University summer enrollment jumps 33%

The switch to an all-virtual format for California Lutheran University’s traditional undergraduate summer classes has resulted in record enrollment at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic upended students’ plans.

Virtual Kingsmen camp adds adult classes

When COVID-19 prompted the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company to cancel its 2020 festival on the California Lutheran University campus, the professional troupe moved its 35-year-old summer workshops to the virtual world and expanded the target audience to include preschoolers and adults.

COVID prompts Compassionate AP Credit

In a policy believed to be the first in the nation, California Lutheran University is giving all students who took Advanced Placement classes and registered for exams in spring 2020 the maximum credit, regardless of scores or test completion, to account for COVID-19-related challenges.

8th president of Cal Lutheran selected

Lori E. Varlotta, the president of Hiram College in Ohio, will become the eighth president of California Lutheran University on Sept. 30.

Campaign brings in $1.9M and 100 stories

After California Lutheran University revamped its annual online fundraiser in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it raised more than three times as much money as last year and brought to light more than 100 stories of students, faculty and staff caring for others.

Pivot to virtual Fifty and Better is success

A quick pivot to virtual learning worked so well for the launch of California Lutheran University’s Fifty and Better program that an expanded schedule of online summer classes is planned.

Faculty retiring with emeritus status

Seven California Lutheran University faculty members with a combined total of more than 200 years of service are retiring with emeritus status.

Top Cal Lutheran teaching honor awarded

A faculty member who helps the community deal with trauma while preparing the next generation of therapists has received California Lutheran University’s highest teaching honor.

Undergrad Class of 2020 is largest to date

California Lutheran University’s virtual 2020 Undergraduate Commencement on May 16 will honor a record number of degree recipients.


Virtual Graduate Commencement slated

On May 15, California Lutheran University will launch the first of two virtual 57th Annual Commencement ceremonies honoring 2020 graduates.

Cal Lutheran senior receives Fulbright

A California Lutheran University senior who studied throughout the former Soviet Union as an undergraduate has received a U.S. Student Fulbright award to return to teach English in Kazakhstan.

Cal Lutheran won't require SAT or ACT

In a major shift, California Lutheran University is adopting a test-optional policy for undergraduate admissions.

CERF: US has entered deep recession

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting released its 2020 First Quarter United States Economic Forecast on Tuesday, Apr. 14.

Event Canceled: Encore of Matthew Shepard piece slated

In response to an outpouring of requests, Areté Vocal Ensemble is concluding its 11th season with a special encore performance of “Considering Matthew Shepard” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in California Lutheran University’s Samuelson Chapel.

Speaker to address dealing with eco-grief

An expert on ecological grief, also known as eco-grief or climate grief, will give a free public talk at California Lutheran University on building the emotional resilience needed to deal with environmental loss and work toward a sustainable future.

Limoneira CEO to speak on developments

The president and CEO of Limoneira will discuss the company’s residential and agricultural developments at the March 6 California Lutheran University Corporate Leaders Breakfast in Ventura.

Cal Lutheran to start AmeriCorps program

California Lutheran University is one of eight universities partnering with the state of California on a first-in-the-nation program to help students pay for college through public service targeting pressing challenges in their region.

Actor Gary Sinise to discuss his career

Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor and director Gary Sinise will speak to theater arts students and the public at California Lutheran University at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

Cal Lutheran teaching financial literacy

In response to a federal recommendation and student requests, California Lutheran University this semester joined a small but growing number of colleges offering a for-credit personal finance course.

Cal Lutheran launches new school

California Lutheran University has formed a new school focused on education beyond traditional bachelor’s and graduate degrees.

Lawyer to discuss cannabis challenges

An attorney who has worked on cannabis-related issues since Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016 will discuss the industry’s local impact at the California Lutheran University Corporate Leaders Breakfast in Santa Barbara.

Art activities, therapy free for fire victims

California Lutheran University is offering free art workshops, counseling and presentations designed to help those who have moved past the immediate crisis of wildfires to a stage where they can process the experience and begin healing.   

Swedish consul and entrepreneur dies

Former honorary consul general of Sweden, successful businesswoman and generous California Lutheran University supporter Siri Eliason of Thousand Oaks died Sunday of cancer at age 87. 

New director leading Cal Lutheran MPPA

A professor who has worked for nonprofit, for-profit and government sectors of the United States, India and United Arab Emirates has taken the helm of California Lutheran University’s Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program.

County economic contraction continues

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) released its 2019 Ventura County Economic Forecast on Thursday, Nov. 14. 

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