Novel Celebration Marks 50 Years

Blow up the balloons! Dig out the streamers! Join in the celebration!

California Lutheran University is 50 years old.

To mark it's half-century milestone, Cal Lutheran is throwing and amazing anniversary bash. CLU turns 50 on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center.

Generously underwritten by the University's first employee Ethel Beyer, H'97, the fun filled evening will honor CLU's founders and review the laughs and landmarks of the last five decades.

Even the food will memorialize the history of the University with a light roaming buffet and food stations reflecting the popular foods of the decades. Interspersed among the food stations will be live displays reflecting the past 50 years. A no-host bar will also be available.

The imaginative program, created and directed by theatre arts professor Michael Arndt with the assistance of spouse Vicki (Eagleson '79, MBA '92) Arndt, will star alumni and faculty performers. Planning CLU Turns 50 are committee members Carol Keochekian '81 chair, Eloise (Olson '70) Cohen, co-chair; Vicki and Michael Arndt, program; Krister Swanson '89, MA '96, photo and memorabilia solicitation; Keith Parks '81, community outreach; Jeff Miller, food and physical arrangements, Linda Harris '64, centerpieces; Cindy Keitel, MBA '91, reservations and student participation; Mitzi Ward, Alumni Office representative; Jean Kelso '84 Sandlin, MPA '90; and Jeanette Villanueva, 50th Anniversary steering committee liaison.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person and may be reserved online at