Center for Military Student Support

Have you ever served in the military?

Are you currently serving in the military?

Are you married to the military?

The Center for Military Student Support is for you. Come by and check out our resources.


To provide military-affiliated personnel with the support and resources they need to succeed at PLU and beyond.


We envision a world where our military-affiliated graduates are key community leaders who inspire peaceful growth and stability the world over.


The Center for Military Student Support is located in the Anderson University Center in room 183. In it, you will find the office of the Assistant Director for Military Student Support, the Vet Corps Navigator, and a lounge that seats up to 10 people with free coffee.
When we’re not there, military affiliated students may still access the Center for Military Student Support from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm with their Lute Card.

veteran:  vet-er-an (n) \ ˈve-tə-rən

a veteran – whether active duty, retired, discharged, or reserve – is someone who, at some point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount “up to and including their life”

Thank You For Your Service.

Additional Locations for Veteran Support On-Campus

Center for Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability:

A community space located in Anderson University Center. It is focused on diversity, justice, and sustainability (DJS) and minoritized identity support & engagement. The Center consists of offices where you can find amazing staff, the DJS Lounge (where you can hang out or study), the DJS Classroom (across from the Lute Locker – where you can study), and the Cave.


The Center for Student Success:

Meet with an advisor or just hang out in a talking-allowed space in the library with plenty of whiteboards for brainstorming all your best project ideas.

History of Military Support at PLU

  • 2020 – COVID-19 causes unprecedented changes in higher education and classes move 100% online
  • 2021 – University establishes the Assistant Director for Military Student Support position to run the Center for Military Support, and hires Alanna Rathkopf to fulfill the duties and responsibilities assigned to that position.
  • 2021 – University returns to on-campus activities and classes!
  • 2022 – Center for Military Student Support expands and relocates to Anderson University Center.
  • More history to be written! Join us!

  • 2010 – The first Vet Corps Navigator position founded by Michael Farnum and housed in the Diversity Center. PLU Student Veterans Association founded by Alyssa Mehl. PLU becomes Washington Department of Veterans Affairs “Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses.”
  • 2012 – Diversity Center hires Nicole Juliano as the Programs Coordinator. As part of her duties, Juliano helps oversee support of veteran students.
  • 2013 – University establishes Director for Military Outreach position, and hires Michael Farnum to fulfill the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position. Kridler Lounge opens space to allow for military-affiliated student usage.
  • 2017-2018 – University opens Center for Military Support, located in Room 107, Hauge Administration Building. This location acts as the primary office for the Director of Military Outreach, an office space for the Vet Corps Navigator, and finally as a lounge/meeting space for military-affiliated students.
  • 2018 – Military-affiliated websites created. Sites make navigation easier for students, faculty, staff members and community partners.

  • 2001-2002 – PLU becomes host school for ROTC and the Lute Battalion is exclusive to PLU.

  • 1986-1987 – PLU begins to offer Army ROTC program separate from the previously affiliated institutions. Now in partnership with Seattle University.
  • 1996 – PLU establishes Veterans Affairs Coordinator position and hires Neshell Chabot to fulfill the role. As the VA coordinator, Chabot provides support for assigned regions in areas related to certification of enrollments for students receiving MGIB and VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. Assists staff and faculty with inquiries about the student records for these students.

  • 1979 – AFROTC program held at UPS in conjunction with UPS, PLU, St Martins, Ft. Steilacoom, and TCC. There are two-year and four-year programs available.

  • 1945-1946 – GIs return from World War II. Campus military-affiliated population pose for photograph on the steps of Harstad Hall and also in a World War II Willys Jeep.
  • 1959 – PLU has a Veteran’s Club. Members include: Row 1: J. Armstong, C. Standifer, P. Benson, Mr. Farmer, advisor; W. Lennon, J. Baughman, D. Vaughn, D. Roberts. Row 2: B. Freeman, L. Robinson, D. Hollingsworth, E. Mellum, R. Kuper, G. Vine, K. Olsen, L. Schoenberg, F. Squires, E. Katz.