Info for Parents Counselors

Elizabeth Orr
Assistant Director of Admission and International Admission Coordinator
253.879.3985 (Please, no vendor calls.)
eorr@pugetsound.edu

Territorial Responsibilities: California (Los Angeles County), International Applicants, U.S. Citizens Living Abroad

BA English
Minor in Art History 2010
Kenyon College

What is your favorite place on campus?
Perhaps because my work has periods of frequent travel, I find that I simply enjoy the campus in its entirety. After a longer trip, I'm always struck with deep appreciation when I see campus with "fresh eyes" again.  Plainly put, it's beautiful! With all the tress, campus feels like a park and each season brings a different character to the place - lots of great colors in fall, buildings peaking out of misty fog in winter, blooming rhododendrons in spring, and blue skies with views of Mt. Rainier in the summer. Once or twice, I've even seen a bald eagle in the trees near Jones Hall!

Where do you like to eat in Tacoma? 
Northern Fish Co. has awesome fish and chips and chowders. (They're also my go to spot for purchasing fish.) They smoke their own salmon and are generous with samples. Stop by and get some to take home with you!

My lunch spot is usually Infinite Soups, all of which are addictive. (Tip: They are cash only.)

On weekend mornings, our regular spots are Corina Bakery or Le DonutValhalla Coffee serves up the best cup in town. (They also make a special roast just for Corina, if you're headed there).

Hilltop Kitchen, Tacoma Szechuan (get the spicy dumplings), and Pho King round out my list of favorites.

What attractions should visitors be sure to see?
If you're going to be in the area for any length of time then I would recommend getting out to the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific coast. Kalaloch campground, although a bit of a drive, is a great jumping off point to explore not only the coast, but also the temperate rain forest. 

Closer to Puget Sound, the Museum of Glass and the Pacific Bonsai Museum are two of my favorites. Tacoma has some great farmer's markets and two of them are close to campus. The Proctor market runs almost all year while the other markets run spring - fall. The Broadway market was recently voted one of the best farmer's markets in the nation.