Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Oct. 21, 2013

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Campus News

Puget Sound makes Kiplinger's list for best-value colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Puget Sound in its 2014 list of the country’s best value liberal arts colleges.The national magazine’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges.

Puget Sound and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times, Kiplinger’s said. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate, and a high four-year graduation rate.

Staff Senate meeting TODAY at noon, featuring guest speakers Sherry Mondou and Cindy Matern
Join Staff Senate today, and hear from Vice President of Finance and Administration Sherry Mondou and Associate Vice President Human Resources/CES Cindy Matern, who will provide an update on the university’s 2013–14 budget and current financial information, as well as an overview of 2014 benefits options. The meeting will begin at noon, in Trimble Forum.
The purpose of Staff Senate is to conduct activities on behalf of the University of Puget Sound staff, to enhance the campus environment, and to recognize staff as an integral part of the university. Staff Senate meets at least six times per year and meetings are open to all staff members. For more information visit the Staff Senate section of Puget Sound’s website and the Staff Senate SoundNet site.

Washington health exchange plans info sessions, Oct. 22 and 24
Faculty and staff members interested in learning more about Washington health exchange plans may attend on-campus information sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 and 24, as well as at the annual benefits fair on Nov. 5. Jeff Johnson, a local insurance broker at JBJ Insurance Group, will provide an overview of the newly available ACA-sponsored health plans and, for those interested, how to enroll. Sessions are free and registration is not required.

Download the session schedule for a complete list of info session times and locations.

Living Art: Visiting artist series brings renowned visual artist and printmaker to campus, Oct. 24
Two highly distinctive, modern artists, Jeanne van Heeswijk and Randy Bolton, will be on campus and in Tacoma for a series of presentations, conversations, and exhibits as part of Living Art: Visiting Artist Series. The series begins Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m., with an Artist Talk at Kittredge Gallery with van Heeswijk, who will discuss how art can promote urban renewal and participation, as well as the strategies that she employs in creating her socially engaged art. Learn more about the artists and see a complete list of series events.

Jacobsen concert features seldom-heard sacred music, Oct. 25
Rarely performed German sacred music by four composers who helped lay the musical foundations of their time—before the rise of Johann Sebastian Bach—will be featured in the next Jacobsen Series concert. Early 17th Century German Music for Voices and Organ will be performed by Tacoma’s CANONICI: Consort of Voices and guest vocal artists, with Joseph Adam on organ. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 25, in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Admission is $8.50 for faculty and staff members; tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center and

Homecoming + Family Weekend, Oct. 25–27
Get ready, Loggers! Homecoming and Family Weekend is this weekend! Faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy many of the weekend's festivities, including the President's Welcome Reception and Commencement Hall Open House, the Third Annual Logger 5K, Logger athletics events, La Familia Valera Miranda concert performance, and more. See the complete schedule of events at

Archives and Special Collections open house, Oct. 25
Collins Memorial Library
will host an archives and special collections open house Friday, Oct. 25, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend. This is your last chance to contribute to the 125th Anniversary Time Capsule!

The capsule will represent a historic cache of artifacts and information that will provide future Loggers with a snapshot of what life at Puget Sound was like when the college celebrated its 125th anniversary. Items for possible inclusion in the time capsule include photographs, campus posters and fliers, essays and exams, Logger gear, forecasts of what life will be like in the future, and more. For a complete guide, download the time capsule flier.

Campus conversations on gender issues prompted by Campus Climate Survey results continue, Oct. 25
As part of the university’s ongoing commitment to actively cultivate a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) shared with the campus community last fall the preliminary results from Puget Sound’s spring 2012 campus climate survey.

Beginning this month DAC will share additional reports from the survey and host a series of campus conversations based on topics emerging from the survey results, including gender, religion, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, and race/ethnicity. The first report (on gender) is now available on the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site, and the first set of campus conversations kicks off this week on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Additional conversations about the gender report will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m., both in Murray Board Room, WSC.

An introduction to the reports is available on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Michael Benitez at or x2827 with questions.

Music in the Library: The Warp Duo
This Friday, Oct. 25, take a break, stretch your legs, and check out musicians Delaney Pearson ’15 and Andrew Friedman ’14, a.k.a. The Warp Duo, in Collins Memorial Library. The duo will perform from 2 to 2:20 p.m.

ASUPS Cultural Events presents Familia Valera Miranda, Oct. 26
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend, ASUPS Cultural Events will host Familia Valera Miranda, a musical group from Cuba, for a concert performance on Saturday, Oct. 26. The group features Felix Valera Miranda, a tres and percussion player who runs the Department of Traditional Music in Santiago, the capital of the Oriente region of Cuba, his wife, Carmen Rosa Alarcon Gamba, and the couple's three sons. They bring to life the Oriente region's dominant music form, "son," which combines Cuba's Hispanic, African, and Indian heritages. The performance will be held in Kilworth Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 with Puget Sound ID, available at Wheelock Information Center or

Caribbean Writer Series continues Oct. 28 with Janelle Gordon ’05
A yearlong series that began in September, The Caribbean Writer: Identity, Immigration, and Art, presented by the African American Studies Program, brings writers from Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands—areas that have each had unique encounters with colonialism, slavery, tourism, and multiculturalism. On Monday, Oct. 28, the series continues with Puget Sound alumna Janelle Gordon ’05, a Jamaican native and poet, performance artist, painter, designer, and photographer. Her talk, "I & I Reflections: A Poetic Exploration of Spiritual, Cultural, and Sexual Identities," will begin at 6:30 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC.

Who moved my cheese? New and improved to launch next week
We're always looking for better ways to share what happens at Puget Sound and why it matters. Our website design was last updated four years ago, and technology has changed a lot since then! So look for a bigger, better website to launch during the last week of October. Bigger photos. Cooler features. More social media. And virtually the same information architecture—meaning almost everything on the new site should be just where you left it on the old site. It might look a little different but the URLs will be exactly the same. Look for a message in next week's Open Line with more details about the anticipated date and time of the launch of the new site. Questions? Operators are standing by: 253.879.2691.

Puget Sound Global Engagement Award nominations due Nov. 1
Puget Sound faculty, staff, and students have been doing tremendous work contributing to global education, global competency, cultural understanding, and international programs, and the efforts of our campus members are enriching the university community and advancing Puget Sound’s international vision.

"We want to recognize our outstanding faculty, staff, and students who are going above and beyond to meet our international goals and therefore have created the Puget Sound Global Engagement Awards," said Director of International Programs Roy Robinson. Please use the nomination form to nominate a faculty member, staff member, or student who has been instrumental in promoting international understanding, global engagement, and/or international education at home or abroad. 

In addition to completing the nomination form, please include the following with your submission:

  • A letter highlighting the nominee's outstanding contributions that have resulted in significant international understanding, global engagement, international education, cultural understanding, or the promotion of global education
  • The nominee's C.V. or resume

Self-nominations will be accepted. To submit your nomination, or if you have any questions, please contact Roy Robinson at or x3653. Nominations are due Nov. 1. Winners will be announced during International Education Week, Nov. 4–8, 2013.

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.

Professor Dexter Gordon to discuss race, pedagogy, and community at Daedalus Dinner—reservations due Nov. 6
The second Daedalus Dinner of the fall semester will be held 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. Gordon believes that a concern about the human condition is at the center of the liberal arts, and for Puget Sound to educate all learners to critically interrogate race, we must explore our institution’s histories and its civic practices, and examine the dynamics of historical relations, representations, and the making of forms of knowledge.

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, 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.


Associate Professor of English William Kupinse published a chapter called "H.G. Wells's Taxonomy of Waste" in the book Aesthetic Fatigue: Modernity and the Language of Waste, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in August.

In the News

Tanya Erzen, Soros Justice Scholar at Puget Sound, was interviewed on KBCS public radio about the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS), a group started by Erzen; Stuart Smithers, professor of religion and Asian studies; and Gillian Harkins at University of Washington, to provide higher education classes to women in prison.

Logger football players Braden Foley ’15 and Connor Savage ’15 were profiled in The News Tribune ahead of last weekend’s game.

Tacoma Weekly ran a large, two-photo story about the Holly A. Senn exhibit of birds’ nests created out of book pages, now at Kittredge Gallery.

An Islamic meal hosted by the Puget Sound’s Muslim Student Association was noted in The News Tribune’s “Beyond the Column” blog.

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 Oct. 31: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Al-Mutnabbi Starts Here, Collins Memorial Library

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

Monday, Oct. 21–Tuesday, Oct. 22: Fall break (no classes)

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Open Figure Drawing, Kittredge 201, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Volleyball vs. Pacific Lutheran University, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24: Guest Lecture: Jeanne van Heesijk, part of the Living Art Visiting Artist Series, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24: Guest Lecture: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: An Economic Perspective, Karen Travis ’86, part of the Economics Third Thursday Presentation Series, McIntyre 103, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24: Artist Talk: Jeanne van Heeswijk, part of the Living Art Visiting Artist Series, Kittredge Gallery, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24: PunkTorah presents The Spirituality of Body Art, Club Rendezvous, WSC, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24: Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night, Marshall Hall, WSC, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25–Sunday, Oct. 27: Homecoming and Family Weekend

Friday, Oct. 25: Forum on Gender: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion, Murray Board Room, WSC, 11 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 25: Music in the Library: The Warp Duo, Collins Memorial Library, 2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25: Chemistry Magic Show, presented by the chemistry faculty, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25: Volleyball vs. Lewis & Clark, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25: Jacobsen Series: 17th Century German Sacred Music for Voices and Organ, CANONICI: Consort of Voices, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Oct. 25: Chemistry Magic Show, presented by the chemistry faculty, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Women's Soccer vs. Willamette, East Athletic Field, noon

Saturday, Oct. 26: Football vs. Whitworth, Baker Stadium, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Chorale Concert, featuring Adelphian Concert Choir, Voci d'Amici, Chorale, and Dorian Singers, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Familia Valera Miranda in concert, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $4 with Puget Sound ID

Sunday, Oct. 27: Women's Soccer vs. George Fox, East Athletic Field, noon

Monday, Oct. 28: Guest Lecture: I & I Reflections: A Poetic Exploration of Spiritual, Cultural, and Sexual Identities, Janelle Gordon ’05, part of The Caribbean Writer Series, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 28: Film Screening: Amongst White Clouds, directed by Edward A. Burger, based on Road to Heaven: Encounter with Chinese Hermits by Bill Porter, who will give a public lecture on campus Oct. 29, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.