Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Sept. 22, 2014

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Campus News

Puget Sound announces financial aid program for Tacoma public high school graduates
Puget Sound has committed to meet the full demonstrated financial need of Puget Sound students who graduate from the district’s high schools. The new program will meet an admitted student’s full demonstrated financial need at Puget Sound through a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study. The first awards from the Tacoma Public Schools Commitment program will be made for fall 2015.

Campus to welcome thousands to 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference, Sept. 25–27
What NOW is the work of education and justice? That's the question that will be asked at presentations, roundtable discussions, performances, and more at the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference, Sept. 25–27. Faculty and staff members are invited to participate. The conference schedule and registration are available online. Be sure to follow the Race and Pedagogy Initiative on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and tag your conference posts with #whatNOW to be part of the conversation.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Sept. 25
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. 25, the series will feature Megan Schwartz from University of Washington Tacoma, speaking on "The Biogeography and Genetic Connectivity of Antarctic Ribbon Worms." For more information visit

Activist Winona LaDuke delivers fall Swope lecture during race and pedagogy conference, Sept. 26
Former vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke, an advocate for environmental and indigenous peoples' rights, will be on campus Friday, Sept. 26, to deliver the fall Swope Lecture. Her talk is one of the keynote presentations of the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference, and will begin at 8:30 a.m., in Memorial Fieldhouse. Admission is free for faculty and staff members, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or

Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses "Genealogy and Genetics" in fall Pierce Lecture, Sept. 26
Renowned historian, author, and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr., popularly known for his PBS series Finding Your Roots, will deliver the fall Pierce Lecture on Friday, Sept. 26. His talk, "Genealogy and Genetics," will begin at 4 p.m., in Memorial Fieldhouse, and is one of the four keynote sessions of the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference. Faculty and staff members may attend the lecture for free, but tickets are required. Tickets available at Wheelock Information Center or

New faculty musicians showcase their instruments in weekend concert, Sept. 28
Four impressive new faculty artists who will debut on the campus stage with instruments not often heard in concert together. The newcomers will be joined by faculty member Judson Scott, trumpet, in a Jacobsen Series concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The concert, titled New Faculty for the New Year, will feature works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Stevens, and Popper. Admission is $10 for faculty and staff members; tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or

There are just a few spots left for Physical Therapy Clinic exercise/wellness group
Sign up now to participate in the fall exercise/wellness group offered by the Physical Therapy Clinic. 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. If you would like an application or more information, contact the clinic at x3281 or send an email message to


Andrew Gardner, associate professor of anthropology, with Silvia Pessoa (Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar) and Laura Harkness (formerly at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar) published their article "Ethiopian Labor Migrants and the 'Free Visa' System in Qatar" in the Human Organization, the flagship journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The paper, based on a research project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund, explores the experiences of “illegal” Ethiopian migrants in Doha, Qatar.

"The Tensions of Diasporic 'Return' Migration: How Class and Money Create Distance in the Vietnamese Transnational Family," written by Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar, visiting assistant professor of sociology, won the Global Division/Critical Sociology Graduate Student Paper Award in a competition held by the Society for the Study of Social Problems in Pursuit of Social Justice.

A paper by Lillis Scholar Billy Rathje ’15 and Professor of Math and Computer Science Brad Richards was accepted to the 2014 Association for Computing Machinery Conference on High Integrity Language Technology (HILT 2014).  The paper, with Rathje as first author, presents work that he completed with Lear as a summer research student in 2013. Rathje will present the paper in Portland in October.

In the News

Professors Dexter Gordon and Nancy Bristow, joined by community leader Thelma Jackson, appeared on KBTC's Northwest Now, discussing the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference and the intersection of race, education, and justice. 

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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. 22, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m.: Faculty Meeting. Thompson 193

Thursday, Sept. 25–Saturday, Sept. 27: 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference

Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Megan Schwartz, UW Tacoma. Thompson 175

Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Angela Davis. Memorial Fieldhouse. 

Thursday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Friday, Sept. 26, 8:30 a.m.: Swope Lecture: Winona LaDuke. Memorial Fieldhouse

Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m.: Pierce Lecture: Henry Louis Gates Jr. Memorial Fieldhouse

Saturday, Sept. 27. 8:30 a.m.: Guest Lecture: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. Memorial Fieldhouse

Saturday, Sept. 27, noon: Women's Soccer vs. George Fox. East Athletic Field

Sunday, Sept. 28, noon: Women's Soccer vs. Willamette. East Athletic Field

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.: Jacobsen Series: New Faculty for the New Year. Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $10 faculty/staff