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A Promising Look at 2021

CandiceAHappy New Year! On behalf of your Alumni Board of Directors, I want to wish your family health and happiness in 2021. I think we are all trepidatious about what the year holds, but I know brighter days are ahead. 2020 brought many challenges to Cal Lutheran, but also so many things to celebrate including the hiring of our first female President, Dr. Lori Varlotta. Dr. Varlotta has faced tremendous challenges in her short tenure at Cal Lutheran but has made abundantly clear that she’s the right person for the job.

Some highlights from 2020:

  • The Swenson Science Center opened its doors in 2020 bringing state of the art labs for our growing Science program. Cal Lutheran will continue to produce top-rate scientists and this new facility will further enable them to learn and grow.
  • We raised over 1.9 million dollars on Cal Lutheran Cares Day! This record-breaking giving day could not have been accomplished without our strong alumni base. Thank you to those who participated!
  • An All-Virtual Homecoming: The Alumni and Family Relations team worked hard to deliver an excellent and engaging homecoming…. even if we couldn’t all be together in person. From hearing lectures from your favorite Cal Lutheran professors to a virtual 5k and even an Alumni Choir singing the alma mater, we were all still able to connect with Cal Lutheran and each other.

And even though we are only into our second week of 2021, there is already good news to report amidst these trying times.  President Varlotta and the Board of Regents have approved a ZERO PERCENT increase in CLU tuition rates next year. This applies to all students in all academic programs.

I hope 2021 brings an opportunity for us to all be together again. I feel hopeful with the news of the vaccine distribution. In the meantime, do not feel disconnected from Cal Lutheran. Visit https://www.callutheran.edu/alumni/ to learn about the latest online events, webinars and more.

Do you want to be even more connected with CLU? Consider joining our Ambassador Program. As an Alumni Ambassador you can volunteer at an event (when we are able to gather in person again), speak in a class, share news of Cal Lutheran on social media, refer potential students and more!

As always, the Alumni Office and the Alumni Board will continue to look for new and varied ways to connect you with your alma mater and each other throughout the year wherever you are located.

With Cal Lutheran Pride,


Candice (Cerro ’09) Aragon
President, Alumni Board of Directors