Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Feb. 6, 2012

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Campus News

Think Pink Night at Memorial Fieldhouse, Feb. 7
Puget Sound Athletics will host its annual "Think Pink Night" Tuesday, Feb. 7, when Logger hoops teams host cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran at 6 and 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the games and make it a "Pink Out." The night holds special meaning for the coaches, staff, and student-athletes as Assistant Athletics Trainer Stana Landon, who has once beaten breast cancer, is battling it again. Pink ribbons will be available for $1 and will be posted on the upper south bleachers during Tuesday's games. Funds raised during Think Pink Night will go to help Landon with medical costs.

The Logger women will be playing at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. TV Tacoma will be on hand to record both games for broadcast Feb. 8–17. For more information call the main athletic office at x3140.

Three professors named to endowed positions
Puget Sound is pleased to announce three new appointments of faculty members to endowed positions. Professor of Religion Suzanne Holland, Professor of Business and Leadership Jeff Matthews, and Professor of Physics and Science, Technology, and Society Jim Evans have accepted the appointments, which come with the enthusiastic support of President Ronald R. Thomas. Congratulations!

Arrrrgh! The Pirates of Penzance opens Feb. 9
The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Dawn Padula, will be performed nightly at 7:30 p.m., from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 9–11, and again for a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. The four performances will be in Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. Gerard Morris, assistant professor of music, will conduct members of the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. Musical preparation was provided by Denes Van Parys, adjunct affiliate in the School of Music. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff members. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center and online.

BenTF seeks your input
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 BenTF@pugetsound.edu. 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.

Professor Monica DeHart to discuss China at Daedalus Dinner; reservations due Feb. 13
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. Daedalus Dinners are open to faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Each dinner begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, and must be made by Monday, Feb. 13, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to make reservations, please call x3207.


Noteworthy

Lynda S. Livingston, Nat S. and Marian W. Rogers Professor in the School of Business and Leadership, presented her paper, “Could Peer-to-Peer Loans Substitute for Payday Loans?” at the Global Conference on Business and Finance in Honolulu, Hawai`i, in January, where it won the Outstanding Research Award. The paper will be published this year in the journal Accounting and Taxation.


In the News

Optimize Puget Sound appeared as a brief in the Marketwire News Room and was picked up by numerous tecnology news media outlets.

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

Events anticipate Campus Climate Survey

In anticipation of the Campus Climate Survey, Feb. 13–24, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer will host several events this week to share data captured during the 2006 survey and explore themes of diversity. See the full slate of events in the "Can't-miss events" below and look for more information about the 2012 Campus Climate Survey in Open Line next week.

Can't-miss events

Through Saturday, Feb. 11: A Makeshift Landscape by Eirik Johnson and Invasives by Nathan DiPietro, Kittredge Gallery

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

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Campus Climate Check: Hearing Our Stories, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Think Pink Night: Women's Basketball vs. PLU, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Campus Climate Check: Lydia by Octavio Solis, staged reading by Sara Freeman, Jones 203, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Think Pink Night: Men's Basketball vs. PLU, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Campus Climate Check: Lydia by Octavio Solis, staged reading by Sara Freeman, Jones 203, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Campus Climate Check: Writing Our Stories, Jones 203, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9: Artist Talk by Eirik Johnson, Kittredge Gallery, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9: Campus Climate Check: BFE by Julia Cho, staged reading by Marilyn Bennett, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9–Saturday, Feb. 11: The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, directed by Dawn Padula, musical direction by Denes Van Parys, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Thursday, Feb. 9: Campus Climate Check: Hearing Our Stories, Jones 203, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9: Kayak Club Pool Sessions, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m. Every Monday and Thursday

Friday, Feb. 10: Men's Tennis vs. Simon Fraser, Tennis Pavilion, 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10: Music in the Library: Zachary Hamilton ’15, violin, Collins Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10: Baseball vs. Corban, Baseball Diamond, 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10: Women's Basketball vs. George Fox, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10: Men's Basketball vs. George Fox, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark, Baseball Diamond, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12: Baseball vs. Corban, Baseball Diamond, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12: The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, directed by Dawn Padula, musical direction by Denes Van Parys, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff