Alumni Profiles

Lutes living their vocations
Megan Wagstaff '03

Megan Wagstaff ’03

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Others thought Megan Wagstaff ’03 was crazy to ditch a perfectly good job to bake, a move that resulted in her macaron shop Lady Yum. But daydreaming about leaving the job she hated made her feel like the carefree little girl she once was, taking the cookbook from her mother and baking cookies galore. Pivot…

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Joshua Cushman '08

Joshua Cushman ’08

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PLU alumnus, Tacoma teacher draws from his own tough life lessons to inspire students in similar situations TACOMA, WASH. (March 17, 2016)- Joshua Cushman ’08 stood in front of a crowd at the Wang Center Symposium last month and recalled his childhood in which nobody asked him about his future. The Tacoma native was the…

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Natalie McCarthy ’09

Natalie McCarthy ’09

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Elite rower, PLU alumna continues showing up, competing on world stage with goal of achieving Paralympics gold TACOMA, WASH. (March 24, 2016)- Natalie McCarthy ’09 lost her vision when she was a child, but that hasn’t stopped her from showing up. And she’s continued to show up all the way to the world stage. McCarthy…

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Nick Sears '87, '95

Nick Sears ’87, ’95

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PLU alumnus, Android co-founder uses his marketing expertise to help students land jobs TACOMA, WASH. (March 2, 2016)- Co-founder of Android and Pacific Lutheran University graduate Nick Sears took the technology world by storm when he teamed up with inventors Andy Rubin and Chris White to market and launch Android, one of the world’s top…

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Rebekah Blakney '12

Rebekah Blakney ’12

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PLU alumna collects, studies mosquitoes in the pursuit of improved public health TACOMA, WASH. (March 9, 2016)- Mosquitoes are pests to some, but for Rebekah Blakney ’12 they carry a wealth of information that can unlock solutions to global health issues. Now with the outbreak of the Zika virus, that’s as important as ever. Blakney…

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Debbie Moderow '13

Debbie Moderow ’13

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Musher turned author: Alumna harnesses her PLU education to recount experiences on Iditarod Trail TACOMA, WASH. (Feb. 24, 2016)- Debbie Moderow’s future in Iditarod racing started in her family’s backyard with a retired sled dog named Salt. The 7-year-old Husky was the first member of a backyard sled dog team that was initially assembled so…

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