Alumni College

During Summer Reunion Weekend each June, Logger alumni have the opportunity to enjoy a series of presentations put on by current Puget Sound faculty. Alumni can choose to attend up to four of these sessions exploring the broad range of exciting topics with which our professors and alumni are engaged. 

 Stay tuned to learn more about the presenters for 2018!

Friday, June 8  Time | Location Description
Coffee and Welcome 1 - 1:15 p.m. 
Oppenheimer Cafe
Join us as we begin our Alumni College weekend of reconnecting and rediscovering. 
Session 1 - The evolution of elephant tourism in Thailand with Distinguished Professor of International Political Economy (IPE) and Director of Global Development Studies, Nick Kontogeorgopoulos 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. 
Thompson 193
This class session will explore the evolution of elephant tourism in northern Thailand.  In the context of a dramatic decline in the number of elephants in Thailand during the past century, tourism has increasingly relied on elephants to diversify its tourism industry and to attract international visitors.  Initially, elephant camps focused heavily on activities centered on entertainment, but the past decade has seen a proliferation of elephant tourism providers that attempt to provide a more naturalistic and less entertainment-centered experience for visitors.  Elephants that live and work in tourist-oriented camps face several challenges but there is little doubt that without the economic incentives created by tourism, the lives of most domesticated elephants in Thailand would likely be even worse. 
Session 2 - Around the World in Eighty Wines with International Political Economy Professor, Mike Veseth '72 and wine tasting event 2:40 - 5 p.m. 
Thompson 175
 Inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure tale, celebrated editor-in-chief of The Wine Economist Mike Veseth takes Around the World in Eighty Wines, drawing stories and insights from his recent book by that name. Veseth’s Alumni College class will focus on three fascinating stops on the world tour and the wines that represent them. Why these particular places? What are the wines and what do they reveal? And what is the surprise plot twist that guarantees a happy ending for every wine lover? Come with us on a journey of discovery that will inspire, inform, and entertain anyone who loves travel, adventure, or wine.
Saturday, June 9    
Session 3 - 4 Horsemen Investments: A One-Of-A-Kind Student Managed Fund with Professor of Finance, Lynda Livingston P'14, P'19 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. 
Thompson 175
 4 Horsemen Investments is a charitable investment company that allows students to run real money in real time.  It was incorporated in 2009 by finance professor Lynda Livingston and four Puget Sound finance students to provide finance education through experience, research, and outreach.  Student members run a unique fund of peer-to-peer loans, ETFs, REITs, and cryptocurrency; they write and present academic papers (seven publications so far, with conference presentations around the world); they design and implement community outreach projects focused on improving financial literacy.  Come hear how this unique charity is pushing the boundaries of student managed funds and changing the lives of Puget Sound students.   
Session 4 - Leadership and the BLP with Alan Krause,  Nila Wiese, Jeff Matthews P'16, and Darrell Reeck, one of the founders of the BLP program.  11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 
Thompson 193
These four directors of the Business Leadership Program share their insights on leadership, how they contributed to the evolution of the BLP, and what it represents today.