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Parents Council members come to understand meaning of 'It's a great day to be a Lute!'
By Bob and JoAnn Larson, PLU Parents Council members
Bill and Donna Schlitt, Chairs
Paul and Carol Abodeely
William and Anne Buck
Norris and Jana Dancer
Mark and Christine Eggert
Paul and Penelope Fredlund
Peter '76 and Mary Ellen '77 Gulsrud
Dan '77 and Linda '77 Jamieson
Gary and Mavis Koch
Bob and JoAnn Larson
John and Melanie McQuaig
Federal Way, Wash.
John '68 and Shirley '69 Oakley
Jerry '73 and Janine '72 Skaga
Gig Harbor, Wash.
Chuck and Linda Spiedel
Paul and Cynthia Stabbert
Glen and Karen Takenouchi
William and Yvonne Van Nostran
Lauralee Hagen '75, '78 Director
Alumni & Parent Relations
Darren Kerbs '96, Associate Director
Alumni & Parent Relations
Kari Leppell '92, Associate Director
President Loren and MaryAnn Anderson
David Aubrey, Vice President
Development & University Relations
Acting Vice President and Dean Student Life
It really would be all too easy just to send our monthly payments to our son's newfound home: Pacific Lutheran University. Send the money, listen for the occasional telephone call home to assure us all is well and continue to perform the daily tasks associated with being a parent. Yet that seemed empty, like leaving something only partially finished. We felt the need to continue our support of him and his choice of a university, as he moved forward in his education and personal growth.
As parents of a freshman student, now nearly four years ago, we, too, chose instead to "sample" this community of PLU. We found a unique, caring community, profound for its inner strength, outstanding leadership and dedicated adherence to providing an education in both service and letters. Almost immediately, like our son, we chose to become active supporters.
The more we participated in those opportunities available to parents, the more we wanted to share the excitement of Pacific Lutheran University. We soon found ourselves volunteering for PLU informational nights in our community and "kick off" parties for incoming students and their parents, hoping to relay the enthusiasm of this unique community of exceptional students and educators.
It became a "natural" to join the PLU Parents Council, accepting the additional responsibilities. Our official role now includes contacting parents of incoming students in the fall, hosting orientation weekend parent coffees and serving as a resource for any parent with questions and concerns.
Our years here have been rewarding . . . from helping parents understand this place called PLU to being involved with so many great activities and people. But most of all, we know that we will really understand much of what our son has experienced in his education here. We know now what it means to say, "It's a great day to be a Lute!"
Bob and his wife, JoAnn, reside in Portland, Ore. Bob is advertising manager of Unified Western Grocers (formerly United Grocers Inc.), and JoAnn is a registered nurse with Allergy, Asthma & Dermatology Assoc. Both are members of Q Club and Resurrection Lutheran Church of Portland. Their son, Robby, is a senior at PLU, a Q Club member and currently serves as ASPLU president.
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