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Leadership and Service. Tom and Mary Renne support their son Mark '05 - and many other students and their families - as co-chairs of the PLU Parents Council.

Parents Council members urge more involvement in PLU

by Tom Renee, Parents Council

PLU continues to have a tremendous positive impact on the entire Renne family. My wife, Mary, and I are members of the PLU Parents Council. Our daughter, Julie ’01, and son in law, Gabriel Miller ’01, are graduates. Gabe, who recently returned from service with the U.S. Marines in Kuwait, is training to become a commercial airline pilot. Julie is a manager for Nordstrom. We can honestly say that PLU’s commitment toward educating students for lives of service played a significant role in guiding both Julie and Gabe toward their current vocations.

Our son, Mark ’05, is a junior and plays in the offensive line for the Lute football team. We have been blessed in so many ways by our involvement in PLU activities including Parents Council, supporting Lute football across the country, attending choir concerts, track meets and chapel services, ushering at PLU’s commencement ceremony, participating in regional student recruiting events, and more. As a result, Mary and I have developed lifelong friendships with PLU parents, students, alumni and staff members. I recently read the book “The Purpose Driven Life,” which outlines the fact that God planned each moment in our life. He longs for all of us to discover “What on earth am I here for?”

Once you discover your life’s purpose it then becomes your challenge to be a “Person of Influence.” Many current students and alumni had an opportunity to discover their purpose in life as a result of PLU experiences. A couple of years ago the volume of our positive first hand PLU experiences drove us to feel “a call to action.” It became very clear to both of us that our purpose in life, at this moment, was to become more committed and involved in PLU by positively influencing others, promoting the total PLU experience to prospective students and families and last but not least to have fun! That led us to the Parents Council.

What is your purpose in life at this moment? Could it possibly be to become a more involved and supportive PLU parent or alumni?

Please feel free to contact either Mary or me with questions, feedback or suggestions at We would love to hear from you! Go Lutes!

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Parents Council 2003-2004

Tom and Kathryn Baerwald,
Alexandria, Va.

Dan and Susan Berentson,
Burlington, Wash.

Randy and Jeanne Castello,
Honolulu, Hawaii

Jan and Ann Hockert,
Vancouver, Wash.

Dan (’77) and Linda (Alexander ’77) Jamieson, Omak, Wash.

Cindy Kennedy ‘81,
University Place, Wash.

Mary Lou Knudsen,
Edmonds, Wash.

Scott and Kathie McClimans,
Bremerton, Wash.

Paul and Lynn (Nestby ’77) Olson,
Port Orchard, Wash.

Tom and Mary Renne, co-chairs,
West Linn, Ore.

Sharon Schauss,
Fircrest, Wash.

Chuck and Linda Spiedel,
Boise, Idaho

Bill and Rosemary Stewart,
Spokane, Wash.

Terry ’75 and Martha (Simpson ’75) Teigen,
Seattle, Wash.

Tom and Wendey Weathers,
Spanaway, Wash.

Bruce and Nancy Wojciechowski,
Lake Oswego, Ore.

Tim and Sue Wolbrecht,
Redmond, Wash.

Bruce and Nancy Yoder,
Port Orchard, Wash.

Photo Credits

By: Jordan Hartman ’02


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