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Homecoming '99 -- Alumni Recognition Awards
Beverly Hatlen '66 Distinguished
Alumnus Award

Beverly Hatlen '66
For her work in public health, her tireless efforts in supporting young adults with learning disabilities, and her devotion to community service, Beverly Hatlen '66 receives the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes years of preparation, experience, dedication, exemplary character and service leading to distinction in a profession or vocation.
      After earning her bachelor of science degree in nursing, Hatlen worked as a public health nurse for the Eugene School District; as a registered nurse for Sacred Heart General Hospital and Eugene Hospital and Clinic; and as a teacher in the registered nurse program at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore.
      When the family moved to Apple Valley, Minn., in 1983, Bev became administrative director of a local Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. For her efforts in supporting and educating parents, teachers, coaches and other youth leaders, and for lobbying state legislators for special education funding, she was awarded state and national awards and the Governor's Certificate of Volunteer Recognition in 1988.
      In 1995, Hatlen earned her master of public health degree from the University of Minnesota. That year she also established a non-profit, college-like apartment living program called Minnesota Life College; she continues to serve as chair of the board. MLC is completing its third year of operation, has 20 students, and will be expanding to 30 students next year. MLC is noted for its holistic skill-building in six areas.
      Hatlen serves as the co-founder and president of the Hatlen Foundation, as a member of the Augsburg Board of Regents, and on the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Minnesota Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center.
      Hatlen and her husband, Roe '65, live in Apple Valley, Minn., and have three children, Kari, Erik and Lars.
Michael Peterson '80 Outstanding
Alumnus Award

Michael Peterson '80
For his rise to country music stardom and for the countless charitable causes for which he's given money and time, Michael Peterson receives one of two 1999 Outstanding Alumnus Awards, which recognizes those who have excelled in a special area of life.
      Peterson was Billboard Magazine's most played new artist of 1997 and also the top selling new male artist of 1997. His debut album, "Michael Peterson," went gold, selling more than 500,000 copies, and it is now approaching platinum. He has won numerous country music awards and has shared the stage with some of country music's biggest names.
      Peterson helped raised tens of thousands of dollars for dozens of charities including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. He was the 1999 Official Tennessee Spokesperson for Special Olympics and was asked by the governor of Tennessee to perform the National Anthem for his 1999 inauguration.
      A gifted athlete with a golden voice, Peterson earned talent awards at PLU for both football and music. A psychology major, he sang in a university choir and played left defensive tackle for the football team. He was on the NAIA Division II National Championship team in 1980 and still wears his championship ring today.
      Fairly early in his college career he realized he had to choose between football and music. He chose football and, ironically, it was that choice that opened up the doors of opportunity in the world of music. It was through his friendship with Brad Westering '80 that he met pop and gospel star Deniece Williams. Michael also attributes much of his success to what he gained from his former football coach, Frosty Westering.
      Michael and his wife, Tacey Jane, have two daughters.
Roger Gebhard '71 Outstanding
Alumnus Award

Roger Gebhard '71
For his commitment to strong moral values and his work in the film production industry, Roger Gebhard '71 receives one of two 1999 Outstanding Alumnus Awards, which recognizes those who have excelled in a special area of life.
      After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree, Gebhard worked as a news cameraman at KIRO TV in Seattle, then continued his studies in film and television at the University of Southern California. Following progressively distinguished assignments in television production, Gebhard made the move to major motion picture productions. His credits include "Ghost," "Rambo III" and "The Longriders."
      Gebhard achieved professional acclaim as camera operator for "The Hunt for Red October." Within the industry he is highly regarded as a person of integrity one who has been able to maintain strong Christian and family values in the world of Hollywood. Although officially retired from the motion picture industry, he is finding enjoyment in breeding and racing thoroughbred horses, two of which have recently won grade-two races in California. He also has bred and raced a colt in the Breeder's Cup.
      An articulate spokesperson for family values, Gebhard is an active member of Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale, Calif., where he has served in numerous leadership positions including church council and steward of worship. His commitment to strong moral values in society has also been promoted through leadership and substantial support of Lutheran Social Services of Southern California and through national and international assistance with Lutheran World Relief.
      Gebhard and his wife, Martha (better known as CBS evening news anchor Ann Martin), have two children, Mathew and Tracy, and live in the Los Angeles area. They maintain a home on Vashon Island.
Laurie Soine '88 Outstanding Recent
Alumnus Award

Laurie Soine '88
For her extraordinary achievements in the field of cardiovascular nursing, Laurie Soine receives the 1999 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which recognizes those within 15 years of graduation who have excelled in a special area of life.
      Soine earned bachelor's degrees in both nursing and communication from PLU in 1988. During her years at PLU, she served as student body president and volunteered with the Salishan Mission. After graduation, she accepted a position with the University of Washington Medical Center in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit.
      Soine earned a master of nursing degree from the University of Washington in 1991. Soine's groundbreaking research in the area of patient education has led to her increasing success and prominence in the field of cardiovascular nursing.
      She was the heart failure/pre-heart transplant clinical nurse specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center for seven years. After completing the adult nurse practitioner program at the UW last spring, she accepted a newly created position in nuclear cardiology, which continues to allow her to carry out both clinical and research activities.
      She has also held a clinical faculty position at the UW School of Nursing since 1992. Over the last several years, Soine has participated in numerous research studies, authored a book chapter, given many presentations and participated in numerous professional organizations.
      Soine is an active member of Crown Lutheran Church in Seattle, and volunteers for the American Heart Association.
Mike Benson '69 Heritage Award
Mike Benson '69
For his many years of devoted service to PLU and the community, Mike Benson '69 receives the 1999 Heritage Award, which recognizes years of distinguished service to the university.
      While a student at PLU, Benson was an integral part of the tennis program. In 1967 he was a district doubles champion.
      His coaching career started in 1970 when then-Athletic Director David Olson hired him to direct the men's program. A look at the record book shows the wisdom in that choice. Entering the 1999 season, PLU's men's teams have won 24 of the last 30 Northwest Conference titles and compiled a conference dual match record of 166 wins and 18 losses. Not limiting his experience to just the men's program, he coached the women in 1981-84 and 1998-99 where PLU won five conference crowns. The overall men's record is 400 wins and 196 losses. The overall women's record with Benson as coach is 90 wins and 35 losses.
      Much of Benson's success he attributes to his positive attitude toward life. "I've come to believe there's a pretty direct relationship between fun and playing up to your potential," Benson says. "What we've been successful at doing is creating an atmosphere around this program that is encouraging, positive and supportive. God has blessed my coaching and has provided direction and guidance every day."
      Benson and his wife, Mary '71, have two daughters, Kristi '97 and Kaarin, currently a junior at California Lutheran University.
Ron '70 and Ingrid '70 Gintz Alumni Service Award
Ron '70 and
Ingrid '70 Gintz
For their work in the community of Federal Way, Wash., and volunteer service to PLU, Ron and Ingrid Gintz (both '70) receive the Alumni Service Award, which recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding volunteer leadership and/or service to their community.
      Ron earned his bachelor of arts in German from PLU and his MBA from the University of Washington. Ingrid earned an education degree and teaching certificate at PLU then went on to earn a master of science in mathematics from Western Washington University in 1977. They are both currently employed for Smith Barney.
      Since 1991, the Gintz family has provided a home for more than 25 boys who have struggled with problems such as drug addiction, anger management, conflict with their own parents, and/or failure in school. They have had up to seven boys, ages 16 through 18, living with them at any given time. Each boy receives special attention, loving limits, and the freedom to excel in school and life. Some boys come to the Gintz home for a short period of time, while others lived with them for years and went on to college or the military.
      At various times during the past 10 years, the Gintzs have also been host parents for four exchange students from Ecuador.
      In addition, Ron and Ingrid have organized many projects for teens with community service obligations, held a study table for children to help them keep up with their homework, and have been heavily involved with many different community organizations. Their volunteer service to PLU includes serving on the Q Club Board of Directors, where Ingrid has most recently been president. They also participated as regional co-chairs of the PLU Make a Lasting Difference National Campaign Cabinet.
      The Gintzs are members of Marine View Presbyterian Church and live in Federal Way. They have two sons, Michael '96 and David.

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