Office ofAlumni and Constituent Relations


School of Nursing 60th Anniversary Celebration/Meant to Live

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary, The School of Nursing has been identified at the Academic Affinity group for this year’s Homecoming. Meant to Live Events are mainly taking place on Friday, highlighting the vocational narratives of many School of Nursing alumni throughout the day.

Wednesday, October 12th

Homecoming Chapel
10:30 am – 11:00 am, Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Free

Friday, October 14th

School of Nursing Simulations
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Ramstad, Free
At PLU, students learn from distinguished faculty who are experts in their field.  Enjoy a mock nursing simulation experience and discover the concepts PLU students come to master as part of their nursing curriculum. This break-away session is followed by a tour of the labs, and computer learning center guided by a current nursing student. 

Vocation In Progress Nursing Alumni Panel
1:45 pm, University Center, Free
Featuring Nursing Alumni Ed Hrivnak ’96, Sharon Judie ’97, Janelle (Bogart) Erickson ’91, ’04 and Shirley (Harmon) Hanson ’60, hear from Nursing Alumni in research, education, practice and administration as they share their vocational narratives and career experiences. Each panelist will answer a series of questions describing how they came to choose their direction in nursing, as well as significant accomplishments that continue to affirm their vocation as a nurse.

Meant to Live Lecture: 
een Tachibana ’77
Sr. Vice President, Hospital Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center

Tachibana3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Free
Charleen Tachibana, RN, is responsible for hospital operations and nursing throughout the organization. Charleen completed the Virginia Mason Production System C ertification and has received extensive training in the Toyota Production System methodology, including study missions in Japan. She works extensively in leading systematic changes to improve clinical processes including improving workspaces, enhancing work environments and designing efficient  care delivery processes to increase the amount of direct care time nurses spend with patients. Charleen received her BSN from PLU and her MN from the University of Washington where she is on the clinical faculty and is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Nursing.

Meant to Live Reception
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 208 Garfield and Bookstore, Free
Follow up the Meant to Live Lecture with an opportunity to socialize with the speaker, other Nursing Alumni and students. Light refreshments will be served, and all who attend need their Homecoming VIP Pass for admittance to this event only for the PLU Community.

School of Nursing 60th Anniversary Banquet
6:00 pm, Olson Auditorium, $40
Celebrate 60 incredible years as a high performing and well sought after Nursing program! This special commemorative event will showcase the history, present day accomplishments and future of the School of Nursing. Enjoy dinner with former faculty and deans in addition to fellow Nursing Alumni. A formal program including addresses by Nursing Alumni Board President Karen (Wuest ’67) Grams, Dean of the School of Nursing Terry Miller and President Loren J. Anderson. Your dinner registration fee allows you to go to Multicultural Night following the banquet to enjoy dessert and fellowship with other Lutes, including those participating in the Diversity Center 10th Anniversary Celebration events.

If you would like to only register for the banquet click here.

Saturday, October 15th

Nursing Alumni Board Annual Business Meeting
9:00 am – 10:00 am, Regency Room
Join the Nursing Alumni Board for an abbreviated annual business meeting.  Also, sign up for the Homecoming Celebration Banquet to honor outstanding Nursing Alumna Ruth Schaffler '62, '92, and other Alumni Award Recipients.

Variety, Inspiration and Potential: Homecoming Celebration Banquet
6:00 pm, Hotel Murano, $50
We are rolling out the red carpet for a night unlike any other! A social hour and cocktail party in the Hotel Murano lobby will precede the VIP banquet in the ballroom where we will celebrate our common affinity to PLU. The evening will be filled with beauty – not just the glass and contemporary art of the Hotel Murano, but an array of alumni entertainment spanning the decades. Enjoy the company of old friends and make the acquaintance of new friends. Finally, we will honor the accomplishments of our Alumni Award Recipients. For a full list and more information about this year’s recipients see the Fall Issue of SCENE or visit our website. Seats are limited for this VIP event, be sure to register early.