SOAC + School of Art & Communication

Dean's Student Advisory Board

The Pacific Lutheran University SOAC Student Advisory Board serves as the primary source of student advice to the Dean of the School and as student ambassadors for prospective SOAC students. The board consists of representation from across the SOAC disciplines as selected by the respective chair of the department or director of the program.  Representatives hold their positions for one academic year and meet on a monthly basis with the Dean of the School.

Current and prospective students should feel free to contact any of these board members directly. The SOAC Student Advisory Board members offer their own unique view of the SOAC experience. 

Art and Design

Taylor Cox '15

Taylor Cox is a junior from Snohomish, Wa. pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is currently the Activities Director for Ordal’s Resident Hall Council (RHC) and is involved in PLU’s Dance Ensemble. She is studying away in Dubai during J-Term 2013 and is excited to further her education while immersing herself in another culture. 


Lauren Peterson '14

Lauren Peterson is a senior from Nashville, TN, pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking. She is involved in PLU’s Dance Ensemble and works as a Student Intern in the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations. On any given night, she can be found in one of the various studios of Ingram Hall. Lauren plans to attend PLU's Masters of Arts in Education program so she may teach Elementary Art. Her activities outside of PLU include being a member of the University Student Museum Advisory Committee with the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

Lauren Peterson

Hannah Kreutz '14

Hannah is a senior from Marysville, Washington. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design as well as a minor in Religion. Hannah has a love for children, non-profits, and design and hopes to incorporate all three into a position after graduation in May. In addition to academics and on-campus involvement, she also spends time each month serving on the University Student Museum Advisory Committee with The Museum of Glass in downtown Tacoma, as well as coaching club volleyball with South Sound Volleyball Club. 


Pam Barker '14

Pam Barker is a senior double majoring in Communication and Political Science.  She is originally from Meridian, Idaho.  Pam loves studying communication because it allows her to constantly question and attempt to understand the world.  Pam is president of the PLU Speech and Debate team and travels frequently to competitions around the country and internationally.  Pam also works as Social Justice Director for the campus Residence Hall Association.  When she’s not working on schoolwork or debate, you can often find Pam at a local coffee shop talking about politics over a vanilla latte.


Valery Jorgensen '15

Valery Jorgensen is a junior pursuing a communication major with an emphasis in journalism and a business administration minor. She is heavily involved in media work on and off campus. Valery interned during the 2013 summer atThe Peninsula Gateway, where she gained experience in news, lifestyles and sports reporting. She is continuing to freelance for them throughout the school year. Valery is also currently a writer for University Communications and is the journalism and visual media team lead of MediaLab, an applied internship program. She wants to purse a career as a news reporter after graduation. In her spare time she can be found spending time with friends, exploring the outdoors or watching her favorite TV show, Criminal Minds. Connect with her at


Katelynn Padron '15

Katelynn Padron is a junior studying public relations and advertising at Pacific Lutheran University. She was born and raised in Tacoma, WA where she attended Lincoln High School and met her husband, Riel. Though she is not yet certain what career path she will follow, Katelynn aspires to find a job that does not feel like work. When she is not studying, Katelynn can be found playing with her Australian Shepherd puppy or working as a barista in Puyallup. 

Katelynn Padron

Thomas Soerenes '14

Thomas is a senior from Bømlo, Norway. He is pursuing a communication degree with an emphasis in journalism and a Global Studies minor. Thomas is currently a photographer for MediaLab, PLU’s Athletic Department and for University Communications. He has worked as a photographer for PLU’s student newspaper, The Mooring Mast. Prior to his time at PLU he was the photography editor for Green River Community College’s student newspaper, The Current. His work has been used by websites such as, Mashable, and TechCrunch.


Mitch Helton '15

Mitchell Helton is a junior B.F.A Theatre Major from Colorado Springs, Co. He is part of APO, the theatre honor society on campus. He is also the SOAC office assistant. He is a huge fan of hockey and is hoping that Seattle gets a team soon. Mitchell also loves spending time in the outdoors and spent this past summer as a camp counselor in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.


Cori DeVerse '14

Cori is a senior Theatre major. She is also manager of Theatre House. 

Kraig Patridge '14

Kraig Partridge is senior from Tacoma, WA. pursuing a BFA in Technical Theatre with a minor in Music. You can find him running sound around campus, bouldering at Climb Tacoma, or rehearsing in the Karen Hille Philips Studio Theater. Kraig is also the current president of Alpha Psi Omega, the Theatre honor society on campus. (Go Loughs!) He currently works for Instructional Technologies as a student technician, and for PLU Theatre's Tech Crew as a student carpenter. After graduation, Kraig plans on traveling, broadening his horizons and exploring new opportunities in theatre and in life.


Michael Plagerman '15

Michael Plagerman is a native of Lynden, WA.  An organ performance major, he sings in the Choir of the West and the chapel choir and serves as organist at Federal Way United Methodist Church, and associate organist at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Des Moines. Michael also studies harpsichord with Katherine Habedank.


Amy Van Cleave '15

Amy Van Cleave is a junior studying Music Education. She plans on teaching elementary music with a cultural, world percussion twist. She is a member of the Percussion Ensemble, the University Orchestra, and the Wind Ensemble.  She is a Mary Baker Russell Scholar, as well as a Rieke Scholar working in the Diversity Center.  She plans on researching and teaching ethnic music and eventually teaching music at a high school level. She likes learning new, quirky instruments and exploring the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest and traveling globally. 


Miranda Matson-Jewett '14

Miranda Matson-Jewett is a senior at Pacific Lutheran University, working towards her Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. She is a student of Janeanne Houston, focusing on classical repertoire and opera. This year she is a returning second soprano in the University Choral and performed as First Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute. Her past productions and performances include title roles in The Fantasticks and The Lucky Stiff, co-direction of Shelton High School's 2010 Night of Music Theatre, and a performance of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aterna in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NY.