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.
Nate Sears '97 was the manager of the
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.
In her 24 years in PLU's
mail-room, Dona Offner saw countless Q Club mailings. She herself joined
"I wished all along that I could become a member to help students," she
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."
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
PLU nursing students will benefit from the new
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.
A festive birthday party with
all the trimmings will mark the 25th annual Q Club banquet on Saturday,
"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
David Benson '94, Jane Russell and Darren Kerbs '96
watch as Mary Baker Russell breaks ground for the
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
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.
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.
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
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
Regents Anne Long, Otto Stevens and Jon Olson
(seated) explore one of the language and culture
programs in the new
Language Resource Center.
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.
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
Sheri Tonn, dean of natural sciences, demonstrates
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
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
Professor Art Gee and student Gretchen Dubeck
perform marine biology research.
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
- 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
- Established 100 new named endowed scholarships and program
- Renovated residence halls (Kreidler, Tingelstad, Hong) and athletic
facilities (swimming pool, basketball court, track, turf room)
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.
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
C H A I R
Donald Morken '60|
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|
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|
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|
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 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
|Mary Baker Russell|
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
V I C E C H A I R S
|Gerry '63 and Linda '61 Evanson|
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|
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
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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
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
Ingird shares our thanks to former president Larry Green '76 for his
three years of outstanding service as her predecessor.