Take me out to the ballgame...
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
Do you like your baseball better outdoors? Come join other alumni,
parents and friends of PLU at Cheney Stadium for an afternoon of
as the Tacoma Rainiers meet the Phoenix Firebirds. Game time is 1:35pm.
Tickets are just $4 for adults! Call 253-535-7415 or
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
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
Alumni and Parent Relations Office at 253-535-7415 or 1-800-ALUM-PLU.
Reflections of Our Times
With a gala buffet and concert, class reunions, lectures and open
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.
Mark your calendars now for PLU Family Weekend, to be held October
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.
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
building's roof. For safety reasons, students were forbidden to go
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
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
reporting. (And we won't point out who we are in the picture!)
Send your memories to Pacific Lutheran Scene, PLU, Tacoma, WA 98447,
253-535-7430, or e-mail: email@example.com
O F F I C I A L B A L L O T
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University, Tacoma, Wash. 98447-0003
OR FAX TO: 253-535-8555
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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
- Susan Stringer '76
- Brian Olson '83
- Leigh Erie '77
- Past President
- 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
- Darren Kerbs, '96
- Assistant Director, Alumni and
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:
Sunday Brunch at the Alta Ballroom
Tour of the United States Holocaust Museum/Reception
Thousand Oaks, California
Dinner/Lutheran Brotherhood College Basketball Tourney
Reception at Treetops/Paradise Park
Twin Cities, Minnesota
||Lutheran College Festival and Reception
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.
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.,
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.
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
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
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
leaders involved in the project.
A L U M N I P R O F I L E
Seattle Symphony records work
by Kevin Walczyk '87
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
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
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
By Gregory Roberts SEATTLE P-I RESTAURANT
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
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
The "row" of Last Row refers to rowing, as in crew, a sport Potts
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
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
with green bell pepper. It's a surprising combination that works with
Neal Potts '91 opened the Last Row Cafe
in Seattle last year.
The steelhead plays a less complex tune, but with perfect pitch.
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
brie, cream and subtlety.
Lamb comes as braised hunks with tangy mint-yogurt sauce on the side,
the accompanying ginger-laced mix of squash and zucchini almost steals
the show. A robust, toothsome duck breast glistens in a raspberry wine
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,
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
Salads include an anchovy-esque Caesar with crunchy croutons of rosemary
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
The eggy creme of the white chocolate creme brulee sweetly satisfies,
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
The relatively short wine list, which lacks vintage dates, concentrates
on middle-of-the road Washington and Oregon wines. Like the food they
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,
|~ 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
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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.
1 9 8 4
Paul De Lap died Dec. 24 of metatastic melanoma in Bend, Ore. He
1 9 8 6
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.