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  • TACOMA, WASH. (Aug. 1, 2016)- Bryanna Plog ’10 seems to have done it all in her years after Pacific Lutheran University – teaching English abroad in Colombia, writing books about travel and interning for a conservation nonprofit. But now, she says, serving as a park…

    .” Bryanna Plog '10 aboard the M/V Ushauia during her J-Term study away program in Antarctica. (Photo courtesy of Plog) That commitment to versatility landed her with several organizations on campus, including multiple years in student media writing for The Mast and working with a club called Progress – which helped raise money for the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. Plog worked in media services at the library all four years at PLU and as a sojourner advocate for the Wang Center for Global

  • Tune in: The People’s Gathering is streaming live TACOMA, WASH. (Jan. 27, 2017)- Genesis Housing and Community Development Coalition will host a professional development conference called The People’s Gathering on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University on Friday, February 24. The full-day conference will focus…

    will focus on skills and strategies to facilitate difficult conversations around race in workplace and educational settings.Headlined by four nationally-known speakers (listed with bios below) with expertise in diversity, racial equity and multicultural education, The People’s Gathering will seek to help attendees increase their personal and professional cultural competency. “Our goal is to bring company leaders, employees and student leaders together to create a supportive space in which

  • Back to Normal By Barbara Clements A sense of relief. That seems to be the common reaction from cab drivers, shop keepers, bureaucrats and baristas around Anchorage when Gov. Sean Parnell’s name comes up. It has been a tumultuous two years for Alaska. Its new…

    packages back home for the holidays. While former classmates generally remember Parnell as a reserved student, Sandy Parnell remembers a young man who was a really nice guy. “I tease him because he seemed to be the big brother to a lot of the girls on campus, but I think that’s why I liked him a lot – he was kind and always treated people with respect,” she said. The two started dating their senior year. Sean Parnell earned his law degree and went into private practice. Sandy Parnell still works part

  • Life of the Mind: One student’s journey shapes the landscape of PLU, by imagining the past By Chris Albert Standing under the branches of a Garry oak tree on the hill behind the University Center, Reed Ojala-Barbour ’11 takes stock of the open space in…

    =CwMYT9Zwwq4 Not only did Ojala-Barbour turn this passion into a degree, but his passion changed the landscape of PLU. That passion was celebrated last April during Earth Week, when about 60 students, faculty, staff and community joined Ojala-Barbour, PLU President Loren J. Anderson and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Fred Tobiason to dedicate the Fred L. Tobiason Outdoor Learning Center. The native space behind the University Center has become a symbol of what one student, with a lot of on-campus support

  • Photo by John Froschauer Cancer survivor inspires teammates with spirit, perseverance and a mid-90s fastball By Nick Dawson It was only one pitch, but it was a pitch filled with emotion for PLU pitcher Max Beatty ’14 and the entire PLU baseball family – coaches,…

    Corvallis Knights’ summer wood-bat baseball team for college eligible student-athletes. Lacking stamina and trying to regain a feel for all of his pitches, Beatty took awhile to get back to where he had been the previous summer when he compiled a 6-1 record in helping the Knights to the West Coast League championship. In eight appearances, including seven starts, Beatty compiled a 2-1 record, a 4.01 earned run average. His 40.3 total innings pitched ranked third on the team. While not as impressive as

  • TACOMA, WASH. (Feb. 18, 2020) — If you’ve ever wondered whether leaders are born or made, the answer is both. At least it is when you’re referring to Pacific Lutheran University graduate Amy Spieker ’09. Growing up in a Navy family, Spieker moved her fair…

    Amy Spieker ’09 on community health advocacy, service and building relationships Posted by: Marcom Web Team / February 18, 2020 Image: Former PLU basketball student-athlete Amy Spieker ’09 is now the director of Community Health and Analysis at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Institute for Population Health in Wyoming. (Photo courtesy Amy Spieker/Janelle Rose Photography) February 18, 2020 By Lisa Patterson ‘98Marketing & Communications Guest WriterTACOMA, WASH. (Feb. 18, 2020) — If you’ve

  • TACOMA, WASH. (April 14, 2020) — In a parking lot outside Stony Brook University Hospital, two tents allow physicians to triage up to 100 patients per day. They discern between the “worried well” and those showing more severe symptoms of cough, fever and low oxygen…

    approach when speaking with people. You don’t get that at a big university and especially not in NYC,” Chrissy says. The couple’s message? “We want to tell our Lutes to stay home, stay hopeful and stay healthy. We got this!” Read Previous Largest-ever PLU student cohort participated in rigorous mathematical modeling competition Read Next PLU alumna is helping educators nationwide adapt to teaching from a distance COMMENTS*Note: All comments are moderated If the comments don't appear for you, you might

  • TACOMA, WASH. (Nov. 8, 2016)- Gabri Joy Kirkendall ’09 studied political science and French languages and literature at Pacific Lutheran University. Now, she’s a published author and artist. Below is an edited discussion about her vocational journey and her experience creating hand-lettering books. Question: How…

    outlets and publications.  I am very excited to see where this new book will lead. Q: What is the best advice you can give an undergraduate student pursuing a career in the arts? A: Make yourself and your work visible online from day one. Use social media to put your work out there. You never know who might see it. If I hadn’t put my work on Facebook and Etsy, I never would have been given the opportunity to write my books. (My success is a direct product) of my online visibility. I have received

  • TACOMA, WASH. (Oct. 6, 2017)- When George and Helen Long reached out to Pacific Lutheran University 10 years ago, all they knew was that they wanted to support the sciences. “George sort of felt like he owed his success and his career to PLU,” said…

    wanted to support the sciences.“George sort of felt like he owed his success and his career to PLU,” said Lauralee Hagen, senior director of advancement. “He was very nostalgic about professors and his here and really wanted to do something to give back.” Hagen worked with the Longs to secure an endowment fund that supports two to three student internships in the natural sciences each summer, as well as an annual lecture. This is the second year that the George and Helen Long Science, Technology and

  • TACOMA, WASH. (Oct. 6, 2017) – When George and Helen Long reached out to Pacific Lutheran University 10 years ago, all they knew was that they wanted to support the sciences. “George sort of felt like he owed his success and his career to PLU,”…

    wanted to support the sciences.“George sort of felt like he owed his success and his career to PLU,” said Lauralee Hagen, senior director of advancement. “He was very nostalgic about professors and his here and really wanted to do something to give back.” Hagen worked with the Longs to secure an endowment fund that supports two to three student internships in the natural sciences each summer, as well as an annual lecture. This is the second year that the George and Helen Long Science, Technology and