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-- Leadership & Service --

'Alumni' - What does the term mean?

By Darren Hamby '87, '92, Alumni Board President

What does it mean to be a PLU alum? A strong connection to a place that educates for a life of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care. What does it really mean?

PLU did not just prepare us for a career or a vocation. We discovered ourselves in music, sports, theatre or creative writing. We explored our spiritual beliefs and our political convictions. We prepared for a second career or a return to the workforce. We made lifelong friends. PLU offered and continues to offer a means of developing skills, achieving goals and preparing for the future.

Why stay connected? PLU recognizes that lifelong learning helps us remain current in our chosen fields, acquire new skills and keep pace with a rapidly changing world. The alumni association offers educational events and travel opportunities that support lifelong learning. Why give back? By attending PLU, we made an investment in our education and our future. We can assure that current and future students also have those same opportunities. PLU's development effort seeks to strengthen the endowment, improve buildings and equipment, and keep the university financially strong.

Why get involved? Whether we mentor a student, guest-lecture in our field, volunteer on a university board or committee, or help recruit new students, our involvement is critical to the ongoing success of Pacific Lutheran University. Our connection to PLU did not end when we walked across the stage at commencement. Rather, it was the beginning of what I hope is your connection and continued commitment.

This fall, I have both the pleasure and challenge of beginning my term as alumni board president. I welcome your suggestions on how the alumni association can serve you better.

Darren Hamby, Alumni Board President Hamby lives in Seattle, where he manages compensation and employee benefit programs for ZymoGenetics, a biotechnology research company. He also is a volunteer with the Admissions Office and is a past president of PLUS Business. He can be reached at hambyd@zgi.com.

Rebecca (Nauss '74) Burad (Regent)
San Francisco, Calif.

Phyllis (Grahn '55) Carroll
Lakewood, Wash.

David Coltom '83
Issaquah, Wash.

John Feldmann '82
Seattle, Wash.

Eva Frey '95
San Bernadino, Calif.

Karen (Deveney '92) Fruehauf
Champlin, Minn.

Michael Fuller '94
Moorpark, Calif.

Darren Hamby '87, '92 (President)
Seattle, Wash.

Dennis Howard '64
Eagle River, Alaska

Beverly (Tranum '55) Knutzen
Shelton, Wash.

Sandra Krause '89 Krause-Olson
Eatonville, Wash.

Toppy (Ramstad '50) Kyllo
Tacoma, Wash.

Gayle (Tideman '67) Lindeblom
Lacey, Wash.

Nikki Martin '73
Mt. Angel, Ore.

Brian Olson '83
Boise, Idaho

Jeff Rippey '78 (Regent)
Portland, Ore.

Susan (Hildebrand '76) Stringer
(Regent) Bellevue, Wash.


David Aubrey
Vice President, Development & University Relations

Kara Fleharty
Associate Director, Annual Giving/Q Club

Lauralee Hagen '75, '78
Director, Alumni & Parent Relations

Darren Kerbs '96
Associate Director, Alumni & Parent Relations

Robby Larson '00
ASPLU President

Laura Majovski
Acting Vice President and Dean for Student Life

Joni Niesz
Office Assistant, Alumni & Parent Relations

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