Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Dec. 5, 2011

Last edition of the semester!

Campus News  •  Noteworthy  •  In the News

Campus News

Planning for college for someone in your household? Admission workshop, Dec. 6
Planning for college admission and financial aid has become complex and confusing for parents and students. Recognizing this the Office of Admission, Student Financial Services, and Department of Human Resources have developed a workshop for Puget Sound faculty and staff members covering admission, financial aid, and various education benefits available to the campus community. The workshop will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please register by contacting Stephanie Knottingham at x3989.

Last chance this semester to meet with a TIAA-CREF representative, Dec. 7
Develop long-term saving strategies, find the allocation mix that works for you, and learn about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility in an individual consultation with TIAA-CREF representative Jonathan Jepsen. Schedule your session by calling 206.529.2600 (press 0). Jepsen will be on campus between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Wyatt 326.

President's annual holiday celebration moves to morning, Dec. 9
All faculty and staff members are invited to celebrate the holidays with President Ron and Mary Thomas at the President's Holiday Brunch. The brunch will be held in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, on Friday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

The December Calendar—25 of our favorite images from the library archives and special collections
Take a look at the December calendar put together by Jeanne Young of Collins Memorial Library and Jordan Apele ’12. Open up this calendar every day during the month of December and enjoy an image of one of the library's many unique and special publications. Want to learn more about the university archives and special collections or arrange a visit? Send an email message to library director Jane Carlin at for more information.

Get ready for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2012
For the past three years, Puget Sound has participated in the nationwide day of community service celebrated on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and plans are already in the works for next year's event. To date, campus organizers already have commitments from 16 community service agencies ready to partner with Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff on Day of Service projects. Learn more at the Puget Sound MLK Day of Service website, or contact Marta Palmquist Cady and Roman Christiaens at


Associate Professor of Relgion Greta Austin published an article titled “St. Augustine and the Hall of Memory” in the winter edition of The American Scholar. (Not yet available online)

Several members of the Community Music Department are featured in a segment on TV Tacoma's program Cityscape, running throughout the month of December. View the segment by visiting the Cityscape Program Archives website and clicking on "December 2012." Try this link if you have trouble viewing the TV Tacoma site in your browser.

Local arts group Fab-5 released a time-lapse video of the creation and installation of its Dynamism of the Race and Pedagogy Conference mural, commissioned for the 2010 Race and Pedagogy National Conference.

MIT Press will publish a second edition of American Environmental Policy: Beyond Gridlock by Professor of Politics and Government David Sousa and Christopher McGrory Klyza of Middlebury College, just after the November 2012 elections. The first edition received the Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize of the American Political Science Association for the best book published on environmental politics and policy in a three-year period.

In the News

Tacoma Weekly included the 2011 Arts Students Annual, with a photo, in its front-page, arts section column “The Things We Like.”

T-Town Transgender Neighbors, a photography exhibit at Collins Memorial Library was covered in The News Tribune’s “Go Arts” section, with a photo.

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

Remind students to enter writing contest

Any student who has written a paper for a Puget Sound course taken during the spring, summer, and fall 2011 semesters is eligible to enter the Writing Excellence Awards contest. Papers written in languages other than English are welcome. Prizes of $250 each will be awarded in six categories: Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, Connections Core, First-year Seminars, and Graduate Programs. Entry forms are available in the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, Howarth 105/109 and online at the link below. Forms and papers must be submitted to CWLT by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.

Last Open Line of the semester

This is the last issue of Open Line for fall 2011! Publication will resume in January. For links to all of this semester's editions, visit the Open Line home page. Be sure to send your department news, announcements, Noteworthy items, and story suggestions to See you in 2012!

Can't-miss events

Through Saturday, Dec. 10: 2011 Art Students Annual , Kittredge Gallery

Through–Friday, Jan. 20: T-Town Transgender Neighbors: A Portrait Exhibit, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Dec. 5–Wednesday, Dec. 7: Directing Class One Acts, Norton Clapp Theatre, 5:30 p.m. Different shows each night. Tickets: $2 only at door

Monday, Dec. 5: Climbing Wall Orientation, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Also occurs: Tuesday, Dec. 6; Thursday, Dec. 8

Monday, Dec. 5: Percussion Ensemble, Gunnar Folsom, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 5: Kayak Club, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6: Winterscapes, Chorale and Dorian Singers, Anne Lyman, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Last day of classes

Thursday, Dec. 8–Sunday, Dec. 11: Reading Period, no classes

Friday, Dec. 9: President's Holiday Brunch, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 8:30–10 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 12–Friday, Dec. 16: Final exams

Saturday, Dec. 17–Monday, Jan. 16: Winter break