2000s

2000
Wyatt Hall, named for Lowry Wyatt who served as a trustee for 26 years, completed with 17 state-of-the-art classrooms and more than 70 faculty and nine academic offices.

A $1 million grant from The Murdock Trust of Vancouver, Wash., helps a $7.5 million renovation project for Collins Memorial Library, including construction of an electronic commons, a multimedia center, upgrading the building systems, and new equipment for students, faculty, and staff.

Additional house purchases brings the total of houses the university owns to 79.

2001
Campaign for Puget Sound fundraising concludes, raising a record $68.5 million, 27 percent above the intended goal. 

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program established in August.

2002
Trimble Hall, the university's 11th residence hall, was completed and dedicated September 2002. Alumnus Robert A. Trimble '37 donated $2 million to help with the construction of the university's new 56,000-square-foot hall. Because of his generous donation, Trimble Hall was named after his father, Charles Garnet Trimble, who was the physician for Puget Sound's athletic teams after World War II. Trimble Hall comprises 184 single rooms, arranged in suites with three, five, or six rooms that share a living area, semi-private bath, and kitchenette. This residence is the latest step to increase on-campus student living.

Schneebeck Concert Hall, the university's main music performance venue, named in recognition of long-time university supporters, Bethel and Ed Schneebeck.

Suzanne Wilson Barnett named 2002 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Washington Professor of the Year.

Susan Resneck Pierce Professorship in Humanities established.

2003
Improvements made to Baker Stadium, including widening and resurfacing the track, widening the playing field, and adding restrooms and concession stands. The field was named Peyton Field, after former faculty member and head track and field coach Joe Peyton B.A. '67, M.E.D. '71.

Ronald R. Thomas elected president of the University of Puget Sound in July.

2004
Ronald R. Thomas inaugurated as the 13th president of the University of Puget Sound on April 23.

The Civic Scholarship Initiative begun later this year. Projects in this initiative align faculty and student research with issues of regional and national strategic interest. Initial projects include Nearshore Habitat Restoration in Puget Sound; Race and Pedagogy Initiative; The Road Home: Homeless Policy for Pierce County; Educational Achievement and Assessment; Summer Brass Music Camp; and the Pierce County Economic Index.

President Thomas initiated the vision process that will become Defining Moments.

Luce Professorship in Environmental Policy established

Two students named Fulbright Scholars.

Puget Sound Loggers ranked No. 1 Division III NCAA team in the West.

2005
The Tapestry of Learning Master Plan for the physical campus unveiled. Harned Hall groundbreaking February 18, 2005, marked the start of the most ambitious capital project in the university's history. With key funding provided by H.C. "Joe" Harned '51, this new facility features new labs, links the north and south wings of venerable Thompson Hall, and quite literally puts "science on display."

President Thomas signed the Talloires Declaration, an international university commitment to sustainability.

Puget Sound students honored by the city of Tacoma with a 2005 City of Destiny Award.

The incoming Class of 2009 has the highest verbal SAT scores in Puget Sound history. The diversity of the incoming class increases to 18 percent.

Football's 17-game losing streak to cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran University was broken on October 8, as the Loggers defeated the Lutes 23-13.

Puget Sound ranked third among small colleges producing alumni who serve in the Peace Corps (30 volunteers), following The University of Chicago and Dartmouth College.

Five students displaced by Hurricane Katrina admitted to Puget Sound.

2006
The board of trustees endorsed Defining Moments: the Strategic Plan for Puget Sound and its four pillars: Innovate, Inspire, Engage, Invest.

President Thomas appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Council on Education.

University of Puget Sound named among the top five producers of Peace Corps volunteers among institutions of its size.

Record-breaking number of student national academic honors, including seven Fulbright Scholarships, two Watson Fellowships, a National Science Foundation postgraduate fellowship, and two national debate championships.

Puget Sound recognized for the first time among the top 10 colleges producing Fulbright Scholars.

Harned Hall, Puget Sound's new science laboratory building and largest capital project in its history, was dedicated during the best-attended Homecoming on record.

Two new interdisciplinary majors were approved, in biochemistry and molecular biology, and a new interdisciplinary emphasis in neuroscience was established.

Race and Pedagogy National Conference drew more than 600 participants from around the county and overseas.

Loggers capture McIlroy-Lewis Trophy for best overall athletic achievement in the Northwest Conference.

Courtney Kjar ’06 was named Division III National Women's Soccer Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Kjar led her team to the NCAA Sectionals for the fourth straight year, and was named a First Team All-American for the second consecutive season.

OAR Northwest, made up of a group of Puget Sound alumni, became the first Americans to win the Shepard's Ocean Fours race and to successful row from mainland United States to mainland United Kingdom.

Puget Sound received a grant of $47,970 from College Spark of Washington, formerly the Education Assistance Foundation, to provide operating support for the Summer Academic Challenge program. Summer Academic Challenge is a component of the year-round Access Programs.

Beta Theta Pi's Delta Epsilon chapter won the Francis H. Sisson Award and Virginia Tech Award for academic excellence at the fraternity's 167th General Convention in Toronto, Ontario.

Puget Sound team Josh Anderson ’06 and Rachel Safran ’06 defeated a team from University of California-Berkeley to win the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship (NPDA) at Oregon State University, ranking the team the best in the nation.

2007
Three students were named Watson Fellows and awarded a year of self-guided exploration and travel outside the United States. No college or university had more Watson Fellowships awarded than Puget Sound.

Trustees endorsed capital campaign in support of the Strategic Plan for Puget Sound on May 11, 2007.

Incoming freshman class boasted the highest-ever average SAT, 1254, and applicants included 11 National Merit Semi-Finalists, 35 National Merit Commended Scholars, and two National Hispanic Semi-Finalists.

Mellon Foundation awarded Puget Sound $747,000 for junior faculty sabbaticals.

Nancy Bristow was named Carnegie Foundation professor of the year, Puget Sound's fourth professor so honored.

Puget Sound was named top small college with the most alumni serving in the Peace Corps. Peace Corps director Ronald Tschetter visited campus in April to recognize the accomplishment.

Loggers captured the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy for the second consecutive year. Five teams clinched Northwest Conference Championships, and 111 Loggers were named to NWC scholar-athlete teams.

Randy Hanson (women's soccer) was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year.

Women's basketball advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight round in postseason play.

Lower Baker Field improvements completed for student recreation, soccer, lacrosse, and football.

The Department of Theatre Arts and the Northwest Playwrights' Alliance presented the inaugural Double Shot Theatre Festival in May.

2008
The incoming class of 2012 had an average SAT score of 1261.

James Evans was named Carnegie Foundation Washington State Professor of the Year, Puget Sound's fifth professor so honored.

Puget Sound hosted the once-a-decade curriculum review of the American Psychological Association.

Community honors included recognition for excellence in environmental education from Audobon Society, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, and Green Tacoma, and an award in recognition of Puget Sound's work to reduce homelessness from Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition for the Homeless.

Hans Ostrom, professor of English, was nominated to join the PEN American Center, the oldest human rights and literary organization in the world.

With at least one athlete from each of Puget Sound's 23 varsity sports, 131 Loggers were named Academic All-Northwest Conference in June.

Three students earned the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship award.

Tanya Rogers ’10 received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

William Kupinse, associate professor of English, was named Tacoma's first poet laureate at the Soul of the City Poetry Competition Awards.

2009
Puget Sound named No. 3 small college for number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps.

Logger men's basketball became the first Northwest Conference men's basketball team in history to finish the conference season undefeated.

At Commencement 36 men and women were awarded Bachelor of Arts, Honors Causa, degrees. The honorees were students of Japanese-American descent at College of Puget Sound in 1941–42, and had been evacuated from campus to relocation camps in 1942.

Two students earn Fulbright Scholarships, and four students earn French Government Teaching Assistantships.

Julie Nelson Christoph granted Fulbright Scholarship to lecture and conduct research in Tanzania.

Tanya Rogers ’10 receives Morris K. Udall Scholarship.

Dylan Paulsen ’09 wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Michelle Stoler ’09 wins Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.

President Ron Thomas elected to one-year term as chair of the board for Independent Colleges of Washington.

John Woodward appointed dean of the School of Education.

Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) and Puget Sound begin partnership through which TAM manages and programs exhibits at Kittredge Gallery.

Leslie Saucedo receives $200,000 National Institutes of Health grant for cancer research.

Carl and Renee Behnke pledge $500,000 to new Center for Health Sciences; Pohlad Family Foundation pledges $3.5 million.

KUPS 90.1 FM The Sound wins mtvU's Radio Woodie Award for top U.S. college radio station.

Puget Sound named to the top 10 Most Vegetarian-Friendly colleges by peta2, the youth arm of PETA.