Explore! celebrates seven years with record attendance. Explore! is a part of PLU’s ground-breaking “Wild Hope” project, which seeks to encourage exploration of the concept of vocation among students.
PLU’s MBA program is named one of the top business schools by students surveyed by the Princeton Review. The program is listed among the top 15 schools in 2 of 6 categories. The MBA program has its home in the Morken Center for Learning and Technology.
A new sports mascot is unveiled for sports events. The nickname for PLU’s sports teams remains the Lutes, but the new mascot is a nod to the 70s and 80s when the teams were also known as the Knights.
PLUtonic performs before 12 million people on “America’s Got Talent.” The a capella group made it onto the show as one of the 12 finalists from the program’s YouTube contest.
The Heritage Society marks 30 years of aiding PLU’s long-term future. The group was created by then-president William O. Rieke and PLU alumni to ensure the future prosperity of the university.
President Loren Anderson announces that he is stepping down from his position at PLU. Both Anderson and his wife MaryAnn have served the PLU community for 20 years. A search begins to select the next president of the university.
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell visits campus. The ’84 graduate talks to several School of Business classes about trade opportunities between Washington and Alaska and attends a reception with students from Alaska.
The Studio Theater opens in the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Associate professor of theater Jeff Clapp says that it is facilities like this that will enable PLU to become a premier theater venue in the South Sound.
Career Connections, PLU’s new initiative, helps students focus on internships, volunteer service, graduate school and, ultimately, a career. Career Connections is focused on polishing student’s job skills such as resume writing, interviewing, and networking skills.
Choral groups win big in Europe. Choir of the West and a small chamber music ensemble travel to France and Germany to compete at the prestigious Harmonie Festival in Limburg, Germany. The group comes away with 4 gold medals and 1 silver. Student Jason Saunders conducted his own composition, “The Lightener of the Stars,” at all of the tour stops.
Thomas W. Krise takes over as President of PLU in June. A highly regarded university administrator, professor of English, and retired Air Force officer, President Krise comes to PLU from the College of the Pacific in California. His wife, Patricia Love Krise, is a Fortune 500 manager and executive with Ford Motor Company.
Lute softball wins national title after a perfect 8 game run through the regional and national tournaments. Pitcher Stacey Hagenson is named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and the Honda Sports Award Division III Player of the Year.
William Foege ’57, receives a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Foege is one of 13 recipients of the medal, awarded to him for his work on the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s and founding the Task Force for Child Survival in 1984 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy).
PLU hosts the second annual Lutheran Studies Conference with keynote speaker Larry Rasmussen, a social ethicist. Several PLU professors present at the conference, which considers perspectives on political life.
Award winning journalist Robin Wright delivers the first Chris Stevens Memorial Lecture, named in honor of US Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi, Libya. Wright discusses her friendship with Stevens and the cultural changes taking place in the Middle East.
Anna McCracken ’14 and Bruno Correa ’15 represent PLU as the university’s first Peace Scholars at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis. A five college consortium established the conference in 1988.
PLU partners with Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to build a home in The Woods at Golden Given, a sustainable-design community about a mile and a half from campus. A PLU graduate and her family will own and live in the home once it is completed.
PLU Professor Charles Bergman and student Nevis Granum (’14) travel to Uganda for the first-ever release of rescued African Grey parrots at Jane Goodall’s sanctuary. Funded by a Wang Center Kelmer Roe grant, the trip includes the chance to meet and talk with groundbreaking researcher Jane Goodall. The parrots had lived at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary for four months before their release.
PLU debuts 140 billboards in the Puget Sound area as a part of a new outdoor campaign designed to spread the word about PLU. The billboards feature Lutes’ “six word stories” and photos from the Diversity Center’s successful “My Language My Choice” campaign.
PLU partners with Living Water International to install a well in El Limonal, Nicaragua. The student team, accompanied by professor Mark Mulder, spends spring break in Nicaragua building the well and getting to know the local community.
’06 alum Stephanie Ann Johnson wins a spot on the television show The Voice. A former member of Choir of the West, Johnson worked with both Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green during her time on the show.
ELCA’s first female bishop Elizabeth Eaton speaks at PLU at a talk titled “Who is Leading Us, and Where Are We Going?” Eaton was elected ELCA’s fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, making it the first time in history that a woman has become the leader of the largest Lutheran denomination in North America.
PLU welcomes Doctor of Nursing Practice cohort as the first doctoral program. The program is designed to meet the demand for primary-care providers in the region and state, as well as navigate the current complex healthcare environment.
The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Pacific Lutheran University, and a new celebratory logo debuted on dazzling new banners around campus.
His Majesty King Harald V of Norway visits PLU and delivers the Commencement address. Commencement opens to the public in order to give the community a chance to hear the king speak, and His Majesty is welcomed on campus by an excited crowd waving Norwegian flags.
PLU celebrates its 125th anniversary with 125 wins across all sports. The Drive to 125 effort to reach 125 wins brings the whole athletics department together as well as providing opportunities to engage in outreach efforts for PLU athletics.
Namibia Nine, a film created by a team of PLU filmmakers, debuts with 8 of the film’s subjects in attendance. It explores the lives of 9 Namibian leaders who studied at PLU in 1990s and went on to work in all sectors in Namibia, from forensic science to foreign relations.
Award winning documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim visits PLU for the second biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial Lecture. Noujaim talks about her film “The Square,” which follows the events in Tahir Square during the Egyptian revolution.
PLU’s Women’s Center commemorates their 25th year of empowering women and their allies with an 80s-themed prom. The Women’s Center provides education, counseling, and mentorship for students and staff on campus.
The Center for Media Studies, housed within PLU’s School of Arts and Communication, opens its doors for the first time. Students interested in creative media like film and television will no longer have to wait for “the real world” to start building their skills. CMS offers creative media classes as well as support for independent student filmmakers. Below, the cast and crew of CMS student television show “Dear Emily” take the stage at the show’s kickoff party.
Installation of Pastor Jen Rude – Rude is making her rousing debut at Pacific Lutheran University as the first openly gay university pastor at a Lutheran college. She says her sexual orientation as a queer woman is an important part of her public identity. (Resolute, Fall 2016)
The Saint John’s Bible at PLU – The Lutheran Reformation was inspired by the scholarly study of the Bible as a charter for the reform of church and society. As PLU begins to mark the 500th anniversary of Lutheran education, we welcome to the campus the first hand-written and illuminated Bible created since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century.
Listen was inspired by a multimedia project that was launched by The Seattle Times, “Under Our Skin”. Listen strives to unite stories about trials and triup through the PLU community and even the communities of Tacoma and Parkland. PLU staff, faculty, and students have been willing to become vulnerable in order to share their stories.
Brian Bannon '97
Brian Bannon was the 2017 commencement speaker. He is the chief executive officer at the Chicago library. His improvements to the Chicago library has made it so that more children are getting involved in its summer programs thus directly improving school results. His efforts are being replicated in many other places due to the huge success he has accomplished.
President Krise Steps Down
President Krise announces that he is stepping down. He has been president since 2012. Mr. Allan Belton will be taking over as interim president position beginning June 1. Along side Mr. Allan Belton, Dr. Joanna Gregson will be serving as associate president and academic counsel.