Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 5, 2012

Election 2012 edition

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Campus News

Robert P. Jones to deliver Swope Lecture on shifting role of religion in politics, Nov. 8
Fresh from the excitement of the U.S. election on Nov. 6, leading scholar and commentator Robert P. Jones, founder of Public Religion Research Institute, will give a talk offering his views on the role that religion played in the election's outcome. Jones, who is regularly featured on CNN and NPR, and in publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, will deliver the fall Swope Endowed Lecture on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values, titled “Beyond Value Voters: The Shifting Role of Religion in American Politics.” The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is complimentary, but tickets are required. Reserve your ticket at Wheelock Information Center or online at

Jacobsen concert features piano duets and quintets, Nov. 9
Four Hands and Eight Hands on Two Pianos, a Jacobsen Series concert on Friday, Nov. 9, will be an opportunity to hear not just Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Ocerature, but three other inspiring pieces performed by one, two, or four pianists. The concert will be in Schneebeck Concert Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and will feature School of Music faculty members Duane Hulbert, Tanya Stambuk, and Keith Ward, joined by guest artist John Pickett, professor of music at Central Washington University. Tickets are $8.50 for Puget Sound faculty and staff members, and are available at Wheelock Information Center or online at

Library exhibit explores Darwin and evolutionary theory
Throughout the month of November, Collins Memorial Library will host the exhibit Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory. This exhibit is partially developed by the National Library of Medicine and supplemented with materials from Collins Memorial Library's collections and the Slater Museum of Natural History. It focuses on Darwin’s development of the idea of evolution by natural selection, but also looks at the afterlife of that idea. Learn more on the library's blog.

Matt Kitto ’14 saves life of a George Fox coach on the 18th green
At the Northwest Conference Fall Classic on Sunday, Oct. 28, junior golfer Matt Kitto was the hero of the day. His quick thinking and decisive action saved George Fox head coach Matt Beck's life. When Beck began to choke just off the 18th green, where Kitto and his group were teeing up, Kitto calmly performed the Heimlich maneuver and cleared Beck's airway. Read the full story on

Get your students thinking about summer now!
Registration for spring semester is open, and students are planning now for next term’s course load. Please remind the students you work with, teach, and advise that summer session classes offer an option to help them lighten their fall or spring schedules, take on a difficult class, or make up gaps in transfer credit. Students should register for spring with summer in mind.

It's open enrollment time for 2013 benefits
Each year faculty and staff members who are eligible for the Flexible Benefits Plan have an opportunity to make changes to their benefit selections for the coming calendar year. In an effort to make enrollment as easy as possible, human resources sent each faculty and staff member's enrollment packet to his/her campus mailbox. These materials will be in a different format than in previous years. It is important that you follow the instructions contained in the delivered packet (instructions and nonpersonalized materials online).
Completed enrollment materials are due to human resources by Wednesday, Nov. 21. Deliver materials in person to Howarth 016, send them through campus mail to CMB #1064, or scan and send them via email to Remember to sign each form.

Need help? Attend the Health and Benefits Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 a.m. to noon, in Wheelock Student Center. Representatives from human resources and Puget Sound's benefits providers will be on hand to answer questions. Additionally you may contact HR for assistance at x3369 or, or visit Howarth 016 during office hours (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.).

Budget Task Force calls for 2013–14 budget feedback by Nov. 15
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2013–14 by writing to the Budget Task Force (BTF) c/o Lori Johnson, CMB 1083 or, no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. 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. The campus community will be invited to provide 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 and staff members, and the chief financial officer, the BTF is charged with recommending to the president a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year that responds to Puget Sound'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 budget process at Puget Sound, or view an overview of the current university budget.


Congratulations to the Puget Sound intramural rugby team, which competed in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NRCR) 7s Championships in October, and to Nick Butterfield ’14, named to the all-tournament team. Watch the team take on the Boise State Broncos on YouTube.

On Nov. 3 four students presented their research at the Northwest Honors Research Symposium at Seattle Pacific University. The students are (left to right in photo) Nathan Pincus ’13 (microbiology), Andy Galbraith ’13 (economics), Grace Ferrara ’13 (biology), and Rebecca Short ’13 (religion). This annual symposium brings together students from the honors programs of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran, Seattle Pacific, and Seattle University.

In the News

C. Rosalind Bell’s play 1620 Bank Street was reviewed in a two-photo feature in The News Tribune's “Go” arts section. Co-directors Geoff Proehl and Grace Livingston were quoted. The play was also featured on the front of the Tacoma Weekly arts section in “The Things We Like” section, with a photo.

The College Solution blog ran a story on “Where to Find the Best College Professors” and named Puget Sound as one of the liberal arts colleges with “top scores” in student ratings of professors.

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

Faculty: Apply by Dec. 1 for UEC funds for faculty research

The University Enrichment Committee would like to remind faculty members that UEC-administered funds are available for supporting faculty research. The fall application deadline for applying for these faculty research awards (of up to $2,000 each) is Dec. 1. More details about the Faculty Research funds are available in the University Resources for Faculty Professional Development (2012–13) document. (Please see page 20.)

Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale needs your tasty treats and good reads

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!

Can't-miss Events

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

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Election Day

Tuesday, Nov. 6: PacRim Film Screening, Wyatt 109, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Honors Film Series: Is Anybody There? (2008), Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Asian Studies and Chinese Language programs present Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), Wyatt 109, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Top-Rope Tuesday, Memorial Fieldhouse Climbing Wall, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: Asian Studies Buddhist Film Series: Little Buddha, McIntyre 103, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8: Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminar: Delene Oldenburg, University of Washington, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8: French Film Festival: The Case of the Grinning Cat (Chats Perchés) (2004), Wyatt 109, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8: Swope Lecture: Beyond Values Voters: The Shifting Role of Religion in American Politics, Robert Jones, Public Religion Research Institute, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets free but required.

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

Friday, Nov. 9: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9: Music in the Library—Violin Duet, Clara Fuhrman ’16 and Brandi Main ’16, Collins Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 12: School of Music Music Day for prospective students

Monday, Nov. 12–Wednesday, Nov. 14: Hunger Month Food Drive sponsored by Backpacks of Hope

Monday, Nov. 12: Kayak Club, Warner Pool, 6 p.m.