Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 28, 2011

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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.

Donate (and then buy) books, CDs, DVDs, and more: Staff Senate Book Sale, Dec. 2
The annual Staff Senate Bake and Book Sale, benefiting Staff Senate book scholarships, will be held 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.

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.

Last chance this semester to meet with a TIAA-CREF representative, Dec. 7
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, Dec. 7, in Wyatt 326.

President's annual holiday celebration moves to morning, Dec. 9
All faculty and staff members are invited to celebrate the holidays with President Ron and Mary Thomas at the President's Holiday Brunch. The brunch will be held in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, on Friday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.


Professor of History Bill Breitenbach will lead monthly book readings and discussions called "Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War" at University Place Library, January–May 2012. The series, taking place at 65 U.S. libraries, is part of an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association that aims to bring diverse groups together to discuss major issues.

Moe Stephens, assistant director of student activities for Greek life and leadership, was published in Perspectives, A Publication for the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors. His article, “What is your Green Dot?,” focused on the power-based personal violence prevention program that many Student Affairs colleagues are trained to present. Student Affairs will offer a Green Dot session during the upcoming January staff development workshop series.

Can't-miss events

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

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

Monday, Nov. 28: Fossil Fuels Forum, featuring Profs. Mott Greene, Garrett Milam, Amy Spivak, and Dan Burgard, and Students for a Sustainable Campus, Trimble Forum, 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 28: Climbing Wall Orientation, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. Also occurs: Tuesday, Nov. 29; Thursday, Dec. 1

Monday, Nov. 28: Bluesion—West Coast Swing, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Room, 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Fall Student Musical Theatre Revue, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Panel Discussion: Intersections of Transgender and Spiritual Identities, McCormick Room, Collins Memorial Library, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Biodiversity and Conservation in Borneo: Report from PacRim, Peter Wimberger, biology, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1: New Light Ceremony, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5:30 p.m. More information:

Friday, Dec. 2: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m. Christmas sing-a-long

Friday, Dec. 2: Blue Night: Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, Gerard Morris, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Featuring compositions by Robert Hutchinson, music, and Joe Bozich ’13 and Matt Zavortink ’12

Saturday, Dec. 3: Access to College Day, Trimble Forum, 9:30 a.m. Tacoma Public School students (grades seven–12) on campus

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

Sunday, Dec. 4: Festival of Lessons and Carols, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.