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Take me out to the ballgame...

June 15
On Father's Day, treat the special dad in your life and join other alumni, parents and friends of PLU in the Kingdome as the Seattle Mariners take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game time is 1:35pm. Tickets are $18 for adults. Call 253-535-7415 or 1-800-ALUM-PLU.

July 13
Do you like your baseball better outdoors? Come join other alumni, parents and friends of PLU at Cheney Stadium for an afternoon of baseball as the Tacoma Rainiers meet the Phoenix Firebirds. Game time is 1:35pm. Tickets are just $4 for adults! Call 253-535-7415 or 1-800-ALUM-PLU.


Portland hosts Nord Fest 1997

Attention Mayfest alumni and interested Scandinavian crafters! Nord Fest 1997 will be held from 10 am to 6 pm on Sept. 27 at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore.
This free festival features the music, food, dance, arts and crafts of Scandinavia, the Baltics and Germany. An entertainment highlight is Volvos and Lutefisk, one of the best Scandinavianz dance bands to ever play the festival.
Come check out the festival, or if you would like to sell your crafts or participate in some other way, call the church, 503-226-3659, or PLU alum James Bash '76, 503-282-1569.

Make the link with...LUTELINK

Lutelink is a career mentoring program connecting current students and alums. Become a member and help guide students and recent graduates within their chosen career path or as an alum use LuteLink for career changes. If you are moving you can also use Lutelink for PLU contacts in your new geographic area.
If you want to become a mentor or use this service for yourself, call the Alumni and Parent Relations Office at 253-535-7415 or 1-800-ALUM-PLU.


Homecoming 1997
Reflections of Our Times October 3-5

With a gala buffet and concert, class reunions, lectures and open houses, a tailgate and football game, and much more, why wouldn't you want to come home? Join us for Homecoming 1997, October 3-5, 1997.


Family Weekend
October 15-17

Mark your calendars now for PLU Family Weekend, to be held October 15-17, 1997. Last year's weekend was an overwhelming success . . .we hope to make this year's even better! Activities include: Family University (classes for the whole family), a community service project, dinner theatre with entertainment by A Night of Musical Theatre, and more. Plan now to attend.

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Isvick Johnson '48] A Window to the Past

When we were women students at PLC in 1945, Old Main (now the six-story Harstad Hall) had three complete floors plus a basement. The building held classrooms, a dining hall, business offices, apartments and dorm rooms for both men and women. At that time, the fourth floor was being remodeled into new women's dorm rooms, but the work went slowly because World War II was happening and money and materials were scarce.

Above the fourth floor was a musty old attic with a door that lead to the building's roof. For safety reasons, students were forbidden to go there, but a few of us were bold and often sneaked through the attic to our own private sunbathing area on the roof. No one knew but the pilots from McChord Field who used to fly over to check on our tans. We also met on the roof at night to chat and complain like students still, and always will, do. We got caught a few times, and those who did still remember it.

A few years after graduating, a group of us sunbathing alums gathered to reminisce. For fun we decided to call ourselves the "Roof Rats," and the name stuck. We still meet each year together with our spouses. We sit in the sun and laugh about our adventures in the dorm at PLC.

We are Betty Kenworthy Ostrander '48, Myrtle Davidson Peterson '48, Dorothy Elefson Gunderson '49, Lois Tollefeld Erving, Ardys Bredvold Hughes '48, Carol Elefson Staasli '47 and Virginia Isvick Johnson '48, reporting. (And we won't point out who we are in the picture!)

Send your memories to Pacific Lutheran Scene, PLU, Tacoma, WA 98447, call 253-535-7430, or e-mail: scene@plu.edu
O F F I C I A L    B A L L O T
Alumni Board of Directors

Please vote for 5 only.

PRINT AND MAIL TO: Alumni & Parent Relations, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. 98447-0003
OR FAX TO: 253-535-8555

Candidates for One-Year Term of Office

Karen Deveney '92, Tacoma, Wash.
John Feldmann '82, Seattle, Wash.
Michael Fuller '94, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Bev Knutzen '55, Shelton, Wash.
Nikki Martin '73, Mt. Angel, Ore.
Write-In Candidate(s)

DUE DATE: August 15, 1997
Alumni board bids adieu to three longtime members

The PLU Alumni Board bid adieu to longtime members Leigh Erie '77, David Nesvig '57 and Jon Olson '62, '74, at its spring meeting in April. Between them they shared nearly 40 years of dedicated service to the board.

"We're really going to miss their collective wisdom," said Lauralee Hagen, director of alumni and parent relations at PLU. "They've given a lot of their time and energy to PLU. It's just amazing." The board also thanked President Susan Stringer '76, who steps down this fall after two years of service. Brian Olson '83 will take over the presidency in September.

In other business, the Awards and Nomination Committee submitted its recommendations for 1997 Alumni Recognition Awards. They were enthusiastically and unanimously approved. (See story pages 12 and 13) In addition, the staff proposed a new recognition program, LuteSalute, that would allow alumni, parents and friends to be recognized for going "above and beyond" on a sustained basis.

The majority of the meeting was spent in reviewing the recommendations of the Alumni Board Restructuring Committee. The constitutional changes were read and will be voted on during the fall board meeting Sept. 19-20. These changes would reduce the size of the board but would provide opportunities for greater numbers of alumni to be actively involved through a committee structure.

The board also approved a motion to place these members on the ballot to serve a second one-year term: John Feldmann '82, Beverly (Tranum) Knutzen '55, Karen (Deveney) Fruehauf '92, Michael Fuller '94, and Nikki Martin '73. Please cast your vote by completing the accompanying ballot! In addition, the board heard reports from Loren Anderson, president, Jan Brazzell, vice president for development and university relations, Erv Severtson, vice president for student life, Laura Polcyn, dean of admissions and financial aid, and Paris Mullen, the newly-elected ASPLU president.

Susan Stringer '76
Bellevue, Wash.
Brian Olson '83
Boise, Idaho
Leigh Erie '77
Past President
Auburn, Wash.

Rebecca Burad '74
San Francisco, Calif.
Phyllis Grahn Carroll '55
Tacoma, Wash.
David Coltom '83
Tacoma, Wash.
Karen Fruehauf '92
Champlin, Minn.
John Feldman '82
Seattle, Wash.
Michael Fuller '94
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Darren Hamby '87, '92
Seattle, Wash.
David Johnson '69
Fair Oaks, Calif.
Prentis Johnson '78
Federal Way, Wash.
Ted Johnson, Jr. '60
Seattle, Wash.
Beverly Knutzen '55
Shelton, Wash.
Sandra Krause '89
Tacoma, Wash.
Helen Kyllo '50
Tacoma, Wash.
Gayle Lindeblom '67
Lacey, Wash.
Dick Londgren '59
Tacoma, Wash.
Nikki Martin '73
Mt. Angel, Ore.
Jim Morrell '91
Salem, Ore.
David Nesvig '57
La Mesa, Calif.
Jon Olson '62, '74
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Lisa Ottoson '87
Spanaway, Wash.
David Rosdahl '89
Puyallup, Wash.
Paul Steen '54
San Diego, Calif.
Linda Strand '67
Mercer Island, Wash.
Dolores Woods '80
Tacoma, Wash.

Ex-Officio Members
Lauralee Hagen, '75
Director, Alumni and Parent Relations
Darren Kerbs, '96
Assistant Director, Alumni and Parent Relations
A L U M N I  P R O F I L E
Governor appoints Joseph Lehman '72 as Washington state corrections chief

Washington State Gov. Gary Locke hired as his new corrections chief a 20-year veteran of the state's prison system who has also run the criminal justice departments of Maine and Pennsylvania.

Joseph Lehman '72, who earned his master's in criminal justice at PLU, started work in corrections in the late 1960s and rose through the ranks, serving as deputy state corrections secretary from 1989-90, and director of the state division of prisons from 1986-90. He takes charge of a system with 12,825 inmates and a two-year budget of $760 million.

Known within the criminal justice world as a progressive advocate of community-based corrections, Lehman has promoted the approach as an alternative to mass warehousing of all criminals in costly prisons.

The 53-year-old Washington native graduated from St. Martin's College in 1968 and was a school teacher before entering corrections work. His rumpled posture and bookish tendencies have led to comparisons with the fictional lawyer Stuart Markowitz in TV's "L.A. Law."

Colleagues mention Lehman's academic bent as one of his defining features. A former criminal justice instructor and frequent public speaker on the latest corrections trends, Lehman has been an advocate for community-based corrections policies that allow certain offenders to live or work in their own communities.

From coast to coast new
events are a big hit

In an effort to strengthen the connection between Pacific Lutheran University and its constituents, PLU Connections groups are being developed across the country. PLU Connections groups will expand on the traditional concept of alumni chapters, and include alumni, parents, students, friends and prospective students and their families.

The following PLU Connections events were held in 1996-97:

Boise, Idaho Sunday Brunch at the Alta Ballroom
Washington, DC Tour of the United States Holocaust Museum/Reception
Thousand Oaks, California Dinner/Lutheran Brotherhood College Basketball Tourney
Honolulu, Hawaii Reception at Treetops/Paradise Park
Twin Cities, Minnesota Lutheran College Festival and Reception
Missoula, Montana Sunday Brunch at Shadows Keep

Thanks in part to a grant by the Aid Association for Lutherans, the program is off to a great beginning.

Program strengths include: the ability to involve the president and other members of the faculty and administrative staff, the ability to involve volunteers from different geographic regions; the ability to bring together people who share a relationship with PLU; the opportunity to effectively package in one event the following aspects: social, spiritual, informational, educational and promotional.

"It's been great to see different combinations of Lutes together," said Lauralee Hagen, director of alumni and parent relations at PLU.

"Connections events are one place where donors can see the great legacy of the people they support through their gifts, or where prospective students can talk to both the president and actual alums, not just administrative staff. It's also a place where alums can connect with each other and keep in touch with the campus even though they may be in a different state," she said.

If you are interested in starting a PLU Connections group, have an idea for a PLU Connections event, would like to volunteer your time, or would just like more information, call the alumni and parent relations staff at 253-535-7415 or 1-800-258-6758. They are in the process of planning for the 1997-98 year.

MONTANA] Montana:
FROM LEFT: Cindy Bendickson '72 and her son Sean, who will be a freshman at PLU this fall; Carrol and the Rev. Greg Karlsgodt, both '67, who are parents of PLU sophomore Anne Karlsgodt; and Jim and Diane Stauffer, parents of PLU freshman Sarah Stauffer, at the Shadows Keep Golf and Country Club in April in Missoula, Mont.,

HAWAII] Hawaii:
FROM LEFT: PLU President Loren Anderson; Cyndy Fukumoto, mother of PLU senior Todd and PLU junior Trisha; Dave and Mary Marquardt, parents of PLU junior Winnie; Clarence Fukumoto, husband of Cyndy, and father of Todd and Trisha; Francene Lee, mother of PLU junior Annesa Lee; Mike Kido '70 and Mary Ann Anderson.

Washington DC] Washington DC:
FROM LEFT: PLU President Loren Anderson talks with Kara Fore, Trent Erickson and Jon Ortiz, all '94, at the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum in November 1996.

A L U M N I    P R O F I L E
Jim Troyer '84 named communications director for congresswoman

In February, U.S. Rep. Linda Smith hired Jim Troyer '84 as her new communications director. Troyer is based in Smith's Washington, D.C., office, and also helps with policy analysis and development. Troyer, who studied biology and psychology at PLU, graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1990, and practiced environmental, labor and employment law before serving as the European director of the Balkan Reconciliation Initiative. The initiative's goal was to promote reconciliation in Bosnia, Serbia and neighboring southeastern countries. As European director, Troyer managed contact with the media and political leaders involved in the project.

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Seattle Symphony records work by Kevin Walczyk '87 [IMAGE: 
Walczyk] The Seattle Symphony Orchestra recently recorded a work by Kevin Walczyk '87, an assistant professor of music at Western Oregon State College.

Walczyk was commissioned to write the orchestral piece, titled "Capriccio," by the Master Musicians' Collective, a contemporary orchestral recording company.

The 13-minute piece, which he wrote for his doctoral dissertation at the University of North Texas, will be part of a collection of composers' works to be released on CD by Albany Records in about two years. It was recorded Feb. 25 at the Seattle Opera House under the direction of maestro Gerard Schwartz.

Walczyk received a Western Faculty Development Grant to help defray travel expenses to Seattle. He also received a grant from the American Music Center.

Walczyk has a strong PLU basis for his composing talents. As a student, he wrote arrangements for the jazz band under the direction of Roger Gard and studied composition under Greg Youtz. His composition instructor at the University of North Texas, Cindy McTee '76, is also a PLU alum.
Walczyk is currently working on a chamber piece commissioned by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. In addition, he is negotiating with the Musicians' Collective to write a work for a yet undetermined orchestra.

An earlier Walczyk piece, titled "Delphic Suite," is featured on the Portland Youth Philharmonic CD called "Oregon Composers," recorded under the direction of composer/maestro Jacob Avshlomov. The work, which was Walczyk's master's thesis at North Texas, was recorded in May 1993.

Delectable dishes, intimate setting beguile the diner at Last Row Cafe

Instead of trumpeting a theme, the decor at the Last Row Cafe sounds a motif. Instead of dishing up the dazzle of celebrity, the chef simply cooks with dedication and skill. Instead of pressing the envelope of culinary exotica, the food beguiles with unpretentious charm.
In short, the little restaurant in (the) Montlake (area of Seattle) can make for delightful dining, the kind of experience that many grander establishments might envy. Part of its allure, no doubt, relates to its intimate scale, which helps convey a sense of personal connection, even discovery. But much of the appeal flows directly from chef-owner Neal Potts' ('91 BBA) delicious food.

Potts opened the Last Row (a year ago) July, initially taking over a tiny storefront occupied by the Seasonal Plate restaurant. It's a cozy space, with tables and cafe chairs arrayed on the red-tile floor around a gas fireplace set into the beige wall. In September, Potts expanded into the frame shop next door, installing carpeting, a fountain, flagstones and patio furniture in a not-terribly successful attempt at an alfresco feel.

The "row" of Last Row refers to rowing, as in crew, a sport Potts pursued at Pacific Lutheran and which the University of Washington performs with distinction on the lake waters nearby. Thus the neon oar in the window, the real one hung high on the back wall and the framed prints of Husky oarsmen competing in the Windermere Cup.

The cafe represents Potts' first venture as an entrepreneur in a loosely structured career that has included waiting tables in college, managing restaurants in Tacoma, cooking at a Marriott in San Diego and working for the Williams-Sonoma mail-order kitchenware company. He also served as nanny for an Italian-American family in Connecticut headed by a gifted chef whom Potts cites as an inspiration.

The last influence shows up in the Italian cast to several of the selections on the modest menu, which also reflect Northwestern regional cooking and even a dab of the Middle East. But the fare lacks any pronounced ethnic feel. Potts blends and balances ingredients in his own engaging style to create dishes that brim with delectable flavor.

Potts' chicken cordon bleu looks more to Rome than Paris. He enfolds smoked prosciutto and provolone in a lightly grilled, boneless breast of chicken, then bakes it all in a chunky, house-made tomato sauce bolstered with green bell pepper. It's a surprising combination that works with multiple harmonies.

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Neal Potts '91 opened the Last Row Cafe in Seattle last year.

The steelhead plays a less complex tune, but with perfect pitch. Potts dusts the shimmering slice of fresh fish with crushed black pepper and fennel, pan sears it, then just finishes it in the oven with a touch of white wine and lemon; it arrives pink, succulent and superb. Firm new potatoes provide a rustic complement.

Even with seafood that's been frozen, Potts can hit high marks. Scallops luxuriate in a seductive saffron cream sauce alongside a mound of wondrously lush risotto flecked with mushrooms. The seafood fettuccine coats scallops, shrimp and noodles in a well-tempered sauce suffused with brie, cream and subtlety.

Lamb comes as braised hunks with tangy mint-yogurt sauce on the side, yet the accompanying ginger-laced mix of squash and zucchini almost steals the show. A robust, toothsome duck breast glistens in a raspberry wine sauce.

The Last Row lists only two appetizers on its dinner menu, both big enough to share. Tiger prawns, boiled fresh and served in the shell, pick up a little zest when tossed in olive oil, cilantro and garlic, making the ordinary cocktail sauce gratuitous. A good-sized wedge of smoked salmon with cream cheese, capers and onions fills the other starter slot. Salads include an anchovy-esque Caesar with crunchy croutons of rosemary bread.

Potts says he takes the most pleasure in creating desserts, yet they don't quite meet the standard set by the main courses. Among the better efforts are a tasty white chocolate cheesecake crowned with marionberries, which Potts favors out of season because they freeze well. The eggy creme of the white chocolate creme brulee sweetly satisfies, but too much scorching mars the brulee.

The lunch lineup comprises a half-dozen or so sandwiches served on rosemary, sourdough or rye bread from a local baker. The BLT updates the classic with some A (for avocado), irresistibly enriching the combo. The grilled prosciutto, provolone and bell pepper rewards with cheesy vigor.

The relatively short wine list, which lacks vintage dates, concentrates on middle-of-the road Washington and Oregon wines. Like the food they are designed to accompany, the wines are moderately priced, with all bottles in the teens or 20s.

Reprinted with permission from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Feb. 14, 1997.

~ In Memoriam ~
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Kenneth Daughters died Oct. 17 in Portland, Ore.

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Don Langert died Jan. 29.
Carol Haavik Tommervik died Feb. 25 in Tacoma.

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Ralph O. Carlson died Oct. 28.

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Jean Kathryn Derby died Feb. 10 in Hillsboro, Ore., at age 82.

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Violet (Anderson) Sinclair died Jan. 20 in Tacoma.

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Lief Dahl died Feb. 15 in Ritzville, Wash.

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Kathy Wilcox died Feb. 8

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Mary Ellen Stedje died Jan. 18.

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Charles G. Adams died Feb. 27 in Tacoma.

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Paul De Lap died Dec. 24 of metatastic melanoma in Bend, Ore. He was 34.

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Robert L. McClellan '86, '93 of Tacoma, died on Feb. 15, 1995. He was 32.

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Marcus "Roy" Gonzales died March 26 in Astoria, Ore.

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