PLU Office of AdmissionGraduate Programs

PLU Graduate Programs Lecture Series

The PLU Graduate Programs Lecture Series is designed to educate and empower the PLU community around topics dealing with graduate studies and higher education.  All lectures are free of charge and are accompanied by light refreshments.

Spring 2014 Lectures

  • Grad School 101
  • Test Soup:  7 Key Strategies for the GRE/GMAT/LSAT/Etc.
  • Advocating for the Gender-Non-Conforming Child
  • How to Search for Foundation Scholarships
  • Grant Writing for Foundation Scholarships



Grad School 101

Tuesday, February 18th, 6:30-7:30pm

Pacific Lutheran University, Anderson University Center,  Room 213

and

Thursday, February 20th, 12:30-1:20pm

University of Washington, Tacoma, Cherry Parks Building, Room 106

Presented by Rachel Christopherson, PLU Director of Graduate Admission

Picture of Rachel Christopherson, Director of Graduate Admission at PLU

Speaker Bio:

Rachel worked with graduate students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies for nearly ten years until 2010 when she joined PLU as Director of Graduate Admission.   Rachel earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, and began her MBA at the Monterey Institute.  She hopes to continue and complete her degree at PLU. 

Synopsis:

We will discuss a broad range of topics concerning graduate school:  Good/bad reasons to choose grad school, how to compare between programs, financial considerations including how to determine your total costs, and how to fund grad school, common mistakes and best practices with applications, essays and recommendations. 

Directions to the Anderson University Center

Directions to UW Tacoma

Park in any PLU lot, no parking pass needed after 5pm

No sign up is necessary

Test Soup

7 Key Strategies for the GRE/GMAT/LSAT/Etc. 

Tuesday, March 11th, 7:00-8:00pm

Morken Center for Learning and Technology, Room 138

To sign up, please CLICK HERE

Presented by Joseph Colon, HERO program, College Success Foundation, and Princeton Review professional

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Speaker Bio:

Joseph works as a test-prep instructor with the Princeton Review and teaches courses for the GRE, ACT, SAT, SAT II Math, and GMAT.  He began teaching for the Princeton Review while pursing his undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound.   In addition to the Princeton Review, Joseph works as a Higher Education Readiness Adviser with the College Success Foundation.  For years Joseph has empowered students to achieve exception scores on standardized tests as well as academic excellence.  He has a deft understanding of the content and strategies employed by the various tests under his purview as well as the pedagogical techniques to impart this ability to his students.

Synopsis:

During the lecture, Joseph will talk about the 7 Key Strategies used by successful test-takers using specific examples from the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.  Light refreshments will be served.

Directions to Morken Center for Learning and Technology

Park in the PLU lot near Morken, no parking pass needed after 5pm

Advocating for the Gender-Non-Conforming Child

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Friday, April 4th, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

PLU's South Hall Lounge, Corner of Yakima Avenue South and 127th Street South

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No sign up needed

Presented by Lisa Keating, Executive Director and Founder of My Purple Umbrella 

Synopsis: 

Guest Speaker Lisa Keating, Executive Director and Founder of My Purple Umbrella will be addressing how we can support and advocate for gender non-conforming children. This will be an informative, inspirational, and empowering conversation for all of us seeking the tools to help children learn how to celebrate their authentic selves!


How to Search for Foundation Scholarships

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Tuesday, April 8th, 7:00-8:00pm

Morken Center for Learning and Technology, Room 203

To sign up, please CLICK HERE

Presented by Anna Salyer, Community Outreach Librarian, UW Tacoma

Speaker Bio:

Anna has been an academic librarian for over 20 years and holds Master degrees in Library Science and Education.  For the past 10 years, she has worked at the University of Washington Tacoma Library with part of her responsibilities being a training liaison for the Foundation Center.  In this capacity, she provides workshops to students who are interested in finding funders to help them continue their education as well as how to create successful proposals for scholarships, grants, internships, etc.  

Synopsis: 

Anna will give PLU students access the Foundation Center database and teach us how to search for funding.

Directions to Morken Center for Learning and Technology

Park in the PLU lot near Morken, no parking pass needed after 5pm

Grant Writing for Foundation Scholarships

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Tuesday, April 15th, 7:00-8:00pm

Morken Center for Learning and Technology, Room 138

To sign up, please CLICK HERE

Presented by Anna Salyer, Community Outreach Librarian, UW Tacoma

Speaker Bio:

Anna has been an academic librarian for over 20 years and holds Master degrees in Library Science and Education.  For the past 10 years, she has worked at the University of Washington Tacoma Library with part of her responsibilities being a training liaison for the Foundation Center.  In this capacity, she provides workshops to students who are interested in finding funders to help them continue their education as well as how to create successful proposals for scholarships, grants, internships, etc.  

Synopsis: 

Anna will teach the basics of grant writing for the purpose of securing funds for graduate and doctoral study from foundations. 

Directions to Morken Center for Learning and Technology

Park in the PLU lot near Morken, no parking pass needed after 5pm


Questions?  Suggestions?

If you have any questions about the presentations, or there are topics you'd like to see covered, please contact:

Rachel Christopherson

PLU Director of Graduate Admission

rchristo@plu.edu

253-535-8570