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Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story at PLU

Weissberger visited Pacific Lutheran University on March 5 for the Eighth Annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education. Her speech in the Chris Knutzen Room was attended by over 200 people, leaving standing room only. “I speak from my heart,” she said, in some of her first words Thursday afternoon. “I will speak from my heart until I die.” Weissberger is a survivor…

PLU Faculty Members to Present at TEDx Tacoma

Among that group will be three Pacific Lutheran University faculty members representing a variety of PLU’s academic divisions: Associate Professor of Communication Amy Young, Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Chavez and Adjunct School of Business Faculty Bradd Busick. We met recently with the three to discuss how they’ve been preparing for the opportunity to add their voices to the…

Emmy-Nominated Documentary Screened for Powell-Heller Holocaust Conference

Several hundred people gathered in the Karen Hillle Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to watch the film, which tells the story of an American couple, Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus, who dared to venture into Nazi Germany in 1939 to save the lives of 50 children. Pressman happened to stumble upon the incredible story when he met his future wife…

Women’s Center’s Warwick Selected for National Think Tank

Warwick, who has worked with the Department of Justice since 2006 with PLU’s Campus Grant Project and over the past three years as a private contractor to review grant submissions, was recommended by the DOJ to take part in this meeting of experts who will compose a set of guidelines for funding future grant projects out of the CDC. “The purpose…

PLU’s New Emergency Notification System Goes Online

On Tuesday, it’ll be tested for the first time on the Pacific Lutheran University campus to sound the all-clear for a scheduled fire drill. More broadly, the system—which includes eight directional outdoor stadium speakers tied to Metis Help Station interior devices, all on Upper Campus—will increase PLU’s capacity to respond to the campus community and the public during emergencies and…

The Women’s Center at 25: Stories of Inspiration and Impact

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the Women’s Center asked the PLU community to share experiences and memories of this safe place and its inspiring people. Individually, the stories submitted by current students, alumni, faculty and supporters are moving and inspirational. Together, they start to form powerful themes: Connection. Challenge. Acceptance. Engagement. And, maybe most of all, an impact that will…

PLU Senior T.R. Sullivan on his Internship at the Washington State Legislature

The weather outside may be gray and dreary, but the halls of Olympia’s legislative buildings are vibrant with the earnest bustle of policymakers, analysts, administrators, constituent advocates and lobbyists. Among the thousands of hard-working public-policy enthusiasts who make the wheels of the Legislature turn are many Lutes, including PLU senior T.R Sullivan, a Policy Intern working for the Senate Democratic…

International Star Imparts Wisdom to Operatic Lutes

When Blythe visited campus on Feb. 23 to deliver a master class, she held nothing back: If something was wrong with a student performer’s shoes, posture, grammar, pacing or pitch—she called it. Blythe is recognized as one of the best in her generation. She has visited the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the San Francisco Opera and is performing…

Lutes Show Passion for Vocation with National Teaching Achievement

“This is an affirmation of our program,” said Frank Kline, Dean of PLU’s Department of Education. “It’s something that I feel proud about.” Dannielle Hanson, who graduated from PLU with a bachelor’s degree in 2008 and a master’s in Teaching in 2010, is a member of the acknowledged NBCT class. She’s now a sixth-grade teacher at Cougar Mountain Middle School…

‘Namibia Nine’ Premieres to Full, Excited Crowd

The evening began with an introduction of the production team: Joanne Lisosky, professor of communication; Melannie Denise Cunningham, Director of Multicultural Recruitment in the PLU Office of Admission; Andrea Capere ’14; Princess Reese ’14; and Shunying Wang ’15. (Maurice Byrd ’14 also is a member of the team but was not present at the premiere.) Cunningham, who also served as…