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Nationwide scholarship recipients make PLU proud
A Fulbright Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholar-ships a person can receive, and PLU is home to an impressive 48 (student) Fulbright recipients since 1975.
Kristina Knoll '98, programming assistant at the PLU Women's Center and substitute teacher at the Tacoma German Elementary school, will spend one year of study at the University of Innsbruck in Austria to compare Austrian and American ideas and theories re-garding women in the home, work force, politics and the status of women in foreign lands.|
Molly Loberg '98 will spend one year at Universitaet Freiburg in Germany to explore the images of "nationhood" as they emerge, not among politically elite, but in popular mediums of expression. Loberg will also con-tinue in this area of study in graduate work.|
Jeremy Mangan '98 (photo unavailable) will travel to Berlin and Munich, Germany, to study and practice art to better understand the nature of art as a universal communicator of ideas and emotions and as a reflection of the culture.|
Kit Spicer, dean and professor of communication, will teach in the communications and public relations department at The European University in Lisbon, Portugal, January-March 1999.|
The Goldwater Scholarship program, which honors Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The scholars are selected on the basis of their academic merit in those areas of study.
Katherine Maloney '00 is one of 316 students nationwide to win the Goldwater Scholarship of $7,500 a year for two years. Maloney, a chemistry major, wrote her scholarship essay on "The Influence of Terminal Atoms on the Magnetic Properties of Copper Halide Dimers." She did research last summer with Duane Swank, chemistry professor.|
Rachel Peitsch '98 received a Rotary scholarship for up to $22,000 for the opportunity to do graduate research in agricultural trade at the University of Bergen in Norway. Peitsch, a political science and Scandinavia-area studies major, is from Astoria, Ore.|
New PLU Community Garden
Groundbreaking for a new PLU Community Garden took place in April with the help of students, faculty and staff. The cooperatively run organic garden is a place where the entire PLU community can come together to engage in both education and service. The garden, located behind the new PLU Women's Center on lower campus, serves as a gathering point for community partnership both within and beyond PLU, a means of assisting low income elderly to obtain produce, and a visible example of PLU's commitment to environmental consciousness and care for the earth.
Erin McKenna, assistant professor of philosophy; Kristin Tremoulet '99; Brian Norman '99; Michelle Sayler '98; Vern Stiefel, assistant professor of biology; and Judy Mladineo, director of the PLU Women's Center work diligently to create the new PLU Community Garden in April.
President Anderson leads China delegation
President Loren and MaryAnn Anderson headed a small PLU delegation to China in late March for a visit aimed at celebrating the many past successes and strengthening the future of PLU's Chinese exchange programs at Sichuan Union University in Chengdu, and Zhongshan University in Guangzhou.
Retired chemistry Professor Emeritus Bill Giddings, who helped found the Chengdu program, and anthropology Professor Greg Guldin, whose work in China in the mid-1970s and 1980s established the initial connections in Guangzhou, were part of the delegation.
PLU's Chinese Studies Program, one of only two in the Northwest, is an important element in PLU's study abroad curriculum -- and in the context of the university's overarching philosophy of preparing students to live in a global village.
In addition to high-level meetings with the new presidents of both universities, the delegation took part in several special events that celebrated the 15-year-old exchange program. For every five PLU students that study in China, one visiting pro-fessor spends a year in residence at PLU. More than 30 faculty and more than 100 students have taken part.
"One of the events that made an impact on us as well as on the new (Chinese university) presidents was seeing tables full of their faculty who had taken part in the program and all had good things to say about PLU," said Anderson. "With their new emphasis on ties with the American education system, this is obviously an important relationship to foster."
The delegation also made stops in Hong Kong to honor the steady stream of students who have come to PLU from that area. One evening PLU hosted an "Alumni & Friends" dinner, and 18 PLU alumni and friends attended.
PLU hopes to add exchanges involving students and scholars from the schools of nursing and education in the future. A separate program for business students began in 1997.
In addition, MaryAnn Anderson's visit to on-campus elementary and secondary schools for children of faculty and staff at Guangzhou has prompted a future trip by Guangzhou officials to PLU this fall to study our methods of teacher education, and to discuss a possible student-teacher exchange program.
Memorial fund established in memory of PLU's first president
New to PLU is the Bjug Harstad Memorial Fund, which was established in memory of PLU's founder and first president. Rev. Harstad (1848-1933) served as president of PLU from 1894-95 and from 1897-98. Contributions to the memorial fund were provided by several of Harstad's descendants, with fund-raising efforts lead by two of Harstad's grandchildren, Isabel (Harstad) Watness '46 of Tacoma, and A.L. "Duff" Harstad of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
The fund will be used to host one major event (lecture, concert, etc.) each year. The first event to use the fund was a lecture in March featuring Gunnar S┐nsteby, Holocaust survivor and leader of the resistance movement in Oslo, Norway. Contributions to the Bjug Harstad Memorial Fund may be sent in care of the PLU Scandinavian Studies Program, PLU, Tacoma, WA 98447.
Two-year Student Satisfaction Survey results
reflect favorable ratings for PLU
A Student Satisfaction Inventory was administered to 866 PLU undergraduates in October. This is the second consecutive year for the administration of this survey. Compared with 117,438 students at 253 other four-year private institutions, PLU students are more satisfied with their university and would be more likely to choose their university "if they had to do it all over" again.
It was learned that PLU students rated their university more favorably on seven of the 12 composite scales, equally on two scales and less favorable on three scales. PLU students gave their university higher ratings, at a statistically significant level, on the following seven of the 12 composite scales: instructional effectiveness, concern for the individual, student centeredness, campus life, campus climate, service excellence and campus support services.
In 1996-97 there were five general areas of concern while in 1997-98 there were only three general areas of concern. These are recruitment and financial aid, academic advising, and safety and security. These areas are being addressed, and progress is being made regarding these concerns. For more information about the survey, call Erv Severtson, vice president and dean of student life, 253-535-7191.
The best in Washington family business to be recognized
The fifth annual Family Business Awards honor family businesses in the
following categories: small (under 50 employees), medium (50-250
employees), large (more than 250 employees), new (less than 10 years)
and heritage (more than 50 years).
Award criteria are: Innovative business strategies and practices,
planning for succession, expressing family values in the business,
family-business linkage, contributions to the community and industry,
number of generations involved (except for new firms), and business
performance (growth and viability).
The awards are co-sponsored by the Family Enterprise Institute at PLU,
Clark Nuber, Exvere Inc., Herbert B. Jones Foundation, KeyBank, Laird
Norton Trust, MassMutual, and the Puget Sound Business Journal.
For more information, see http://www.plu.edu/~fament/.
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