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Victory! Student-Athletes Notch 125 Wins for PLU’s 125th Year

It took one 6-1 baseball game on March 31 against crosstown rival University of Puget Sound to notch the 125th win, but it took a village of Lutes to rack up 125 total athletic victories for 2014-15—which was exactly the point. And now it’s time to high-five all 125: PLU will celebrate in Red Square with music and cupcakes from 10:30…

PLU MediaLab Student Wins International Design Award

Cox, a senior Graphic Design major with an Art History and Publishing and Printing Arts minor, has been a graphic designer for MediaLab since 2012. The award makes Cox’s branding for the documentary Waste Not second worldwide in the “Campaigns-Nonprofit/Public Affairs” category. The film, which premiered in Fall 2014, explores global food waste. “I worked on the graphics for the…

Center for Media Studies to Offer New Creative Media Course in Fall ’15

Through the Center for Media Studies (CMS), launched last September and housed within PLU’s School of Arts and Communication, special-topics courses in film, television and creative media will be offered beginning in Fall 2015. The first new class, Creative Media-COMA 387, will be a 2-credit, full-semester course—open to any major—when registration opens April 13 for Fall classes. The course, whose…

PLU Psychology Professor Elected 2015-16 President-Elect of International Honor Society

Grahe is a passionate advocate for undergraduate participation in crowd-sourcing science opportunities and a supporter of open science. He currently serves as a councilor in the Psychology Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research, is the managing executive editor for The Journal of Social Psychology and has been the Psi Chi Western Regional Vice President since 2011. “This is an…

Former Lute/Miss Pierce County Passes her Crown to PLU Senior

“I never wanted to do pageants; I thought they were nuts,” Leibold said. But after receiving her Associate degree at Olympic College, she started competing in hopes of attaining enough scholarship money to transfer to PLU. “I needed scholarship dollars to make it happen, and even if I didn’t place, I got paid, so I thought, why not?” she said.…

PLU Senior to Present Economics Capstone at National Conference

Moran, a double major in Economics and French, began her initial research in 2013 with a paper she wrote in one of her classes. This blossomed into Moran’s final Capstone, PLU’s senior research project, which looks at how candidates’ expenditures affect the outcome of their campaign. “There is a lot of controversy about the money spent in politics,” said Moran.…

University Chorale Tour to Include Four Performances in Oregon

The Chorale tours annually and has performed recently for conferences of the Washington Music Educators Association and American Choral Directors Association. The mixed choir is comprised primarily—though not exclusively—of freshmen and sophomore singers representing a variety of academic disciplines. The tour will be a homecoming for PLU’s new Chair of the Department of Music, Dr. John Paul, who will accompany…

PLU Faculty Member Named to Nationwide ‘40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire’ List

The 40 professors were chosen based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter. Nominations were collected through student, alumni and faculty recommendations following an open call to several hundred colleges and universities across the country. Luther was nominated by…

Lifeguard Lutes Save Another Lute’s Life

On Jan. 28, Anna Volk ’16 and Gray Endicott ’15 saved the life of retired Pacific Lutheran University staff member John Neary. Neary had participated in AM Public Lap swims in the PLU pool at least three days a week for about 30 years— most lifeguards knew him by name. Volk greeted Neary as he came in at approximately 8…

PLU’s New Greenhouse is Growing Into Something Amazing

The 1,700-square-foot, stand-alone Carol Sheffels Quigg Greenhouse is expected to open early to mid-August, with a formal dedication in September 2015. “It’s going to be a wonderful addition to the biology program at PLU by having a facility now that can showcase not only a plant collection but also give students the best place to be able to carry out…