Office for Student Engagement
PLU's Black & Gold Chapter
PLU’s Black & Gold chapter of Mortar Board seeks to uphold the society’s ideals of scholarship, service, and leadership by collaborating with other leaders at PLU to become one of the most influential and active student organizations on campus. We give back to the university and faculty that have assisted us during our college journey, and we promote literacy, community service, and gender equality through service to our alma mater.
EXPECTATIONS & REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERSHIP
- Suggested 10 hours of community service per semester
- Attending monthly meetings unless otherwise noted
- Active participation in organized events
- Timely communication with officers
INVOLVEMENT & SERVICE
In Fall 2016, our members volunteered at a wide range of organizations, including the following:
- Keithley Middle School
- English Language Learning Program
- Coin Drive for the Wishing Well Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity
- Salvation Army Giftwrapping Booth
- Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry
- Over 426 hours of volunteer hours just in Fall Semester
Accomplished by 2016-2017 group as of December 2016.
BENEFITS & SERVICES
Academic recognition and connections with faculty, administrators and other campus leaders. Alumni networking, including career and graduate school networking and assistance. Graduate fellowships available only to members. The possibility of an instant pay increase for federal government jobs with entrance at the GS-7 level.
In order to be considered for induction into the PLU Black & Gold Chapter of Mortar Board, students must complete an application package, which will be reviewed by a selection committee. Applications are open to all PLU students who are currently a junior planning to graduate in the 2015-2016 academic year and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Competitive applications will include clear connections between the unique aspect of Mortar Board as an active honor and your personal interests and expected contributions. Selected students will participate in new member orientation and be inducted into Mortar Board during spring semester. Current juniors will then serve as active Mortar Board members during their senior year. All students who are inducted will be recognized at the PLU’s Celebration of Leadership in May. Complete application package must include:
- Online Application
- Leadership Resume
- Letters of Recommendation
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Provide two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a PLU faculty member.
Instructions for Recommendation Letter:
- Letter should include full name of applicant and address to “PLU Black & Gold Chapter of Mortar Board”.
- The following qualifications should be addressed:
Performance in academics Capacity for analytical thinking Ability to work with others
Intellectual independence Community engagement Ability to drive and motivate
Ability to organize and express ideas clearly
- Must be submitted by recommender via PLU campus mail to Mortar Board Committee (SIL Office AUC 161), via email to email@example.com (PDF files are recommended), or via US Mail to:
Mortar Board Committee
Student Involvement and Leadership
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447