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Bitcoin entrepreneur Nicolas Cary '07 made an unrestricted gift of $10,000 in bitcoin to the Puget Sound Alumni Fund this week. The donation is thought to be the first bitcoin gift to a U.S. college.
The 28-year-old CEO of Blockchain, which runs the world's most popular "digital wallet" for bitcoins, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Puget Sound's Business Leadership Program. Of the gift, Cary said, "I always wanted to give back to Puget Sound once I was in a position to do it. I was the grateful recipient of scholarships and loans, and now that I'm in a position to make a difference, I want to help others get on the road to success."
Rachel Pepper, a research fellow at University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, has been appointed as the first William D. and Flora McCormick Chair in Biophysics. Pepper earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in biophysics from Brown University and was then named a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in physics. She brings research interests that span physics, biology, and engineering, and classroom experience with leading-edge science education techniques.
This appointment in the rapidly expanding, interdisciplinary study of biophysics was made possible by a $2 million gift last summer from William and Flora McCormick, parents of a Puget Sound alumnus.
Pepper will begin her teaching appointment in fall 2014. Learn more about Pepper's research interests, including her current work with marine larvae, which is adding to our understanding of how tiny ocean organisms can navigate through turbulent ocean flows to environments where they might thrive.
The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded University of Puget Sound a $250,000, three-year grant to develop The Keck Initiative for NeuroCulture. Led by Siddharth Ramakrishnan, Puget Sound's newly appointed Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience, in conjunction with faculty scientists and ethicists, the initiative aims to create a culture of neuroscience for both students and the public.
The Keck Initiative for NeuroCulture will bring TED-style public talks; community partnerships; summer NeuroArt workshops for K-12 students; and public seminars, exhibitions, and blogs about neuroethics, neural disorders, and consciousness. Puget Sound faculty members will be offered training in neuroscience techniques and curricula, and students will gain new hands-on research and interdisciplinary study opportunities.
Professors from a range of disciplines are involved in the project, including: David Andresen, associate professor of psychology; Susannah Hannaford, professor of biology; Suzanne Holland, professor of religion and John B. Magee Professor of Science and Values; Jung Kim, assistant professor of exercise science; Gary McCall, associate professor and chair of exercise science; and Heidi Orloff, professor of exercise science.
The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation has committed $2 million in support of the new Athletics and Aquatics Center, moving the college forward in its plan for a modern $17.5 million fitness and recreation facility that will be a gathering point for hundreds of campus and community members. The Leavey Foundation gift qualifies for the dollar-for-dollar match pledged by a group of Puget Sound trustees in July 2013.
The Athletics and Aquatics Center will be home to Puget Sound's 2600 students, 600 faculty and staff, 23 varsity teams, and to hundreds of intramural athletes. In addition to providing a state-of-the-art home for Puget Sound's competitive championship swim teams, it will provide physical fitness facilities for campus members and the community, and serve academic programs including exercise science, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
This gift is the second large commitment from the Leavey Foundation in support of Puget Sound's One [of a Kind] campaign and the university's master plan. In 2010 the foundation pledged up to $2 million toward the construction of a new health sciences building—The William T. and Gail T. Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences, which opened in fall 2010. For more information on the Athletics and Aquatics Center, visit: pugetsound.edu/aquatics-center.
Financial aid enabled Drew to enroll at Puget Sound. Since then, he has challenged himself as a student-athlete, discovered a passion for biochemistry, developed his musical talent, honed his leadership skills as president of the Kayak Club, and shared his love for Puget Sound as a Passages leader and Phonathon caller.
This one-of-a-kind experience would not be possible without the ongoing support of alumni. Drew shares what alumni support has meant for him, and how he plans to pay it forward. Watch: pugetsound.edu/my_story.
The Class of 2014 recently kicked off their Senior Class Gift Campaign with a very successful evening event attended by over 200 classmates. The Senior Class Gift program celebrates seniors' first step into the Logger alumni community. It offers an opportunity to give back to the community who helped to shape them, and to ensure that the same opportunities are available to the next generation of students. Seniors make a five-year pledge to support the Alumni Fund with gifts to financial aid for future students. They donate $5 this year, and increase their gift by $5 each year, for a total of $75 over five years. These gifts add up—over five years, the entire class can raise almost $50,000!
Dr. Gwendolyn Lillis P'05 and Dr. Charles Lillis P'05 were both first generation college students, and credit their education to their success in life. They believe that a good education is a life-changing investment, and established The Lillis Scholarship to provide promising and outstanding students with the opportunity to receive a transformative Puget Sound education. Selection for the Lillis Scholarship is highly competitive—only two Lillis Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year students each fall.
In our newest video, meet Drs. Charles and Gwendolyn Lillis P'05, and Lillis scholars Kelton Mock '14 and Becca Ebert '15, and learn more about what the Lillis Scholarship means to each of them.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance has included Puget Sound in its 2014 list of the country's best value liberal arts colleges. Puget Sound and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate, and a high four-year graduation rate.
Although private universities and colleges generally carry higher sticker prices than the in-state prices at public institutions, private colleges can actually be cheaper because of their generous financial aid, the magazine noted. Puget Sound, for example, offers merit-based or need-based financial aid to more than 90 percent of its students. With 2,600 undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, Puget Sound offers a high-quality education in an environment where 99 percent of tenure-line faculty members hold the highest degree in their field and more than half of students do at least one internship.
More than 150 Loggers from the Seattle area gathered Saturday, Sept. 28, for a One [of a Kind] evening at The Foundry. The evening's program featured several members of the Puget Sound campus community, including board of trustees members Rick Brooks ’82, Bill Weyerhaeuser, and Jill Nishi ’89, student-athlete Joe Cerne ’14, and faculty-student music trio: Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin Maria Sampen; Professor of Piano Tanya Stambuk; and student-musician Brenda Miller ’15. This event marked the “official” start of the Seattle regional campaign, an initiative focused on increasing support and participation among area Loggers as part of the One[of a Kind] campaign.
More than 325 Loggers from the Tacoma area gathered Saturday, Sept. 21, for a One [of a Kind] evening at LeMay-America’s Car Museum. Puget Sound alumni, parents, and friends shared stories over drinks and hors d’oeuvres with President Ron Thomas and Mary Thomas. The evening program featured several members of the Puget Sound campus community, including board of trustees members Lyle Quasim ’70, Hon. ’05 and Barb Walker P’05, P’07, student-athlete Katy Ainslie ’15, and faculty trio: David Requiro, the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at Puget Sound; Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin Maria Sampen; and Professor of Piano Tanya Stambuk. This event marked the official start of the Tacoma regional campaign, an initiative focused on increasing support and participation among area Loggers as part of the One [of a Kind] campaign.