School of Arts and Communication

Student Advisory Board

The Pacific Lutheran University SOAC Student Advisory Board serves as the primary source of student advice to the Dean of the School and as student ambassadors for prospective SOAC students. The board consists of representation from across the SOAC disciplines as selected by the respective chair of the department or director of the program.  Representatives hold their positions for one academic year and meet on a monthly basis with the Dean of the School.

Current and prospective students should feel free to contact any of these board members directly. The SOAC Student Advisory Board members offer their own unique view of the SOAC experience.


Kelsey Barnes '16

Kelsey Barnes is a senior from Edmonds, WA, pursuing a double major in Art History and Anthropology. Additionally, this is her final year in the International Honors Program. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school for Museum Studies, and later pursuing a career as a museum curator. During her spring semester of 2014, Kelsey was chosen to be a part of the inaugural group to  study abroad with the IHON Oxford Program. Although the main focus of this program were the IHON courses about the foundations, principles, and practice of human rights, Kelsey’s favorite part of this experience was the one-on-one Art history course she took with an Oxford Professor. The opportunity to see the pieces she was studying in person was priceless! Please contact Kelsey at

Rebecca Johnson ’17
Rebecca Johnson '17

Rebecca Johnson is a junior from Renton, Washington. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science. Rebecca is currently the PR officer for the Disney Club. She’s a bit of a goof ball, which makes it difficult to find a picture of her that doesn’t make her look like a complete spaz. 

Jenny Kimura ’17
Jenny Kimura '17

Jenny Kimura is a junior from Kailua, Hawaii who is planning to get a BFA in Graphic Design with a double-minor in Latin and Printing and Publishing Arts. She hopes to work in children’s book publishing someday. In spring semester 2015, she traveled to Oxford, England with the International Honors Program. During the week (when she’s not in class) she works at the PLU financial aid office and is a member of the PLU debate team. In her spare time, Jenny can be found at the beach (or someplace warm), hanging out with friends, or reading a book. Email:


Brendan Stanton '16

Brendan Stanton is a senior from Ketchikan, Alaska majoring in communication with an emphasis in PR and Advertising. Brendan has been a top competitor for PLU’s Speech and Debate team for going on four years now. He is a strong advocate for debate, because it improves many career and social skills. Brendan works as a Sea Kayak Tour Guide in the summer. Connect with him at

Kaitlyn Hall ’17
Kaitlyn Hall '17

Kaitlyn Hall is a junior from Tacoma, Wash., earning a double-major in Hispanic studies and communication with an emphasis in public relations and advertising. Though she’s always loved books and language, she found her majors communication and Hispanic studies at Pierce College. Kaitlyn plans to attend graduate school before continuing her career in editing. Outside of class, you’ll find her blogging, playing piano and violin or reading just about anything. If you’d like to connect with Kaitlyn, you can send her an email at, a message on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter at @khalltweets.

Matthew Salzano ’18
Matthew Salzano '18

Matthew Salzano is a sophomore from Spokane, Wash., studying communication with an emphasis in journalism. During class hours, he balances time between harassing communication faculty and pestering professors of many disciplines during International Honors coursework. After hours, he works at PLU Marketing and Communication as a student writer and within student media – as the former Arts and Entertainment Editor for The Mooring Mast and the current General Manager of Mast TV. In his free time, he likes to play racquetball, eat good food and stay active on twitter (@matthew_paul).


Jacob Viramontes ’17
Jacob Viramontes '17

Jacob Viramontes is a junior BFA Acting & Directing major with a double minor in Technical Theatre & Design and Economics. He is originally from Santa Clarita, CA but went through high school in Sandy, UT. Jacob is heavily involved in the PLU Theatre department, working as the Theatre Office Manager and serving as the Secretary for Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. He also works at Campus Safety as an escort officer. After he graduates, Jacob plans on pursuing a theatre career, specializing in Shakespeare. Jacob chose to come to PLU because PLU promised tremendous opportunities for student involvement, and so far PLU hasn’t let him down. Connect with Jacob on Twitter and Instagram (@jacob_monty).

Sarah Hubert '16

Sarah Hubert is a senior BA Acting & Directing major and Music minor from Woodinville, WA. She sings in the Choir of the West and is the President of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. Sarah works in the costume shop on campus and is also a tour guide. During Spring 2014, Sarah studied abroad in Nantes, France where she got to learn about French theatre.

Becca Marsh ’18
Becca Marsh

Becca Marsh is a Sophomore from Spokane, Washington, pursuing a BFA in Technical Theatre & Design. During the school year, on top of her job in PLU’s Development department, you can find Becca heavily involved in the PLU Theatre Department. In the summer months, she is lucky enough to work for The Modern Theatre, with locations in both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. After graduating, Becca plans to continue her work as a professional stage manager.

Conner Brown ’18
Conner Brown '18

Conner Brown is a sophomore from Portland, Oregon, on his way to earning a BFA in Acting & Directing. Conner is heavily involved in the theatre program at PLU and has a job in the Alumni Office. He is grateful to PLU for giving him a chance to really stretch his creative muscles. After graduating, Conner plans on pursuing a career in the theatre wherever life takes him.


Alexa Bayouk '16

Alexa Bayouk is a senior from Tacoma, Washington, pursuing her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance. She is the current James D. Holloway Scholar. Alexa plays piano in the Wind Ensemble and Piano Ensemble. She also serves as Lobby Staff Coordinator and works in the PLU Music Office. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Masters in Arts Management. Alexa loves being a counselor at Piano Camp and going to Disneyland.

Miya Higashiyama ‘17
Miya Higashiyama, ‘17

Miya Higashiyama is a junior from Sammamish, Washington, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She regularly participates in PLU’s opera productions, sings in Choir of the West, Chamber Singers, and also plays in the piano studio of Oksana Ezhokina. She is a recipient of the Agnes Berge Smith Music Scholarship. This year she is president of PLU’s Opera Club, and is looking forward to educating others about the art form of opera. When not studying, practicing, or working at the Names Fitness Center or Hinderlie desk, Miya can be found hiking, crafting, or baking. After she graduates, she plans to attend graduate school to receive her Masters of Music in Opera Performance.

Taylor Mills

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