the years, Scene has chronicled PLU's special effort to
remain connected to its Norwegian heritage. On several
occasions, members of the Norwegian royal family have
come to campus. Here, President Anderson shows the Norwegian
crown prince, Haakon, a sculpture on lower campus titled
“Generations of Oak” during his visit in 1999. The sculpture,
created by Kathryn Wold, was dedicated by his mother,
Queen Sonja, in 1995.
nothing else, the editors of Lute publications can be assured
of two certainties in life: Mooring Mast readers will always
look at the Safety Beat first, and Scene readers will head directly
for Class Notes.
readers’ fascination with Class Notes is easy to explain. As
alumni move away and begin new stages in their lives, keeping
in touch becomes more complicated. In a world where it sometimes
seems easier to drift apart than stay connected, Class Notes
are the glue that binds PLU’s alumni community together.
• FIRST SCENE: OCTOBER 1970
• FIRST USE OF FULL COLOR: SPECIAL ADMISSIONS ISSUE IN
• FIRST USE OF GLOSSY PAGES: FALL 1994
• NUMBER OF COUNTRIES SCENE IS MAILED TO: 63
the 30 years of marriages and births, job promotions and awards
that Scene has chronicled, certain patterns become apparent.
PLU is a family institution. Couples have announced marriages
and the births of their children—and many of those kids themselves
PLU is continually growing. While enrollment grows steadily,
the body of those who call themselves “Lutes” grows immensely
with every entering class—and accordingly, Class Notes grows
longer and richer.
most enduring pattern that emerges is the strength of the PLU
community. Class Notes routinely profile gatherings and events
that bring together alumni from 20, 30 or even 50 years ago
to catch up on busy lives and remember old times.