October 5, 1954, two students study in their dormitory room in the new South Hall building, later renamed Hinderlie Hall after two long-term PLU staff members, Mr. Berndt I. Hinderlie and Mrs. Ragna Hinderlie. #tbt #throwbackthursdays (📸 x PLU Archives)
We're honored to be the recipient of this stunning harpsichord from Jeanette Pilgrim's family, who has donated it to PLU's Music Department. Dr. Paul Tegels, Associate Professor of Music, plays Johann Sebastian Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor on a newly donated harpsichord made by Kenneth Bakeman in 1980. For more about this beautiful instrument, visit SOAC's blog: https://www.plu.edu/music/news/2021/02/16/harpsichord-donated-to-plu-music-program/
ANNOUNCEMENT: We intend to return to in-person learning this fall. Like every action we’ve undertaken as a community during the pandemic, this decision is being made in full consideration of public-health guidelines and community safety measures. We’ll be proceeding with caution, consulting with the Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department and other public-health resources, and reserving the ability to change course as the situation requires. Now two weeks into spring semester, we are currently providing both fully remote and “blended” courses (combining remote and on-campus learning). We recently moved our Campus Status Dial to level four which allows for significantly more in-person instruction. Every member of our PLU campus community has made important sacrifices to promote safety in our community. The scope of that effort has been truly inspiring. That being said, we all know our university is at its best in person—and we’re glad to be making steps toward enjoying that again together.
Colin Hartke ’08 served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique (2012-2014). During his service, he worked with a health clinic and community groups on prevention and care activities (mainly focused on HIV and malaria). Hartke collaborated with a small farming co-operative to help the farmer-owners set up systems and processes that helped them drive growth. Join Hartke for a discussion on the impact of global health on March 9 during the 5th Biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Celebration of Service. Register here: https://www.plu.edu/vulnerabilities-amplified/
Jazmin Nuñez '21 touches on why social work is so crucial for her and her community. Are you interested in pursuing a career in service to your community? Follow the link to learn more: https://www.plu.edu/social-work/program/how-to-apply/
PLU President Allan Belton recently joined former Washington State Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling and others for a bookclub discussion of “Caste” on Bowling’s Nerd Farmer Podcast.
Today we're celebrating a teacher, veteran, mentor, and Tacoma School District's first Black principal, Wille Stewart '69. After earning a Masters in Education from PLU in 1969, Stewart became an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent of the school district. (Video produced in 2015) #ThrowbackThursday #BlackHistoryMonth #TacomaIcon
Congratulations to Mycal Ford ’12 who was recently named a Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Fellow by the Center for New American Security. After graduating from PLU, Mycal earned a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from American University and he now serves as a sanctions investigator at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Anne Hoblitt Linn '08 served with Peace Corps in Senegal as the Preventive Health Volunteer from 2012 to 2014 in the fight against malaria. Join the discussion on March 9 for the 5th Biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Celebration of Service to learn more about Linn's experience and the importance of global health. Register today! https://www.plu.edu/vulnerabilities-amplified/registration/
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24, at 6 pm for the first in the "PLU Experts & Insights" webinar series. "One Call Away: Learning in a Remote and Technical Universe" by Mario Peñalver MA '03, MA '09, offers practical advice for those navigating an online universe with children who struggle to focus inside of it. Follow the link to register today.
A native of Yemen, Abdulghani Mosa ‘23 became connected with Palmer Scholars while a sophomore at Foss High School. PLU and Palmer Scholars have announced they are expanding their partnership to better serve students of color in Pierce County. Mosa shares with us why he applied and how the program has helped him with his college career.
We are incredibly proud of PLU alumna Rosa Franklin '74 with this well-deserved honor!
Don't forget to register for the 5th Biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Celebration of service taking place on March 9th. Co-sponsored by the Wang Center and PLU's Peace Corps Prep Program, the event focuses on global health in two parts. The first part features a panel presentation of PLU and Peace Corps alumni discussing community health service in a global context, with the final keynote by Amie Bishop presenting the global impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ+ communities.
PLU athletes have returned to play, but only after initiating a strict testing strategy designed to ensure athletes and coaching staff's health and safety.
Learning doesn't stop after graduation. PLU alumni continue their quest for knowledge, engagement, and critical thinking as they explore new ideas, challenge their beliefs and listen to new perspectives from diverse groups. Alumni & Student Connections is excited to present a series of virtual webinars called PLU Experts & Insights, highlighting experienced PLU faculty and alumni on today's current topics. Register for today for a webinar today.
President Belton shares a few campus updates and a bit about what students can expect this semester. Learn more about the Campus Status Dial: https://www.plu.edu/coronavirus/updates-announcements/campus-status-dial/
PLU alumnus Brian Lander '89 talks about the challenges of addressing world hunger as the Global Deputy Director of the UN World Food Programme Emergency Operations Division and what it means to serve an organization that has been awarded the high honor of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
Join Campus Ministry and PLU's Black Student Union for a series of virtual experiences honoring Black excellence in film, music, and stage in celebration of Black History Month. Follow the link for a list of upcoming virtual events and register today!
Save the date! PLU's biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Celebration of Service will be held virtually at 7 p.m. on March 9, featuring keynote speaker Amie Bishop, a global health leader and human rights advocate.
Check out this excellent performance from 2019 of Toto's "Africa" by PLU's steel band.
Today PLU nursing students helped vaccinate nearly 1200 people at an on-campus event co-sponsored by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, PLU, MultiCare Health System, and CHI Franciscan! Full story here: http://shorturl.at/mZ045
Today we're revisiting our 2016 ResoLute feature on PLU alumna Rosa Franklin '74. Rosa was the first Black woman elected to the Washington State Senate and served as a nurse for more than 40 years. #ThrowbackThursday #BlackHistoryMonth #TacomaIcon
On Thursday, February 4 PLU students enrolled in the "J-Term on the Hill" social work class spent an afternoon building furniture donated by Ikea to NW Furniture Bank. Students in the course are working with the furniture bank to help people transition from homelessness to housing and navigate furnishing the new home.
As far east as Chengdu, China, or as nearby as Neah Bay, Washington, PLU's Study Away program challenges you to broaden your perspective by increasing understanding of our world's growing interconnectedness. Did you know that PLU was the first American university to have study away programs on all seven continents simultaneously!? Follow the link if you're curious to learn more about studying away at PLU: https://www.plu.edu/studyaway/ (Photos are from 2015-2019)