Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Nov. 24, 2014

Thanksgiving week

Campus News  •  In the News

Campus News

William Rathje ’15 named Rhodes Scholar
Congratulations to Billy Rathje ’15, who will join 31 other young men and women representing the United States as 2015 Rhodes Scholars. Majoring in both computer science and English literature, he will study for a Master of Science in computer science at Oxford beginning next fall.

2014 Art Students Annual showcases student talent in Kittredge Gallery
Kittredge Gallery announces the 2014 Art Students Annual, on display from Nov. 24 to Dec. 13.  The show is open to any student currently enrolled at Puget Sound who has taken a studio class, either on campus or in a study abroad program. Artworks submitted for the exhibition were created as part of class assignments or independent studies, and the show presents an intriguing range of creative approaches in a variety of media. The juror for this year’s exhibition is Timea Tihanyi, a Hungarian-born visual artist living and working in Seattle, where she has been a member of the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program faculty at UW since 2004.

A reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Merit awards will be presented at 6 p.m. The reception is open to the university community, as well as the general public.

Budget Task Force invites feedback on 2015–16 budget parameters
The university’s Budget Task Force (BTF), chaired by the academic vice president and including students, faculty, staff, and the vice president for finance and administration, 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 and the economic landscape. The recommended budget will address tuition levels, faculty and staff compensation budgets, and much more. All campus members are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2015–16 by writing to the BTF, c/o Lori Johnson at CMB 1083 or, no later than Tuesday, Nov. 25. Once the budget recommendations are formed, BTF members will share their recommendations with campus members in January, at which time you will be invited to send your feedback to President Thomas before he forwards his recommendation to the board of trustees at its February meeting.

If you are interested in learning more about Puget Sound’s participatory budgeting process and key budget considerations for 2015–16, read about the process and the BTF’s recommendations formulated last year for the 2014–15 budget.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour coming to Tacoma—tickets through Puget Sound Outdoors
Join Puget Sound Outdoor Programs and the Mountaineers Tacoma branch for the 10th year of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Dec. 1–2. Each year PSO co-sponsors this event to bring the best outdoor films to Tacoma. The festival supports leader training for PSO and programs at the Mountaineers Tacoma branch. Discounted tickets are available at the Expeditionary, open Monday–Friday, 4–7 p.m. For more information visit the BMFF info page on our website.

Help support the Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale
The annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Wheelock Student Center. Proceeds from the sale fund the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to staff members, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children working toward a degree or completion of a program at any level, including graduate work. 
In order for the book sale to be a success, Staff Senate needs your help! Donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs are needed. Please drop off your donated items to Lisa Beritich in McIntyre 011, Laura Edgar in Kittredge 117, Henry Waymack in Print and Copy Services, or Rachel Vaughan-Desir in Library 018. Nonperishable items may be dropped off any time between now and Dec. 6. If you wish to donate baked goods, please contact one of the Staff Senate members listed previously via email. 
For more information visit the Staff Senate section of Puget Sound’s website and the Staff Senate SoundNet site.

In the News

The Seattle Times noted Puget Sound’s Hispanic Film Festival and recommended the final film in a story about alternative film events.

Pierre Ly, associate professor of international political economy, co-wrote an article in Alternative Emerging Investor magazine about how China’s water crisis is affecting the wine industry.

Puget Sound has joined top colleges nationwide in a challenge to send hundreds of public high school counselors to a major counseling conference in San Diego, noted The Seattle Times.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Nov. 28: Exhibit: Brandywine Workshop: Prints From Six Contemporary Artists. Collins Memorial Library

Through Dec. 13: Food for Fines, $1 per nonperishable food item. Collins Memorial Library

Through Dec. 13: Exhibit: 2014 Art Students Annual. Kittredge Gallery

Through Jan. 15: Exhibit: Sparking Imaginations. Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Performance: Student Chamber Music Ensembles I and II, David Requiro and Meta Weiss, co-directors. Schneebeck Concert Hall

Monday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool

Wednesday, Nov. 26: Travel day (no classes)

Thursday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Day (no classes)

Friday, Nov. 28: Thanksgiving holiday (no classes)

Monday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.: Kayak Club. Wallace Pool