Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Sept. 8, 2014

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Monica DeHartProfessor Monica DeHart receives 2014 President's Excellence in Teaching Award
Established in 1997 to recognize faculty members who demonstrate exceptional teaching skills independent of accomplishments in scholarship, research, or publication, the President's Excellence in Teaching Award is awarded each year to a faculty member with a genuine passion for teaching; an ability to inspire students to learn; a capacity to challenge students and motivate them through high expectations; a respect for students as individuals; and an enduring intellectual curiosity and capacity for growth, change, and vitality. At the Fall Faculty Dinner last month, President Ron Thomas named Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Monica DeHart the 17th recipient of the President's Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations!

Five named distinguished professors
At the Fall Faculty Dinner five members of Puget Sound's senior faculty were bestowed the title of "distinguished professor," identified by the Faculty Advancement Committee for high accomplishment in teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to 2014's distinguished professors:

  • Susan Owen, communication studies
  • Geoff Proehl, theatre arts
  • Andy Rex, physics
  • Doug Sackman, history
  • Keith Ward, music

Faculty members receive 2014 Davis Teaching Awards
In 2003 the dean's teaching awards were named to honor Thomas A. Davis, who served as dean of the university from 1973 to 1994. Faculty members in the ranks of instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor are eligible for the award. Congratulations to the faculty members who received Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award for 2014:

  • Dan Burgard, chemistry
  • Alison Paradise, math and computer science
  • Elise Richman, art and art history
  • Jonathan Stockdale, religion

Geophysicist Jeff McGuire discusses the next big local earthquake, Sept. 10
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Jeff McGuire, a geophysicist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will give a lecture about what could be the next major earthquake in the region, why it is so hard to predict, and what scientists are doing to change this. The lecture, “Seafloor Seismic and Geodetic Experiments on the Cascadia Megathrust,” will begin at 7 p.m., in Thompson 175, and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Daedalus Dinner with Professor Brendan Lanctot—RSVP by Sept. 10
Brendan Lanctot, professor of Hispanic studies, will deliver the first Daedalus Dinner of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., in Murray Boardroom, WSC. His talk will explore the unique power that photography possessed in mid-19th-century Latin America.

A longtime tradition at Puget Sound, Daedalus Dinners cover a wide range of programs and topics, and are open to all faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. The evening begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, made on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made by Sept. 10. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Struggling with your campus budget? Finance office offers budget orientations this fall
The Office of Finance offers budget orientation training to faculty and staff members, including one-on-one, departmental group, or class training. Group training is also offered as part of the Professional Development and Enrichment Conference for Faculty and Staff, sponsored by human resources in January. Trainings may include introduction to the following: the chart of accounts, coding transactions, entering and approving requisitions, utilizing and navigating the PS Financials budget tools, and answering budget-related questions.

Upcoming budget orientations will he held:

  • Sept. 10, 2–3 p.m.
  • Sept. 18, 10–11 a.m.
  • Nov. 12, 2–3 p.m.

To participate in a budget orientation, contact Dana Kapla at or x2736.

Trio Seraphin leads audience on Musical Excursion, Sept. 12
On Friday, Sept. 12, Trio Seraphin, which includes School of Music faculty members Christina Kowalski, soprano; Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; and Keith Ward, piano, will perform Musical Excursion in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., and will feature music from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, and the United States. “Each work or set of works also comes from a different era, offering a cornucopia of styles, colors, and effects," said Ward. Tickets are $10 for faculty and staff members, and are available at the Info Center, x3100, and

Physical Therapy Clinic offers exercise/wellness group for campus community
Would you like to start an exercise program? If so the Puget Sound Onsite Physical Therapy Clinic has an exercise/wellness group designed to help! 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.

Participants will work with student physical therapists, who will design an individualized exercise program to help improve or maintain general fitness, including flexibility, strength, and endurance. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who have never exercised, those who have exercised in the past but have lost their motivation, those who are interested in exercising for weight management, or those who would simply like to learn more about safe exercise. 

If you would like an application or more information, please contact the clinic at x3281 or send an email message to

Cuban musician Pablo Menendez and his band Mezcla to perform on campus, Sept. 16
Known for their fusion of Cuban jazz, Afro-Cuban rumba, and Cuban rock and son (salsa), the guitarist and his band have been influencing the Caribbean music scene since their formation in 1985. Their performance will start at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Schedule your personal TIAA-CREF counseling session, Sept. 16–17
Andrew Martinez and Tanya Willoughby, consultants with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16 and 17, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Martinez 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 326, from 8:30 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 Martinez and Willoughby will return to campus for additional sessions Oct. 14 and 15.

Race and Pedagogy National Conference offers slate of arts events, discussions
Puget Sound will host the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference on campus Sept. 25–27. In addition to compelling keynote addresses by scholars, activists, and educators Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Winona LaDuke, the conference will feature numerous sessions based in the visual and performing arts. “The arts will saturate the conference because sound, vision, imagination, and emotion engage ideas in vivid, persuasive ways,” said Elise Richman, associate professor of art and art history, who is coordinating the arts side of the conference, with the help of well-known Tacoma artist C. Rosalind Bell, Professor of Theatre Arts Geoff Proehl, and others. “Our commitment to the arts reflects the conference’s commitment to examine and expand how and what we teach, making learning more inclusive and inspirational.”

Learn more about the conference's arts events.

Before the conference Black Student Union is holding a BSU scholarship fundraiser, silent auction, and raffle in Rasmussen Rotunda. Money raised will help provide scholarships for students dedicated to influencing positive change on campus for social justice and diversity. For details visit the event website.

Nominate deserving Logger alumni for alumni association awards, due Dec. 1
Do you know an amazing Logger? The Puget Sound Alumni Council invites faculty and staff members to nominate outstanding Logger alumni for one of four distinguished alumni awards: Professional Achievement, Service to the Community, Service to Puget Sound, and Young Logger Service. Recipients will be recognized in the winter 2015 issues of Arches magazine, and will be celebrated during Summer Reunion Weekend, June 5–7, 2015. Read full descriptions of the award categories and complete an online nomination form by Oct. 1.


Andrew Gardner, associate professor of anthropology, contributed a chapter titled “How the City Grows: Urban Growth and Challenges to Sustainable Development in Doha, Qatar” in the edited collection Sustainable Development: An Appraisal from the Gulf Region (Berghahn, 2014). The collection was edited by Paul Sillitoe, a former colleague of Gardner's during his time at Qatar University.

George Tomlin, professor of occupational therapy, will have an article appear in the inaugural issue of the German-English journal International Journal of Health Professions under the title "Decision-Making and the Sources of Evidence in Occupational Therapy." Co-authoriing the piece was his Puget Sound classmate Deborah Dougherty M.S.O.T.’82, now on the faculty at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

In the News

The 2014 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Puget Sound on Sept. 19, featuring keynote speaker Marya Schechtman, was previewed in the online community paper The Suburban Times.

The new Marita Dingus and Sarah Gilbert shows at Kittredge Gallery were covered with a photo in Tacoma Weekly.

Saturday's victory over Claremont-M-S by Coach Jeff Thomas and the Puget Sound football team was discussed in The News Tribune. 

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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

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m.: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Symposium. Collins Memorial Library

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 5 p.m.: Puget Sound Community Garden Opening Party

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m.: PS Financials Budget Orientation. Howarth 005

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Seafloor Seismic and Geodetic Experiments on the Cascadia Megathrust, Jeff McGuire. Thompson 175

Thursday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.: Civic Engagement and Service Fair. Rasmussen Rotunda and Piano Lounge, WSC

Thursday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m.: Summer Science Research Symposium. Harned Hall Colonnade

Friday, Sept. 12, 12:05 p.m.: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ. Kilworth Memorial Chapel

Friday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. Hamline

Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.: Jacobsen Series: Musical Excursions, Trio Seraphin. Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $10 faculty/staff

Saturday, Sept. 13, noon: Women's Soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran University

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2:30 p.m.: Men's Soccer vs. Trinity Lutheran

Monday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.: Guest Lecture: Representations of Native American in Polish Literature, Dirk Uffelmann. Wyatt 109