Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 31, 2011

Halloween edition

Campus News  •  Noteworthy

Campus News

Puget Sound announces $125 million capital campaign—largest in university history
At a spectacular event Saturday night, the university announced the public phase of a $125 million capital campaign. "One [of a Kind] The Campaign for University of Puget Sound" will advance the Puget Sound's mission as a leading national liberal arts college by endowing faculty positions in innovative, interdisciplinary programs; building new facilities for learning and research; expanding scholarships for students and support for faculty members; and affirming Puget Sound's commitment to the community through initiatives dedicated to stimulating progress in the region. Read the full press release.

Lillis Foundation makes $8 million gift to endow scholarship program
Gwendolyn H. and Charles M. Lillis P'05 made an $8 million gift—the university's largest single gift ever—to the One [of a Kind] campaign to provide an endowment to support in perpetuity the Lillis Scholars Program, established in 2007. Lillis Scholars are recognized for their academic excellence, passionate interest in ideas, and intellectual independence. Thirty candidates are invited to apply for the scholarship each year, and two members of each incoming class are selected for the award, which covers full tuition, room, and board, renewable for a total of four years. Read the full press release.

Alumni, friends help celebrate dedication of Weyerhaeuser Hall
Hundreds turned out Friday, Oct. 28 for the official dedication and grand opening of The William T. and Gail T. Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences. Neighbors, community members, faculty and staff members, alumni, and friends were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, tours, and presentations that followed.

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.

Benefits Task Force survey due Nov. 3
The Benefits Task Force distributed via email recently a link to a short online survey, to be used to help inform the task force's education benefits recommendation to the president's cabinet. All faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in the survey, regardless of whether you or your family plan to take advantage of education benefits in the future, have done so in the past, or do not ever anticipate using them. Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience and no later than Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. Check your email for the link to your survey.

Prof. Duane Hulbert celebrates 25 years at Puget Sound with Jacobsen concert, Nov. 4
In the fourth Jacobsen Series concert of the year, Duane Hulbert, professor of music, will celebrate not only his own teaching milestone of 25 years at Puget Sound, but also the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall, on Friday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff, and are available at Wheelock Information Center or online.

School of Education to host Infomation Night, Nov. 8
The School of Education will host a public information night for anyone interested in pursuing a career in teaching or counseling. Faculty and staff members from Puget Sound's Master of Arts in Teaching program and Master of Education (counseling) program will share information about the programs, how to prepare and enroll, career opportunities, and more. Info Night will be held in Howarth 212, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Library launches RSS feed for Sound Ideas repository
Sound Ideas, Collins Memorial Library's online repository for scholarly resources produced by members of the Puget Sound community, is now available via RSS feed. Keep up to date with recent additions and the latest "ideas"; subscribe to the feed today.

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 LLjohnson@pugetsound.edu, 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.

Admission workshop coming in December
Planning for college admission and financial aid has become complex and confusing for parents and students. Recognizing this the Office of Admission, Student Financial Services, and Department of Human Resources have developed a workshop for Puget Sound faculty and staff to cover admission, financial aid, and various education benefits available to the campus community. The workshop will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please register by contacting Stephanie Knottingham at x3989.


Noteworthy

Congratulations to Nika Evans ’12 and Lukas Perry ’12, winners of Collins Memorial Library's Research Practices Award, recognizing undergraduate students who demonstrate exemplary skill and creativity in the application of library and information resources to original research and scholarship.

Several community music classes will be featured in short segments on TV Tacoma's Cityscape, including the adult group piano glass, Suzuki violin group class, and Kindermusik class, as well as Professor of Music Duane Hulbert and Kristen Murphy ’88, community music program director.

Professor of Occupational Therapy Anne James presented the paper "Self-Regulated Learning in Field-Based Settings: Strategies to Enhance Student Developmnet in Professional Degree Programs" at the 2011 Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) in Milwaukee.

Congratulations to Noel Sollom-Brotherton M.A.T.'11, whose proposal based on his summer 2011 M.A.T. thesis project was accepted for presentation at the American Educational Research Association conference in spring 2012. The AERA conference is one of the most prestigious in the education field. Sollom-Brotherton's proposal, "Whose Space? Finding Third Space in an Urban High School Literature Classroom," was selected from more than 11,000 submissions.

Benefits enrollment forms due Nov. 18

Need assistance completing your 2012 benefits election and enrollment forms? Have questions about benefits open enrollment? Staff members from the Department of Human Resources will be on hand (with computers) to help you complete your forms on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7 a.m. to noon, in Rasmussen Rotunda.

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

Can't-miss events

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

Monday, Oct. 31: Langlow Haunted House: The Haunted Tea Party, Langlow House, 1218 N. Alder St., 6:30 p.m. $2 donation will proceed Kids Can Do, kid friendly

Tuesday, Nov. 1: Health and Benefits Fair, Rasmussen Rotunda and Murray Board Room, WSC, 7 a.m.–noon

Tuesday, Nov. 1: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, Ezra Vogel, Harvard, Trimble Forum, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Brown Bag Lunch: Jessica Bruce ’08, on her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer and recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, Murray Board Room, WSC, noon

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Daedalus Dinner featuring Greta Austin, religion, Murray Board Room, 6 p.m. Reservation required

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Puget Sound Latin Club Ancient Worlds, Modern Medium Film Series: Agora (2009), Trimble Forum, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Fall French Film Series: Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Jazz Band with guest artist Donny McCaslin, Wayne Horvitz, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $4 with Puget Sound ID

Thursday, Nov. 3: As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Geoff Proehl, director, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 4 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Thursday, Nov. 3: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Alien Invasion, Star Trek, and Star Wars: Interactions Between an Introduced Mussel, Its Sea Star Predators, and Gulls in Puget Sound, Joel Elliott, biology, and Mary Krauszer ’12, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 3: Big Dumps Ski Film Festival: Breaking Trail by Powderwhores and The Grand Bizarre by Poor Boyz Productions, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6:30 p.m. Free with Puget Sound ID

Friday, Nov. 4: Women's Soccer vs. Lewis & Clark, East Field, noon

Friday, Nov. 4: Voltaire's Treatise on Tolerance: Philosophical Ideals and Practical Strategies, Jack Iverson, Whitman College, Thompson 193, noon

Friday, Nov. 4: Ski Swap, Warner Gym, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4: Jacobsen Series: Happy Anniversaries!, Duane Hulbert, piano, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Friday, Nov. 4–Saturday, Nov. 5: As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Geoff Proehl, director, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Additional performance Saturday at 2 p.m.) Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Friday, Nov. 4–Saturday, Nov. 5: Campus Films: Crazy Stupid Love, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Friday, Nov. 4: Underground Sound concert, Wheelock Piano Lounge, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Innovate! Create! A collaborative, competitive event to build innovative, entrepreneurial solutions for students from Puget Sound, PLU, UW Tacoma, and Evergreen, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Women's Soccer vs. Pacific (Ore.), East Field, noon

Sunday, Nov. 6: Jazz in the Rotunda, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 7:30 p.m.