Regional Captains coordinate volunteer opportunities for Alumni Council Admission Committee volunteers across the country. Already an ACAC volunteer? Expect to hear more from your Regional Captain about volunteer opportunities in your area, and feel free to reach out to them with questions you have.
Anya Hartshorn '02
A Tacoma native, Anya attended Puget Sound until her graduation in 2002 with a degree in English Literature. She graduated from Stadium High school which is a five minute drive from Puget Sound’s campus. She has a history with Puget Sound that started when she was a senior in high school. She took a couple courses and was exposed to the small classes and approachable professors. While at Puget Sound, Anya played the flute in the wind ensemble, participated in Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, and tutored at Remann Hall juvenile detention center.
Anya also studied abroad in Milan her junior year. She said that the experience helped her examine life goals, define her priorities and take her out of her comfort zone. Along with this moment in her life, Puget Sound helped her to articulate her viewpoints and how to be assertive. Anya is now an at-home wife and mother to four boys in Issaquah, Washington.
Christy Thomas '00
After fourteen years as a fundraiser for higher education, Christy decided to change career paths and become a social studies teacher. She is completing an Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Portland and looks forward to working directly with high school students as they pursue their educational dreams. She credits Puget Sound for providing her with key skills in advocacy, writing, and building long-term strategic relationships and looks forward to working with teenagers to help them discover their passion for lifelong learning.
In reflecting on her time at the college, Christy noted: “Puget Sound is a special place. I experienced an amazing education, but the people of Puget Sound are what I treasure. Most of my closest friendships began on campus and I will never forget the amazing staff and faculty who invested in me.”
Isabelle Dupont '10
In 2010, Isabelle Dupont graduated from Puget Sound with a degree in Business Leadership and a minor in math. She attended Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland before moving to Tacoma, and now lives in San Francisco where she works for Facebook. She is a Technical Sourcer and works with the Hardware Design team.
Before leaving Puget Sound, Isabelle participated in the Campus Visit Program, Repertory Dance Group, Passages, Center for Writing and Learning and Teaching as a Writing Advisor, Intramural Sports, and she also participated in the studied abroad program, traveling to Madagascar. When asked what advice she would give Loggers, she enthusiastically answered “My biggest piece of advice is to study abroad!” This educational and worldly visit was best experience of her four years at Puget Sound. She was excited and found it refreshing that the once in a life time adventure of studying abroad didn’t end when she came back to the Puget Sound classrooms. “The best part is that the experience didn’t end when I came back. My experiences in Madagascar shaped my contributions to future classes at Puget Sound and allowed me to connect with other Loggers who also studied abroad in a new way. Studying abroad was the most valuable piece of my liberal arts education and I highly encourage it.”
Isabelle still hangs out with other Loggers who also live in San Francisco and she likes to play volleyball, skiing, running, hiking, biking and exploring her new city.
Westley Dang '12
Westley graduated from Puget Sound in 2012 with a degree in Biochemistry, emphasis in Neuroscience, and a minor in Math. On campus, he dabbled in tennis, crew, Reparatory Dance Group, Photo Services, and other various clubs, but his most treasured memories were from his experiences through the Honors Program, Residence Life and Greek Life, as well as the close relationships he's had with his professors.
Hailing from Salem, Oregon--and after spending four years in Tacoma--Westley is continuing his tour of the West coast (the best coast) by pursuing his PhD in Neuroscience at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. As much as he loves science, he is open to exploring other career options. His primary--albeit fleeting--interests right now are entrepreneurship and sustainable urban planning.
The best advice he's been given was from a graduating brother in his fraternity when he was a sophomore: "90% of what you learn in college is outside of the classroom." To this day, he still takes that advice to heart. Westley would say to a future Logger, "College is the only time in your life when you're going to be surrounded by thousands of people your age, and it's probably the safest and most productive time for you to explore who you are, to try on new hats, and to take chances."
Mikayla Curtis '05
Mikayla Curtis graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2005 with a degree in International Relations (Politics and Government) and a minor in Spanish (Latin Studies). She moved to Tacoma from Edwards, Colorado after attending Vail Christian High School. While at Puget Sound, Mikayla participated in a number of activities, such as Habitat for Humanity, Yard Projects, Student Directed Theatre, Latin One Acts, Intramural Sports, and Rugby.
After graduation, she furthered her education by receiving an MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding. Mikayla is currently the Resource Development Coordinator at the Eagle River Youth Coalition in the Vail Valley, an organization that works on the community level to learn about the behaviors and needs of youth. Her position in youth development helps to provide feedback to other youth-serving organizations in order to coordinate and support programs and services that create a healthier and safer community. When asked if she plans to pursue her education in Politics and Government, Mikayla replied: “My goal in getting a Masters in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, following my education at Puget Sound was to eventually go into community policy development. However, I have found my niche in youth development at the moment and will continue in this path for a while, but use my interest and skills in international relations to persuade and encourage the curriculum taught to youth that we work with.”
Along with being employed by a nonprofit, Mikayla is halfway through earning a certificate in Sustainable Leadership. She chose to pursue this venue not only because she loves the outdoors and environment, but is interested in learning how to create sustainable behaviors in her community. Mikayla says, “I wanted to learn more about how [sustainable behaviors] applies to my work and how I’m leading sustainable changes in my field.” She will finish her certificate program in December 2014 and already has plans to implement the course material into her job. Mikayla is still part of Habitat for Humanity, she works with Relay for Life, Boys and Girls Club, she is an AYSO youth soccer coach, and many other organizations. When speaking to current and future Loggers, Mikayla advises that students use the academic opportunities, such as lectures and job fairs, to their advantage as often as possible. “I would say you can always make time for studying but some of the best information I received while at Puget Sound came from those out of class opportunities...find a balance between classes and exploring everything else that the school and geographic area offer is an important part of being a college student.”
Christina Phillips '12
Christina Phillips is a recent graduate, receiving a degree of History and Japanese, minoring in Asian Studies Designation in 2012. Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, she attended Baylor School prior to Puget Sound. As a college student, Christina was an International Student Mentor Program Coordinator and a member of the Reparatory Dance Group. She moved back to Tennessee after graduation and was an English as a Second Language Teacher for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She is currently teaching Mexican and Japanese first graders English in Tupelo, MS. She believes that if she did not attend Puget Sound, she would not be as efficient with her writing, communicating, and presenting.
She would like to say to future Loggers: “I know you've probably heard this a million times from parents, grandparents, teachers and the like, but it's true...College is an amazing experience that you cannot pass up. Puget Sound, at least for me, was more than I had ever expected that ‘amazing experience’ to be.”
Torey Holderith '09
Originally from Hillsboro, Oregon, Torey graduated from Hillsboro High School and then the University of Puget Sound in 2009. Torey majored in Politics and Government with an emphasis in International Relations and a minor in History during his university career. During his time at Puget Sound, Torey ran Cross Country and Track, was a member of Beta Theta Pi, and Garden Level, a male A capella group on campus. He is currently a Chapter Counselor of the American University Colony of Beta Theta Pi. When asked to reflect on how the University of Puget Sound has prepared him for his future, Torey stated that Puget Sound taught him how to think critically and communicate effectively.
After Puget Sound, Torey earned certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He now resides in Washington, DC, where he works as a Project Manager for Innovim Defense Services. Torey’s advice for future Loggers: “Puget Sound does more than prepare you for a career, the Puget Sound experience educates the entire person and prepares Loggers for life.”