Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 26, 2011

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Honorary degree candidate nominations due today
Nominations for honorary degree candidates for Commencement 2012 are due by the end of the day today! Candidates have one or both of the following characteristics:

  • notable academic reputation
  • outstanding contribution to the betterment of the regional, national, or global community through one of the main areas of public life, such as business, government, labor, education, the arts, or religion

Download the committee's complete guidelines. To make a nomination, send an email message to Board Secretary Liz Collins ’81, P'02 at or CMB 1094 by the end of the day today that includes:

  • name of the candidate
  • his or her position or title
  • a brief statement (one page max) of the reason the candidate deserves to be considered

Puget Sound hosts Northwest Honor Choir Festival, Sept. 30–Oct. 1
This weekend our campus will host the annual Northwest Honor Choir Festival, an energetic, two-day choral experience for advanced high school choral students. Students spend a memorable two days singing in the Festival Honor Choir, under guest conductor Rollo Dilworth. In addition students and teachers attend sessions on vocal technique, auditioning, and leadership skills led by Puget Sound music faculty members Steven Zopfi, Anne Lyman, Kathryn Lehmann, and Dawn Padula.

Guest artists present Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Oct. 2
In cooperation with Portland-based Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, The Theatrical Group of A. Loizides from the National Theatre School in Greece will perform Iphigenia Among the Taurians by Euripides on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The performance is free and will begin at 2 p.m.

Puget Sound proposal for interfaith work gets White House recognition
The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge asks institutes of higher education to commit one year toward building understanding among people of all faiths and beliefs. Exactly how they do it is up to them, though President Obama asked that it involve some kind of community work that would put people of different faiths side by side, as they turn their hands to helping others. Puget Sound responded. A comprehensive plan of action was compiled by the Offices of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice and the Academic Vice President, and submitted. Puget Sound is among about 250 colleges and universities from across the country that have been accepted into the program. Our plan includes a wealth of initiatives—some new, some existing—focused on addressing domestic poverty and educational opportunities. To learn how you can participate, contact Rebecca Short ’12 at

Meet with a TIAA-CREF personal consultant
TIAA-CREF offers personalized, objective advice and planning services, available to all Puget Sound retirement plan participants at no additional charge. During your personal financial counseling session, a consultant will help you create a personalized retirement portfolio that's tailored to your unique financial situation and goals, including developing long-term strategie and finding the right allocation mix. Your spouse/partner is welcome to attend. Consultant Jonathan Jepsen will be on campus Oct. 5, and several dates in throughout the fall semester. Watch Open Line for specific dates. Schedule your personal financial counseling session by calling 800.928.4221. Contact human resources with questions at


Congratulations to Loggers wide receiver Adam Kniffin ’13, who broke a 42-year-old Puget Sound record in the Loggers' loss to Whittier College over the weekend. Kniffen caught three touchdown passes in the game, bringing his career total to 22 touchdown catches and becoming the all-time touchdown catch leader in school history. Go Loggers!

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Benefits Task Force to host open forum Oct. 3

The BenTF has invited Grinnell College professor Jim Swartz to visit Puget Sound to share information about the process in which he and others engaged from 2004 through 2007 to revamp the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Tuition Remission Exchange Program (TREP). The forum will be held Monday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m., in Murray Boardroom, WSC. At the forum Swartz will provide a brief review of the process in which the TREP member colleges engaged and he will describe the components of the program as it is structured today. Information about the ACM TREP program can be found on the BenTF website. Please review that information in advance of the forum and submit your questions by Thursday, Sept. 29, to

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, Sept. 26: Bluesion Blues Lession #2, Memorial Fieldhouse Dance Room, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Cracking the Library: Tools and Resources for Musicians, Lori Ricigliano, Music L6, noon

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Philosophy and Political Theory Film Series: A Clockwork Orange, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m. Film followed by discussion.

Thursday, Sept. 29: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Plant defenses undermined, Neva Laurie-Berry, Pacific Lutheran University, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 29: Innocent on Death Row, guest lecture by Juan Melendez, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30–Saturday, Oct. 1: Northwest Honor Choir Festival, Rollo Dilworth, guest conductor

Friday, Sept. 30–Saturday, Oct. 1: Campus Films: Green Lantern, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Saturday, Oct. 1: Women's Soccer vs. George Fox, East Field, noon

Saturday, Oct. 1: Men's Soccer vs. Pacific (Ore.), Peyton Field, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2: Iphigenia Among the Taurians, by Euripides, presented by The Theatrical Group of A. Loizides from the National Theatre School of Greece in cooperation with Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2: Campus Films: Green Lantern, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 2 and 8 p.m. Admission: $1 faculty/staff

Sunday, Oct. 2: Men's Soccer vs. George Fox, Peyton Field, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 3: Benefits Task Force Open Forum, Murray Boardroom, WSC, 10:30 a.m.