Looking Forward to Spring 2019 Semester

Emailed to all students January 17, 2019

 Dear Students,

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a happy and restful holiday. Here are some things you may want to be thinking about as you begin your second semester and also get ready for your next year at Puget Sound.

Academic Progress

Each semester of a college career is an opportunity to start anew toward your ultimate goal of successful graduation and preparation for your life-path ahead. Each and every one of you was invited to join the Puget Sound community because we believe that you can thrive and succeed here. As you think about your success to-date and goals ahead, be sure to remember the many resources and resource-persons on campus who are here to help you on your way.

·  First-year students and new transfer students: It’s not unusual for a first-term grade average to be lower than what was earned in high school or prior college. The typical Puget Sound first-year student experiences a grade point drop between high school and the end of the first semester of the initial college year. The demanding liberal arts journey upon which you have embarked may require more of you than you anticipated. Each student has his, her, or their own pace on that journey and we are here to help you navigate your distinctive path.

· All students: You might use the next couple of weeks to do some strategic thinking about what you will do similarly and differently in the coming semester. Forming or participating in study groups, being in more frequent contact with faculty members, monitoring your calendar and time more proactively, connecting more often with Peer Advisors or subject tutors, or checking out the learning skills development offered by the Center for Writing, Learning and Teaching could be useful approaches to boost your academic accomplishments, Connecting with Career and Employment Services, Experiential Learning, and Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement are great options for adding opportunities to apply and extend your classroom learning in internships, fieldwork, and community involvement.

· All students: Don’t forget to send your very best paper from Spring, Summer, or Fall 2018 to the Writing Excellence competition by Jan. 25!

·  All students: As you prepare to begin a new semester, it’s a great time to reflect on your first semester journey. By taking time to look back at, and articulate, your academic and personal growth to celebrate your accomplishments and challenges you overcame, you can approach the Spring term with confidence. Add media, documents, and text from the Fall to capture moments from your college journey in your Sounding Board ePortfolio. Watch for ePortfolio events coming this Spring.

Student Housing

Thinking about where to live next year? Students who live on campus enjoy convenient access to services and community members. Residence Life has many options!

· Current Sophomores and Up: Apply as a group now through March 1 on a space available rolling basis. Or, starting February 15, all current sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors will be able to individually sign-up for a room through myPugetSound via self-service.

·  Current First-Year Students: All current first-year students will be emailed a link to use if they wish to apply for a suite or house as a group on March 13 at 1pm. Groups will be approved on a space available, first-applied, first-approved basis. Individual students will automatically receive a housing selection time based on class priority in late March.

Students who have questions about selecting on-campus housing for next year are encouraged to contact Jenni Chadick at jchadick@pugetsound.edu.

Greek Life Recruitment and Housing

Your housing options may be affected by your choice about membership in the Puget Sound fraternities and sororities. Approximately 32% of students are members of our nine Greek letter organizations. You can find information about sorority recruitment here. Fraternity recruitment can be found here. Our Greek Life community offers many opportunities for leadership development as well as close relationships with peers and upper-division students. For additional information contact greeklife@pugetsound.edu.

Opportunities for Campus Leadership and Employment

Information about application and selection processes for a variety of 2019-20 campus leadership positions is now available. 

· We actively seek a diverse team of students in order to develop a community where all students feel represented, comfortable, and safe. Information about Orientation, Resident Assistantship, Outdoor Programs, Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement, and other Division of Student Affairs leadership positions is available on this web page. Information about Peer Advising is available on the Advising and Registrar web page. Information about applying to be a Writing Advisor or Subject Tutor is available on the CWLT web page

·  Elections for new ASUPS officers and senators will take place on March 5. If you are interested in running for an ASUPS position, election packets will be available on February 1 in the ASUPS Office. Selection of student programmers, media managers, and committee positions follows in March and April. Participation in ASUPS can be an important way to have a voice in decision-making and to accomplish change on campus.

· Puget Sound supports several scholarships for students surrounding leadership related to race, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, and civic engagement. Applications for these awards will be posted here‚Äč and applications are due to the office of Student Financial Services by March 31.

There are a wide variety of involvement opportunities available to you but it is wise to be judicious and thoughtful about these commitments. It’s the quality of your contributions that are most meaningful, not the quantity. Keep your health and academics in the forefront as you consider your available time in the weeks ahead.

Upcoming Events and Activities

· Campus celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., 7:00 pm Thursday, Jan. 24 in Upper Marshall, Wheelock Student Center with keynote speaker Grammy-Nominated Afro-Native Singer, Songwriter, MC, Activist, Edu-tainer Maimouna Youssef (a.k.a Mumu Fresh).

· Support your fellow Loggers! Spring athletic schedules can be found here. Go Loggers!  

· The Jacobsen Series offers African-American Composers on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets available online at tickets.pugetsound.edu or by calling the Wheelock Student Center at 253.879.3100.

· Attend a Green Dot Bystander Workshop February 1, March 1 or April 5. Sign up and learn more here.

· The Threepenny Opera directed by Professor Sara Freeman, is the mainstage production at Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall. Performance dates and times can be found here. Tickets available online at tickets.pugetsound.edu or by calling the Wheelock Student Center at 253.879.3100.

You can also look forward to more art exhibits, lectures, music and theatre performances, student thesis presentations, and much, much more! Visit the university’s events calendar for a current list of events. Before we know it, the not-to-miss May 8 Pops on the Lawn will be upon us!

Puget Sound offers a lifetime community of friends who are an important part of your college experience now and for years to come. I hope your return to campus has been a smooth one and I look forward to seeing you during the course of this semester. If we in Student Affairs or the Academic Division can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to be in touch at dos@pugetsound.edu or 253.879.3360.

And remember: Once a Logger…Always a Logger!

My best wishes to you,

Uchenna Baker

Uchenna Baker, Ph.D. | Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students