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March 2011

Setting the stage for a new era of arts at PLU

Due to the extraordinary generosity of Karen Hille Phillips, Pacific Lutheran University has begun a renovation project leading to a new performing arts center, to be named after the former regent.

Karen Hille Phillips cared deeply about the University, and began that relationship decades ago, when PLC President Seth Eastvold visited her family on a fund-raising trip to the Karen's eastern Washington farm," said President Loren J. Anderson. "It is really appropriate that her estate will fund the renovation of a building and program that she cared so much about."

Journalism Scholarship Supports a Professor's Vision

cliff scholar

During Homecoming Weekend 2009, Clifford Rowe, retiring PLU Journalism Professor, and his wife Jille, were surprised with the announcement of the Clifford and Jille Rowe Journalism Scholarship.

This scholarship is recognition of the many years of inspiration that Rowe gave to students at PLU.  He taught his students the value of a good story, and reminded us constantly that our ethics are our most powerful asset.

Puppets, students take a long holiday ride home

floating world

Most of us have this childhood memory - sometimes cherished, sometimes tucked away under lock and key - of the family road trip. The miseries of sitting in the back seat with the annoying brother or the arrogant sister, and if things are really bad, having a middle sibling wedged in between. This is the setting of Paula Vogel's one-act play "The Long Christmas Ride Home," which will be performed along with two other plays by Thornton Wilder - "The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden" and "The Wreck on the Five-Twenty-Five."  All three plays will be presented under the umbrella title "The Floating World."


Soloists show off their talents at USO's March concert

This month's University Symphony Orchestra concert on March 22 will feature four student soloists - three sopranos and a composer - that will showcase talent ranging from operatic to the singing of age-old French chants.

"It's rare to have all the soloists be singers," said Jeffrey Bell-Hanson, the USO's conductor and PLU's director of orchestral activities. "It just so happened that's the way it worked out this year."