2019-2020 Faculty Excellence Recipients

The Division of Natural Sciences swept this year’s faculty ceremony, garnering 3 of the 4 prestigious awards. Every year during the PLU Christmas Celebration, the university honors the accomplishments of faculty by presenting Faculty Excellence awards in the areas of teaching, advising, mentoring, and service.…

New PLU course Chem 103 illustrates chemistry through food

TACOMA, WASH. (Aug. 13, 2019) — Pacific Lutheran University’s Dr. Andrea Munro didn’t design Chem 103: Food Chemistry in order to teach students how to cook — but everyone agrees it’s been a pretty tasty side effect. Munro, an associate professor of chemistry, intended the…

Dr. Tom Carlson, Beloved Biology Professor, Passes Away

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Tom Carlson, Ph.D., a recently retired biology professor who served the PLU community from 1975 to 2019. He passed away the morning of July 24, 2019, surrounded by his wife Karen and her family.…

Chemistry Club Wins PLU Award

The Chem Club was voted “Organization of the Year“ by PLU’s Clubs and Orgs. We’d like to congratulate our Chem Club and Chem Club officers – Luna Kim, Emily Ness, Cole Fisher, Kasey Johnson, and Alex Klussmann – for their excellent leadership and organization resulting…

Senior Profiles: Class of 2019 Is Making a Difference

TACOMA, Wash. (May 23, 2019)—With Commencement on May 25, Pacific Lutheran University sends its next class out into the world—more than 800 Lutes are eligible to graduate, with 700 expected to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Judging by the accomplishments of the Class of 2019,…

Math Faculty Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

The PNW MAA is pleased to announce that the Distinguished Teaching Award Winner for 2019 is Tom Edgar of Pacific Lutheran University. Tom completed his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame and joined the faculty at PLU in 2009. Tom is an extraordinarily successful…