Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

 for the week of Nov. 4, 2013

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Campus News

Compensation Committee hosts brown bag session today, noon
The Staff Senate Compensation Committee is inviting feedback to inform the senate's compensation proposal to the Budget Task Force. Join committee members Kate Cohn ’00, chair; Connie Baird; Travis Freidman ’11; and Alexis Greenwood on Monday, Nov. 4, at noon, in Murray Board Room, WSC, to share your thoughts during a brown bag lunch. There will be a brief presentation at the start to create context (no more than five minutes) followed by open dialogue. Come for the whole hour or just part of the time. Please consider being part of this important discussion.

Puget Sound to host annual benefits fair, Nov. 5
The annual benefits fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to noon, in Wheelock Student Center.

  • Rasmussen Rotunda: Representatives from Aon Hewitt, Premera Blue Cross, Unum, and TIAA-CREF will be available to answer your benefits questions. Representatives from human resources will be available to assist you with your benefits open enrollment forms.
  • Murray Board Room: For faculty and staff members interested in learning more about the state of Washington health benefit exchange plans, information sessions will be offered with a local insurance broker. These sessions are available to you and your family members at no cost, and you are welcome to attend the session that best fits your schedule. Sessions on Nov. 5  will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration is not required.

Please contact the Department of Human Resources ( or x3369) with questions.

Forum on Religion: Join the conversation about findings from the Campus Climate Survey
Discussions continue this month, as the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) shares findings from the 2012 Campus Climate Survey focused on the topic of religion. The first of three conversations this month will begin at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Murray Board Room, WSC. Additional forums on religion will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, and Friday, Nov. 22, from noon to 1 p.m., in Trimble Forum. Download the report on religion from the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site.

DAC will host additional conversations in the coming months on topics including socioeconomic status, political beliefs, and race/ethnicity. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Michael Benitez at or x2827 with questions.

Camp Stories exhibit opens at Collins Memorial Library, Nov. 6
Collins Memorial Library will host a new exhibition of drawings and true stories about one Northwest Family living during the 1930s. Narrative artwork by Gladiola Flowers and her daughter, Jennifer Kennard, will be on display at the library beginning Nov. 6. An artist talk by Kennard will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., in Library 020.

Daedalus Dinner reservations due Nov. 6
The second Daedalus Dinner of the fall will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. In this talk Dexter Gordon, professor of communication studies and African American studies, will discuss the mission of the liberal arts, civic engagement, and the Race and Pedagogy Initiative at Puget Sound.

The evening begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, made on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 6. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Campuswide celebration for Optimize set for Nov. 7
Remember when the Optimize wall was bare? It's not anymore! (See the photo above.) Join the Optimize Puget Sound team on for a celebration of all the hard work everyone has put into making Optimize successful. This is a major milestone for the college, so let's gather and mark the culmination of the project and all we've accomplished together. Enjoy refreshments, music, and a few fun activities at a reception this Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Please encourage everyone in your area to join the celebration!

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues Nov. 7
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are held on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, Nov. 7, Professor of Geology Barry Goldstein will give the presentation "Forty years in the desert: Looking for clues about past climate and environmental change."

Prof. Maria Sampen to perform world premiere of contemporary works in Exploration, Nov. 8
Tacoma violinist and Associate Professor of Music Maria Sampen, known for her vibrant interpretations of standard and experimental works, will open the season for the Faculty Recital Series at Puget Sound this week. Exploration will be presented on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The program includes two classical sonatas that showcase the virtuosity of the violin and the debut performance of two adventurous new works. Oksana Ezhokina, chair of piano studies at Pacific Lutheran University, will accompany Sampen on piano. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or

New university website to launch this week
We're always looking for better ways to share what happens at Puget Sound and why it matters. Look for a bigger, better website to launch during the first week of November. Bigger photos. Cooler features. More social media. Upgraded CMS. And the site will employ responsive design, meaning it will automatically detect if you're on a desktop computer, an iPad or other tablet, or a mobile device, and adjust accordingly. CMS refreshers and training sessions are scheduled throughout the month. If you have questions about the new site or would like to sign up for a CMS class, contact Web Manager Barbara Weist at

Know someone who wants to be a teacher?
The School of Education will host its annual fall Information Night on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet faculty members and current students, learn about our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education (in counseling) programs, and more. Info Night will be held in Howarth 212, and is free and open to the public.

Law School Fair for students, Nov. 15
Thursday, Nov. 15, Puget Sound will host the Law School Fair, with representatives from 34 law schools from across the country will be on campus to meet students. The fair will be held in Wheelock Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you know students thinking about law school, please encourage them to attend!

Budget Task Force wants to hear from you
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2014–15 by writing to the Budget Task Force (BTF) c/o Lori Johnson, CMB 1083 or, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. 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. You'll have an opportunity to offer feedback on the recommendation 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 vice president for finance and administration, 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 and the economic landscape. 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 by downloading the Budgetting Process document or the BTF report related to the 2013–14 budget.

Help support the Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale
The annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 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 Laura Edgar in Kittredge 117, Chelsea Pemberton in Howarth 114, or Tammy Smith in Facilities Services Administrative Building 220. Items may be dropped off any time between now and Dec. 3. If you wish to donate baked goods, please ensure that they are contained or packaged and contact Laura, Chelsea, Tammy, or Tina Smith via email.
If you have any questions or would like your items picked up from another location on campus, contact Tammy Smith at For more information visit the Staff Senate section of Puget Sound’s website and the Staff Senate SoundNet site.

Students plan TED-like conference for spring, invite faculty and staff members to present
Catherine Durkee ’14, Lisa Tucker ’15, and Lee Pennebaker ’15 want to know what frames your world. They're planning the PIE (Perspective Inspired Experience) Conference for next March, and invite faculty and staff members to share their stories and what they're passionate about. From the conferece announcement: "Our mission statement for the conference is: breaking boundaries of personal perspective by experiencing others' passions and unique frames of mind." The event will be held Saturday, March 29, and will feature 26 speakers, each giving a five- to 20-minute presentation describing a specific personal experience or idea/activity that inspires them, and how it shapes the speaker's perspective.

If you'd like to learn more about the conference, are interested in participating, or would like to recommend a speaker, contact

Welcome to new staff members!

  • Patti Lindstrom, University Relations Information Services
  • Chris Edwards, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services
  • Lori Gobble, Accounting and Budget Services
  • Kristen Marston, Office of Capital and Planned Giving


The Puget Sound Book Artists group was recently honored by Mayor Strickland and the City of Tacoma with the 2013 AMOCAT Award for Community Outreach. PSBA vice president Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, and PSBA president Rochelle Monner accepted the award on the group's behalf.

Beverly Conner, English instructor, published her novel Where Light is a Place this summer. On Thursday, Nov. 12, she will read from the novel and be joined by Professor Hans Ostrom, who will read from his new collection of poetry. The reading will begin at 7 p.m., in Trimble Forum, and is open to the community.

Librarians Eli Gandour-Rood and Ben Tucker recently presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries Washington Conference. Their presentation was titled "If You See Something, Say Something: An Anti-oppression Framework for Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions in our Libraries."

Congratulations to Morgan Giese ’14, named a 2013 award recipient of the American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Giese was one of 37 awardwinners from a pool of 137 applicants. She'll have the opportunity to conduct full-time summer research at Puget Sound with an ASM mentor and present her research results at the 114th ASM General Meeting in Boston, if her abstract is accepted.

Rusty Horton, admission evaluator in the Office of the Registrar, presented two posters at the 15th Annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference in Montreal. The first poster focused on the findings from his summer research with rural coffee farmers in the Valle del Cauca department of Colombia, and the second focused on the intersections between conflict transformation theories and servant leadership.

Professor of Chemistry Steven Neshyba will co-host a webinar for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, "Flipped for the Sciences," about the experience of "flipping" a chemistry class.

In the News

KUPS 90.1 FM The Sound was named by the Pigeons and Planes music website as one of the 25 Best College Radio Stations in the nation.

Elise Richman, associate professor of art, has an exhibition at the MAC Gallery at Western Washington University, reported The Wenatchee World.

The article "Civic Scholarship: Inspiring Student Leadership," written by President Ron Thomas, Academic Vice President and Dean of the university Kristine Bartanen, and Dean of Students Mike Segawa, was published in Diversity & Democracy, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The Logger volleyball win over the Lutes, taking the Loggers to a first-place tie in the Northwest Conference, was reported with two large photos in Tacoma Weekly.

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

Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, Nov. 9: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Randy Bolton; Small Gallery: Holly A. Senn, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, Nov. 4: Student Study Abroad Experiences Chat, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 4: Visualizing Stories: A Conversation with Randy Bolton, Mita Mahato, and Scott Kolbo, part of the Living Art: Visiting Artist Series, King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5: Behind the Archives Door: Student Archivist Presentations, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: Poster Session by Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, and Psychology Students, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5: Film Screening: Mulholland Drive (2001), directed by David Lynch, part of Honors Film Series DOUBLE EXPOSURE, Rausch Aditorium, McIntyre 003

Wednesday, Nov. 6–Tuesday, Jan. 14: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Camp Stories, Collins Memorial Library

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Study Abroad Student Research Presentations, Piano Lounge, WSC, 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Living Art Visiting Artist Series Gallery Reception: Randy Bolton, Kittrege Gallery, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m. Bring your own drawing materials!

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Jazz Band, Tracy Knoop, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Global Engagement Awards Ceremony, Murray Board Room, WSC, 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Barry Goldstein, geology, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Documentary Screening: Hamedullah: The Road Home, followed by discussion, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Guest Lecture: The Role of Research in Contemporary Art Practice, Randy Bolton, part of the Living Art: Visiting Artist Series, Tacoma Art Museum, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7: In the Next Room (of The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Sara Freeman ’95, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Friday, Nov. 8: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8: Research Practices Award Ceremony, Pacific Northwest Room, Collins Memorial Library, 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8: In the Next Room (of The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Sara Freeman ’95, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Friday, Nov. 8: Faculty Recital Series: Exploration, Maria Sampen, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Nov. 8: Repertory Dance Group Fall Show, Wilson High School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9: In the Next Room (of The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Sara Freeman ’95, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Sunday, Nov. 10–Sunday, Nov. 17: Artist in Residence: Jorge Chen Sham, professor, scholar, editor, and poet from Puerto Limon

Monday, Nov. 11: Music Day for prospective students, School of Music, 9 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 11: Guest Workshop and Performance: Heart Journey: A Narrative Approach to Wellness and Justice, Mark Gonzales, spoken-word artist and social justice activist, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 7 p.m.