Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 14, 2011

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Renowned psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison to deliver Pierce Lecture, Nov. 15
Co-director of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Mood Disorders Center, Kay Redfield Jamison is an influential psychiatrist and author who has earned national recognition for advancing public understanding of mental illness. She's on campus Tuesday, Nov. 15, to deliver the Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture in Public Affairs and the Arts. Jamison's talk, "Minds on Fire," will begin at 8 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is free for students, faculty, and staff, but advance ticket reservations are recommended. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or online.

2011 Art Students Annual opens today at Kittredge Gallery
Kittredge Gallery
opens its latest exhibit today, the 2011 Art Students Annual. Any student currently enrolled at Puget Sound who has taken a studio art class on campus or as part of a study abroad program is eligible to enter the juried show. This year's exhibit, juried by Amy McBride, arts administrator for the city of Tacoma, features works in a variety of media. The show runs through Saturday, Dec. 10. The opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m., in the gallery. Merit awards will be announced at 6 p.m.

Pay your library fines with food instead of cash, Nov. 14–27
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. 14–27. Donate to a worthy cause AND clean up your library debt at the same time. Bring in one can of food and get $1 waived from your library fines. Patrons will be able to pay off fines up to $20 with nonperishable food items. For more information check out the library blog.

Meet with Jonathan Jepsen of TIAA-CREF, Nov. 16
Develop long-term saving strategies, find the allocation mix that works for you, and learn about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility in an individual consultation with TIAA-CREF representative Jonathan Jepsen. Schedule your sessions by calling 206.529.2600 (press 0). Jepsen will be on campus between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Wyatt 326. Only one more on-campus counseling session will be offered fall semester, on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Learn more about TIAA-CREF at

Benefits open enrollment forms due Friday, Nov. 18
Remember, your 2012 benefits enrollment forms must be submitted by Nov. 18. Need assistance completing your election and enrollment forms? Have questions about benefits open enrollment? Contact human resources at or x3369 with questions.

Memorial for Professor Emeritus Norman Anderson to be held Nov. 19
A memorial service for Norman Anderson, professor emeritus of geology, will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Anderson died peacefully on Oct. 28, at the age of 90. A reception in the Harned Hall atrium will follow the service. Memorial donations may be made to the McMillin Geology Fund by contacting donor relations at or x3622.

Discriminatory Harassment Report now available
As required by campus policy, a report detailing discriminatory harassment incidents received by Harassment Response Officers in 2010–11 is now available for the public.

Budget Task Force suggestions, comments due Nov. 21
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2012–13 by writing to the Budget Task Force (BTF) c/o Lori Johnson, CMB 1083 or, no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21. 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. Faculty and staff feedback on the recommendation wil be sought 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, staff, and the CFO, the BTF is charged with recommending to the president a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year that responds to the university’s mission and strategic plan. 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 budgeting process or view an overview of the current university budget.

Nominate a staff member or department for Excellence in Action awards
The Excellence in Action award recognizes staff members and departments who consistently exhibit excellence in their work at Puget Sound. The awards are presented during the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon, which will be held in January 2012. From the staff recognition committee:

Taking our cue from Puget Sound's strategic plan, the staff recognition committee invites you to nominate staff members and departments who went above and beyond to INNOVATE, INSPIRE, ENGAGE, or INVEST in support of the college's mission and strategic plan in 2011. We encourage you to think broadly about such innovation, inspiration, engagement, or investment—some staff memvers or departments set examples of excellence that are well known to the campus community because oftheir visible and wide-reaching roles, while others exhibit excellence within their own departments and/or in serving a select group of constituents.

To nominate a staff member or department, complete the online form at the Staff Senate website by Friday, Dec. 2.

Admission workshop coming in December
Planning for college admission and financial aid has become complex and confusing for parents and students. Recognizing this the Office of Admission, Student Financial Services, and Department of Human Resources have developed a workshop for Puget Sound faculty and staff to cover admission, financial aid, and various education benefits available to the campus community. The workshop will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please register by contacting Stephanie Knottingham at x3989.


Professor of Music and Series Editor for Oxford University Press' Broadway Legacies Geoffrey Block chaired a session on "Researching Broadway Legacies" at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held this month in San Francisco. Each of the session's four presenters is author of one of the books in the series.

Beverly Conner, Hans Ostrom, and Ann Putnam, faculty members in the Department of English, published a collection of short stories in the new book Nine by Three: Stories, exploring the experiences of childhood and recounting days of both ordinary and extraordinary events.

In the News

KIRO Television news ran a story on the launch of Puget Sound’s One [of a Kind] capital campaign, showing the college's official seal onscreen and outlining the $8 million gift from the Lillis family and the $125 million campaign. (no link available)

The launching of the new Tacoma Entrepreneurial Network: College Edition was featured in The News Tribune and Tacoma Weekly.

Tacoma Weekly's Sportswatch section covered the 10th consecutive Northwest Conference championship win by the women's soccer team, and a win by the men's soccer team over the Lutes.

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

Prof. Nancy Bristow to deliver Regester Lecture, Nov. 17

In "'They're Taking These Scars Away': Memory, Race, and the Violence of May 1970," Professor of History Nancy Bristow will explore how the events of May 15, 1970, at Jackson State College have seemingly disappeared from the collective memory of the American public, and what that means. The John D. Regester Faculty Lecture series is held in recognition of the scholarship and accomplishment of the Puget Sound faculty, and gives speakers the opportunity to develop and share their ideas with colleagues and the public. Bristow's lecture will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

Optimize Puget Sound officially launches Nov. 15

Optimize Puget Sound—the campuswide implementation of an integrated technology solution to optimize the ways in which we work together—will impact everyone in our campus community over the next several years. Join President Ron Thomas Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the garden level of Howarth Hall to officially launch the project and to learn more about what it means for you. Light refreshments will be served.

Can't-miss events

Though Sunday, Nov. 27: Food for Fines, Collins Memorial Library

Through Saturday, Dec. 10: 2011 Art Students Annual, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, Nov. 14: Come Hell or High Waters: Rebuilding a New Orleans Library, Beth Joy Patin, Holy Cross School for Boys, Trimble Forum, 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 14: Climbing Wall Orientation, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Also occurs: Tuesday, Nov. 15; Thursday, Nov. 17

Monday, Nov. 14: Kayak Club, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m. Also occurs: Thursday, Nov. 17

Tuesday, Nov. 15: Pierce Lecture: Minds on Fire: Mood Disorders and Creativity, Kay Redfield Jamison, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Brown Bag Talks: Mike Knape, speaking on his experiences backpacking in South America on an IPE Summer Research Grant, Murray Board Room, WSC, noon

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Kittredge Gallery Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Traditional Music of Turkey, Latif Bolat, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $3 with Puget Sound ID

Thursday, Nov. 17: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Top Predators Versus the Abiotic Environment, Kate Boersma, Oregon State University, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17: Regester Lecture: 'They're Taking These Scars Away': Memory, Race, and the Violence of May 1970," Nancy Bristow, history, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17: WaT is DaDa?! An original Dada Theatre Cabaret, Norton Clapp Theatre, 8 p.m. Free, but donations accepted

Friday, Nov. 18: Benefits open enrollment forms due

Friday, Nov. 18: Guest Lecture, Fred Beckey, Northwest Aplinist, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m. Tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets

Friday, Nov. 18: Men's Basketball vs. Portland Bible, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Women's Basketball vs. UC Santa Cruz, Memorial Fieldhouse, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Joint A Cappella Groups Concert, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Men's Basketball vs. La Verne, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18: Symphony Orchestra, Christophe Chagnard, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18: WaT is DaDa?! An original Dada Theatre Cabaret, Norton Clapp Theatre, 8 p.m. Free, but donations accepted