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Elizabeth Orr

Elizabeth Orr

Assistant Director of Admission and International Admission Coordinator        

B.A. English
Minor in Art History 2010
Kenyon College


What is your favorite place on campus?
Perhaps because my work has periods of frequent travel, I find that I simply enjoy the campus in its entirety. After a longer trip, I get to see campus with "fresh eyes" again; plainly put, it's beautiful! With all of the trees, campus feels like a park and each season brings a different character to the place. Once or twice, I've even seen a bald eagle in the trees near Jones Hall!

Where do you like to eat in Tacoma? 
Northern Fish Co. is a great local spot. They smoke their own salmon and are generous with samples. Stop by and get some to take home with you!

For lunch, try Infinite Soups, all of which are addictive. (Tip: They are cash only.)

Check out Corina Bakery or Le Donut on a weekend morning. Valhalla Coffee serves up the best cup in town. (They also make a special roast just for Corina, if you're headed there).

Tacoma Szechuan and Pho King round out my list of favorites.

What attractions should visitors be sure to see?
If you're going to be in the area for any length of time then I would recommend getting out to the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific coast. Kalaloch campground, although a bit of a drive, is a great jumping off point to explore not only the coast, but also the temperate rain forest. 

Closer to Puget Sound, the Museum of Glass and the Pacific Bonsai Museum are two of my favorites. Tacoma has some great farmer's markets and two of them are close to campus. The Proctor market runs almost all year while the other markets run spring - fall. The Broadway market was recently voted one of the best farmer's markets in the nation.