Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Dec. 3, 2012

Last edition of the semester!

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Campus News

Student Diversity Center offers screening of documentary, Dec. 3
In recognition of World AIDS Day, Saturday, Dec. 1, the Student Diversity Center will host a screening of the powerful documentary How to Survive a Plague about the history of the AIDS/HIV awareness and activism movement. The screening will be held tonight at the Student Diversity Center, across N. 15th Street from Wheelock Student Center, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Betsy Gast, School of Education, at

Banff Film Festival World Tour stops in Tacoma, Dec. 3 and 4
Puget Sound's Outdoor Programs will help bring the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to downtown Tacoma Dec. 3–4. Each year the best outdoor, mountain, and cultural films from the festival go on the road. These films go beyond adrenaline films and show the story behind the adventure. Showtime is 7 p.m. both nights at the Rialto Theater.

Discounted tickets are available for campus community members at the Expeditionary, Monday–Friday, 4 p.m.–7 p.m., or call x3403. Tickets are also available by calling the Broadway Center box office at 800.291.7593. Regularly priced tickets are available online.

Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale, Dec. 4 and 5
The Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place Tuesday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wheelock Student Center. Tables will be set up in front of the bookstore entrance on the first floor. Proceeds from the Book and Bake Sale fund the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship, which helps staff members or their spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children working toward a degree or completion of a program at any level pay for books. Remember to bring cash! Staff senate cannot accept checks or credit cards. If you have any questions, contact Laura Edgar at

Expeditionary offers deals on ski tickets and winter sports equipment
Discounted ski tickets for Crystal Mountain and the Summit are available to all campus community members through Puget Sound Outdoor Programs. Crystal Mountain tickets are $50 (regularly $65) and Summit tickets are $48 (regularly $64). Youth tickets for the Summit are $33 (regularly $45). Tickets will be available at the Expeditionary through finals week and again next semester.

Plan now for outdoor equipment rentals during winter break. Rent snowshoes, cross country skis, and other winter equipment from the Expeditionary. The Expy is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of finals week, 3–6 p.m. Call x3403 for equipment rates.

"Say Yes!" to professional development in January
The annual Professional Development and Enrichment Conference, put on for Puget Sound staff members by the human resources office, will be held Jan. 14–16, 2013. Available courses will include Optimize Puget Sound training, CPR, personal financing, computer skills, and more. Plus, new this year, keynote speaker Galen Emanuele, from The Upfront Theatre in Bellingham, will offer a presentation Monday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. Using a fun, creatively developed curriculum, Emanuele helps institutions establish a "yes, and" culture, where people are connected, say yes, listen, support one another, and make each other look good. There's no acting or role-playing involved, and no one will be put on the spot or made to "perform." Galen’s workshops are fun and safe for everyone. Be sure to visit beginning in mid-December for a complete schedule of course offerings.

Faculty and staff members invited to participate in MLK Day of Service 2013
On Jan. 21, 2013, Puget Sound will participate in its fifth MLK Day of Service, part of United we Stand, President Obama's national call to service initiative. Last year, despite unexpected snowy weather, almost 200 students took part in service activities throughout the day; in 2011, more than 300 students, faculty, and staff engaged in volutneer work at various service agencies throughout Tacoma.

This year's projects will take place on Monday, Jan. 21, from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. At the end of the day, there will be a simple meal with reflection to bring the campus community back together. The reflection will take place in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, at 5 p.m.  

To volunteer complete the Puget Sound MLK Day of Service 2013 online form. You may sign up a group or as an individual. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer by email, send an email message to mlk@pugetsound.eduRoman Christiaens at or Marta Palmquist Cady

Remind your students to enter the Writing Excellence Awards Contest
Any student who has written a paper for a Puget Sound course taken during the spring, summer, and fall 2012 semesters
is eligible to enter the Writing Excellence Awards contest. Prizes of $250 each will be awarded in six categories: humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, connections core, freshman seminars, and graduate programs. Entry forms are available on the Center for Writing, Learning, an Teaching website Papers must be submitted in Howarth 105 by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Last Open Line of the semester
This is the last edition of Open Line for fall 2012! Publication will resume Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. For links to all of this semester's issues, visit the Open Line home page. Be sure to send your department news, announcements, Noteworthy items, and story suggestions to See you in 2013!


Puget Sound currently leads the Northwest Conference in the hunt for the 2012–13 McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports trophy after the conclusion of the fall season. The Loggers had four teams finish in the top three in the final conference standings. Go Loggers!

In the News

The WinterFest performances this weekend, featuring the Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, were listed as a “Critics Pick” in The News Tribune “Go” arts section.

The Banff Film Festival, co-sponsored by University of Puget Sound Outdoor Programs, was featured with a photo in The News Tribune.

Sign up to receive "In the News," a weekly digest of Puget Sound press coverage, by contacting our media relations office at or x2611.

President's Holiday Brunch, Dec. 6

All faculty and staff members are invited to join President Ron Thomas and Mary Thomas for the annual President's Holiday Brunch, Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Start the holidays (and the day) off right!

Just two weeks left in the 125th Anniversary Video Contest

Think you can capture the spirit of Puget Sound in a four-minute video? We want to see your best work! Enter to win great prizes! Grab your camcorder (or your smartphone) and be part of the 125th Anniversary Video Contest! Contest details, entry forms, and more available online.

Winter weather reminders

As we head into winter, please keep these reminders in mind...

Security Services staff members are always on alert for wintry weather that can affect the campus community. Security Services will contact university administrators if there is significant snow or ice accumulation. Campus closure or delayed-start information will be broadcast through news media, the university website, and the campus information line (253.879.4900). No news means business as usual.

Please reserve direct calls to Security Services for campus emergencies. Thanks!

Puget Sound is now on Instagram

Check out our new Instagram page at, and be sure to tag us in your Puget Sound pictures with #univpugetsound. Connect with Puget Sound throughout the social sphere! Find us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

To request assistance or initiate an emergency response on campus, call Security Services at 253.879. 3311 or x3311 from a campus phone, or dial 911. Learn more at

Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, Dec. 8: 2012 Art Students Annnual, Kittredge Gallery

Through Sunday, Dec. 9: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of the Evolutionary Theory, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Dec. 3–Wednesday, Dec. 5: Directing Class One Acts, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $2 at door only

Monday, Dec. 3: Kayak Club, Warner Pool, 6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 3: How to Survive a Plague, film screening in recognition of World AIDS Day, Student Diversity Center, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 3–Tuesday, Dec. 4: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour—Tacoma, Rialto Theater, downtown Tacoma, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15–$30

Monday, Dec. 3: Percussion Ensemble, Gunnar Folsom, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Top-Rope Tuesday, Memorial Fieldhouse Climbing Wall, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4–Wednesday, Dec. 5: Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale, Wheelock Lobby, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4: 'Tis the Season, Chorale and Dorian Singers, Anne Lyman, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Last day of classes

Thursday, Dec. 6–Sunday, Dec. 9: Reading period

Thursday, Dec. 6: President's Holiday Brunch, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8, Hanukkah begins at sundown

Monday, Dec. 10–Friday, Dec. 15: Final exams

Saturday, Dec. 15: Winter break begins