Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 17, 2011

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Sustainable food leader Oran Hesterman explains fair food, Oct. 20
Oran Hesterman, president of Fair Food Network, will speak on campus Thursday, Oct. 20, about the importance of sustainable agriculture and food systems. Hesterman is the author of the new, best-selling book Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, and has published more than 400 reports and articles on the topics of food, sustainability, and equity. The talk will begin at 8 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel, and will be followed by a book signing. Admission is $8; tickets available online and at Wheelock Information Center.

Prof. David Tinsley to deliver Magee Address, Oct. 24
On Monday, Oct. 24, David Tinsley, professor of foreign languages and literature, will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address, discussing the topic "Finding Diversity in History: Images of the Muslim Other in the Middle Ages and Their Meaning for Today." Working from the most virulent caricatures applied to Islam in Middle High German sources, Tinsley will explore how recent research has caused society to question many assumptions concerning the racism and xenophobia of medieval sources. The lecture will be held in Trimble Forum, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Magee Address honors Professor of Philosophy and Religion John B. Magee, a driving force in establishing a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Puget Sound in 1986.

Register now for presentations about 2012 benefits
Aon Hewitt, Premera, and Unum will offer presentations in Murray Board Room, WSC, this month to share information about Puget Sound's 2012 benefits. Presentations will cover topics such as comparing the two Premera medical plans, how the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) will work, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and more. Register to attend a session by contacting human resourses at or x3369. When you register please indicate which session you plan to attend and if you plan to bring your spouse or partner.

  • Friday, Oct. 21, 9–11 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 21, noon–2 p.m.

Langlow House gets haunted for Halloween
Make your plans now to attend "The Haunted Tea Party" at Langlow House on Monday, Oct. 31. The annual kid-friendly haunted house is hosted by the Honors Program. Everyone is welcome. A $2 donation will be accepted, and all proceeds benefit the Kids Can Do! Program.

Faculty and staff invited to participate in Health and Benefits Fair, Nov. 1
Sign up for free worksite wellness screenings and flu shots, and pose your benefits questions to representatives from human resources, Aon Hewitt, Premera Blue Cross, Unum, TIAA-CREF, and Bright Horizons. The Health and Benefits Fair will run 7 a.m. to noon in Wheelock Student Center. To register for a wellness screening appointment, follow instructions online, or contact human resources at or x3369. Registration closes at end of day Oct. 30. To receive a flu shot, contact human resources.

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.


Campus Employee Transportation Coordinators (ETC) Todd Badham ’85, P'11, P'14 and Nicole Mulhausen ’89 received the Commute Smart ETC Leadership Award at the 2011 Governor's Commute Smart Awards, recognizing their creative efforts that supports a sustainable transportation culture on campus. (Image in photo gallery courtesy WSDOT)

Professor of Music Geoffrey Block published two articles recently: an essay on the "integrated" musical called "Integration" in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, edited by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, and Stacy Wolf (Oxford University Press, 2011), and "Is life a cabaret? Cabaret and its sources in reality and the imagination," in Studies in Musical Theatre 5/2 (2011): 163–80.

The novel Three to Get Ready by Professor of Englsh Hans Ostrom is being made into the Hollywood romantic thriller, Napa, starring Rose McGowan.

In the News

The Washington Post blog “College Inc.” highlighted “10 great college radio stations,” including Puget Sound’s award-winning KUPS, and linked to the new KUPS website.

University Business magazine included Puget Sound in a story about professional development. The story mentioned President Ronald Thomas’s staff initiatives LEAD and LEAD Lite, and quoted Nancy Nieraeth ’93, M.Ed.'00, employment and people development director. (Login required; photocopy available on request.)

Weyerhaeuser Hall and the teaching clinic within it, which trains occupational and physical therapy students to work with public patients, was the subject of a two-photo feature in The News Tribune.

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Kelly Vomacka '87 returns to campus to talk with students

What should I do after graduation? Lawyer? Senior editor for Microsoft? Opera singer? The Honors Program welcomes alumna Kelly Vomacka ’87 back to campus for a presentation Thursday, Oct. 20. Vomacka will give an introduction to Seattle Opera's current production of Carmen (she sings in the chorus); perform a few famous arias, accompanied by music faculty member Denes Van Parys; and talk with students about pursuing all their interests after graduation. The event will begin at 4 p.m., in Trimble Forum.

Daedalus Dinner reservations due Oct. 26

The second Daedalus Dinner of the fall, featuring Associate Professor Greta Austin, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Daedalus Dinners are open to faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. The dinners include wine and hors d'oeuvres, a presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, and must be made by Wednesday, Oct. 26. For more information or to make a reservation, call x3207.

Can't-miss events

Through Oct. 18: Fall break, no classes

Through Nov. 5: Show and Tell: Art Department Faculty 2011, Kittredge Gallery

Wednesday, Oct. 19: A Conversation With Dr. Robin Meyers, in coordination with Walter Lowrie Lecture Series at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Wheelock 101, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 19: Volleyball vs. Pacific Lutheran, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20: What Shall I Do After Graduation? Kelly Vomacka ’87, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Annual Magic Show, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Economics Speaker Series: The Economic History of Health Care Reform, Melissa Thomasson ’92, lecture based on Thomasson's recent appearance on NPR's This American Life, McIntyre 107, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Careers in Education: Practitioners talk about what life in school is like, presented by the Teaching and Counseling Professions Advisory Committee, Howarth 212, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Osteopathic Pre-Med Forum, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Fair Foods, Oran Hesterman, Fair Food Network, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 8 p.m. Tickets: $8 general

Friday, Oct. 21: Volleyball vs. Pacific (Oregon), Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21–Saturday, Oct. 22: Campus Films: Winnie the Pooh, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Saturday, Oct. 22: Student Market, sponsored by A Sustainable Campus, Wheelock Patio and/or Piano Lounge, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23: Fall Choral Concert featuring all Puget Sound vocal performance groups, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23: Campus Films: Winnie the Pooh, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 2 and 8 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Monday, Oct. 24: Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address: Finding Diversity in History, David Tinsley, foreign languages and literature, Trimble Forum, 4:30 p.m.