Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture

Dale and Jolita Benson both attended PLU and graduated in 1963. Dale earned a BA in history and then a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Maine. He has had a long and successful career in the financial industry. He is a member of the university’s Board of Regents.

Jolita graduated from the School of Education and has dedicated her life to educating children. She has lived out her passion each day as a teacher, mother and dedicated volunteer.

Throughout her career Jolita exhibited unique gifts for recognizing the needs of children and providing them the support and positive regard that allowed them to flourish. 

The Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture seeks to encourage the thoughtful exploration of education in its various capacities and different ways education can and should be accessible to all.


7:00-8:00 p.m. | April 20, 2022 | AUC CK Hall Room 214

Three Compliments: Ways to Feel Seen as an Invisible Student

Before becoming a published author, Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly was an underperforming student who nearly failed English and graduated high school with a 1.7 GPA. She explains that when you’re quiet and make mediocre grades, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. In this lecture, Erin will share the three compliments from teachers that she remembers to this day, how those brief moments of praise influenced her writing life, and ways that teachers can change a young person’s life in the briefest of moments.

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