Puget Sound ranks third among small U.S. colleges (fewer than 5,000 undergraduates) with alumni serving in the Peace Corps. Thirty UPS graduates are volunteering in 20 countries. Last year, Puget Sound ranked second in the count.
President Ron Thomas signed the global Talloires Declaration during an on-campus celebration February 10. The Talloires (pronounced Tal-WHAR) is a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and universities. The document was written in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, and has since been signed by more than 300 university presidents and chancellors in 40 countries.
Cleo Peterson ’05 received an honorable mention on USA Today’s Academic All-American team.
Walking the talk
Puget Sound qualified three teams to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE) in March. Those teams were Mike Allen ’05 and Melissa Case ’05; Josh Anderson ’06 and Rachel Safran ’06; and Tanya Horlick ’08 and Robert June ’08. The tournament showcases the country’s best 48 teams in parliamentary debate. At the tournament Allen and Case finished fourth, and Anderson and Safran finished ninth. Anderson received 10th speaker and Safran fourth speaker. In end-of-the-year rankings by the National Parliamentary Debate Association (the NCAA of parliamentary debate), Puget Sound placed second nationally out of nearly 300 programs, the highest the university has ever placed.
Recognition for Food Salvage
Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma ’64 presented a City of Destiny Award to the university’s Food Salvage program on April 27. The awards recognize individuals and groups for community service. Food Salvage is run by student volunteers, who collect extra food from the SUB three days a week and distribute it to local shelters.
In April the Washington State Legislature passed the so-called Joey Levick bill, requiring people who witness a crime in which someone is badly hurt to call for help. Commenting in a Tacoma News Tribune article on the new law, Puget Sound ethics professor Suzanne Holland said the push for good Samaritan laws is a sad commentary on “the way trust has broken down in our culture. People have a moral obligation to help crime victims as long as they don’t endanger themselves.” But, “if you have to force people to help one another, it’s pathetic. I say that not about the lawmakers, but about society.”
National awards for study
More than 15 Puget Sound students won competitive fellowships and scholarships this year:
Amanda Bevers ’05, Denise Deutschlander ’05, Luke Hammons ’05, Mary Hunn ’05, and Melanie Maynes ’05 received Fulbright Fellowships to teach in Germany. The Fulbright program, created by the U.S. government in 1946 to foster understanding among nations, awards about 1,000 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries.
Devon Biggerstaff ’05 was one of 320 students nationwide selected from a field of 1,091 to receive a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater program was established by Congress in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
Allison Gray ’05 was one of 91 graduates nationwide to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. Mellon Fellowships support promising students as they pursue advanced study in the humanities.
Three students won awards from the National Education Security Program: Zorba Leslie ’07 (for 2005-06), and Maxx Nanson ’06, and Kari Manlove ’06 (for 2004-05). NESP was created by Congress in 1991 to increase the ability of U.S. citizens to communicate and compete globally by knowing the languages and cultures of other countries.
Scott Warren ’05 earned a $22,000 Watson Fellowship for his idea to learn about the stories, legends, and issues facing people living in and around canyons in Namibia, Ethiopia, China, Peru, and Mexico. The Watson Foundation accepts nominations from a group of 50 top liberal arts colleges in the United States; Warren’s project was one of 50 selected from 200 proposals.
Tacoma’s own Fabulous Wailers, the band whose arrangement of “Louie, Louie” by “Rockin’ Robin” Roberts ’64 was later recorded by The Kingsmen and became the de facto Washington state song, were on campus April 24 for a concert. They were joined by Don Wilson, co-founder of the legendary surf-rock group, The Ventures.
Wrote the Tacoma News Tribune in an article previewing the performance: “Wilson, who lives in Steilacoom, said his band plans to record an album with the Wailers in the fall, ‘after we get back from our annual three months in Japan.’
“His ties to the Wailers reach back to the teen dances of the late ’50s and early ’60s, not long after he and Bob Bogle learned to play the pawnshop guitars they bought on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma.
“‘I think we paid 10 bucks apiece,’ Wilson said.
“The Ventures have been in the news because of a drive led by KBSG-FM DJ Mark Christopher to get the band nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
The UPS concert, which also featured a segment by the university’s Jazz Choir, benefited the Wailers Performing Arts Foundation.