Puget Sound Community Summer 2020

Summer Virtual Classes with Puget Sound Faculty, Open to All

Puget Sound campus

Welcome to the University of Puget Sound. One of the simple joys of summer in Tacoma is a walk through the quiet groves and open quads of our beautiful campus. Whether you are a current or future Logger, an alum, or one of our neighbors in the immediate community or beyond, we want to welcome you to stroll through a new online program designed to bring you the best skills, tools, and knowledge our faculty has to offer. Anyone can take part, and there are no exams of any kind!

Immerse yourself in classical music or rock and roll with faculty from the School of Music. Explore and write about civil rights history in the Pacific Northwest with an award-winning author from African American Studies. Create a family archive to tell your story with instruction from our Collins Memorial Library archivist. Hone your professional and crisis communication skills with the director of our Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy. Or harness the insights of the School of Business and Leadership faculty to guide your business through the post-pandemic transition.

Join us, connect with us, learn with us. Register now.

All Summer 2020 classes will be taught in a live, interactive, online format. Internet access is needed. You will be contacted by the instructor prior to the first class date regarding details. If you have questions about the online format of a course, please contact Maria Sampen at msampen@pugetsound.edu.

* There is an annual, nonrefundable fee of $10 for each student at the time of initial registration. Thereafter, the annual fee will be charged at the beginning of fall term each year. For additional information please visit the Community Music Registration & Payment page.


Department of African American Studies

The Search for My Tacoma""

4 Classes, M/W/F/M, July 6, July 8, July 10, July 13, 3-3:50 p.m. PT

Instructor: Renee Simms, Associate Professor, African American Studies

The title for this course is taken from This Is My Country Too by novelist and journalist John A. Williams who in 1963 set out across the country to document “the search for my America.” In 2000 novelist Randall Kenan set out on a similar cross-country mission published in his book, Walking On Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. In this course we will discuss Kenan’s chapter on Seattle and a documentary created by the Tacoma Civil Rights Project. We will then find some aspect of Tacoma or Seattle that we want to document, and begin crafting those narratives to share by the end of the course. This class is open to adults.


Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy

Professional Communication""

6 Classes, Tues/Thurs, July 6-24, 2020, 4-5 p.m. PT

Instructor: Anna Valiavska, Assistant Professor, Communications Studies, Director of the Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy

Good professional communication is a requirement of a modern workplace, but how do we learn what strategies are best? This class will prepare the participants for effective communication in the workplace by discussing the theoretical and practical elements of team communication, personal branding (e.g., Linked In, resume & cover letter writing) and persuasive communication. This class is for anyone interested in successful professional communication strategies.



Public Speaking (individual coaching)

50-minute sessions to be arranged by professor and student
$45 per session*

Instructor: Anna Valiavska, Assistant Professor, Communications Studies, Director of the Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy

Public speaking (online and in person) is an essential workplace skill. Together we will work on building your skillset to grow as an effective and persuasive public speaker. This class is for anyone interested in successful professional communication strategies.



Crisis Communication""

6 classes, Tues/Thurs, July 6-24, 2020, Noon-1 p.m. PT

Instructor: Anna Valiavska, Assistant Professor, Communications Studies, Director of the Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy

When “unprecedented times” become a new normal, effective crisis communication becomes an essential skill for organizations and individuals. This class will review principles of crisis communication and help the participants understand how to plan, build resilience, and respond after a crisis. This class is for anyone interested in successful crisis communication strategies.



Collins Memorial Library

Preserving Memories: Creating a Personal Archive""

4 Classes, Wednesdays, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, 4-4:50 p.m. PT

Instructor: Adriana Flores, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian

In this course, adult participants will learn how to plan and execute a family archives project. Stay-at-home directives have given many of us the opportunity to think about our family history and the need to preserve old photographs, documents, ephemera, and other keepsakes. This four-part series will provide you with practical advice for creating your own family archive, as well as offer suggestions for inspiring projects that utilize these precious artifacts. Participants will receive a mini toolkit of archival supplies and samples from top-of-the-line archival suppliers.   



School of Business & Leadership

Leading with Purpose: Change and Resilience""

Six classes, Tues/Thurs, July 14-July 30, 10-10:50 a.m. PT

Instructors: Alan Krause, Nat S. and Marian Rogers Professor and Business Leadership Program Director, School of Business and Leadership
Jeffrey Matthews, George F. Jewett Distinguished Professor of Leadership, School of Business and Leadership
Nila Wiese, Professor of International Business & Marketing, School of Business and Leadership

The uncertainty about the current and future impacts of the current health crisis will demand that organizations lead in responsible, inclusive and transformative ways. Organizations will need to reassess their business environments, recalibrate strategies, and adapt to new stakeholder expectations. Now more than ever, leaders will be asked to manage change, reimagine their organizations, prioritize inclusivity, communicate new visions and strategies, and inspire with integrity and strength. 

A six-part series to discuss how companies might respond to the challenges organizations are facing, with a focus on leadership, change management, and talent retention.

This class is geared toward professionals in managerial positions (middle manager and above) and business owners.


""Crisis as an Opportunity: Understand Consumer Behavior and Marketing During a Pandemic

2 Classes, Tues/Thurs, July 14 and July 16, 11 – 11: 45 a.m. PT

Instructor: Sun Young Ahn, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Business and Leadership

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our daily life and accelerating dynamic shifts in consumer behavior. This is having a profound impact on the lifestyles, preferences, choices, decision-making, and habits of consumers. Marketers and retailers should adapt to these changes by taking actions to provide value in the new consumer environment. Particularly, the current crisis offers an opportunity for smaller companies to create a distinctive consumer experience. This class will discuss the new normal of consumer behavior and how to adapt to the next normal in marketing and retailing to build a stronger position.

The class will include: 

  • Session 1 (July 14): How the pandemic is changing consumer behavior
  • Session 2 (July 16): How marketers/retailers should react to the changes in consumer behavior  



School of Music

Paul HarrisThe British are Coming;” Forgotten Impacts of the British Invasion, 1964-present

4 classes, Mondays, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, 4:30-5:20 p.m. PT

Instructor: Paul Harris, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

If asked to name the greatest rock artists of all time, many people rattle off the names of four-piece rock bands consisting of British white men who flourished in the 1960s and 70s, and again in the late 70s and 80s with punk and New Wave. Yet, at the same time, many people know rock music originated in the American South as a hybrid of R&B and country music, with the influence of the blues ultimately dominating. Given that British pop had virtually no presence in America - or in the UK -  before February, 1964, how did it become so omnipresent, and how were artists and culture impacted "Back in the U.S.A.?"



""Classical Music: It’s Easy To Listen, Even When It’s Not “Easy Listening”

4 classes, Tuesdays, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, 4:30-5:20 p.m. PT

Instructor: Timothy Christie, Affiliate Artist School of Music and Artistic Director, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival

An online course covering classical art music from Bach to the present day. In-depth, entertaining, and approachable. Violinist and Puget Sound Affiliate Artist Faculty, Timothy Christie, guides intrepid listeners through centuries of music, exploring what makes Mozart sound like Mozart and Tchaikovsky like Tchaikovsky. What does the term “classical music” even mean? One thing is for sure, you’ll never say “I like it, but it all sounds the same to me." This class is for anyone curious about music. No musical experience needed.




4 classes for three different age groups, Saturdays, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, 2020, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m. PT

Instructor: Tammie Bassett

Kindermusik is a nationally acclaimed music program for infants, toddlers and young children. The program provides children with a complete introduction to music. Sequential classes build basic music skills and spark creativity. Students sing, listen, clap rhythms, and play percussion instruments. Introduce your child to music! 

  • On the Road” for children 3 years – 5 years old, 9 a.m.
  • Zoo Train” for toddlers 18 months – 3 years old, 10 a.m.
  • I See You” for babies 2 months – 18 months, 11 a.m.


Private Music Lessons (Year-round)Community Music student with instructor

Scheduling determined by instructor availability
Prices range based on instructor
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We offer individualized instruction to students of all ages and skill levels. We see potential in every individual and connect students with exceptional instructors in a musically inspired way. Whether you wish to play your first note, dust off your instrument, get ready for your school ensemble, or win an important audition, you can find your rhythm in summer music lessons. Motivation and interest are the only entrance requirements.



Saxophone Quartetsaxophone

Rehearsals take place July 1 - July 31, 2020
Concludes with an online concert, Friday, July 31, 5 p.m. PT

Instructor: Fred Winkler, Affiliate Artist, Saxophone 

This ensemble workshop class welcomes intermediate to advanced saxophone players. The class will be taught in a virtual online format. Quartet ensembles are coached by faculty member, Fred Winkler. Prior approval from the instructor is required for registration. Access to a computer and internet are needed for this workshop and an external USB microphone is highly recommended.