PLU Digs into the Merits of Meat

What goes into the production of a quarter pound burger? According to J.L. Capper in The Journal of Animal Science, 6.7 pounds of feed, 52.8 gallons of drinking water, 74.5 square feet of grazing, and the equivalent amount of energy it takes to run a microwave…

Professor Encourages Peers to Engage in Public Dialogue in New Book

In the recently published  Prophets, Gurus, and Pundits: Rhetorical Styles and Public Engagement , associate professor of communication Amy Young addresses the shortcomings in university academia, mainly that intellectuals are not encouraged, and in some ways, don’t know how, to become engaged in public dialogue. “I’m…

You can’t argue with Success

At a liberal-arts college such as Pacific Lutheran University where open dialogue is not just encouraged but expected a healthy argument between students is a common occurrence. But no one crafts strategic arguments like the Lutes of PLU’s historic Speech and Debate team . You…

Tapped Out Explores our Global Water Crisis

Water is the basis of life on planet Earth, but from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Circle and beyond, many major waterways and water supplies are threatened by drought, pollution and population growth. Thursday, April 10, PLU and the greater community are invited…

Joanne Lisosky, Fulbright All-Star

With two Fulbright trips under her belt and an appointment as peer reviewer underway, Communication Professor Joanne Lisosky just can’t get enough. Professor Joanne M. Lisosky has been awarded with two Fulbright awards, completing programs –in 2003 in Kampala, Uganda at Makerere University and 2011…

PLU professor pens definitive book on college debate

Forensics in higher-education phrasing means competitive debate, a spirited intellectual aerobics. PLU Professor and Communication and Theatre Department Chair, Michael Bartanen and Professor Robert Littlefield from North Dakota State University, have published the first comprehensive text on this educational sport titled  “Forensics in America: A History…

Two PLU communication professors win top awards

Two PLU communication professors, Dr. Justin Eckstein and Dr. Amy Young, received top paper awards at the recent National Communication Association Conference in Washington, D.C. of Forensics Dr. Justin Eckstein’s paper, “Yellow Rain: Radiolab and the Acoustics of Strategic Maneuvering” highlighted what Eckstein calls “the…

PLU students work election night

It might have been a sleepy election this year, but for some ambitious PLU students election night 2013 was a night to remember. More than a dozen students from PLU’s communication program worked election night for the News Tribune, KOMO and KCPQ. They produced online…