Center for Military Student Support

ATTENTION ALL LUTES: THE CENTER FOR MILITARY SUPPORT IS MOVING!

The Center for Military Support is moving!!!

New Space: Anderson University Center Room 183

Important Notes:

The space is still in a transition phase, please email me (rathkoaa@plu.edu) to find out when I will be around and when the Center will officially be open.

Eventually the space will be swipe card access to all military affiliated personnel on campus and will not rely on being staffed for access!

In the mean time, please swing by the Center for Student Success in the library for snacks and a place to relax or study.

 

 

Job & Internship Opportunities

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.

Mission

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

Vision

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

Location

The Center for Military Student Support is located in the Hauge Administration building in room 107. In it, you will find the office of the Assist Director for Military Student Support, the Vet Corps Navigator, and a lounge that seats 4 to 6 people with free coffee.
When we’re not there, we’re located in the Center for Student Success in the Mortvedt Library.

Veteran Spaces

The Center for Military Student Support:

 

-Hauge Administration Building (Room 107)

-Assistant Director of Military Student Support

-Lounge that seats 4 to 6 people

-Free coffee

-No judgement

Center for Military Support

Upcoming Events

May 20th: Spirit of Diversity Awards

May 21st: Classes end!

May 25th: Commencement Toast (Grads Only)

May 26th: Celebration of Leadership

May 27th: Baccalaureate Celebration

May 28th: Commencement

June 3rd: Final Grades Due

PLU is Hiring!

PLU is a great place to work for former military and military spouses!

Check out the current available job opportunities!

Important Dates

Click the links to find out more about these historic dates, recognitions, and events:

May

May 13th: Children of Fallen Patriots Day
May 15th: Peace Officers Memorial Day
May 21st: Armed Forces Day, Classes End
May 28th: Commencement
May 30th: Memorial Day

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Additional Locations for Veteran Support On-Campus

The Diversity Center:

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 – Mask mandate becomes optional!
  • 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.