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Do you ever get together with a group of your PLU friends to share a meal, watch a game, attend a Christmas Festival Concert or take a trip? Your Alumni and Parent Relations staff would love to hear about these gatherings and we think others would, too. We sometimes hear the stories about-or may even be invited to attend-the weddings, Christmas parties, summer barbecues, and other occasions that bring Lutes together. Once in a while we even hear about groups of Lutes who gather together annually to catch up, renew relationships and share PLU memories. We would love to hear more! In addition, when space permits, we would be happy to print photos from some of these special occasions. Please share these times with us so that we can share them with Scene readers.

Alumni at Marzano's Italian Restaurant On Jan. 14, a group of 14 Lute alumni met for dinner at Marzano's Italian Restaurant on Garfield Street, in Parkland. They planned to attend the Lute basketball game but due to a five-hour power outage on lower campus, the game was postponed! Al Kollar '70, who organized the event, reported that while they were disappointed not to see a game, 'a good time was had by all.' The group included Kollar, Sulley Hester '71, Mike Harshman '67, Wally Nagel '70, Jim Skog '69, Mike Willis '73, Randy Curtis '70, Tim Chandler '70, Dave Carr, Jerry Anderson '70, Leroy Sinnes '70, Ralph Whitman '70, Doug Hedlund '75, John Jacobs '71 and Jim Van Beek '60, '69.

Brian Slater at at the PLU 2010 eventBrian Slater '91, spoke with former Dean of Physical Education and Athletic Director David Olson on Jan. 18 at the PLU 2010 event, held at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club in Olympia, Wash. Listening to the conversation were Paula Bjornson Slater '89, Dorothy Bjornson, and Arvis Olson. Seventy-five alumni, parents, prospective students and friends of PLU attended the event.

Christmas Party at the Nordin'sDale '76 and Karen (Murray '77) Nordin hosted a Christmas party at their home on Dec. 12. The guests, including PLU alumni Doug Ely '76, Lance Schroeder '77, and Jim Bridge '77, also enjoyed the annual Huntington Beach (Calif.) holiday boat parade.

Celebrating the PLU Football Championship Game

Former history Professor Christopher Browning and Jenni Browning enjoyed the football championship game in Salem, Va. The Brownings at the championship game Megan Swanson '00 and Rena Schlitt '00 celebrate at the Ram in Tacoma
Megan Swanson '00 and Rena Schlitt '00

Ram party in Tacoma Those not able to attend the game in person celebrated with a game-day party at the Ram in Tacoma

From left, Del Lofton '91, Alumni Board President Darren Hamby '87, '92, University Pastors Nancy Connor and Dennis Sepper

Harry Malnes and Jim Van Beek
Harry Malnes '51 and PLU Development Director Jim Van Beek '60, '69
Shannon Herlocker '98 and Mike James '98
Shannon and Mike celebrating the game

Annual women's luncheon

For over 50 years local-area women have been gathering for an annual luncheon to celebrate their association with Pacific Lutheran University. For the first time, the women who graduated in the decade of the '60s will be invited to join women of the '30s, '40s and '50s for this long-standing tradition. The luncheon will be held on April 1, in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, and will be followed by a short musical program in the Lagerquist Concert Hall of the MBRMC. If you have not received your invitation by mid-March or if you live outside the local area but would like to attend, please call the PLU Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Alumni College at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Aug. 17-20, 2000
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore.
Experience the magic of three plays by William Shakespeare: "Hamlet," "Taming of the Shrew," and "Twelfth Night," on an exciting trip to the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Travel to Ashland, Ore., on our popular (and infamous!) trip with other PLU alumni, parents, and friends (as in the photo of a previous group). Along with the group will be PLU faculty members who will lead lively and thought-provoking discussions about the performances. We will provide opportunities to visit local attractions throughout the weekend.

William Shakespeare This reasonably-priced trip includes transportation to and from PLU, lodging for three nights, three theater performances and a backstage tour, as well as a dinner with the whole group. Options for meeting the group in Ashland are available. Space is limited-reserve your spot today or call for a brochure!

PLU GOLD meets for the first time

GOLD event in Portland, Ore.
Attending the Portland, Ore., GOLD event were (from left) Richard and Erika (Johnson) George '94, Brady Mertz and his wife, Kara Quello '92.

In an effort to involve more recent Pacific Lutheran University graduates in alumni activities, the Alumni Board's alumni programs/affiliations committee hosted the first PLU GOLD (Graduates of Last Decade) event last December.

The Alumni Board and a local host committee invited graduates of the last decade living in the Portland, Ore., area to join them at a restaurant prior to the PLU Christmas Festival Concert at New Hope Community Church. Over 30 Lutes took advantage of this opportunity to mix and mingle during hors d'oeuvres and no-host libations. Most participants attended the Christmas concert with the compliments of the Alumni and Parent Relations Office. More events are being planned so be sure to watch for details and attend the PLU GOLD event in your area! If you would like to help plan an event, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and we will put you in touch with a committee member.

Alumni directories are in!
The PLU Alumni Directory, published every five years, is off the press.

This directory lists PLU alumni by year, geographical location, and career field, with addresses, phone numbers, and other information alumni may have submitted. You may purchase one by calling the Harris Publishing Company, at 800-877-6554. Prices are $89.94 hardbound, $79.94 softbound, and $87.94 CD-ROM, with shipping and handling charges included.

Thank you to all the alumni who responded to the mailings and calls while this important information was compiled.

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