Guest Comments

We hope you will take a few minutes to read through our guestbook and email us a comment of your own to The opinions of our guests are very important to us a we strive to continually improve the Destination PLU experience.

Washington State University

We have been offering WSU Urban IPM courses at PLU for more than a decade and we hope to continue this arrangement indefinitely. PLU offers a wonderful educational environment for our clients. Our participants appreciate all that the PLU staff does to make them feel comfortable. The catering, AV, and set-up staff are always helpful and efficient and the food is great! Many thanks to PLU.

Carrie R. Ross
Urban IPM Coordinator
WSU Puyallup

First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson, Texas

In my many years of youth ministry, it’s been rare to find friendliness, fairness, flexibility, efficiency and professionalism when seeking lodging for a large group. We found it at PLU. If only all my experiences could be like ours with PLU Conference Services.

Brad Dawson
Minister to Youth
First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson
Lake Jackson, Texas

Harmony Explosion

It’s hard to believe that next summer’s Harmony Explosion (HX) will be the 5th camp we have held at PLU. HX is a vocal music camp for students age 12 – 21. We are not large (usually 150 – 200 students and staff) but we have special needs surrounding our big Saturday music performance. We require housing, catering, ticket sales, advertising, stage set design and sound and lighting, which is all coordinated through Conference Services. We have a great working relationship with PLU’S staff; they go out of their way to make sure we have everything we need to have a successful camp. For those of you have have organized events such as ours, you know that things don’t always go as planned. We have found PLU’s staff to be able to change things late in the game to provide us with seamless service. PLU’s facilities are excellent, the campus is beautiful and their staff is top of the line.

Mollie & Jamie Peterson
Harmony Explosion Northwest

Northwest Youth Leadership Conference

The Northwest Youth Leadership Conference has a gratifying 15 year relationship with Pacific Lutheran University as our home base for teens seeking improved leadership skills and patriotic education. We chose PLU because of its accessible campus, excellent accommodations and superior service. Each summer, approximately 100 students and adults gather on the grounds of the University to study all aspects of leadership. Students enjoy experiencing dormitory life, first-rate food service and great meeting room facilities.

Students attending our opening and closing banquets in the Scandinavian Cultural Center relish the rich cultural surroundings, as well as the delicious catered dinners. The beautiful campus environment allows team building activities on the expansive green lawns that connect academic buildings. High school students praise the tremendous opportunity to experience college life for five days at a top rated university in the Northwest region of the United States.

Dave Gibson

Franklin Pierce All District Honor Band & Honor Choir Performance 2014

Thank you Kelley for helping us to make this happen! Your staff was quite accommodating last night!

Our kids were pretty excited about the opportunity to perform at Lagerquist!

We are looking forward to doing it again next year.

Tim Crepeau

Franklin Pierce All District Honor Band & Honor Choir Performance 2013

This is so late, but I just wanted to thank you again for your facilitation and for PLU’s hospitality last month. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating, and the rooms worked out perfectly for what we needed.

Thank you again for all your help in scheduling for us!

Erin Woods
Executive Manager, K-12 Office

Steilacoom High School Graduation

Thanks for another great year at PLU. Your staff was helpful and willing to assist with anything I had questions about. Special thanks to Amy for preparing the streaming of the event. Also, please thank Patrick for his expertise in getting us online the day of graduation. Everyone was very accommodating and professional to me and our staff. I look forward to working with you again next year. This graduation may have been the best in terms of working with PLU.

Thank you again for all your help.

Gary Wusterbarth
Steilacoom High School
Graduation Coordinator

AP Summer Institute

I wanted to tell you how wonderful the entire Conference and Events staff was before and during the AP Summer Institute. Thank you so much for your help with the billing issues – I really appreciate your patience and willingness to help! Every person we worked with was professional, polite, and hardworking. Please pass along our thanks to your entire team!

Thank you,

Genell Patterson ’08 ’10
Program Coordinator

College Success Foundation, WCAN Conference 3/26/14

Thank you, Kelley! You and the entire PLU team did an amazing job – it was a great venue for the conference.

Danette Knudson

NCAN Conference 3/26/2014

Thanks for everyone’s hard work yesterday! Kelley, I’m glad we were able to see PLU’s campus and the space worked perfectly for us. And thanks to the CSF team for the great recommendation!

Carrie Warick
Director of Partnerships and Policy, NCAN

I want to thank you and PLU team for all of the hard work put into our event. I heard very good reviews about your service and the assistance that you provided me was stellar.

Thank you and I sure that our paths will cross again!

Office Coordinator
National College Access Network

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament 3/29/2014

Thank you so much. Your staff were all nice & extremely helpful. We are so pleased with the facility, it worked out wonderfully. Thanks for checking in. We also are looking forward to our next event there. I will keep an eye out for that invoice.

Gina Bourgeois

Steilacoom HS Spring Thaw Concert 3/25/14

Thank you so much. We had an absolutely wonderful experience from start to finish, and look forward to scheduling our spring choral festival with you again for March 2015! I’ll be in touch!

Take care,

Lauren Whitham
Steilacoom Choirs

Racquetball Tournament 4/5/14 - 4/6/14

Your staff was incredibly helpful and friendly and the whole event went really smoothly. The biggest issue we had was directing people to the correct building and good places to park, which is a pretty minor problem in the bigger scheme of things.

Thanks so much.

Brian Gillespie

Puget Sound ESD Meeting 3/4/14

I’ve been meaning to respond to this email – but every time I start, something comes up that I need to deal with!!! We were very impressed by everything – I don’t think I would change a thing. The staff were so helpful, it was wonderful to have a person with us to help with technical issues throughout the event. That was really great. The food was delicious! You were very helpful as well. We wish we could have all of our functions at PLU. It was a positive experience!!!


Kelli Hoekstra, MSW
Program Manager

BlendEd Conference 4/16/14

Thanks to you as well. You and your staff were excellent to work with and made the day much more enjoyable for all. Looking forward to our summer follow-up.

Lenny Reisberg

College Bound Summer 2014

Thanks so much for all of your help meeting our needs with this event! We had a great experience, as did our guests. The PLU staff were helpful with communication and accommodating with last minute requests.


Darcy Nelson
Program Coordinator, Youth Education
MDC Making a Difference in Community

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program

Thank you Kelley! It was a pleasure to work with you and we really appreciate the quick responses to our needs on Saturday. The event was very successful and I think PLU was a great place to do it.

Laurie Davenport

I couldn’t agree more, I really appreciate your staff. They were wonderful to work with. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Ana Selvidge | MPA
State Bar Association

Tracy Johnston – independent guest

It was a pleasure staying on your campus while we attended the Mother Earth News Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds this past weekend. No problem with the key issues—Matthew resolved the room lock and we had a phone number to call to get into the building when we came back another time and no one was at the desk. They were very quick to let us in and give us swipe cards.

We had a great time at the Fair and look forward to next year.

Have a great summer!

Tracy Johnston

TLB Events

Thank you Kelley! Everything went great! It was a pleasure working with all of you. Thank you again for everything.


Tammi Barber

HQ New Zealand Cadet Forces Summer 2014

We had a great time and PLU was a good venue to base ourselves out of.

Thanks for all the hard work to make it happen for us from such a long distance. I appreciate all the work you put into our stay.

Heidi Paignton

NCLEX Review

Thank you so much Kelley! We always enjoy the campus, and your team consistently takes good care of all of us!

Warm regards,

Joni Schaper RN, BSN
Regional Director – West
Hurst Review Services

Bethel School District – Band Festival

Hello Kelly,

Thank you for all your help as we prepared for and held this year’s Band Festival. The band specialists and I greatly appreciated you sharing your university’s facilities and support staff with us for our rehearsal and performance. A special thanks to your audio and stage service crew for helping to set up and take down the event. We were again very happy with the supportive atmosphere your staff displayed to us as visitors in your building! What a wonderful group of students and so helpful – especially with the emergency during the concert! You are always such gracious hosts, and we appreciate the warm and welcoming feeling that we experience each time we are at Olson Auditorium.

Michael Sandner


I wanted to add that your event staff was so very helpful. They made their presence known and went above and beyond over the two day period that we were there. Thank you.

Laura Roberts

Bethel School District – Friendship Concert and Rehearsal

Kelley and Ginger,

I cannot thank you enough for your kindness, professionalism and spirit of service. To think that you held off on the renovation of beautiful Lagerquist Hall just for us. Unbelievable! Thank you so much.

Again, thank you for sharing your valuable resources with the surrounding communities.

Jay Brower
Director of Community Connections

Steilacoom High School

Another great job by your staff. They were very accommodating to all our needs.
Thanks again for a smooth event.

G. Wusterbarth
Steilacoom High School
Graduation Coordinator

2014 Church of Christ Conference 7/3/14 - 7/5/14

I want to thank you and your crew on the Eastvold Auditorium for the tremendous support and wonderful spirit that was expressed to us doing our conference. The young people who helped us were very courteous and supportive. Please thank them for us. We look forward to working with them and you next year.



Hougen Family Reunion July 31 – August 3, 2014

Hi Kelley –

The reviews are in: the reunion was a great success! Thank you so much for all your hard work. Everyone had a great time. People raved about the food, South Hall, the lovely grounds and the lovely weather! Thanks so much for everything!

-Malena Hougen

Guild of American Luthiers July 23-30, 2014

We really did have another great convention, and we and our members were very happy that we were at PLU again.

I want you know that we continue to feel that you and your team are the best we have worked with at PLU, and we appreciate the care and attention you give our group, and your willingness to listen and respond to our concerns.

Also, I wanted to let you know that the students we worked with out of your office were very professional, friendly and helpful, and good representatives of PLU. It was also very helpful having keys to all the rooms we were using in the UC this time, so thanks for working that out for us.

The new Phillips Center and Eastvold Auditorium are fantastic venues, and I’m sure we’ll want to use them again, even when Lagerquist is available to us.

Thanks Kelley for all your help and hard work to make our convention a big success! We appreciate it!

Warmest regards,


Summer 2014 WSU Reading Development Program

Dear Kelley,

I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your help with the 2014 summer reading classes at Pacific Lutheran University. I appreciate all the time that was spent working out various scheduling, contract, and logistical issues. Together we were able to reach out to 106 students in your area, offering development and enrichment opportunities throughout the summer. I hope that we will be able to work together again next year.

I hope that you enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Adam Hidalgo
Facilities Coordinator