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PLU’s Lasting Legacy Reception & Dinner 2019

The PLU Years - Junior Year

Thank you for investing in the future of PLU!

Allan Belton, President

Harstad Heritage Society

“So how do you define student success? Is it the creation of scholarships to open doors of access and opportunity? Is it the building of spaces where learning and innovation happen? Is it supporting the craft of teaching and ensuring that exceptional faculty are hired and supported? Or is it creating experiences outside the classroom, where concepts collide in complex ways?

At PLU we know that the answer to these questions is…yes. It is the combination of our collective vision that will make student successes both possibility and reality. As a University in the Lutheran tradition we hold well complex challenges, we greet each student as a beloved and worthy individual, and we strive to make their Wild Hope a reality.

As as your president, I look forward to this work together, crafting these stories of student success for generations to come.”

Allan Belton speaking
Allan Belton, President
Christa Slater speaking
Christa Slater, Invocation

Christa Slater, Invocation

Class of 2020 – Religion

Rolph and Betsy Hanson Endowed Scholarship
Silas and Alice Torvend Endowed Scholarship

“When we speak blessing we are communicating the love, value and purposes we have felt from others and from God – and we are speaking future to life. Thank you for blessing my time at PLU. It will never go away. It has left a big mark on my life, and I am forever grateful. Now, allow me to give thanks, and may it bless you all!”

Laura Polcyn, Donor Spotlight

Class of 1975 – Business Administration, 1979 – M.B.A.

Harstad Heritage Society
Polcyn Family Transfer Scholarship for the School of Business

“I know that each donor here could stand and tell a story because we all feel deeply about the success of PLU students. And for many students, success does not and will not happen without the continued financial support by many people, especially people like us who are willing to set up an endowment… many students need the underlying financial base in order to concentrate on their academics. Through my 39 years of full-time and 5 years of phased retirement work for PLU, I have seen first hand the struggles students today face as they learn and compete. And the struggles they face financially to stay in school.”

Laura Polcyn speaking
Laura Polcyn, Donor Spotlight
Carson Bergstrom speaking
Carson Bergstrom, Student Speaker

Carson Bergstrom, Student Speaker

Class of 2019 – Chemistry and Nordic Studies

P. & A. Johnson and E. & H. Larson Endowed Scholarship

“I am a proud first generation college student with both Scandinavian and Latin American roots in my family. Out of the 400 students I started senior year with, I was the only student who had the opportunity to attend a private university. I consider myself incredibly privileged that (donors) trusted me with financial support to attend PLU and enact change in the world… I have aspirations to one day attend medical school to revolutionize neuroscience. My grandfather passed away from ALS a week before my graduation from high school. It was his dream to live long enough to see me cross the stage and recieve my diploma. He never got to live that dream; but he has inspired me to help others who have suffered like him. This has brought me to study at PLU.”