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Anderson Clock Tower remodeled

The 60-foot Anderson Clock Tower has displayed the time to students outside the University Center for more than 25 years. With only 60 percent of its strength left, the damaged and aging structure was just remodeled. Repairs began in May and were to be completed Sept. 1 (watch for a photo in the next issue). More than $46,000 was donated for the remodeling by Herman '31 and Vivian Anderson, who also funded the original tower in 1970. The new clock tower is made of Alaskan yellow cedar and features new cedar bench-work around a reconditioned concrete base. In addition, there is new lighting to illuminate the clocks.


Rear-view mirror anyone?

An unidentified PLU student gets ready for his turn at Frosty Westering's legendary Ford Fairmont station wagon.
Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to tear off, break through and beat up a legendary piece of PLU - "The Bomb" - better known as Football Coach Frosty Westering's car. From seat belts to door locks, many walked away with symbolic parts of the yellow 1977 Ford Fairmont station wagon, which hauled everything from sports equipment to football players. This car, however, wasn't the first of its kind. All of Westering's cars gained legendary status in their day - all of which were also called "The Bomb." This spring Frosty finally traded "The Bomb" (on its last legs and deemed unsafe) in for a minivan. The station wagon was made available for souvenirs in Red Square in May (courtesy of Parkland Chevrolet) at the campuswide event "Phat Tuesday: Get Heavy in a Chevy," put on by a student marketing class.


PLU's clear sense of mission and purpose are key to reaccreditation

PLU has been reaccredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. The evaluation team's report from its April visit praised PLU for several key qualities: its clear sense of mission and purpose as expressed in PLU 2000 and subsequent planning documents; an exemplary sense of community and a passionate devotion to students across the campus; the exceptionally innovative and integrative work of a faculty that "lives the university's mission;" the excellent service provided by the library and information services staff; and the financial progress of the university in eliminating short-term deficits and building the endowment. The team's recommendations call for further development of PLU's assessment program, improvements in the faculty evaluation process and concern about resources to support technology requirements.


Pierce County AIDS foundation benefits from PLU theatre production

From left: Bill Russell, Janet Hood and William Becvar at "Side Show's" opening-night party at Tavern on the Green in New York City.
Last May PLU's Department of Communication and Theatre presented a special showing of the play "Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens" in which proceeds of more than $2,000 benefited the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. PLU Professor of Theatre William Becvar directed a cast of 36 in monologues and song. Following the production was a reception featuring Bill Russell, author and lyricist of the play. Russell also wrote the book and lyrics for "Pageant," which ran a year and a half off-Broadway, and "Side Show," which opened to rave reviews on Broadway last October and was nominated for a Tony in the spring.


Mary Baker Russell Music Center - the dream fulfilled . . .

Tom Absher of Absher Construction (right) hands the keys to Gary Severson, chair of the PLU Board of Regents, for the completed Mary Baker Russell Music Center at the center's dedication, held on March 8. The open house event was well attended by Mary Baker Russell's family, including George and Jane Russell. More than 300 music students and faculty members rehearsed in practice rooms, offices and rehearsal halls as guests took tours of the building. In addition, the Choir of the West performed the composition "For Mary," composed by David Robbins, music professor and chair of the music department.


Mortvedt Library celebrates 30th anniversary

Jonathan Haley '67 examines a photo of his father, Frank, (library director, 1952-76) with Sharon Chase, supervisor of library distributive services, at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Robert A. L. Mortvedt Library on March 8. The open house and dedication ceremony commemorated the past, present and future of the library, including a pictorial history, opportunities to sample the latest library technology and view possibilities of the library's future.


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Awards/Honors

In February, KPLU 88.5 FM received the Gavin Award for the Top Jazz Station in the country. It won the award in 1991, 1992 and 1997 as well. The honor is based on many aspects of performance: on-air presentation, respect for personalities, relationship with listeners, fund-raising success, research contributions, service to the community and general reputation for being a leader in jazz. Also, KPLU Assistant Program Director and Music Director Joey Cohn was voted Jazz Radio Person of the Year. He also won the award in 1993.

KPLU won 12 of 15 awards given, including five first-place honors out of six possible categories at the Washington Associated Press Broadcast Competition in April. The competition covered Seattle metropolitan-area radio stations. KPLU also earned three honors from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) nine-state Region 1 competition. The AP awards went to Christine Arrasmith, Gerry Hadden, Steve Krueger, Ingrid Lobet, Dave Meyer, Jennifer Schmidt, Keith Seinfeld and Paula Wissel. The RTNDA awards went to Gerry Hadden, Steve Krueger, Ingrid Lobet, Jennifer Schmidt and Paula Wissel.

Congratulations to PLU's student newspaper, The Mooring Mast, which took home three first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists' regional conference held April 3-5 in Spokane.

Christopher Browning, history professor, will deliver the Trevelyan Lectures at Cambridge University next spring. He is one of only five Americans to be so honored in four decades of this most famous lectureship in history.

Lauralee Hagen '75, '78 director of alumni and parent relations, received the Rising Star Award at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VIII conference in February in Seattle. The award is given to advancement professionals with three to five years experience who demonstrate innovation, professionalism and strong leadership qualities.

Chris Tumbusch, associate director of photographic services, won a first-place award in the news and features category at the annual photography competition conducted by the University Photographers' Association of America. The award-winning photo was of Vancouver, British Columbia, which was the cover shot on the Spring '98 issue of Scene. The competition took place during UPAA's 37th Annual Technical Symposium in June in Nashville, Tenn.

Appointments - faculty/staff

David Aubrey was appointed vice president of development and university relations in May. He served as interim vice president since January 1998. Joining PLU in 1995, Aubrey served as executive director of major gift development. As vice president, he leads the university's advancement programs in the areas of alumni & parent relations and annual giving, major gift development and advancement services, and communications (which includes university printing and graphic design, publications, public relations, photography and audio services). Aubrey's responsibilities also include oversight of the management of KPLU 88.5 FM.

Doug Page was named executive director for major gift development effective in July. Page brings experience in planned giving from the University of Puget Sound, the Saddleback Memorial Foundation in Laguna Hills, Calif., and at California Lutheran University. He is active in the Washington Planned Giving Council, Agnus Dei Lutheran Church and Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club. Page earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from California Lutheran University. He replaces David Aubrey who was named vice president for development and university relations.

Brian Hall was named development director - major gifts effective in July. No stranger to PLU, Hall worked in the PLU Admissions Office since 1993, first as admissions counselor then as assistant director of admissions. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. His current duties in the development office include advancing the major gift development effort of the university by identifying, cultivating and soliciting mid-range major donors.

Joe McCann, dean of the School of Business, was named University of Florida's first director of executive education, effective in September. In addition to that position, McCann will hold a lecturer position in the Warrington College of Business, where he will eventually teach in the school's executive MBA program. Some of McCann's accomplishments during his 6-year tenure include creating PLU's Family Enterprise Institute, which studies family-owned businesses, and helping form the South Sound Entrepreneurs Network.

Donald Bell joined PLU as dean of the School of Business, effective June 15. Bell comes to PLU with extensive experience in academic program leadership. Prior to his current appointment, he was vice president of Educational Benchmarking, Inc., a firm that develops and administers assessments to assist universities in improving their operations. From 1988 to 1997 Bell served as assistant dean at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Eleven years prior to that he directed the MBA program at the University of Washington, and has held administrative positions at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. Bell earned a Ph.D. in college personnel administration and higher education from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in speech and theater from William Jewell College in Missouri. Bell's ultimate goal as dean is to see the school recognized nationally for excellence in business education in a New American College setting.

Myra Baughman '62, education professor, will serve as interim dean of the School of Education for the 1998-99 year, effective June 1. She replaces John Brickell who, after six years of service to PLU, has chosen to pursue other opportunities. Baughman has been on the PLU faculty since 1970 and has provided distinctive leadership for the master's program in educational administration. Baughman earned her doctorate at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1975.

Terry Miller was named the new dean of the School of Nursing effective July. Previously Miller was associate dean of the San Jose State University College of Applied Sciences and Arts and director of the SJSU Division of Health Professions. From 1980 Miller taught nursing full-time at SJSU until he began his administrative duties in 1994. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, a B.S.N. from the University of Oklahoma and holds a B.S. in zoology. He and his wife, Julie, have two young children.

Chris Connerly Benton '81 is the new director of the Academic Assistance Center, effective June 1. She replaces Wanda Wentworth '79, who retired in June. Benton graduated from PLU magna cum laude, earning a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in history, and earned certification in secondary teaching. She earned a master's degree in English literature from the University of Washington, and recently served as associate director of the Office of Student Affairs at UW-Tacoma. Benton is an experienced administrator, teacher, tutor, adviser and staff trainer.

Julia Pomerenk '83 returned to PLU as the new registrar effective April 6. She worked in the office of the registrar at Washington State University since 1989 and was employed by PLU as admissions counselor from 1986-89. Pomerenk earned a degree in English and psychology from PLU and an M.A. in English at Ohio State University.

Chang-li Yiu, math professor, was appointed dean of the PLU Natural Sciences Division in February, and will serve through 1999. Yiu is an accomplished physicist and mathematician, and has been at PLU since 1973.

Following are new tenure track faculty for 1998-99:

Donald R. Bell, Ph.D. (University of Iowa), Dean, School of Business
Ronald S. Byrnes, Ph.D. (University of Denver), Assistant Professor of Education
Kaustuv M. Das, Ph.D. (California Institute of Technology), Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Joanna G. Higginson, Ph.D. (University of Colorado), Assistant Professor of Sociology
Don T. Immel, M.M. (Rice University), Assistant Professor of Music
Chung-Shing Lee, D.Sc. (The George Washington University), Assistant Professor of Business
Earl Lovelace, M.A. (Johns Hopkins University), Associate Professor of English and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence
Karen E. McConnell, Ph.D. (Arizona State University), Assistant Professor of Physical Education
Patricia A. McGee, Ph.D. (University of Texas), Assistant Professor of Education
Terry W. Miller, Ph.D. (University of Texas), Professor of Nursing and Dean, School of Nursing
Eric D. Nelson '82, Ph.D. (University of Washington), Assistant Professor of Classics
Nancy Ann Neudauer, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Julia A. Pomerenk '83, M.A. (Ohio State University), Registrar
Francesca R. Lane Rasmus, M.L.I.S. (Dominican University), Assistant Professor, Library
Stacia M. Rink, Ph.D. (University of Washington), Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Jeffery R. Schultz, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles), Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Patrick D. Seigler, M.A. (University of Alabama), Instructor, Library
Kyle D. Shanton, Ph.D. (University of Arizona), Assistant Professor of Education
Merlin C. Simpson '67, D.B.A. (Golden Gate University), Assistant Professor of Business
Deborah L. Tannehill, Ph.D. (University of Idaho), Associate Professor of Physical Education
Mei Zhu, Ph.D. (University of Washington), Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Appointments - students

Lisa Birnel '99 and Bradd Busick '99 have been elected ASPLU president and vice president, respectively, to serve from April 1998-April 1999. Birnel, a political science major, is from Kingston, Wash., and Busick, a political science major, is from Kennewick, Wash. They would like to promote a more active and visible ASPLU.

Long-term administrators have rare opportunity for sabbaticals
The PLU President's Council approved an Extended Professional Development Leave for Administrators, which provides for several long-term service administrators each year to take a paid leave away from their typical duties to pursue professional development, education, research, service or related activities. The following administrators were selected for the 1998-99 fiscal year:

Cristina del Rosario Fridenstine '75, director of student involvement and leadership, received a two-month paid sabbatical to conduct a study of regional folklore in the Philippines, with a possible focus on female archetypes.

Ed Larson '57, '61, '80, executive director of charitable estate planning, received a three-month paid sabbatical to compare the methods of fund raising/resource development, as well as the attitudes toward charitable giving, between Scandinavia and the United States. Larson also received $2,000 from the Great Northwest Agency of Lutheran Brotherhood toward his sabbatical.

Published Corner

E. Wayne Carp, associate professor and chair of the history department, published "Family Matters - Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption" in April by Harvard University Press. Carp's book explores how openness, not secrecy, has been the norm in U.S. adoptions for most of the past three centuries. The trend toward sealed records only arose after World War II, when several unusual cultural, demographic and social trends crossed paths. Carp's work mines a range of resources, including for the first time confidential case records of a 20th century adoption agency: the Seattle-based Children's Home Society of Washington. The book is available at major bookstores and at the PLU Bookstore, 253-535-7665.

PLU adopts two stretches of I-5: Volunteers needed!

PLU alumni and friends can now get into the clean of things. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations adopted two stretches of I-5 near PLU and is committed to sending groups of volunteers out to clean the areas several times a year. Protective clothing and equipment is provided - you bring the fun!
      The Washington State Adopt-a-Highway program is one of many volunteer opportunities you'll see in the coming months as the alumni office looks for a variety of ways to exemplify the university's mission of educating for lives of service.
      To volunteer, call 253-535-7415.

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