Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Dec. 2, 2013

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Campus News

TONIGHT: Swope Lecture to explore religious intolerance
Martha Nussbaum, renowned American philosopher and scholar, will deliver the fall 2013 Swope Lecture on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values on Monday, Dec. 2. Her talk, “The New Religious Intolerance,” will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at The University of Chicago, has authored numerous books, and has been awarded more than three dozen honorary degrees. She often challenges the direction of American thinking and covers topics ranging from Aristotle, Plato, and poetic justice, to animal rights, the repression of women, and the failings of modern democracy. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center or

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Tacoma, Dec. 2–3
For the ninth year, Puget Sound Outdoors is co-sponsoring the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour screenings in Tacoma with the Tacoma Mountaineers. PSO helps choose the films and the festival supports leader training. Get in on the adventure and see cultural films with story. You can pick up discounted tickets online from Broadway Center, or at Edgeworks Climbing or the Expeditionary on campus (located at 1506 N. Alder; Monday–Friday, 3–7 p.m.). Tickets are $16, including taxes, for one night or $29 for both nights. Screenings will be at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Tacoma. For more information and to see the festival trailer, visit

TubaChristmas features students and neighbors in singalong holiday concert, Dec. 3
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 3, 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 Dec. 5–6
The annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 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 your gently used books, CDs, and DVDs! Drop off your donated items to Laura Edgar in Kittredge 117, Chelsea Pemberton in Howarth 114, or Lisa Beritich in McIntyre 011. Items may be dropped off any time before Dec. 6. If you wish to donate baked goods, please ensure that they are contained or packaged and contact Chelsea Pemberton at or x3336. 
For more information visit the Staff Senate section of Puget Sound’s website and the senate's SoundNet site.

Grantmakers forum brings nonprofit fundraisers from throughout the region to campus, Dec. 6
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 Third Annual South Sound Funders Forum on Friday, Dec. 6. The event, hosted by Puget Sound for the third year, is put on by the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association.

Winter concerts offered by Puget Sound's vocal and instrumental groups
Puget Sound's Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, Gerard Morris, conductor, will perform a free concert, The Three Embraces, on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall.

The Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici will perform A Winter’s Hope, celebrating the season’s religious and cultural holidays with songs enjoyed by people around the world. The concertwill take place in Kilworth Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m., and again on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. The Adelphians and Voci d’Amici will be accompanied by members of the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Steven Zopfi will lead, and Rev. Dave Wright ’96 will provide readings.

Students offer fresh challah each week, proceeds benefit charity
A new student group, Challah for Hunger, features students baking fresh challah every Thursday, and selling it on campus each Friday, all for a good cause. Half of the proceeds go to a local charity in Tacoma, and the other half goes to the Challah for Hunger national organization, which donates funds to the American Jewish World Service. Students bake four flavors of challah (plain, chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin, and sesame seed) in three sizes (small, $3; medium, $4; and large, $5). The challah is available for pickup—cash only—every Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Wheelock Student Center. 

Know what you want already? Complete the online order form to reserve challah and schedule a different pickup time. Contact Mark Gilbert ’17, Challah for Hunger president, with questions at

President and Mary Thomas to host President's Holiday Brunch, Dec. 13
Mark your calendar! Make plans now to attend the annual President's Holiday Brunch for faculty and staff members on Friday, Dec. 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC.

As seasons and weather conditions change, please review your area's emergency plans and take precautions
With fewer daylight hours and temperatures dropping, here are a couple reminders from Security Services to help keep all our campus members safe this winter:

  • With the onset of the winter season, please take a moment to review and discuss your department's plans, should Puget Sound close due to inclement weather. Information about university's plans and response is available on the emergency website at
  • Our Facilities Services team is dedicated to keeping the campus safe during snowy and icy conditions. Please do your part by exercising caution (use hand rails and walk carefully) and by dressing appropriately for the conditions. As an extra precaution, keep a spare heavy coat, gloves, and good winter shoes/boots in your vehicle during the winter months. Use your best judgment about coming to campus. Conditions differ greatly in our region and may be worse at your house than on campus.

Puget Sound Outdoors and the Expy have what you need to get out and enjoy winter
Discounted ski tickets for Crystal Mountain and the Summit are now available through Puget Sound Outdoors. Ticket prices are $10 off, and are available for students, faculty, staff, and dependents only. More ticket information at

Snowshoe, cross-country ski, or rent other equipment from Puget Sound Outdoors to use over winter break. You can rent anything from the Expeditionary—for the whole break—for just a "weekend + a day" rate. Equipment can be reserved now with payment, and picked up during special hours the week of finals. For prices visit the Expeditionary online at

The Expeditionary is located at 1506 N. Alder St., and is open Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m., through the last day of classes. Call x3403 with questions.

Save the date! Professional development conference for faculty and staff coming in January
The annual Professional Development and Enrichment Conference for Faculty and Staff will be Jan. 13–16, 2014. The schedule will hit your inbox soon—visit for a preview of courses.


Welcome to our newest staff members!

  • Deirdre McGoldrick, Office of Admission
  • Sandra Headrick, Bookstore
  • Theresa Gabrielli, Security Services

Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, Dec. 14: Exhibit: 2013 Art Students Annual, Kittredge Gallery

Through Tuesday, Jan. 14: Exhibit: Camp Stories, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Dec. 2: Swope Lecture: The New Religious Intolerance, Martha Nussbaum, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free, but ticketed

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Behind the Archives Door: The Koran and Islamic Calligraphy, Gianna Carotenuto, art history, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 3: TubaChristmas, featuring Puget Sound students and music faculty member Ryan Schultz, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4–Thursday, Dec. 5: Open Hours at Slater Museum, Thompson 295, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Marine Mammal Night at the Museum, Slater Museum, Thompson 295, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Black Student Union Kwanzaa event, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5–Friday, Dec. 6: Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale, Wheelock Student Center, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, University of Washington, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m. Program includes Advent and Christmas favorites

Friday, Dec. 6: Music in the Library: Violin Trio, 3 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6: Concert: The Three Embraces, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, Gerard Morris, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7: Concert: A Winter's Hope, Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $4.50 faculty/staff

Sunday, Dec. 8–Tuesday, Dec. 10: Collins Memorial Library open 24 hours

Sunday, Dec. 8: Concert: A Winter's Hope, Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m. Tickets: $4.50 faculty/staff

Sunday, Dec. 8: Festival of Lessons and Carols, featuring the Adelphian Concert Choir, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m. Free; canned food donation encouraged

Monday, Dec. 9–Wednesday, Dec. 11: Directing Class Festival of One Acts and Scenes, different shows each night, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $2, only sold at the door

Monday, Dec. 9: Concert: Clarinet Ensemble, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10: Concert: Make a Joyful Noise, Chorale and Dorian Singers, Steven Zopfi and Kathryn Lehmann, conductors, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.