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PLU Psychology Professor Elected 2015-16 President-Elect of International Honor Society

Grahe is a passionate advocate for undergraduate participation in crowd-sourcing science opportunities and a supporter of open science. He currently serves as a councilor in the Psychology Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research, is the managing executive editor for The Journal of Social Psychology and has been the Psi Chi Western Regional Vice President since 2011. “This is an…

Former Lute/Miss Pierce County Passes her Crown to PLU Senior

“I never wanted to do pageants; I thought they were nuts,” Leibold said. But after receiving her Associate degree at Olympic College, she started competing in hopes of attaining enough scholarship money to transfer to PLU. “I needed scholarship dollars to make it happen, and even if I didn’t place, I got paid, so I thought, why not?” she said.…

PLU Senior to Present Economics Capstone at National Conference

Moran, a double major in Economics and French, began her initial research in 2013 with a paper she wrote in one of her classes. This blossomed into Moran’s final Capstone, PLU’s senior research project, which looks at how candidates’ expenditures affect the outcome of their campaign. “There is a lot of controversy about the money spent in politics,” said Moran.…

University Chorale Tour to Include Four Performances in Oregon

The Chorale tours annually and has performed recently for conferences of the Washington Music Educators Association and American Choral Directors Association. The mixed choir is comprised primarily—though not exclusively—of freshmen and sophomore singers representing a variety of academic disciplines. The tour will be a homecoming for PLU’s new Chair of the Department of Music, Dr. John Paul, who will accompany…

PLU Faculty Member Named to Nationwide ‘40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire’ List

The 40 professors were chosen based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter. Nominations were collected through student, alumni and faculty recommendations following an open call to several hundred colleges and universities across the country. Luther was nominated by…

Lifeguard Lutes Save Another Lute’s Life

On Jan. 28, Anna Volk ’16 and Gray Endicott ’15 saved the life of retired Pacific Lutheran University staff member John Neary. Neary had participated in AM Public Lap swims in the PLU pool at least three days a week for about 30 years— most lifeguards knew him by name. Volk greeted Neary as he came in at approximately 8…

PLU’s New Greenhouse is Growing Into Something Amazing

The 1,700-square-foot, stand-alone Carol Sheffels Quigg Greenhouse is expected to open early to mid-August, with a formal dedication in September 2015. “It’s going to be a wonderful addition to the biology program at PLU by having a facility now that can showcase not only a plant collection but also give students the best place to be able to carry out…

Cultural/Environmental Expert Returns to Campus for Earth Day Lecture

Finney’s lecture, “This Patch of Soil: Race, Nature and Stories of Future Belonging,” is about how the discussion of environmental and racial issues is grounded in the experience of a particular place. Dr. Kevin O’Brien, chair of the Environmental Studies program, says he expects Finney to also talk about: how the relationship between race and nature have been defined in…

Pick Your Favorite Film for PLU Hebrew Idol 2015

PLU Hebrew Idol is a film competition between students of Associate Professor of Religion Antonios Finitsis. Everyone who enrolls in Finitsis’ Religion 211 course, Religion and Literature of the Hebrew Bible, is required to select a passage from the Hebrew Bible and demonstrate its importance by re-creating the passage in a contemporary manner. “What I’m doing differently is, instead of…