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About this issue

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Photo of Vancouver, British Columbia. BY CHRIS TUMBUSCH

When we goof, we really goof. We're not sure how we let the 30th anniversary of the Mortvedt Library slip by (Winter '98 edition) without mentioning one of its former directors, John Heussman. We'd like to formally apologize to Heussman's family and to his many admirers who called to let us know of our omission.

Library's 30-year history impossible without Heussman

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After a 30-year history, how could anyone forget the 17 years John W. Heussman kept the Mortvedt Library operating and growing? Heussman, former PLU library director (1976-93), died on Jan. 27, 1996, leaving many reminders of his dedicated service to PLU.
      Heussman's contributions extended beyond a director's duties to administer, supervise and coordinate all operations of the library.
      Through dedication and observation of a dramatically changing technology, he became involved in the development of a consortium of regional libraries. He was a regional leader in the introduction of automated systems, including an online catalog now accessible throughout the university, and a computerized bibliographic information service. In addition, he planned for construction of the $2.1 million third-floor addition to the library. He retired from PLU on June 1, 1993.
      His wife, Jo, continues to serve lunches at the PLU Faculty House. The 18-foot sculpture by Tom Torrens, former PLU artist-in-residence, towers in the PLU library fountain as a memory of the Heussmans' oldest son, John, Jr., who died suddenly in a scuba diving accident in 1981.

Letter to the Editor -- Struggling students shouldn't give up!


I was reading the fall edition of Scene this past week and reflecting on my years at PLU in the late 1960s. Back then, I made decisions about what classes to take based on fear of failure. However, for the past 28 years, I have been involved successfully in fields I avoided in college. I also went back to school and received a second degree. I did well because I applied good study habits, which I developed at PLU, and I did not let the past get in my way.
      Please encourage struggling students to think clearly about who they are and what kinds of things they like to do -- and to ask for help! For example, if they are detail-oriented, like to work with numbers, or are intrigued by scientific phenomena in biology, physics, anatomy, etc., but are fearful of failing math or science, encourage them to take a beginning algebra course and let the professors and TAs work with them and help them.
      If one desires to pursue a particular field but avoids it out of fear, he or she is perhaps missing out on discovering who they are and what career can bring them the most fulfillment and happiness. Life is too short not to pay attention to our natural abilities, God-given talents, strengths and weaknesses.


J. Gregory Olander '69
Solana Beach, Calif.

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