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Rick Barot and Ann Pancake Discuss PLU’s MFA in Creative Writing and the Impact of Creative Writing (Podcast)

By Zach Powers ’10PLU Marketing & Communications and the School of Arts and Communication TACOMA, WASH. (July 27, 2015)- Known as the Rainier Writing Workshop (RWW), Pacific Lutheran University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program challenges its students to consider difficult questions relating to artistry, self-awareness and commission. “What are your goals as a student and maker of literature,…

Rainier Writing Workshop Begins Aug. 2—Along With Free Public Readings by its Esteemed Faculty

The 10-day workshop, the annual summer residency of Pacific Lutheran University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, is known and respected for its innovative programming, which helps writers generate—and answer—deep questions about poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction … and their own aspirations. As vital as the students are to the program, though, they’re just part of the bigger RWW…

Granddaughter of Charleston Shooting Victim to Share About Forgiveness at PLU-Sponsored March & Festival

This year’s event will feature a special guest, Alana Simmons, whose grandfather, Daniel Simmons, was one of the 9 victims in June’s deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Simmons made national headlines when she, along with family members of other victims, confronted and publicly forgave her grandfather’s killer, Dylann Roof, in a South Carolina courtroom just days after the massacre. “Hate won’t…

Good News for Lutes: Washington Legislature Elects to Maintain Funding for the State Need Grant Program

Particularly significant to PLU and its students, the new budget will sustain funding of the State Need Grant program (SNG) for private university students.* The new budget ensures that, for the next several years, SNG awards for present and incoming Lutes will be the same dollar amount as the 2014-15 academic year. “PLU currently enrolls more than 600 students (more…

School of Business Faculty Member Elected President of CFA Society Seattle

Ince specializes in financial derivatives and investments and is a CFA charter holder and Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Washington. He joined the CFA Society Seattle in 2003, soon after earning his CFA designation. Over the years he took on a variety of responsibilities, including founding chair of the Investment Research Challenge, University Relations Chair, Trustee, Treasurer, Programming…

KPLU Wins 7 National and Regional News Awards

2015 PRNDI Awards (Public Radio News Directors, Inc.) The PRNDI Awards recognize the best of local public-radio news in a wide array of categories. KPLU collected four awards amid stiff competition, with more than 1,100 entries submitted by public radio newsrooms across the country. This year, 130 awards were handed out to public radio newsrooms on June 27 at PRNDI’s annual conference…

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…