Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 26, 2012

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Jazz in the Rotunda—tonight!
Enjoy an evening of jazz tonight, Nov. 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Performers include student vocalists and jazz musicians playing everything from straight-up jazz to instrumental funk.

Campus visits for diversity and inclusion officer candidates continue this week and next
Puget Sound's search for a dean of diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer has generated a very strong group of candidates. The top candidates will be coming to campus for interviews this week and the final week of classes. As part of the interview process, each candidate will participate in a one-hour session open to all members of the campus community. These sessions will take place as follows, and faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

  • Monday, Nov. 26, 3 p.m., Murray Board Room
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2 p.m., Murray Board Room
  • Friday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m., Murray Board Room
  • Monday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m., Trimble Forum

Because all of our candidates' candidacies remain confidential at this time, their curriculum vitae and cover letters will be available for review on a password-secured site at 7 a.m. on the candidate visit day. You may log in with your Puget Sound user name and password. These materials will be removed the day following each visit. Please hold each candidate’s name in confidence, and do not print or distribute their materials.
Any confidential feedback you have about the candidates may be directed to or to Associate Vice President for Human Resources Cindy Matern at

Slater Museum of Natural History to host Open House, Nov. 28
“It’s Wild Outside: Discover Backyard Biology and the Nature Next Door!” will be a free, family-friendly open house focused on connecting people to wildlife and wild places. The event will feature educational displays of museum specimens, hands-on natural history activities, animal visitors from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, crafts for kids of all ages, and guest experts from organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation and Tacoma Nature Center. Come discover the biological wonders of your own backyard on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6–8 p.m., in Thompson 295.

New Light Celebration recognizes fall and winter religious and spiritual holidays, Nov. 29
The Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice (SSSJ) welcomes all to New Light Celebration, the annual interfaith celebration of fall and winter religious and spiritual holidays. Student leaders from a wide variety of religious/spiritual traditions will offer short presentations about their holidays. Light refreshments will be provided. In addition SSSJ will collect canned/dry foods for local food banks. For more information about the New Light Celebration, contact University Chaplain Dave Wright ’96 at

Mr. and Mrs. Claus to make special appearance at Mistletoast 2012, Nov. 30
Where else can you find big band dancing to the 16-piece Swing Reunion Orchestra, horse carriage rides around campus, delicious food, holiday films, a chocolate fountain, and pictures with the Clauses—all for free? Associated Students of University of Puget Sound will host Mistletoast 2012, this Friday night, Nov. 30, from 8 to 11 p.m., in Wheelock Student Center. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

Alumna children's author Karen Robins M.Ed.'71 visits campus for story hour, Dec. 1
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Karen Robbins M.Ed.'71 will read her book Care for Our World in Collins Memorial Library, followed by snacks and a short art and music activity for children. Story hour will begin at 10 a.m., in the library's Rocking Chair Room. Faculty and staff members are invited to bring their children.

WinterFest features carols and readings from around the world, Dec. 1 and 2
The Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici, led by conductor Steven Zopfi, will perform at WinterFest, an event of music, singalongs, and readings where everyone can share in the religious and cultural festivities of people around the world. Winterfest: Songs and Carols From Around the World will take place in Kilworth Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., and again on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. University Chaplain David Wright ’96 will present complementary readings of poetry and prose from various cultures. Admission to the event is $4.50 for Puget Sound faculty and staff members, and tickets are available online and at Wheelock Information Center.

Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols to be held Dec. 2
Experience the holiday season as generations have at Puget Sound's annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. University Chaplain Dave Wright ’96 will lead a Christmas service that was developed in 1918 at King’s College, University of Cambridge, England, to bring together the community ahead of Christmas. Students, campus members, neighbors, and guests are invited to participate in readings, sing carols, and hear anthems performed by Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici, Steven Zopfi, director. Admission is free, and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a canned/dry food donation to benefit local food banks.

Call for donations for Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale
The Staff Senate Special Events Committee is looking for your help. The annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Wheelock Student Center. Donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs are badly needed.

Please bring donated items to Laura Edgar in Kittredge 117, Lisa Beritich in McIntyre 011, or Katharine Appleyard in Howarth 209. If you have any questions or would like your items picked up from another location on campus, please contact Laura Edgar at Proceeds from the Book and Bake Sale fund the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship. Thank you for your help!

Banff Film Festival World Tour stops in Tacoma, Dec. 3 and 4
Puget Sound's Outdoor Programs will help bring the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to downtown Tacoma Dec. 3–4. Each year the best outdoor, mountain, and cultural films from the festival go on the road. These films go beyond adrenaline films and show the story behind the adventure. Showtime is 7 p.m. both nights at the Rialto Theater.

Discounted tickets are available for campus community members at the Expeditionary, Monday–Friday, 4 p.m.–7 p.m., or call x3403. Tickets are also available by calling the Broadway Center box office at 800.291.7593. Regularly priced tickets are available online.

Optimize Puget Sound: Changes coming to payroll and timekeeping processes
The human resources module and payroll changes will take effect in PeopleSoft on Jan. 1, 2013. To prepare for this migration, please note the following:

  • Timesheet approvals in Kronos are due Dec. 21, by 5 p.m. Staff members and supervisors must complete and approve timesheets by this deadline to ensure a smooth transition to PeopleSoft and accuracte paychecks on Dec. 31.
  • Approvals of student timesheets for the time worked Dec. 1–21 are due Dec. 21, by 5 p.m. To facilitate the transition to PeopleSoft, student staff members will be paid on Dec. 31 for time worked Dec. 1–21.
  • PeopleSoft Time and Labor will replace Kronos for staff members and the timekeeping portion of the Student Employment Time Entry (SETE) system. Register now to participate in a training session to learn how to enter time and how to approve time, if you are a staff or student supervisor. Trainings sessions will begin in early December and run through the end of January. Learn more at

Nominate worthy Loggers for Alumni Awards
The Puget Sound Alumni Council Awards and Nominating Committee invites you to nominate outstanding alumni for one of the Alumni Association’s four distinguished alumni awards: Professional Achievement, Service to the Community, Service to Puget Sound, and Young Logger Service. You may know of former students who have done outstanding things; therefore, you play an important role in helping to ensure that the accomplishments of these distinguished alumni are recognized.
Award recipients will be profiled in the spring 2013 issue of Arches magazine and will be honored during Summer Reunion Weekend, June 7–9, 2013, when classes ending in 3 and 8 will celebrate their quinquennial reunions. Nominations of alumni celebrating a reunion year are encouraged. Nominations should be submitted no later than Dec. 31, 2012, and contain as much information as possible about the nominee’s qualifications. Visit the Alumni Awards nomination page to submit your nomination.


Senior Kelsey McKinnis made the most of her hometown visit with a career-high 36 points in a 93-81 win for the Puget Sound women’s basketball team. The Loggers (4-1) defeated Southern Oregon in McKinnis’ hometown of Ashland, Ore., on Sunday to run their winning streak to four games. The team's 93 points also tied its highest scoring total under third-year head coach Loree Payne.

In the News

Karl Fields, 2012 Washington Professor of the Year and professor of politics and government, was profiled, with a photo, in The News Tribune and Bellingham Herald. A photo story also ran in Tacoma Weekly; the news was reported on KPLU Public Radio(1 min.; three spots); and in the World Trade Center Tacoma newsletter, in its “Members in the News” section.

Legendary comedian Bill Cosby will appear at Puget Sound on Feb. 10, 2013, as part of the university’s 125th anniversary celebrations, wrote The News Tribune in its online “Get Out” blog.

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

Save the Date: President's Holiday Brunch, Dec. 6

All faculty and staff members are invited to join President Ron Thomas and Mary Thomas for the annual President's Holiday Brunch, Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Start the holidays (and the day) off right!

Say "Yes!" to professional development in Janaury

The annual Professional Development and Enrichment Conference, put on for Puget Sound staff members by the human resources office each January, is coming soon. Available courses will include Optimize Puget Sound training, CPR, personal financing, computer skills, and more. Plus, new this year, keynote speaker Galen Emanuele, from The Upfront Theatre in Bellingham. Watch Open Line for details, and look for a complete schedule of available courses in December.

Bookstore's holiday open house coming Dec. 7

Join the bookstore for a holiday open house Friday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and good cheer—not to mention 20 percent off Puget Sound gear and up to 40 percent off holiday merchandise!

"Life on the Ice" presentation, Nov. 29

Alaskan adventurer and author Erin McKittrick and her husband Bretwood Higman take on North America's largest tidewater glacier, exploring climate change, storms, and wilderness travel with the help of two kids in diapers. See a free slideshow presentation about the family's trek Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., in  Wheelock 101.

Winter fun available at the Expeditionary

Discounted ski tickets for Crystal Mountain and the Summit are available to all campus community members through Puget Sound Outdoor Programs. Crystal Mountain tickets are $50 (regular $65) and Summit Tickets are $48 (from $64). Youth tickets for the Summit are $33 (regularly $45) and the first-time lesson package is $72 (regularly $82). Tickets will be available at the Expeditionary until finals week.

Plan now for outdoor equipment rentals during winter break. Rent snowshoes, cross country skis, and other winter equipment from the Expeditionary. Call x3403 for Expeditionary hours and equipment rates.

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

To request assistance or initiate an emergency response on campus, call Security Services at 253.879. 3311 or x3311 from a campus phone, or dial 911. Learn more at

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. 26: Kayak Club, Warner Pool, 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 26: Jazz in the Rotunda, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: How to succeed at losing: Directives from the science of weight loss, Jill Nealey-Moore, psychology, Weyerhaeuser 402, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Study Abroad Application Workshop, Howarth 109, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: TUBACHRISTMAS, Marshall Hall, WSC, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Top-Rope Tuesday, Memorial Fieldhouse Climbing Wall, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m. Everyone welcome; bring your own pencils and paper!

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Slater Museum of Natural History Open House, Thompson 295, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Kwanza Event, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars: Carl Toews, mathematics and computer science, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Life on Ice—Ground Truth Trekking on Malaspina Glacier, Wheelock 101, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29: New Light Celebration, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC

Thursday, Nov. 29: Kayak Club, Warner Pool, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 30: Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, Gerard Morris, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 30: Mistletoast, Wheelock Student Center, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1: Care for Our World Reading, Karen Robbins M.Ed.'71, Collins Memorial Library, 10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1: WinterFest: Songs and Carols From Around the World, Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $4.50 faculty/staff

Sunday, Dec. 2: WinterFest: Songs and Carols From Around the World, Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d'Amici, Steven Zopfi, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m. Tickets: $4.50 faculty/staff

Sunday, Dec. 2: Festival of Lessons and Carols, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 3–Tuesday, Dec. 4: Directing Class One Acts, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $2 at door only

Monday, Dec. 3: Kayak Club, Warner Pool, 6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 3–Tuesday, Dec. 4: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour—Tacoma, Rialto Theater, downtown Tacoma, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15–$30

Monday, Dec. 3: Percussion Ensemble, Gunnar Folsom, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.