Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Dec. 1, 2014

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Campus News

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue with two guest speakers this week
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are usually held on Thursdays, at 4 p.m., in Thompson 175. This week there will be two seminars:

  • Monday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.: Christopher Town, J. Craig Venter Institute, "Sequencing the Genome of the Model Legume Medicago truncatula"
  • Thursday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m.: Tomoko Inagaki, postdoctoral research associate in biology and neuroscience, "Impact of Chronic Exposure to Biphenol A on the Developing GnRH3 Neural System and Behavior in Japanese Medaka"

TubaChristmas features students and neighbors in singalong holiday concert, Dec. 2
Tuba and euphonium players gather in cities across the country during the holiday season for TubaChristmas, a fun, family-friendly performance of traditional holiday carols. Puget Sound will host the Tacoma TubaChristmas again this year, on Tuesday, Dec 2, at 7 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Join Puget Sound students and music faculty member Ryan Schultz, along with performers from throughout the South Sound for this new holiday tradition.

Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale raises funds for book scholarship, Dec. 4 and 5
The annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Wheelock Student Center. Proceeds from the sale fund the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to staff members, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children working toward a degree or completion of a program at any level, including graduate work. 
There's still time to donate! Donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs may be dropped off to Lisa Beritich in McIntyre 011, Laura Edgar in Kittredge 117, Henry Waymack in Print and Copy Services, or Rachel Vaughan-Desir in Library 018. Nonperishable items may be dropped off before Dec. 3. If you wish to donate baked goods, please contact one of the Staff Senate members listed previously via email. For more information visit the Staff Senate section of Puget Sound’s website and the Staff Senate SoundNet site.

New Light Celebration will be held Dec. 4
Puget Sound's ninth annual New Light Celebration will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. The event celebrates fall and winter spiritual and religious holidays with snacks, warm winter beverages, arts and crafts, music, and more. The celebration is sponsored by the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement's Spiritual Life programs, in partnership with various campus spiritual life groups and clubs. For more information contact

Slater Museum hosts family-friendly Night at the Museum event about waterfowl, Dec. 4
Visitors to Slater Museum will have a chance to get up close and personal with ducks, swans, geese, and more at "Duck, Duck, Goose: An Evening of Waterfowl," on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. The family-friendly event will offer kids' activities, specimen preparation, and visiting experts from Ducks Unlimited and Washington Waterfowl Association. RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Winter concerts offered by Puget Sound's vocal and instrumental groups
Puget Sound's Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, conductor, will perform a free concert on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The concert is free, and tickets are not required.

The Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici, conducted by Steven Zopfi, will perform Winter Lullabies, celebrating the season’s religious and cultural holidays with songs that evoke the quiet and spiritual times of life. The concert will take place in Kilworth Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 7:30 p.m., and again on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. Rev. Dave Wright ’96 will provide readings. Admission is $5 for faculty and staff members; tickets available at Wheelock Information Center or

Fourth annual grantmakers forum welcomes regional fundraisers to campus, Dec. 5
Representatives from up to 15 of Washington’s major grantmaking foundations and organizations will gather to meet and talk to nonprofit professionals in an intimate, round-table format at the Annual South Sound Funders Forum on Friday, Dec. 5. The event, hosted by Puget Sound for the fourth year, is put on by the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association.

Schedule your personal TIAA-CREF counseling session, Dec. 9 and 10
Andrew Martinez and Tanya Willoughby, consultants with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9 and 10, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Martinez and Willoughby will help you determine long-term strategies, find the right allocation mix, and develop your own strategies for retirement savings. Individual sessions will be held in Wyatt 326, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule your appointment, call 866.928.4221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or schedule online at

Welcome new staff members!

  • Sara Coccia, Facilities Services
  • Lisa Garrett, Human Resources
  • Kawika Huston ’10, Donor Relations
  • Alena Palkhouskaya, Facilities Services
  • Elisabeth Popenuck ’14, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Gurpreet Singh, Finance

In the News

Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, co-wrote a blog post for HuffPost College about the work of college librarians in helping to educate students.

The New York Times ran a photo story about new research by James Evans, professor of physics, and a colleague on the workings of the ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism.

The Diner and healthy options advice from Terry Halvorson, director of Dining and Conference Services, were featured in the college blog The Choice Blog.

Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy National Conference and Keith Blocker ’12 were mentioned in a News Tribune article about a forum being organized by community partner Tasha Church, following the grand jury decision on a Ferguson police officer.

News that Billy Rathje ’15 was named a Rhodes Scholar was reported by numerous news sources, including USA Today, The Seattle Times, The News Tribune, HuffPost College, Bloomberg, Associated Press, and more.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Dec. 13: Food for Fines, $1 per nonperishable food item. Collins Memorial Library

Through Dec. 13: Exhibit: 2014 Art Students Annual. Kittredge Gallery

Through Jan. 15: Exhibit: Sparking Imaginations. Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars Special Seminar: Christopher Town, J. Craig Venter Institute. Thompson 175

Monday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m.: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Archives and Special Collections. Collins Memorial Library

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.: German Studies Fall Film Series: Contemporary Berlin: Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others). Commencement 272

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.: TubaChristmas. Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.: Take Back the Night SIRGE Film series: Invisible War. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.: Annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale. Wheelock Student Center

Thursday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m.: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Tomoko Inagaki, biology and neuroscience. Thompson 175

Thursday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m.: New Light Celebration. Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC

Thursday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.: Duck, Duck, Goose: An Evening of Waterfowl. Slater Museum

Thursday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Thursday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.: Night Bike Polo. Faculty/staff parking lot, west of ceramics building

Friday, Dec. 5, 12:05 p.m.: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ. Kilworth Memorial Chapel

Friday, Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m.: Casual Cruisers bike ride. Leave from The Shed, behind The Expeditionary

Friday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.: Performance: Dark Matter Rage (DMR). Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.: Performance: Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, conductor. Schneebeck Concert Hall

Friday, Dec. 5–Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.: ASUPS Campus Film: The Giver. Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003. Tickets: $1 with Puget Sound ID

Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Performance: Winter Lullabies, Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor. Tickets: $5 faculty/staff

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m.: Performance: Winter Lullabies, Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor. Tickets: $5 faculty/staff

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: ASUPS Campus Film: The Giver. Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003. Tickets: $1 with Puget Sound ID