Office of
Alumni and Constituent Relations

Upcoming Events

This is just a sampling of some of the great events that are happening this month. If you are in the area please stop by and join us for any of these events! Check the PLU campus calendar for a complete listing of events.

ArtLectures - Music

May 26th - Commencement Ceremonies
Tacoma Dome
Come support the graduating class of 2013 at the Spring Commencement Ceremonies. The celebration will begin at 2:30pm.


Senior Exhibition "Unfiltered"April 25th - May 25th
9:00am - 4:00pm
, weekdays
University Gallery, Ingram

Stop by the gallery to see the Senior BFA and BA Studio Art Exhibition, "unFiltered." The gallery is open open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm, or by appointment. Please call 253-535-7573 for more information.

May 1st - Open Model Session
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Ingram Hall - Drawing Studio - Room 126 

Open Drawing Sessions with a live model, sponsored by the Department of Art and Design at Pacific Lutheran University, will take place on select Wednesday evenings. 

The evening model session is a great opportunity to develop your interests and talent in drawing. This is a non-classroom situation (no formal instruction will be provided), so bring the drawing tools of your choice and enjoy the relaxed studio atmosphere or work on your portfolio. All students and community members interested in drawing from a live model are welcome to attend. 

If you have questions, please contact Michael Stasinos at & 253-535-7499 or the School of Arts & Communication at & 253-535-7150

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
May 9th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Studio Theater, Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts


Special Student Preview price: $2

Not a student? $5 w/ PLU ID or $8 General Admission

Call 253-535-7411 for tickets

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

Before every performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, four audience volunteers are recruited to participate on-stage as guest spellers. Each new foursome guarantees a new set of hilarious and unexpected experiences - one night is just as unique as the one before it. The willing contestants are chosen through a careful vetting process, utilizing pre-show lobby interviews and audience questionnaires.

“Can you spell irresistible?  Drat!  I mean, irresistible?  Yea or Nay, that’s precisely the word for the “25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a lovably inconsequential, entirely adorable new musical.” – The New York Times


May 6th - Writing Torture, Deconstructing Trauma?: the Uruguayan Case
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hauge Administration, Classroom 209

A colloquium presentation by Dr. Giovanna Urdangarain, hosted by the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Uruguay still deals with the consequences of its dictatorship (1973-1985) negotiating the inclusion of diverse voices in the shaping of its social memory by representing the nation’s experience of State Terrorism and its aftermath in multiple ways (e.g. over twenty documentaries, fiction and an extensive corpus of testimonial literature within which there are four volumes published by a group of former women political prisoners.) In August of 2010, I interviewed members of the latter group as well as the Director of the MuMe (Museum of Memory) created in Montevideo in 2007. This paper analyzes the data obtained by these interviews vis à vis recent filmic and literary production. As Ruth Leys demonstrates in Trauma: A Genealogy, in the aftermath of violence, we are faced with two kinds of trauma: an internalized one that condemns the victim to the repetition of violence and an external one that enables the victim to denounce violence. It is a crucial question whether testimonial projects, novels and films such as the ones I investigate in this paper subvert or perpetuate this paradox. Additionally, my analysis illuminates the challenges involved in providing an inclusive account of violence and specifically in writing torture. By showing how these diverse sources function as documents, I aim at demonstrating how the inclusive nature of these accounts resists an essentialist construction of memory, something crucial since Uruguay is the only country in South America that has twice rejected via referendum (1989 and 2009) an Expiry Law that prevents the prosecution of military officials for crimes committed before 1985.

May 7th - Learning is forever/ L.I.F.E.
10:30am - 12:00pm
Garfield Book Company's Community Room
Class fee: $10 for public, FREE to PLU students, staff and faculty

Impersonator John Salicco as a Sourdough during the Klondike Gold Rush.

The Klondike was the last of the great rushes for gold where individuals armed with only picks, shovels and their trusty pans could seek a fortune in a frontier wilderness. Historical impersonator, John Salicco, will portray a Sourdough returning to Washington after 2 years of moiling for gold in the Klondike.
This is a 50 minute one man presentation including the poetry of Robert Service, with discussion following.
For more information go to-
Or contact Learning Is ForEver's program coordinator, Laura Stewart - / (253) 241-4166


Most concerts performed in Lagerquist Concert Hall are live-streamed. If the concert is live-streamed you can watch it here.

May 1st - University Concert Band
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Free Admission, No Tickets
Band Series: University Concert Band, Student Ensemble.  John Wetherington, Conductor.

May 3rd - Percussion and Steel Pan Ensembles
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Free Admission, No Tickets
Studio Series: Percussion and Steel Pan Ensembles, Miho Takekawa, Director.

May 4th - Solvvinden Flute Ensemble
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Free Admission. No Tickets
Studio Series: Solvvinden Flute Ensemble, Jennifer Rhyne, Director.

May 4th - PLUtonic and HERmonic
5:30pm - 6:30pm
MBRC Amphitheater
Free Admission
Student Series: PLUtonic/HERmonic Acapella group, Julian Reisenthal, Student Contact. Will be held in Lagerquist in the event of rain.
Tickets available through PLU Concierge Desk (253 535 7411)

May 5th - Guitar Ensemble and Orchestra
8:00pm -9:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Free Admission, No Tickets
Studio Series: Guitar Ensemble and Orchestra, Elizabeth CD Brown, Director.

May 7th - Jazz Combos in the Cave
5:30pm - 7:00pm
University Center, Cave
Free Admission, No Tickets
Jazz Series: Jazz Combos in the Cave, David Deacon-Joyner, Director.

May 8th - University Jazz Ensemble
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Chris Knutzen Hall, Loren and MaryAnn Anderson University Center
Tickets $8 general admission, $5 senior citizens (55+), $3 alumni, free 18 and under. Tickets are available through PLU Concierge Desk (253 535 7411)
Jazz Series: The University Jazz Ensemble with guest performers the Wilson High School Jazz Ensemble, Michael Herb, Director. The University Jazz Ensemble will present a preview of their Australia trip repertoire.  David Deacon-Joyner, Director.

May 11th - Focus Series: Cosmosis with the University Wind Ensemble
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Tickets $8 general admission, $5 senior citizens (55+), $3 alumni, free 18 and under. Tickets available at PLU Concierge Desk (253 535 7411)

Band Series: Cosmosis University Wind Ensemble and University Singers, Edwin Powell and Brian Galante, Directors This program is part of the SOAC Focus Series: Empowerment.

Susan Botti, Composer
Edwin Powell and Brian Galante, Directors

Cosmosis composer, Susan Botti, sets two texts by American poet May Swenson. The first movement uses the text of “Overboard,” and musically depicts the effects of gravity. In the second and third movements, the effects of gravity are released as Botti sets Swenson’s fictional musings on the first American space station, Skylab, and an experiment to test if a spider could spin a web in space. Though Skylab ultimately lost orbital integrity and came crashing to Earth, the lessons learned shaped future space missions. The quest for scientific discovery has empowered and shaped our society for our entire history. We discover valuable things through triumph in discovery and learning through failure.

May 12th - Studio Series:  Composer’s Forum
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Free admission, no tickets
Studio Series: Composer's Forum, Greg Youtz, Director.

May 12 - Studio Series: Songwriter’s Workshop Concert
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cave in the Anderson University Commons on PLU Campus
Songwriters Workshop
Directed by Prof. Jeff Leisawitz.
Original songs and famous covers as composed and arranged by students in the PLU Music Department Songwriting Workshop.

May 14th - University Symphony Orchestra
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 senior citizen (55+), $3 alumni, free PLU community, 18 and under. Tickets available through PLU Concierge Desk (253 535 7411)
Orchestra & Choral Series: University Symphony Orchestra with Choir of the West and Choral Union perform Beethoven's Mass in C and
Symphony No. 9., Jeffrey Bell-Hanson and Richard Nance, Conductors.

May 15 - String Kaleidoscope
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Free Admission, No Tickets
Studio Series: String Kaleidoscope, Svend Rønning, Director.

May 16 - Piano Ensemble Recital
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Free admission, no tickets.
Studio Series: Piano Ensemble, Oksana Ezhokina, Director.

May 21 - Camas Wind Quintet
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 senior citizen (55+), $3 alumni, free PLU community, 18 and under. Tickets available through the PLU Concierge Desk (253 535-7411)
Regency Concert Series: Camas Wind Quintet

May 25th - Commencement Celebration Concert
8:00pm - 10:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Free admission with ticket.  Call 253-535-7602 to reserve.
Final concert of the year with Choir of the West (Richard Nance, Conductor), University Chorale (Brian Galante, Conductor), University symphony Orchestra (Jeffrey Bell-Hanson, Conductor), University Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, Conductor) and University Jazz Ensemble (David Deacon-Joyner, Director) performing musical excerpts from the past year.