Info for Parents Counselors

Kyle S. Haugen
Senior Associate Director of Admission

Territorial Responsibilities: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,  Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

BA Music 1997
BA Communication 1997
University of Puget Sound
Master of Sacred Music 1999
Luther Seminary/St. Olaf College

What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is Jones Circle (although the library, with its cozy nooks and crannies and rotating art installations is a close second). I love the fountain in the center of Jones Circle, surrounded by roses and boxwood. And, I really like watching the colors of the leaves and ivy surrounding the circle as they change throughout the year.

What was your most memorable Puget Sound experience?
One of my majors was music, and I wanted to present a certain type of event for the greater Tacoma community featuring student musicians. I had complete support for planning and publicity across multiple offices on campus. Not only was I was able to carry out my initial vision, but I was given additional support to present the event annually for three years. Only later did I realize how extraordinary it was to have that kind of access to campus resources. I still see that kind of student access to opportunity today, whether it’s first-year science students in the electron microscopy lab, entrepreneurial business students turning a classroom project into a functioning business, or a group of students starting a new club or organization. Want to try it or do it? Just ask.

What attractions should visitors be sure to see?
Don’t miss the Proctor district, to the north of campus. Offerings include a neighborhood bowling alley, a neighborhood movie theater, a weekly farmers market, a trains and hobbies store, shoe repair, a used bookstore, and mom-and-pop restaurants spanning Mexican to Thai (imagine the town of Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show meets the modern Pacific Northwest). To the south, the Sixth Avenue district district has a little more urban edge – independent coffee shops, a vinyl record resale store, tattoo shops, a costume shop, and a mix of restaurants including upscale urban dining with a brick-and-concrete kind of vibe. Don’t get me wrong – there’s a ton going on right on campus, including evenings and weekends. But when you want a change of pace, it’s enviable that Puget Sound is a short walk from two contrasting destinations.  

What do you usually order at Diversions Cafe?
A 12-ounce nonfat mocha is my favorite option for liquid sunshine in a cup.