Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

 for the week of Oct. 28, 2013

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Caribbean Writer Series continues tonight 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.

Campus conversations on gender issues prompted by Campus Climate Survey results continue, Oct. 29
This Tuesday, Oct. 29, is the third campus conversation centered on issues of gender that emerged from the 2012 Campus Climate Survey. The conversation will begin Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Download the report on gender from the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site.

The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) will host additional conversations in the coming months on topics including religion, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, and race/ethnicity. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Michael Benitez at or x2827 with questions.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues Oct. 31
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are held on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, Oct. 31, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Luc Boisvert will give the presentation "Sustainable synthesis of chemicals through green chemistry and catalysis."For more information visit

"Outrageous and full of heart" comedy, In the Next Room, opens Nov. 1 on Norton Clapp Theatre stage
In the Next Room, a provocative and touching Broadway comedy, will be onstage at Puget Sound Nov. 1–9. Described by director Sara Freeman ’95 as “both happy and sad, outrageous and full of heart,” In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1–2, and again on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, Nov. 7–9, in Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, followed by the faculty panel discussion "What do we see when look into the next room? A conversation about history, gender, race, and technology." Panelists include Professors Grace Livingston, Tiffany MacBain, James Evans, and Nancy Bristow.

The play contains mature subject matter, including frank representation of sex and sexuality. The performance is most suitable for those who are high school age and above. Admission is $7 for faculty and staff members. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center or

Puget Sound Global Engagement Award nominations due Nov. 1
Want to recognize a student or faculty or staff member who has been instrumental in promoting international understanding, global engagement, and/or international education at Puget Sound? Nominate him or her for a Puget Sound Global Engagement Award! Submit the nomination for, along with the following: 

  • 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 also 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.

Staff Senate Compensation Committee is seeking feedback
The Staff Senate Compensation Committee is inviting feedback to inform the senate's compensation proposal to the Budget Task Force. Join committee members Kate Cohn ’00, chair; Connie Baird; Travis Freidman ’11; and Alexis Greenwood on Monday, Nov. 4, at noon, in Murray Board Room, WSC, to share your thoughts during a brown bag lunch. There will be a brief presentation at the start to create context (no more than five minutes) followed by open dialogue. Come for the whole hour or just part of the time. Please consider being part of this important discussion.

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.

Daedalus Dinner reservations due Nov. 6
The second Daedalus Dinner of the fall will be 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.

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.

Know someone who wants to be a teacher?
The School of Education will host its annual fall Information Night on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet faculty members and current students, learn about our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education (in counseling) programs, and more. Info Night will be held in Howarth 212, and is free and open to the public.

Budget Task Force wants to hear from you
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to offer suggestions or comments relating to the development of budget parameters for 2014–15 by writing to the Budget Task Force (BTF) c/o Lori Johnson, CMB 1083 or, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. 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. You'll have an opportunity to offer 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, staff, and the vice president for finance and administration, 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 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 budgeting process by downloading the Budgetting Process document or the BTF report related to the 2013–14 budget.

Help support the Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale
The annual Staff Senate Book and Bake Sale will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Wheelock Student Center. Proceeds from the sale fund the Rosa Beth Gibson Book Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to staff members, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children working toward a degree or completion of a program at any level, including graduate work.
In order for the book sale to be a success, Staff Senate needs your help! Donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs are needed. Please drop off your donated items to Laura Edgar in Kittredge 117, Chelsea Pemberton in Howarth 114, or Tammy Smith in Facilities Services Administrative Building 220. Items may be dropped off any time between now and Dec. 3. If you wish to donate baked goods, please ensure that they are contained or packaged and contact Laura, Chelsea, Tammy, or Tina Smith via email.
If you have any questions or would like your items picked up from another location on campus, contact Tammy Smith at For more information visit the Staff Senate section of Puget Sound’s website and the Staff Senate SoundNet site.

It's almost here - new and improved
We're always looking for better ways to share what happens at Puget Sound and why it matters. Look for a bigger, better website to launch during the first week of November. Bigger photos. Cooler features. More social media. Upgraded CMS. And the site will employ responsive design, meaning it will automatically detect if you're on a desktop computer, an iPad or other tablet, or a mobile device, and adjust accordingly. (We're very excited.) Plus we're utilizing virtually the same information architecture—so 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. Questions? Contact 253.879.2691.

In the News

The performance by ASUPS Cultural Events guest artist Familia Valera Miranda was a Critic’s Pick in The News Tribune’s “Go” arts section.

Tacoma Weekly wrote online about Puget Sound being named a "Best Value" college by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

Canoe and Kayak magazine ran an online feature about surveying in Alaska with a kayak. The author, Ken Campbell, wrote that he had practiced looking for plastic ingestion by bird specimens with biologists at Puget Sound.

The Suburban Times community online paper ran stories about the School of Education Information Night and the Department of Theatre Arts' upcoming play In the Next Room.

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. 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Forum on Gender: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion, Murray Board Room, WSC, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Guest Lecture: The Quest for and Cultivation of Solitude by Chinese Hermit Practitioners of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, Bill Porter, author, Trimble Forum, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Film Screening: Boogie Nights (1997), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, part of Honors Film Series DOUBLE EXPOSURE, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Women's Soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran, East Athletic Field, 4 p.m. GO LOGGERS!

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Bat Night at the Museum, Slater Museum, Thompson Hall, 6 p.m. Costumes optional!

Thursday, Oct. 31: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Luc Boisvert, chemistry, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1: Tacoma Ski Swap 2013, Memorial Fieldhouse and Tennis Pavilion, 5–9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2: Tacoma Ski Swap 2013, Memorial Fieldhouse and Tennis Pavilion, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1: Volleyball vs. Whitworth, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1–Saturday, Nov. 2: In the Next Room (of The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Sara Freeman ’95, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Saturday, Nov. 2: Serious About Singing High School Workshop, Schneebeck Concert Hall

Saturday, Nov. 2: Men's Soccer vs. George Fox, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2: Volleyball vs. Whitman, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3: Women's Soccer vs. Linfield, East Athletic Field, noon

Sunday, Nov. 3: Men's Soccer vs. Pacific (Ore.), East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.