President Krise’s open letter of support for Muslim community

An executive order signed by President Trump late Friday afternoon immediately barring immigrants and non-immigrant visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. has had immediate effects on scholars and students nationwide.  More than 17,000 students in the U.S. come from the seven countries…

An Open Letter on Access for All Students

Dear Campus Community: It has been reported by many reputable news organizations recently that aides are clearing the way for President Donald Trump to take the first steps toward transforming the immigration system possibly as soon as he takes office tomorrow, fulfilling a major campaign…

LISTEN Forum

Dear Campus Community: I am writing to remind you of an invitation I made earlier this semester to participate in the first Listen forum on understanding and responding to implicit bias. The forum will be held this week on Wednesday, December 7, from 3:45-5:00 pm…

What election season reminds us about higher education

Each election cycle I’m reminded of how incredibly multi-disciplinary the responsibilities of our elected officials have become. Similarly, the challenges faced by the leaders of the world’s most successful corporations and NGOs grow ever more global, complex, and nuanced, seemingly by the day. Very few,…

An Open Letter: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Dear Campus Community: This Sunday, November 20th, is the annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Founded in 1999, TDOR is an opportunity to memorialize the people murdered because of transphobia, and to bring attention to the continued violence and prejudice endured by the…

A Plea for Unity

Dear Campus Community: This election has heightened feelings of alienation, anxiety, and vulnerability, and it has exposed divisions in our society, much deeper than any of us realized.  The pain and fear of historically marginalized groups is real, and we must acknowledge it and work…

Fall Forum on Sexual Assault and Violence

Dear Campus Community: Please join me and the entire campus community as we continue open dialogues on  sexual   assault  and violence on campus in an effort to expand community understanding and advocacy, while also increasing the safety and care of our community. This  forum…

Opening Remarks for Convocation 2016

2016 CONVOCATION |  President’s Remarks | September 6, 2016 On behalf of the whole university community, I welcome all new members of the PLU community: students, faculty, staff, administrators, regents, and the voting members of the PLU Corporation.  We’re all delighted that you are part…

The Passing of Thomas Pfeifle

UPDATE: PLU will host a celebration of life for Tom Pfeifle on Sept. 22 in Lagerquist Concert Hall at 6 p.m. The ceremony is one of many ways the campus community is honoring Pfeifle, who was an active member of Outdoor Recreation, as well as the cross…

Service, Learning & Community Building: A Q&A About Student Civic Engagement

Preparing graduates for their public lives as citizens, members of communities, and professionals in society has historically been a responsibility of higher education. And at PLU civic engagement and service to one’s community is a long-held ideal and practice. In 1990, Ernest L. Boyer, president…

Campus Forums on Sexual Assault and Violence

Dear Campus Community: Please join me and the entire PLU campus community for a first in a series of open dialogues on sexual assault and violence on campus in an effort to expand community understanding and advocacy, while also increasing the safety and care of…

The ‘L’ is not silent

Recently, I received a letter from a concerned parent and alumna commenting on how completely amazed and surprised she is at how different PLU is now, compared to her time here in the early 1980s.  She has since returned to campus many times, but more…