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Meant to Live

Endowed by a generous gift of the PLU Class of 1958, the Meant to Live events bring alumni back to campus to talk about vocation with current students at Homecoming.  

 

Meant to Live Panel

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: Scandinavian Cultural Center, Anderson University Center

Cost: Free!

Each year at homecoming, the Wild Hope Center for Vocation, jointly with the alumni office, sponsors the Meant to Live conference.  This event brings alumni back to campus to share their vocational narratives with our students. These alumni, many accomplished and all very good speakers address the “what did you do with your PLU degree, and how did you end up taking this path?” question, and serve to show students that vocational discernment doesn’t end with graduation and that we make choices throughout our lives.

This year’s conference will focus on the interdisciplinary studies. There are two parts to this event – first, the Meant to Live panel will be on Thursday 10/13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Scan Center. It will feature Women’s and Gender Studies aluma Kate Fontana ’08, Global Studies alumna Anna McCracken ’14, Environmental Studies alumna Sai Refai ’14 and will be moderated by Environmental Studies alumnus Joel Zylstra ’05. Panelists will talk about their time at PLU, and how their major influenced and continues to affect their current lives and careers.

Meant to Live Keynote Speaker

Time: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Location: Scandinavian Cultural Center, Anderson University Center

Cost: Free!

This year’s Meant to Live keynote will be given by Brian Bannon ’97. Brian is Commissioner and CEO of the Chicago Public Library system and will be joined by Professor Beth Kraig, one of his mentors during his time at PLU. Brian completed a individualized bachelor of arts degree at PLU and then went on to earn a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington. Brian is a recognized leader in the government and nonprofit sectors, and has developed cross sector recognition as an innovator. He has a proven track record in developing and implementing innovative educational programs and leading large-scale operations that provide digital skills training, community-based learning, and educational advancement for children, families, and adults.

 

Read more about Brian here!

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Previous Meant to Live Talks

Learn about the 2015 keynote speaker, neurologist Janice E. Brunstrom-Hernandez “83, here!

Brunstrom-Hernandez is a board-certified pediatric neurologist, enthusiastically driven to help children with cerebral palsy “live their very best lives, now and in the future.” She is able to empathize with the challenges facing her patients with cerebral palsy as she too has the disorder.

Meant to Live lecture by Janice Brunstrom-Hernandez, MD, '83, for Homecoming 2015 at PLU on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Photo/John Froschauer)

Meant to Live lecture by Janice Brunstrom-Hernandez, MD, ’83, for Homecoming 2015 at PLU on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Photo/John Froschauer)