Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 24, 2011

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Campus News

Prof. David Tinsley to deliver Magee Address today
Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature David Tinsley, will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address this afternoon at 4:30 p.m., in Trimble Forum, 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 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.

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.

As You Like It opens Oct. 28 at Norton Clapp Theatre
This fall's faculty-directed production, Shakespeare's As You Like It, will open this Friday, Oct. 28, and run through Nov. 5. Directed by Professor of Theatre Arts Geoff Proehl, the comedy asks the fundamental question, "What is it to love," which is not so different, notes Proehl, than "What is it to live?" Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff, and are available online, at Wheelock Information center, and at the door. See more information and show times in the press release.

Asia scholar Ezra Vogel to give free talk, Nov. 1
Distinguished Asia scholar, Harvard professor emeritus, and author Ezra Vogel will give a public lecture Tuesday, Nov. 1, on Deng Xiaoping, the revolutionary responsible for China's push toward modernization in the late 20th century. The lecture, "Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China," will be held in Trimble Forum, from 4 to 5 p.m., Nov. 1. Admission is free, and Vogel's books will be available for purchase from the bookstore.

Meet with a TIAA-CREF consultant on campus Nov. 2
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. 2, in Wyatt 326. Additional counseling sessions will be scheduled throughout the semester. Watch Open Line for details. Learn more about TIAA-CREF at

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.

Library announces new Web tools
Want to know the latest and best ways to connect with the vast resources available at Collins Memorial Library? Link to the new Sandbox site to get a feel for new tools, resources, and services. Download the library widget and toolbars to make your research experience a seamless one.


Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library presented on the future of libraries at the Annual National Association of Schools of Art and Design Conference. In addition she facilitated two focus groups with deans and directors of art schools on the design of the 21st-century library.

English instructor Ann Putnam was awarded the prestigious Wylder Award for outstanding service to the Western Literature Association. In large part the award was conferred in recognition for the conference Putnam hosted at Puget Sound in 2007. Putnam holds the record for raising more money than any conference president in the association's 45-year history—money that goes toward graduate student scholarships and other programs.

Professor John Woodward, dean of the School of Education, was the presenter for a one-hour webinar hosted by Voyager, an organization serving at-risk and special student populations. The webinar was attended by 480 participants.

In the News

The "Occupy Tacoma" movement was covered in The Oympian, including a quote from Jacob Gellman ’13.

The USA Today College Guide magazine included advice on choosing a college from Vice President for Enrollment George Mills ’68, M.S.'72 in a series of question-and-answer briefs aimed at high school students.

The School of Education was included in a study that related students’ classroom performance to where their teachers were educated. Puget Sound was ranked second in the state for math studies and fifth for reading studies, reported The Seattle Times, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Spokesman-Review, the KOMO News website, and a local MSNBC website.

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

Come to the 2011 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.

Prof. Bernie Bates to give talk at The Swiss, Nov. 8

Catch physics instructor Bernie Bates at the next Tacoma Science Cafe, at The Swiss Pub, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.. His talk, "The Quiet Sky: Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," will explore ideas behind SETI, how nonscientists can participate in the search, and what conclusions might be drawn from life beneath a "quiet sky." Tacoma Science Cafe is made possible by Pacific Science Center, KCTS 9, and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

2012 benefits sessions, Oct. 26, Nov. 1

Need help completing your 2012 benefits election and enrollment forms? Have questions about benefits open enrollment? The Department of Human Resources has scheduled two sessions when computers (and HR colleagues) will be available to help you complete your forms:
•  Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6–7:30 a.m., McIntyre 324
•  Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 a.m.–noon, Rasmussen Rotunda

Remember, enrollment forms must be submitted by Nov. 18. Contact human resources at or x3369 with questions.

Can't-miss events

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

Monday, Oct. 24: Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address: Finding Diversity in History: Images of the Muslim Other in the Middle Ages and Their Meaning for Today, David Tinsley, Trimble Forum, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 24: Buesion Dips and Aerials Lesson #2, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Room, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Puget Sound Latin Club Ancient World, Modern Medium Film Series: The Warriors (1979), Trimble Forum, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Puget Sound Women's League Lunch and Meeting, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Women's Soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran, East Field, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Career Fair, Wheelock Student Center, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Kittredge Gallery Artist Talk: Michael Johnson, Kittredge Gallery, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Two faces of AppA: Description of a structural mechanism for blue light signal transduction, Jeff Grinstead, chemistry, and Michael Tieu ’13, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28: Music in Collins Memorial Library: Flute Ensemble, Reading Room, 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28: Dedication of Weyerhaeuser Hall, Weyerhaeuser Hall, 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28: Volleyball vs. Whitworth, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28: Wind Ensemble Concert, Gerard Morris, conductor, Scheebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28–Saturday, Oct. 29: As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Geoff Proehl, director, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Friday, Oct. 28–Saturday, Oct. 29: Campus Films: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Friday, Oct. 28: Blues in the Basement—Halloween Style, Kilworth Memorial Chapel Basement, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29: Volleyball vs. Whitman, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30: Campus Films: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 2 and 8 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Monday, Oct. 31: Langlow Haunted House: The Haunted Tea Party, Langlow House, 6:30 p.m. Requested donation: $2