ResoLute Fall 2023 cover photo, with Brian Bannon


They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. We visited six alumni who are thriving and making significant contributions to the progress and well-being of the Big Apple.

Aaron Bell smiles at the camera. There is a white wall behind him and he is wearing a blazer and glasses.

A philosopher in finance

Aaron Bell ’04 applies philosophy and psychology principles to wealth management.

Emily Peterson standing on the street in a New York alley. There is a brightly painted mural behind her. She is smiling, looking up above the photographer, and wearing a grey sweater.

Global policy, politics and partnerships

Emily Peterson ’14 works with partners around the globe at a NYC-based public affairs agency.

Dayton Campbell-Harris stands on a park deck with water and the Brooklyn skyline behind him. He's wearing a blue blazer and half-smiling.

Fighting for voters’ rights

Dayton Campbell-Harris ’16 serves as a staff attorney for the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.


A great caretaker understands science. A great scientist cares for people. These Lutes exemplify this balance in their academic inquiry, community engagement and service careers.

David Ward stands on the stairs of the PLU nursing center. There is a large gold image of the PLU rose window on the wall behind him. He is smiling and wearing a light blue shirt.

Therapeutic Leadership

David Ward, dean of PLU’s College of Health Professions, explains how his experience as a therapist informs his academic leadership.

Stephanie Millet, a Navy veteran, and Raven Lopez, an Air Force veteran, pose for a photo after the School of Nursing Nurse Pinning, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at PLU. (PLU Photo / Sy Bean)

Military To Medicine

Veterans of the Navy and Air Force, Stephanie Millett ’22 and Raven Lopez ’22 became nurses because they wanted to continue their service.

A woman wearing a white lab coat squeezing a liquid from a scientific instrument.

Transformative Science

Exciting improvements are coming to the Rieke Science Center and the Nursing Clinical Learning and Simulation Center.


The latest class of PLU graduates includes researchers, educators, advocates, artists and innovators.

Emily Struck sitting in the library in front of a stack of books, smiling into the camera. She has glasses and is wearing a black shirt with a brown sweater. Her hands are in her lap.

Captivated by Chemistry

Emily Struck made the most of her chemistry major at PLU, conducting individualized research with professors and tutoring other students on campus. She’s now pursuing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Purdue University.

Student stands in front of the pool wearing a plaid shirt and smiles at the camera.

Passionate About Global Health

Henri Coronado-Volta double majored in global studies and Hispanic studies and minored in Holocaust and genocide studies. He’s now a epidemiology grad student at UW and plans to earn a Ph.D. in global health.

PLU student, wearing a dark blue turtle neck shirt and black pants, leans on a banister while smiling into the camera. They are standing in front of a quote about science on the back wall.

Traveling Through Time

Venice Jakowchuk’s double major in history and anthropology led her on numerous adventures throughout her PLU years. She’s now on a new adventure, earning a Master of Sciences in archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

PLU student wearing a black top and jeans smiles into the camera. They are surrounded by flowers and trees.

Jasneet Sandu

Computer Science & Global Studies Major
Ellie Dieringer sitting at a desk in a PLU clasroom with a big map of the world behind her.

Ellie Dieringer

Global Studies & Hispanic and Latino Studies Major
Teranejah Lucas smiling and wearing a black coat and yellow top.

Teranejah Lucas

Social Work Major
Stephanie Aparicio Zambrano walks down a path on PLU's upper campus. She is smiling and wearing a fleece jacket.

Stephanie Aparicio Zambrano

Psychology Major
Image: Gavin Knapp ’23 (PLU photo/Sy Bean)

Gavin Knapp

Education Major
Kara Atkinson sits on a bench on PLU's upper campus with Xavier Hall behind her. She is smiling and has one of her arms wrapped around the drop of the bench.

Kara Atkinson

History Major
Allison Sheflo stands on campus with evergreen trees behind her. She's wearing a black denim jacket and smiling into the camera.

Allison Sheflo

Geosciences, Environmental Studies & Religion Major
Grayson Nottage stands beneath the staircase in PLU's Anderson University Center. She is smiling and wearing a light brown sweatshirt.

Grayson Nottage

Geoscience Major
Tiffany Wong smiles into the camera with a brick campus building behind her.

Tiffany Wong

Nursing Major
Sarah Davis smiles into the camera. She is wearing a black sweater, has her hands in her pockets, and is standing in the PLU biology greenhouse.

Sarah Davis

Biology Major
PLU student, Alex Reed smiling and standing in front of a glass window.

Alex Reed

Communications & Psychology Major
PLU nursing student wearing dark gray scrubs and a name tag faces the camera and looks up and smiles. The student is standing in front of a hospital. It is sunny outside.

Marc Gombio

Nursing Major
PLU student wearing a black jacket over a white t shirt looks into the camera. They are standing in front of trees and a brick building.

Parker Brocker-Knapp

Hispanic Studies Major
PLU student, wearing a black shirt, cream cardigan sweater, and orange and yellow pants, smiles into the camera while standing in front of a wooden wall and window.

Jackie Lindstrom

Chemistry & Math Major
Maria Surla stands in front of a nursing classroom. She is smiling, wearing nursing scrubs, and gesturing up with both of her hands.

Maria Surla

Nursing Major
Dylan Ruggeri '23. He is wearing a striped green shirt The photo is taken outside in front of a building on campus.

Dylan Ruggeri

Environmental Studies & Theatre Major