Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 30, 2013

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Campus News

Weyerhaeuser series welcomes Dawn Heino of the PLAY Project, Oct. 1
The Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Dawn Heino, a pediatric occupational therapist from the Children’s Therapy Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital will present the PLAY Project, an evidence-based program designed for children with autism ages 2 to 6 years of age. The presentation will give a brief overview of the program, including the history, program design, and evidence to support it.

After the talk enjoy conversation and light refreshments. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit

Behind the Archives Door presentation features Professor Amy Fisher, Oct. 1
Showcasing pieces from Puget Sound's unique and special collections, the Collins Memorial Library series Behind the Archives Door presents Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Amy Fisher, discussing 18th-century volumes on electricty. Fisher's presentation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., in the library.

Race and Pedagogy subcommittee to host staff luncheon, RSVP by Oct. 1
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Race and Pedagogy Staff Development Subcommittee will be host a luncheon for staff members to learn more about the ways they can be involved in the various phases of Puget Sound’s third quadrennial Conference on Race and Pedagogy, scheduled for Sept. 25–27, 2014. The luncheon will be held in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, from noon to 1:30 p.m. If you would like to attend, RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 1, to or through campus mail to Race and Pedagogy, CMB #1023. Please contact Alice Coil at or x2435 with questions.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues Oct. 3
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, Oct. 3, the presentation will feature Harmit Malik, from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.For more information visit

Puget Sound to host three Tacoma Film Festival screenings, $2 admission with campus ID, Oct. 7
Through the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, Puget Sound is partnering with The Grand Cinema to host three film sessions as part of the Tacoma Film Festival. On Monday, Oct. 7, screenings will be held in the Kilworth Lounge at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Admission for campus members with a Puget Sound ID is only $2 per screening. Themes in the films being screened relate to a wide range of work happening on campus around issues of diversity, inclusion, identity, sustainability and environmental impact, and social justice.

Does your car fit you? OT Program hosts free car safety event Oct. 7
Puget Sound will host a free "CarFit" event on Monday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Weyerhaeuser Hall. Students in the final year of the occupational therapy master’s program, a professor, and a certified driving rehabilitation specialist will take you on a tour of your car’s features and give you tips on how to adjust them to suit your individual needs. Each evaluation will take about 20 minutes. Participants may make a reservation for a specific time or just show up with their vehicle. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Lucretia Berg at x1565 or

Prof. Rachel DeMotts to deliver Magee Address, Oct. 8
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Mellon Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Politics Rachel DeMotts will deliver the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address. Her talk, "The Elephants of Our Imagination," will begin at 4:30 p.m., in Trimble Forum, and will explore our perceptions of elephants.

Schedule your personal TIAA-CREF counseling session
Andrew Martinez and Tanya Willoughby, consultants with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Matinez and Willoughby will help you determine long-term strategies, find the right allocation mix, and develop your own strategies for retirement savings. Individual sessions will be held in Wyatt 226, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule your appointment, call 866.928.4221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or schedule online at TIAA-CREF consultants will also be on campus in November.

In the News

Metro Pulse magazine of Tennessee noted that Huw Edwards, conductor of Puget Sound's Symphony Orchestra, will be guest conductor at the opening concert of Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's new season.

Amy Fisher, assistant professor of science, technology, and society, will be a panelist at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts Think & Drink event Oct. 10, reported Tacoma Weekly.

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

Prepare yourself for flu season

Seasonal flu shots are available at no charge for faculty and staff members covered by one of Puget Sound’s health insurance plans. Shots are available at your health care provider, area hospital clinics, and local network pharmacies, including Albertsons, Bartell Drugs, Fred Meyer, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, and Walgreens stores.

More information about the availability of flu shots and the locations of local pharmacies is available from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

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

Monday, Sept. 30: Daedalus Dinner: It's a Microbial World: We Just Live in It, Mark Martin, biology, Murray Board Room, WSC, 6 p.m. Reservations required.

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Behind the Archives Door: 18th-century Volumes on Electricity, Amy Fisher, science, technology, and society, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: Play and Planguage for Autistic Youngsters, Dawn Heino, Good Samaritan Hospital, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Honors Film Series: 8 1/2 (1963) directed by Federico Fellini, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003

Wednesday, Oct. 2: Study Abroad Returnee Slideshow Event, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 3: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Harmit Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4–Saturday, Oct. 5: Northwest Honor Choir Festival

Saturday, Oct. 5: Women's Soccer vs. Whitman, East Athletic Field, noon

Saturday, Oct. 5: Men's Soccer vs. Whitman, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5: Northwest Honor Choir Festival Concert, Karen Kennefy, guest conductor, featuring choral students from across Washington state, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 4 p.m. Tickets: $8 available only at the door

Sunday, Oct. 6: Women's Soccer vs. Whitworth, East Athletic Field, noon

Sunday, Oct. 6: Men's Soccer vs. Whitworth, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.