“There’s a lot to figure out, but the nature of teaching is that we land on our feet. We’re used to doing what we can in the best interest of our kids while ensuring they’re safe and focusing on their mental health.” -Special education teacher and PLU alumna Erin Azama
Erika Bergh '15, pastor of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska, has found a new way to worship during the COVID-19 pandemic—through a Nintendo Switch and the hit 2020 videogame Animal Crossing.
When COVID-19 hit Washington it meant Mount Vernon’s Tulip Town wouldn’t be welcoming its usual 350,000 April visitors. Co-owner and CEO Andrew Miller ’14 drew heavily on lessons learned in PLU’s MBA program to quickly rewrite Tulip Town’s 2020 business plan and create new, innovative programs that helped replace lost revenue and provide comfort to folks most affected by the pandemic. #PLUgrads #PLUBusiness #AttawayAndrew
“Racism is real. Yet, many are without the tools, skills, or cultural literacy to work through these difficult conversations towards solution finding efforts.” -Melannie Denise Cunningham, PLU Director of Multicultural Outreach and Engagement
Staff and faculty members from all over campus share a bit of friendly advice wiuth PLU's Class of 2020. #PLUgrads
Great message from college presidents from all over Washington to current and future students! (Produced by our MarCom team here at PLU.)
"It’s no exaggeration to say that a reopening of campus will be the result of one of the most comprehensive plans ever created and executed in our institution’s 130-year history. Through it all, we will be guided by an unwavering commitment to well-being and safety." -PLU President Allan Belton his recent The News Tribune op-ed
“The reopening of institutions of higher learning will play a crucial role in our state’s economic recovery—in terms of our institutions being a key economic driver in the state, providing Washington employers with the highly-trained talent they need, particularly in fields that are critical to our state’s recovery, and by being an engine for equity and economic mobility for ALL of our citizens. And while we’re all eager to return to our campuses and classrooms – I’m sure I can speak for my fellow college presidents across the state when I assure you that the well-being and safety of our students, faculty, and staff will absolutely not be compromised.” -PLU President Allan Belton speaking today at Governor Jay Inslee’s press conference
PLU President Allan Belton will be joining Governor Inslee to share remarks on behalf of a group of college presidents that formed to offer guidance to the Governor as he plans COVID-19 response and recovery for the state.
Sending a big #HappyFathersDay out to all of our Lute fathers, uncles, grandpas, mentors, coaches and everyone else celebrating and being celebrated today. Also, love this throwback photo from a few years ago—Ben Welch ‘17 hugs his father, Steve Welch ’87, after introducing him at the PLU Athletics Hall of Fame Brunch at Homecoming 2016.
ANNOUNCEMENT: An emergency session of The People’s Gathering will be held (virtually) on July 9! To learn more and register please visit www.plu.edu/continuing-ed/tpg-2/ Produced by PLU’s Melannie Denise Cunningham and our Center for Graduate and Continuing Education, The People’s Gathering is a professional/personal development learning experience that provides a supportive space in which participants can engage in frank and open dialogue about race and racial disparities that are systemically present in work, school and everyday life.
We celebrate today’s SCOTUS decision and remain steadfast in our commitment to the success of undocumented students as integral members of our community.
Mark Hernández graduated a few weeks ago with a double major in sociology and communication. For the past four years, Mark has been a tireless student leader and advocate, serving as the PR director for ASPLU, a masculinity intern at PLU’s Center for Gender Equity, an admissions ambassador, a member of the School of Arts and Communication Student Advisory Board, and as captain of Lute Nation, PLU’s step team. #PLUgrads
“Let’s be concerned about the right things. Let’s be concerned about those in our community who are suffering. Let’s be concerned about the children who are experiencing food insecurity, and the homeless. Let’s worry about the families and our neighbors who need it." -PLU education professor Paul Sutton
A reminder to PLU students, staff, and faculty - PLU Library staff actively curate a research guide called "Resources for response to world, national, and local events" at https://guides.library.plu.edu/response
We highly recommend Robin DiAngelo’s powerful book “White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” Dr. DiAngelo has visited PLU three times since 2016 — to talk with the entire staff and faculty at our university Fall Conference, once for the People’s Gathering, and for the South Puget Sound Higher Education Diversity Partnership Institute. Read and learn more about how white administrators and professors can and must confront and reflect on how white privilege impacts people of color at PLU and beyond.
PLU student Derek Gibson '21 interviewed Shayla Zartman and Selwyn Jones—cousin and uncle, respectively, to George Floyd—in this moving piece published today by Mast Media.
"At PLU, we strive to equip our students — and ourselves — with the critical thinking, compassion, and courage to contribute to the dismantling of systems of oppression that remain at large throughout our government, non-profit, and private sectors — as well as in our own institution." -PLU President Allan Belton (full message below)
BIG NEWS! Twenty-one new scholarships will be created for PLU students from underrepresented backgrounds preparing to become STEM educators, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Pastor Jen talks about the importance of taking a minute to pause and reflect in times of transition and change in this week's Warm Line episode.
"We dedicate this performance to the entire PLU community on what would have been the 2020 Commencement Weekend, and also to all who have been affected by the pandemic." -Dr. Richard Nance, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies
PLU Alumni Board President Sal Mungia '81 welcomes the Class of 2020 to the alumni family! #PLUgrads #ForverALute
"Graduating with my bachelor's degree is super empowering for me as a first-generation college student, and I'm extremely proud to be a woman with a STEM degree." -Lexi Powers '20 2020 #PLUgrads celebrate and reflect on their momentous achievement.