School of Arts and Communication

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.


Taylor Cox '15

Taylor Cox is a senior 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.

Lauren Peterson '14

Lauren Peterson is a senior from Nashville, TN, graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking this December. 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 Master 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.

Jenny Kimura '17

Jenny Kimura is a sophomore from Kailua, Hawaii who is planning to get a BFA in Graphic Design with minors in Latin and Printing and Publishing Arts. She hopes to work in children’s book publishing someday. In spring semester 2015, she will be traveling to Oxford, England with the International Honors Program. During the week (when she’s not in class) she works at the PLU financial aid office and is a new member of the PLU debate team. In her spare time, Jenny can be found at the beach (or someplace warm), hanging out with friends, or reading a book. Email:

Kelsey Barnes '16

Kelsey Barnes is a junior from Edmonds, WA, pursuing a double major in Art History and Anthropology. Additionally, she is beginning her third year in the International Honors Program. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school for Museum Studies, and later pursuing a career as a museum curator. During her spring semester of 2014, Kelsey was chosen to be a part of the inaugural group to  study abroad with the IHON Oxford Program. Although the main focus of this program were the IHON courses about the foundations, principles, and practice of human rights, Kelsey’s favorite part of this experience was the one-on-one Art history course she took with an Oxford Professor. The opportunity to see the pieces she was studying in person was priceless! Please contact Kelsey at


Brendan Stanton '16

Brendan Stanton is a junior from Ketchikan, Alaska majoring in communication with an emphasis in PR and Advertising. Brendan has been a top competitor for PLU’s Speech and Debate team for three years. He is a strong advocate for debate, because it improves many career and social skills. Brendan works as a Sea Kayak Tour Guide in the summer. Connect with him at

Valery Jorgensen '15

Valery Jorgensen is a senior 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 at The 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 senior 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.


Mitchell Helton '15

Mitchell Helton is a senior 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.

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Sarah Hubert '16

Sarah Hubert is a junior theatre major, music minor from Woodinville, WA. She sings in the Choir of the West and is the Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. Sarah works in the costume shop on campus and is also a tour guide. During Spring 2014, Sarah studied abroad in Nantes, France where she got to learn about French theatre.

Jacob Viramontes

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Amy Van Cleave '15

Amy Van Cleave is a senior 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.

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.

Taylor Mills

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