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Initiative supports healthy decisions about alcohol use“Strengthening programs that encourage a healthy community and responsible lifestyles” has been tagged as a key university initiative for the 1998-99 academic year, and a large part of the ongoing efforts are centering on helping students make healthy decisions about alcohol use.
A focus group of students, faculty and staff who met in spring 1998 identified the need for a multifaceted program that would affirm and support both underage and legal-age students who have made the decision not to drink alcohol, as well as encourage the responsible use of alcohol among legal-age students.
A Healthy and Safe Community Initiative Steering Committee, formed in August 1998, is addressing these issues on four fronts: Curriculum - infusing physical education and other appropriate classes with information on health, safety and alcohol use; Student leadership - addressing alcohol issues in a variety of organizations across campus, including reviewing the ways the student conduct system deals with alcohol-related problems; Off-campus living - preparing and educating students as they move from campus to off-campus, also encouraging local landlords to use a “Safe Streets” addendum to their leases; Coordinated and expanded programming for all students - educating on issues of alcohol abuse, as well as alternatives to drinking.
A grant from Aid Association for Lutherans will provide more than $5,000 to support the work of the steering committee.
$2.4 million gift is one of PLU's largest everA woman who came to know PLU through her sister’s music students capped a long history of giving with a bequest of $2.4 million to the school’s endowment fund. Alma Meisnest’s gift was among the largest single gifts ever received by the university. Meisnest died in March 1997 at the age of 94, and in December 1998 her estate was able to distribute funds to PLU. Three other Washington schools - Seattle Pacific University, University of Puget Sound and Whitman College - received gifts of equal amounts.
Bertha Gilbertson, Meisnest’s sister, was a music teacher and active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Wash. In recognition of her students who went on to excel in music at PLU, Gilbertson provided the university with an endowed music scholarship at her death in 1988. Meisnest added to her sister’s gift, created her own scholarship and funded a recital room in PLU’s new Mary Baker Russell Music Center - contributions to PLU that totaled more than $500,000 before her recent endowment gift.
“Alma Meisnest was a good, strong, generous, humble lady with an incredible heart,” said PLU President Loren J. Anderson. He also noted that Meisnest’s $2.4 million gift will provide $125,000 annually to PLU’s operating budget. (An endowment consists of invested funds, and only the interest is spent.)
“We won’t need to go out and raise that money, and we won’t need to ask students and their families to pay it. That’s the magic of endowment,” Anderson said.
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New residence hall may be in the worksIf approved by the PLU Board of Regents at its spring meeting, an apartment-style residence hall on lower campus will house 200 to 225 junior and senior students in a mixture of units and provide more than 100 additional parking spaces. The $10.5 million complex, shown here in an architect’s drawing, is to be located on Yakima Avenue between 126th and 127th streets, just south of the Tingelstad Hall parking lot, and is slated to open Fall Semester 2000. Under the plan, the Evergreen and Delta single-story halls now located on the site will be demolished.
The hall is designed to keep a large population of upperclassmen on campus, with the hope of decreasing noise, traffic and pollution in the surrounding off-campus neighborhoods. In addition, residents of the new hall will benefit from Campus Safety services, campus Internet and phone hookups, increased proximity to campus social activities, and a meal plan. The hall will be staffed by resident advisors and be subject to all campus rules, including the no-alcohol policy.
History professor E. Wayne Carp tapped for Faculty Excellence Award
Harvard University Press published Carp’s book “Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption” in the spring. He also wrote a book chapter and a journal article on adoption, along with penning four book reviews.
PLU created the University Faculty Excellence Award to recognize one faculty member each year for excellence in teaching and productive scholarship over the previous academic year. Winners are nominated by past award recipients.
Distinguished writer-in-residence spreads a little Caribbean warmthPLU students got a taste of the Caribbean from Earl Lovelace, internationally renowned writer from Trinidad and Tobago, during Fall Semester. As a distinguished writer-in-residence, Lovelace taught three English courses. He is the author of five novels, many short stories and a number of plays. Among his body of work, which forms part of the literary heritage of the Caribbean, are the outstanding novels, “The Dragon Can’t Dance” and “Wine of Astonishment.”
His most recent novel, “Salt,” brought Lovelace the coveted Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1997, an award presented to only one of the finest writers of 53 countries. Lovelace continues to teach for PLU’s Spring Semester Abroad Program in Trinidad and Tobago.
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“Miracle worker,” “inspirational” and “unwavering student advocate” were just a few of the qualifications coworkers used to nominate the winners of PLU’s 1998 Distinguished Staff/Administrator Awards: Audrey Cox, admission, retention and recruitment coordinator, School of Nursing; Ardys Curtis, office/systems manager and counselor, Admissions and Enrollment Services; David Gerry, coordinator of international student services, Admissions and Enrollment Services; and Vicky Winters, purchasing manager, Business Office. Each received a $500 honorarium and special recognition at the university’s annual holiday luncheon in December.
Published CornerProfessor of Anthropology Gregory Guldin published “Farewell to Peasant China: Rural Urbanization and Social Change in the Late Twentieth Century” (M.E. Sharpe, $27) in December 1997. The book reports findings that a group of Chinese and American researchers discovered about transformations at the village level in China. The ages-old division between village and town is being bridged by the increasing flow of people, goods, capital and information between those two social levels. Rural urbanization means that Chinese society as a whole is becoming urbanized, and we should begin to say goodbye to our old images of peasant China.
Music faculty Jane Harty, pianist, and Janeanne Houston, soprano, released the CD “Sir Hamilton Harty Irish Songs” ($15), which was recorded in Lagerquist Concert Hall. Jane Harty is the grandniece of Sir Hamilton Harty, who was Ireland’s foremost composer in the first half of the century. The CD is the first recording of his songs, which include romantic Irish songs with text by Irish poets, and songs about different places in Ireland.
Associate Professor of Music Richard Nance’s “Credo,” the title work and premiere recording on a CD released by PLU in October, will be published by Walton Music. The composition is a worshipful approach to the text of the Nicene Creed, an essential part of the doctrine and liturgy of the Lutheran and Episcopal churches since it was adopted by the church council in AD 325. To order a CD ($15), call 1-800-727-5566 or email email@example.com.
Each CD and book is available at the PLU Bookstore, 253-535-7665, where alumni receive a 10 percent discount.
Media WatchPLU - its faculty, students, alumni and programs - have been both seen and heard over the last four months among major newspapers, local TV programs and Internet news sites. Major stories ran the gamut from a full-color feature on The Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ in “The Seattle Times” to a story quoting PLU student comments on President Clinton’s testimony in the “Seattle Post-Intelligencer.” Equally impressive was the inclusion of PLU Associate Philosophy Professor Jon Nordby’s expert opinion about a mass murder in Berlin for a story on “ABCNEWS.com,” and PLU History Professor E. Wayne Carp’s participation on a panel on adoption on KOMO-TV’s (ABC Seattle affiliate) “Town Meeting.” The following indicates the number of major PLU stories published in the area’s three daily newspapers from October 1998 to January 1999.