"We are UWTacoma" storytelling

November 10, 2019

Finding Hope at UWTacoma

We recently had the opportunity to interview Ella Lucente, a senior studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. When she’s not in classes, Ella is the Editor-in-Chief of the The Ledger, Editor-in-Chief of UW Odyssey the Online Platform, President of the ACLU UWT Chapter, and interns with the Crystal…


November 1, 2019

UW Tacoma: The Transformation of a Campus

Evelyn Shankus (Evy) currently teaches 300 and 400-level Business Management courses as a Senior Lecturer in the Milgard School of Business. But she also takes students on Global Study Abroad trips, oversees the business interns, and works with the Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee. She was initially hired in March 1995 to teach 300 and…


October 22, 2019

UW Tacoma: A ‘Dynamic’ Place to Connect

This summer, we had the opportunity to interview Zvon Casanova, a 2016 UW Tacoma Alumni who currently works as the Program Assistant for the Department of Student Engagement in the University Y Student Center. When we asked him to describe UW Tacoma using one word, he said, “I would say dynamic. That’s the very first…


August 28, 2019

What does community mean to me?

Some of the stories that we’ve collected as part of this project have come to us through interviews and others have come by way of responses to writing prompts. Below is a creative piece, a poem written by Dani Combs, a 2019 UW Tacoma graduate, that expresses the power of the community built by students…


August 19, 2019

My UW Tacoma Experience: A Tale of Three Persons

Below is a story written by Margaret Lundberg for the April 2019 kick-off for our storytelling project: “Although there are so many people who have had an influence in my life over the 8 years I’ve spent on the UW Tacoma campus—including faculty like Nicole Blair who was not even one of my professors but…


August 9, 2019

“If one thing is constant at UW Tacoma, it is change…”

Kim Davenport, a part-time lecturer at UW Tacoma in Culture, Arts and Communication–a division of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences–recently filled out an online writing prompt as part of our storytelling project. Below is the story she shared in response to the question: If you could tell one story about your time here…


August 1, 2019

Unexpected Opportunities

Margaret and I recently had the opportunity to interview Rebecca Dickson, a UW Tacoma Alumni who recently graduated with her degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Throughout her interview, Dickson spoke often about the unexpected opportunities she received during her two years attending UW Tacoma.   When asked about her decision to attend UW Tacoma,…


July 23, 2019

A Mid-term Report

We are a little more than half-way through with our Storytelling Project, and so far we’ve had countless interviews, numerous story submissions, and tons of questions about what we are trying to accomplish with our project. We’ve had the incredible experience of hearing stories not just from students, but also members of the faculty and…


July 12, 2019

UW Tacoma – A Story of “Countless Opportunities”

Margaret and I recently had the opportunity to interview Anna Salyer, a part-time librarian, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, and UW Seattle Alumni. As a student at UW Seattle, Salyer was in the first class for the Master’s of Library Science to have a computer lab and was part of the first presentation class…


June 7, 2019

Celebrate finals week with us by telling us your UWTacoma story

We are celebrating the end of finals with our Jelly Bean Drawing! Throughout the month of May students, faculty, and staff have had the opportunity to enter our drawing by guessing the number of jellybeans in our jar, submitting a story (in-person and online), or participating in an interview. We will be holding our drawing…


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