Tina Hay, editor

Kris Nyström, art director

Barbara Weist, Web specialist


Frequency: Quarterly.
Circulation: 44,500 worldwide, concentrated in the western United States


Arches is an editorially independent storytelling platform that is guided by the university’s mission to encourage and sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Housed in the Office of Communications, the magazine supports the strategic goals of enhancing and distinguishing the Puget Sound experience, stewarding the university’s identity and reputation, and fostering lifelong relationships within the Puget Sound community. The Arches editorial team strives to capture and convey the Puget Sound ethos through the stories we tell.


Guided by the intellectually curious and humanist values of the liberal arts, we publish writing that joins the conversation and illuminates new perspectives. We tell stories that are relevant to our community and the times we are living in. We amplify voices that are not often heard, and experiences that challenge the dominant narrative. Our purpose is to foster understanding and to fuel connection within our community and beyond.


With the goal of inclusive community-building, we seek to engage an ever-more diverse readership comprised of alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff from wide-ranging backgrounds and perspectives. As members of the Puget Sound community, our readers are well-educated critical thinkers engaged in lifelong learning.


Editorial Process
We prefer to receive queries and pitches via email. Please note that it’s rare that a pitch will be accepted; most stories are assigned by the editor. When an assignment is accepted, a contract is signed by the editor and writer along with a project agreement, which indicates the length, topic, and deadline of the piece. Arches buys first North American periodical rights. Revisions are often requested, and the editor has discretion in making editorial changes.

Revision and editing
Writers are expected to cooperate with the editing and fact-checking process, which may involve several revisions. You may be requested to provide Arches with sources and research materials used in preparing the work, including documents, notes, transcripts and recordings. Arches has the right to alter the spelling, grammar, style, and content of any work to conform to our standards. You will have the opportunity to review final changes before publication. If you do not make requested revisions or cooperate with the editing and fact-checking process, Arches may reject the work and withhold a kill fee.

All work published in Arches is thoroughly fact-checked using secondary sources. It is routine for us to share articles with subjects to check for accuracy of personal facts and quotations, and to ensure that subjects are comfortable with the way they are being portrayed.

Arches uses both stock and assigned photography. We prefer high-quality, high-resolution digital images. We like a variety of images to choose from (two or three dozen), both vertical and horizontal, as well as varying viewpoints and framing. While we often use stock photography to illustrate articles, we have very specific requirements. You are welcome to submit a portfolio; however, please contact us first to let us know it’s coming. Pay varies according to how a photograph is used, and at what size.


We publish Classmates information in both the print edition of Arches and on the Web in the online version. It is our policy not to publish pregnancy or engagement announcements, or candidacies for political office. However, we are happy to print news of births, marriages, and elections to office. Classmates submissions are edited for style, clarity, and length. We put a lot of effort into making sure entries are accurate, but sometimes we slip up. Please let us know if you see incorrect information published in Classmates.

High-resolution digital photos or prints preferred. Kindly identify alumni in the snapshot. Also, please, for baby pictures, include alumni parents in the photo.

To submit a class note, obituary, or scrapbook photo, send us an email at


  1. Arches strives to enhance the image of the university in the eyes of its alumni, donors, and friends, while at the same time following ethical standards of journalism.
  2. The editor shall have discretion in making editorial changes. Revisions are often requested.
  3. Arches’ Classmates section publishes news and accomplishments of Puget Sound’s 40,000 alumni. In reporting these important events, Arches does not judge news based on an individual’s religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The following policies apply to class notes:
    • Arches will not publish marriage engagements, announcements of expected births, or candidacy for political office. These events will be reported after they take place.
    • Death notices will be printed only if they have been received as a verifiable letter from the family or when an obituary has appeared in a newspaper.
    • Arches will not publish direct funding or services solicitations unless for a university-sponsored group or event.
    • In general, information reported in Arches that was accurate at the time of publication will not be removed from the online archive of the magazine after personal circumstances of subjects have changed. For example, it is our policy not to remove from Class Notes the report of a marriage after a couple has divorced. However, in the rare instance when information reported might compromise the safety of the subject or others, the editors will consider removing previously reported information.


Images in the pages of Arches that purport to depict reality must be genuine in every way. No content may be added, rearranged, reversed, distorted, or removed from a scene, except for the recognized practice of cropping to omit extraneous outer portions. As to the digital manipulation of photos, the following standards apply:

  1. Photos in Arches are often color-corrected, sharpened, light-adjusted, or retouched for dust and scratches. All are run through software that adjusts ink coverage to match the capabilities of the press on which they will be printed. Since these are standard pre-production processes they are not considered photo manipulation.
  2. If, at the discretion of the editor, an item in a photo is added, moved, deleted, or significantly altered, then the image becomes photo fiction, and the credit must read “photo illustration by” and the names of the photographer and digital artist given.


  1. Arches is printed with soy-based inks on paper that contains at least 10 percent post-consumer waste. The paper is certified by SmartWood to Forest Stewardship Council standards, and it is manufactured 20 miles from where Arches is printed and mailed.
  2. Arches is printed using a computer-to-plate (CTP) process. This process has several environmental advantages over the old film-to-plate technology.
    • CTP work flow generates no film to make plates or to produce proofs. That means that we no longer produce eight layers of 30” x 40” film to print each 16-page form of the magazine, and we no longer generate four layers of acetate for every eight pages of proofs. So no chemicals to make and develop the film, and no film going to the landfill.
    • Corrections in a CTP work flow require no film, stripping base, or overlay proofing materials.
    • Plates made using a CTP work flow are more precise, which means make-ready times are much shorter, and less paper, ink, and solvents are consumed during make-ready.
  3. Printing plates are aluminum, and they are recycled.
  4. Inks are soy-based rather than petroleum based, and all leftover inks are recycled.
  5. The printing plant has a recovery system in place that captures ink and solvent gasses and redirects them to the press’ heat-set ovens. This burning not only eliminates the release of VOCs into the air, it also reduces the amount of natural gas the plant uses to heat the ovens by about 60 percent.
  6. The plant launders fabric shop rags rather than using a consumable product.
  7. In the plant, all paper waste is shredded and baled for recycling.
  8. On campus, finished magazines not distributed are recycled.
  9. The paper Arches is printed on is 100 percent recyclable.


Persons who have questions or who believe that their copyrights have been infringed upon by the posting of content on this website, may contact the administrators at: Arches, Office of Communications, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St. #1041, Tacoma, WA 98416-1041. Email inquiries may be directed to