Looking Forward to Spring 2020 Semester

Emailed to all students January 24, 2020

Dear Students,

Welcome back! I hope that you had a happy and restful break and that your spring semester is off to a good start. Here are some things you may want to think about as you begin your semester.

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. Don’t be discouraged. Each student has 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.

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 February 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 in mid-March. 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 Residence Life reslife@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. Enrollment is now open! 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

There are a wide variety of involvement opportunities available to you but it is important to be 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.

 Information about application and selection processes for a variety of 2020-21 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 Division of Student Affairs leadership positions is available here. 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 are now available in the ASUPS Office and are due to ASUPS February 21. 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 by Student Financial Services here‚Äč.

 We are looking forward to a fun semester, filled with many opportunities to support our fellow Loggers. Spring athletic schedules can be found here. Go Loggers! You can also look forward to 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.

 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