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Dean’s Funds for Excellence

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Dean's Funds For Excellence

Offering a unique blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs, PLU students develop skills in decision making, analysis, communication, and reasoning that prepare them for a lifetime of success – both in their careers and in service to others. Please help empower the journey of current and future Lutes by giving, as you are able, to support the opportunities for rigorous learning and personal discovery at PLU.

School of Arts & Communication

``The incredible work that our students are able to accomplish is the direct result of the support of so many. Thank you in advance for your support of SOAC and PLU.``

Cameron Bennett, DMA
Dean, School of Arts and Communication and Professor of Music

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School of Business

``We continue to provide an excellent business education in a student-centered learning environment grounded in the liberal arts. Gifts of all sizes to the Dean's Fund make a difference for our students. Join me in enhancing student learning and experiences while supporting teaching excellence.``

Chung-Shing Lee, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business

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School of Education and Kinesiology

``Your gift to the School of Education and Kinesiology supports the development of inclusive, innovative and evidence-based professionals. Through these students, you positively impact the quality of community education, health, and physical activity programs and services.``

Karen McConnell, Ph.D., C.H.E.S.
Dean of the School of Education and Kinesiology

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Division of Humanities

``The Division of Humanities draws on rich tradition and cultivates an intellectual and imaginative connection between a living past and the global challenges of our contemporary world. It challenges students to realize the importance of participating in the larger and broader service to the common good.``

Kevin J. O'Brien
Dean, Division of Humanities and Associate Professor of Religion

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Division of Natural Sciences

``An education in the Natural Sciences at PLU prepares students with the skills and knowledge to succeed as professionals in the scientific community. As part of a liberal arts education, studying science at PLU provides students with excellent context of the importance of scientific approaches to address the world's greatest challenges.``

Ann Auman, Ph.D.
Dean of Natural Sciences

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School of Nursing

``Your gift to the School of Nursing supports the development of students to enter the profession as entry level nurses, master's prepared nurses or advanced practice nurses with a doctorate of nursing practice. PLU nursing graduates are transforming healthcare and impacting the health outcomes in the region.``

Barbara Habermann, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing

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Division of Social Sciences

``Your gift to the Division of Social Sciences supports students engaged in the study of individuals, relationships, and institutions, past and present. Through your generosity, our majors are able to use empirical and analytical tools to examine and advance the human experience and important social issues in local and global contexts.``

Anna Leon-Guerrero, Ph.D.
Dean, Social Sciences

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Greatest Need

Your gifts provide access to a world-class education that educates students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care.

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Learn more about the PLU Dean's Funds:

As Dean of the School of Arts and Communication at Pacific Lutheran University, I take great pride in the incredible achievements and accomplishments of our talented students and faculty. Each year we highlight collaborations between artists and scholars, artistic and intellectual media, and our university and community.

The incredible work that our students are able to accomplish is the direct result of the support of so many.  Thank you in advance for your support of SOAC and PLU.

Cameron Bennett, DMA
Dean, School of Arts and Communication and Professor of Music

As an AACSB accredited program, we continue to provide an excellent business education in a student-centered learning environment grounded in the liberal arts. Gifts of all sizes to the Dean’s Fund make a difference for our students.

  • $2,500 provides the opportunity for a student to attend a national conference or contest
  • $2,000 replaces a computer in the graduate computer lab
  • $1,000 allows a student to attend a local conference, contest, or to sponsor a table at the CFA’s annual Economic Forecast Dinner
  • $250 fulfills a faculty members due for a national academic organization
  • $60 supports a student membership to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national Business Honor Society for AACSB accredited universities
  • $25 covers a student’s annual membership fee to the CFA society

Join me in enhancing student learning and experiences while supporting teaching excellence.

Chung-Shing Lee, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business

The School of Education and Kinesiology supports a learning environment where our students are equipped with the strategies and tools to become the next generation of Professional Educators, Physical Therapists, and Exercise Scientists. We provide a learning environment that models thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care and where our students can examine the relationship of diversity, justice and sustainability in education and kinesiology to achieve a maximum productivity in their professional lives.

A gift to the School of Education and Kinesiology helps us develop the necessary protocols and tools to grow the world’s educators and kinesiologists of tomorrow.

Karen McConnell, Ph.D., C.H.E.S.
Dean of the School of Education and Kinesiology

The Division of Humanities draws on rich tradition and cultivates an intellectual and imaginative connection between a living past and the global challenges of our contemporary world. It challenges students to realize the importance of participating in the larger and broader service to the common good.

We are committed to superb undergraduate teaching. Classes emphasize communication skills, rigorous analysis of texts and ideas, critical assessment of arguments, and thoughtful reflection. We are able to provide the potential for creative service to the community and the earth because of the generosity of our Lute community.

Kevin J. O’Brien
Dean, Division of Humanities and Associate Professor of Religion

Gifts to the Division of Natural Sciences:

  • Afford us the opportunity to update our classrooms so that our students can engage in collaborative learning and problem solving using current technology
  • Foster essential experiential learning and professional development for students, including access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, support for student-faculty research and off-campus student internships, and meaningful contact with working scientists by bringing outside speakers to campus

Your gifts make a world of difference to both current and future Lutes! 

Ann Auman, Ph.D.
Dean of Natural Sciences

PLU Nursing students are continuously immersed in fruitful experiences. They are provided with hands-on opportunities to work with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue in an effort to help seniors maintain their health and independence. They are studying away to countries like China and Namibia to explore international health care systems. They are operating a Mobile Health Van to provide free health clinics in underserved communities.

A gift of any size makes a big difference for the School of Nursing by providing extraordinary learning opportunities that complement and enhance the academic studies of our students.

  • A gift of $1,000 or more can provide a scholarship to a deserving student or cover travel expenses for faculty professional development.
  • A gift of $500 can give up to 10 nursing professionals the opportunity to attend a CNE event at PLU.
  • A gift of $250 can provide teaching, learning and lab supplies for students.

Thank you for making a difference for the PLU Nursing students!

Barbara Habermann, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing

Through classroom learning and in applied settings such as supervised internships and mentored research projects, students in the Division of Social Sciences acquire an understanding of individuals, relationships, and institutions and develop an array of empirical tools to advance our understanding of the human experience.

Your gift to the division will support a variety of impactful activities including faculty-student research, professional conference opportunities, student internships, and special on campus programming.

Anna Leon-Guerrero, Ph.D.
Dean, Social Sciences