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Isabelle Valdez ’23

Master of Her Future

From intern to employee, Isabelle Valdez used Cal Lutheran's MS in Management program to launch her business career after studying history as an undergrad.

Cal Lutheran receives $1.2M federal grant

The five-year grant will support 60 graduate-level students in becoming credentialed teachers of high-need deaf and hard-of-hearing students in public schools.

Howie Wennes

Treasured memories

The Cal Lutheran community lost one of its most treasured members when the Rev. Dr. Howard Wennes died on July 12, 2022.

Rev. Scott Adams and Bishop Brenda Bos

Seeing one another

“Rev. Scott,” as he is known, is the university’s first Black pastor and the first non-Lutheran to hold the post.

Sign for help outside of monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine

On a mission

To the Rev. Rachel Eskesen ’04, MA, MDiv ’14, the work of a pastor can look remarkably similar to the work of an English professor.

Lorrie Brown

Balancing the narrative in Ventura

Being an effective public servant and improving the human condition has always been an objective for Lorrie Brown ’07, MPPA ’09, whether that means working in government or helping people discover their purpose.

Rev. Scott Adams

Cal Lutheran welcomes new spiritual leader

Known as “Reverend Scott,” he was selected by a search committee of representatives from numerous departments at the school, including students.

From left, Regent Ann Boynton '83, President Lori E. Varlotta, PhD, Bishop Deborah Hutterer, MDiv, and the Rev. Jim Bessey '66, MDiv, participate in the Feb. 27 installation ceremony.

Coming together

The academic, spiritual and ceremonial events celebrating the inauguration of President Lori E. Varlotta, PhD — delayed by the pandemic — were opportunities to restate her vision for the campus. Cal Lutheran is...

Kathie (Schaap '89) Hale started her Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run at the Grand Canyon's South Rim at 2:30 a.m. Photo: Courtesy of Kathie (Schaap '89) Hale

Realizing a personal victory

Kathie (Schaap ’89) Hale started her Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim at 2:30 a.m. Photo: Courtesy of Kathie (Schaap ’89) Hale When Kathie (Schaap ’89) Hale met her...

Amanda ElBassiouny thrives alongside her students as they explore the things that first drew her to study psychology. Photo: Erik Hagen

Love of learning

Nearly four years after joining the Cal Lutheran faculty as an assistant professor of psychology, Amanda ElBassiouny, PhD, likes to joke that she’s a senior.

Teketa Bellamy hosted an online spoken word event in March 2022. Photo: Obinna Anyanwu

With community backing, students take on racism

As one of four CSBL recipients in 2021-22, Jaden Lyons launched the “Making Cents” financial literacy program. Photo: Obinna Anyanwu Growing up in Los Angeles, Jaden Lyons came to the conclusion that his Black community...

In fall 2020, PLTS became a certified Green Justice Seminary and began offering students earning master’s degrees the option to pursue a climate justice concentration. Photo: Brittany App

Seminary starts programs for change agents

(BERKELEY, Calif. — March 2, 2022) California Lutheran University’s Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) is offering new programs to prepare religious leaders and laypeople to work for social and environmental...