Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 12, 2012

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Prof. George Tomlin M.S.’82 will deliver the Regester Lecture, drawing parallels between occupational therapy and rocket science, Nov. 15
In “Evidence, Knowledge, and Decision-Making in Occupational Therapy: It’s Not Rocket Science… Or is it?,” Professor George Tomlin M.S.’82 will present his argument that, whether commanding a lunar mission or designing a treatment plan for a person who suffered a stroke, the “flight plan” has to be flexible and open to unexpected challenges. The lecture, sponsored by the John D. Regester Lectureship, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. The lecture is free, and tickets are not required.

Filmmaker Trisha Ziff visits campus this week to discuss her work, Nov. 14–15
Guggenheim scholar, curator, director, and filmmaker Trisha Ziff will give a free, public talk about her 2011 film The Mexican Suitcase on Thursday, Nov. 15. The 5 p.m. event will be held in Wyatt Hall, Room 101. The film tells the story of more than 4,500 photo negatives from the Spanish Civil War recovered nearly 70 years after the war in a closet in Mexico City. See the film before the lecture! Attend a screening of The Mexican Suitcase on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in Rausch Auditorium. Ziff will be available after the screening for discussion. Both events are free and open to the public.

Puget Sound Piano Trio: A Couple of Jokes and a Few Hymns, Nov. 16
Piano Trio members Duane Hulbert, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; and David Requiro, cello, will host the Jacobsen Series concert A Couple of Jokes and a Few Hymns on Friday, Nov. 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The performance will include elements of American folk songs, hymn tunes, and a familiar melody written for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available online at or at Wheelock Information Center.

Chicago theater comapny, Neo-Futurists, brings 30 plays to life on stage—in just 60 minutes, Nov. 16–17
Catch the performance of 30 Neo-Futurist Plays From Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind at the traditional Neo-Futurist hour of 10:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 16, or Saturday, Nov. 17, in Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, on campus. Tickets are cheap! Each audience member’s ticket price will be determined by a roll of the dice at the door.

Logger fall sports teams wrap the season
Congratulations to all fall Logger student-athletes! Here are a few highlights:

Cross Country: Matt Klein ’13 and Justin Bigelow ’15 each earned All-Region honors at the NCAA West Region Championships. The men's team finished 13th, and the women's team took 16th.

Football: Adam Kniffin ’13 concluded his record-shattering career with yet another record. The wide receiver became the first Logger to compile 1,000 receiving yards in Puget Sound's last game of the season at Willamette. Kniffin and Jeff Walton ’14 were each selected to the All-Northwest Conference First Team.

Men's Soccer: Seven members of the team were named to the All-Northwest Conference team, including Chris McDonald ’13 and Chris Shaw ’13, who were named to the All-NWC First Team. Colin McIntosh ’14 was named to the All-NWC Second Team, and Carson Swope ’14, Andrew White ’14, David Leslie ’14, and Sean Ryan ’15 earned honorable mentions.

Women's Soccer: The women's soccer team clinched its 11th consecutive Northwest Conference title. The team fell to Trinity, 1-0, Saturday. Head Coach Randy Hanson was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year; it's the 10th time he's been so honored. Eight members of the team were named to the All-NWC team: Theresa Henle ’13, Kara Merfeld ’13, Lauren Hamilton ’14, Hannah Hawkins ’14, Kylie Beeson ’14, Robin Vieira ’15, Amalia Acroda-Fey ’16, and Liz Blonden ’16

Volleyball: Logger volleyball finished second in the conference and was invited to participate in postseason play, where the team defeated Colorado College and Cal Lutheran over the weekend to become NWC Regional Champs. The team will face No. 1 Calvin in the NCAA quarterfinals Thursday, Nov. 15. Outside hitter Jackie Harvey ’14 was named Northwest Conference (NWC) Player of the Year and earned All-NWC honors. Teammates Jenni Brehove ’14, Christina Chun ’14, and Nicolette Reynaud ’15 also earned All-NWC honors.

Optimize Puget Sound: Changes to your Puget Sound ID card
Significant progress has been made on Optimize Puget Sound in recent months—and more is on the way. Friday, Nov. 30, is the last day to use your ID card to charge purchases in the bookstore and dining venues, such as The Diner, Diversions, The Cellar, and Oppenheimer Cafe. This doesn't mean you won't be able to get your morning latte or midafternoon calzone. Faculty and staff members may continue to make tax-free purchases at a 10-percent discount from campus dining venues using cash or credit/debit cards. The last payroll deductions for bookstore and dining purchases charged to your ID card will appear on the Dec. 14 and/or Dec. 31, 2012, paychecks. Your campus ID card may still be used for all other existing purposes and remains your ticket to Logger athletic events, your key card to campus facilities, and your library card at Collins Memorial Library.

If you have questions about Optimize Puget Sound, visit, send an email message to, or call the Service Desk at x8585.

Pay off your library fines with food for the hungry
In support of National Hunger Week, Collins Memorial Library and the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice are co-sponsoring Food for Fines. Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash, Nov. 12–25. Donate to a worthy cause AND clean up your library debt at the same time. Bring in one can of food and $1 will be waived from your library fines. Patrons will be able to pay off fines up to $20 with nonperishable food items. All food will be donated to St. Leo Food Connection.

Budget Task Force calls for 2013–14 budget feedback by Nov. 15
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2013–14 by writing to the Budget Task Force (BTF) c/o Lori Johnson, CMB 1083 or, no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. The BTF will submit its budget recommendation to President Thomas before winter break, and members will present their recommendations to the campus community in January. The campus community will be invited to provide feedback on the recommendation before the president presents his recommendations to the board of trustees for approval at its February meeting.

Puget Sound has long embraced a participatory budget process. Chaired by the academic vice president and including students, faculty and staff members, and the chief financial officer, the BTF is charged with recommending to the president a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year that responds to Puget Sound's mission and strategic plan and the economic landscape. This important work is informed by the perspective of the president, presentations from various campus leaders, market and economic conditions, and the analysis of data. The recommended budget will address tuition and financial aid levels, investment and gift support, faculty and staff compensation pools, maintenance of facilities, and program support.

Learn more about the budget process at Puget Sound, or view an overview of the current university budget.

It's open enrollment time for 2013 benefits
Each year faculty and staff members who are eligible for the Flexible Benefits Plan have an opportunity to make changes to their benefit selections for the coming calendar year. In an effort to make enrollment as easy as possible, human resources sent each faculty and staff member's enrollment packet to his/her campus mailbox. These materials will be in a different format than in previous years. It is important that you follow the instructions contained in the delivered packet (instructions and nonpersonalized materials online).
Completed enrollment materials are due to human resources by Wednesday, Nov. 21. Deliver materials in person to Howarth 016, send them through campus mail to CMB #1064, or scan and send them via email to Remember to sign each form.

Need help? Attend the Health and Benefits Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 a.m. to noon, in Wheelock Student Center. Representatives from human resources and Puget Sound's benefits providers will be on hand to answer questions. Additionally you may contact HR for assistance at x3369 or, or visit Howarth 016 during office hours (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.).


Professor of Chemistry Dan Burgard accompanied two teams of Puget Sound students (pictured) to the Regional Meeting of the Air & Waste Management Association (Pacific Northwest International Section, PNWIS) to compete in the conference-sponsored student Environmental Challenge. Eight teams competed, and the Puget Sound teams took first and second place, earning $1,500 and $1,200, respectively. The winning team was made up of Annie Bigalke ’13, Kelsey Johnson ’13, and Kathryn Ginsberg ’13. The second-place team included Ben Armstrong ’13, Ben Sample ’13, Camille Sachs ’15, and Matt Breuer ’13. Additionally Breuer won third prize for a paper he presented.

Five writing advisors from the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching (Sean Butorac ’13, Chelsea Clark ’13, Shani Cohen ’13, Kelli Conley ’13, and Ariana Scott-Zechlin ’13) recently presented papers at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Chicago. Butorac and Clark each won a travel grant; only 22 grants were given to the 527 people who attended the conference.

In the News

Associate Professor of Communication Studies Renee Houston was quoted in an Associated Press story about “alone time” in the age of technology. The story ranin numerous publications, including The Washington Post and Washington Times, as well as several news sites, such as CBS Moneywatch and Yahoo! Finance.

Keith Ward, director of the School of Music, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about the financial trials of American symphony orchestras.

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

Schedule your TIAA-CREF personal counseling session

Bodil Stevens, consultant with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 14, to answer questions about saving for retirement. Stevens will help you determine long-term strategies, find the right allocation mix, and develop your own strategies for retirement savings. Individual sessions will be held in Wyat 326 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule your appointment, call 866.928.4221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or schedule online at

School of Education hosts Information Night, Nov. 13

Puget Sound's School of Education will host an Information Night Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Howarth 212. Anyone interested in learning about the university's one-year Master of Arts in Teaching or two-year Master of Education in Counseling programs is welcome to attend.

Encourage students to "gather" at Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass will host a free event, Friday, Nov. 16, exclusively for area college students. The event, "gather," includes complimentary glassblowing, glassfuding and flameworking workshops, nonalcoholic beverages and "bites." Two free shuttles will depart from Diversions at 6 and 8 p.m., returning at 9 and 10:45 p.m. Download the event event poster for more information.

Flu vaccines still available through Premera

The Office of Human Resources reports that 146 faculty and staff members received flu vaccines at the annual Health and Benefits Fair, held on Nov. 6 in Wheelock Student Center. If you were unable to attend the fair and want to obtain a flu vaccine for yourself (or a family member), Premera participants may obtain free flu vaccines at a variety of locations, including doctor’s offices and local pharmacies, such as Bartell Drugs, Walgreens, Costco, Target, Rite Aid, and Fred Meyer.

Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, Dec. 8: 2012 Art Students Annnual, Kittredge Gallery

Through Sunday, Dec. 9: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of the Evolutionary Theory, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Nov. 12–Wednesday, Nov. 14: Hunger Month Food Drive sponsored by Backpacks of Hope

Monday, Nov. 12: School of Music Music Day

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: George Tomlin M.S.’82, occupational therapy, Thompson 193, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Honors Program Film Series: Up (2009), Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Top-Rope Tuesday, Memorial Fieldhouse Climbing Wall, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: School of Education Information Night, Howarth 212, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Bohemian Rhapsody, Symphony Orchestra, Huw Edwards, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: 2012 Art Students Annnual Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Film Screening: The Mexican Suitcase (2011), followed by Q&A with director Trisha Ziff, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Abigail Nelson, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Guest Lecture: The maleta Mexicana: Image, Memory, and Exile, Trisha Ziff, filmmaker, Wyatt 101, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Concert: Garden Level, Underground Sound, and What She Said, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Regester Lecture: Evidence, Knowledge, and Decision-Making in Occupational Therapy: It's Not Rocket Science... Or is It?, George Tomlin M.S.’82, occupational therapy, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Kayak Club, Warner Pool, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16: "gather"—an exclusive event for college students, Museum of Glass, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16: Jacobsen Series: A Couple of Jokes and a Few Hymns, Puget Sound Piano Trio, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17: 30 Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Norton Clapp Theatre, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: Price will be determined by a roll of the dice at the door

Monday, Nov. 19: Kayak Club, Warner Pool, 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19: Student Chamber Music Ensembles, David Requiro, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.