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  • Students work to wrestle a mattress into a Goodwill donation van during last year’s Moveout. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU) Moveout 2014 provides an opportunity to transform unwanted room items into support, jobs through new partnership with Goodwill By Barbara Clements, Content Development Director PLU Marketing and…

    job creation. Donations from the Moveout drive will directly provide revenue and resources to fund job-skills retraining and placement programs,  helping 9,000 of the approximately 74,000 unemployed people in a region that covers a 15-county area. “So much can be reused and repurposed,” said Christine Cooley, Sustainability Manager at PLU. “If someone else can reuse the item, we want to make sure they have that opportunity.” “Together, we can turn student dorm items into something that will

  • 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.…

    2019-2020 Faculty Excellence Recipients Posted by: nicolacs / January 3, 2020 Image: All four winners of the 2019-2020 Faculty Excellence Awards. January 3, 2020 By Christine Nicolai PLU Division of Natural Sciences 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

  • Psychology Department’s Colloquium Series Brings Prominent Scholars to PLU Dr. Anthony Greenwald to Speak on Nov. 14 By Brenna Sussman ’15 PLU Marketing & Communications Student Worker TACOMA, Wash. (Nov. 11, 2014)— As part of its prestigious Colloquium Series, PLU’s Department of Psychology hosts about…

    diverse children of different ages. A date has not yet been set for her presentation. And the last speaker in the 2014-15 series will be PLU Psychology Professor Christine Moon, whose groundbreaking research into infants’ language learning has received national and international recognition. Her talk will be held at 2 p.m. April 24 in Xavier 201. In the past, PLU’s Department of Psychology has hosted premier scholars for the Colloquium. One of the most notable was Warner Schaie, acknowledged as one of

  • The Division of Natural Sciences swept this year’s faculty ceremony, garnering 3 of the 5 prestigious awards. Every year during the PLU Christmas Celebration, the university honors the accomplishments of faculty by presenting five Faculty Excellence awards in the areas of teaching, advising, mentoring, research,…

    2018-19 Faculty Excellence Recipients Posted by: nicolacs / December 18, 2018 Image: PLU staff and faculty brunch and awards, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Photo: PLU/John Froschauer) December 18, 2018 By Christine Nicolai PLU Natural Sciences The Division of Natural Sciences swept this year's faculty ceremony, garnering 3 of the 5 prestigious awards. Every year during the PLU Christmas Celebration, the university honors the accomplishments of faculty by presenting five Faculty Excellence awards in

  • TACOMA, WASH. (March. 13, 2016)- TEDxTacoma 2016: Healthy Future will welcome a diverse bill of local business, arts, education and nonprofit leaders to share their ideas on a wide spectrum of topics including health care, leadership, human nature and violence against women. The annual event…

    in eight short minutes and hope it sprouts into new ways of thinking about making a difference in your community and beyond.” Barnett will be joined by 12 other speakers, including retired Army Lieutenant General Mike Ferriter, New York Times best-selling novelist Isaac Marion, Jason Lee Middle School principal Christine Brandt, former Tacoma City Council member Bill Moss and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier (full list of TEDxTacoma 2016 speakers). The program will also

  • PLU receives top marks for sustainability Pacific Lutheran University has garnered a prestigious ranking this week, as the Sustainable Endowments Institute released its College Sustainability Report Card for 2010. Overall, the university was graded an A-, with As granted to many areas such as climate…

    environmentally friendly innovations.” Sheri Tonn, PLU’s vice president for finance and operations, said she was not surprised by PLU’s high ranking and very pleased with the outcome. “We are very, very pleased to attain this mark, and want to keep the caliber of sustainability to a high level on campus,” she said. She credited the work of the PLU community for the high rating, as well as an initial sustainability water grant by the Russell Family Foundation in 2001. Christine Cooley, PLU’s newly-hired

  • Starbucks expertly employs market research to craft marketing messages and stay informed about consumer sentiment. Businesses in the coffee industry are susceptible to many external risks, most of which they are not able to control or even influence. The list of external threats is long,…

    testing At 84,000 votes, coconut milk is the second most-requested improvement pitched to MyStarbucksIdea.com which is a website where customers offer ideas and suggestions on a wide range of topics. Starbucks vice president of brewed espresso, Christine Barone, told MarketWatch that, “Delivering the options our customers want is always the highlight of my day.  We have a high bar for anything we pair with our high quality espresso and this coconut milk is smooth and perfectly complements the coffee

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke to a crowd of 15,000 at the Tacoma Dome urging them to change their world for the good, one act at a time.   Tutu urges 15,000 in Tacoma Dome to be the spark that changes a community, a life. By…

    resulted in the charity Free the Children which now has 3,500 chapters and provides daily education to 55,000 children. Tutu noted that not everyone is called to start an international organization, but urged the crowd to do something, anything, to make their community better. One small act can make a difference, he said. Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire urged the group to unplug from the computer and reach out to people in the community. She also noted to the crowd “that this will be an evening that

  • reThinking how sustainability is taught at PLU using a novel approach at reDesign House. The art of sustainability By Chris Albert Across the street from the Martin J. Neeb Center sits an old house – not built to the exacting LEED environmental standards of Neeb,…

    Manager Christine Cooley said. “One that is about serving our community with what it needs, not what you think it needs.” It all started back in 2008, when the campus community began thinking about how to best explain and promote the idea of sustainability. PLU has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2020. Departments across campus started thinking about how they might implement carbon neutrality. Cooley, along with Associate Professor of Graphic Design J.P. Avila and Lace Smith, assistant

  • For some, summer is a time for play. For others, it’s a time for work. But for many at Pacific Lutheran University, it’s a time for a little bit of both — through science. The Division of Natural Sciences at PLU offers rigorous opportunities for…

    really hard on it and present it to someone.” BIOFUEL FOR THE FUTURE Tyler Johnson '18, and Christine Sohn '19, working with Prof Jon Freeman on a student-faculty research project looking at PLU, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU) One thing Christine Sohn ’19 has learned about bacteria: “It just smells so gross.” Sohn is one of the student researchers for Jon Freeman, assistant professor of chemistry. They spent the summer studying a species of green algae whose genes can be isolated