PLU Alumni College at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend PLU Alumni College at the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Nestled in a beautiful southern Oregon valley, the festival is a rich and rewarding experience for those whose love of fine theater parallels their love of scenic surroundings.

Participants leave the morning of Friday, July 11, and travel in style on a fully equipped deluxe coach bus to Ashland, Ore., and the Plaza Inn Suites at Ashland Creek. The hotel is in the heart of downtown and features many room amenities. The trip also includes one group “special event” meal that features a presentation by an Oregon Shakespeare Festival dramaturge (a literary advisor for a theatre company who works with playwrights, and selects and edits scripts). In addition, Jeff Clapp Associate Professor of Theatre and Artistic Director at PLU will be the “scholar in residence” for the trip.  He is a 1990 graduate of PLU and earned his MFA from Mankato State University in 1999.

Alumni College participants experience the magic of four plays, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare and “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder.

Additionally, there is an opportunity to choose from other performances, such as “Coriolanus” or “The Comedy of Errors,” and ”Othello” or “The Clay Cart.” For an additional cost, a few tickets are also available for “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.”

The cost of the trip is $750 per person for double occupancy, and $1025 for single occupancy. This includes transportation to and from PLU, three nights lodging, four theatre performances, a backstage tour and lectures, as well as a special brunch with the whole group. The group returns to PLU on Monday, July 14. Space is limited and reservations are required by May 31 by returning the reservation form or visiting

List your business on PLU’s online community

Realtor Monica (Kirk ’96) Hilliard joined the Click! after two fellow Lutes purchased their new home from her.

Two clients encouraged Monica (Kirk ’96) Hilliard, who graduated with a degree in biology, to join the Click! after they discovered she was also a Lute. The two alumni not only purchased their new home from Monica, they also told her PLU’s Yellow Pages would be a great way to promote her services to the whole PLU community.

Monica has been selling homes in the greater Puget Sound area since 2004 and is currently a realtor in Windemere’s Puyallup/Canyon Road office. After her listing in PLU’s Yellow Pages brought two additional Lutes her way, Monica decided to give back to PLU by becoming a Q Club member and committed to donating a portion of her commission from every sale to PLU alumni to Q Club.

When asked what she would tell to people who haven’t joined the online community, Monica commented, “Why haven’t they? What a great opportunity to network and maintain relationships within this great community.”

The PLU Yellow Pages are just one of the many benefits of registering for the online community. It’s easy to join – simply go to

The Yellow Pages helped find a real estate agent for PLU alumni and generated business for Monica. What could they do for you?

Join the A-Team at PLU’s Relay for Life!

On April 25 and 26, PLU will host its third annual Relay for Life event. Starting the evening of the 25th and continuing through the next morning, teams of PLU students, faculty, staff, friends and alumni will walk around the track. The event honors the multitude of lives touched by cancer. This is an opportunity to camp out overnight, meet new people and pay tribute to cancer victims, survivors and caregivers, all while helping raise funds for the fight against the disease.

Would you like to reconnect with fellow PLU alumni for this night full of fun, hope and remembrance? As alumni chair of this event, PLU student Jamie Roberts has created a team just for you. You can join Jamie and the “A-Team” by making a donation and/or signing up to walk at Click “join a team” and search “alumni.” As team captain, Jamie will share fundraising tips and keep everyone updated with event-day logistics. The goal is for each team to have at least 10 members and for each member to raise at least $100.

Can you think of friends from one of your PLU affinities that would join you in the Relay for Life? A team leader and at least nine members is all it takes. You can also create your own team Simply click “start a team,” enter some basic contact information and a team name, and then you’re ready to reconnect this group of friends for a great cause.

Questions about joining the “A-Team” or starting a team of your own can be directed to Student Involvement and Leadership at 253-535-7195.

Homecoming 2008 rescheduled for Oct. 9-12

Due to changes in the NCAA Division III football schedule, there is no longer a Lute football game on the dates originally scheduled as Homecoming weekend. Knowing that Homecoming would feel incomplete for many of you without a gathering of the PLU community cheering for Lute Football, we have adjusted our plans. Mark your calendars for the new dates of Homecoming 2008, October 9-12, and plan on connecting with fellow Lutes on the PLU campus.

Save the dates for Family Weekend 2008

October 31-November 2 will be Family Weekend 2008. There will be faculty, friends, fun, food, and we’re certainly hoping for loads of families. Save these dates and stay tuned for a full schedule of events to be released this summer.

Pencil us in

Upcoming events

March 9-11
Montana Connection Events

March 9           
Kalispell, Mont.

March 10           
Helena, Mont.

March 11           
Bozeman, Mont.

March 12           
Billings, Mont.

March 14           
Tables for Eight, PLU, Chris Knutzen Hall

April 6           
Spring Parents Council Meeting, PLU

April 18-20           
Spring Alumni Board Meeting, PLU

May 3           
Spring Donor Banquet, PLU

May 25           
Spring Commencement, Tacoma Dome

July 11-14           
Alumni College 2008 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

For more information: or call 800-ALUM-PLU.

Photo top: The Tempest by William Shakespheare, part of last season's dramatic offerings at OSF. Pictured: Ariel (Nancy Rodrigues) with two of her shadows (Paul Michael Garcia, Jeremy Peter Johnson). Photo: Jenny Graham.