Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of May 14, 2012

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Campus News

News from Staff Senate
In a year-end meeting on May 9, Staff Senate welcomed its new senators for the 2012–13 academic year. A list of the newly elected senators can be found on the Staff Senate blog. In addition Staff Senate said goodbye to several members whose terms ended this year. Please join the Staff Senate in thanking these members for their service:

  • Ally Bujacich, Facilities Services
  • Cathy Tollefson, Office of Communications
  • Ginene Alexander, Print and Copy Services
  • Janet Frostad, Office of University Relations
  • Jason Rotchstein, Office of Donor Relations
  • Laurie Humphrey, Office of Annual Giving
  • M.K. Smith, Technology Services
  • Rusty Horton, Office of the Registrar

Please also join Staff Senate in welcoming its incoming officers for the 2012–14 academic years:

  • Chair: Cori Hammock, Office of Annual Giving
  • Vice Chair: Laura Edgar, Department of Art
  • Secretary: Pam Taylor, Office of Capital Giving

For additional Staff Senate news, please visit

Coming soon to a desk near you: new phones
This July Puget Sound will install a new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system. The VoIP system will replace our existing phone system and significantly enhance Puget Sound's telephone and voice mail services. Setup and testing of the VoIP system is currently underway, and Technology Services expects to begin delivering replacement phones to offices across campus in late June and early July. Training sessions and documentation will be provided before the VoIP system goes live in mid-July. Additional training will be available in August for faculty and staff members returning to campus. Watch for updates and more information as it becomes available at

In the News

Academic Vice President and Dean of the University Kris Bartanen was quoted about faculty evaluations at Puget Sound, in the May University Business magazine issue.

The new book by Professor of History Nancy Bristow, American Pandemic, about the 1918 influenza outbreak, was described in The Seattle Times column “Local Books.”

Dennis Flannigan ’61, who received an honorary degree at Sunday’s Commencement Ceremony, was interviewed on NPR stations KPLU in Seattle, and Boise State Radio in Idaho in a story about the meaning of honorary degrees. The story also appeared online on NPR.

Camouflaj, a new video game company launched by Ryan Payton ’02 and Professor of Business and Leadership Jeff Matthews, was covered on Camouflaj raised more than $500,000 on crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter.

The Portland Symphonic Choir, under the director of Associate Professor of Music Steven Zopfi with the assistance of music faculty member Kathryn Lehmann received a glowing review in Oregon Music News.

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Faculty submissions for the 2011-12 Faculty Scholarship book due May 31

All faculty members are invited to submit their books, book chapters, papers, articles, reviews, exhibits, performances, lectures, and professional presentations for the 2011–12 academic year. Visit the faculty scholarship website to see a current copy of the guide or to complete the submission form by May 31.

Can't-miss events

Monday, May 14: Summer Session I begins

Wednesday, May 23: Final grades due

Friday, May 25: 38th Annual Staff Recognition Luncheon, Memorial Fieldhouse, noon

Monday, May 28: Memorial Day (no classes)