Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 3, 2013

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Campus News

Commencement Hall opens to campus community
Puget Sound's newest building opened to students Aug. 23, when the first of its residents arrived for Orientation. Home to 135 students, mostly juniors and seniors, the building houses five academic residential programs: Humanities, Honors, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Outdoor Leadership, and International District. An all-hall celebration will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, for residents, and the official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 25, during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Several of the new event and meeting rooms in Commencement Hall will be open for use beginning on Oct. 1. The Tahoma Room, a large event space in the southern part of the building, will be a great area to host lectures and banquets during the day. Additionally the Northwest Lounge will be a great place to have informal gatherings. If you are interested in more information about these rooms and the other meetings spaces in Commencement Hall, contact Sarah Comstock at

LogJam 2013 promises something for everyone, Sept. 6
The campus and community are invited to LogJam!, an annual celebration welcoming the entire Puget Sound community back to campus. The family-friendly event is free and this year includes a barbecue, an "aerial show surprise," music from Tacoma's own Kim Archer Band, art in action by a local chainsaw artist, human hamster wheels, and more! All this in addition to student club information and signups, and a screening of Monsters University on Todd Field. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. See you there!

Ski Level to Sea Level classes open to campus members, begin Sept. 13
“Ski Level to Sea Level: Understanding Environmental Issues in Our Watersheds” is being offered for a third year by the Puget Sound’s Sound Policy Institute. The courses run over two weekends, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, Sept. 13–15, and Sept. 27–29, and include visits to Mount Rainier, Alder and Mud Mountain dams, and Eatonville rain gardens; a boat tour of Commencement Bay; and talks by environmental leaders. Those interested can participate in one or both weekends. To enroll or for more information, contact Katharine Applyard at x3716 or

Washington Supreme Court to hear cases, host discussion on campus
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 Rasmussen Rotunda. Tickets to the panel discussion are free, but required, and are available at Wheelock Info Center or online at

Help us tell the Puget Sound story
We have so many inspiring and compelling stories to tell at Puget Sound—stories of student accomplishment and growth, of staff mentorship, of faculty research and collaboration. New tools are now available to help you tell these stories and countless more. Visit the Office of Communications Web page to download quick-reference guides on Puget Sound's key messages, talking points, and visual identity/logo. Starting a new project? Contact Sarah Stall at x2673 or

Need new letterhead or business cards in your department? Puget Sound's new branding initiative is rolling out. If anyone in your area needs new letterhead, envelopes, or business cards, Print and Copy Services can help! Contact Ginene Alexander at x3446 for assistance or visit the Puget Sound Online Print Shop to create an account and order online.

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.

Muckleshoot Tribe makes $25,000 gift for student scholarships
The gift, which will help provide scholarships for Native American students attending Puget Sound, is the first grant made to Puget Sound by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Puget Sound has attracted a rising percentage of students from diverse backgrounds for the past two decades. In 2012–13 55 Native American students attended the college.

Project MUSE provides faculty/staff with art museum benefits
Puget Sound renewed its “Project MUSE” membership with Tacoma Art Museum. You are able to benefit from this program, now in its seventh year, in several ways:

  • Free student, staff, and faculty admission to the museum
  • Discounted individual student ($5) and faculty/staff access (at Member rate) to fee-based education programs
  • 20 percent membership discounts (at the $50 to $500 level) for faculty, staff, and student families
  • Internship opportunities for students
  • Access for students and faculty to the Art Resource Center

MUSE benefits are available by presenting your current Puget Sound faculty, staff, or student ID (student ID needed for student family discount also). Last year alone Tacoma Art Museum provided 447 free and discounted admissions to Puget Sound students and colleagues. Project MUSE is supported through the Catherine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanites and Arts.

New academic year, new ASUPS website
This summer ASUPS launched a new website that aims at providing a central online hub for student events, club activities, and useful information for the Puget Sound student. There are nuggets on the site for faculty and staff members, too, such as contact information for student clubs, ASUPS sustainability initiatives, and more. Be sure to check it out!


Elliot Gandour-Rood, science liaison librarian, was awarded the Ruth Worden Award for Student Excellence in Library and Information Science at the 2013 iSchool Convocation at University of Washington.

BLP and psychology major Vishakha Gupta ’14 had her independent study paper, "Effects of Person Organization Fit on Satisfaction, Commitment, and Turnover," published in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences. Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology Sarah Moore was her advisor for the project.

Professors Alison Tracy Hale, Brett Rogers, Jennifer Utrata, and Greta Austin participated in the Mellon-funded Northwest 5 Colleges consortium meeting on gender studies at Reed College in June.

Professor of Biology Peter Hodum wrote a chapter on seabirds for the NOAA report Climate Change and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary: Interpreting Potential Futures.

Alanna Johnson in the Office of Institutional Research presented at the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Conference. She spoke about the sophomore year experience at Puget Sound, and the collaborative work between the Office of Institutional Research and the Division of Student Affairs. Her competitive proposal was accepted because it is a model for how institutions should collect, analyze, and share data with an eye toward action.

Assistant Professor of Physics David Latimer presented "The Mysterious Neutrino" at the August Tacoma Science Cafe, held at The Swiss and hosted by the Pacific Science Center.

In June team "Once a Logger"—consisting of Kate Cohn ’00, Deb Loomis, Liz Collins ’81, P'02, Courtney Stringer, Evan Marques (Courtney's fiance), Alanna Johnson, and Krystle Cobian—ran the Rainier-to-Ruston relay race under the tag line "From the heights!" Best part of the relay, says Collins, is when, during her second leg, in Orting, a bicyclist riding her way must have seen the "Once a Logger" team name on her shirt because, as he rode by, he shouted, "Always a Logger!" (See the photo in the gallery.)

In the News

Rachel DeMotts, associate professor of politics and government, wrote a New York Times opinion piece supporting a new restoration plan for Yosemite.

Doha News of Qatar ran a photo story about a new study led by Andrew Gardner, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, who partnered with Carnegie Mellon University Qatar. The study portrays the lifestyles of migrant workers in the Middle East.

Inside Higher Education ran an opinion piece today by Steven Neshyba, in chemistry, about the role a liberal arts education plays in a changing world and how technology can be embraced to enhance that learning. The piece is spotlighted on the home page.

Emelie Peine, assistant professor of international political economy, was quoted about global food shortages in a CNBC online feature. The story also ran on the websites of The Daily Meal and Localise West Midlands of the U.K.

A $2 million gift from William and Flora McCormick to create an endowed chair in biophysics was made as part of Puget Sound’s One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign, wrote Business Examiner.

NPR included Puget Sound in a question posed to its Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me contestants. Paula Poundstone read out a (fabricated) news story saying that Puget Sound's Office of Academic Advising had offered first-year students “new student tools for managing those pesky parental relationships.” The amused contestant did not fall for the fictional report.

Journalist Christiane Amanpour interviewed Professor Emeritus Mike Veseth ’72 about the Chinese wine market in a video on Around the World with Christiane Amanpour, which runs online on ABC News and Yahoo! News.

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

A One [of a Kind] thank you

The Faculty and Staff Campaign Committee would like to thank all faculty and staff colleagues who contributed to the One [of a Kind] Campaign this past year. Your contributions helped increase our participation to nearly 30 percent! 

We gave you a challenge to add 125 new donors to this year’s campaign, in honor of Puget Sound's 125th anniversary. Not only did you meet that goal—you exceeded it! Together our gifts have a direct and immediate impact on our one-of-a-kind community, providing financial aid for students and support for faculty members. Learn more about the One [of a Kind] Campaign at

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Two campus departments change names

In an effort to more accurately communicate the department's offerings to current and prospective students—as well as dispel the myth that "Puget Sound doesn't offer anthropology," the comparative sociology department made the decision this summer to rename itself the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Read more details about the name change on the SOAN department blog.

Disability Services has changed its name to Office of Student Accessibility and Accommodation, reflecting the current national trend in disability services in higher education. More than 450 Puget Sound students are registered with OSAA, most of whom have “invisible disabilities”—medical, physical, learning, or psychological conditions that affect some aspect of their daily functioning. In conjunction with the name change, OSAA will work to raise awareness of “invisible disabilities” and the multitude of vibrant and successful people in our culture who design their lifestyle to manage their symptoms.

Welcome to summer's new staff members!

Kristen Aparicio, Security Services
Michael Benitez, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Janessa Beringer, Facilities Services
Darlene Bjornson, Accounting and Budget Services
Matt Breuer, Department of Chemistry
Anthony Davis, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services
Katie Diershaw, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services
Khalila Fordham, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services
Neoma Foxx, Dining and Conference Services
Elliott Gandour-Rood, Collins Memorial Library
Rachael Gary ’12, Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching
Dusty Gorman, Collins Memorial Library
Linda Green, Accounting and Budget Services
Arielle Hill-Moses, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Amanda Hoover, Technology Services
Sarah Johnson, Print and Copy Services
Mary Krauszer ’12, Slater Museum of Natural History
Christopher Krull, Office of Communications
Daniel Lever, Department of Athletics and Physical Education
Danielle Manning, Career and Employment Services
Tyler Marten, Facilities Services
Suzanne McPherson, Accounting and Budget Services
Peter Nelson ’13, Technology Services
Tyler Pau, Office of Residence Life
Emily Precht, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services
Mike Rigell, Athletics
John Roush, Dining and Conference Services
Erin Ruff, Department of Human Resources
James Spaan, Office of Residence Life

Film Forward brings two films to Puget Sound

Film Foward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, an initiative of Sundance Institute and Federal Cultural Partners, is bringing eight films to Tacoma for public screenings—and two of those screenings are at Puget Sound! See Valley of Saints on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m., in Thompson 175, accompanied by a discussion moderated by Peter Wimberger, professor of biology and director of Slater Museum of Natural History. On Thursday, Sept. 5, meet director Julia Meltzer and see her film The Light in Her Eyes, beginning at 4:30 p.m., in Collins Memorial Library.

For complete Film Forward screening information, download the event poster.

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

To request assistance or initiate an emergency response on campus, call Security Services at 253.879. 3311 or x3311 from a campus phone, or dial 911. Learn more at

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

Tuesday, Sept. 3: Fall semester begins

Wednesday, Sept. 4: Film Screening: Valley of Saints, part of Film Forward, followed by a panel discussion featuring Professors Priti Joshi, Siddarth Ramakrishnan, and Peter Wimberger, Thompson 175, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Carl Toews, math and computer science, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5: Reception and Film Screening: The Light in Her Eyes, featuring discussion with director Julia Meltzer, part of Film Forward, Collins Memorial Library, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6: LogJam!, Todd Field, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7: Women's Soccer vs. Warner Pacific, East Athletic Field, noon

Saturday, Sept. 7: Volleyball vs. La Verne, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8: Men's Soccer vs. Wisconsin Lutheran, East Athletic Field, 11 a.m.