Campaign News

The One [of a Kind] campaign concluded on June 30, 2015, raising $131.6 million and exceeding our goal. Here are highlights of major achievements throughout this historic campaign to support Puget Sound. 

One [of a Kind]: The Campaign for University of Puget Sound Final Video from University of Puget Sound on Vimeo.

july 9, 2015
puget sound raises $131.6 million in campaign to support financial aid and other key priorities

University of Puget Sound concluded the One [of a Kind] campaign on June 30, 2015 surpassing its goal with $131.6 million in gifts from more than 28,000 alumni, parents, and friends who stepped up generously to support the liberal arts educational mission in which they deeply believe. 

"It is remarkable how transformative this campaign has been for Puget Sound, and what a difference it will make in the lives of students today and in the future," said President Ronald R. Thomas. "Everyone who contributed to this campaign has helped to realize the objectives of a 10-year strategic plan that supported key priorities to strengthen our leadership role as a national liberal arts college, from student financial aid, to exceptional facilities for living and learning, to innovative academic programs. Our donors also helped to create a culture of engagement and giving that will sustain many more generations and allow Puget Sound to build on a pioneering legacy that extends back to our founding in 1888." Read more

july 1, 2015
mellon foundation grant will help enrich learning with more "hands-on" experiences

University of Puget Sound is initiating strategies to ensure that every student has a well-integrated set of opportunities to apply their liberal arts learning to "real-world" experiences and hands-on projects during their four years of study. The efforts are being generously supported by a $250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

The goal of broadening "experiential learning" on campus aims to encourage every student to think deeply about how they structure their learning to build an evidenced portfolio of distinguishing skills, abilities, and knowledge that will enhance their success in pursuing fulfilling lives and careers after college. The grant will help Puget Sound synthesize, expand, and assess these opportunities, which may include internships, campus leadership, research, field-work, study abroad, community service, clinical or work experience, and individual capstone projects.

For more information, read the press release

June 28, 2015
It's Official...Oppenheimer hall dedicated June 2015

Trustee Deanna ’80 and John ’80 Oppenheimer P’11, P’14 gathered with over 125 guests including their children Jeni Oppenheimer ’11 and James Oppenheimer ’14, family, friends, fellow alumni, university leadership, faculty, and staff to commemorate the dedication of Oppenheimer Hall during Summer Reunion Weekend 2015.

During the dedication event, President Ron Thomas delivered remarks and shared the story of the Oppenheimers’ remarkable service and commitment. The special ceremony also featured comments from Brittany Walker ’15, a recent graduate who had lived in the hall and had served as part of the college’s resident life staff while a student at Puget Sound. In addition to the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, the festivities continued as family and friends celebrated the newly-dedicated residence hall with a party and live music with Shelley and the Curves and enjoyed the opportunity to stay overnight in the hall.

The residence hall, constructed in 1958 and formerly known as University Hall, was named in honor of the Oppenheimers for their lifelong service and support of Puget Sound. The Oppenheimers, who graduated from University of Puget Sound and went on to high-profile careers in banking and hospitality, have been actively engaged alumni since the early 1980s. The dedication of the hall was held in conjunction with the Oppenheimers 35th class reunion. Read more about Oppenheimer Hall.

june 18, 2015
legacy society luncheon honors generosity of donors

On Friday, June 5, 2015, more than 70 guests gathered in the Dottie Rasmussen Rotunda for the Legacy Society Luncheon, an annual recognition event that serves to recognize donors who have created a legacy of support for the future of Puget Sound through their estate or financial plans.

Guests had the opportunity to visit with one another while enjoying music from recent graduate, Brenda Miller ’15. President Ron Thomas delivered a campus update and recognized members of the Legacy Society for their commitment and support of Puget Sound and the college’s $125 million One [of a Kind] Campaign.  In addition, President Thomas offered a special tribute to recognize two, long-time supporters of the college, Marlene Allison and her late husband, Wade Allison ’62. In 1995, Marlene and Wade established the Wade and Marlene Endowed Scholarship Fund through a $2.5 million charitable annuity trust, which was the third largest gift in university’s history at the time. In early 1996, Puget Sound planned a special event to honor the Allisons’ generous contribution but unfortunately, Wade suffered a life-altering stroke while on campus that afternoon and was unable to attend the banquet held in his honor. Marlene cared for Wade until his passing in 2010.

During the tribute at the Legacy Society Luncheon, Marlene shared with the audience how important Puget Sound was to Wade and how pleased she was to accept the recognition on his behalf. She said, “I remember when we made the decision to fund the scholarship. It was one of the best days of Wade’s life. He was so grateful that he was able to give back to Puget Sound and help future students. I am grateful too.” 

April 27, 2015
Puget Sound partners with the posse foundation to provide full-tuition scholarships

University of Puget Sound is partnering with The Posse Foundation, a national nonprofit organization committed to expanding the pool from which colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds. Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional colleges' selection processes and places them in supportive, multicultural teams—or posses—of 10 students at top-tier colleges.

Puget Sound will join 52 of the finest colleges and universities in the country to partner with The Posse Foundation, and will be the first partner in the Pacific Northwest and the first to recruit students from the San Francisco Bay Area. Partner institutions enroll students from a partner city and provide each with a full-tuition scholarship, regardless of financial need. The full program costs of the new initiative will be covered for give years by generous donations and the support of Puget Sound's board of trustees. 

April 7, 2015
$400,000 Luce Grant puts the Spotlight on Southeast Asian Studies and the Environment

University of Puget Sound is launching a major initiative to highlight Southeast Asian studies—on campus and across the state—with the help of a $400,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, through the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE).

The initiative will enhance our Southeast Asian ties with innovative programs focused on the environment and sustainable development, and is expected to attract students from across the country who are interested in studies and careers involving America’s transpacific neighbors. The new LIASE program includes:

  • Southeast Asian field schools—intensive student learning abroad, conducted with Asian partners and involving a full semester of language and culture, plus three weeks of summer overseas research
  • Phased introduction of new Asian language courses—in Thai, Indonesian, and Malay—which currently are rarely taught as full-credit courses in Washington state
  • Grants for faculty members to explore and develop future Southeast Asian field schools or enhancements to the curriculum
  • An annual Southeast Asia Symposium that will draw international speakers and scholars from around the state, and that will be a resource center for Pacific Northwest partner colleges

Learning and teaching in the LIASE program will cut across disciplines such as anthropology, religion, politics, economics, environmental science, and the natural sciences. A major focus will be the sharing of ideas and research among American and overseas scholars to address the challenging and complex environmental issues faced by communities in Asia and the United States. The four-year, $400,000 Luce grant to underwrite these initiatives comes as part of the One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign.

march 18, 2015
one [of a kind] campaign surpasses $125 million goal

Puget Sound has reached an important milestone in the One [of a Kind] campaign: as of March 18, 2015, the university has surpassed its $125 million goal! Almost 28,000 alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff members have participated with gifts ranging from a few dollars a month to the university’s first eight-figure gift on record.

All of these efforts have enabled the college to increase investment in financial aid, funding scholarships and other programs that reward achievement and help meet families’ increasing need. The campaign has added two new endowed faculty positions in the sciences, supported faculty research and teaching, developed innovative new interdisciplinary programs, and built award-winning new facilities that have transformed the campus. The remarkable support of alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff members has made all of this possible.

Three of the most important fundraising objectives in the campaign remain, and must be fulfilled by June 30:

  • $3.5 million in financial aid endowment to make Puget Sound more affordable for students and families
  • $2.6 million to support construction of the new, state-of-the-art Athletics and Aquatics Center
  • $900,000 for the Alumni Fund, Parents Fund, and Friends Fund to support the wide array of opportunities Puget Sound offers, including health, fitness, and recreation facilities for all students

Every gift to the One [of a Kind] Campaign will help Puget Sound reach its goals and support students as they realize their full potential and help to shape the future. 

march 11, 2015
residence hall named in honor of deanna '80 and john oppenheimer '80

Trustee Deanna ’80 and John ’80 Oppenheimer P’11, P’14 are being honored by University of Puget Sound in recognition of their lifelong service and philanthropy.

In grateful acknowledgment of their dedication to advancing Puget Sound’s mission and their support of the $125 million One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign, Puget Sound will rename one of its Tudor Gothic-style student residences Oppenheimer Hall. A dedication ceremony is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in conjunction with Summer Reunion Weekend.

Originally opened in 1958, the ivy-clad, coed residence, currently known as University Hall, overlooks the college’s North Quad, a popular student recreational area on the northeast corner of campus, adjacent to Collins Memorial Library and Jones Hall, the first building constructed on the current campus site, in 1923.

The Oppenheimers, who graduated from University of Puget Sound and went on to high-profile careers in banking and hospitality, have been actively engaged alumni since the early 1980s. Their contributions of ideas and experience to key strategies, and their gifts to the campaign have helped drive the success of the college’s Defining Moments strategic plan and the campus master plan.

The dedication of Oppenheimer Hall on Saturday, June 6, will allow alumni attendees to also enjoy Summer Reunion Weekend, which, this year, will bring together many of the alumni, living and working around the globe, who graduated alongside Deanna and John Oppenheimer 35 years ago.  

When their own children, Jeni ’11 and James Oppenheimer ’14, grew up, they too attended Puget Sound. Jeni double majored in English and international political economy, and James majored in economics. Both were highly engaged in leadership and service activities on campus.

Since leaving Puget Sound, both Deanna and John have taken time from their entrepreneurial careers to give back to their alma mater. The pair have created endowed funds for scholarships and student activities, and have inspired trustee engagement with capital giving and the annual fund. As the parents of two Puget Sound graduates, they also helped the university envision and execute a reinvigorated student recruitment plan.

Deanna Oppenheimer served a seven-year term as chair of the board of trustees and continues as an active board member today. She was the first woman and first Puget Sound graduate to lead the college in this role, and she helped guide the creation of the strategic plan and 20-year campus master plan. Deanna, consistently named as one of the most influential women in banking, founded CameoWorks in 2012, an advisory firm that links West Coast innovation with global business in New York, London, and Paris. Prior to this she served as chief executive of London-based Barclays Bank’s Western European retail and business operations for six years. She serves on corporate boards spanning two continents, and has held many community roles.

John Oppenheimer is chief executive and founder of Columbia Hospitality in Seattle, an international consulting firm and owner of boutique hotels, conference centers, golf courses, and unique venues. He is the founder of event planning group CRG Events, and a founding partner of the cruise ship terminals company Cruise Terminals of America and of hotel investor Seattle Hotel Group, which developed the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle. He has served on and chaired numerous private and civic boards.

Daughter Jeni is now living in Washington, D.C., employed by Global Impact, a nonprofit that builds partnerships and raises funds to meet humanitarian needs around the world. James is living in Chicago, and is in the Rotational Development Program at asset management company Northern Trust. Both continue to be engaged with Puget Sound as involved alumni. James was recognized in June 2014 with the college’s Young Alumni Service Award.

March 4, 2015
Athletics and aquatics center: Fall 2016

University of Puget Sound is moving forward with plans to enhance its athletics facilities, including the addition of a new aquatics center and an expansion of the fitness center. Complementing the existing Memorial Fieldhouse, built in 1949, the $19.4 million project is expected to be completed by fall 2016 and will serve the needs of Logger athletic teams, as well as campus members, academic programs, and local community programs.

A key priority in the campaign, the project is supported by fundraising that will continue through June 30, 2015. Fundraising for the center has been bolstered by a generous pledge from a group of Puget Sound trustees to match every new gift made by June 30, 2015.

“The Athletics and Aquatics Center is an important asset for our residential liberal arts college community," said President Ronald R. Thomas. "Puget Sound is a place where students come from all over the country and around the world for a 24/7 living and learning experience. In addition to meeting the athletic and recreational needs of our campus community, the new facilities will serve as a resource for our programs in academic disciplines such as exercise science, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. As with all of our facilities, the Athletics and Aquatics Center will not only support the academic and cocurricular experience, but create new opportunities for student success.”

In all, 38,000 square feet will be added to Memorial Fieldhouse, and 24,000 square feet of existing space in the fieldhouse’s Pamplin Sports Center will be renovated. The aquatics center will be constructed to the west of the field house. It will include a 25-yard pool with eight competition-width lanes and three warm-up lanes for instruction, rehabilitation, and therapy; and provide seating for nearly 400 spectators. The new pool replaces the current Wallace Memorial Pool, which was built in 1957.

A modern great hall, with an entrance on North 11th Street, will connect the aquatics center to Memorial Fieldhouse. This reception area will include a Loggers Hall of Fame and video showcase, a juice bar/café, and patron amenities.

The fitness center will nearly double in size. The building will include additional cardio and weight equipment, day-use locker rooms, and a new climbing wall. The varsity team areas will gain new team meeting rooms, a new rowing ergometers room, an enhanced sports medicine facility, and a coaching staff office suite.

The newly developed areas will be fully accessible, and the upgrades will make it easier to navigate the facility, which will include two new elevators, and accessible and gender-neutral restrooms.

Since 2003 Puget Sound has been implementing the 20-year Tapestry of Learning Master Plan, with the aim of meeting students’ current and future academic and cocurricular needs. The new Athletics and Aquatics Center is a vital part of the plan and will serve Puget Sound’s 23 NCAA Division III varsity teams; the many intramural and club sports teams; faculty, staff and alumni; and community partners such as the Metro Parks Tacoma aquatics program and local swim clubs. The space will also be used by Puget Sound’s exercise science, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs, which provide health services to some 300 local residents each year.

Construction on the project is expected to begin this summer, with renovations to the varsity locker rooms and sports medicine facility completed in August 2015, and the aquatics center completed by fall 2016.

January 12, 2015

University of Puget Sound will host the inaugural Symposium on Neuroethics: Interrogating Identities on Saturday, March 7, to address the ethical issues that are arising—amid a growing wave of public and professional concern—from our advances in understanding the brain. The symposium is supported by a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Neuroethics, an ethical look at neuroscience advances, is an emerging field as scientists and society face numerous new questions regarding brain research and where it will take us. Panelists and speakers at the symposium will include experts from the clinical and research professions, as well as patients and social workers. Four major topics will be addressed: ethical challenges in treating long-term mental illness, how brain research approaches questions involving gender and socioeconomic differences, brain-to-brain interfaces, and spinal cord injury and its effect on identity and mobility.

The symposium is organized by Suzanne Holland, Professor of religion, and Siddharth Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of biology and the Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience, a position funded through a gift to the One [of a Kind] campaign.  

november 26, 2014
lillis scholar william J. Rathje '15 named a rhodes scholar

University of Puget Sound senior William J. Rathje ’15 has been named a Rhodes Scholar. The accomplished student from Lake Oswego, Ore., is Puget Sound’s third Rhodes Scholar, and the first to also be offered a British Marshall Scholarship.

Rathje will join 31 other young men and women who will represent the United States as 2015 Rhodes Scholars. The Rhodes Scholars, selected from a pool of 877 candidates, will receive full financial support to pursue degrees at the University of Oxford in England. 

Majoring in both computer science and English literature, Rathje attends Puget Sound as a Lillis Scholar, which provides full tuition, room, and board for students of exceptional academic promise. As a Rhodes Scholar, he will study for a Master of Science in computer science at Oxford beginning in October.

Rathje has pursued a broad liberal arts education at Puget Sound, exploring his talents in theater performance, poetry, musical performance and composition, the sciences, and applied science. A Goldwater Scholar and a junior member of Phi Beta Kappa, Billy has conducted research in proteomics, biochemistry, and computer science, and has developed four applications for iOS and Android, attracting than 15,000 downloads. He also co-founded a literary magazine for new plays, and prior to arriving at Puget Sound, composed a full-length musical that was performed by a professional cast in Portland, Ore. He is a contributing writer to USA Today College and has a peer-reviewed publication in computer science.

november 14, 2014
highlights from the president's annual report

The past year has been an exciting one. Students and faculty alike have discovered new things, established enduring relationships, and are constantly imagining an even brighter future. Highlights of some of the year's innovative activity—much of it made possible by the One [of a Kind] campaign—can be found within the President's Annual Report. Take a look at some of the incredible impacts your investment in Puget Sound has made. 

november 4, 2014
matelich scholarships awarded to two promising young leaders

Andres Chavez, of Long Beach, Calif., and Douglas Palmer, of Niwot, Colo., have been named Matelich Scholars, honoring them with University of Puget Sound’s most esteemed award for students who combine extraordinary promise in academics and leadership.

The two freshmen impressed the awards committee with their innovative efforts to inspire and lead other young people, and with the excellence they demonstrated in their studies and diverse personal pursuits. The Matelich Scholarship, which covers all tuition and fees, including room and board, for up to four years, is awarded to students who exhibit exceptional drive and integrity, promise for outstanding academic and personal achievement, a commitment to service, and the capacity for a life of leadership.

The highly competitive scholarship is funded by a generous gift from George E. Matelich ’78 and Susan E. Matelich to Puget Sound’s $125 million One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign.

Finalists for the Matelich Scholarship are selected from a pool of about 5,500 applicants to Puget Sound. Chavez and Palmer will become part of a cohort of six Matelich Scholars named since the program began making awards in 2012.

Andres Chavez 
Andres Chavez attended Robert A. Millikan High School in Long Beach, where he led successful efforts to create an organization called The Mastermind, which works with students across the school to spread a message of unity, positivity, and self-improvement. While subsequently attending Long Beach College Preparatory Academy, he volunteered with the Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System hospital in the radiology department. He also interned at The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach.

At his high school Chavez was captain of the wrestling team, president of the Adventure Club, and a member of Model United Nations. The first in his family to attend college, he has plans to pursue a career in radiology.

Douglas Palmer 
Palmer attended Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colo. He worked actively with the United Methodist Church in his role as a member of the Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM). He led efforts to put on youth conferences and weekend retreats for hundreds of young people across Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. He also helped to develop and support youth ministries in churches across that region.

At his school Palmer played football and swam. He was also the low-brass section leader for two years. He was an ambassador for Silver Creek Leadership Academy, which works to build strong relationships between the school and the community. A triplet with two college-going siblings, Palmer will be joining Puget Sound’s Business Leadership Program and the Honors Program.

November 4, 2014
two new lillis scholars named 

Emma Didier, of Berkeley, Calf., and Jordan Fonseca, of Albuquerque, N.M., have been named University of Puget Sound Lillis Scholars, honoring them with the college’s most prestigious award for students who show extraordinary promise in academics and scholarship.

The two freshmen, whose tuition, room, and board at Puget Sound will be covered by the scholarship for up to four years, are each engaged in an impressive variety of activities—ranging from design, science, and music, to languages and athletics. They were chosen for the highly competitive award based on their academic record, passionate interest in ideas, intellectual independence, and potential for pursuing excellence during their college years and throughout their careers.

The annual awards are funded by a generous gift from Gwendolyn H. Lillis P’05 and Charles M. Lillis P’05, made through The Lillis Foundation to Puget Sound’s $125 million One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign.

Finalists for the Lillis Scholarship are selected from a pool of about 5,500 applicants to Puget Sound. Didier and Fonseca will become part of a cohort of 14 Lillis Scholars named since the program began making awards in 2008.

Emma Didier
Didier attended Berkeley High School in California where she was named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program. She also is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Didier traveled to Costa Rica with the field science and culture exchange program Ecology Project International. While there she participated in studies of the rainforest and volunteered to help protect the endangered leatherback sea turtle. The experience in Central America deepened her passion for environmental sustainability and confirmed her decision to participate in the Environmental Policy and Decision Making Program at Puget Sound.

She plays both the violin and the piano, and at Berkeley High School was a member of her school’s diving team. Didier was born in France and is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany, speaking both English and German at home.

Jordan Fonseca
Fonseca attended Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico where he was named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program. At his school Fonseca tutored other students, participated in the National Science Bowl, joined the chess team, and ran cross country. While interning with a race car team at the student-oriented Formula SAE Series, he designed a three-element wing for a race car. He also was a technician for Vitality Works, a herbal medicinal supplements company, where he performed microbiology testing and ran statistical analyses.

After graduating from Albuquerque Academy in 2013, Fonseca studied abroad in Europe, primarily in Spain, where he participated in a Spanish immersion program and worked as a translator for an outdoor adventure company. Fonseca plans to study physics and mechanical engineering and to participate in the Dual Degree Engineering Program at Puget Sound. His additional pastimes include running, drawing, and discussing literature and ideas.

October 23, 2014 
Reception Honors Leadership Donors 

Ron Thomas and Mary Thomas welcomed more than 120 alumni, parents, and friends to the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 for the annual President's Leadership Society reception. The reception honors and celebrates leadership donors to the Alumni, Parents, and Friends Funds.

Guests mingled with representatives from the Student Alumni Association and the phonathon program and enjoyed the musical talents of Professor of Music Theory and Composition, Robert Hutchinson, joined by David Deacon-Joyner and Andre Thomas. The evening's program also featured board member Mitzi Carletti '78, Alumni Fund Chair, Heidi Schooley '97, Max Mirande '15, a molecular and cellular biology major and captain of the football team, and President Thomas.

The President's Leadership Society recognizes the generosity and vision of annual leadership donors for their contributions to financial aid, faculty support, and campus maintenance. Photos from the evening are included above and on our events page. 

September 20, 2014
One [of a Kind] Evening Portland kicks off regional campaign

More than 65 Loggers gathered Sat., Sept. 20, 2014, for a One [of a Kind] evening at Flex Space in Portland, Ore. Puget Sound alumni, parents, and friends shared stories over drinks and hors d’oeuvres with President Ron Thomas and Mary Thomas. The evening program featured several members of the Puget Sound community, including board of trustees members, Bill Nelson ’69 and Sunshine Morrison ’94, Lillis Scholar Billy Rathje ’15, and faculty-student trio: Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin Maria Sampen; Cordelia Wikarski Miedel Artist in Residence Meta Weiss; and Clara Fuhrman ’16. This event marked the official start of the Portland regional campaign, an initiative focused on increasing support and participation among area Loggers as part of the $125 million One [of a Kind] campaign. Photos from the evening are included in the video above. 

september 13, 2014
one [of a kind] evening los angeles kicks off regional campaign

More than 75 Loggers gathered Sat., Sept. 13, 2014, for a One [of a Kind] evening at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Puget Sound alumni, parents, and friends shared stories over drinks and hors d’oeuvres with President Ron Thomas and Mary Thomas. The evening’s program featured members of the Puget Sound community, including board of trustees members Rick Brooks ’82 and Kathleen Duncan ’82, and a faculty-student duo: Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin Maria Sampen and Zachary Hamilton ’15. This event marked the official start of the Los Angeles regional campaign, an initiative focused on increasing support and participation among area Loggers as part of the $125 million One [of a Kind] campaign. You can see photos from the evening in the video above. 

august 18, 2014
strong alumni support makes for record-breaking year in giving

The 2013-14 fiscal year marked a new record for the Puget Sound Fund. Over 9,000 generous alumni, parents, and friends contributed $2.6 million in expendable operating support. These gifts make a direct and immediate impact, allowing Puget Sound to offer financial aid to students in need, supporting our talented faculty, contributing to a wide variety of cocurricular activities, and maintaining our beautiful campus. They also represent a powerful vote of confidence in the university. 

July 31, 2014
cheney foundation commits $300,000 for new Athletics and aquatics center

The Ben B. Cheney Foundation has contributed $300,000 to support University of Puget Sound's plan to build a modern and inspiring Athletics and Aquatics Center on campus. This generous support brings the college closer to the $17.5 million goal that will help fund an upgrade and extension of Memorial Fieldhouse, including a new swimming pool and fitness center. The facility will serve hundreds of student-athletes, as well as campus and community members. 

The foundation made two separate $150,000 gifts over the fundraising period, the second of which qualifies for the ongoing dollar-for-dollar match pledged by a group of Puget Sound trustees last summer. As of June 30, 2014, Puget Sound has raised $13.9 million toward the $17.5 million goal. 

July 1, 2014
Andrew W. mellon foundation $600,000 grant leads to new approaches in the humanities

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made a $600,000 grant to the university to support new humanities and Honors program initiatives that will prepare students for the raid changes of the digital age. The four-year award for an initiative called "Humanities and Culture in the Digital Age," will give rise to new classes that intersect across the humanities, arts, culture, and technology. It will also support faculty development, and new ways of learning, including "24-hour living and learning" in student cohorts, or experiential learning that may involve hands-on projects or community activities. Work by faculty will begin this summer, with the aim of creating sustainable new programs by mid-2018 and setting in place an agenda for ongoing innovation. 

MAY 22, 2014

The credit rating agency that has expressed concerns about the higher education sector in general sees strength in Puget Sound’s financial and operational management, predicting a stable financial outlook for the college. The agency recently conferred an A1 long-term rating and the top VMIG-1 rating for superior short-term credit strength, commending Puget Sound for its solid financial resource base, thoughtful and conservative fiscal management, consistently positive operating performance, and established student demand, while acknowledging that the university operates in a highly competitive landscape. 

Puget Sound has been working to further secure its long-term financial stability through a $125-million comprehensive campaign to support students, faculty, and academic and residential life programs. The largest share of the funds raised will go toward endowment for student financial aid.

May 12, 2014
Neukom family foundation makes $500,000 gift for student scholarships

The Neukom Family Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to it's existing endowed student scholarship fund that is helping talented students from groups underrepresented in higher education to attain a college degree at University of Puget Sound. 

The Neukom Family Endowed Scholarship, first awarded in 2001, provides financial assistance to underrepresented students in Pierce County who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. The continuing support of the foundation, through several gifts in recent years, has produced 13 Neukom scholars to date. This new gift moves the fund to a level that ultimately will support full-tuition awards for future recipients. 

The foundation's gifts to the scholarship fund have also played a significant role in helping Puget Sound raise $44 million for student financial aid.

May 7, 2014
generous donors give over $12,000 during one-day online give big event

Over 40 generous donors gave $12,000 in support of Puget Sound students and faculty during the one-day online GiveBig event, organized by The Seattle Foundation. Every contribution to Puget Sound will be increased by funds provided by The Seattle Foundation and other sponsors. Gifts directly support financial aid for students, retention of top-notch faculty, and innovative academic programming. 

APR. 30, 2014
annual scholarship luncheons honor donors

University of Puget Sound hosted the second of two annual scholarship luncheons yesterday, honoring the generosity of those who have created scholarships, and recognizing the 2013-14 scholarship award recipients. Guests had the opportunity to meet the accomplished students who have benefited from the scholarships they have created, and enjoyed a short video about the Lillis Scholarship. The Lillis Scholarship is one of two scholarships the university offers that covers the full cost of tuition, room, and board for up to four years of education at Puget Sound. It is one of many new scholarships—at all levels—that have been created since the launch of the One [of a Kind] campaign. These scholarships comprise a portion of the over $40 million in financial aid that was awarded to students this year, and ensure that deserving students can attend Puget Sound and excel academically, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Learn more about our commitment to increasing our endowment for financial aid to ensure that Puget Sound can continue to meet the needs of admitted students.

APR. 9, 2014
[One of a kind] Evening kicks off hawaii regional campaign

More than 75 Loggers gathered Sat., Mar. 29, 2014, for a One [of a Kind] evening at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Ha. Puget Sound alumni, parents, and friends shared stories over drinks and hors d’oeuvres with President Ron Thomas. The evening's program featured several members of the Puget Sound community, including trustees Bob Shishido ’72, P’09 and Guy Watanabe ’75, M.B.A.’76, alumna and Hawaii Alumni Club Coordinator LesliAnn Kikuchi ’07, D.P.T.’10, and alumna Grace Youn ’13. The following day over 30 Maui-based alumni and friends gathered at Ulupalakua Ranch and Maui’s Winery for an event hosted by owners Sumner Erdman ’88 and Angie Erdman. Guests mingled with President Thomas while sampling local cuisine and wine. These events marked the official start of the Hawaii regional campaign, an initiative focused on increasing support and participation among area Loggers as part of the One [of a Kind] campaign. 

Mar. 26, 2014
Peggy Smith '64 Ensures Access for Future Students through Bequest 

Peggy Smith '64 developed her passion for chemistry at Puget Sound—a passion which led her to earn a Ph.D. and go on to a successful career in government. In planning her legacy, Peggy had one rule: put your money where your values are. For her, that's education. Peggy received support throughout her educational journey, and believes strongly in paying it forward. Her deferred gift of a retirement plan designation through a bequest will make a lasting impact, ensuring that generations of future Loggers will have access to a liberal arts education that will continue to shape them long after they graduate. 

To learn more about how your bequest could transform future students' lives, visit

FEB. 19, 2014
nicolas cary '07 makes $10,000 bitcoin gift

Bitcoin entrepreneur Nicolas Cary '07 made an unrestricted gift of $10,000 in bitcoin to the Puget Sound Alumni Fund this week. The donation is thought to be the first bitcoin gift to a U.S. college.

The 28-year-old CEO of Blockchain, which runs the world's most popular "digital wallet" for bitcoins, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Puget Sound's Business Leadership Program. Of the gift, Cary said, "I always wanted to give back to Puget Sound once I was in a position to do it. I was the grateful recipient of scholarships and loans, and now that I'm in a position to make a difference, I want to help others get on the road to success." 

feb. 3, 2014
Rachel pepper named william d. and flora mccormick chair in biophysics

Rachel Pepper, a research fellow at University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, has been appointed as the first William D. and Flora McCormick Chair in Biophysics. Pepper earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in biophysics from Brown University and was then named a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in physics. She brings research interests that span physics, biology, and engineering, and classroom experience with leading-edge science education techniques.

This appointment in the rapidly expanding, interdisciplinary study of biophysics was made possible by a $2 million gift last summer from William and Flora McCormick, parents of a Puget Sound alumnus. 

Pepper will begin her teaching appointment in fall 2014. Learn more about Pepper's research interests, including her current work with marine larvae, which is adding to our understanding of how tiny ocean organisms can navigate through turbulent ocean flows to environments where they might thrive. 

JAN. 23, 2014 
puget sound aims to create a culture of neuroscience with w.m. keck foundation grant

The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded University of Puget Sound a $250,000, three-year grant to develop The Keck Initiative for NeuroCulture. Led by Siddharth Ramakrishnan, Puget Sound's newly appointed Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience, in conjunction with faculty scientists and ethicists, the initiative aims to create a culture of neuroscience for both students and the public. 

The Keck Initiative for NeuroCulture will bring TED-style public talks; community partnerships; summer NeuroArt workshops for K-12 students; and public seminars, exhibitions, and blogs about neuroethics, neural disorders, and consciousness. Puget Sound faculty members will be offered training in neuroscience techniques and curricula, and students will gain new hands-on research and interdisciplinary study opportunities. 

Professors from a range of disciplines are involved in the project, including: David Andresen, associate professor of psychology; Susannah Hannaford, professor of biology; Suzanne Holland, professor of religion and John B. Magee Professor of Science and Values; Jung Kim, assistant professor of exercise science; Gary McCall, associate professor and chair of exercise science; and Heidi Orloff, professor of exercise science. 

jan. 7, 2014
leavey foundation pledges $2 million gift for new athletics and aquatics center

The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation has committed $2 million in support of the new Athletics and Aquatics Center, moving the college forward in its plan for a modern $17.5 million fitness and recreation facility that will be a gathering point for hundreds of campus and community members. The Leavey Foundation gift qualifies for the dollar-for-dollar match pledged by a group of Puget Sound trustees in July 2013. 

The Athletics and Aquatics Center will be home to Puget Sound's 2600 students, 600 faculty and staff, 23 varsity teams, and to hundreds of intramural athletes. In addition to providing a state-of-the-art home for Puget Sound's competitive championship swim teams, it will provide physical fitness facilities for campus members and the community, and serve academic programs including exercise science, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. 

This gift is the second large commitment from the Leavey Foundation in support of Puget Sound's One [of a Kind] campaign and the university's master plan. In 2010 the foundation pledged up to $2 million toward the construction of a new health sciences building—The William T. and Gail T. Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences, which opened in fall 2010. For more information on the Athletics and Aquatics Center, visit:

DEC. 20, 2013
Meet one of our kind: Drew Harrison '14

Financial aid enabled Drew to enroll at Puget Sound. Since then, he has challenged himself as a student-athlete, discovered a passion for biochemistry, developed his musical talent, honed his leadership skills as president of the Kayak Club, and shared his love for Puget Sound as a Passages leader and Phonathon caller. 

This one-of-a-kind experience would not be possible without the ongoing support of alumni. Drew shares what alumni support has meant for him, and how he plans to pay it forward. Watch:

Dec.10, 2013
Senior class gift campaign off to strong start

The Class of 2014 recently kicked off their Senior Class Gift Campaign with a very successful evening event attended by over 200 classmates. The Senior Class Gift program celebrates seniors' first step into the Logger alumni community. It offers an opportunity to give back to the community who helped to shape them, and to ensure that the same opportunities are available to the next generation of students. Seniors make a five-year pledge to support the Alumni Fund with gifts to financial aid for future students. They donate $5 this year, and increase their gift by $5 each year, for a total of $75 over five years. These gifts add up—over five years, the entire class can raise almost $50,000! 

NOV.25, 2013
Lillis Scholarship Helps Students Turn dreams into reality

Dr. Gwendolyn Lillis P'05 and Dr. Charles Lillis P'05 were both first generation college students, and credit their education to their success in life. They believe that a good education is a life-changing investment, and established The Lillis Scholarship to provide promising and outstanding students with the opportunity to receive a transformative Puget Sound education. Selection for the Lillis Scholarship is highly competitive—only two Lillis Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year students each fall. 

In our newest video, meet Drs. Charles and Gwendolyn Lillis P'05, and Lillis scholars Kelton Mock '14 and Becca Ebert '15, and learn more about what the Lillis Scholarship means to each of them.

OCT.23, 2013
Kiplinger's Names puget sound a best value liberal arts college

Kiplinger's Personal Finance has included Puget Sound in its 2014 list of the country's best value liberal arts colleges. Puget Sound and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate, and a high four-year graduation rate. 

Although private universities and colleges generally carry higher sticker prices than the in-state prices at public institutions, private colleges can actually be cheaper because of their generous financial aid, the magazine noted. Puget Sound, for example, offers merit-based or need-based financial aid to more than 90 percent of its students. With 2,600 undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, Puget Sound offers a high-quality education in an environment where 99 percent of tenure-line faculty members hold the highest degree in their field and more than half of students do at least one internship. 

Oct. 2, 2013
[One] of a Kind Evening Seattle

More than 150 Loggers from the Seattle area gathered Saturday, Sept. 28, for a One [of a Kind] evening at The Foundry. The evening's program featured several members of the Puget Sound campus community, including board of trustees members Rick Brooks ’82, Bill Weyerhaeuser, and Jill Nishi ’89, student-athlete Joe Cerne ’14, and faculty-student music trio: Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin Maria Sampen; Professor of Piano Tanya Stambuk; and student-musician Brenda Miller ’15. This event marked the “official” start of the Seattle regional campaign, an initiative focused on increasing support and participation among area Loggers as part of the One[of a Kind] campaign.  

Sept. 26, 2013
[One] of a Kind Evening Tacoma

More than 325 Loggers from the Tacoma area gathered Saturday, Sept. 21, for a One [of a Kind] evening at LeMay-America’s Car Museum. Puget Sound alumni, parents, and friends shared stories over drinks and hors d’oeuvres with President Ron Thomas and Mary Thomas. The evening program featured several members of the Puget Sound campus community, including board of trustees members Lyle Quasim ’70, Hon. ’05 and Barb Walker P’05, P’07, student-athlete Katy Ainslie ’15, and faculty trio: David Requiro, the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at Puget Sound; Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin Maria Sampen; and Professor of Piano Tanya Stambuk. This event marked the official start of the Tacoma regional campaign, an initiative focused on increasing support and participation among area Loggers as part of the One [of a Kind] campaign. 

Aug. 23, 2013
Prestigious Scholarships Awarded to Four Incoming Freshmen

Aug. 9, 2013
[One] of a Kind Evenings to Kick Off Regional Campaigns in Seattle and Tacoma

July 16, 2013
Campaign Reaches $100 Million Milestone

July 10, 2013
Board of Trustees Issues Dollar-for-Dollar Match Challenge for New Athletics and Aquatics Center

June 25, 2013
Gift of $2 Million Creates the McCormick Endowed Chair in Biophysics

June 10, 2013
One of Our Kind: Kariann Lee '13

May 13, 2013
Henry Luce Foundation Grant Takes Student Learning to New Frontiers

Apr. 16, 2013
Puget Sound Athletic Teams Achieve 'Drive for 125' Wins For Puget Sound's 125th Anniversary

Apr. 9, 2013
Alumna's Gift Endows Physical Therapy Scholarship

Mar. 29, 2013
One of our Kind: Taylor Jones '14

Mar. 12, 2013
Senior Class Gift Campaign

Mar. 6, 2013
One of our Kind: Mike Veseth '72

Feb. 18, 2013
Art + Science Salons

Feb. 6, 2013
One of our Kind: George Matelich '78 

Jan. 22, 2013
Student Spotlight: Grace Youn

Jan. 10, 2013
One of our Kind: Dan Clements '71

Dec. 21, 2012
Student Spotlight: Joe Cerne '14

Sept. 29, 2012
One [of a Kind] Evening Denver

Sept. 24, 2012
Kaimas Foundation Makes $300,000 Gift to International Political Economy Program

Sept. 15, 2012
One [of a Kind] Evening San Francisco

Aug. 23, 2012
Campus community gathers for One [of a Kind] Faculty and Staff Celebration

July 26, 2012
Names Family Foundation $1.1 Million Pledge for Athletics and Aquatics Center

May 10, 2012
Siddharth Ramakrishnan Appointed Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience

April 30, 2012
Architectural renderings complete for new aquatics and fitness centers

Dec. 14, 2011  
Top rating for Puget Sound from Charity Navigator

Oct. 29, 2011
The Lillis Foundation Makes $8 Million Gift to Endow Scholarship Program at University of Puget Sound

Oct. 29, 2011
University of Puget Sound Announces $125 Million Capital Campaign