Lute Pride Grows Among Neighbors

Jon Kvinsland ’63 and Vern Hoven

The Lute experience can be infectious. Jon Kvinsland ’63 caught the bug early in life and has been passing it along ever since.

His grandmother attended Pacific Lutheran Academy. Both his parents were Pacific Lutheran College graduates. His two sons, his sister, his aunt and uncle, two cousins and countless others in the greater Kvinsland clan all attended or graduated from PLU. And in many ways, Kvinsland has never left PLU.

“I’ve been a member of Q Club for a long time. I’ve served on countless committees and various and sundry fund-raising campaigns. I’ve been on the Eastvold restoration committee and served on the alumni board. For the past year I’ve been a regent,”he said. All that Lute pride is contagious.

Two years ago,while walking along the beach near his home, Kvinsland met a new neighbor, Vern Hoven.

“When Vern mentioned that he was raised Lutheran and had an interest in reconnecting, I knew just what to do,” Kvinsland said. Jon and his wife, Mari, asked Vern and Karen Hoven to join them in attending a play on campus. One thing led to another and now the Hovens are members of Q Club and are interested in a continuing relationship with PLU.

“Vern and I both believe that the education PLU offers is one you can’t get anywhere else. So we want to help remove any financial hurdles that students might face to be sure they have access to our quality programs,” Kvinsland said.

“Q Club is one way to give back so other kids can have what I experienced.”

By Greg Brewis