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1998 PLU Alumni Recognition Awards

Distinguished Alumnus
Bishop David C. Wold '56
For his work as a Lutheran pastor and bishop and his dedicated service to PLU, Bishop David C. Wold '56 is recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
      Wold received his bachelor's degree from PLU and went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Seminary in 1960. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from PLU in 1989. He served as a region youth director in the American Lutheran Church in Chicago from 1969 to 1971. He became pastor at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Puyallup in 1972 and served that parish until 1986. From 1986 to 1987, he ministered at Holy Trinity in Port Angeles, Wash., and in 1987 he was elected Bishop of the Southwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where he remains in service today.
      Wold has served PLU as a member of the board of regents since 1972. He was the chairman of the board from 1981 until 1992 and, with his wife, Elisabeth '60, he served in a leadership position for the PLU Make a Lasting Difference campaign. He received the PLU Distinguished Service Award in 1993.
      Bishop Wold also gives his time to many local and national organizations:
  • Committee for a Children's Therapy Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup
  • Division for Ministry Board of the ELCA Board and Executive Committee
  • Luther Seminary Consultant to Clergy Board
  • Domestic Peace Board at Trinity Lutheran in Parkland
  • Chinese-American Relations Committee
  • Choral Arts Northwest Board
  • Foss House/Virage Seattle
  • Hein/Fry Lecture Board of the ELCA
David and his wife, Elisabeth, live in Tacoma and have four daughters: Karen '81, Kathryn '83, Kristen '86 and Heidi '87.

Outstanding Alumnus
Ed Petersen '68
Ed Petersen '68 will receive PLU's 1998 Outstanding Alumnus Award for his years of dedication to providing shelter for the homeless.
      After Petersen earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from PLU in 1968, he joined the Peace Corps and worked for three years in Venezuela. In 1974 he earned his master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as an assistant professor of social work at the University of Trondheim in Norway; as a program director for Mental Health Services, Inc., in Everett, Wash.; and most recently as executive director of Housing Hope.
      Housing Hope is a nonprofit housing development providing emergency and transitional shelter for the homeless, and permanent homes for low-income families, primarily in Snohomish county. A founder of the organization, Petersen began as the volunteer executive director and sole staff member in 1987 while still working for Mental Health Services. By 1989 he had dedicated himself to the effort full time, and today he directs a complete staff of case workers and administrators.
      Petersen has won several prominent awards, including the 1996 Hunthausen Service Award and the 1997 Snohomish County Service Provider of the Year Award. He also has been active in a number of church and community organizations, the most recent of which include the North Snohomish County Association of Churches, the Snohomish County Homeless Coalition and the Snohomish County Alliance to End Homelessness.
      Ed and his wife, Carol '71, live in Everett and have three children, Kim '94, Solveig and Sonja.

Alumni Service Award
Lynne Bangsund '70
Lynne Bangsund '70 is the recipient of PLU's first Alumni Service Award in recognition of her dedicated volunteer service to a number of church and community organizations.
      Bangsund was born and raised in Portland, Ore., and graduated from PLU with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught school for several years after graduation but decided to dedicate her time to her family and her community. She has had numerous leadership roles in her church and her children's schools, and has been active in several community organizations, including Junior League and "Reachout," a Southeast Portland volunteer organization.
      Most notably, Bangsund has been extensively involved with the "Kids on the Block" awareness program. "Kids on the Block" uses child-sized puppets to teach elementary school children how to understand and accept differences in people and how to protect themselves in difficult situations. The puppets dress and act like real children, and are operated by volunteer puppeteers.
      The program had been sponsored by various nonprofit organizations, but Bangsund led the effort to establish "Kids On the Block" as an independent nonprofit organization. In 1991 she was elected president of the new board of directors. Since that time, she has served as volunteer executive director and volunteer puppeteer, and she continues to serve on the board of directors.
      Bangsund, together with her husband, David '71, co-chaired the Portland area for PLU's Make a Lasting Difference campaign. The Bangsund family has faithfully supported the university and recently initiated an endowed scholarship at PLU. The Bangsunds live in Portland and have two children. Their son, Erik has just completed his third year at PLU, and their daughter, Krista, is a senior in high school.

Outstanding Recent Alumnus
Michelle Y. Long '84
Michelle Y. Long '84 will receive PLU's 1998 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award for her overwhelming achievements in the petroleum industry.
      Long earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from PLU in 1984. During her time in college, Long's incredible determination enabled her to attend school full time, work almost 40 hours a week at U.S. Oil and Refining in Tacoma, and raise her young daughter on her own. Almost a year after graduating, Long left U.S. Oil and Refining and went to Texaco Lubricants Company in Seattle. While there, Long actively participated as a mentor to students in the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement program (MESA). During her involvement with the Puget Sound MESA program, Long arranged field trips to Texaco facilities, was a guest speaker for MESA clubs and classes and assisted with career and college awareness programs held at PLU.
      After several years at Texaco's Seattle plant, Long was promoted to assistant plant manager for Texaco's Los Angeles plant. Long's commitment and hard work within the petroleum industry landed her a position as plant manager of Texaco's Chesapeake, Va., plant. When she took the position in Virginia, Long garnered three distinctions as a plant manager: the youngest, the first woman and the first African-American.
      As Long continues to achieve within her field, she still makes time to serve her community. She actively supports food and clothing drives for low-income families, sponsors Upward Bound, tutors and mentors within culturally diverse communities and even finds time to coach volleyball. In addition, Long serves on the board of directors for MESA and also serves on the board of directors and as the local chapter coordinator for the NAACP. Long has established a PLU scholarship in her name, awarded to minority students majoring in math or science.
      Michelle and her daughter, Chauntelle, live in Virginia.

Heritage Award
David Berntsen '58
For his many years of devoted service to PLU, David Berntsen '58 will receive the Heritage Award.
      After earning his bachelor's degree in physics from PLU, he became an engineer at Boeing from 1958 until 1970. He then became a director of development at PLU and has served the university since that time.
      At PLU, Berntsen has been involved in establishing the Q Club and has dedicated much of the past 25 years to nurturing its growth.
      Q Club membership provides the core of Annual Fund support at PLU. All Q Club dollars go to pro-vide scholarships for students.
      The Q Club grew from 100 charter members who contributed $51,000 in 1972 to more than 2,000 members contributing $1.2 million in 1997. While his current position with the PLU Office of Development has shifted in focus to major gifts, he still can't resist signing up new Q Club members when he has the opportunity.
      As a member of Mountain View Lutheran Church, he has served on the church council and the ELCA Southwest Synod Mission Support Committee. Within his community, Berntsen is a member of the Rotary Club of Puyallup and was chairperson of the Rotary Foundation from 1993 until 1996. Recently, he co-chaired the Polio Plus Campaign, whose final receipts were quadruple the original fund-raising goal.
      David and his wife, Carolee '59, have two sons, Chris '85 and Paul '85, and live in Puyallup, Wash.

Special Recognition Award
Harvey J. Neufeld '54
Harvey J. Neufeld '54 will receive the 1998 Special Recognition Award for 28 years of service to the PLU community.
      Neufeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Pacific Lutheran College in 1954 and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1957. He went on to earn a certificate of graduate studies from Vancouver School of Theology in 1976 and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, in 1977.
      After serving as pastor in a Canadian church and as director of development at Camrose Lutheran College, Neufeld came to PLU to serve as director of church relations in 1965. During this time, he also served as director of Lutheran Ingathering for Edu-cation. Neufeld left PLU in 1969 to serve as a pastor in Ocean Shores, Wash., returning in 1971 to con-tinue his total of 28 years of service to the university.
      Neufeld served several roles during his tenure at PLU. He was director of alumni from 1971 to 1973, executive director of collegium and church relations from 1974 to 1986 and vice president of church relations from 1986 until his retirement in 1994.
      For 10 years, Neufeld served as producer and host of "Morning Prayer," a weekly radio program on KPLU. Probably best known and most beloved is Neufeld's column, "Travelin' with Harv," that appeared in Scene for 17 years beginning in 1971.
      His columns often reflected his personal experiences while out on the road and included a larger spiritual, social or moral context. A collection of these columns has been published in Neufeld's book, "Travelin' with Harv: Essays and Reflections." In addition, Neufeld is co-editor and publisher of three books written by PLU alumni.
      Harvey and his wife, Carol '55, live in Steilacoom, Wash. They have four children -- Gregory, Brian '80, '84, Stephen and Elizabeth '82.

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