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With just weeks to go before the five-year $52 million campaign celebrates its conclusion, we pause to look at the difference your contributions have made for PLU.


  • A student helping students
  • Offner offers gift of service
  • A husband's love inspires nursing scholarship
  • Q Club banquet celebrates 25 years, campaign uccess
  • Groundbreaking commences music center Completion
  • New pipe organ is one of region's largest
  • Memorial lecture explores the right to die
  • Culpeper Foundation sponsors language learning center
  • Faculty members and hands-on equipment make the difference for science grads
  • Campaign Accomplishments
  • Natural sciences serves as Murdock host
  • A special thanks to those who helped lead the way
  • Q Club names new president

  • A student helping students

    Student, Choir of the West member, student government member, cultural peer coordinator for Native Americans and volunteer for other organizations on campus. These are just some of the many hats Nathan Sears '97 wears with pride at PLU.

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    Nate Sears '97 was the manager of the
    student-run eatery, The Cave.

    In the last year, Sears has given another part of himself to PLU by joining Q Club as a student member. "Donating to Q Club is creating a small yet important beacon of support on the shores of PLU's educational process," Sears said enthusiastically.

    "My first roommate received a Q Club scholarship. It sparked my curiosity about getting involved and donating," Sears said. "Though I knew little about the organization to begin with, when Q Club was mentioned around campus, it carried a special prestige. Fortunately, it didn't take much research to realize that this was something I needed to get involved with. So I became a student member of Q Club in 1996."

    Why does Sears -- a student - - give to Q Club?

    First, he said, it is an important way of showing his commitment to PLU. Second, by beginning to give now, he more than likely will continue to give in the future. "It is an important way to pace myself and know that I can budget this yearly," Sears said. Finally, giving to Q Club is a nice way of showing support for students in need. "I hope to help provide an opportunity for other students," he said.


    Offner offers gift of service

    In her 24 years in PLU's mail-room, Dona Offner saw countless Q Club mailings. She herself joined in 1993.

    "I wished all along that I could become a member to help students," she confessed.

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    Dona Offner delivers mail around campus.

    Offner has worked with quite a number of students and staff over the years. She has enjoyed the experiences and been positively affected by those encounters over the years. "I've always enjoyed the students here at PLU," she said. "I've had first-hand experience with the quality students at PLU while working in the mailroom. They were hard-working, conscientious and responsible," she added.

    "There are a lot of talented students and I wanted to do what I could to help individuals that otherwise may not have been able to attend PLU." Offner continued, "Q Club is a wonderful thing to donate to... I don't know what better cause to give to."


    A husband's love inspires nursing scholarship

    For 51 years they shared life's sunrises and sunsets. When Naydene Snodgrass died last August, her husband Harold chose to honor her memory in a special, lasting way. He established the Naydene A. Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship for nursing students.

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    PLU nursing students will benefit from the new scholarship.

    Naydene was a nurse whose care for her patients will live on through others. Harold's gift will extend the healing arts through PLU nursing students who, according to Naydene, were some of the finest nurses she worked with during her career.

    Naydene graduated as a registered nurse from Tacoma General's program in 1947 and served at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash., and Tacoma General and Puget Sound Hospital in Tacoma. She was a school nurse for the Puyallup School District in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Harold established the scholarship, and has set into motion plans to endow the scholarship in perpetuity, with the intent of providing full tuition to a nursing student with financial need. Though none of their family graduated from PLU and their time on campus was quite limited, Harold chose PLU to receive this gift because Naydene always commented on how impressed she was by the PLU nursing students. Her own school at Tacoma General was closed many years ago.

    Now retired, Harold taught English and journalism at Wapato and Puyallup high schools and was director of public relations for the Tacoma School District for more than 20 years.


    Q Club banquet celebrates 25 years, campaign success

    A festive birthday party with all the trimmings will mark the 25th annual Q Club banquet on Saturday, May 3.

    "It promises to be different from any other banquet we've planned," said Lauralee Hagen, chair of the Q Club banquet committee.

    Campaign accomplishments will be chronicled in a video and new members to the Lifetime Giving Society will be inducted, "as well as a number of surprises we think Q Club members will enjoy," said Hagen.

    To join Q Club and be a part of the festivities, call Dave Berntsen at 1-800-258-6758.


    Groundbreaking commences music center completion

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    David Benson '94, Jane Russell and Darren Kerbs '96
    watch as Mary Baker Russell breaks ground for the
    $3 million addition to the music center bearing her name.

    While the Dec. 14 winter commencement ceremony marked a new beginning for 331 PLU graduates, it also was a day of new beginnings for the Mary Baker Russell Music Center with the groundbreaking of the center's expansion. More than 100 people, including grateful music faculty and students, celebrated the start of the building's completion.

    A major and unexpected gift from Mary Baker Russell in November provided funds for Phase II of the building bearing her name, including the addition of teaching studios, practice rooms, rehearsal halls and office space. Construction began in February with completion targeted for November.


    New pipe organ is one of region's largest

    One of the largest pipe organs on the West Coast has been installed at PLU in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center's George Lagerquist Concert Hall.

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    The Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ was inspired by the late 17th-century Stellwagen organ of Stralsund, Germany. The instrument will boast 54 stops and approximately 3,000 pipes, some as tall as 16 feet. The casework is made of oiled fir. The pipe organ weighs more than 19,000 pounds, and stretches from the balcony to the ceiling of the concert hall. Its frame is so large that it completely encases the organist, who literally sits inside the organ to play it.

    The four-story-high organ features delicate, rounded carvings by Judy Fritts, sister of the organ builder, Paul Fritts. Their father, Byard Fritts, was a PLU music faculty member from 1949-1966 and the university's organist for 30 years.

    The $920,000 project received a $300,000 naming gift from the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation for capstone funding. Other lead financial gifts came from friends and alumni, including Jeffrey and Patricia Smith, Mary Baker Russell, George and Jane Russell, Tom and Kay Anderson, the late Julian Foss and David Dahl (PLU music professor and organist).

    The Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation was created in 1960 to support charitable, educational, scientific, literary or religious purposes primarily within Tacoma, Pierce County and the lower Puget Sound area.


    Memorial lecture explores the right to die

    Heather Koller '94 was a philosophy major and an English minor who aspired to a career as a writer. She served PLU as a student government senator and was recognized as a Sankta Lucia bride. Heather died of connective tissue cancer a month after her graduation, a source of pain she had bravely fought through her college career. In her honor, her parents, Brant and Carol Koller, and her sister, Jennifer Bain, established a memorial lecture. The annual lecture focuses on creative writing or ethics, Heather's special interests.

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    Dax Cowart and Robert Burt

    The first of these memorial lectures was held in November, and brought Dax Cowart and Robert Burt to PLU. Cowart was blinded, maimed and disfigured in a propane gas explosion that burned more than two-thirds of his body. He suffered excruciating pain and begged doctors to let him die, but was refused. Now a lawyer, Cowart lives in reasonable comfort, but still argues he should have been allowed to die. Burt, scholar of health care ethics at Yale Law School, believes the doctors were right to reject Cowart's demands to die.

    While they had discussed these issues through phone calls and correspondence in the past, Burt and Cowart met face-to-face for the first time to hold a "public conversation" about when and how to let patients make the choice to die. The lecture packed Chris Knutzen Hall with members of the PLU community, as well as local nurses, doctors and others interested in Cowart's case.

    Through the lecture, the audience was able to consider both Burt's and Cowart's concerns and then ask questions, exploring such topics as pain management, the state of health care, how long to challenge a severely-hurt patient's wish to die, and society's views of the disabled.


    Culpeper Foundation sponsors language learning center

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    Regents Anne Long, Otto Stevens and Jon Olson
    (seated) explore one of the language and culture
    programs in the new Language Resource Center.

    Bienvenidos! Velkommen! Welcome! PLU's new Language Resource Center officially opened its doors in January. The center is located in the Mortvedt Library, and works in conjunction with media services to provide a space for language aficionados to learn. The main room of the center features 19 computer work stations where students can use programs to practice their language skills. The programs allow visitors to explore the virtual world of Paris or read Chinese poetry. Through the use of the center's home page on the World Wide Web, students can access German newspapers, Norwegian history and sign language tutor programs. The center also has several VCRs, laser disc players and CD/cassette players along with a smaller multimedia classroom for individual and class use. The equipment in the new center was funded by the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation.

    The Language Resource Center also serves as an art gallery, featuring the works of a local artist each semester. Decorating the center's walls this spring are seven paintings by former PLU art instructor Becky Frehse. The paintings are reflections of her nine-month stay in China.


    Faculty members and hands-on equipment make the difference for science grads

    Biotechnology opens the door on tomorrow's scientific discoveries. For some, tomorrow is already here.

    PLU alumnus Neil Kelleher '92, now completing his Ph.D. at Cornell University, conducts cutting-edge research that significantly affects others' work in biotechnology. As an undergraduate he worked side-by-side with his chemistry professor Craig Fryhle on molecular probes to better understand enzymes. His work helped him earn a Fulbright Scholarship to do research at the University of Constanz in Germany right after his PLU graduation.

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    Sheri Tonn, dean of natural sciences, demonstrates
    a computer modeling function to Neil Kelleher '92.

    One out of nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Think about that statistic for a moment. Counting all of your aunts, nieces, daughters, cousins, your mom and, for many of you, your wife - how many women are in your family? Chances are good that breast cancer will strike close to home.

    Jennifer Specht Brannfors '94 started her cancer research on mussels with Professor Arthur Gee and, together, they published their findings in "Molecular Marine Biology and Biotechnologies." After her PLU graduation, Jennifer had completed two years of medical school when she was awarded a Howard Hughes Fellowship to the National Institutes of Health. She has taken a leave of absence from school to conduct breast cancer research with Dr. Steven Rosenberg, chief of surgery at NIH.

    These two alums, and many like them, explored their scientific interests as undergraduates at PLU. With faculty mentors. On advanced scientific equipment.

    Now, thanks to a challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation, you can help Make a Lasting Difference for students like Neil and Jennifer, whose work in turn makes a difference in the world.

    It works like this: If you can help us raise $1 million for the Science Equipment Endowment by Nov. 1, 1997, the Kresge Foundation will add $250,000 for this purpose, thus ensuring future generations of undergraduate students access to advanced scientific equipment. The Kresge Foundation has already given PLU $250,000 to purchase state-of-the-art computer equipment and the means to electronically link science classrooms and labs.

    Your cash gifts and pledges to the Science Equipment Endowment Challenge (SEEC) can be paid over a five-year period (until May 31, 2001).

    Call Faye Anderson at 1-800-826-0035 for more information.

    "I decided to co-chair this important effort because I believe in the enormous need for science equipment in perpetuity. I made my gift because of the enormous gift PLU gave me when I was an undergraduate. I think it is our responsibility to treat the next generation of scientists with the same - - if not better - - opportunities we had." JERRY ARMSTRONG '60

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    Professor Art Gee and student Gretchen Dubeck
    perform marine biology research.


    Campaign Accomplishments

    Take a look at just some of the things you've helped us accomplish during the five-year Make a Lasting Difference campaign:
    • Tripled PLU's endowment from $8 million in 1992 to more than $24 million today
    • Created 950 annual Q Club scholarships
    • Set into motion three endowed chairs for Scandinavian studies, biology and education
    • Completed and furnished the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, including the Lagerquist Concert Hall and Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ
    • Established 100 new named endowed scholarships and program endowments
    • Renovated residence halls (Kreidler, Tingelstad, Hong) and athletic facilities (swimming pool, basketball court, track, turf room)


    Natural sciences serves as Murdock host

    The division of natural sciences at PLU hosted the Murdock Undergraduate Research Conference in Rieke Science Center on Nov. 15 and 16. About 325 people from 23 colleges, universities and the Murdock trust attended, displaying 127 research posters explaining various scientific concepts. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust supports PLU in several ways: it provides stipends for students and faculty for summer research, helps fund equipment through the College Science Research Program, and helps fund high school teachers to do research with PLU faculty members.


    A special thanks to those who helped lead the way

    Some people really make a lasting difference. Here's a look at some of the major campaign leaders who were a part of the National Campaign Cabinet.

    C H A I R

    Donald Morken '60
    [IMAGE] Don Morken has provided outstanding campaign leadership. His organization, enthusiasm and generosity are inspirational. For Don, it is a way to say thank you to a university, and one professor in particular, who helped him chart a successful life. He and his wife, Wanda, have encouraged others' giving through Q Club challenge gifts; the Morkens give at the highest Q Club level; they established the Donald and Wanda Morken Family Endowed Scholarship; they co-endowed the Raphael Lemkin Prize for an annual essay competition about genocide; and they documented a sizable deferred commitment. And, they have entrusted the university with the education of their daughter, Sonya. She is currently earning an MBA at PLU.

    H O N O R A R Y C O - C H A I R S

    Thomas and Kay Anderson
    [IMAGE] Tom, retired co-founder of Concrete Technology Inc., and Kay were charter Q Club members and Tom is past-chair of the board of regents. The Andersons are Senior Fellows of Q Club and significant contributors to the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ.

    Arthur and Jennie '34 Hansen
    [IMAGE] Jennie is a '34 alum and a retired teacher, and Arthur is the retired founder of A.H. Hansen Sales Ltd., a food services and distribution company in Hawaii. The Hansens have provided enormous leadership and inspiration, and have established the Jennie Lee Hansen Scholarship at PLU.

    Gordon and Alice Kayser
    [IMAGE] Gordon is a retired mechanical engineer and computer consultant, and Alice is a former nurse. One of the many things they have done for PLU was to establish the Phillip G. and Alice L. Kayser Endowed Scholarship, given to PLU students in engineering or nursing.

    George Lagerquist
    [IMAGE] George is the president of GALCO International Trading Co., a lumber and plywood shipping company. The former PLU regent has given to PLU in many ways, most notably through the concert hall that bears his name and the funding of the Chihuly glass sculpture for the Mary Baker Russell Music Center.

    Mary Baker Russell
    [IMAGE] Mary Baker Russell has found a special place in the hearts of student performers and audience members alike. Her charismatic charm is matched only by her love for PLU students, whom she considers her own. Her leadership gift to both Phase I and Phase II of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center ensures a grand facility for the art of music making for generations to come.

    V I C E   C H A I R S

    Gerry '63 and Linda '61 Evanson
    [IMAGE] Linda, a regent, and Gerry established an endowed scholarship for education students. They, like Don and Wanda Morken, gifted the university with their daughter. Leigh Ann graduated in 1992 and now serves in the Peace Corps in Central Africa.

    John '68 and Shirley '69 Oakley
    [IMAGE] John, a regent, and Shirley are Senior Fellows of Q Club, and received a Mentor Award at the 1995 Q Club Fellows banquet. They live in Mill Creek, Wash., and have three children. Son John is a '94 PLU graduate.

    Joyce and Kenneth "Skip" Hartvigson, Jr., both '65 alums
    [IMAGE] Ken, a regent, and Joyce have provided a deferred gift to establish the Haavik-Hartvigson Endowed Chair in Education. They live in Seattle, and have two children. Brett '92 and Koll '93 are both PLU alums.

    A T - L A R G E   C A B I N E T   M E M B E R S

    Frank and Sandra '83 Jennings
    [IMAGE] Frank, chair of PLU's board of regents, and Sandra have given not only financial gifts to PLU, but the gifts of time and talent. As a small example, Frank's thoughtful commencement and convocation greetings offer treasured pearls of wisdom for students, families, faculty and staff.

    William and Michelle '74 Krippaehne
    [IMAGE] Bill, a regent, and Michelle are Q Club Fellows and members of the Heritage Society. The couple lives in Seattle with their four children.

    Jane and George Russell
    [IMAGE] Jane, a regent, and George have established the Frank Russell Company Endowed Business Scholarship, donated significantly to the music center named after George's mother, Mary Baker Russell, and helped fund the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ.

    Carolie Smith '71
    [IMAGE] Not only do Carolie and her husband, Dick, contribute at the Fellows level of Q Club, but Carolie manages to give the gift of time as well. She co-teaches graduate and undergraduate finance courses at PLU.

    David '56 and Elisabeth '57 Wold
    [IMAGE] David, former chair of the board of regents, and Elisabeth are Senior Fellows in Q Club and members of the Lifetime Giving Society. David is bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA and Elisabeth serves as vice-chair of the Good Samaritan Hospital board of directors. Their four daughters - Karen '81, Kathryn '83, Kristen '86 and Heidi '87 - graduated from PLU.


    Q Club names new president

    [IMAGE] The capable hands of Ingrid Gintz '70 now hold the responsibility of president of Q Club for a two-year term. As president, Gintz will lead Q Club's 19 directors in a mission to provide financial assistance to deserving PLU students. Last year the group donated more than $1.25 million for 950 student scholarships ranging from $500 to $8,000.

    Gintz accepts the position with nearly two decades of Q Club experience. She and her husband, Ron '70, have been active members since 1980. They also serve as regional co-chairs on the National Campaign Cabinet of the Make a Lasting Difference campaign.

    Outside of her work with PLU, Gintz is the career services manager at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash. She has also taught math classes, from beginning algebra to calculus, at Highline, PLU and Fife High School. Gintz and her husband also provide a home for boys who have struggled with problems such as drug addiction, anger management, conflict with their own parents and failure in school. Presently, six boys ages 16-18 live in their home in Federal Way.

    Gintz is also part of three generations of Lutes. Her father, Richard Knutzen, graduated from PLU in 1955, and her son, Mike, graduated in December.

    Ingird shares our thanks to former president Larry Green '76 for his three years of outstanding service as her predecessor.

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    Source: Pacific Lutheran Scene, Spring 1997
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