Keep up to date with The Campaign for University of Puget Sound as we work together to realize our goal of $125 million to support our students and faculty.
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.
Four incoming freshman have been awarded the University of Puget Sound’s most prestigious scholarships, the Lillis Scholarship and the Matelich Scholarship.
Christian Johnson, of Los Angeles, and Kathryn Stutz, of San Jose, Calif., have been named this year’s Lillis Scholars, honoring them with the college’s most prestigious award for students who show extraordinary promise in academics and scholarship. Lillis Scholars are recognized for their academic excellence, passionate interest in ideas, intellectual independence, and promise of distinction throughout their undergraduate years and beyond. The annual awards are funded by a generous gift from Gwendolyn H. Lillis P’05 and Charles M. Lillis P’05, made through The Lillis Foundation to the One [of a Kind] campaign. Thirty students were invited to apply to become Lillis Scholars, out of a pool of about 7,000 applicants to Puget Sound. Johnson and Stutz will become part of a cohort of 12 Lillis Scholars named since the program began in 2007. The Lillis Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for up to four years of undergraduate education at University of Puget Sound.
Clara Brown, of Falmouth, Maine, and Jensen Handwork, of Centennial, Colo., have been named University of Puget Sound Matelich Scholars, honoring them with the college’s most prestigious award for students who combine extraordinary promise in academics and leadership. The Matelich Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who exhibit drive and integrity, the promise of outstanding academic and personal achievement, a commitment to service, and the capacity for a life of leadership. The scholarship is funded by a generous gift from George E. Matelich ’78 and Susan E. Matelich to the One [of a Kind] campaign. Thirty students were invited to apply to become Matelich Scholars, out of a pool of about 5,000 applicants to Puget Sound. The scholarship, which was first awarded last year, covers all tuition and fees, including room, board, and other fees, for up to four years of undergraduate education at University of Puget Sound.
Following the completion of successful regional campaigns in Denver and San Francisco, two [One] of a Kind Evening events will kick off regional campaigns in Seattle and Tacoma this September. Join us for an unforgettable celebration of the people of Puget Sound.
Seattle: Saturday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m., The Foundry, 4130 First Ave. S.
Tacoma: Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m., LeMay-America's Car Museum, 2702 East D St.
Please RSVP by Sept. 10 at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 253.879.3622.
Board of Trustees chair Rick Brooks '82, and trustee Bill Weyerhaeuser, co-chairs of The Campaign for the University of Puget Sound, announced today that contributions to the college's comprehensive campaign have surpassed $100 million. This is an historic milestone in philanthropic giving for the university, and has put in sight the campaign's ambitious $125 million goal.
Generous gifts have come from alumni, trustees, parents, faculty, staff, students, corporations, foundations, and community members and have already made a significant impact in supporting the university's students and faculty. To date, gifts have already funded a variety of initiatives including numerous scholarships that will allow talented and diverse students from Pierce County and around the country to attend a top-ranked liberal arts college; construction of an innovative facility for health sciences that promotes the intersections of psychology, neuroscience, exercise science, and occupational and physical therapy; and the creation of two new academic chairs in neuroscience and biophysics, among others.
One [of a Kind] The Campaign for Puget Sound is the largest fundraising effort in the college's 125-year history, and almost twice the size of the previous campaign completed in 2000.
The campaign has raised to date $34.5 million for endowment for financial aid to ensure that Puget Sound can continue to meet the needs of admitted students and $8.7 million for endowed faculty support to attract and retain creative and committed faculty. The impact of these and other campaign gifts are observable every day on campus. Some of these include:
A group of members of the Board of Trustees has issued a special match challenge to support construction of a new $17.5 million Athletics and Aquatics Center. The group will match, dollar-for-dollar, every new gift made to the center up to $8 million. These commitments will support a much-needed resource for the entire Puget Sound community, including our student athletes.
To create the new center, Puget Sound will upgrade and expand the athletics facilities within Memorial Fieldhouse and Pamplin Sports Center, and add a new aquatics center. Additions to Pamplin Sports Center will include a fitness center, rowing ergometer room, enhanced training room, cafe, team meeting rooms, and coaches' offices. A new Hall of Fame will pay tribute to Logger alumni from all eras.
The new aquatics center will include a state-of-the-art, eight lane, 25-yard swimming pool, with space for water polo, scuba, and kayaking, plus spaces for instruction, rehabilitation, and therapy. The aquatics center will replace the current Wallace Memorial Pool, built in 1957. Watch our fly through for a bird's eye view of the center.
University of Puget Sound has received a $2 million gift from William and Flora McCormick to establish the William D. and Flora McCormick Endowed Chair in Biophysics.
The study of biophysics fosters connections across the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. This interdisciplinary approach enhances the prospects for breakthrough scientific discoveries and encourages the collaborative thinking that is sought after by science laboratories and industries.
William D. McCormick is a professor emeritus of physics at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the third-generation family member to serve as a University of Puget Sound trustee. He has served on the board for multiple terms, most recently from 2002 to 2011. William and Flora McCormick are parents of Brian L. McCormick '97.
New alumna Kariann Lee '13 wore many hats during her time at Puget Sound, and she would not have had it any other way. The experiences that she had as an International Political Economy major, PacRimmer, peer advisor, tour guide, luau coordinator, and Gamma Phi Beta sister all changed her life. But let her tell you in her own words.
Tuition only covers a portion of the cost of a Puget Sound education. Alumni support plays a critical role in making up the difference. Every year almost 5,000 Loggers make gifts to the Alumni Fund in support of students like Kariann. These combined gifts have an incredible impact. That's why this year, Puget Sound is striving to set a new record for the number of alumni who donate in a single year. Join us in making history: givetopugetsound.edu.
University of Puget Sound has been granted $50,000 by the Henry Luce Foundation to pilot a project that will immerse students in environmental studies in Southeast Asia and help the college develop new ties with scholars abroad.
The funding from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) will support Puget Sound in the creation of a model for ongoing summer field schools in Asia to be attended by Puget Sound students. A three-week, pilot study trip to Indonesia will take place in the summer of 2014 in collaboration with Indonesian university, government, and environmental partners. The generous grant was made as part of the university’s $125 million One [of a Kind] capital campaign.
The initiative is underpinned by the college’s Asian Studies and Environmental Policy and Decision Making programs, its focus on international studies and civic engagement, its multidisciplinary approach to learning, and its creative and dedicated faculty members.
The first field school trip will take 10 students and two professors to locations around Indonesia next year. Puget Sound students enrolled in the program will take a spring 2014 semester of study of Indonesian culture and language on campus. Over the summer they will travel to Indonesia for study, research, service work, and cultural immersion for three weeks, directed by an environmentally-focused curriculum.
The four faculty coordinators, who will guide the project in coordination with six other Puget Sound professors, are Gareth Barkin, Luce Assistant Professor of Islamic Societies in Southeast Asia; Rachel DeMotts, associate professor of environmental policy and decision making; Nick Kontogeorgopoulos, professor of international political economy; and Peter Wimberger, professor of biology and director of the Slater Museum of Natural History.
The Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) aspires to encourage innovative approaches to Asian studies teaching and research at the undergraduate level through the lens of the environment and sustainable development.
In honor of Puget Sound’s 125th anniversary and our $125 million comprehensive campaign, Puget Sound athletic teams set an all-sports goal of 125 wins for the 2012-13 year. This past weekend, the men's and women's varsity crew teams won Meyer-Lamberth Cups to reach 125 wins.
Nearly 20 percent of our student body competes in varsity athletics, and with 11 men’s and 12 women’s teams, Puget Sound offers more varsity sports than any other school in the Northwest Conference. The Loggers consistently advance to postseason play, perhaps most notably our women’s swim team, who have dominated the Northwest Conference. Two of our swimmers just returned from competing in the NCAA Division III National Championships.
As part of our commitment to athletics, Puget Sound will invest $17.5 million to expand and enhance athletics facilities within Memorial Fieldhouse, including the construction of a new aquatics center. These top-of-the-line facilities will not only help attract and retain high-performing student athletes, they will also offer fitness and recreation opportunities for all of our students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Linda Sanderson Melvin ’67, a medical writer with a deep belief in science and health care education, will leave an indelible mark on University of Puget Sound. Thirteen years ago, Melvin made the generous decision to include Puget Sound in her will, joining many alumni, parents and friends as a member of the Legacy Society.
Melvin greatly admired her brother-in-law Roger Williams’ dedication to the physical therapy (PT) program, and hoped to continue a scholarship in his name. Williams influenced the creation of the PT program at Puget Sound and was the long-time Director of Clinical Education.
Melvin is now permanently funding the Roger Williams Endowed Scholarship with a $50,000 gift. With her bequest, in addition to the outright gift, the Roger Williams Endowed Scholarship will continue to provide scholarships in the future. Said Melvin, “I am delighted to be able to help this top-rated program continue to prosper and grow.”
The income provided by a strong endowment is essential in providing access to a Puget Sound education for promising students, supporting faculty scholarship, and maintaining a vibrant campus life that prepares students for success. To learn more about how you can support this mission and contribute to the area most meaningful for you, visit our Endowment page.
On and off the court, Taylor Jones is a leader. As a captain of the women’s basketball team, Jones has led the Loggers to winning season. And in the classroom, the junior psychology major is an excited and engaged student.
A quadruplet from the small town of Keizer, Oregon, Taylor was drawn to Puget Sound because it offered the opportunity for freedom and independence within a deeply supportive community. Puget Sound’s liberal arts curriculum offered a broad variety of courses that have inspired new interests and passions. After graduation, Taylor hopes to attend graduate school to study Criminology.
Taylor describes this one-of-a-kind place best: “This unique community of friends, teammates, coaches, and instructors is providing me with the support and confidence that will, no doubt, carry me into my future.”
Read more about Taylor’s Puget Sound experience, in her own words here.
Puget Sound students are dedicated to making a difference—both here at the university and in communities across the world. They give their time, energy, talents and money to make a positive impact on the world and their fellow students. The Senior Class Gift Campaign is just one of the many ways our students support the university they love.
The Senior Class Gift celebrates our seniors’ first step into the Puget Sound alumni community. After a life-changing experience at Puget Sound, it’s a chance to give back to the institution and community that helped shape them, and to ensure the same opportunities are available for the next generation of Loggers. Seniors make a five-year pledge to support the university annually with gifts to financial aid for future students. They donate $5 this year, and increase their gifts by $5 each year for the next four years, for a total of $75 over five years. These gifts add up! When combined, they have tremendous impact.
This year’s Senior Class Gift Campaign is on track to set a new record in participation. To date, almost 20 percent of the class has made a gift, putting the Class of 2013 on track to make their goal of 60% participation by graduation. Learn more about the Senior Class Gift Campaign here.
Puget Sound, we are committed to the idea that an education is something you do, not something you get. An alumnus and a faculty member, Mike is the embodiment of this vision. Over the course of a four-decade career at the university, Mike has had a life-changing impact on thousands of students. A passionate teacher, Mike is dedicated to meeting students where they are and helping them reach heights they might have never imagined. He creates courses that encourage students to engage intimately with unfamiliar ideas and to think about the ordinary in unexpected ways. He asks that they form a relationship with ideas, rather than think of a class in terms of a “paper for grades” transaction. This sort of outstanding teaching is the defining quality of a Puget Sound education, and the reason we are committed to raising $16 million in our One [of a Kind] campaign to support faculty directly.
We have already raised over half that sum, which includes $4 million to endow two new professorships in leading edge interdisciplinary fields—neuroscience and biophysics—and we seek to endow several more. We are also raising funds to support faculty in developing innovative new courses and fields of study, to support their engagement with students in residential life outside the classroom, and to sustain their continued pursuit of new knowledge through original scholarship and creative work across the disciplines—work in which they often involve their students as collaborators.
We are proud to call Mike Veseth one of our kind. Hear his story, in his own words.
Artists and scientists tend to live and work in very different worlds. But many scholars are asking: “Is there something to be gained in our understanding of humankind by encouraging scientists and artists to share ideas?”
Siddharth Ramakrishnan, the new Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience at University of Puget Sound, asked this question several years ago. He began sharing his scientific inspirations with artists and together they found new ways of looking at things. When the former Columbia University researcher arrived in Tacoma this year, he found many eager to collaborate with him. And thus, the Art + Science Salon was born. The salon is a true celebration of the liberal arts, exploring the intersections between various disciplines.
This week, on Feb. 21, the University of Puget Sound and Tacoma Art Museum will present the first Art + Science Salon, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tacoma Art Museum. The public is welcome to attend this free event. The evening will include five-minute presentations by 10 artists and scientists in what is known as Pecha Kucha style: a fast-paced series of presentations that encourage the synthesizing of ideas.
“These collaborations can help break down the intimidation of science,” Ramakrishnan says. “Art is more accessible and can bring more people into a conversation that just a few scientists. You give artists access to scientific data and allow them to interpret it, and they are better at informing the local culture about important events.”
Art + Science salons will be held several times per year. The next salon is scheduled for April 18 at Tacoma Art Museum. Learn more about the events here.
The endowed Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience was funded through the generosity of Marvin H. Caruthers P’02, distinguished professor of biochemistry and chemistry at University of Colorado Boulder, in memory of his late wife. The gift was made as part of the $125 million One [of a Kind] Campaign.
George E. Matelich ’78 was the first in his family to graduate from a four-year college. Now managing director of Kelso & Company, a director of the American Prairie Reserve, a member of Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, and treasurer of the University of Puget Sound Board of Trustees, George and his wife, Susan E. Matelich, give back generously to the college which has made a tremendous impact in his life. In 2010, George and Susan established The Matelich Scholar Program to provide future generations of students with the opportunity to pursue a life-changing Puget Sound education. Hear George tell you, in his own words, how Puget Sound made a difference his life. And learn more about The Matelich scholarship here.
University of Puget Sound senior, Grace Youn, is writing her own story, through music. A violinist since the age of seven, Youn developed a love for classical music as a member of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. Though her parents supported her interest as a recreational activity, they were reluctant to see her pursue music professionally. Her experience at Puget Sound changed everything.
“Puget Sound taught me to value curiosity,” says Youn, the recipient of the Edward Seferian and Paul Bellamy Endowed Scholarship Funds. During her tenure, she has not only performed with multiple ensembles within the School of Music, but also sought opportunities outside of the college, performing and teaching with the Tacoma Symphony. Driven by a passion for learning, she has charted new territory, teaching herself to improvise and launching an extremely popular YouTube channel where she covers popular songs on the violin, melding classical music with improvisation and other musical traditions. Her cover of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’” won The Rockin’ Fiddle Challenge this year, her first award outside of classical music.
At Puget Sound, she learned that that classical music is not the only valuable form of music. In addition to learning violin technique, she has learned that she is a storyteller. “Music is a language,” she says, “and I seek to be fluent in all of its dialects.” Alumni, parents, and friends in the San Francisco and Denver areas had the opportunity to enjoy Grace’s storytelling firsthand during One [of a Kind] campaign events in those cities. You can hear Grace perform on her YouTube page.
Though she is unsure where her path will take her after leaving Puget Sound, it is clear that Grace’s passion for learning will lead her to make an impact in the music world and beyond.
Dan Clements ’71 is a man of varied talents, from pioneering innovative concepts in e-publishing to teaching underwater photography. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English at Puget Sound, Dan went on to have successful careers in both public finance and publishing. In addition, he has pursued interests in diving, sailing and travel by organizing a series of destination dive trips each year to teach underwater photography. Learn more about Dan.
Joe Cerne's twitter handle—@Loggerforlife—says it all. The hard-working junior from Enumclaw, Washington is making the most of his Puget Sound experience, both on and off the field. Joe is a business and economics double major and Spanish minor who hopes to study abroad. Outside of class, Joe spends much of his time on Peyton Field at Baker Stadium as both a defensive back on the Logger football team and a decorated decathlete. He was recently named to the US Track & Field And Cross Country Coaches Association's All-Academic team, and invited to the NCAA Championships. In addition to academics and athletics, Joe is actively involved in campus life as a Phi Delt and an officer in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Learn how Joe does it all (with your financial support) in this new video.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, more than 80 Loggers joined President Ron Thomas and Mary Thomas for a One [of a Kind] evening in Denver. Puget Sound alumni, including many recent graduates, and parents enjoyed cocktails and conversation at the Boettcher Mansion Carriage House. The evening included inspiring remarks from President Thomas, Trustee Emeritus Marv Caruthers P’02, Regional Alumni Club Co-coordinator Monica Petersen ’01, and Director of Capital Development Ally Bujacich. The audience also enjoyed a rousing performance of “Don’t Stop Believin',” by violinist Grace Youn ’13.
To hear more of Grace’s violin covers and performances, visit her YouTube channel.
The International Political Economy Program (IPE) at University of Puget Sound has received a $300,000 gift from the Kaimas Foundation to support faculty members and their students in pursuing research abroad. The new funding will be directed into the Nicholas Vasilius IPE Endowment Fund, which was established in 2009, and will increase the resources available to help professors extend student learning beyond the classroom.
More than 100 Loggers from the Bay Area gathered Saturday, Sept. 15, for a One [of a Kind] evening. Puget Sound alumni and parents shared stories over drinks and hors d'oeuvres with President Ron Thomas, Mary Thomas, board members Rick Brooks ’82 and Jill Nishi ’89, and Alumni Council and Parents Council committee members. The program included a violin duet by Associate Professor of Music Maria Sampen and Grace Youn ’13, helping bring a little Puget Sound to San Francisco.
On Thursday, Aug. 23, faculty and staff members from across campus gathered for a special celebration of the One [of a Kind] campaign. President Ron Thomas, chair of the board of trustees Rick Brooks ’82, and members of the Faculty and Staff Campaign Committee shared their Puget Sound stories and those of one-of-a-kind students. Read Director of Capital Development Ally Bujacich's Puget Sound story.
This generous pledge will help Puget Sound enhance Memorial Fieldhouse and attach a spacious addition to it, creating a modern, attractive, fully-integrated recreation and fitness facility for Puget Sound’s student athletes, campus members, and the community.
Siddharth Ramakrishnan, an educator and researcher currently working at Columbia University in New York, has been appointed the first Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience at University of Puget Sound.
The chair is funded through a generous gift to the $125 million Campaign for Puget Sound, which seeks to raise $63 million for endowment to support faculty, student financial aid, and other campus programs.
The $17.5 million project includes renovations to Memorial Fieldhouse
It has been said that sports and recreation at Dvision III schools are the sweatiest of the liberal arts. That's certainly the case at Puget Sound. Nearly 20 percent of the student body participates in intercollegiate athletics, and a lot of teaching and learning takes place on our courts and fields. But a much greater number of students and staff are involved in intramural and club sports, and recreation. Drop by the fitness center or pool during lunch or after classes and the exercise machines and swimming lanes are in use at maximum capacity.
On the drawing board: a state-of-the-art, two-depth, 25-yard swimming pool, with eight 8-foot lanes with a moveable bulkhead and space for activities such as water polo, scuba, and kayaking. At 39,000 square feet, the aquatics center will seat 500 spectators and include new locker rooms and a poolside classroom. Plans also include a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, a rowing ergonomics room, and a new athletics Hall of Fame area will pay tribute to Loggers from all eras.
Learn more about the new facility.