103 episodes

PS: The Puget Sound Podcast highlights stories and experiences from students and faculty at University of Puget Sound, a national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington. Hosted by Elena Becker '17, prospective students and future Loggers are invited to listen and learn what it's like to live, learn, and reach new heights in the Pacific Northwest.

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    • Education
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

PS: The Puget Sound Podcast highlights stories and experiences from students and faculty at University of Puget Sound, a national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington. Hosted by Elena Becker '17, prospective students and future Loggers are invited to listen and learn what it's like to live, learn, and reach new heights in the Pacific Northwest.

    GREATEST HITS: Rachel Sugar '16

    GREATEST HITS: Rachel Sugar '16

    In this episode, originally recorded in May 2019, Rachel and Elena discuss Rachel's work as a legal advocate for survivors of domestic violence and her plans to become an attorney. Today, Rachel has just finished her second year of law school at Seattle University and begun a summer internship with the ACLU of Washington. Rachel says that law school has been really rigorous and challenging, that she’s had some spectacular professors at SU, and that she has grown a lot in her understanding of how the law and lawyering can be used to cultivate a more just and equitable world.

    It's always a great day to be a Logger! Learn more about Puget Sound on our website, and make sure to check out the Virtual Tour while you're there.

    cw: domestic violence. If you or someone you know has experienced or may be experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, there are resources for you. The following three hotlines are free, and staffed and available 24/7.

    National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233

    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.4673

    National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888-373.7888

    • 29 min
    GREATEST HITS: Nate Hess '20

    GREATEST HITS: Nate Hess '20

    In this episode, originally recorded in summer 2019, Nate talks about moving from Arlington, Virginia to the Pacific Northwest for college and playing Ultimate Frisbee with the Postmen, Puget Sound's men team. He and Elena also chat about the independent research he was conducting that summer. Since graduating, Nate has been working with Americorps restoring streambeds, replacing invasive plants with native ones, and creating salmon habitat all around Pierce County. In August he’ll start an Honours Program at the University of Sydney – as in, Australia! – to spend a year researching the impacts of oyster aquaculture on estuaries.

    It's always a great day to be a Logger! Learn more about Puget Sound on our website, and make sure to check out the Virtual Tour while you're there.

    • 29 min
    ALUM: Kendall Harman '16

    ALUM: Kendall Harman '16

    Kendall and Elena discuss Kendall's work with the Mobile Community Intervention Response Team at Comprehensive Life Resources, what she learned in her Psychology major, and how she leveraged her Psychology practicum to get her first professional job. Listen carefully for additional details like why Kendall chose Puget Sound over Indiana University, the literary names she gave the rats she worked with in Psychology 311: Learning and Behavior, and what she values most from her time at Puget Sound.

    It's always a great day to be a Logger! Learn more about Puget Sound on our website, and make sure to check out the Virtual Tour while you're there.

    • 40 min
    ALUM: Lia Van Steeter '21

    ALUM: Lia Van Steeter '21

    Lia, who graduated just a few weeks ago, sits down with Elena to share the reasons why Commencement felt like a reunion, how she decided to major in International Political Economy, and what her plans now that she's officially a college graduate. Later, Lia discusses her on-campus jobs as a Peer Advisor and a Spanish Tutor in the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching.



    It's always a great day to be a Logger! Learn more about Puget Sound on our website, and make sure to check out the Virtual Tour while you're there.

    • 35 min
    GREATEST HITS: Kyra Zapf '21

    GREATEST HITS: Kyra Zapf '21

    In this episode, originally recorded in September 2019, Kyra and Elena take a deep dive into her summer 2019 research project, which was focused on 16th century clothing and portraits. More recently, in 2021, Kyra has been awarded the prestigious Watson Fellowship to spend a year tracing the route of the original Silk Road.

    It's always a great day to be a Logger! Learn more about Puget Sound on our website, and make sure to check out the Virtual Tour while you're there.

    • 32 min
    Professor Alisa Kessel

    Professor Alisa Kessel

    Professor Alisa Kessel joins Elena to explain what it means to study political theory, and share her thoughts on democracy in the present moment and the role of the individual and the collective in the democratic process. Later, they discuss Alisa's current research, which focuses on producing critical account on the concept of consent, particularly in the context of rape and other forms sexual violence.

    CW: sexual assault and sexual violence. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, there are resources for you.


    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.4673*
    Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County: 1-800-756-7273*
    Peer Allies (for Puget Sound students)

    It's always a great day to be a Logger! Learn more about Puget Sound on our website, and make sure to check out the Virtual Tour while you're there.

    *Free and staffed 24/7.

    • 43 min

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