Student News & Events


Photo by Paul Goudarzi-FryOn Sunday, April 23, members of William Kupinse’ s Literature and Environment (ENGL 374) and Advanced Poetry Writing: Poetry and Environmental Justice (ENGL 328) classes participated in a 3 1/2 hour field trip to the Port of Tacoma.  Joined by local filmmaker and environmental activist John Carlton, they visited and/or viewed a number of sites at the Port, including: Public shoreline near the Hylebos Waterway, TARGA Sound Terminal, US Oil & Refining Co, WestRock Company’s Tacoma Mill, and The Northwest Detention Center. Click here for more photos.


Maddy Kane in ScotlandMaddy Kane '18 is enjoying the view and making new friends this term in Edinburgh, Scotland. While we all miss her working as our Office Assistant, we're glad she's having an amazing experience during her Study Abroad semester. Keep the photos coming Maddy!




Sloan StraderSloan Strader ‘18 and Cody Chun ‘17 presented their projects at the Summer Research Symposium held at Collins Memorial Library on September 13th. In Diary of a White Ally in the Pacific Northwest, Sloan examined the journals of Tacoma artist Abby Williams Hill as they relate to Booker T. Washington and the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in order to gain a better understanding of how Hill supported the black community. Tiffany MacBain served as her faculty advisor.

Cody ChunIn Belief and Neo-Realism: Post-Postmodern Ethics and Metaphysics, Cody examines the metaphysical assumptions underpinning Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life and the discursive response to the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. Mike Benveniste and John Wesley were his faculty advisors.





Cody Chun

Three of our English majors presented theirMelanie Schaffer papers at the Northwest Undergraduate Literature Conference held at The University of Portland in March. This annual conference enables students to share and discuss their knowledge through presentations, and they are encouraged to participate in the discussion of fellow NUCL papers.  Melanie Schaffer ’16  (pictured top right) presented “Other People Feel This Too: Audience Participation as Collaborative authorship in Spoken Word Poetry.” Cody Chun ‘17 Zoe Branch(pictured left) presented his paper “Meaning Out of Nothing: The Void as Synthetic Principle in Roberto Bolaño's 2666.” Zoe Branch ’18 (pictured bottom right) presented her paper titled "Hope's Endurance in Beauty and Decrepitude." Congratulations Melanie, Cody, and Zoe!


Dan Otsuki


Dan Otsuki ’16 recently published his first book, a collection of short stories titled The Lives We Fear, which has been released as an ebook by Mbedzi Publishing. Drawing on influences as diverse as Stephen King, Flannery O’Connor, Edgar Allen Poe, and The Twilight Zone, Dan's collection is sure to engage the imagination of fans of horror, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic literature. Congratulations Dan!