Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 3, 2011

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Campus News

Meet with a TIAA-CREF consultant on campus Oct. 5
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, Oct. 5, in Wyatt 326. Additional counseling sessions will be scheduled throughout the semester. Watch Open Line for details. Learn more about TIAA-CREF at

Scientist Bruce Janousek is guest speaker at Thompson Hall seminar, Oct. 6
Thursday's Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminar will feature Bruce Janousek, principal scientist at The Aerospace Corporation. His talk, "Chemistry and Physics Meet Rocket Science: Interdisciplinary Science at 17,000 mph," will explore research on advanced satellite and launch vehicle programs. He will also discuss some of the challenges of developing, designing, and operating complex space systems and the role the physical sciences play in satellite systems that must perform reliably for many years in harsh conditions. The seminar will be held in Thompson 175, and will include light refreshments prior to the lecture at 4 p.m.

Students showcase theater skills in Town Crier Festival, Oct. 6–8
Student Theatre Productions presents the Town Crier Festival, a showcase of student-written and directed plays. Performances will be held in Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, Thursday, Oct. 6–Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $5, and tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center and the door. See a complete list of plays and directors.

Register now for presentations about 2012 benefits planned for Oct. 17, Oct. 21
Aon Hewitt, Premera, and Unum will offer presentations in Murray Board Room, WSC, this month to share information about Puget Sound's 2012 benefits. The presentations will address 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.

  • Monday, Oct. 17, 1–3 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 17, 4–6 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 21, 9–11 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 21, noon–2 p.m.

Inaugural Puget Sound String Festival Oct. 9–10
This weekend Puget Sound welcome 30 talented high school students to campus for the Puget Sound String Festival, a two-day festival packed with musical activities, including pracitices in small chamber ensembles and a full chamber orchestra, master classes, and a special master class with renowned cellist Richard Aaron. Students submitted audition CDs or links to performance footage, and participants were selected by the School of Music's string faculty members. The festival will yield two concerts open to the campus community:

  • String Faculty Concert, featuring guest artist Richard Aaron, cello, and Puget Sound music faculty members Maria Sampen, violin; Timothy Christie, violin; Joyce A. Ramee, viola; David Requiro, cello; and Stephen Schermer, bass. Tickets: $8.50 for faculty/staff, available at Wheelock Information Center or online
  • Student and Faculty String Concert, with selected high school string players and Maria Sampen, violin; Joyce A. Ramee, viola; David Requiro, cello; and Stephen Schermer, bass. Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: $8.50 for faculty/staff, available at Wheelock Information Center or online

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.

In the News

Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain quote Profesor of English Julie Nelson Christoph numerous times in a story about professors' return to the classroom each fall.

The faculty art show at Kittredge Gallery was covered in a large photo feature in th Go Arts section of The News Tribune.

The website IES Abroad ran a photo of Gary Locke, new U.S. ambassador to China, in Beijing with study abroad students including Rachel Surbaugh ’13, Amanda Nicol ’12, and Samuel Culbert ’12.

R&D Magazine ran a photo story about Weyerhaeuser Hall that was linked to from The Chronicle of Higher Education in its "Shop Talk" blog.

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

Could your student benefit from tutoring?

Faculty and staff members have a unique opportunity to connect their students at home with Puget Sound students through the Etc Tutoring Program, offered through the Community Involvement and Action Center. Coordinator Holly Ross ’14 pairs Tacoma students of any age with volunteer tutors in all subjects. The program is free. Contact Holly for more information and to complete an application at or x3767.

Sustainability Town Hall, Oct. 4

Loggers live green! Attend the Sustainability Town Hall in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, to learn more about sustainability efforts on campus and how you can get involved in clubs and other activities.

Mark your calendar: 2011 Health and Benefits Fair

The annual Health and Benefits Fair will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7 a.m. to noon in Wheelock Student Center. Details to come. Contact human resources with questions at or x3369.

Can't-miss events

Through Friday, Oct. 14: William Morris and the Art of the Book: The Private Library of Jack Walsdorf, Collins Memorial Library

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

Monday, Oct. 3: Bluesion Blues Lesson #3, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Room, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Sustainability Town Hall, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Puget Sound Latin Club presents Ancient World, Modern Medium, A Film Series: Phaedra (1962), Trimble Forum, 7 p.m. Film preceded by a brief introduction

Wednesday, Oct. 5: TIAA-CREF representative on campus, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Wyatt 326. Schedule your appointment: 206.529.2600 (press 0).

Wednesday, Oct. 5: Kittredge Gallery Artist Talk: John McCuistion, Kittredge Gallery, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5: String Orchestra Concert, Christophe Chagnard, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5: Prayer Around the Fountain, hosted by Christian Life Council, Jones Circle, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Bruce Janousek, Aerospace Corporation, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6–Saturday, Oct. 8: Town Crier Festival, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5

Friday, Oct. 7: Volleyball vs. George Fox, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8: Men's Soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran, Peyton Field, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8: Volleyball vs. Willamette, Memorial Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.