PLU 50th Reunion for the Class of 1973

This year marks 50 years since we graduated from PLU. Our fiftieth reunion celebration will be on campus Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, 2023. We have a fantastic line-up of events that will give you many opportunities to reconnect, reminisce, and create new memories. We hope you can join us.

Here are a few highlights:

Friday, October 6
12:30 – 2 pm – Panel discussion on vocations that promote human and ecological flourishing, led by four of our classmates. Open to alumni, current students, faculty, and staff. Regency Room in Anderson University Center (AUC)
2:30 – 4:30 pm – Informal Gathering at Farrelli’s in the PLU Room
5:30 – 8:30 pm – 50th Reunion, the key event for everyone to reconnect and reminisce. At the dinner there will be a slideshow and a display of memorabilia from our time at PLU, including yearbooks, photographs, and other keepsakes. Enjoy appetizers and drinks, followed by dinner. If you have personal college photos you would like to submit for the slideshow, please send them to Business casual (suits not required). Scandinavian Cultural Center in AUC

Saturday, October 7
1 – 4 pm Football Game vs Pacific University at Spark’s Stadium. Sit with your classmates and cheer on the Lutes!
2 – 3 pm – Walking Tour of campus highlighting new buildings led by Samuel Torvend. Meet at the Clock Tower.
5:30 – 7 pm Music Revue “Off Broadway” Karen Hille Phillips, Eastvold Stage
7 – 9 pm – PLU on Tap, featuring Lute produced wine, beer and cider, in Chris Knutzen Room in AUC.

Sunday, October 8
10 – 11:15 am – Sunday Worship at Trinity Lutheran Church
11:30 – 1:00 pm – The Golden Club Brunch for all alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. Welcome to the Club! This will be one last opportunity to connect with classmates before saying goodbye. President Allan Belton will give some campus updates and there will be a brief Q & A. Trinity Lutheran Church, Thompson Hall. Free event but registration required.

We look forward to seeing you and all of our fellow classmates at our 50th Reunion!

Class Gift

In honor of our 50th reunion, we invite you to join us as classmates to invest in the futures and vocational discernment of all those who come through PLU.

Memory Book Form

Please submit a memory book form and photo by September 27. The Memory Books will be sent digitally to all classmates.


Teri (Carlson) Alumbaugh
Julie (Tobiason) Becklund
Kathy Benton
David Bennett
Sharolyn Erickson-Zimmerman
Karen Fynboe
Joel Hauge (PLU on Tap only)
Jim Holland
Tana Knudson
David Lykken
Lindsay Lorenzen Shuster

Terry Ludwig
Paula (Seibert) Manley
Nikki (Beard) Martin
Linda (Stone) Mettler
John Nilson
Kathi Peach-Cassidy
Naomi (Jeffrey) Petersen
Rebecca (Anderson) Pharris
Sandy (Dimler) Privett
Lyle Quasim

Sara Quigley
Darel Roa
Mark Salter
Crystal Schuh
Leanne (Scharf) Smith
Kathleen (Daneker) Smith
Dale Soden
Samuel Torvend
Sharon (Starks) Williams
Mike Willis

Committee Members

Co-Chairs: Samuel Torvend, Mike Willis
Kathy Benton, David Bennett, Karen Fynboe, Nikki (Beard) Martin, Jennifer McDonald, Lyle McIntosh, John Nilson, Rebecca (Anderson) Pharris, Lyle Quasim, Darel Roa, Dale Soden