In partnership with Student Involvement and Leadership, The CAVE opened in Fall 2013 an on campus community for first and second year commuter students. The CAVE is a great place to hang out, meet other students, catch up with friends, study, enjoy lunch, or rest between classes. Though it is called “The CAVE” the physical space is vibrant and the diverse community members create a warm and welcoming space for all. After 5pm and on the weekends, The CAVE hosts concerts, performances, and club meetings.


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm


The basement of the Anderson University Center

Space Resources

  • Refrigerator & Microwave: Students are welcome to leave their lunch in the refrigerator and utilize the “kitchen” space.  Please note there is no sink in the space.
  • Computer: all PLU student have access to the computer
  • Couches: some of the comfiest couches on campus, students are welcome to get comfortable and rest between class
  • Games: board games and foosball galore!
  • Programs: designed to connect first and second year commuter students with campus resources, traditions, success strategies, and community.

Ashley Lambertson

CA for First Year Connections
Graduation Date: May 2018
Major: Social Work, minor: Sociology
Commute from: Parkland, WA
Campus Involvement: PLU Catering
Off-Campus Involvement: Life Center Rainer Youth Leader, South Hill Baptist Youth Leader, Washington High School Mentor
What you like most about PLU: Professors’ enthusiasm for our learning and willingness to give one-on-one help.
Fun Fact: I played volleyball and football in high school, and they both are still my favorite sports.

Hansol Hyon

CA for First Year Connections
Graduation Date: Spring 2018, Major: Chemistry B.A., Minor: Philosophy
Commute from: Lakewood
On-Campus Involvement: PLUSO (Pacific Lutheran University Symphony Orchestra), Community Advocate
Off-Campus Involvement: Volunteer at Cancer Resource Center (St. Joseph)
What you like most about PLU: endless resources; a space where you matter!
Fun Fact: I have a twin… (:

Erika Query

CA for First Year Connections
Graduation Date: Fall 2019
Major: Bachelor of Music Education with a Concentration in K-12 Orchestra
Commute from: Spanaway/Frederickson
Campus Involvement: PLUSO, String Ensemble, CAVE
What you like most about PLU: The strong push for diversity and acceptance. What has caught my eye is the movement for positivity when it comes to sexual health from the Gender Equity Center.
Fun Fact: Besides music, I really enjoy researching health and reading postmodernism books. I also can pick up any instrument and within the hour play it at a novice level (right now I am at 14 instruments).

Azana Hyneman

CA for HOPE & Second Year Connections
Graduation Date: May 2017
Major: Biology, Pre-medicine
Commute from: Tacoma, WA
Campus Involvement: Black Student Union, Health Science Club, Track and Field, Medical Scribe at Mary Bridge Emergency Department
What you like most about PLU: I really like that the professors take the time to get to know you as a person and actually care about your academic success.
Fun Fact: I have a twin brother!