Our VideOverKnight event, running April 2-3, includes new videos designed to give prospective students a feel for our campus. Come join PLU President Allan Belton and ASPLU President Todd Dizon as they showcase their favorite places to work, caffeinate and chill on campus!
VideOverKnight begins today! At 10 a.m., PLU President Belton and Associate Dean of Admission Melody Ferguson will be answering your questions. Then at 2 p.m., a panel of first-year students will be discussing life at PLU. Join us at www.plu.edu/videoverknight/.
We weren't able to host our annual Lute OverKnight this week, so instead we're hosting VideOverKnight — an online experience with live Q&As, brand-new videos, and more!
Before physical distancing and shelter-in-place orders, political science major Jeremy Knapp '21 got to learn the ins and outs of the Washington State Senate as an intern for Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood).
PLU has donated more than $10,000 in essential medical supplies to the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center for use in the fight against COVID-19, thanks to the collaboration of campus partners.
Pastor Jen is back with another Warm Line video! Some good perspective and encouragement as we head into the weekend. 💛🖤
"This new release can stand proudly against all rivals. Richard Nance has polished his Pacific Lutheran choristers to perfection." -Gramophone's Malcolm Riley reviews the Choir of the West's new album. https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/e-envalds-there-will-come-soft-rains
Distance learning and teaching can feel isolating at times. PLU Professor of Hispanic Studies Bridget Yaden has been combating these potential limitations by using different technological tools to make her virtual classroom as accessible and accommodating as possible.
Pacific Lutheran University athletic director Laurie Turner has announced she will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Thank you for your years of excellent service to the university, Laurie! 💛🖤#GoLutes
PLU President Allan Belton on caring for, encouraging and supporting one another during this season of Coronavirus. For more information about PLU's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit www.plu.edu/coronavirus.
Great news from PLU Nursing's DNP program! Attaway!
Switching a campus-based curriculum to a distance-learning model mid-semester in the face of a pandemic is no easy feat. Luckily, PLU professor of music Gregory Youtz and his faculty peers have proved to be up for the challenge.
208 Garfield is now available for online to-go orders and in-person pick up, thanks to the GET app! Want to place an order? Click here: https://get.cbord.com/plu/full/prelogin.php You can also call to place your order at 253-538-5990.
Inspiring words from Pastor Jen!
The newly opened PLU Pantry is an on-campus food pantry where any university students in need can pick up ingredients for a meal, toiletries and other necessities with the swipe of a student ID. The pantry is remains open now, even while classes are meeting remotely.
Last week Professor Amy Young, chair of PLU’s communication department, posted a message of encouragement and guidance to her fellow PLU faculty members preparing to transition to remote teaching. Her timely message, a distillation of ten lessons from a distance learning workshop combined with her commentary, resonated with educators all over the country and has been shared over 5,000 times. These were her ten points: 1. Be kind to yourself and your students. Everyone is stressed, even if they're playing cool. That includes faculty. And that's okay. 2. Many universities have a considerable number of pedagogical experts that, quite frankly, I have only been dimly aware of until yesterday. Be kind to these people. They are suddenly very slammed. 3. There are a much larger number of faculty on university campuses that desperately need to retool. We have faculty who do not know how to use even the course management software that we've been on since I've been here (12 years). It is moments like this when that disparity becomes really fraught. It is also unacceptable. 4. You will not recreate your classroom, and you cannot hold yourself to that standard. Moving a class to a distance learning model in a day's time excludes the possibility of excellence. Give yourself a break. 5. Prioritize. What do students REALLY NEED TO KNOW for two weeks. This one is hard for me. But we have to strip it all the way down--in my campaigns class, that means I need them to post infographics on their research and now post narrative context and slides. But I'm going to punt on presentations because we just don't have time. Which sucks. But these are not normal circumstances. 6. If you're making videos, student viewership drops off precipitously at 5 minutes. Make them capsule videos if you make them. And UPLOAD to YOUTUBE because it TRANSCRIBES for you. Do not assume your audio is good enough or that students can understand without transcription. This is like using a microphone at meetings--I don't care if you don't need it, someone else does and they don't want to ask. 7. Make assignments lower or no stakes if you're using a new platform. Get students used to just using the platform. Then you can do something higher stakes. Do not ask students to do a high stakes exam or assignment on a new platform. 8. Stay in contact with students, and stay transparent. Talk to them about WHY you're prioritizing certain things or asking them to read or do certain things. I've moved to doing that in all of my face-to-face teaching anyway, and it improves student buy-in because they know content and delivery are purposeful. 9. Do not read on best practices for distance learning. That's not the situation we're in. We're in triage. Distance learning, when planned, can be really excellent. That's not what this is. Do what you absolutely have to and ditch what you can. Thinking you can manage best practices in a day or a week will lead to feeling like you've failed. 10. Be particularly kind to your graduating seniors. They're already panicking, and this isn't going to help. If you teach a class where they need to have completed something for certification, to apply to grad school, or whatever, figure out plan B. But talk to them. Radio silence, even if you're working, is not okay.
A few of our favorite photos from today's Pi Day celebration.
Nicole Jordan ’15 is back on campus, this time using the degree she earned in social work to help educate and lead others in her new position as coordinator for PLU’s Center for Gender Equity.
For the latest updates on classes, campus events, safety precautions and more related to COVID-19 please visit www.plu.edu/coronavirus.
Thank you to all the speakers, panelists, and attendees who made the 9th Biennial Wang Symposium a great success. Today, the final day of the symposium, we were presented with some big questions, important challenges, and exciting ideas about how we might better navigate conflict and difference, and bring communities together for the better.
It was an excellent first day of the PLU Wang Center Symposium. Through lectures, panels and discussions, we dove deep into this year’s topic – “Disarming Polarization: Navigating Conflict and Difference in the 21st Century.” Tomorrow’s schedule is equally as exciting, so please join us on campus or stream online at www.youtube.com/PacificLutheranUniv
Tomorrow is day one of PLU Wang Center's Symposium! Events begin bright and early and conclude in the evening with a keynote about inter-religious dialogue by Imam Jamal Rahman, an interfaith Sufi leader from Seattle. Full schedule: www.plu.edu/wang-center-symposium/schedule
PLU's Laurie Turner has been named athletic director of the year! #AttawayLaurie #GoLutes "Turner has cultivated an atmosphere of success both on and off the field of competition with the department winning five conference titles in 2018-2019, volunteering 3,200 hours in the community, and all 19-sport programs maintaining a grade point average above a 3.0."
Jared Wright '14 works for Lutheran Community Services Northwest's refugee resettlement program and will be on campus this Thursday to sit on a #WangSymposium panel. In this Q&A he discusses his work, impactful internships, his PLU experience, and more!
Jared Wright '14 works for Lutheran Community Services Northwest's refugee resettlement program and will be on campus this Friday to sit on a #WangSymposium panel. In this Q&A he discusses his work, impactful internships, his PLU experience, and more!