Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 21, 2011

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Campus News

Collins Memorial Library hosts new art exhibit, opening Nov. 22
An exhibit featuring photography and text introducing transgender members of the community will be on display in Collins Memorial Library beginning Tuesday, Nov. 22. T-Town Transgender Neighbors: A Portrait Exhibition shares participants' experiences through personal narratives and portraits, describing early thoughts on their gender indentity, the process of "coming out," and how they've momved forward since that moment. An artist reception, including members of the Gender Alliance of the South Sound, will be held in the library at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, and will be followed by a panel discussion.

National study finds liberal arts grads confident about their education
Graduates of top American liberal arts colleges are more confident about the value of their education and about their career and graduate school prospects than graduates of any other type of college, according to a new national study commissioned by the Annapolis Group, a consortium of leading U.S. liberal arts colleges, including Puget Sound.

“Students come to Puget Sound full of promise and expectation, and they emerge ready to take on careers ranging from science to politics, business and the arts, technology and medicine, or education and public service,” said President Ronald R. Thomas. “This study confirms that an excellent liberal arts education achieves the goals of our mission: students graduate from Puget Sound with the critical skills, knowledge, and experience they need to take on leadership roles in society and to pursue productive and fulfilling lives in a world that is rapidly changing.”

Read the report's key findings in the press release.

Excellence in Action award nominations due Dec. 2
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.

Holiday concerts feature music from around the world, Dec. 3–4
The 46-voice Adelphian Concert Choir and a cappella ensemble Voci d’Amici, conducted by Steven Zopfi, will present two holiday season concerts that take a whirlwind tour of music from around the globe. Before the Marvel of This Night will include music from Christian, Islamic, Jewish, and Hindu traditions, as well as classical and folk music from other countries. The concerts will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Tickets are $4.50 for faculty and staff, and are available at Wheelock Info Center and online.

Festival of Lessons and Carols invites campus and community to celebrate, Dec. 4
Puget Sound's annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, a Christmas service developed in 1918 at University of Cambridge, will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. University Chaplain Dave Wright ’96 will lead the service, and conductor Steven Zopfi will lead the Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici in carols and anthems, while the campus community and neighbors participate in readings and a sing-a-long.

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.

Get ready for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2012
For the past three years, Puget Sound has participated in the nationwide day of community service celebrated on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and plans are already in the works for next year's event. To date, campus organizers already have commitments from 16 community service agencies ready to partner with Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff on Day of Service projects. Stay tuned to Open Line for more information in the coming weeks. In the meantime learn more at the Puget Sound MLK Day of Service website, or contact Marta Palmquist Cady and Roman Christiaens at

Remind your students to enter writing excellence contest
Any student who has written a paper for a Puget Sound course taken during the spring, summer, and fall 2011 semesters is eligible to enter the Writing Excellence Awards contest. Papers written in languages other than English are welcome. Prizes of $250 each will be awarded in six categories: Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, Connections Core, First-year Seminars, and Graduate Programs. Entry forms are available in the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, Howarth 105/109 and online at the link below. Forms and papers must be submitted to CWLT by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.


The Puget Sound Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its annual Trick-or-Can foodraising event earlier this month, collecting and donating more than one ton of canned food to the FISH Food Banks of Pierce County. More than 100 student-athletes participated.

In the News

A talk by Professor of Physics Bernie Bates about the search for extraterrestrial life was shown in a video on the KCTS Television website for its “Science Café” series and covered in the blog Seattle Astronomy.

Go see the Art Students Annual exhibition at Kittredge Art Gallery and “let the eye be entertained and the imagination be buoyant,” advised Tacoma Weekly in a photo review.

“Nothing beats free concerts,” said The News Tribune in a “Go Arts” story recommending that readers subscribe to the Puget Sound Public Events listserv.

Associate Professor of Education Amy Ryken was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “5 minutes with” Q&A and photo section, following publication of her art book Are You a Boy or a Girl? Conversations About Gender in Elementary Classrooms.

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

Bookstore sales popping up near you!

The campus bookstore sold out of items available during its first-ever "popup" sale, Friday, Nov. 18. Miss it? Follow Puget Sound on Twitter at to find out when the next sale pops up!

BTF suggestions, comments due today

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 will be sought before the president presents his recommendations to the board of trustees in February. Learn more about the budgeting process or view an overview of the current university budget.

Donate books, CDs, DVDs to Staff Senate sale

The annual Staff Senate Bake and Book Sale, benefiting Staff Senate book scholarships, is coming Friday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wheelock Student Center. Submit your donations of delicious baked goods and gently used books, CDs, and DVDs to Chelsea Pemberton in Howarth 114. Questions? Contact Chelsea at or x3336.

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. 21: String Chamber Music Concert, David Requiro, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 21: Climbing Wall Orientation, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Also occurs: Tuesday, Nov. 22

Monday, Nov. 21: Kayak Club, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 21: String Chamber Concert, David Requiro, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 22–Friday, Jan. 20: T-Town Transgender Neighbors: A Portrait Exhibit, Collins Memorial Library

Tuesday, Nov. 22: Men's Basketball vs. Portland Bible, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 23: Travel day, no classes

Thursday, Nov. 24–Friday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving holiday, no classes

Saturday, Nov. 26: Men's Basketball vs. St. Joseph's (Brooklyn), Memorial Fieldhouse, 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27: Women's Basketball vs. Concordia (Oregon), Memorial Fieldhouse, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3: Before the Marvel of This Night, Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $4.50 faculty/staff

Sunday, Dec. 4: Before the Marvel of This Night, Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m. Tickets: $4.50 faculty/staff