A symposium suitable for Service members wanting to learn more about technological warfare


I am Vernadette T. Lapena and I am a junior at Pacific Lutheran University. My major is in Communication with a minor in Public Affairs. I am an alumni from Marion Military Institute (grad class 2018) and I currently serve in the U.S. Army National Guard as the S1 (Human Resources/Personnel Officer) of my unit. 

Throughout the school year, I've attended events and symposiums to better my understanding of the world and current issues that is happening in the United States, as well as other countries. Since my career interest involves politics and world-issues, I took an interest in being involved with PLU's 2019 Drone Symposium: Life Under Drones. These flying devices have taken over the skies immensely without people realizing it. From a military-aspect, drones have been involved in numerous raids that have turned countries against the United States. 

Taking part in this event will help to better understand the contemporary issue of drone-attacks from the U.S. military. Because drones are being used in multiple ways towards different Countries, It is important for service members and even non-service members to understand where we are at with wargaming within this generation. By attending this event, you will be able to learn about the issues and benefits that drones have when it comes to fighting wars. 

Your donation in any amount will ensure the longevity of the symposium. We appreciate your ongoing support for this event and hope that you can join us in learning more about the growing culture of drones.

Thank you,


Vernadette Lapena Vernadette Lapena
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Breakfast for a scholar, artist, or industry leader

We are inviting participants from all over the country to take part in the symposium. A gift of $10 will ensure one of our symposium presenters are well-fed, bright-eyed, and ready to partake in important conversations about drone technology.

Lunch for two scholars, artists, or industry leaders

We want our symposium participants to be nourished and supported as they share their work with the PLU community and beyond. $25 will go toward providing lunch in The Commons for our presenters.

Help transport symposium presenters to/from their hotel

With so many guests flying in from out of town, your $50 gift will ensure smooth transit between the hotel and the PLU campus.

Art Installation Equipment

We have a number of digital and traditional artists who will be installing their work in PLU's University Gallery. A $75 gift will help ensure our visiting artists can hang art, secure digital equipment, route power, create beautiful signage, and support the technological needs of the artworks.

One night of lodging for a visiting scholar, artist, or industry leader

We are expecting guests from across the country; $150 will help us cover the lodging costs for symposium presenters.

Fly in a scholar, artist, or industry leader

We will be covering the transportation costs of all symposium presenters; a $500 gift will pay for a guest's air travel costs.

Sponsor an out-of-town symposium presenter

$1,000 will cover airfare and a 2-night stay in a hotel for one prominent leader in the academic, technological, commercial, artistic, media, policy, and military industries. Help make this conversation as well-represented as possible.

Thank You for Your Gift

Our success relies on the generosity of our community. A gift today will have a lasting impact, and we are so grateful for it.

Completed! PLU Life Under Drones