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A dream comes true in Alaska

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Corey Christian ’00 remembers as a kid, he used to go out to the airfield near his childhood home in San Francisco and watch the airplanes take off. He knew then, he just had to have a career in aviation.

This dream was further nurtured at PLU, when a friend there, introduced him to his father, who worked for Northwest Airlines. After graduating with a business administration degree, and a minor in sports administration, Corey worked for a few years in professional baseball, but then decided to get back to his first love of flying and aviation. He was hired at Alaska Airlines in 2001 and has been there ever since, first working in customer service and then working his way up to become the regional manager for six airports in Alaska’s Arctic region.

Corey loves the lifestyle and scenery in Alaska, but he noted, it can get very cold there, as much as 60 degrees below Fahrenheit.

PLU taught him how to be humble and how to be a leader at the same time, he says.

“PLU teaches you leadership combined with service,” he said.

As for his dream job, well at that he laughs. He’d like to run Alaska Airlines someday, but he’ll have to wait in line for that behind another Lute, CEO Brad Tilden ’83.

Photos by John Froschauer, Edited by Barbara Clements

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Alaska 360!

Here are some great shots by PLU photographer John Froschauer as he visited Lutes in Alaska last week (say that real fast!). The first is of Lute teachers working in circle time with children at summer school in Akiachak. The second is a wonderful view outside of Anchorage.

Akiachak: http://360.io/HbtqCj

Anchorage: http://360.io/XPZkPK

That would be me after I stopped to talk with Ickley Charles about his steam house, the summer school students decided to tag along at Akiachak, Alaska on Sunday, June 9, 2013. (Photo/John Froschauer)

That would be me after I stopped to talk with Ickley Charles about his steam house, the summer school students decided to tag along at Akiachak, Alaska on Sunday, June 9, 2013. (Photo/John Froschauer)

Following a vocation that lead from Iowa, to Ireland to north to Alaska!

Erin McLaughlin Sutterer '05 and husband, Mathew Sutterer never thought their Wild Hope would take them to Alaska for the last five years.

Erin McLaughlin Sutterer ’05 and husband, Mathew Sutterer never thought their Wild Hope would take them to Alaska for the last five years.

Growing up in Iowa, Erin McLaughlin Sutterer never quite imagined she’d be now living in Alaska. But looking back on her path recently with PLU Photographer John Froschauer and with hubby, Mathew Stutterer (whom we will make on honorary Lute!) the journey all seems to make sense now.

Erin graduated in 2005 with degrees in political science and anthropology, and came to PLU via Waverly Iowa, where her mom worked in the alumni-development office at Wartburg College, which is part of the ELCA. While at PLU, Erin was very involved, from working in residential life, the alumni office, the Residence Hall Council, Diversity Coalition, Ultimate Frisbee and Crew. And the list goes on. Erin now works at Hope Community Resources in Anchorage, working with developmentally disabled individuals succeed at home, at work and in the community.

When she graduated, Erin didn’t quite know how she was going to use her anthro degree, but now, she uses it every day in one of the most culturally diverse areas in the US. She appreciated the training, both practically and spiritually she received at PLU.

“I knew that God was calling me to Alaska,” she said, relaxing in her Anchorage homeĀ  with Matthew and awaiting the birth of their first child. She appreciated the deep, caring community she found at PLU, and has now found again in Alaska. Listen here for more of her story.

-Photo by John Froschauer, Edited by Barbara Clements