Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of May 21, 2012

Last official Open Line of the semester!

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Campus News

Register now for Little Loggers summer camp
Registration for Puget Sound's annual Little Loggers summer camp is now open and filling fast! Little Loggers is a day camp open to boys and girls ages 6–12, and runs July 9–12. Cost for the weeklong camp is $200 if you register by June 13. Faculty and staff members get a discount of $25. To register download the Little Loggers brochure and registration form, or contact the athletics department at x3140. Learn more about Little Loggers and other Puget Sound athletics summer camps on the camps page.

Students launch business venture to help students on campuses throughout the country
Centsless LLC, a new business venture that began as a class project recently won a top entrepreneurial prize and will now test its legs in the real world. Michael Haas ’13, Allen Ward ’12, and Jessica Shiarella ’12 are behind Centsless, a start-up company that aims to give college students a way to borrow books, bicycles, tents, tools, electronics, or whatever else they need from other students on the same campus—at no cost. Check out Centsless on Facebook or learn more from the press release.

Staff, remember to use your floating holiday before July 1
As we approach the end of the fiscal year, human resources reminds staff members that unused floating holiday hours are lost at the end of the fiscal year and will not be carried over from June 30 to July 1. Vacation leave may be carried over from one fiscal year to the next. Staff members with less than 15 years of service are allowed to carry over vacation leave credits, not to exceed 160 hours (20 working days). Staff members with more than 15 years of service are allowed to carry over up to 240 hours (30 working days) of vacation leave. Staff members who have more than the allowable vacation leave accumulated as of June 30 will lose the leave over the maximum allowed. Access your leave balance on Your Employment Information on Cascade and in the Kronos timekeeping system

Join Collins Memorial Library for book artist reception, June 7
The Puget Sound Book Artists' Second Annual Members' Exhibition will showcase the work of members of the Puget Sound Book Artists organization. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 7, in Collins Memorial Library, and runs through Tuesday, July 31. You're invited to meet the artists at a public reception at the library on Thursday, June 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information visit the Inside Collins blog.


Collins Memorial Library raised $250 to support renovation of the YWCA in support of the “It’s Time for Kids” project to support children’s recovery from violence. A mural being painted for children at the site will include a dragonfly named "Collins" in honor of Collins the campus cat.

Ellen Peters, director of institutional research, was elected to the 2012–13 board of directors for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), an international organization of more than 4,000 persons in the field of institutional research. 

In the News

King 5 News and NW Cable Network News aired stories about Puget Sound’s Commencement. The stories focused on improving job prospects and quoted Josh Cushman M.A.T.’12, Professor of Education Fred Hamel, and Kathleen McGuire M.A.T.’12. A story ran online on MSNBC News Seattle.

Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine quoted Puget Sound Bookstore Manager Barbara Racine at length in a May feature about selling apparel at college bookstores.

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

Deadline extended! Submissions for the 2011-12 Faculty Scholarship book due June 15

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 Friday, June 15.

Open Line summer schedule

This is the last official edition of Open Line for the semester. Thank you for your contributions throughout the spring! Please continue to send in your news, noteworthy items, and announcements to, and watch for special editions this summer with updates and news you can use.

Can't-miss events

Wednesday, May 23: Final grades due

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

Monday, May 28: Memorial Day (no classes)