Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Sept. 29, 2014

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Campus News

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Oct. 2
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, Oct. 2, the series will feature Jeremy Davis from University of Washington Tacoma, speaking on "The Use of Social Information by Nonsocial Insects." For more information visit

Slater Museum hosts natural history exhibit opening reception, Oct. 2
Join the faculty and staffers of Slater Museum of Natural History Thursday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., for a wine and cheese reception in the Slater Atrium to celebrate striking new exhibits installed outside the museum over the summer. The exhibits focus on the biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest, and were designed to complement classes in biology and the environmental policy and decision making program. One wall focuses on the importance and levels of biodiversity, another on the biology and conservation of Pacific salmon. The four exhibits that include interactive monitors explore the marine and terrestrial diversity around Tacoma, temperate rain forests, and urban ecology. They were made possible by a generous grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Campus hosts Discover Puget Sound fall preview day, Oct. 3
Discover Puget Sound day, hosted by the Office of Admission, is an opportunity for prospective students to visit Puget Sound, experience classes, and attend presentations on the admission process, financial aid, and more. The first of two Discover Puget Sound days this fall will take place Friday, Oct. 3. Students and families will tour campus and talk with Puget Sound students and faculty and staff members. Please make our guests fell welcome on Friday! #DiscoverPugetSound

School of Occupational Therapy hosts open house for students, faculty, staff, Oct. 3
Please join the School of Occupational Therapy for its second annual open house on Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the first two floors of Weyerhaeuser Hall. This is a great opportunity to take an in-depth tour of the program and interact with OT professors and students! Whether you are curious about what occupational therapy is or you know students who may be considering applying to our program, this is the time to stop by and learn more. Everyone welcome.

First annual NW5C Visual Culture Colloquium to be held at Willamette University, Oct. 3–4
The first annual NW5C Visual Culture Colloquium will be held at Willamette University on Oct. 3 and 4. Students and scholars from the five campuses of the Northwest Five Consortium (Lewis & Clark, Reed, Puget Sound, Whitman, and Willamette) will participate in an interdisciplinary exchange about issues of visual representation and visual communication. The large contingent from Puget Sound includes five students, an alumnus, two librarians, a curator, and eight faculty members, who come from such diverse disciplines as art, art history, biology, communications, English, Hispanic studies, and library science. 

The theme of the colloquium is "Convergence." The event is sponsored by the Fund for Collaborative Inquiry, an initiative of NW5C, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Toby Miller, professor of journalism, media, and cultural studies at University of Cardiff and Murdoch Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at Murdoch University will deliver the keynote address: “Trashing the Humanities to Save Them and Us.” More information is available at colloquium is free and open to the public.

Homecoming and Family Weekend is coming! Faculty and staff invited to numerous events, Oct. 10–11
Hundreds of Logger alumni, families, and faculty emeriti will join with current students, faculty, and staff to celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend in October. Kicking off the weekend on Thursday is the annual ASK Night event, a great opportunity for current students to network with Logger alumni. Popular events include the President's Welcome Reception on Friday, and the fourth annual Logger 5K on Saturday. Faculty and staff members can register to participate in the 5K online. Also featured are the Symphony Orchestra concert Friday, Fall Choral Concert Saturday, and Logger athletics events throughout the weekend. For more information about Homecoming and Family Weekend, visit


“Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven,” a poem by Hans Ostrom, professor of African American studies and English, is included in the anthology Glad Rags: red panties, cowgirl boots and a sweet dress to die for - true tales of inspirational clothes and the women who wear them, edited by Pam Spence and published by EHS Press.

An essay by Suzanne Warren, visiting assistant professor of English, about a rowdy meeting at a writing conference, was published in the international literary journal The Prague Revue. 

In the News

The semester's first Art+Sci Salon was covered, with a photo, in Weekly Volcano.

Terry Beck, professor of education, was quoted in the September issue of Parents magazine in a story about how to teach kids to love reading.

Research on wastewater by Dan Burgard, associate professor of chemistry, was mentioned in the Spokesman-Review, and Union Bulletin of Walla Walla, as well as online in ReutersChicago Tribune, U.K.'s The GuardianThe Seattle Times, and on KOMO news, among other venues. The stories covered a presentation to Spokane city council about the prospects for testing marijuana levels in the city’s wastewater.

Professors Dexter Gordon, communication studies and African American studies, and Nancy Bristow, history, appeared on KBTC television’s Northwest Now show in a 20-minute interview about the Race and Pedagogy National Conference and other topical issues.

The News Tribune ran a front-page story about the Race and Pedagogy National Conference, including an interview with speaker Henry Louis Gates Jr. Tacoma Weekly also ran a story, quoting speaker Winona LaDuke. The Stranger in Seattle ran an item, and previewed the arts events and Youth SummitThe Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote a piece interviewing speaker Eduardo Bonilla-Silva about “quiet” racism. The Seattle Times Education Lab column also ran a story about the conference, including an interview with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

David Requiro, artist in residence, was interviewed for a feature in the Times-Herald  and Vacaville Reporter, both in California, ahead of a concert with the Vallejo Symphony.

Renee Simms, visiting assistant professor of African American studies, authored an opinion piece in Diverse News in Higher Education titled “When a Privileged Scholar Tries to Examine Privilege” that commented on writings by William Deresiewicz. The piece appears on the magazine’s home page.

The Tacoma Public Schools Commitment, a new Puget Sound financial aid offer for local high school graduates, attracted a story in The News Tribune. The story quoted President Ronald R. Thomas, V.P. for Enrollment Jenny Rickard, and schools Superintendent Carla Santorno. ran a home page story, and Sky Valley Chronicle of Snohomish County, The Suburban Times, and Tacoma Weekly also ran stories. 

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Can't-miss Events

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. 29, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.: Honors Program Film Series: Shakespeare for a Modern World: 10 Things I Hate About You. Wyatt 109

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.: Guest Presentation: Luz/Light, bilingual poetry reading by Juan Armando Rojas Joo. Murray Boardroom, WSC

Thursday, Oct. 2, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Jeremy Davis, UW Tacoma. Thompson 175

Thursday, Oct. 2: 4:30 p.m.: Guest Workshop: Cartonera Book-Making Workshop, Juan Armando Rojas Joo. Library 020

Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.: Slater Museum Exhibit Opening Reception. Thompson 295

Thursday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Friday, Oct. 3: Discover Puget Sound fall preview day for prospective students

Friday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m.: Guest Lecture: High-End Coffee, Guatemalan Farmers, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing, Edward Fischer, Vanderbilt University. Murray Boardroom, WSC

Friday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m.: Occupational Therapy Open House. Weyerhaeuser Lobby

Saturday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m.: Football vs. Lewis & Clark. Baker Stadium

Monday, Oct. 6, 12:30 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Rivers for Life: Cultural Resistance to the Xalala Dam, Victor Caal Tzuy, activist. Murray Boardroom, WSC

Monday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m.: Guest Artist Talk: Cynthia Camlin. Kittredge Gallery