Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Feb. 13, 2012

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Campus community invited to participate in 2012 Campus Climate Survey
Campus members are encouraged to particpate in this year's Campus Climate Survey, measuring feedback and information around themes of diversity at Puget Sound. "Climate" is defined as the atmosphere or ambience of an organization as perceived by its members that can influence whether an individual feels personally safe, listened to, valued, and treated fairly and with respect. You should have received an email message on Monday, Feb. 13, with a link to the survey. Follow that link to provide your feedback; the survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you!

Benefits Task Force to host forums, seek campus input, Feb. 14, 15
The Benefits Task Force was charged with reviewing and recommending budget-neutral updates to the university’s benefits program.  Recommending a meaningful education benefit is an important part of that charge and has been the focus of the task force following the June 10, 2011, announcement that the Northwest Independent Colleges (NIC) Tuition Exchange Program will sunset effective with students entering college in fall 2016. The task force's recommendation presents an alternative to the NIC program and is intended to reflect Puget Sound’s commitment to providing a competitive benefits program for our faculty and staff, while offering an education benefit program that is predictable, affordable, and sustainable.

You are invited to review BenTF’s current best thinking about this important topic and to provide feedback via this feedback form by Feb. 24 to Additionally for those who wish to discuss the recommendation in person, we will be holding open forums in Murray Boardroom at the following times:

  • Feb. 14: 1–2:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 15: 11 a.m.–noon

After considering campus input, a final recommendation will be submitted to the president’s cabinet on March 1, and cabinet will make a final recommendation to the board of trustees for action at its May meeting.

Library to host reception and artist talk with Mark Hoppmann, Feb. 15
Join artist Mark Hoppmann for a reception and artist talk beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Library 020. Hoppmann is the man behind the current exhibit on display in the library, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crows, which explores pop culture, literature, and world civilization through word play and visual double entendre. Read more about Hoppmann and the exhibit on Inside Collins, the Collins Memorial Library blog.

Jacobsen Series concert features Russian music, Feb. 17
The Finisterra Piano Trio will bring the spirit of Eastern Europe’s colorful chamber music to the stage on Friday, Feb. 17. The Jacobsen Series concert, titled Finisterra Piano Trio Plays Music From Russia and the Czech Republic, will start at 7:30 p.m., and be held in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Professor of Music Tanya Stambuk, piano; Brittany Boulding, violin; and Kevin Krentz, cello, will perform works by Czech composers Antonin Dvorák and Josef Suk, and Russian composers Anton Arensky and Rodion Shchedrin. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff members. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center and online.

Memorial service for Aileen Kane planned for Feb. 18
Aileen Kane, coordinator of learning support services in the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching (1999–2011) and adjunct instructor of German (1989–2009), passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, after a courageous fight with cancer. Kane's husband, Professor of German and Director of Humanities Kent Hooper, and their children Ian and Maeve have scheduled a memorial in honor of Kane's life for Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Notes of support may be sent to Kane's family at CMB 1073 (foreign languages and literature).

Puget Sound enters the ring with first-ever lucha libre event, Feb. 18
Lucha Libre Volcánica, in collaboration with CHiSPA (Community for Hispanic Awareness), will hold an evening of what promises to be "epic" Mexican wrestling, Lucha de Sound: Espectaculo de Lucha Libre!, Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for campus members and $9 for community members. All are welcome. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center and online.

Puget Sound maintains 70-year-old gesture of friendship and community
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, a document giving military personnel the authority to remove any person from a designated military area. On the West Coast and at Puget Sound, this amounted to mandatory evacuation for thousands of Japanese residents. Just before leaving campus, the 30 Puget Sound students who were relocated planted cherry trees outside what is now Wheelock Student Center as a token of friendship for the university community. For more about the Japanese-American internment period, including photos, literature, and personal reflections of this experience, visit the display case in near the Murray Board Room, WSC, or contact Czarina Ramsay ’02 in Multicultural Student Services at x3374.

Know a great student writer? CWLT writing advisor positions open
The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching is seeking student applicants from all academic areas for the 2012–13 peer Writing Advisor positions. Faculty members should encourage qualified students to apply. Application instructions are available in CWLT (Howarth 105) and online. Completed applications should be returned to CWLT by Thursday, March 8, 2012. For more information contact Julie Nelson Christoph at


Congratulations to the Puget Sound Women's Swimming team, who came from behind to take the 2012 Northwest Conference team championship over the weekend. After going into the final day down by eight points, the Loggers came roaring back to take the lead, finishing with 623 points.

Daedalus reservations due today

Associate Professor of Comparative Sociology Monica DeHart will discuss China's explosive growth and growing international influence, at the first Daedalus Dinner of the spring semester, Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Reservations are $15 per person, and must be made by Monday, Feb. 13. For more information or to make reservations, please call x3207.

Optimize Puget Sound underway

Optimize Puget Sound is underway, and Project Manager Travis Nation would be glad to tell you more! Nation is available to join department or office meetings to answer questions and give a brief presentation about the project, the current timeline, and the type of changes you can expect to see over the next 24 months. To schedule Nation for your meeting,contact Project Coordinator Emily Precht at x2596 or   

Can't-miss events

Through Wednesday, Feb. 29: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crows: The Art of Mark Hoppmann, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Feb. 13: Bluesion: Tango Week 3, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Studio, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13: Kayak Club Pool Sessions, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m. Every Monday and Thursday

Tuesday, Feb. 14: The Most Trusted Strangers in America, Frank Warren, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Women's Tennis vs. PLU, Tennis Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Reception and Artist Talk, Mark Hoppmann, Library 020, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Kayak Club Pool Sessions, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m. Every Monday and Thursday

Friday, Feb. 17: Baseball vs. Concordia (Ore.), Baseball Diamond, 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 17: Jacobsen Series: Finisterra Piano Trio Plays Music From Russia and the Czech Republic, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Saturday, Feb. 18: Baseball vs. Whitworth, Baseball Diamond, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18: Men's Tennis vs. Pacific (Ore.), Tennis Pavilion, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18: Lucha de Sound: Espectaculo de Lucha Libre!, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Tickets: $6 faculty/staff