Office ofAlumni and Constituent Relations

You’re Invited to Family Weekend November 7-9, 2014!

It is time once again for PLU Family Weekend. This is a special weekend for you to come to campus, see how your student has fared the first few weeks of the new school year, and participate in some events centered around YOU as a part of the Lute Family! Please take a look at these highlighted events!

Friday, November 7

ASPLU Bingo Night
8 p.m.
Register Now!
Registration for Family Weekend 2014 is now open. Click here to register.

Saturday, November 8

Family University 
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Various Locations

Common Reading Program at PLU
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 are excited to invite family to have a similar experience as part of Family Weekend.  This program will include a short panel by faculty discussing the text We are All Completely Beside Ourselves through the lens of their discipline and an informal book talk lead by Vice President of Student Life, Joanna Royce-Davis and her daughter, a first-year PLU student. First Year students are encouraged to share their copy of the book with family members.

Doritos: A Love Story (& Science Project)
Erika Fickeisen, PLU Dining Services
Justin Lytle, Chemistry
The list of ingredients on a bag of Doritos is amazingly complex. Perhaps you've wondered: What are those ingredients and where do they come from? What specific roles do they play in the flavor and texture of Doritos? And why is this particular concoction of ingredients so irresistible? We'll talk about all these things and more. Join us for a fun discussion and plenty of Doritos to munch on.

Global Education at PLU: A Pathway of Distinction
Tamara Williams, Executive Director of the Wang 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 producers 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 how the finances of study away.

Lute Brunch
10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chris Knutzen Hall, Anderson University Center
Adults $15, Students $10
Join PLU President, Thomas Krise and Student Body President, Sarah Smith '15 for a breakfast of champions, a Lute Family tradition. Enjoy food, fun and friendship with other PLU families.

PLU Football v. Whitworth
1 p.m.
Sparks Stadium, Puyallup
Various Prices
See the mighty Lutes take on the Whitworth Pirates 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.

Museum of Glass Tour
1 p.m.
Museum of Glass, Downtown Tacoma
The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. Witness art coming alive as the Museum’s Hot Shop Team and Visiting Artist, Niko Dimitrijevic, demonstrates the fascinating process of creating works of art from molten glass. Glassblowing is a mesmerizing and magical process, and many visitors spend hours in the Hot Shop.

Thor Heyerdahl Film Festival
1 - 5 p.m.
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian explorer and trail-blazing anthropologists and environmental activist. He was a friend of PLU, visiting campus several times and receiving the Presidential Medal during one of his visits. In honor of his 100 birthday, the Scandinavian Cultural Center has put together a Film Festival and program that will bring together scholars and the public.

Matt Baker Comedy+Stunt Show
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center
Adults $5, Students Free
Matt Baker is a five-time Guinness World Record holder, was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic and has performed his comedy stunt show in over 14 different countries. He has appeared on numerous television shows including Tosh.0, ESPN, Last Comic Standing, and America’s Got Talent, where he was described as hip, funny, and well choreographed; the total package! His comedy show is action-packed with audience participation and perpetual laughter. The combination of stand-up comedy and stunts makes this a truly unique show.

RHA Carnival
8:30 p.m. - 10:30 
Chris Knutzen Hall, Anderson University Center
The Residence Hall Councils (RHCs) of PLU have joined together to put on a fun event for visiting families. Enjoy an evening of games while spending time with your Lute!

Sunday, November 9

Breakfast in the Commons
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Commons, Anderson University Center
Enjoy breakfast in The Commons before church!

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

*Early Registration helps us plan a successful Family Weekend. Please make your reservation before October 31. No refunds given after this date.

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