PLU co-sponsors event to help reconcile Tacoma's past expulsion of Chinese community
From left: PLU President Loren Anderson, Anthropology Professor Greg Guldin, CRPF President Theresa Pan, Gov. Gary Locke, Deputy Consul General for the People's Republic of China Wang Yusheng, Yusheng's wife Zhang Yanping and two assistants to Yusheng.
Washington State Gov. Gary Locke spent an evening on campus at "Into the Light: A Night of Harmony and Renewal," an event co-sponsored by PLU and the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation. The foundation seeks to reconcile the tragic event in 1885 that resulted in the expulsion of Tacoma's Chinese community. Locke, the nation's first Chinese-American governor, shared his views on the Chinese presence in Washington.
A photo at the top of its class: PLU photographer
With a piece of the new Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ in hand, Jeremy Delamater takes a close look at his work. The photo was one of eight shots in an award-winning layout by Chris Tumbusch, university photographer and associate director of photo services. The layout - which depicted the organ's construction from its beginnings in builder Paul Fritts' workshop to its assembly in Lagerquist Concert Hall - won second place in the photo features category of the 36th Annual Photography Competition conducted by the University Photographers' Association of America in June. The UPAA is an international organization of college and university photographers, and this year's entries included more than 140 photos of campus life.
Tonn named chair of environmental committee
Sheri Tonn, dean of the Division of Natural Sciences and acting executive director of information resources, was elected chair of the Government and Academia Team for the Environment/NW Partnership Committee at the group's spring meeting. GATE/NW is a partnership between EPA Region 10, local universities, and state environmental agencies, created to help agencies protect environmental quality and universities seek greater understanding of the relationship between humans and the natural environment. The group's projects include reviewing and developing environmental curricula, designing an internship program and holding policy seminars.
A scholar of distinction: PLU names Browning first Distinguished Professor
Christopher Browning, Holocaust scholar and professor of history, was honored with the title of PLU's first Distinguished Professor at the spring commencement ceremony on May 25. Browning earned the honor for his probing and renowned scholarship, his leadership in the faculty and his faithful and provocative teaching. The professorship, funded by an anonymous donor, carries a research stipend and salary bonus. Browning's studies have focused on the sources and nature of the extermination policy of the German Nazi government during World War II.
Former Oregon senator addresses graduates, receives honorary degree
The Honorable Mark O. Hatfield, former US Senator from Oregon, donned his black academic robe for Spring Commencement at PLU on May 25. In addition to serving as the keynote speaker for the day, Hatfield was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Laws for "a distinguished career of public service that sets a standard of integrity and achievement worthy of emulation." Hatfield's five decade career includes serving Oregon as a member of both houses of the state Legislature, as governor, and as a US Senator, and providing national leadership in energy, the environment, diplomacy, world peace, health care, biomedical research and efforts to improve technological literacy. His life and career are a model of PLU's motto, "Educating for Lives of Service."
Sharon Jansen, English professor, recently published "Dangerous Talk and Strange Behavior: Women and Popular Resistance to the Reforms of Henry VIII." The book explores the roles women played during a period of religious, institutional and social turmoil, and how they represented a danger to King Henry's realm.
Ingram elected president of regional religion, biblical literature groups
Religion Professor Paul Ingram was named president-elect of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature during the groups' annual meetings in May at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.
PLU vice president named 10th president of Augsburg College
Bill Frame, vice president of finance and operations, became the 10th president of Augsburg College in Minneapolis in July. Frame, who served PLU since 1993, contributed greatly to the university's economic recovery and the PLU 2000 planning process. Jeff Jordan, director of residential life and auxiliary services, will serve as acting vice president until the position is filled. Jordan joined the student life division of PLU in 1989, where he served as the student conduct and special programs coordinator, and as the assistant director for residential life before taking on his current position.
Director of charitable estates receives professional achievement award
Ed Larson '57, '61, '80, executive director of charitable estate planning, received the Northwest Development Officers Association Professional Achievement Award in May at the NDOA annual meeting in Seattle. NDOA is comprised of more than 800 fund raising executives, directors, staff and volunteers in the Puget Sound region. Winners of this prestigious award are chosen by a committee of previous recipients, which truly ranks Larson among the best of the best. Larson has served at PLU since 1970.
Dean of nursing appointed head of Eastern Washington nursing center
Dorothy Detlor-Langan, dean of the school of nursing, was appointed the dean of the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education in Spokane, Wash., in May. The ICNE enrolls 500 undergraduate and graduate nursing students at several sites in Eastern Washington. Detlor-Langan has served as a professor, member of the graduate faculty and dean at PLU since 1989. Under Detlor-Langan's guidance, the school of nursing started a graduate program, offering two master's degrees: a nurse practitioner degree with family, gerontological or women's health specializations, and a care manager degree with health systems or client systems specializations. Detlor-Langan also led the school in creating international programs, including a January Term course to Jamaica, and a full spring semester in Tobago. The interim dean position is filled by Anne Hirsch, nursing professor and associate dean for the undergraduate nursing program. Hirsch has been part of the school since 1983, and will stay in office until next August.
Moe recognized for contributions to state park and recreation field award
Dick Moe, Tacoma park commissioner and dean emeritus of PLU's School of the Arts, graduate studies and summer studies, received the Legislative Citation of Merit Award from the Washington Recreation and Park Association. The award, presented at WRPA's state convention, is given to the lay person who has most effectively contributed to the park and recreation field through involvement in legislative issues. In addition to serving as a commissioner, Moe is the state representative to the board of directors of the Citizen-Board branch of the National Recreation and Park Association where he advocates the impact of recreation on crime reduction.
Student Internet pro chosen as regional webmaster representative
Joel Larson '98, PLU's webmaster and a music arts major, was named the Northwest Regional Representative for the International United Webmaster's Association. His territory covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska. The organization provides a forum for webmasters to trade commentary and ideas.
O'Connell Killen co-directs year-long traveling workshop for religion professors
PLU Religion Professor Patricia O'Connell Killen, with Colleen McDannell of the University of Utah, received a $94,000 grant from the Lilly Foundation through the American Academy of Religion to co-direct a year-long workshop for mid-career faculty from the western US and Canada who teach religion to undergraduates. The workshop helps faculty expand their pedagogical repertoire, investigate the relationship between their scholarly work and teaching, develop their understanding of the social, psychological and cognitive worlds of undergraduates, and discuss how the study of religion fits into higher education in the next century. The workshop involves 15 participants and four staff, and is held in four sessions over the year: at the University of Utah in August, at the University of Victoria in November, at the University of Colorado at Boulder next March, and at PLU next June.
Awards by the bushel: KPLU harvests honors
KPLU 88.5 FM was recognized again as a leading regional radio station through a series of recent awards. At the 1997 Washington Press Association's awards banquet, KPLU reporter Steven Krueger was named the second-place Communicator of Excellence, one of 13 KPLU staff members to take home awards that night. In the Washington Associated Press' broadcast competition, Jennifer Schmidt, assistant news director, won the Best Enterprise award for a story on "Zebra Mussels," and "Morning Edition" host Dave Meyer took second place in the Best Scheduled Newscast category. The station also won a 1997 Radio-Television News Directors Association Regional award for use of sound in "Mass for Guadalupe" by reporter Ingrid Lobet.
Donor hopes nursing scholarship inspires community service
"Nursing is a tremendous way to give to the community," said Doris Stucke, dean of the PLU School of Nursing from 1967-1982. "Through giving this scholarship, I hope students will later give to the community."
Phuong Hoang, a junior nursing student from Federal Way, Wash., received the Esther M. and Doris G. Stucke Endowed Scholarship in Nursing last spring.
Established as a memorial to Doris' mother, the scholarship is awarded to a nursing major with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
PLU nursing student Phuong Hoang and scholarship donor Doris Stucke met at a scholarship luncheon earlier this year.
Scholarship lends that 'little something extra'
Retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bertil Johnson had to work his way through the University of Washington's Law School many years back.
"Young people today need help with college expenses, especially with the high costs of education," he said.
Greg Aune '97, who double-majored in biology and chemistry, received the Judge Bertil Johnson Scholarship last year. The scholarship enabled him to save money toward his post-graduate studies in the Doctorate of Medicine in Philosophy (MDPH) degree program at the University of Texas in Houston. He plans to continue in medical research.
The Judge Bertil Johnson Scholarship was founded by the Allenmore Medical Foundation to honor Johnson, who is president of the board of directors.
Johnson's ties to PLU go back to the days of President Seth C. Eastvold. "Pacific Lutheran University is an outstanding educational institution whose students deserve support," said Johnson.
"I see the scholarship as an acknowledgment of how well the student recipients have done in school and a little extra support for them to continue their success."
The Judge Bertil Johnson Scholarship is awarded to a pre-med student who has attained junior status.
Greg Aune '97 and retired Judge Bertil Johnson share a laugh at a spring scholarship luncheon at PLU.
Dean of nursing appointed head of Eastern Washington nursing center
A celebration of paintings and written word graced the walls of the Scandinavian Cultural Center in spring. Through pictures of local nature scenes and heartfelt poems, the works of Hilda Hatlen gave testimony to her creative spirit and honor to her accomplishments.
Hatlen, age 89, is an accomplished poet, author and artist who lives in Libby, Mont. The exhibit "From Pen to Palette" displayed examples of her art, which draw from her Norwegian heritage, her love of the Northwest, and even her connection to PLU. She has been an active writer for over 40 years, publishing works in newspapers and magazines, as well as three of her own books. Hatlen began oil painting at age 58, and also creates scratch board art, charcoal drawings and acrylic paintings.
Hatlen, the mother of graduates Roe '65, '67 and Richard '70, and grandmother of sophomore Leif Hatlen '00 and several more alums, was honored for more than her art, however. She was honored as the matriarch of a special PLU family. Her son Roe and his wife, Beverly '66, '94, expressed their love of their Norwegian roots and belief in the cultural center through their generous support of the Hatlen Kitchen in 1991. The kitchen, located in the cultural center, hosts cooking classes and is used to prepare specialty meals.
The PLU community rejoices with the Hatlens in the art of their mother, and celebrates a partnership of sharing.
Hilda Hatlen and her family gather for the celebration of her poetry and painting exhibit. The family stands in the Hatlen demonstration kitchen, installed at PLU in 1991 as part of the Scandinavian Cultural Center. Front row: Hilda Hatlen, Karen Taggart Hatlen, Beverly Hatlen '66, '94, Betty Hatlen Smith. Back row: Roe Hatlen '65, '67, Richard Hatlen '70, Leif Hatlen '00.
Scholarship decorates dreams
Dear Mr. Moe,
I would like to express my deep appreciation for your support of my education through the Lila Moe Scholarship.
Your generosity goes far beyond fulfilling a financial need. It provides me with the encouragement that comes in knowing there are other people out there cheering me on.
After graduating from high school in 1978, I worked at a Hallmark shop for four years, then at a savings and loan for 13 years. Although they were both good jobs, I knew in my heart that neither of them would provide me with a fulfilling career.
For many years now, it has been my dream to become a costume designer (the hobby I have been most passionate about), but the fear of failure had kept me from pursuing my dream.
After earning my Associates Degree at South Puget Sound Community College by attending night classes, I left my position at Olympia Federal Savings to enter the elementary education program at PLU. However, I soon discovered that my love for children was not enough to bring me satisfaction as an elementary school teacher. I began to realize that my precious time spent at PLU was my opportunity to pursue my dreams.
In spring of 1996, I entered the School of the Arts as a theatre major, with an emphasis in design and technology. It was the best move I could have made. I have found great joy in learning about the different aspects of theatre, both in the classroom and in the practical experience of helping out with the shows.
Most recently, I had the opportunity to design costumes for the student-run production of "Crimes of the Heart" - a dream come true! I feel that at long last I have come home!
Again, it is greatly due to the support and encouragement of people like you that my dream has become a reality. For that, I am truly grateful.
Dick Moe, dean emeritus of the School of the Arts, established the Lila Moe Scholarship in the late 1970s after the tragic death of his wife, Lila. The scholarship is awarded to a returning female student who has a strong interest in the arts.
At a scholarship luncheon earlier this year, Kathleen Winn Anderson expresses her thanks to Dick Moe, dean emeritus of the School of the Arts. Anderson is this year's recipient of the Lila Moe Scholarship.