Serving Up Excellence For volleyball Head Coach Mark Massey, coming to work at Puget Sound in 1996 was like coming home. As an undergraduate biology student at a small liberal arts college on the East Coast, Massey co-founded his university’s first club volleyball team. He fell in love with coaching the sport and ultimately changed his future plans, deciding to forgo a career in the health sciences to pursue a Ph.D. in sports psychology. Massey appreciates how a Division III school like Puget Sound prepares student-athletes to succeed after graduation by emphasizing rigorous academics alongside athletics. When he isn’t busy with the team, Massey enjoys photography, and he posts his compositions on Instagram under the handle @markmasseyart. “It’s really great to be around smart, motivated students who also care about the world,” Massey says. “My job as a coach is to shape those energies and help them get to where they want to be.”
HACKS & CHOPS In December, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Adam Smith wrote an essay on Alan Turing for the American Mathematical Society’s Featured Column blog. Calling Turing perhaps “the-most-influential-yet-least-read figure in 20th-century mathematics," Smith makes the case that the late mathematician unintentionally launched modern computing.
Setting the Stage for Spring President Isiaah Crawford will host the President’s Spring Welcome for Faculty and Staff on Thursday, Jan .13, at 10 a.m., via Zoom. Faculty and staff members can find login details in the Jan. 6 email from President Crawford.
A LITTLE LIQUID SUNSHINE After a stretch of the coldest temperatures the Tacoma area has seen in more than 30 years—and the snowfall to match—to close out 2021, the new year brought with it (slightly) warmer temps and precipitation that’s a little more familiar to most Pacific Northwesterners: rain.