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[Q Club Banquet on Virtual Tour] HIGH TECH, HIGH TOUCH: Sheri Tonn, dean of information resources, demonstrates the PLU web page for the nearly 700 folks attending the Q Club banquet held on May 2 in Olson Auditorium. Eric Nelson '82, assistant professor of classics, joined her in the presentation, which elaborated on the overall theme of the banquet -- "High Tech, High Touch."

Virtual tour: the next best thing to being there

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Airfares are up, I-5 is gridlocked and to be honest, Greyhound's just not your thing. You want to visit the alma mater, but you have trouble getting out of town. Not to worry! With the new PLU web page virtual tour, you don't even have to get out of your chair. Just dial up www.plu.edu and dive into the PLU Experience directly from our home page.

  • Red Carpet Tour -- Leads you on a tour of campus administrative buildings and residence halls.
  • Transfer Tour -- This tour is specially designed for students coming to PLU from other schools.
  • Self-Guided Tour -- Allows you to pick and choose where to visit by clicking on a campus map or selecting from a text list.
  • By Interest Tour -- Want to know more about general areas at PLU? Click on what interests you: academic departments, campus art, services and facilities, student activities or the Rose Window.
  • Quick-Time VRs -- Forget "the next best thing" - you're there! This growing library of 18 QTVR files shows moving pictures of various locations across campus. My picks? The 360-degree tour of Lagerquist Concert Hall is inspiring (and a bit dizzying). Also, don't miss the (literally) animated rune stones in Red Square.
  • Rose Window -- Originally published in the Winter 1995 edition of Pacific Lutheran Scene, "Heaven in Glass" by Stewart Govig educates the patient viewer in Christian theology. This moving description of the various elements contained in PLU's signature Rose Window is a delight for the eye as well as the mind.
  • Online Publications -- Available are the Viewbook, Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog, Course Equivalency Guide, PLU 2000 (long-range plan), Campus Voice, Pacific Lutheran Scene (alumni magazine) and Contact (newsletter of the Office of Church Relations).
  • Alumni and Parents -- Send in news for class notes, check out upcoming events, and see the many ways you can be involved.

[Dean Waldo on the Web]
HIGH SPEED: Dean Waldow, associate professor of chemistry, logs on to the chemistry web site through one of Rieke Science Center's high speed computers. The computers are a valuable resource for student and faculty research.

Sampling PLU's cyber salad bar

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Spending time on the PLU web page hasn't topped my list of priorities this spring, but I was on assignment and the clock was ticking. With just 15 minutes to find some "good stuff" on our university's home page, I strapped on my fiber-optic helmet and went for a ride. Here are 10 things I found to be helpful, educational and downright first-class:

Striking underwater photographs of Hawaiian fish can be found on Biology Professor David Hansen's home page.

I ran across Business Professor Thad Barnowe's home page and found a way to visit Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China. I didn't even have to clear customs!
Get a private showing of the dancing baby from TV's "Ally McBeal" on freshman Nick Blizzard's home page.
From Religion Professor Doug Oakman's home page, I found a link to Alexandria, Greece, where there are 19th and 20th century pictures as well as photos of monuments and artifacts.
Get an up-close and personal view of engineering Professor Richard Spillman's office in Rieke Science Center from his home page. Can you find Waldo?
Need a job? PLU's Human Resources Department is online with a page that trumpets job opportunities in Luteland.
PLU student web developer Peter Loo (he helped develop the PLU virtual tour) shows off his computer graphics skills in an awe-inspiring and entertaining home page. He also includes original poetry.
Assistant Physics Professor Shannon Mayer '87 did her Ph.D. thesis on "Low-Velocity Matter-Wave Source for Atom Interferometry Produced by Zeeman-Turned Laser Cooling and Magneto-Optic Trapping." Whatever it is, it sounds impressive! Also check out photos of her Siberian Husky, Kenai.
Some freshman still don't know where it is, but at least they can get to the library through the PLU web site. You can read online texts, find out what books are in (or out), and peruse the library's suggested links to other resources. A great place to begin research.
Believe it or not, I got to a Lutheran link from the PLU home page. An enjoyable site with good information about events happening locally and nationwide. Links to churches around the country can be found here -- does your church have a page?

[GPS on Rieke]
GOING GLOBAL: Peter Winderling, scientific instrument engineer in PLU's Division of Natural Sciences, hands the dish for PLU's new GPS (Global Positioning System) to workers perched atop the Rieke Science Center (summer 1997). The 18-inch pancake-shaped dish boasts a 12-channel receiver connected to a computer inside the science center. Paid for by a grant from the Kresge Foundation, GPS enables students and faculty to find very precise locations in terms of latitude and longitude, which is helpful in research and map making.

Campus technology initiative is well under way

In January 1995, the PLU Board of Regents put its stamp of approval on PLU 2000, a long-range plan intended to carry the university into the 21st century and beyond. Key to that effort has been a campus technology initiative. Phase I of the initiative emerged last summer with several goals to be completed by fall 1998:
  • A Pentium computer will be on the desk of every tenure-track faculty member.
  • Each residence hall room and faculty office will have an Ethernet network connection.
  • Twenty high-quality networked laser printers will be installed across campus.
  • Windows NT will be the primary operating system for workstations on campus.
  • Local area networks will improve security and allow groups to work together more effectively.

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