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University of Puget Sound

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University of Puget Sound


s (Greek)

Motto in English

To the heights





Religious affiliation

The United Methodist Church[1][2][3][4]


$319.4 million[5]


Ronald R. Thomas

Academic staff







Tacoma, Washington, USA


Suburban, 97 acres (39 ha)


Maroon and white


"Grizz" the Logger



The University of Puget Sound (Puget Sound) is a private liberal arts college located in
the North End of Tacoma, Washington, in the United States.[2] It is the only national, independent
undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington.
Puget Sound offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts in
Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Occupational Therapy, and Doctor of Physical
Therapy degrees. The college draws approximately 2,600 students from 44 states and 16
countries. It offers 1,200 courses each year in more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary areas
of study.[6]
In 2012 Puget Sound was named one of 40 schools nationwide in the college guide Colleges
That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.[7] The
guide cites the college's dynamic curriculum, close interaction between students and professors,
ideal location, and enduring success of its alumni as qualities that set it apart from other schools.
Ties to The United Methodist Church remain,[1][2][3][4] though the college is no longer officially
affiliated with the church and the board of trustees is independently elected.

1 History
o 1.1 Presidents of the university
2 Campus
o 2.1 Academic buildings
o 2.2 Residential buildings
3 Academics
o 3.1 Profile
o 3.2 International programs
4 Tuition and finances
5 Athletics
o 5.1 Varsity sports
o 5.2 Club sports
o 5.3 Achievements
6 Student life
o 6.1 Traditions and events
6.1.1 The Hatchet
6.1.2 Sustainability
o 6.2 Fraternities and sororities
o 6.3 Media
7 Notable alumni
8 References
9 External links


The University of Puget Sound was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1888 in
downtown Tacoma. Charles Henry Fowler, who had previously been the president
of Northwestern University, dreamed up the idea for the college while in Tacoma for a Methodist
conference. He spoke at the conference with his vision of a Christian institution of learning. The
conference released a report:
We commit ourselves...heartily to the building up within the bounds of the conference of an
institution of learning which shall by its ample facilities...command the respect and patronage of
Methodist people within the bounds of the territory...and so by united and prayerful efforts
advance to the establishment of a school of learning which shall be a praise in all the land.
Two cities vied for the location of the school: Port Townsend and Tacoma. The committee
eventually decided on Tacoma. A charter was drawn up and filed in Olympia on March 17, 1888.
This date marks the legal beginning of the school. At this time, the school's legal title was "The
Puget Sound University".[8] In September 1890, UPS opened its doors, taking in 88 students.
The beginnings of the school were marked by moral conviction: students were warned against
intoxicating liquors, visits to saloons, gambling, tobacco use, and obscene drawings or writings
on the college grounds. The university also had a financially tumultuous beginning. There was no
endowment and the school often struggled for funds to pay the professors. It moved locations
three times in 13 years and, at one time, the school was merged with Portland University (former
campus is now the University of Portland). It opened up a year later (1899) back in Tacoma on
the 9th and G Street.[9] In 1903, the school was "reborn" and re-incorporated as a different entity,
different trustees, and a different name: the "University of Puget Sound".

Warner Gym, one of the original 1924 buildings

The character of the school changed dramatically during the presidency of Edward H. Todd
(19131942), who worked tirelessly to bring financial and academic stability. During his tenure,
the "Million Dollar Campaign" was started, raising $1,022,723 for buildings, equipment, and
endowment. With this money, the campus moved in 1924[10] to its current location in the
residential North End of Tacoma, with five buildings, setting a stylistic tone for the institution. In
1914 the university was renamed the "College of Puget Sound".
President R. Franklin Thompson (19421973) led a massive physical and institutional expansion:
During this era almost all of the university's buildings were constructed. In 1960, the university's
name changed from the "College of Puget Sound" back to the "University of Puget Sound", as it
is known today.
Phillip M. Phibbs presided from 1973 to 1992 and endeavored to change the tone of Puget
Sound. In 1980, the university divested its attachment with the Methodist Church, and an
independent board of trustees assumed full fiscal responsibility of the university. Also during this
time, the university began to focus on undergraduate education excellence, phasing out all offcampus programs except the law school and most graduate programs. During this time the
library collections were broadened and the faculty greatly expanded.
With the advent of President Susan Resneck Pierce (19922003), the law school was promptly
sold to Seattle University, in a move that was calculated to focus the university's resources on its
undergraduate campus. During her tenure, the University completed almost $100 million of new
construction and renovation. Collins Memorial Library and four academic buildings were
renovated, and Wyatt Hall was constructed to house the growing class and office space needs of
the Humanities Department. Trimble Residence Hall was constructed, bringing on-campus

student residency to 65%. SAT scores rose from 1067 to 1253 and the endowment more than
tripled. Puget Sound's newest President is Ronald R. Thomas, affectionately called "Ron Thom"
by many students, a scholar of Victorian literature, and the former vice-President of Trinity

Harned and Thompson Halls, along Union Avenue. Harned Hall is at center, with wings of Thompson Hall on
either side.

Thompson Hall, home of the sciences at the university, underwent a major renovation, including
the construction of a new wing (Harned Hall, completed 2006) on the building's western side
against Union Avenue and extensive renovations to the current wings and courtyard to allow for
upgraded labs and facilities. The entire project was completed in mid 2008. The entire complex is
now known locally as "The Science Center at Puget Sound." The now completely enclosed
courtyard contains a striking Plexiglas structure where a coffee shop, Oppenheimer Cafe, is
In fall 2013 Puget Sound opened Commencement Hall, a residence hall for upper-division
students featuring 11 "houses" organized around five academic-residential programs: the
Humanities Program, environmental outdoor leadership, international experiential learning,
entrepreneurship, and the Honors Program. The hall is home for 135 students, and includes a
seminar room, four studies, and an event/meeting space for approximately 150 people,
accommodating special events, guest lectures, performances and more.[12]

Presidents of the university[edit]

1. Hon. William D. Tyler (18881890)
2. Rev. Dr. Fletcher B. Chereington (18901892)
3. Rev. Dr. Crawford R. Thoburn (18921899)
4. Rev. Dr. Wilmot Whitfield (18991901)
5. Rev. Dr. Edwin M. Randall Jr. (19031904)
6. Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Williams (19041907)
7. Prof. Lee L. Benbow (19071909)
8. Rev. Dr. Julius Christian Zeller (19091913)
9. Rev. Dr. Edward H. Todd (19131942)
10. Rev. Dr. R. Franklin Thompson (19421973)
11. Dr. Philip M. Phibbs (19731992)
12. Dr. Susan Resneck Pierce (19922003)
13. Dr. Ronald R. Thomas (2003present)
Prof. Charles O. Boyer (acting president, 19011903)

The campus is located in North Tacoma, Washington in a primarily residential setting a few
minutes' walk from downtown Proctor and the Sixth Avenue district.

President Ron Thomas recently initiated a campus "Master Plan" in order to preserve and
expand the campus aesthetically and fundamentally.[13] The plan will increase on-campus
housing to 75% as well as allow for the construction of a number of new buildings.
The campus is made up of mainly brick buildings in the Tudor- Gothic architectural style.
Buildings are mostly arranged into quads. The three main quads are the North Quad and South
Quad, which contain residence halls, and Karlen Quad, which contains Jones Hall, Collins
Memorial Library and the Music Building. The library was designed by Tacoma architect Silas E.
Nelsen in 1954. It was later renovated.
President Thomas recently wrote a piece explaining his opinion that new buildings should
maintain the gothic style that the university is known for.[14]

360 panorama of the University of Puget Sound campus as seen on a sunny July afternoon.

Academic buildings[edit]
Harned Hall, named for alumnus and local real estate developer H.C. "Joe" Harned, was
dedicated on September 29, 2006. The building is 51,000 square feet (4,700 m2) and cost $25
million to construct. It was designed and built to meet the US Green Building
Council's LEED Silver Standard. The building features labs
for biology, geology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics, a 10,000-square-foot
(930 m2) courtyard with a crystalline glass gazebo in the center, a Foucault pendulum designed
by Alan Thorndike, as well as Gray whale skeleton named Willy.[15]

Wyatt Hall

After Harned Hall was completed, the university began a $38 million renovation of Thompson
Hall, the "old" science building. Harned and Thompson Halls form a square with a courtyard in
the middle that are collectively named the Science Center. Thompson Hall has an area of
121,000 square feet (11,200 m2) and was originally constructed in 1968. The renovation was
completed in spring 2008.[16]

Wyatt Hall is the second newest academic building on campus, dedicated in 2003. It houses the
English, History, Foreign Languages & Literature, Politics & Government, Philosophy, Honors,
Science Technology & Society,[17]Classics, and Religion departments. Many of the classrooms in
the building are seminar style, meaning a circle of tables that students sit at to encourage
discussion between students and the professor, rather than a lecture. The building features glass
art by Dale Chihuly that represents the ivy leaves covering the campus buildings.
The Wheelock Student Center, known as the "SUB" (Student Union Building) is the main hub of
life on campus. It features a rotunda used for lectures and catered events, KUPS (the campus
radio station), the cafeteria and dining area, Diversions Cafe (a student-run coffee shop), and
The Cellar (a student-run pizza parlor).

McIntyre Hall

Other buildings include McIntyre Hall, home of the School of Business and Leadership, the
Departments of Economics, Sociology and Anthropology, and International Political Economy;
Howarth Hall, home of the School of Education, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Career and
Employment Services, and more; Jones Hall, home of theatre arts, communication studies, and
several administrative offices, including the Office of the President; and the Music Building (which
is the only building on campus without a name). Kittredge Hall, the original student union
building, now houses the art department and Kittredge Gallery. The Gallery is now affiliated with
Tacoma Art Museum.
Collins Memorial Library[18] houses over 400,000 books and over 130,000 periodicals, is a partial
federal government repository, and has substantial microform holdings.[19] The Library was
named after former trustee Everill S. Collins. The current Library building was built in 1954. A
larger addition was completed in 1974. In 2000, a major renovation brought new technology and
media resources into the Library's spaces, making it one of the most popular campus gathering
places for students.
Construction for the The William T. and Gail T. Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences began
in spring 2010. At 42,500 square feet (3,950 m2), the center provides the resources and flexibility
needed to support new areas of study in the fields of health and behavioral sciences. Specially
designed to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction, the center houses Puget Sound's
undergraduate departments in exercise science and psychology, graduate programs in
occupational and physical therapy, and interdisciplinary program in neuroscience. Designed by
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson/Seattle, Weyerhaeuser Hall conforms to the U.S. Green Building
Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards.[20]

Residential buildings[edit]

Schiff Residence Hall

Harrington, Schiff, Anderson/Langdon, Smith, and University halls make up what is called the
"North Quad", and Todd/Phibbs, Regester, Seward, Trimble, and Commencement Hall make up
the "South Quad." Theme Row, which runs to the south end of campus, contains around 20
different theme houses that students may apply to live in. The Music House is the longest
standing house, originating in 1989. After the Music House, the Outhaus and the Track and
Cross Country Theme House are the two longest standing houses. There are also about 55 nontheme university-owned houses available.
Currently around 65% of students live on campus. Students are required to live on campus for
their first two years of enrollment at the university.[21]
In 2009, the university upgraded residential Internet bandwidth by more than two-fold, to
100 Mbit/s. During that year, a new connection to the Washington State K-20 Educational
Network was also installed, bringing the university's aggregate bandwidth to 150
Mbit/s.[22] Further bandwidth upgrades have brought student bandwidth to 250 Mbit/s for the
2012-13 academic year.[23]

The university offers more than 50 traditional and nontraditional areas of study in the liberal arts
and sciences, as well as graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and
education.[24] The student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1.[6]
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Washington Monthly[27]


The university is consistently ranked among the top five small liberal arts colleges for the number
of graduates who participate in Peace Corps; in 2007, it ranked first.[28]
Puget Sound professors have been named Washington State Professor of the Year seven times
by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the
Advancement and Support of Education. [29]

International programs[edit]
The university sponsors study abroad programs
in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Costa

Rica, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand,
the Pacific Rim,Scotland, Spain, Taiwan, and Wales.[30]
The program in the Pacific Rim, known as PacRim, or the Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program
(PRAST) is unique to Puget Sound. Every three years a group of 15-25 students are selected to
spend two semesters traveling, studying, and researching in eight Asian countries. Students
must have taken three courses in the Asian Studies program and completed a course of readings
assigned by the director.[31] Over the program's 40-year history students have
visited: Mongolia,People's Republic of China, Japan, South
Korea, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Papua New
Guinea, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, and Yugoslavia. Previous lecturers have
included: Johan Galtung, Ken Yeang, Dr. M.S. Nagaraja Rao, Jack Weatherford, His Holiness
the 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka, Ogyen Trinley
Dorje, Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, and Sogyal Rinpoche.

Tuition and finances[edit]

For 2013-2014, the cost of attendance (tuition, room, board, and fees) is $52,648, which is
consistent with other liberal arts colleges of its caliber.
Although the college is viewed as expensive by most students, it has a reputation for being
generous with financial aid. Approximately 90% of all students receive some form of financial
aid.[32] All students are considered for Alumni, Faculty, Dean's, President's, or Trustee
scholarships, which range from $5,000 to $20,000. No extra application is required to be
considered for these scholarships.[33]
Additional scholarships are available through separate applications or by audition. Puget Sound
offers scholarships for music, forensics (speech and debate), art, and other talents. Scholarships
based on academic interestsuch as the sciences, humanities, and Asian studiesare offered
as well.[34]
Four full-ride scholarships are provided to four incoming students by the university every year.
Two students are awarded the Lillis Scholarship, with focuses on academic passion and
achievement, [35] and two students are awarded the Matelich Scholarship, which honors
leadership skills. [36]

The Puget Sound athletics teams are known as the "Loggers" with "Grizz the Logger" as their
mascot. The Loggers participate in the NCAA's Division III Northwest Conference, competing
with George Fox University, Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College, Pacific University, Pacific
Lutheran University, Whitman College, Whitworth University, and Willamette University.

Varsity sports[edit]

Scoreboard, Peyton Field

The University offers 23 different varsity sports teams: Men's Baseball, Men's and
Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Crew, Men's and Women's Cross Country,
Men's Football, Men's and Women's Golf, Women'sLacrosse, Men's and Women's Soccer,
Women's Softball, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and

Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, and Women's Volleyball. On a minor note, former
national soccer team coach Bruce Arena got his coaching start at Puget Sound in 1976 as head
of the men's soccer team.

Club sports[edit]
There are both men's and women's club soccer teams, as well as men's club lacrosse (which,
due to Title IX restrictions, competes in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League). The
University also has a men's clubUltimate team known as the "Postmen [37] ", and a women's club
Ultimate team known as "Clear Cut".
The University is most well known for its successful Men's rugby club. The club has achieved
regional and national success over the past three seasons under coach Mark Sullivan. In 2012
the club was ranked 10th in the nation for small college rugby and traveled to Cal Marytime
University in Vallejo, California for the regional tournament. The success of the men's rugby club
is attributed to the hard work of the players and continual dedication of their coaches. Also, an
intense rivalry has developed between the UPS rugby club and the Seattle University rugby club.
Known as the Seatac Cup, UPS has achieved eight straight victories over their rivals. In 2012,
the victory over Seattle University clinched the Loggers' playoff spot.
The UPS Loggers Hockey team which was founded in 2005 and is currently an ACHA division II
team. The team's most prominent victories include defeating the University of Washington
Huskies in a 3-game series in the 2006-2007 season, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the 20072008 season. Loggers hockey is subsidized by ASUPS (the Associated Students of UPS)
student body and ticket sales for home games. Home games are currently played at the Sprinker
Ice Area in south Tacoma. Players come from the student body, and mostly consist of students
hailing from Canada, Washington, Colorado, Minnesota, and states on the East Coast.

Several sports teams have achieved some degree of success in recent years. The men's
basketball team has won three straight Northwest Conference championships since 2004, as
well an average .826 winning percentage over the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons. In 2005,
the Division III Loggers defeated the Division I Highlanders of the University of California,
Riverside, making it their first Division I defeat since the 1970s. In the 2009 regular season, the
Loggers went an undefeated 16-0 in Northwest Conference play, becoming the first team in
conference history to do so, capturing the conference title in the process.[38]

From 1992 to 1995 the UPS Women's Cross-Country team were national champions. This
tremendous 4 year run earned coach Sam Ring coach of the year honors in 1993.[39]
The women's soccer team took second place in the nation in 2004 and ended the 2005
season ranked fifth nationally.[40]
The women's swim team won the Northwest Conference championship for eleven
consecutive years, from 1997 through 2007, before finally finishing second to Whitworth
University in 2008. This remains a Northwest Conference record.[41] The Logger women
reclaimed their title in 2009.
The women's basketball team made the Division III Elite 8 in the 2007 season after upsetting
#12 ranked McMurry University and #2 ranked Howard Payne University. They finished #10

Student life[edit]
Traditions and events[edit]
In 2013 Puget Sound celebrated its 125th anniversary with a series of special events,
anniversary programs, and shared memories by Loggers past and present. [43] Celebrating the
milestone of 125 years in the community, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland declared March 17,
2013, to be "University of Puget Sound Day." [44]

LogJam! is a campuswide celebration that ends the first week of fall classes. Tables are set
around the perimeter of Todd Field and the Event Lawn, and clubs and teams set up to recruit
potential members.
Foolish Pleasures is an annual student film festival showing films written, directed, acted, and
produced by students.
Midnight breakfast is a celebration in the student union building, which occurs each semester on
the last day of classes.
The Hatchet[edit]
The Hatchet is the official symbol of sports teams at the University of Puget Sound. It was first
discovered in 1906 when students were digging up a barn at the old campus. They decided to
carve their class year into it. This became a tradition of sorts, as the seniors would hand the
hatchet to the juniors on senior recognition day. This turned into a competition where each class
would try to possess the hatchet for as long as possible. It disappeared for 15 years until it was
anonymously mailed to former President Franklin Thompson. Thompson displayed it in a trophy
case in Jones Hall, where it mysteriously disappeared again, only to resurface at
a homecoming game in 1988. In 1998, the hatchet's return was negotiated through an
intermediary, and it was permanently displayed in a display case in the Wheelock Student
Center. It was stolen in 1999 during a false fire alarm in one of the dormitories.[45]
On September 30, 2006 (homecoming) a student rappelled into the football field at halftime,
brandishing "the hatchet". It was later revealed by the student newspaper The Trail that this
hatchet is a replica of the actual hatchet, commissioned by the former student government
administration without the knowledge of the student senate. The replica hatchet was
painstakingly carved to look exactly like the original, using over 150 photos as a guide.[citation needed]
The original hatchet was finally returned to President Ronald Thomas in 2008 by two anonymous
alumni and was displayed at Homecoming.[46]
The campus has a notable recent history of sustainability. On February 10, 2005, President
Ronald R. Thomas signed the Talloires Declaration, committing the University to certain
standards regarding sustainability. The Sustainability Advisory Committee, consisting of one
faculty co-chair, one staff co-chair, and a mix of faculty, staff and student volunteers, organizes
the majority of sustainability efforts on campus. These efforts have included:

Fair Trade Coffee: The student-run Diversions Caf serves only organically-grown, fair
trade coffee. In 2005, 8,975 pounds (4,071 kg) of coffee was consumed by students, faculty,
and the campus community. University of Puget Sound was the first college in
theNorthwest to offer fair trade coffee exclusively.[47]
Sustainable Move-Out: Starting in 2005, the University organized a sustainable move-out
program during finals week. Mixed-material recycling dumpsters were placed near
all residence halls, allowing students to recycle rather than simply throwing all unwanted
items away.
Sustainability Mugs: Upon entering the college in 2005, all students were presented with a
"sustainability mug" imprinted with the UPS logo. Students were encouraged to re-use the
mug to get coffee instead of using paper cups.
No-Waste Picnic: A 2005 picnic welcoming incoming freshmen and their families to the
campus produced a surprising ONE bag of trash for over 1700 people. This was
accomplished by using recyclable paper and plastic products.

In 2007, President Thomas signed the American College and University Presidents Climate
Commitment on behalf of the university.

Fraternities and sororities[edit]

Sigma Chi house, University of Puget Sound

UPS is home to four fraternities and four sororities. 20% of male students and 29% of female
students are involved in Greek life.[48] Represented fraternities include, Phi Delta
Theta (1848/1952), Sigma Chi(1855/1950), and recently reinstated Sigma Alpha
Epsilon (1856/2010) and Beta Theta Pi (1839/2013). Represented sororities and women's
fraternities include Pi Beta Phi (1867), Kappa Alpha Theta (1870), Alpha Phi (1872), and Gamma
Phi Beta (1874). Puget Sound has a "deferred recruitment", which means that fraternities,
sororities, and their members are not allowed to have any official contact with freshmen outside
of class, athletics or club activities until the organized recruitment events in the first two weeks of
the spring semester. Freshmen may not join a chapter until January. In the fall, chapters are
permitted to give "snap bids" to upperclassmen, as well as participate in an organized fall
recruitment open only to upperclassmen. A ceremony called "Crossover" took place annually on
the third weekend of spring semester. Members of the Greek community partake in an entire day
of celebration to honor the new members as they run across the field to their selected fraternity.
The university is one of just five independent colleges in the Northwest granted a charter by Phi
Beta Kappa, which claims to be the nation's most prestigious academic honor society.
Previously, several other organizations, including Sigma Nu, Theta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Delta
Delta Delta and Kappa Kappa Gamma were represented on campus, however those chapters
have all closed for a variety of reasons.

KUPS 90.1FM (The Sound) is a student-run, non-commercial, educational college radio station
that began in 1968. In 2002, KUPS began streaming its standard live programming online to the
world. The radio station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and serves the greater
Tacoma area with programming in a variety of genres. KUPS has earned various awards while
broadcasting over the years. In 2005, KUPS was named by The Princeton Review as one of the
best college radio stations in the country (#12). In 2007, KUPS was ranked #9 by the Princeton
Review in the Top Ten Best College Radio Stations in the Country. Most recently, in the spring of
2010, MTV honored KUPS with the national title of Best College Radio Station at the MTVu
Woodie Awards.[49] In the fall of 2011, KUPS was ranked third in a list of "10 great college radio
stations" in the Washington Post.[50]
The Trail is an independent student-run organization that provides Puget Sound students,
faculty, staff, and the local community with a credible weekly newspaper that serves as a
comprehensive source of information, entertainment and discourse relevant to its
readership. The Trail provides opportunities for students interested in journalism and acts as an
archival record for the university. In addition, The Trail serves as a link between Puget Sound
and the greater Tacoma community and provides an open forum for student opinion and
discourse within the university.
"Crosscurrents" is the school's literary and arts magazine and was established in 1957.
Crosscurrents is published two times during the academic year, once during the Fall semester
and once during the Spring semester. Magazines are free to the campus community. It is staffed
by students and publishes student artwork, photography, prose, poetry, and the occasional
miscellaneous piece. Crosscurrents also features a guest artist or writer in each issue- usually a
notable person from the pacific northwest who is interviewed about their work.

"Wetlands" is a recent student-organized magazine focusing on sexual exploration and gender

expression to encourage inclusive and open-minded conversations across the campus
community.[51][52] The magazine features community-submitted photography, poetry, and prose.
"Black Ice" (or the Black Student Union Zine) is a student magazine by the focused on issues for
the betterment of all students of color. The magazine is published by The Black Student Union,
which was founded in 1968 making it one of the university's oldest clubs.[53]

Notable alumni[edit]

Bill Baarsma (1964), mayor of Tacoma, 20022009[54]

Terry Bain (1989), novelist and short-story writer[55]
Scott Bateman(1986), nationally syndicated cartoonist[56]
Ted Bundy (non-degree alumnus), serial killer. Transferred to UW
Jose Calugas (1961), Medal of Honor recipient
Terry Castle (1975), Professor of English, Stanford University[57]
Dale Chihuly (non-degreed alumnus), glass artist
Jori Chisholm (1997), Champion bagpiper[58]
Greg Craven, climate change activist who produced a viral video on YouTube[59]
Gretchen Fraser (1941), gold medalist, slalom, 1948 Winter Olympics[60]
Scott Griffin (MBA 1982), CIO of Boeing[61][62]
Marion Higgins (1897), supercentenarian who died at age 112 and was briefly the oldest
California resident[63]
Justin Jaschke (1984), founder and former CEO of Verio[64]
Edward LaChapelle (1949), avalanche researcher and glaciologist[65]
Rachel Martin (1996), Host, NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday[66]
Charlie Lowery, NBA player
George Obiozor (1969), Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S.[67]
Mike Oliphant (1988), professional (NFL) football player[68]
Sean Parnell (JD 1987), Governor of Alaska
Chris Pirih (1987), creator of SkiFree, one of the seminal computer games in the early days
of Microsoft Windows[69]
Mike Price (1969), head football coach at the University of Texas-El Paso[70]
Christine Quinn-Brintnall (JD 1980), Washington state Court of Appeals judge[71]
Ross Shafer (1975) comedian and motivational speaker[72]
Darby Stanchfield(1993), Television Actress (Mad Men and Scandal)
Rick Steves (non-degree alum), producer of the popular Rick Steves' tour guidebook series
as well as "Rick Steve's Europe" on PBS. Attended Puget Sound for only one semester,
citing cost and a desire to spend free time traveling as reasons to transfer to UW.
Jeff Smith (1967), TV Chef, "The Frugal Gourmet"[73]
Brian Sonntag (non-degreed alumnus), Washington State Auditor
Hari Sreenivasan (1995), correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer[74]
Adam West (non-degree alumnus), Actor most notably portraying Batman. Transferred
to Whitman College
Milt Woodard (1933), sports executive, co-founder of American Football League[75]