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PLU Alumna Named Western Washington’s “New Journalist of the Year”

Kari Plog ’11 has spent her first two years as a reporter for The (Tacoma) News Tribune covering stories ranging from sexual harassment in a jail facility in Fife, to a deadly boat ramp in Tacoma, to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York City. Earlier this month, Plog was named “New Journalist of the Year” by the Society of Professional Journalists…

A PLU Economics Degree: The First Step For Many World-Changing Lutes

Economics majors from Pacific Lutheran University’s Class of 2015  showcase the value and malleability of the discipline, including two graduates who received two full-ride scholarships to law school, one who  received a full-ride scholarship to study Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburg and another who will study Economics in graduate school. In the past 20 years, 12 Economics graduates of…

From Opportunity to Opry

“It’s crazy to think that I was just some young college kid, sitting in your office, trying not to cry over a recent breakup,” she wrote. “Look at me now! It’s so exciting!” Originally from Burien, Wash., Fallin has gone from crying in Avila’s office at PLU, to being a successful designer almost 3000 miles away in Thomasville, Ga. So…

PLU Welcomes Doctor of Nursing Practice Cohort as First Doctoral Program

The DNP, which prepares graduates in the advanced-practice specialty area of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), already has been ranked as one of the top 100 graduate nursing programs in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. “The DNP program is the first doctoral program at Pacific Lutheran University,” said Teri Woo, PLU Associate Professor and Associate Dean for…

Highlights of the King of Norway’s PLU Visit

Here are some of PLU photographer John Froschauer’s photo highlights of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway’s visit to PLU and the 2015 Commencement ceremony: From the excited crowd who welcomed him to Red Square to his touching—and even humorous—Commencement address, it was a day fit for a king. Please watch for full coverage of the king’s visit—including lots…

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway’s Commencement Speech at Pacific Lutheran University

President Krise, Dear students,  Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,   Thank you for another memorable day here in Tacoma and at Pacific Lutheran University. This is my second visit, and I really appreciate to be back in the state of Washington and at this great institution. When the Queen and I visited PLU 20 years ago, she received an Honorary…

Senior Profiles: Class of 2015 Already Has Made a Difference

TACOMA, Wash. (May 22, 2015)—With Commencement on May 23, Pacific Lutheran University sends its largest class ever out into the world—more than 800 Lutes are eligible to graduate, with 755 expected to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Judging by the accomplishments of the Class of 2015, we’re guessing those Lutes will start making an immediate impact on the world—mostly because…

PLU Receives $14,000 in NADA Foundation Grants

The donations were made through the NADA Foundation’s Joseph J. Sanchez Memorial Fund, which supports the emergency needs of students, and the John P. Winston Sr. Memorial Fund, dedicated to the study of ethics. “We are deeply grateful to the NADA Foundation’s gift to support the emergency needs of students and ethics programs,” said PLU President Thomas W. Krise. “With…

PLU & Goodwill Partner to Create Sustainable Options for Spring Move-Out

“Students are in such a hurry to return home during move out, that they will often not use their best judgment in what they should throw away and what they should recycle,” PLU Waste Diversion Coordinator Ryan Grant said. That’s why the Office of Sustainability offers ways to keep material out of landfills. In 2014, a total of 212,801 pounds…