Welcome to Puget Sound's faculty-staff e-newsletter
Welcome to Puget Sound's faculty-staff e-newsletter
Congratulations to retiring faculty members Wayne Rickoll and Bill Breitenbach! President Crawford with retiring staffers Belinda Timpke, Brad Tomhave, Paula Rogers, and Lori Blake Members of the Puget Sound's grounds crew recently planted trees on campus, part of an annual Arbor Day planting event
KNOW THIS campus news and announcements
Congratulations to the Class of 2017! This weekend is Commencement Weekend, when we celebrate the members of our newest graduating class. All are welcome to attend the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m., in Baker Stadium, where the university will award honorary degrees to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan (our Commencement speaker), attorney and civil rights leader Fred D. Gray, and environmental advocate and community leader Georgiana Kautz. Elizabeth Ann Breysse ’17 also will be honored at the ceremony.
#IGetOutside. Hours for The Expeditionary will be changing this week, so if you have equipment to return (or if you want to rent some), stop by The Expy today or tomorrow between 4 and 7 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, May 10, contact Cyndy at x3317 for rentals by appointment.
Changes coming to Wheelock plaza and Jones Circle. Monday, May 15—immediately following Commencement—construction will begin on safety and usability improvements to the plaza connecting Wheelock Student Center and Jones Circle, and will include work on the cherry trees in the area. For more information, including renderings of the finished project and construction area, visit
Open Line is off until August! This is the last edition of Open Line for the semester. We'll be back in August. If you need an Open Line fix before then, revisit each issue at pugetsound.edu/openline. Have a great summer!
Because being a baby can be stressful. Jennifer Pitonyak, clinical assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, is working with the International Loving Touch Foundation to bring a training workshop for certifiction as an infant massage instructor to campus June 9–10. Campus members are welcome to register for the training—you do not need to be a health care professional. If you're the parent or caregiver of an infant or young toddler and would like to volunteer during the training to participate in a free demonstration of an infant massage, visit the OT website for more information.
43rd Annual Staff Recognition Luncheon and Excellence in Action Awards
Remember to wear your fancy attire and your mask of choice to the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon on Friday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m., in Memorial Fieldhouse. Please contact Staff Senate at x3040 if you need an accommodation to participate in this event. Share your pics with #LoggerSRL!
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DO THIS featured events
Finals, through May 12.
Exhibition: 2017 Senior Show, through May 13, Kittredge Gallery.
What We Do: Listen to the latest podcast Wednesday, May 10. Last one of the semester!
Lavender Graduates Celebration, May 12, 4 p.m., Rasmussen Rotunda.
Grad Party, May 12, 8:30 p.m., Marshall Hall.
First-Generation Graduates Celebration, May 13, 11 a.m., Social Justice Center.
Academic Convocation, May 13, 2 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall.
Graduates of Color Celebration, May 13, 4 p.m., Upper Marshall Hall.
Commencement Brunch, May 14, 9 a.m., Marshall Hall. Tickets required.
Interfaith Baccaluareate Service, May 14, 10 a.m., Kilworth Memorial Chapel.
Commencement Ceremony, May 14, 2 p.m., Baker Stadium.
Commencement Reception, May 14, 4:30 p.m., Event Lawn.
Tacoma Curiosities: Geoduck Derbies and More, May 15, 7 p.m., Murray Boardroom.
Trunk Show for BUILT Exhibit, Laura Russell, artist, May 17, 11 a.m., Archives Seminar Room, Collins Memorial Library.
Mini Maestros Concert Series: Peter and the Wolf, May 21, 2:30 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $7/$10; symphonytacoma.org.
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BE PROUD noteworthy and in the news
Rob Beezer, mathematics and computer science, recently gave an invited lecture at the annual spring meeting of the Korean Mathematical Society in Gwangju, Korea, on "Open Software and Open Textbooks for Mathematics." This week he'll give a presentation on "Authoring Online Open Textbooks With MathBook XML" at the International Conference on Mathematics Textbooks in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Laura Edgar and Jeanne Young, Collins Memorial Library, contributed a series of panels on Abby Williams Hill to an exhibit featuring the artist in the Handforth Gallery at the main branch of Tacoma Public Library. The exhibit's opening reception will be held June 10, and will feature a gallery talk with Edgar.
The book God in Captivity by Tanya Erzen, religious studies, was reviewed in a photo feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Fred Hamel, education, will be on KING 5's 4 p.m. news today to talk about his new book, Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop, which covers an innovative way to teach writing to grade-school children.
The 2017 Senior Show in Kittredge Gallery includes 14 artists who "dazzle the eye and trigger neurons and synapses," wrote the Tacoma Weekly arts critic in a photo review.
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#SouthSoundProud. Do you dig the South Sound? Check out the new regional pride campaign "South Sound Proud," and, as they say, live like the mountain is out! More info at southsoundproud.org. Or see some pics of #southsoundproud swag on Instagram.
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