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We Got This, Loggers

Virtual backgrounds of campus scenes for your next Zoom meeting? Coloring sheets, featuring Grizz, to help keep the kiddos busy? A curated playlist of songs that remind Loggers of campus? Recipes to make some of your favorite dishes from The Diner at home? We’ve got you covered. As Loggers come together (virtually) during the pandemic, visit pugetsound.edu/wegotthisloggers and watch Puget Sound social media for fun challenges and digital swag. Share what you’re doing to stay home, stay positive, and stay sane with #WeGotThisLoggers!

Seen and Heard: Puget Sound in the spotlight

  • Puget Sound was again named a top producer of Fulbright scholars, with five Loggers receiving Fulbright awards in 2019–20.
  • School of Music alumni Sam Faustine ’13 and Patrick Schneider ’13 each won Grammy Awards for projects they worked on in the past year. Faustine sang on Kronos Quartet’s Sun Rings album, named Best Engineered Classical Album, and Schneider is a member of the Houston Chamber Choir, which earned Best Choral Performance for Duruflé: Complete Choral Works.
  • The Peace Corps named Puget Sound to its list of the top 10 volunteer-producing small colleges in the nation. Prior to being recalled due to the coronavirus pandemic, 12 Loggers were serving in the corps around the world.
  • Nancy Bristow, professor of history and author of American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, has become a go-to resource for news media looking to provide historical context for the coronavirus pandemic. She appeared on NPR’s Hidden Brain and was quoted in pieces produced by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Smithsonian Magazine, and The History Channel, among others. Her new book on the 1970 Jackson State shootings (see p. 8) also got some ink in The New Yorker.

Finding a Way

The campus community figured out how to make the best of a decidedly difficult situation. In a March 12 email to the campus community and parents, President Isiaah Crawford said, “Loggers are creative, resilient and adaptable in the face of change. I am confident that we will weather these challenging circumstances with grace and fortitude.” 

Ask the Expert

Michael Purdy ’76, M.B.A.’79 still owns a copy of his favorite book from childhood, Facts About the Presidents. He didn’t pursue a career as a historian, but he never lost his passion for presidential history. Now retired from a career as a procurement manager, he’s found the time to write extensively on the subject, including a 2019 book, 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other—and What It Means to Us. We asked him for perspective on the 2020 race.