services, bringing all university employment efforts to the same vicinity—and to a more central location on campus.

Important benefits information in your inbox

On Friday, Sept. 16, the Department of Human Resources sent an email message to faculty and staff members with important information to help you determine the best medical plan for you and your family. Open enrollment for benefits runs Oct. 17–Nov. 18.

This message is part of a series addressing different aspects of the university's 2012 benefits package. Be sure to check your inbox for benefits updates or click the link below to access messages previously sent by human resources.

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

Monday, Sept. 19: Guest Lecture: Thought and Isommorphism in Aristotle, Robert Colter ’92, Wyatt 208, 3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 19: Bluesion Blues Lesson #1, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Studio, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Study Abroad Fair, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Noon Recital with Denes Van Parys, Music L6, noon

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Guest Lecture: Moral Reduction, Neil Sinhababu, National University Singapore

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Faculty Grants Workshop, Murray Boardroom, WSC. Reservations required; contact Deanna Kass for information at

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Daedalus Dinner: Puget Sound Piano Trio, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6 p.m. Reservations required; contact Deanna Kass for information at

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit Reception and Lecture: Jack Walsdorf, Library 020, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Seventh Annual Hispanic Film Festival: Bajo las estrellas (Under the Stars), Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22: An Invitation to Talk With the President (for staff members), Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: How to interpret isokinetic results in research, Barbara Warren, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22: Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawai`i: Tourist, Immigrant, and Native Views in Music, Story, and History, Stephen H. Sumida, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22: Taste of Religion, Wheelock Piano Lounge, 5 p.m. Explore the religious diversity at Puget Sound. Canned food and/or donations accepted.

Friday, Sept. 23: Jacobsen Series: From Salon to Cabaret: New American Songs, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Sept. 23–Saturday, Sept. 24: Campus Films: Super 8, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Saturday, Sept. 24: AIDS Walk, downtown Tacoma, 9 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 25: Jacobsen Series: Puget Sound Piano Trio, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Sunday, Sept. 2: Campus Films: Super 8, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 2 and 8 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff