Office ofAlumni and Constituent Relations

You’re Invited November 1 - 3!

On behalf of the entire campus community, the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations is pleased to extend this special invitation for you to attend Pacific Lutheran University’s Family Weekend, November 1 – 3, 2013. This annual event is sure to be a great weekend: a chance to learn about your student’s life at PLU and attend fun-filled activities for the whole family.

It’s a family affair and everyone is invited to Family Weekend!  Bring along sisters, brothers, grandparents, spouses and children--anyone who would enjoy a enjoyable weekend on campus.


Your early registration helps us plan successful events.  PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 28; no refunds will be given after this date.  When we receive your registration, you will be sent a confirmation email.  After arriving on campus, tickets and registration materials may be picked up at Registration on Saturday morning in the Anderson University Center (AUC) Lobby.  Please make sure you register your PLU student if they will be attending with you. Follow the link above to register online.

Schedule of Events

We have planned a wonderful Fall Family Weekend with activities suitable for ALL current PLU parents and family members.

Friday --- Saturday --- Sunday

Friday, November 1st

Games in the CAVE for Commuter Students
4:00pm - 6:00pm, The Cave

Men's and Women's Swimming - NWC Sprints
5:00pm, PLU Pool

Dia De los Muertos
6:00pm - 8:00pm, The Cave
Dia De Los Muertos, sponsored by The Diversity Center will be held in the Cave from 6-8 pm. This event is focused on celebrating those who have passed away. Participants can bring a photo or write a note to place on the altar. Students will be speaking about their experiences with Dia De Los Muertos. We also will be decorating sugar skulls to place upon the altar.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Whitman
7:00pm, Olson Gymnasium, Pay at Door - Prices Vary ($3-$5)

Residence Hall Council Family Game Night
7:00pm, All Residence Halls
Each hall's Residence Hall Council (RHC) will host a game night in the hall main lounge. Come check out one or all of our halls during this game night open house extravaganza and meet your student's PLU Family!

Saturday, November 2nd

8:00am – 10:00am, Anderson University Center Lobby

Community Engagement and Service at PLU
Joel Zylstra, Director of Community Engagement & Service
8:30am-9:15am, Anderson University Center
"Last year, 221 PLU students tutored and mentored kids in local schools. 71% of students volunteer during their time at PLU. 31% of students took courses with service-learning/community-based learning as primary learning goals. Come learn why community engagement and service are integral components of the PLU experience."

Common Reading Experience at PLU - CANCELED
8:30am-9:15am, Anderson University Center
Community.  One of the important aspects of PLU is the great feeling of being part of a supportive community of learners.  New students at PLU are invited to read a common book as a way to share ideas, get to know one another, and engage in a lively discussion of important themes during New Student Orientation. We want every student to start at PLU with at least one experience shared across the entire campus community.  Through Common Reading, students share in an intellectual experience with faculty, staff, and fellow students that involves communication, community, and critical thinking. During this session, you will learn more about the Common Reading Program and its role within PLU's distinctive First Year Experience Program.

Global Education at PLU: A Pathway of Distinction
Tamara Williams, Executive Director of the Wang Center
9:30am-10:15am, Anderson University Center
A recipient of the coveted Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, PLU consistently ranks among the top twenty institutions in the US for the number of students that study away. It is also a top producer of Fulbright awardees and Peace Corps Volunteers in the nation. Many other Lutes go on to live and work in points across the globe. In this session you will learn more about the majors, minors, and study away opportunities offered at PLU that prepare students to engage, live, and work in an increasingly complex world and hear first-hand about the experiences of globally focused Lutes studying both at  home and abroad. You will also learn, specifically, about  the finances of study away.

Egyptian Archaeology: The future of the past
Dr. Donald Ryan ‘79, Faculty Fellow
9:30am-10:15am, Anderson University Center
Over the last two millennia, many of the remains of ancient Egypt have been scattered across the globe.  The Roman emperors brought immense obelisks to Italy and thousands of mummies and artifacts have since found their way into museum and private collections worldwide.  Who rightfully owns this stuff?  Is it Egyptian heritage or universal human heritage?  We’ll take a brief look at such issues and consider the future of Egypt’s antiquities in the midst of that country’s current state of political volatility.

Lute Brunch
10:30am, Chris Kuntzen Hall, Anderson University Center, $15 for adults, $10 for Students.
Join PLU President, Thomas Krise and Student Body President Aaron Steelquist for a breakfast of champions.  Enjoy food, fun and friendship with other PLU families.

Women’s Soccer vs. Pacific
11:00am, PLU Soccer Field, Pay at Door - Prices Vary ($3-$5)

PLU Football vs. UPS
12:30pm, Sparks Stadium, Various Prices
See the mighty Lutes take on our cross town rivals the University of Puget Sound Loggers at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.  Wear your black and gold and bring your Lute spirit!  No need to register your student, they get into the game for free with their student ID card.

LeMay America’s Car Museum Tour
1:00pm, Meet in front of Harstad, $10
Experience this unique museum which spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile.  LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) Features a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece. ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture.  This spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s. Please arrive at 12:45pm in front of Harstad for a prompt 1:00pm departure.

Behind the Scenes Tour - CANCELED
2:00pm & 3:00pm
Ever wonder what PLU looks like behind the scenes, in the daily life of a Lute? Come and find out as you join one of our student hosts on a tour through the places that we Lutes frequent most. We will explore the Anderson University Center, including the newly renovated Diversity Center and Cave, catch a glimpse of the NCAA National Championship trophy in Olson Auditorium, watch the geothermal heat pumps control the temperature of Morken Center for Learning & Technology, climb the stairs of Mary Baker Russell Music Center to the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ in Lagerquist Concert Hall, and give opera a shot on the new stage of the LEED Gold Certified Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

PLU reDesign House – Open House
2:00pm – 4:00pm
The reDesign House is an expression of the possibilities of sustainable practices at PLU.  Rain barrels on each corner of the exterior collect water from the gutters to be repurposed elsewhere. The paint on the exterior of the house makes rainwater bead up, and when it drips off, it naturally washes dirt from the house.  The goal is to take this vacant single-family residence and turn it into a creative space where students, faculty and staff can work together to experiment with sustainable environmental practices in a real, physical space.

Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis
2:00pm, Ingram Hall
Since the tiem of the Pilgrims, the quests for freedom and liberty have been the primary motivators for immigrants seeking new lives and opportunities in Canada and the United States. But while millions of new arrivals to North America have made successful transitions, others have not been so fortunate. Please join members of MediaLab, PLU's student-run applied internship and research program for students interested in communication and multimedia for a screening of their 2009 Emmy-nominated documentary, 'Point of Entry: MIgrating to North America.' The film is one of four Emmy-nominated films produced by MediaLab students. After the screening, students and their families will get a chance to ask questions and learn more about the many benefits of this challenging, yet rewarding program, as well as a preview of MediaLab's most recent production, Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis.

Men’s Soccer vs. Pacific
1:30pm, PLU Soccer Field, Pay at Door - Prices Vary ($3-53)

Women’s Volleyball vs. Whitworth
5:00pm, Olson Gymnasium, Pay at Door - Prices Vary ($3-$5)

Lutes After Dark

PLU Variety Show
7:00pm - FULL & 8:15pm, Chris Knutzen Hall, Anderson University Center, $5 for adults; free for students
Come be entertained by talented members of the PLU student body, all who will have auditioned for a spot in this showcase of unique talent. Space is limited for each show so please RSVP early!

Lutes Bingo
7:00pm & 8:15pm, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Anderson University Center
Come participate in Lutes Bingo!  This family friendly game is a great way to get to know other Lute families.  Prizes will be available for the winners!  Space is limited for each time slot so please RSVP early!

Dessert Social in the Commons
9:00pm, The Commons, Anderson University Center, $5
Finish off your evening by joining students and their families for a special dessert social.  Enjoy a variety of delectable desserts prepared by PLU’s own talented baker, Erica Fickeisen.

Sunday, November 3rd

Family Breakfast
9:30am – 1:30pm, The Commons, Anderson University Center, Pay at the door ($11)
Enjoy breakfast in The Commons Minute to Win it style! There will be stations set up throughout The Commons for families to compete in a variety of 60 second challenges while eating their breakfast!  

Coffee & Fellowship
10:15am, Mary Baker Russell Music Center
The Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations and Campus Ministry cordially invites you to enjoy a cup of coffee and fellowship with other families and students before and/or after worship.

University Congregation Family Weekend Worship
11:00am, Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center
Join the University Congregation for this special service.