Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 7, 2011

Election Week edition

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Campus News

World traveler Marty Essen shares adventures with campus community, tonight
Marty Essen, author or Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, will present a high-energy, globe-trotting digital slide show displaying the best of thousands of photos he took while traveling for his book. "Around the World in 90 Minutes" will begin tonight, at 7:30 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Admission is free with your campus ID!

Poet Garrett Hongo to give reading, Nov. 8
Writer and poet Garrett Hongo will give a free poetry reading from his collection The Coral Road on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Hongo was born in Volcano Hawai`i, and has edited two volumes of Asian-American poetry, written a memoir, and published two volumes of his own poetry, Yellow Light and The River of Heaven, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The reading is presented by the James Dolliver National Endowment for the Arts.

Strings shine in Jacobsen Series concert, Nov. 11
The fifth Jacobsen Series concert of the fall, Masterworks for String Quartet, will feature the violin, viola, and cello in a performance of three seminal works for string quartet. School of Music faculty members Maria Sampen, violin; Tim Christie, violin; Joyce A. Ramee, viola; and David Requiro, cello, will perform pieces by Beethoven, Copland, and Brahms. The concert will take place Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty/staff members, and are available at Wheelock Information Center and online at

Make your appointment to meet with a TIAA-CREF consultant Nov. 16
Meet with Jonathan Jepsen, TIAA-CREF consultant, to develop long-term saving strategies, find the allocation mix that works for you, and learn about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling 206.529.2600 (press 0). Jepsen will be on campus between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Wyatt 326. Only one more on-campus counseling session will be offered fall semester, on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Learn more about TIAA-CREF at

Nominate a staff member or department for Excellence in Action awards
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.

College entrepreneurial network launched Saturday on campus
The Tacoma Entrepreneurial Network: College Edition (TEN), a collaboration between four Pierce County colleges and universities, launched Saturday at an event hosted by Puget Sound. TEN seeks to nurture and train a new generation of local, young entrepreneurs, and involves students from the Puget Sound, UW Tacoma, PLU, and Evergreen campuses. Efforts are led on campus by Associate Professor of Business and Leadership Lynnette Claire. Read the full press release, and check out the TEN page on Facebook.

Budget Task Force suggestions, comments due Nov. 21
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2012–13 by writing to the Budget Task Force (BTF) c/o Lori Johnson, CMB 1083 or, no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21. 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. Faculty and staff feedback on the recommendation wil be sought 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 CFO, 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. 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 or view an overview of the current university budget.

Get ready for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2012
For the past three years, Puget Sound has participated in the nationwide day of community service celebrated on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and plans are already in the works for next year's event. To date, campus organizers already have commitments from 16 community service agencies ready to partner with Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff on Day of Service projects. Stay tuned to Open Line for more information in the coming weeks. In the meantime learn more at the Puget Sound MLK Day of Service website, or contact Marta Palmquist Cady and Roman Christiaens at


Puget Sound made it to the "Elite Eight" in peta2's national competition for Most Vegan-Friendly College Campus. Beating out hundreds of other schools to be nominated, and then surviving three of the four rounds of voting, the Loggers maintained their spot among the top vegan-friendly small colleges in the U.S. Winners will be announced Nov. 21.

In the News

Professor Norman Anderson ’44, P’81, P’89, who chaired Puget Sound’s geology department for more than 20 years and played an active role in the community, passed away, reported The News Tribune.

Women’s volleyball coach Mark Massey was profiled, alongside Lutes coach Kevin Aoki, in a large photo feature on the front of The News Tribune sports section.

Puget Sound’s partnership with University of Washington Tacoma and McCarver Elementary School on the Zina Linnik project attracted a community award, reported the Tacoma Daily Index and Business Examiner.

Puget Sound and three other schools launching the Tacoma Entrepreneurial Network: College Edition with a contest between student teams, reported The News Tribune, Tacoma Daily Index, and Business Examiner.

University of Puget Sound was named one of the top 100 “Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges” in the October issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

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

Two weeks left to complete benefits enrollment forms

Remember, your 2012 benefits enrollment forms must be submitted by Nov. 18. Need assistance completing your election and enrollment forms? Have questions about benefits open enrollment? Contact human resources at or x3369 with questions.

Can't-miss events

Monday, Nov. 7: Bluesion Take Two: Dips and Aerials Lesson #2, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Room, 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7: Climbing Wall Orientation, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7: Around the World in 90 Minutes, Marty Essen, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. FREE for faculty/staff

Monday, Nov. 7: Kayak Club, Warner Gym, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Latin American Cinema Today: A Conversation with Jorge Enrique Gonzalez Pacheco, author and director of the Seattle Latino Film Festival, Wyatt 109, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: A Reading From The Coral Road by Garrett Hongo, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Hunger Banquet, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: School of Education Information Night, Howarth 212, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Climbing Wall Orientation, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: From Farewell to Rehearsal: Critical Thinking From a Chinese Curator of Contemporary Art, Gao Shiming, Wyatt 101, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Repeating History: How Social Stigmas of Eugenics Movement have Permeated Our Classrooms, Tara Horn ’09, Wyatt 109, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Hispanic Film Festival: Stellet Licht/Luz silenciosa (Mexico 2007), Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Frankenfood or the Future of Food? The Politics of GMOs in the U.S. and Beyond, Emilie Peine, international political economy, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10: A Conversation With Helen Hiebert, paper and book artist, Library 020, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Fall French Film Series: Gainsbourg, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Climbing Wall Orientation, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Kayak Club, Warner Gym, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11: Music Day for prospective music students

Friday, Nov. 11: Music at Collins Memorial Library, featuring What She Said and Garden Level, Library Reading Room, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11: Jacobsen Series: Masterworks for String Quartet, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff, available at Wheelock Info Center and online

Friday, Nov. 11–Saturday, Nov. 12: Campus Films: Captain America, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Saturday, Nov. 12: Football vs. Whitworth, Baker Stadium, 1 p.m. Parents/Senior Day

Sunday, Nov. 13: Campus Films: Captain America, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 2 and 8 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Sunday, Nov. 13: Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gerard Morris, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7 p.m.