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Alison Corrigan '94 was named president and CEO of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce in November. At 25, she is the youngest president in the chamber's history.

25-year-old brings high energy as youngest president of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce

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Dealing with governmental issues and economic agencies are all part of a day's work for 25-year-old Alison (Karl) Corrigan '94, president and CEO of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce.
      As the youngest president in Federal Way chamber history, Corrigan officially began her duties in November 1997. She has been with the chamber for seven years, first starting as an intern while attending PLU as a business major. Her previous position was operations manager.
      When asked how she feels about so much emphasis being placed on her age, Corrigan replied, "People are getting a lot more comfortable with it as we start getting into the work routine." She adds, "I've been with the chamber for several years, and I grew up here, so I'm familiar to our members and the community."
      Corrigan oversees six chamber staff members and a board of directors, and is working closely with Federal Way community members in implementing a leadership program.
      Corrigan has defined clear goals for the organization, such as managing a partnership with the city to implement a downtown revitalization program; increasing chamber membership and expanding the chamber's education foundation to better assist with school-to-work programs.
      A top priority of the chamber, Corrigan said, will be to assure that dollars are maximized in the downtown revitalization program, which includes street improvement, R.T.A. coordination and incentives for a sign code compliance program (enforcing uniform sign requirements).
      Corrigan earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources. She said classroom learning at PLU--such as studying Total Quality Management--and other college experiences have helped her on the job.
      "I was exposed to a project-based curriculum at PLU, which has been very instrumental in my work with volunteers and groups," she said. "I was also chair of PLU's Family Weekend, which provided me with programming and event- management experience."
      The next step in Corrigan's career will be to complete the six-year Certified Chamber Executive program offered by the U.S. Chamber Institute of Organizational Management. She is now in her fourth year of the process.
      In her spare time ("what little there is"), she and her husband, Drew Corrigan '93, a senior accountant for Arthur Anderson, are training for the Marine Corps marathon held in Washington, D.C. In addition, Corrigan enjoys hiking and skiing.
      The couple reside in Federal Way with their new beagle puppy, Emma.


Alumni soak up the sun on Panama Canal cruise

We're back! Thirty-six alumni, parents and friends of PLU traveled with several other ELCA university alumni through the Panama Canal Nov. 13-25. Ports of call included Montego Bay, Jamaica; San Andres Island, Columbia; San Blas Island, Panama; Golfito, Costa Rica; Caldera, Costa Rica; and Acapulco, Mexico.

Back row: Lorraine Johnson, Cliff Ponnikas (Luther '55), Bob Bammert, George Bauer (TLU '43), Les Storaasli '49, Bill Finkle '55 and '72, Eldon Kyllo '48, Roy Stevens '40, David Dahl '61, Al Tweit (Concordia '58).
Middle row: Marilyn Ponnikas (Augustana '57), Bill Williams '51, Ordelle Bammert '52, Isabel Watness '47, Luther Watness '49, Helen Finkle, Milt Jeter '58, Toppy Kyllo '50, Jean Stevens '41, Loi Le.
Front row: Laverne Williams (Concordia '50), Carol Storaasli '49, Joyce Bauer (TLU '43), Bonnie Jeter (St. Olaf '50), Selma Johnson '49, Sheila Campbell, Mary Hurley (Wittenburg '62), Bernie Davidson, Monica Hurley '94.
Not pictured: Dottie Clark '53, Charlene Colburn '49, Carol Gray, Val Lowther, David and Linda Simpson, Karen Tweit.


Dr. Kim Nordberg '74 practices "village dentistry" on an Achi Indian woman in Guatemala at a Christian mission hospital.He went on a short-term dental mission in December.

Mission trip forever changes outlook on life for Dr. Kim Nordberg '74

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Not prone to overexuberance, Dr. Kim Nordberg '74 couldn't help but be excited by a most special Christmas "vacation" this year.
      A dentist in Puyallup, Kim went on a short-term dental mission to Guatemala in December. He worked in one of Guatemala's small rural towns at a Christian mission hospital.
      His patients were Achi Indians (Mayan descendants), and most of them were between 4 ½ and 5 feet tall. "It was nice to finally seem tall!" joked Kim, who stands at 5'6". Three of Kim's four children accompanied him on the trip, acting as dental assistants, tray technicians and sterilization aids: Eric, 18, and Molly, 16, both students at Rogers High School; and Maggie, 12, a student at Ridgecrest Elementary, all in the Puyallup School District.
      Kim said he'll never forget the experience, nor how it has changed his outlook on life.
      "I've always been fearful that God might call me to serve him as a missionary," he said. "Now I'm convinced it might be one of God's greatest fulfillments this side of heaven."
      Kim and his wife, Bette Eileen Nordberg, and their four children live in Puyallup.


Alumni Association Letter: Keeping the connection alive

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I am thoroughly enjoying my role as the president of the Alumni Association. Lately, I've found myself thinking about why PLU alumni might want to associate with their alma mater. I can think of a few reasons, and perhaps you can identify with one or more of them. PLU is important in your life because it is a place:
  • to gather, see old friends and reminisce about old times.
  • to explore ongoing educational opportunities.
  • to send your children when they are ready to embark on a college experience.
It is a place that not only offers the caliber of education you believe in, but also goes a step beyond this by educating students for lives of service. And it is a place that has most likely had a tremendous impact on the person you are today.
      I'm sure each of us looks to PLU from a slightly different perspective. In all cases, though, we cannot take for granted that any of these connections will last without doing our part to ensure they last. That's where the Alumni and Parent Relations Office comes in! Call them at 800-258-6758 for information on available programs and volunteer opportunities.
      One of the greatest qualities of PLU, I believe, is that it was not legislated into existence. It was founded by individuals who gave of themselves to secure the opportunity for others to receive a high-quality, liberal arts education in a Christian context. And it is the strong and dedicated interest of people who continue to believe in this type of education that makes PLU what it is today.
      I know that for many of you, PLU has a deep and enduring place in your heart. I have had the honor of talking to many of you about these feelings, and I've enjoyed these conversations very much. I wonder, though, about others.
      To those of you who may be reading Scene for the first time: What is your interest in PLU? How do you want to remain connected with your alma mater? I am convinced PLU needs your support in order to continue to be great. I invite you to write to me with your thoughts. My e-mail address is brian_olson@hp.com.

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