Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 6, 2011

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First Logger Lunch of the semester at The RAM, Sept. 8
Join Puget Sound coaches and student-athletes at the year's first Logger Lunch Thursday, Sept. 8, at noon, at The RAM on Ruston Way. Share the teams' excitement about the start of the fall season and help kick off Logger athletics for 2011–12. For more information contact Steven Olveda at

Jacobsen concert series open with spotlight on bassoon, Sept. 9
On Friday, Sept. 9, School of Music affiliate artist Paul Rafanelli will perform a full bassoon recital for campus audiences. Joining him onstage will be Keith Ward, piano; Dan Williams, oboe; Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Rodger Burnett, French horn; and Tanya Stambuk, piano. Bassoon and Beyond will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The program includes works by George Gershwin and Beethoven. Order tickets online at, or visit Wheelock Information Center. Admission is $8.50 for faculty/staff, free for students.

Series of events planned to commemorate 9/11
The Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, in partnership with Immanuel Presbyterian Church, will host several events to commemorate and reflect upon the events of Sept. 11, 2001. On Thursday, Sept. 8, numerous community leaders will participate in a free public panel, "Ten Years After 9/11: Building Hope," including founder Glen Hiemstra, The News Tribune columnist Kathleen Merryman, Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Dean Mike Segawa, and Imari Romeo ’14, Puget Sound student social justice coordinator. The panel will be held in Kilworth Memorial Chapel, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Dave Wright ’96 and Rev. Dave Brown will lead an interfaith service focusing on building hope through prayer, poetry, and music at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Later in the day, campus and community members are invited to gather for readings from various religious traditions, silent prayer and reflection, and community building in Kilworth Memorial Chapel, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Sunday at 5 p.m. Immanuel Presbyterian Church will host New York blues guitarist Bill Sims Jr., guitarist Adam Levy, harmonica player Mark LaVoie, and Seattle band Rod Cook & Toast, who will perform a concert and blues vespers service to benefit Habitat for Humanity International. The performers will also give a free lunchtime show in Wheelock Student Center on Monday, Sept. 12.

Additional resources about remembering 9/11 are available on the Collins Memorial Library blog.

Weekend classes offered this month
The Sound Policy Institute will offer two weekend courses to the campus and community this month. The courses include excursions to Mount Rainier, mini lectures, group discussions, a boat tour, natural history talks, and more. Attendees of both classes will come together for a final event in November to meet with state legislators, environmental leaders, lobbyists, and others to discuss upcoming state environmental bills. Course topics include:

  • Politics and Public Participation in the Nisqually Watershed: Sept. 9–11. The courses will focus on the establishment of the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and the effects of dams and agricultural practices on the Nisqually River salmon habitat.
  • Laws and Land Use Designations in the Puyallup/White Watershed: Sept. 23–25. The course will focus on forest practices, urban and suburban growth management, and estuary restoration in an urban and industrialized setting.

Cost for each 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.

Community music classes available for all ages, skill levels
The Community Music Department is offering numerous classes this fall, including:

  • Beginning Piano Group Classes for Children: Thursdays, 6–7 p.m., children 7–9 years old, $175 registration fee. Register by Sept. 12.
  • Fall Musical Theater for Grades 3, 4, 5: Thursdays, 4–6:30 p.m., musical selections from Cats, student performance Jan. 26, 2012, $350 registration fee. Register by Sept. 12.
  • Community Chamber Music Fall Workshop: Scheduling based on instrumentation and availability, for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano players 12 and older, concluding concert Nov. 20, $125 registration fee. Register by Sept. 23.
  • Adult Beginning Piano Class: Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m., no previous experience required, $195 registration fee. Register by Sept. 20.

Puget Sound Piano Trio to deliver first Daedalus Dinner lecture of 2011–12
The first Daedalus Dinner of the fall will take place Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. in Rasmussen Rotunda. Music faculty members and members of Puget Sound Piano Trio Maria Sampen, David Requiro, and Duane Hulbert will discuss the resurgence of the tango in recent years and perform tangos by Isaac Albeniz and Astor Piazzolla. Established in the 1970s, Daedalus Dinners invite faculty and staff members for wine and hors d'oeuvres, a presentation, catered buffet dinner, coffee, and dessert. Reservations are $15, and must be made by Wednesday, Sept. 14. For more information or to make your reservation, call x3207.

In the News

Washington Monthly magazine compiled a list of U.S. colleges, rating them on their contribution to the public good. Factors included the proportion of Pell Grant students on campus and student community service. Puget Sound placed at 129 (out of 249 liberal arts colleges) and at number 15 for Peace Corps members.

The Puget Sound campus and Jones Circle appear briefly in a travel industry film created by Travel Tacoma. The film is on YouTube and will be shown to businesses and travel agents nationally and overseas. (Puget Sound is at 1:23 mins.)

Puget Sound's newest building, Weyerhaeuser Hall, was featured with photos in Architecture Week and Tacoma Daily Index as students completed the first week of classes.

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

Calling all bloggers

Hello bloggers! We know you're out there! We're assembling a list of Logger bloggers—faculty and staff members, students, and alumni who blog. Do you have a blog or follow a fellow Logger's blog? Let us know! Send the blog address to Sarah Stall at

Join the Logger 5K Fun Run

Lace up your running shoes, don your maroon and white, and take to the streets around campus for the first-ever Homecoming and Family Weekend Logger 5K Fun Run! Not a runner? Not to worry! Volunteers needed! Contact Sarah Porter at or x4636.

The president is "in"

This fall President Thomas will again host open "office hours" at Diversions Cafe on Mondays, between 8 and 10 a.m., unless he's traveling on university business. Students, faculty, and staff are invited "to stop by and say hello and share your favorite weekend story or weekday anxiety over a cup of cafe," he says. (And just in case, President Thomas takes his cappuccino "dry.")

Puget Sound AIDS Walk set for 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.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 7: Kittredge Gallery Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Fall Student Research Symposium, featuring summer research students, Harned Hall Colonnade, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8: Ten Years After 9/11: Building Hope panel discussion, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 9: Men's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Minn.), Peyton Field, 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 9: Jacobsen Series: Bassoon and Beyond, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff; free for students

Saturday, Sept. 10: Women's Soccer vs. Chapman, East Field, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10: Football vs. Occidental, Baker Stadium, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10: Men's Soccer vs. Montclair State, Peyton Field, 5 p.m.