PLU Sense of Place

Thank you for your generous support for PLU!

Erin Baker '19, Communication and Global Studies

Lorilie Steen Endowed Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, Artistic Achievement Dance Scholarship and Lutheran Confirmation Scholarship

“I am happy to be here with you all today, celebrating your generous gifts to PLU to support students in a variety of spheres. Your donations help a student like me, originally from Mesa, Arizona, attend an institution miles from home. Throughout my years at PLU, I have received generous donations to my education in the form of several scholarships, including the Lorilie Steen Endowed Scholarship. I have to say, without these scholarships, I would not be at PLU. Literally. I would not have been able to attend a private school in a different state had I not received scholarships to help me. Attending PLU has allowed me to meet my goals I have set since the beginning of high school, as well as open more doors than I expected to encounter during my four years as an undergrad.”

Erin Baker
Erin Baker '19, Student Spotlight
Allan Belton
Allan Belton, Acting President

Allan Belton, Acting President

Harstad Heritage Society

“I am delighted to celebrate the incredible people and unique stories made possible through your generosity and the impact of a PLU education. The donors, alumni and friends with us this evening continue to help PLU make great strides in our shared goal of investing in a strong today and bright tomorrow of this great institution. This past year, we graduated 742 new Lutes out into the world to advance their unique vocational journeys. The future for PLU also includes newly expanded academic offerings, reimagined resources for students and alumni, and innovative new programs on the horizon.”

2018 Alumni Award Recipients

The Rev. Dr. James Nieman ’78, Distinguished Alumnus Award
Nominating presenter: Sam Torvend ’73

Maj. Margaret “Margie” Witt ’86, Distinguished Alumna Award
Nominating presenter: Ginny Johnson ’91

Aaron Bell ’04, Distinguished Recent Alumnus Award
Nominating presenter: Lauralee Hagen ’75, ’78

Tisha Graham ’09, Mission Award
Nominating presenter: Rachael Nelson ’15

Noelle Green ’18, Brian C. Olson Student Leadership Award
Nominating presenter: Kate Luther ’02

To read the biographies of this year’s Alumni Award recipients, please visit

Alumni Recognition

Each year the Alumni Association of Pacific Lutheran University presents several awards to deserving alumni and friends. These awards are given to alumni, friends, and students in order to honor them for their outstanding achievement and/or years of service to the university. The Awards and Nominations Committee of the Alumni Board meets every spring to select the upcoming year’s awardees, which are presented at homecoming in the fall.

To learn more about the awards, and to nominate a deserving Lute, visit