Uchenna Baker Named Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Thu, 17 May 2018TACOMA, Wash. – Uchenna Baker has been named the new vice president for student affairs and dean of students at University of Puget Sound, following an extensive and highly competitive national search. She will assume the position on July 17, 2018. Baker comes to Puget Sound from Elon University in North Carolina, where she currently serves as assistant dean of campus life and director of residence life. Her extensive experience in student life includes previous roles at University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Utica College (New York); and Rutgers University (New Jersey). She earned an M.Ed. in counseling psychology and a B.A. in English and sociology, both from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy with a focus on urban education through a joint program of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “Uchenna will bring excellent leadership skills, collaborative student affairs practices, and student-centered perspectives to our campus,” said Provost Kristine Bartanen. “We look forward to welcoming her to Puget Sound this summer, and working with her to continue to support student success at Puget Sound.” In her new role, Baker will be responsible for the overall vision and leadership for student affairs and will ensure coordination of programs and services, assessment, and planning. Reporting to the provost, she also will build partnerships and create more synergies with academic affairs colleagues to enhance the comprehensive student experience at Puget Sound. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, she will work closely with President Isiaah Crawford and play an integral role in the development and implementation of the liberal arts college’s new student-centered strategic plan.  “I am truly excited to join the University of Puget Sound,” Baker said. “This university is known for its commitment to student success and I am honored to be able to work alongside such a remarkable group of educators. I look forward to becoming part of an extraordinary leadership team and continuing Puget Sound’s great legacy as a college that changes lives.” Throughout her career Baker has served in numerous professional capacities, including as a teacher of college courses on leadership, research, and first-year seminars; and presenter at professional associations and workshops on topics including belonging, attachment, and identification at college; transformative leadership; academic-residential integration; democratic practices in the classroom; and student contributions to social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Baker joins Puget Sound during an exciting period in which the university draws an ever more accomplished and diverse student body from across the United States and abroad, and has engaged in new partnerships and initiatives to enhance the college as a welcoming and accessible place for students. These have included the Tacoma Public Schools Commitment, which meets the full demonstrated financial need of graduates from local high schools; the Access Programs Cohort Initiative, which supports the college aspirations of first-generation and underrepresented students who take part in the college’s Access Programs; the introduction of a test-optional admission policy; and a partnership with The Posse Foundation. Press photos of Uchenna Baker can be downloaded from Tweet this: Welcome! Uchenna Baker, new vice president for student affairs @univpugetsound! #highered #college Follow us on Twitter!

University of Puget Sound Creates The Suzanne Wilson Barnett Chair of Contemporary China Studies
Wed, 02 May 2018College strengthens its reputation as a center of excellence for the study of China; New chair honors professor emerita of history TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound is excited to announce the establishment of The Suzanne Wilson Barnett Chair of Contemporary China Studies, a new endowed faculty position central to the college’s expansion of its Asian Studies Program. The creation of the new chair, named for Professor Emerita of History Suzanne Wilson Barnett, is a major step in Puget Sound’s strategy to strengthen its reputation as a center for excellence in the study of contemporary China, building on decades of scholarly interaction and partnerships with universities in the Pacific Rim. “The new chair and the enhanced focus on China will grow Puget Sound’s international reputation in the interdisciplinary study of Asian societies, where we already excel,” said Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford. “Faculty and students across a range ofdisciplines will gain new opportunities for research abroad, for creating transpacific partnerships, and for establishing themselves as authorities in a dynamic and thriving region that is growing at more than twice the rate of the United States. It is an exciting time in the Pacific Rim and an important moment in the history of Puget Sound.” An international search for the new chair was announced today at a special Asian Studies Celebration in Trimble Hall, where Asian studies faculty, students, and staff; senior administrators; and others involved in the new venture gathered. Suzanne Wilson Barnett taught at Puget Sound from 1973 to 2007 and was a central figure in the launch of the Asian Studies Program more than 40 years ago. She served as its director from 1974 to 1989. A Harvard University graduate, exceptional teacher, and respected scholar, she shared her enthusiasm for Chinese history and for disciplined, effective writing with hundreds of students throughout her distinguished career at Puget Sound. In 2002 Barnett was selected as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Washington Professor of the Year, an award given by Carnegie and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and in 2006 she was awarded the college’s Walter Lowrie Sustained Service Award. She has held leadership positions in several national historical and Asian studies organizations and remains an active and popular figure around campus. Barnett earned her bachelor's degree in history and German from Muskingum College in Ohio, and at Harvard earned both a master's degree in East Asian studies and a doctorate in history and East Asian languages. She is co-editor of Asia in the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Case for Asian Studies in Liberal Arts Education (Routledge, 2000) and of Christianity in China (Harvard University Press, 1985). Provost Kristine Bartanen said the expansion of Puget Sound’s Asian Studies Program will further enhance students’ experiences, including through a growing array of high-impact learning opportunities. “Our scholarly interactions with Asia are already at a high level, with faculty exchange programs, research trips, our signature nine-month Pacific Rim Study Abroad Program, culture and language studies in Chinese and Japanese, and the Asian field schools that provide a myriad of on-site experiential-based learning opportunities in multiple countries in Asia,” Bartanen said. “The faculty member hired into the new chair will help to carry these efforts forward and prepare our students for potential international careers or for service at home, underpinned by a solid understanding of contemporary China.” The Suzanne Wilson Barnett Chair of Contemporary China Studies has been established through a gift from The Trimble Foundation. The Trimble Foundation and Trimble family, which have long-standing personal connections to China, have made numerous gifts to Puget Sound, supporting student scholarships, faculty exchanges, visiting scholars, and capital projects critical to the college’s educational mission. Press photos of Suzanne Wilson Barnett can be downloaded from Photo on page: Suzanne Wilson Barnett, by Ross Mulhausen Tweet this: New endowed chair @univpugetsound for contemporary studies of #China is named for Prof. Emerita Suzanne Wilson Barnett. #LoggerPride in our growing center of excellence for #Chinastudies in the #PacificNorthwest. Follow us on Twitter!

Mellon $800,000 Grant Propels Experiential Learning
Wed, 18 Apr 2018Puget Sound will expand its summer internship program and launch ePortfolios TACOMA, Wash. – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded University of Puget Sound $800,000 to implement a transformative strategy that will ensure all undergraduates take part in meaningful, high-impact learning experiences. The four-year Engaging High Impact Experiences grant carries forward recent Puget Sound work to create and pilot new internship models and to implement experiential educational practices across the curriculum. This effort will now expand to include all sophomores in the Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE) program that encourages students to connect their liberal arts education to a career environment. It also will progressively engage all students on campus in using ePortfolios—online showcases of their knowledge, skills, and growth.  “At Puget Sound we believe a liberal arts education must continually transform itself as it engages new generations of young people and helps them become global citizens who are creative, analytical, system-thinkers, and strong and effective communicators who can apply all they learn to their careers and personal lives,” said Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford. “The Mellon Foundation’s ongoing support for our high-impact learning initiatives is generous and farsighted, and will benefit not only our students, but the communities and industries they will serve.” The Mellon Foundation supported Puget Sound’s formative work on a range of experiential learning projects over the past three years with a $250,000 award in 2015. Another $100,000 discretionary presidential grant was directed by President Crawford toward RISE, which engages sophomores in internships and ePortfolios. Three years ago Professor Renee Houston began leading a new wave of experiential learning under the direction of Provost Kristine Bartanen. Along with faculty and staff advisors, Houston, now associate dean for experiential learning and civic scholarship, is setting the course to integrate these creative learning practices more broadly into the university curriculum, culture, and student cocurricular activities. Space has already been created in the curriculum for more internship courses, project-based education, community-based learning, and other activities. In December 2017 new RISE Program Manager Nicole Kendrick began work on the sophomore-focused internship program. Students enrolled in RISE earn academic credit for a course that encourages career exploration and optimizes prospects for students to find fulfilling post-graduate employment. RISE launched in 2018 with 100 sophomores, and incremental expansion is planned. Last year Puget Sound piloted ePortfolio, a student’s record of learning documented through text, photos, videos, documents, charts, presentations, and/or audio. The tool encourages students to showcase academic work; to share skills, interests, and projects; and to reflect upon the education journey.  In each successive year of the Mellon grant, starting from fall 2018, the entering first-year class will be immersed in experiential learning that they will engage with through ePortfolio. The ultimate aim is for all students to take part in high-impact educational practices.   The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has been a generous supporter of Puget Sound, backing efforts such as internationalizing the curriculum for the Environmental Policy and Decision Making Program; development of a Latina/o Studies Program; creating new humanities and honors program initiatives; connecting students’ academic and cocurricular lives through residential seminars; and providing junior faculty sabbaticals. Photos on page: From top right: A student does biology lab work; Professor Amy Spivey and Lillis Scholar Jordan Fonseca '18 work on a multi-campus solar project; students on a geology trip; students visit Indonesia as part of the LIASE Asian Field Schools initiative. Tweet this: Visionary Mellon Foundation awards @univpugetsound $800,000 for more high-impact #experientiallearning. Thank you @MellonFdn ! Follow us on Twitter!

2018 Senior Art Show
Thu, 19 Apr 2018April 25–May 13; Kittredge Gallery TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery opens its annual Senior Art Show Wednesday, April 25, with a reception starting at 5 p.m.    The Class of 2018 exhibiting artists include: Kiri Bolles, Megan Breiter, Ian Chandler, Stephanie Clement, Sam Crookston Herschlag, Walker Edison, Ally Hembree, Emily Katz, Sequoia Leech-Kritchman, Monica Patterson, Jarrett Prince, and Mairan Smith. The Senior Art Show is Puget Sound’s annual exhibit of studio-based senior thesis projects by studio art majors. This year’s 12 seniors have produced a diverse collection of work, addressing themes such as vulnerability, identity, relationships, environment, and craft. The artists’ theses, individually and collectively, exemplify many of the university’s core values as a liberal arts institution, including a rich knowledge of self and others, aesthetic appreciation, and intellectual curiosity. On the whole, the show encourages viewers to consider one’s place—whether that be within one’s own body and identity, within a global community, or any space in-between. The show is the culmination of the 12 artists’ undergraduate work at Puget Sound, and collectively represents thousands of hours of dedication, discovery, learning, and honing of craft. The exhibition opens with a public reception in Kittredge Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event. Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History, and as a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public. Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 25, 5–7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th Street at N. Lawrence Street, Tacoma, Wash. Directions and Map: Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.  Website: Newsletter: Signup here For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit PRESS PHOTOS are available upon request.

New Book by Hans Ostrom and William T. Haltom
Tue, 10 Apr 2018Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” in the Age of Pseudocracy; TACOMA, Wash. – The co-authors of a new book about George Orwell’s iconic Politics and the English Language would have it that we readers completely missed the point. Hans Ostrom and William T. Haltom tell us that we have been dangerously distracted, with our mean smiles and guffaws at Orwell’s mockery of the language of bureaucrats, politicians, and others that we hate. They tell us that this 1946 essay that teachers hope will rid us of sloppy and decadent language has a far more ominous message. A good look around today suggests that the two University of Puget Sound professors who wrote Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” in the Age of Pseudocracy (Routledge, March 2018) may be right. They argue that our focus on Orwell’s tips for good writing “detracts from Orwell’s most terrifying and compelling general portents. Politicos misuse language to make lies sound truthful and murders seem respectable.” Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” in the Age of Pseudocracy is written by Professors Hans Ostrom, published poet, novelist, and professor of English; and William T. Haltom, the writer behind three books and professor of politics and government. Their aim, they say, is to rescue Orwell’s obscured major point: “that politics corrupts language, which then corrupts political discourse further, and so on.” It is this—the corruption of power, position, and prominence—that Orwell wants us to pay attention to. Our age is described by the authors as a pseudocracy—meaning that shams, pretenses, and mendacity dominate political language and public discourse on politics. They blame public relations, political image-makers, consumer culture, mass education, and mass media for widespread apathy, inattention, and sensationalism. It is enough to make you worry. The highly engaging and readable book goes further than just analyzing Orwell’s intent, secreting his wisdom, and mourning his limitations. The authors ambitiously try to rescue today’s “credulous audiences, who expect fantasies and abhor facts” and the increasingly distrustful audiences who no longer know what to believe. They attempt to pull us out of this quicksand by transforming Orwell’s diagnoses and prescriptions into resources for a 21st-century audience. Our rescue, however, is one we have to work for. They propose actions we can take: from analyzing if you yourself are an easy target, to checking for references and factuality, to avoiding sound bites, to demanding that content providers check sources’ veracity, to teaching students to battle mendacity. Their implorations are brutal, they use humor like a knife and language like the weapon they want us all to wield. They write, “We exhort readers to zealously, jealously guard the ideas and inferences that they deem knowledge and, when in doubt, push propositions back into the zone of opinion.” It is a good battle, it is an important battle, and what can I say: Read this book. Hans Ostrom is professor of African American Studies at University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Wash). Previous publications include A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia; Honoring Juanita: a Novel; and Metro: Journeys in Creative Writing, written with Wendy Bishop and Katharine Haake. With J. David Macey, he edited the five-volume The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. He taught as a Fulbright senior lecturer at Uppsala University in Sweden and also taught at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, in Germany. William T. Haltom, professor of politics and government at University of Puget Sound, teaches courses in politics and law. He is author of Reporting on the Courts: How the Mass Media Cover Judicial Actions. He is co-author of Distorting the Law (Chicago 2004) and "The Laws of God, the Laws of Man: Power, Authority, and Influence in ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ " in Legal Studies Forum (1998). Press photos of the authors and the book cover can be downloaded from on page: From top right: Book cover; George Orwell at the BBC, 1940 (public domain photo); the two authors Tweet this: Politics corrupts language; Language corrupts politics. New book by @univpugetsound profs Hans Ostrom, William Haltom rethinks #Orwell intent in “Orwell: ‘Politics and the #English Language’ in the Age of Pseudocracy.” Follow us on Twitter!

Egg-Laying Lizards: Bad Parents? Or Hidden Helpers?
Thu, 05 Apr 2018National Science Foundation funds work by Puget Sound biologist and microbiologist TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound behavioral ecologist Stacey Weiss and microbiologist Mark Martin have been awarded $731,000 by the National Science Foundation to research the habits of egg-laying lizards and find out whether microbes may make them better parents than we think. It’s an oddity of the natural world that most egg-laying reptiles—with the exception of crocodiles, some turtles, skinks, and selected other species—do not provide parental care to their eggs. In other species, egg-tending is crucial to protect eggs from risks such as pathogens in the soil and air that can kill developing embryos. And yet many female reptiles abandon their eggs after they are laid. How the embryos survive deadly bacterial and fungal threats remains unexplained. Stacey Weiss, professor of biology, and Mark Martin, associate professor of biology, have a hypothesis that a female lizard may transfer protective microbes from her reproductive system to the eggshell surface when she lays an egg. This idea is supported by work so far showing that eggs of the Southwestern U.S. striped plateau lizard, Sceloporus virgatus, have higher success in hatching if they are laid by the mother than if they are surgically removed without contacting the birth canal, called the cloaca. Females of this species lay their eggs in soil nests at the beginning of the summer monsoon season, when fungal growth peaks. For two months, the eggs get no parental care or egg-tending, and in September the hatchlings emerge. Through a combination of field work, next-generation gene sequencing, bioinformatics, and culture-based studies, Weiss and Martin aim to test their hypothesis using Sceloporus lizards. Their NSF project, titled “Antifungal protection of eggs by maternal cloacal microbiota” will run over five years and will involve more than a dozen Puget Sound undergraduates, plus students from Tucson Magnet High School in Arizon. “During the past two decades, science has uncovered the centrality of microbes throughout the biosphere, even relating to issues of animal development and health,” Martin said. “The idea that cloacal microbes in lizards might in fact protect eggs against infection by pathogens is fascinating in terms of basic biology, and potentially could lead to the discovery of new antimicrobial therapies.” Weiss spent her 2017-18 sabbatical in Arizona, where she sought out and studied Sceloporus lizards in the creek beds and plateaus of the oak-juniper forest in the Madrean Sky Islands—mountain “islands” surrounded by “seas” of lowland desert. Once the time of egg-laying arrives, Weiss and her students will study the transfer of the female’s cloacal microbiome onto eggshells. They also will measure the hatching success of eggs with and without the benefit of these maternally transmitted microbes. “After this initial documentation work, we will examine how these proposed beneficial microbes affect behavioral interactions among lizards,” said Weiss, the principal investigator. “We expect that females vary in their microbiomes, and some will have better protective function than others. “If so, do females advertise this fact via chemical or visual cues? Do males pay attention and invest more in the courtship of more egg-protective females? These questions can only be answered using interdisciplinary approaches, and we are incredibly excited about what we will learn from working at the interface of behavioral ecology and microbiology.” Weiss says the researchers’ work will later be extended to other species. For example, they may compare populations with different levels of pathogen risks, and compare species that lay eggs with species that give live birth. “Such comparative work allows us to address broader evolutionary questions about this phenomenon,” Weiss said. Martin and his students will use culture-based and DNA-focused approaches to more fully examine the antifungal capabilities of the mother’s microbes. This work is critical to understanding the mechanisms by which these microbes fight off infection from soil pathogens and thus enhance offspring survival. Others involved in the research and mentoring include A. Elizabeth Arnold, professor in the School of Plant Sciences at University of Arizona, and Margaret Wilch, biology teacher at Tucson Magnet High School. The University of Puget Sound student researchers will do much of the work over the summers, supported by stipends from the NSF grant and as participants in Puget Sound’s extensive Summer Research Program, which funds student research in the sciences, math, arts, humanities, and social sciences. Press photos of the two researchers and of the striped plateau lizard are available upon request.Photos on page:  From top right: Striped plateau lizard (by Jared Hobbs); Stacey Weiss; Mark Martin; Sky Islands in Arizona, taken from the Santa Catalina Mountains (U.S. Dept. of Transport photo). Tweet this: Bad parenting? Or do lizards have a secret? New @NSF research @univpugetsound @PRBiology, with @markowenmartin and Stacey Weiss and @PSLoggers student researchers #microbiology #microbiome Follow us on Twitter!

A Symphony Concert in Honor of Geoffrey Block
Sun, 29 Apr 2018Distinguished professor of music history is gearing down; Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. TACOMA, Wash. –  Geoffrey Block is a trailblazing scholar of Broadway musicals; he publishes endlessly; he’s the composer of four musicals; and he has made characters from music’s history—Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Richard Rodgers, Charles Ives—spark to life for almost four decades of college students. In May the University of Puget Sound distinguished professor of music history will bring one dramatic act of his career to an end and begin to scribble out another. No one who knows Block, author of the seminal work Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from “Show Boat” to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber, could ever say he is retiring. But the irrepressibly enthusiastic, dauntingly well-versed scholar, writer, speaker, editor, and educator will shift to part-time teaching, after 38 years, and devote himself to writing. “Geoffrey’s contributions to musical scholarship are profound,” said Keith Ward, director of the School of Music. “It is impossible to summarize adequately such a distinguished career of nearly 40 years. And he remains, to his core, a faculty member devoted to and passionate about teaching excellence.” In Block’s honor, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anna Wittstruck, is performing a season finale concert, Theatricality and Nostalgia, on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall. A reception will be held after the concert, at about 8:30 p.m., in the adjoining Music Building, Room 106. The concert and reception are free and open to all. The symphony will perform works by Wolfgang Mozart, Maurice Ravel, Charles Gounod, Gaetano Donizetti, Benjamin Britten, and Leonard Bernstein, and will feature the winners of the school’s 2017 Concerto-Aria Competition, Danielle Rogers ’18, soprano, and Aric MacDavid ’20, bassoon. Geoffrey Block will narrate for Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. A national conference also is being held in Block’s honor by The Great American Songbook Foundation, May 9–11, in Carmel, Ind. Reading Musicals: Sources, Editions, Performance is being held to recognize “both Block’s own scholarship and his stewardship of the work of others through Oxford’s Broadway Legacies and Yale’s Broadway Masters series,” the foundation announced. Block served as editor for both series, shepherding 18 books to print. Geoffrey Block’s accomplishments make for a long list. Other highlights include his books Schubert’s Reputation from His Time to Ours (2017) and Experiencing Beethoven (2016), both of which led to interviews on KING FM classical radio in Seattle. In all, he authored six books, served as contributing editor of two more, and wrote articles, notes, and essays for 64 publications. Block has given keynote addresses on the Broadway musical at four national and international conferences and has served in roles for the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, and National Endowment for the Arts. He was a consultant for films on Richard Rodgers and Frank Loesser, and his name appears in 12 national and international music directories. At Academic Convocation on Saturday, May 12, an event to honor students’ exceptional academic achievements, Block will serve as faculty speaker. Then, from the fall semester on, he will teach one or two courses a year—and write. He says: “Over the next few months I hope to complete two new book proposals, one on the many connections between musical and nonmusical films and the musical stage. I’m also hatching a number of other book-length projects and articles. My goal is to continue learning and writing about music and its history until I die or lose my marbles—whichever comes first.”            For directions and a map of the campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of Geoffrey Block can be downloaded from on page: Geoffrey Block, by Ross Mulhausen For More Music Events visit the School of Music calendar. Tweet this: The end? Hardly. Geoffrey Block, #musichistory #broadwaymusicals professor @univpugetsound is shifting course in a magical career. Free symphony concert in his honor Fri. April 13. #Tacoma. Conference in his honor by @SongbookFdn in #Carmel, Ind. May 9–11. Follow us on Twitter!

2018 Spring Lu`auâ?? Pacific Island Food, Dance, and Music
Mon, 26 Mar 2018A dinner and show for all the family; Saturday, April 14, 5 p.m.–8:30 p.m. TACOMA, Wash. – With the beloved mountain poking occasionally through the rain clouds, you could say that spring is back in the South Sound. That means more sunshine ahead, warmer evenings—and the chance to again indulge in the Polynesian colors, tastes, and music of University of Puget Sound’s annual Spring Lu`au. Students from the Ka ‘Ohana me ke Aloha Club on Saturday, April 14, will present their 48th Spring Lu`au—an event they organize each year to familiarize Pacific Northwesterners with their storytelling cultures. The celebration will include a Hawaiian dinner and a stage show with traditional dances from Pacific Ocean peoples. The event is one of the biggest celebrations of Polynesian culture in the state, attracting nearly 1,000 people each year. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall of Wheelock Student Center, near the N. Alder Street entrance to campus on N. 15th Street. This year no tickets are required for the meal and guests will choose their own a la carte items from an array of Hawaiian dishes, paying with cash, a card, or student dining dollars. The colorful stage show, including music and dancers, is ticketed. This will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse, just off the corner of Union Avenue and N. 11th Street. See below for ticket details and a map of campus. The organizers have chosen this year‘s theme as Ho‘ohanohano I Na Moolelo O Na Alii, which translates to "To Honor the Stories of the Alii” (the hereditary line of rulers). “This year’s goal is to educate the Puget Sound and local communities about the history of Hawaii and Polynesia even more than we have in past years,” says Amber Odo ’19, club president. Music will be provided by Northwest Blend, a local group specializing in Hawaiian infused music and known for their use of four-part harmonies. The show will include numerous dances from cultures including Hawaiian and Tahitian. Tickets are on sale now, and are available in advance or at the door. When:    Saturday, April 14, 2018 Where:   Dinner: 5–6:30 p.m., Wheelock Student Center, N. 15th St. & N. Alder St.                Show: 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse, N. 11th St. & Union Ave. Tickets: Dinner:  A la carte purchases in the dining hall              Show only: General admission: $10                                   Puget Sound campus members, seniors (65+), military: $8                                   Children 4 years old and under enter free. To pay with a credit card call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.3100.To order online go to: For more information contact: [email protected] For directions and a map of campus visit: Photos on page: 2017 Spring Lu`au, by Ross Mulhausen Tweet this: Warm nights, beautiful music #Polynesian food, dance. Be there! Spring Lu`au @univpugetsound, Sat. April 14. 5pm to eat; 6:30pm for show #Tacoma #TacomaShows Follow us on Twitter!

Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense (2006â??11)
Tue, 27 Mar 2018Pierce Lecture; Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. TACOMA, Wash. – Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will speak at University of Puget Sound. The highly decorated statesman, scholar, and best-selling author will appear in Tacoma for a discussion titled “A Conversation With Dr. Robert Gates” on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. Benjamin Tromly, Puget Sound associate professor of history, will serve as moderator for the one-hour talk. A map of campus and ticket information for the Pierce Lecture are below. Gates’ professional experience in intelligence and leadership roles spans the period from the time of the Cold War to today’s war on terrorism. He served as the 22nd secretary of defense, from 2006 to 2011, and is the only person serving in that role to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected president. On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. The former U.S. Air Force second lieutenant, who rose through the ranks to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1991–93), has shared his views and his memories on leadership, war, and the way America’s government works—and too often doesn’t work—in three books. The most recent, A Passion for Leadership (2016), is an urgent assessment of why big civic and private institutions are failing us, and how smart, committed leadership can inspire others and bring badly needed change.  An earlier book, The New York Times best-seller Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (2014), covered his experience serving two presidents during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In lectures subsequent to the book, Gates has expressed the view that America will continue to face the most challenging international environment since the Cold War for some time to come. Considered the “Soldier’s Secretary” for his commitment to the safety and preparedness of men and women in uniform, Gates made significant advances in his time as secretary of defense. Soldier safety was improved, in part, by replacing vehicles in the field with heavily armored vehicles. He was instrumental in the reshaping of U.S. nuclear weapons policies, the removal of troops from Iraq, and the resurgence of troops in Afghanistan—culminating in the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966. He spent nearly nine of his 27 years as an intelligence professional with the White House’s National Security Council, working under four presidents from both major political parties. Gates also has served as an academic, lecturer, and as president of Texas A&M University (2002–06). Recognitions of Gates’ dedication to his country include the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (three times), among other honors. He is currently a partner in the consulting firm RHG LLC, alongside former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others. Past roles include positions on the board of the American Council on Education and as president of the Boy Scouts of America. His alma maters are College of William & Mary (B.A.), Indiana University (M.A.), and Georgetown University (Ph.D.). The lecture is sponsored by the Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts. The Pierce Lecture series brings intellectuals, public figures, writers, and artists to the university to present challenging ideas that stimulate further exploration and discussion on campus. Past Pierce lecturers have included Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka; economist Robert Reich; filmmaker Spike Lee; the Hon. Cory Booker, now a U.S. senator; The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast; political commentator David Brooks; playwright Edward Albee; race and religion scholar Cornel West; musician Philip Glass; and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, among many others. FOR TICKETS: Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. Admission is $20 for the general public. Entrance is free for Puget Sound faculty, staff, and students with campus ID, but tickets are required. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. For directions and a map of the University of Puget Sound campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of Robert Gates can be downloaded from Tweet this: Hear Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense for George W. Bush and Obama @univpugetsound Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. #Tacoma #TacomaTalks Follow us on Twitter!

Into the Woods: Where Wishes Come True
Sun, 20 May 2018Directed by Dawn Padula; Friday April 6–Sunday April 8 TACOMA, Wash. –   What really happens when a wish comes true? Into the Woods, the musical that has been capturing audiences and landing awards since its Broadway premiere 31 years ago, has a theory about that. Big hint: Be careful what you wish for. Dare to come along and discover the fate of characters from fairy tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, by attending University of Puget Sound’s opera theater production of the popular musical. Into the Woods will be performed by School of Music students at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8. Ticket information and a map of campus are below. “Into the Woods is an amazingly entertaining, heartfelt, and whimsical journey through the world of fairy tales,” says Dawn Padula, director of vocal studies, who produced and directs the performance. “Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical score and James Lapine’s clever book are unparalleled—there is no doubt why this show has been popular for three decades.” The production features a strong and talented cast of student vocalists. Into the Woods is considered a “crossover” musical, in terms of its musical complexity and types of voices, Padula says, so it is not uncommon for opera companies to stage performances. “Our production will be primarily acoustic, with minimal amplification, so we have pared down the instrumentation to allow the voices to be heard more clearly,” Padula adds. Jeff Caldwell, musical director, will lead an ensemble of student musicians. Costumes are by Mishka Navarre and lighting design by Mark Thomason. Set pieces were built by Randy Cabe of Champion Builders. The Tony Award-winning play interweaves several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault folk tales, leading the audience down a path that twists from delight to dismay, as characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, and Cinderella pursue their wishes—only to find that not every fairy tale is guaranteed a happy ending. The plot is tied together by The Baker and his wife, who set off into the woods hoping to reverse The Witch’s curse that prevents them from having children. The audience also meets Cinderella, who dreams of going to the King’s Festival, and Jack, who wishes his cow would give some milk. For a time it seems everyone’s wish will come true—but things darken with a visit from The Giant. Eyes are opened as the characters encounter the realities of life and seek to find a way out. Into the Woods has had numerous stage productions, across the United States and overseas, and in 2014 was released as a Disney film starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp. FOR TICKETS: Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. Admission is $15 for the general public; $10 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff; and $7 for Puget Sound students. For directions and a map of the campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of the dress rehearsal will be available shortly before the event.Photos on page: From top right: Poster for Puget Sound's Into the Woods; print, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair, by Anne Anderson. And the witch climbed up... (public domain) Tweet this: Come on! Head #IntotheWoods with our vocal students’ production of the lovable musical @univpugetsound April 6–8, #Tacoma #Tacomatheater Follow us on Twitter!

"Rewriting Tradition" and "Michael Johnson: Sculpture"
Tue, 06 Mar 2018Kittredge Gallery, March 5–April 14 TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery has two new shows up, running from from Monday, March 5, to Saturday, April 14. There will be artist, guest artist, and student curators’ talks accompanying the exhibits. Rewriting Tradition: Modern Chinese Landscape and Calligraphy is a student-curated show with pieces from the Studio of Gathering Hearts in Seattle, Wash. The exhibit features influential 20th-century artists such as Xu Bing and Gu Wenda, and others who have challenged and reinvented the age-old traditions of Chinese calligraphy.  Beijing-based Xu Bing is known for shows that at one time reflected Chinese cultural issues, but that more recently have tackled environmental issues and addressed the need for serenity in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. Gu Wenda is a contemporary artist from China, living in New York City, whose works include the global art installations project United Nations and large-scale ink paintings, which often use pseudo-languages. Come rediscover Chinese artistic traditions, as seen through the eyes of today’s artists. The public are also invited to hear a student curators’ talk at the gallery on Wednesday, March 7, 5–7 p.m. Michael Johnson: Sculpture shows large, impeccably crafted pieces by the distinguished professor of sculpture at Puget Sound. Michael Johnson’s sculptures dominate the space, inspiring curiosity with their simple, bold forms. As a fabricator, Johnson places manual labor in the realm of undervalued human endeavor. Johnson has participated in one-person and invitational exhibitions in the United States, Slovakia, and Japan. Rewriting Tradition: Modern Chinese Landscape and Calligraphy:  Student Curators’ talk and reception, 5–7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 Michael Johnson: Sculpture: Artist Talk, 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22 Closing reception with visiting artist Henry Mandell, 5–7 p.m. Friday, April 13 Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History, and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public. Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th Street at N. Lawrence Street, Tacoma, Wash. Directions and Map: Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.  Website: Signup here For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit PRESS PHOTOS are available upon request.

Two Piano/One Piano: Tanya Stambuk and Elyane Laussade
Wed, 07 Mar 2018Jacobsen Series concert; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 TACOMA, Wash. – More than 20 years after they last sat down to play together, master pianists Tanya Stambuk and Elyane Laussade are returning to the stage—with two pianos and a collection of duos and duets. Inspired by warm memories of their days at The Juilliard School together, the two professional artists will perform a program including a mix of classical and modern music. Two Piano/One Piano Two Hands will be held Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall, near the corner of Union Street and N. 14th Street on the University of Puget Sound campus. Ticket information and directions to campus are below. “I am so looking forward to performing this program with Elyane,” Stambuk said. “We were students together in New York City at The Juilliard School and performed many times as duo pianists. It will be an exciting evening featuring music from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.” The program includes: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart    Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448Johannes Brahms                   Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Opus 56bWilliam Bolcom                       The Serpent’s KissSamuel Barber                         Souvenirs, suite for piano, four hands, Opus 28 Witold Lutoslawski                  Variations on a Theme of Paganini  Tanya Stambuk, professor of piano at Puget Sound, has appeared internationally as a soloist with orchestras including Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, in France; Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, in Norway; and the Seattle Symphony. A performer on radio and television, and at international festivals, she recorded the piano works of Norman Dello Joio on the Centaur label. For more, visit: Elyane Laussade has performed on five continents, appearing as a soloist in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States, and Europe. She appeared in Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Metropolis New Music Festival and has been featured nationally on Australian radio and in studio recordings. Among many other appearances, she performed in the new Melbourne Recital Centre for a recording that aired on the ABC television program “Catalyst.” For more, visit: The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales. FOR TICKETS: Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. Admission is $15 for the general public; $10 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. For directions and a map of the campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of the artists can be downloaded from on page: From top right:  Two Steinway grand pianos, by Herry Lawford (Creative Commons photo); Tanya Stambuk; Elyane Laussade For More Music Events visit the School of Music calendar. Tweet this: Two pianos, four hands! Get carried away by Mozart, Brahms, Bolcom, Barber @univpugetsound Fri Mar 23, 7:30pm #Tacoma Follow us on Twitter!

Dexter Gordon Delivers the 45th Regester Lecture
Tue, 27 Feb 2018“Race and Pedagogy: A Yearning …”7 p.m. Thursday, March 22; Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall TACOMA, Wash. – “Simple moments of action, or inaction, can determine whether human and civil rights and justice are advanced or thwarted.” This is the reminder offered by Dexter Gordon, professor of African American studies and communication studies, in an introduction to his upcoming Regester Lecture at University of Puget Sound. It is a call that has been heard often throughout history, heeded by some, and forgotten by others—but the need for it never diminishes. Gordon’s talk titled “Race and Pedagogy: A Yearning …” is free and open to all, and will be held Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall, on campus. A map of campus is below. These “simple moments of action or inaction” often arise, Gordon says, when disturbing events related to race focus our attention on the need for justice and equity. “They are critical moments, and they afford us opportunities to learn how to see, hear, and attend to them, and benefit from their significant emergence,” he says. Although such pivotal moments often take place on a national stage—as we have seen repeatedly in terms of shootings, assaults, and hate speech—they also are forged in our own backyard, Gordon adds. The co-founder and director of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Institute will examine how such events relate to the Puget Sound campus community and to the work undertaken by the institute. The 15-year-old institute itself arose following a seminal moment on campus in 2002–03 that left concerned educators questioning how to deal with racial tensions. “Engaged scholarship” was one of the paths they chose, and after a series of “brown bag” lunch discussions the Race & Pedagogy Program emerged. From a small beginning, it grew to deliver three national conferences, featuring speakers including Cornell West, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates, Freeman Hrabowski, and Winona LaDuke, and multiple events involving youth, families, and community members in partnership with campus faculty, staff, and students. In fall 2016 the program became the Race and Pedagogy Institute, indicating its scope, importance, and permanence on campus. Its aim, then and now, is to educate students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race and to act to eliminate racism. The group’s 2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference will be held this fall, September 27­–29. The 45th Regester Lecture by Dexter Gordon promises to be an informative and inspiring evening. Audience members will be invited to ask questions at the end. The John D. Regester Lecture series was established in 1965 to honor John Regester, who joined the Puget Sound faculty in 1924. The address is given by a member of the university who exemplifies the qualities of scholarship and intellectual integrity that professors and students have long associated with Regester, who taught philosophy and served as dean of the university and graduate school. Dexter Gordon, Ph.D., explores the themes of public discourse, social theory, and social, intellectual, and political history through his research and writing. He directs the university's African American Studies program and leads the Race and Pedagogy Institute. He is the author of Black Identity: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalism (2003) and is a sought-after public speaker and community leader, with roles in the social justice groups The Conversation and Tacoma Pierce County Black Collective. Gordon was a founding member and head of research of the Tacoma Civil Rights Project, and he served on the Washington State Legislature’s panel that produced the report A Plan to Close the Achievement Gap for African American Students, which was submitted to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Gordon earned a B.A. from Jamaica Theological Seminary; an M.A. from Wheaton College in Illinois; and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. For directions and a map of the University of Puget Sound campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of Dexter Gordon can be downloaded from on page: From top right: Dexter Gordon; Gordon lecture in the rotunda; Angela Davis introduced by Gordon at the 2014 National Race and Pedagogy Conference. (Last two photos by Ross Mulhausen) Tweet this: Join us: Dexter Gordon @PSRaceandPedagogy @univpugetsound gives Regester lecture on race, education, how to help. 7pm Thur. Mar 22 Free. All welcome. Follow us on Twitter!

Leavey Foundation $2 Million Gift Toward Welcome Center
Wed, 28 Feb 2018University of Puget Sound’s new home for admission staff will welcome visiting students and families TACOMA, Wash. – The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation has made a gift of $1 million toward the construction of a new Welcome Center to receive prospective students, their families, and other visitors at University of Puget Sound. The generous gift supports the college’s long-standing aim of providing a visually inspiring space to welcome the 5,000 visitors who come to campus each year as part of their college search. In addition the foundation has pledged another $1 million that will be released in the form of a “waterfall grant” if the university reaches $6.5 million in documented commitments toward its fundraising goal of $7.5 million by the autumn of 2018. “First impressions count, as we all know, and with the help of this gift, future campus visitors will enjoy the warm and authentic welcome that is so much a part of our college culture and so characteristic of our community in the Pacific Northwest,” President Isiaah Crawford said. “We are enormously grateful for the vision and generosity of this gift from our longtime friend and supporter, the Leavey Foundation.” The construction of the Welcome Center at the main entrance to campus is the next major initiative in Puget Sound’s Tapestry of Learning master plan, which has guided the creation of nearly a dozen major facilities since it was conceived in 2003–04. Three of those projects received funding from the Leavey Foundation. The 13,565-square-foot, two-story building will provide a contemporary and high-functioning home for the Office of Admission, and will serve as a valuable addition to campus during a competitive time in higher education. The facility also will provide space for campus and community gatherings after office hours. Surveys show that admitted students who have visited campus are six times more likely to enroll. The new center will encourage and enhance such visits, and provide a larger and more inviting space than the current admission rooms and hallways located within Jones Hall. Slated for completion in the fall of 2019, the center will stand at the corner of N. Alder Street and N. 15th Street. It will be built with traditional campus materials—brick, stone, and terracotta roof tile—and feature Puget Sound’s signature architectural touches: gabled forms and large windows with delicate vertical accents. Visitors will enter a courtyard and then a modern reception area, anchored by a brick fireplace. A presentation room will be in one arm of the building, and offices and interview rooms in another. “We have enjoyed more than 20 years of partnering with Puget Sound as the college has grown in status nationally and expanded its reach internationally,” said Kathleen McCarthy Duncan ’82, a trustee of the Leavey Foundation and of Puget Sound. “It is with pleasure that we stand by the college once again to help create a Welcome Center that will truly be the window through which visitors first view the beautiful campu The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, based in Los Angeles, Calif., primarily focuses on medical research, hospitals, higher and secondary education, and social service, not only in the United States, but around the world. It was founded in 1952 by Thomas Leavey, co-founder of Farmers Insurance, and continued its mission after his death in 1980 under the leadership of his wife, Dorothy. Dorothy Leavey passed away in 1998 at age 101, after a lifetime of giving that included donations of more than $100 million to the community. The foundation is currently chaired by Kathleen McCarthy, daughter of Dorothy and Thomas Leavey. The Leavey Foundation has been an outstanding supporter of Puget Sound’s master plan, providing funding for the Harned Hall science facility (2006), the William T. and Gail T. Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences (2011), and the Athletics and Aquatics Center (2016). To learn more and view renderings of the Welcome Center visit: Press photos of the renderings are available upon request.Photos on page: Welcome Center renderings. From top right: University entrance at corner of N. Alder Street and N. 15th Street; front view on Alder Street; Back view from N. 15th Street; Side view on N. 15th Street. Tweet this: A welcome like never before! Thank you Leavey Foundation for the generous gift for @univpugetsound’s new Welcome Center Follow us on Twitter!

Society of Composers: Modern Classical Music Concerts
Thu, 22 Feb 2018First SCI national conference in Tacoma; Free, public concerts; Thurs., March 1–Sat., March 3 TACOMA, Wash. – Fifty-seven composers of modern classical music are coming from around the country to Tacoma—and you are invited to join them to hear their highly imaginative and eclectic new works. Eight public concerts, free and open to all, will form part of the 2018 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, hosted at University of Puget Sound, March 1–3, by the college’s School of Music. The concerts will feature the dynamic ensemble Heartland Marimba Quartet and eight Puget Sound musical groups, including the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Adelphian Concert Choir, and Dorian Singers. Critically acclaimed composers Joel Puckett and Jake Runestad will be leading a panel discussion, and each will join the audience as one of their major works is performed. Puckett is a music chair at Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, whose opera Black Sox will premiere in March 2019. Runestad is the Minneapolis-based creator of the groundbreaking Dreams of the Fallen and a recipient of the 2017 McKnight Fellowship. The public concerts over three days at the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) conference will include four world premieres: three by student winners of the SCI Student Commission Competition, and a concerto for marimba quartet and wind ensemble by Paul Alan Price-Brenner. There also will be a musical celebration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. “This is a great opportunity to take the pulse of modern classical music,” said Rob Hutchinson, professor of music theory and composition at Puget Sound. “There will be atonal pieces, aleatoric pieces, electro-acoustic pieces with real-time interactive computer processing, pieces incorporating the sound and aesthetic of popular music, as well as neo-tonal and neo-romantic music.” Keith Ward, director of the School of Music, said visitors will be treated to a musical feast, from the traditionally lyrical to progressive works. “The SCI conference is a three-day celebration of the creative spirit, an event that promises to be both memorable and indelible.” The free public concerts will all be in Schneebeck Concert Hall, near the corner of Union Avenue and N. 14th Street on campus. Tickets are not required. Most of the works are by SCI members, in a program including: Thursday, March 17:30 p.m.  Heartland Marimba Quartet: SCI student winners’ premieres Friday, March 210 a.m.  Chamber Music 12 p.m.  Electro-Acoustic Music7:30 p.m.  Symphony Orchestra: SCI works and Leonard Bernstein celebration Saturday, March 310 a.m.  Chamber Music 2 2 p.m.  Choral and Vocal Concert: including a work by Jake Runestad 3:30 p.m.  Chamber Music 3 7:30 p.m.  Wind Ensemble: Price-Brenner world premiere and Joel Puckett adagio The University of Puget Sound School of Music residencies of guest composers Joel Puckett and Jake Runestad are supported by the Norton Clapp Visiting Artist Endowment. The Society of Composers, Inc. is a professional society concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition. Founded in 1965, it today has about 1,500 members from the United States, Canada, and overseas. For directions and a map of the University of Puget Sound campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Photos on page: From top: Heartland Marimba Quartet; Joel Puckett; Jake Runestad Tweet this: Hear the latest in modern classical music. It sizzles! Society of Composers 2018 national conference @univpugetsound Mar 1–3 #Tacoma #classicalmusic Follow us on Twitter!

Puget Sound a Top Producer of Fulbright Students in 2017-18
Mon, 19 Feb 2018Students take part in research and teaching abroad through U.S. exchange program TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound has been named one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright award students among liberal arts colleges for 2017–18. The prestigious list was revealed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and was highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Five students from Puget Sound received Fulbright awards for overseas travel, work, study, and research for the 2017–18 academic year, amounting to almost half of the 11 Loggers who applied. This is a large proportion of successful applicants, well exceeding most other institutions named in the list.    “The students who secured these awards are pursuing exciting research and teaching work in countries from Morocco, to Taiwan, to India and Germany,” said Kelli Delaney, associate director of fellowships and academic advising. “We are immensely proud of them and of the faculty who inspired and assisted them in pursuing these ambitious plans.” Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists, and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than140 countries throughout the world. The award program is run by the U.S. Department of State, supported by the Institute of International Education. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers, and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research, and teach foreign languages. For the full 2017-18 list of Puget Sound fellowship awardees visit: For more information about student fellowship and scholarship opportunities visit or contact Kelli Delaney at 253.879.3329 or [email protected] For more information about the Fulbright Program visit Photos on page: From top right: Students work in Brown Family Courtyard in the science building; students on campus, fall 2017. Photos by Ross Mulhausen. Tweet this: #College Students @univpugetsound who win @FulbrightPrgrm awards put #Tacoma college on the national map. Follow us on Twitter!

The Fieldhouse Flea Market Celebrates 50 Years!
Thu, 15 Feb 2018Women’s League event raises money for student scholarships;   8 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, March 17;  Memorial Fieldhouse TACOMA, Wash. – This year is the 50th anniversary of the giant Parisian-style flea market at University of Puget Sound’s field house, and the college’s Women’s League is making their Saturday, March 17 event a special one.            The Fieldhouse Flea Market, offering everything from 100-year-old antiques to freshly baked bread, regularly attracts some 4,000 visitors. This year there will be 70 local vendors, artists, and craftsmasters selling furniture and household décor, books, jewelry, gourmet food, artisan crafts, and up-cycled treasures for your home and garden. There also will be advance prizes, a raffle, and—in memory of the original flea market in 1968—a booth with homemade lemon tarts, baked by two daughters of the tarte au citron’s first Women’s League creator. The Fieldhouse Flea Market will take place Saturday, March 17, in University of Puget Sound’s Memorial Fieldhouse, on N. 11th Street, near Union Ave., in Tacoma. Early entry, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., is $10. General entry thereafter runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is $5. Children aged 2 and under enter free. Parking is free. All of the proceeds from admission fees go toward scholarships to help students attend University of Puget Sound. A Golden Ticket contest on social media gives market-goers the chance to win free, front-of-the-line entry to the market, as well as raffle tickets and swag bags of goodies. Visitors to the Women’s League Instagram, Facebook, and Facebook event pages can enter the drawings in the weeks leading up to the event. Susan Strobel ’70 (left), who attended the first Women’s League flea market in 1968 while a student at Puget Sound, says her mother, Elsie Strobel ’33, regularly prepared batches of fresh lemon tarts for the event. “The one thing that really motivated me to come to the flea market, and that I had to have when I was there, was the lemon tarts,” she said. This Valentines Day she and her sister, Carol Colleran ’64, were busy fluting pastry cups and squeezing lemon juice as they made test batches of tarts, aiming to equal their mother’s. Amy VanZandt ’06 remembers walking in the rain to attend her first Fieldhouse Flea Market on St. Patrick’s Day. “We had such a good time! I was in grad school and was writing my thesis, so stress was high. I bought a peppermint candle and burned it over the next several weeks of writing. I loved that candle—and aced my thesis.” Susan Resneck Pierce, president emerita of Puget Sound, writes, “I first encountered the Women’s League in 1992 and was blown away by the passion of its members.” She said the generosity of donors, such as Bethel Schneebeck, and the popular appeal of the flea market had greatly impressed her. Proceeds from the Fieldhouse Flea Market go toward need-based scholarships for University of Puget Sound students. Last year Women’s League endowed scholarships provided $65,000 in financial aid to 17 Puget Sound students, while over the years more than 350 students have received scholarships. The market is the largest fundraising event organized each year by volunteers from the University of Puget Sound Women’s League. It has been held since 1968, after a league member traveled to Paris, France, and was inspired by a visit to a flea market there. The league was founded in 1900 and has supported the university and its community since that time—doing everything from making curtains for the dormitories to feeding students during the 1918 flu epidemic. In recent decades the group has focused on raising funds for scholarships. For more information visit: For updates visit: For directions and a map of the University of Puget Sound campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Photos on page: From top right: Poster by Chandler O'Leary; Women's League volunteers at the 2017 flea market; Flea market wares in 2017; Susan Strobel '70 (left) and Carol Colleran '64 making trial lemon tarts; Artist at 2017 flea market. Market photos by Ross Mulhausen. Tweet this: 50 yrs of the Fieldhouse Flea Market & now the best one yet! Thanks @PugetSoundWomensLeague! @univpugetsound 8am–4pm Sat. Mar 17 #Tacoma Follow us on Twitter!

Sally Jewell to Serve as Commencement Speaker
Thu, 08 Feb 2018Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior addresses the Class of 2018 graduation ceremony on May 13 TACOMA, Wash. – Sally Jewell, U.S. secretary of the interior from 2013-17 and former president and CEO of outdoor retailer REI, will offer the Commencement address at University of Puget Sound’s 126th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 13. She will be awarded the degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa. Jewell, an expert on energy and climate issues, led the federal office that manages about a fifth of the nation’s land, handling important decisions affecting natural resources, energy needs, public spaces, and tribal communities. Throughout her tenure, Jewell sought to balance the conservation of public spaces with the country’s need for economic progress, and prioritized policies to interest more young people in the great outdoors. “It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we welcome Sally Jewell to address our graduating Class of 2018,” said Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford. “As a professional and as an individual, Ms. Jewell has dedicated her life to making positive change, blending critical analysis, sound judgement, and intellectual curiosity with a strong desire to serve her community. As a Pacific Northwesterner, she also shares our respect and love for this beautiful state and all it offers. Our graduates will benefit considerably from her experience and insights.” As secretary of the interior, Sally Jewell sought to balance economic growth with conservation of public lands. She focused on investing in more sustainable water use and building trust with indigenous communities. An enthusiastic hiker and mountain climber—who scaled Mount Rainier seven times—Jewell made public access to federal lands a priority. She supported initiatives such as the Every Kid in a Park program, which gave all fourth-grade students and their families the right to a free, one-year pass to all U.S. national parks and public lands. She approved the first phase of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which aimed to streamline approval for solar, wind, and geothermal projects, and to preserve more than 4 million acres of California desert land. She also traveled the country listening to scientists and raising the profile of federal government efforts to address climate change. Prior to her federal appointment, Jewell served as president and CEO of outdoor retailer REI. Earlier she worked in commercial banking for firms including Rainier Bank, Security Pacific Bank, West One Bank, and Washington Mutual. Born in London, England, and raised in Seattle, Jewell trained as an engineer at University of Washington and spent her early career as an engineer in the energy industry. Jewell has served with numerous nonprofits, including holding seats on the National Parks Conservation Association Board of Trustees and University of Washington Board of Regents. She helped found the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, which has protected and enhanced communities and public lands along the I-90 corridor from Puget Sound across the Cascades for more than 25 years. In 2012 she received the inaugural Land for People Award from The Trust for Public Land, and was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.  Press photos of the Commencement speaker can be downloaded from on page: From top right: Sally Jewell (Department of the Interior), Calcite Springs in Yellowstone National Park (by Dan Mayer); Arches National Park (by Jon Sullivan) Tweet this: #CommencementSpeaker @univpugetsound is Sally Jewell @sallyjewell, public land enthusiast @Interior Secretary 2013-17. Follow us on Twitter!

Got Opera?!â??The Venture Beyond
Fri, 09 Feb 2018Dawn Padula, Christina Kowalski, Ryan Bede, Jesse Nordstrom, with Jinshil Yi on piano; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 TACOMA, Wash. –  Four gifted vocalists will share a selection of well-beloved songs from the worlds of both opera and musical theater at the next Jacobsen Series concert at University of Puget Sound. Got Opera?!—The Venture Beyond will include arias from Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, and Rossini, plus song favorites by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, and Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton, among other works. In the words of two of the performers, the concert will be an adventure in music: “Buckle up! It’s going to be an exciting evening!” says Christina Kowalski, soprano. Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano, adds, “It’s always a great opportunity for Christina and I to collaborate with guest vocalists on operatic solos and ensembles. But this year we’ve decided to mix it up a bit by adding songs and ensembles from the musical theater canon, as well. We are excited to showcase a little bit of everything ranging from Mozart to Jason Robert Brown.” Ryan Bede ’05, baritone, a Puget Sound School of Music alumnus who now performs professionally in the region and internationally; and Jesse Nordstrom, tenor, a Seattle native who has sung lead parts with Puget Sound Concert Opera and Pacific Northwest Opera, will join Padula and Kowalski on stage. Jinshil Yi ’14 will accompany the singers on piano. Got Opera!—The Venture Beyond will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in Schneebeck Concert Hall, near the corner of Union Avenue and N. 14th Street. Everyone is welcome and ticket information is below. The evening concert will include more than a dozen pieces. Some of them are: Just One Step – from Songs for a New World, by Jason Robert Brown "Re dell’abisso affrettati” – from Un Ballo in Maschera, by Giuseppe VerdiDon’t Cry for Me Argentina – from Evita, by Andrew Lloyd Webber“Ich baue ganz” – from Die Entführung aus dem Serail, by Wolfgang MozartMaria – from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein"Ai cappricci, della sorte” – from L’Italiana in Algeri, by Gioachino RossiniOhio – from Wonderful Town, by Leonard Bernstein“Mask” Trio – from Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quartet – from The Secret Garden, by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman Dawn Padula, director of vocal studies at Puget Sound, has performed many of the major mezzo-soprano operatic roles and has appeared extensively as a soloist in oratorios and orchestral pieces. For a full bio visit: Christina Kowalski, affiliate artist, has performed a diverse repertoire of opera and concert music in Europe and the United States, including five productions with the Portland Opera. For a full bio visit: The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales. FOR TICKETS: Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. Admission is $15 for the general public; $10 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. For directions and a map of the campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of the artists can be downloaded from on page: From top right: Times Square, by Ludovic Bertron; Dawn Padula; Christina Kowalski; Ryan Bede, by Danielle Barnum; Jesse Nordstrom. For More Music Events visit the School of Music calendar. Tweet this: Got Opera?! An adventure through opera and musical theater @univpugetsound Fri. Feb. 23 #Tacoma #Tacomamusic Follow us on Twitter!    

You on the Moors Now, by Jaclyn Backhaus
Mon, 12 Feb 2018Directed by Jess K Smith;  Friday, Feb. 28–Saturday, March 3 TACOMA, Wash. – Those coming to see the play You on the Moors Now at University of Puget Sound are likely to find the evening a salient respite from some of the headlines that now dominate newspapers. The playful, smart, feminist play goes back more than a century to give some of our favorite literary characters a 21st-century makeover—taking a more expansive view of women’s agency and providing a cutting, but humorous, view of male fragility. It’s a refreshing and irreverent spin on gender attributes that today have become deeply politicized. You on the Moors Now, by critically acclaimed playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, is directed by Jess K Smith ’05. It will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23–24; and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 1–3, in Norton Clapp Theatre in Jones Hall. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. Ticket information and a map of campus are below. The play, performed by University of Puget Sound theatre arts students, opens with the heroines from Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre running from their marriage proposals. The men don’t take rejection well and respond by waging a war—the “Moors War.” Through ridiculous wordplay, hilarious banter, and heightened stakes, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus navigates a playful contention with the gender norms of the 19th century. “This ultimately moving and inventive play ends in beautiful prose, like a chapter from the books where these women originated—asking us all to reconsider how we love, how we grieve, and maybe, just maybe, if female friendships can be enough,” says director Jess K Smith, assistant professor of theatre arts at Puget Sound. Time Out wrote about a Chicago Den Theatre’s production of the play: “In providing respectfully irreverent new angles on these not-so-little women—complete with an unexpected, gleefully anachronistic, but thoroughly satisfying epilogue—and rendering them via a fiercely talented, charming, and casually diverse ensemble, Moors scores.” You on the Moors Now is produced by the Department of Theatre Arts: Jess K Smith, director; Kurt Walls, scenic designer; Mishka Navarre, costume designer; and Patty Mattieu, lighting designer. FOR TICKETS: Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. Admission is $11 for the general public; $7 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty, students, and staff. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. For directions and a map of the campus: accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of the dress rehearsal will be available shortly before the first performance.Photos on page: From top right: You on the Moors poster; director Jess K Smith Tweet this: News headlines getting you down? Soak up a lighter view w/ “You on the Moors Now” staged @univpugetsound Feb 23-Mar 3 Follow us on Twitter!

Charles Johnson, Celebrated Author, Cartoonist, to Deliver the Swope Lecture
Fri, 26 Jan 2018“The New Middle Passage: Mindfulness and Black America”7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13Free, but tickets are required TACOMA, Wash. – Charles Johnson, celebrated author, short storyteller, cartoonist, professor, and one of a group of writers who raised African American literature to international prominence, will deliver the Swope Lecture at University of Puget Sound. Johnson, winner of the 1990 National Book Award for Middle Passage (1990)—a retelling of the slave narrative that deeply impacted modern audiences—has accrued a long list of accolades over his five decades of work. Among them: the MacArthur “genius” award and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His talk, “The New Middle Passage: Mindfulness and Black America,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus, near the corner of Union Avenue and N. 14th Street. The event is free, but tickets must be obtained in advance. See below for details. Johnson’s wide swathe of work has extended to some unusual horizons and audiences. His writing of four novels, including Dreamer (1998) and Oxherding Tale (1982); and three short story collections—most recently, Dr. King’s Refrigerator and Other Bedtime Stories (2005)—has been interspersed with two young adult books; a work of aesthetics; two collections of comic art; and numerous book reviews and critical articles. He co-authored King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.; and Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery, the companion book for the PBS television series. He also wrote more than 20 screenplays. For comic art lovers, Johnson has published more than 1,000 drawings. For followers of Eastern religion, the student of Buddhism and Sanskrit has written Buddhist stories and reflections. For aspiring writers, he has turned out books including The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling (2015). He also taught creative writing for 35 years at University of Washington, where he is professor emeritus. In a 2010 interview, the Illinois-born author told Fiction Writers Review that he sometimes wrote throughout the night, heading out to give a lecture the next morning, and that he had not had a vacation in his entire career. Instead he practices meditation and works out in the gym, including sets of kung-fu, to relieve the pressure of work, family, writing, lectures, and other obligations. “In order to serve the art, which will become a gift to others (and the culture) perhaps for generations, an artist often has to just step away from the quotidian demands of public life and the social world,” he told the magazine. Johnson began his career as a political cartoonist and illustrator in the 1960s and published his first novel, Faith and the Good Thing, in 1974. He earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook University in 1988. Over the following two decades, his work attracted international attention, drawing hundreds of requests for interviews and lectures—and the honor of a postage stamp carrying his portrait, issued by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation as part of a series on influential black authors. In 2003 the American Literature Association set up the Charles Johnson Society, devoted to the many scholarly papers and articles on his work and the genre of philosophical fiction. A year later he was awarded the Stephen E. Henderson Award for outstanding literary contributions by the African American Literature and Cultural Society. In the 2010 Fiction Writers Review interview, Johnson expressed the belief that racism will never end. “Racism is based on our belief in a division between “self” and “other,” and our tendency to measure ourselves against others … and to judge them as better or worse than ourselves,” he said. “Sad to say, it is also based on fear. This constant measuring of ourselves in a social context is something human being will always do until they experience—as a Buddhist would say—awakening, which frees us from judging others or ourselves.” The Jane Hammer Swope Lectureship on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values aims to promote discussion, critical thinking, and ethical inquiry about matters of religion, including its role in public life and contemporary ethics. The lectureship was established at Puget Sound through a gift from Maj. Ianthe Swope in honor of her mother, Jane Hammer Swope.   FOR TICKETS: Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. For directions and a map of the University of Puget Sound campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of Charles Johnson can be downloaded from Tweet this: Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage & pioneer of philosophical African American literature @univpugetsound Feb 13 free, ticketed Follow us on Twitter!

Puget Sound Piano Trio
Mon, 22 Jan 2018Jacobsen Series concert; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 TACOMA, Wash. – For its 2018 opening concert, Puget Sound Piano Trio is treating audiences to a novel program: two award-winning young composers from China and Texas, juxtaposed with two luminaries of the Classical and Romantic eras. Trio members Maria Sampen, violin; Alistair MacRae, cello; and Tanya Stambuk, piano, will perform works by contemporary composers Tianyi Wang and Jason Haney, and by Austria’s classical giant Joseph Haydn and the “father of Czech music,” Bedrich Smetana. The Puget Sound Piano Trio concert will be held Friday, Feb. 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, near Union Avenue and N. 14th Street on the University of Puget Sound campus. Ticket information and a map of campus are below. The program will include: Piano Trio No. 44 in E Major, Hob. XV: 28 – Joseph HaydnConnotations (2013) for violin, cello, and piano; IV. The New Normal – Jason HaneyDark Blessing (2017) for violin, cello, and piano – Tianyi WangPiano Trio in g minor, Opus 15 – Bedrich Smetana Composer Tianyi Wang, born in China, has had his works performed internationally. His repertoire spans solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, and electronic, as well as film scoring. Following music instruction at Moscow Conservatory, William Jewell College, and Bard College, he is currently continuing his studies at New England Conservatory, in Boston. Jason Haney, born in Dallas, has had works performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and other venues in the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, South America, and Hong Kong. He currently is on the faculty of the School of Music at James Madison University, in Virginia. Joseph Haydn and Bedrich Smetana remain towering figures in the music world. Haydn, a teacher of Beethoven, is credited with playing a key role in the development of chamber music. His Piano Trio No. 44 in E Major has been praised for its wide expressive range and virtuosity. Smetana’s music is often identified with the revolutionary protests that sought to give the Czech lands independence from Austro-Hungary. He wrote only the one piano trio, which has been described as a piece of unbridled passion and a milestone of romanticism. Maria Sampen, professor and chair of the string department, has performed in Europe, Asia, and across North America. A performer of both standard and experimental works, she is a member of The IRIS Orchestra and Brave New Works, and Puget Sound Piano Trio. She has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall Symphony Space, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, and Chicago Cultural Center. For more visit: Alistair MacRae, cellist and Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence, has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. He serves as Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s principal cello, as a faculty member at Brevard Music Center, and in the duo Soprello. A passionate advocate for new music, he has performed his own compositions and arrangements across North America. For more, visit: Tanya Stambuk, professor of piano, has appeared internationally as a soloist with orchestras including Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, in France; Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, in Norway; and the Seattle Symphony. A performer on radio and television, and at international festivals, she recorded the piano works of Norman Dello Joio on the Centaur label. For more, visit: The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales. FOR TICKETS: Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. Admission is $15 for the general public; $10 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. For directions and a map of the campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit  Press photos of the artists can be downloaded from For More Music Events visit the School of Music calendar. Tweet this: Puget Sound Piano Trio performs classics and new music, 7:30pm Fri. Feb 9. @univpugetsound. #Tacoma #Tacomamusic Follow us on Twitter!  

Mark Martin Awarded National Teaching Award
Tue, 16 Jan 2018University of Puget Sound associate professor will lecture at the society’s annual meeting in Atlanta TACOMA, Wash. – Mark Martin, associate professor of biology at University of Puget Sound, has been awarded the 2018 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. The honor was bestowed by the national body representing his profession, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)—the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. The prestigious award is made annually in recognition of “distinguished teaching of microbiology to undergraduate students and for encouraging them to subsequent achievement.” Martin has been teaching at Puget Sound since 2005 and is known for incorporating social media and creative approaches in the classroom. “Professor Martin is an excellent pick for this prestigious award,” said nominator Seth Bordenstein, at Vanderbilt University, in Tennessee. “I regularly seek his teaching advice and resources to enhance my microbiology class, and I follow and use his social media recommendations on teaching. His knowledge and enthusiasm for microbiology is infectious to me and microbiologists worldwide.” University of Michigan Associate Professor Patrick Schloss cited Martin’s ability to engage students in the laboratory, and his efforts to give them access to leading scientists through Skype guest lectures, as other reasons for the nomination. “His impact on the careers of young people has been striking,” he wrote in his nomination letter. Martin will present two lectures as a result of the award: the Carski Award Lecture at the June 7–11 annual meeting of the ASM in Atlanta, and a plenary talk at the July 26–29 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators, in Austin, Texas. Over the years, Martin has sent 22 of his undergraduate research students to doctoral programs across the United States. Five of these are currently in faculty positions. He has galvanized student interest in microbial science, using techniques such as encouraging first-year students to create luminescent bacterial art, videos, cartoons, and other creations that combine science and art in ways that complement more traditional classroom practices. Armed with sterilized paint brushes and cultures of glowing bacteria, Martin also conducts #luxart workshops at universities such as Brigham Young University and University of South Florida, as well as during the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators. Students and professors use glowing bacteria to create art and to inspire other microbiology professors. “Mark has an extraordinarily creative mind, which he applies in teaching to construct a learning environment that is original, stimulating, and inclusive,” commented nominator Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. On his blog, All Creatures Great and Small: Preaching Microbial Centrism!, Martin explains that combining science and art “allows students to ‘see’ topics in a new light, which can help with their understanding of concepts and even improve course outcomes…. In every case I have been awestruck by the creativity, humor, and perceptiveness of my students—most of whom claim that they ‘aren’t creative’,” he wrote. Martin earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology at University of California, Los Angeles, and his doctorate in biological sciences at Stanford University. He worked in the biotechnology industry for seven years and taught at Occidental College for eight years. At Puget Sound he teaches introductory cell and molecular biology, symbiotic associations, and microbiology. He conducts research in the area of microbiology, including the relatively understudied area of the molecular genetics and ecology of bacterial predators.   Press photos of Mark Martin are available upon request. Tweet this: Well-deserved #teachingaward for @markowenmartin from national #microbiology body @ASMnewsroom! Congrats! Follow us on Twitter!

Brahms in Context
Wed, 17 Jan 2018Maria Sampen, violin; Thomas Rozenkranz, piano; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 TACOMA, Wash. – From impoverished, young piano-hall player, to exacting maestro who destroyed much of his earliest work, Johannes Brahms was an artist deserving of the reverence we give him today.  Among the German composer’s expansive collection of works were numerous chamber pieces that still excite and challenge virtuoso violinists and pianists today. Two of those pieces, and a contrasting contemporary work by William Bolcom, will be showcased at a 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Jacobsen Series concert in Schneebeck Concert Hall on the University of Puget Sound campus. Brahms in Context will feature violinist Maria Sampen, chair of the Department of Strings in the School of Music; and guest artist and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz, associate professor of piano at the College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. Ticket information for the recital is below. “The concert is part of a series by the same name that Tom and I are playing at the Toledo Museum of Art, in Ohio,” Sampen said. “For that series we’re playing all of the Brahms’ violin and piano works, in context with pieces by other composers in the violin and piano repertoire. The Tacoma concert will give audiences a taste of Brahms’ fine and dramatic work.” The evening program will include: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Opus 100 – Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 (1978) ­– William Bolcom Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Opus 108 – Johannes Brahms The two Brahms sonatas are very different experiences for the listener. A reviewer on the All Music website described the A Major sonata as “easygoing and radiates with warm melody from start to finish,” while the d minor sonata “is an athletic, fibrous, and at times even nervous affair that offers drama of a far more epic nature.” American composer William Bolcom, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, National Medal of Arts, and Grammy Award, dedicated his Sonata No. 2 to the memory of the great jazz violinist Joe Venuti. The piece ranges from a swinging blues mood, to a ferocious staccato, to a finish in the vein of an ecstatic hymn. The three works together should offer audiences a musically inspirational night. Maria Sampen, professor and chair of the Puget Sound string department, is a concert soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher who has performed in Europe, Asia, and across North America. She is in demand as a performer of both standard and experimental works, and has commissioned and premiered many modern works. Sampen is a member of The IRIS Orchestra, Brave New Works, and Puget Sound Piano Trio. She has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall Symphony Space, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, and Chicago Cultural Center, and has been a guest recitalist and master class clinician at University of British Columbia and Sichuan Conservatory in China. She has twice received Puget Sound’s Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award. For more visit: Thomas Rosenkranz enjoys a musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist teacher. Since winning the Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association, his concert career has taken him to four continents. He is a former cultural ambassador to Tunisia and Lebanon, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. He has been a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra (China), and Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has performed in many major Asian cities. He is a member of faculty at the soundSCAPE festival in Italy, and he codirects Maccagno Piano Days Festival in the Italian Alps. Rosenkranz is associate professor of piano at the College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. For more visit: The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales. FOR TICKETS: Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100. Admission is $15 for the general public; $10 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. For directions and a map of the campus: For accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit Press photos of the artists are available upon request.Photos on page: From top right: Maria Sampen (by Ross Mulhausen); Johannes Brahms, circa 1853; Maria Sampen; Thomas Rosenkranz For More Music Events visit the School of Music calendar. Tweet this: Brahms in Context @univpugetsound w/ Maria Sampen, Thomas Rosenkranz Fri Feb 2, 7:30pm #Tacoma #Tacomamusic Follow us on Twitter!

Kittredge Gallery 2018 Art Students Annual
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 Friday, Jan. 19–Saturday, Feb. 24 TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound’s 2018 Art Students Annual opens Friday, Jan. 19, with an unveiling party at 5 p.m., in Kittredge Gallery on campus. See the best work from the last two academic years of art classes—including pieces by everyone from first-year students to seniors. Awards for the most outstanding artworks will be made at the opening night party. The Art Students Annual show is a Puget Sound tradition. Students enter their best work, and a juror selects artwork for the free, five-week public exhibit. The juror for this year’s show is international exhibitor Anida Yoeu Ali. Ali is a Tacoma-based artist whose works span performance, installation, video, images, public encounters, and political agitation. She is a first-generation Muslim Khmer woman, born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. After residing for more than three decades outside of Cambodia, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh in 2011 as part of her U.S. Fulbright Fellowship. Employing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, she creates installation and performance works that investigate the artistic, spiritual, and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. Below is Ali’s response to the student works she judged. Anida Yoeu Ali | Juror Statement "As I begin to sift through the submissions for the Art Students Annual show in Kittredge Gallery, I see courageous acts of artistry— of what it means to create in this moment of uncertainty and divisiveness. And, of course, artworks need not be political to offer voice and value. The works gathered here reflect emerging voices in a vast array of mediums expressing, crafting, and making art out of moments that evoke life, memory, and meaning. They offer viewers a moment for metals to bloom, giant pencils to bend wildly, monsters to emerge, statements to block print, faces to stare into, and so much more. The artworks represent hours and hours of labor, created with human hands and thought and perspective. These analog-based processes of creating offer respite from our fast-moving digitally driven lives. I cannot help but feel echoes of hope and wonder looking at this collection of student artworks at Kittredge." Opening Reception and Awards, Friday, Jan. 19, 5–7pm Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, Wash. Directions and Map: Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.  Website: Facebook: Newsletter: Signup hereFor accessibility information please contact [email protected] or 253.879.3931, or visit PRESS PHOTOS are available upon request. Photos on page: From top right: Work from 2017 Art Students Annual; work from 2016 (by Ross Mulhausen); Campus Dining, from juror Anida Yoeu Ali's The Buddhist Bug Series.