Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 15, 2012

Fall break edition

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Guest lecture by theater scholar Erica Milkovich, Oct. 18
Enjoy a short presentation by Erica Milkovich, theater scholar, on her 20-year history of documenting theater company The Neo-Futurists, from her time as the "Snack Gal" for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind through her upcoming book on Chicago's vibrant alternative theater scene. Included in the presentation will be a 10-minute film about The Neo-Futurists, as well as time for questions from the audience. "Mapping the Neo-Futurists Through History, Practice, and Scholarship" is open to the campus community, and will begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in Jones 203.

Pulitzer Prize winner Mirta Ojito to deliver guest lecture Oct. 19
Mirta Ojito, known for her memoir of the daring exodus of 125,000 Cubans in 1980, will give a free, public talk on campus Friday, Oct. 19. “Cuba in My Mind: Memory, Exile, and Revolution” will begin at 6 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The lecture is part of Puget Sound’s 8th Annual Hispanic Film Festival (Sept. 12–Nov. 15) and of the Telling Stories/Recovering the Past series (Sept. 26–Nov. 15).

School of Music String Festival welcomes guest artist Paul Kantor for two recitals this weekend
Paul Kantor, a leading violinist and popular jury member for international violin competitions, will be the guest artist at the String Festival Faculty Recital on Saturday, Oct. 20. He will also perform on Sunday, Oct. 21, in the String Festival Faculty/Student Concert, which will includeselected high school musicians. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, and will include five School of Music string faculty members: Maria Sampen, violin; Timothy Christie, violin; Joyce A. Ramée, viola; David Requiro, cello; and Stephen Schermer, bass. Admission to the Saturday recital is $8.50 for faculty and staff members; Sunday's concert is free.

Mellon Foundation awards Puget Sound $700,000 grant to support faculty sabbaticals
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded University of Puget Sound a $700,000 grant to support 20 junior faculty sabbaticals over three years. “We want to thank the Mellon Foundation for the tremendous support they have given Puget Sound over the years, and particularly for this important grant, which directly sustains our unqualified commitment to excellent teaching,” said President Ron Thomas. “By allowing junior faculty the time to renew their leadership in their fields, to explore new ideas, and to develop new curricula and research, we ensure that their ability to provide the very best in learning is revitalized and advanced.”

Preliminary results of 2012 Campus Climate Survey released
The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) announced the preliminary results of the 2012 Campus Climate Survey, summarizing the differences between the 2006 and 2012 surveys, along with supporting quantitative and qualitative data for the survey's findings. A series of meetings will be held throughout this academic year to hear community feedback on these initial findings and to continue moving the campus community forward with the important work of creating an even stronger, inclusive learning community. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to contact members of the DAC (named in the report) with questions and comments about the report.

Prof. Janet Marcavage the featured speaker for Daedalus Dinner, reservations due Oct. 25
The second Daedalus Dinner of the fall will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC. Janet Marcavage, associate professor of art, will discuss the construction of imagery and meaning in her current body of work, drawing connections to influences from the history of printmaking.

Established in the 1970s, Daedalus Dinners cover a wide range of programs and topics, and are open to all faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Four times each year, the Puget Sound Daedalus Society sponsors an evening of scholarship, debate, and dinner. 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, first-come, first-served, and must be made by Thursday, Oct. 25. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

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.


Twenty-eight Puget Sound students will volunteer Oct. 20 with Project Homeless Connect, a community effort in Pierce County to provide services and assistance to those faced with homelessness.

In the News

Weekly Volcano ran a photo review of the Jessica Bender installation at Kittredge Galley.

South Sound magazine published an article by recent graduate Jill Sanford ’12 about the Tacoma Makes playing card project. Associate Professor of Art Elise Richman was part of the project, and her designs are on four of the playing cards. She is quoted in the article.

Puget Sound is once again in the running for Most Vegan-Friendly College, announced PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Vote for Puget Sound! Voting for Round 1 ends Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. ET.

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.)

Health + Benefits Fair coming Nov. 6

Have questions about your health benefits? Want a flu shot? Plan now to attend the Health and Benefits Fair Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to noon, in Wheelock Student Center. Talk with representatives from human resources and ask your questions about open enrollment or complete your enrollment forms (information about 2013 benefits enrollment will be distributed Oct. 26). Seasonal flu shots also will be available. To sign up for a flu shot, contact human resources at or x3369.

Love Me Do, Oct. 18

Celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the British Invasion with rock historian Ritchie Unterberger, who will present rare clips of the era's artists in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Clips will feature the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Yardbirds, Kinks, Animals, Zombies, Them, Manfred Mann, Pink Floyd, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and more! The even is free for faculty and staff members with Puget Sound ID. Sponsored by ASUPS Cultural Events

Can't-miss events

Through Saturday, Nov. 3: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Dejection, Jessica Bender (Large Gallery) and Dreams and Visions, prints (Small Gallery), Kittredge Gallery

Monday, Oct. 15–Tuesday, Oct. 16: Fall break (no classes)

Wednesday, Oct. 17: A War on Women? Gender and the 2012 Election, a roundtable discussion sponsored by gender studies, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17: The Interfaith Amigos at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, sponsored by the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, Immanual Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Chemistry Magic Show, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Guest Lecture: Mapping The Neo-Futurists Through History, Practice, and Scholarship, Erica Milkovich, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Guest Lecture: Must Physicalism Imply the Supervenience of the Mental on the Physical?, Barbara Gail Montero, The City Univeristy of New York Graduate Center and College of Staten Island, Trimble Forum, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Love Me Do, Ritchie Unterberger, rock historian, featuring rare clips of British Invasion-era artists, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19: From Che to Castro: Building Bridges with 21st-century Cuba, Trimble Forum, noon

Friday, Oct. 19: Guest Lecture: Cuba in My Mind: Memory, Exile, and Revolution, Mirta Ojito, journalist and author, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20: Women's Soccer vs. Willamette, East Athletic Field, noon

Saturday, Oct. 20: Men's Soccer vs. Linfield, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20: School of Music String Festival Faculty Recital, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Sunday, Oct. 21: Men's Soccer vs. Willamette, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21: School of Music String Festival 2012 Student/Faculty Concert, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Honors Program Film Series: The Red Shoes (1948), Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003