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Regents approve undergraduate tuition model
The PLU Board of Regents simplified tuition charges by approving a new undergraduate tuition model and billing system last October. Instead of paying per credit, students will pay a set price per semester.
The new price, which will become effective in the fall 2000 semester, will be based on taking 16 credits, and the plan is to have all students pay the same price, regardless of which classes they might add or drop. The price will be $8,112 per semester and will apply to any number of actual courses taken, between 12 and 17 credit hours.
The new pricing system simplifies the business side of student life. "The bills are less confusing and there is more flexibility," said Laura Polcyn '74, '79, vice president of Admissions and Enrollment Services.
Polcyn, though, admitted that some students who will be seniors next year might end up losing money because they were planning on taking a lighter load in their last year of college. To resolve these kinds of cases, provisions in the block pricing model prorate tuition for less than a full load.
The policy had been under discussion for the last three years. Three public forums were held this fall to discuss the possibilities, but they were not well attended. PLU undertook studies of various other Northwest universities before a model was chosen and presented to the board of regents, and all 34 regents approved the new policy.
Some 90 percent of independent colleges and universities in the country now follow a similar tuition model of charging a set fee for full-time undergraduate students.
PLU students focus on hunger and the homeless
For the first time ever, PLU students participated in the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 15-19. Several activities were scheduled, including an Open Mike Night, a hunger banquet, a panel of homeless people sharing their experiences, an all-campus fast, volunteer sandwich-making for local food banks and a canned food drive, as well as the voluntary living in a makeshift cardboard village by members of the PLU community for 24 hours.
Photo Credit: Chris Tumbusch
PLU faculty address national communication association meeting
Four faculty members of PLU's communication department made presentations at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association (NCA) in November.
The meeting, the 85th annual gathering of the association, was held in Chicago under the theme of "Coloring Outside the Lines." The wide range of panels and scholarly papers presented scholarship in more than 50 areas of communication study. Some of the topics included the rhetoric of the impeachment of President Clinton, communication in long-distance relationships, and the effects of campaigns that promote healthy living.
The four PLU speakers were Professor Michael Bartanen, who spoke to the Pi Kappa Delta National Council Business Meeting; Visiting Associate Professor Peter Ehrenhaus, on Film Rhetoric and Memory; Assistant Professor Diane Harney, who spoke at the NCA Poster Session; and Chair and Associate Professor Edward Inch, on Maintaining the Comprehensive Forensics Program in the New Millennium.
NCA is the oldest and largest scholarly society in the communication discipline, and its membership includes individuals from more than 25 countries, other than the United States. More than 1,800 U.S. colleges and universities offer some kind of coursework in communication, and degrees are granted by at least 600 institutions of higher education.
NPR's CEO joins KPLU in multimedia celebration
NPR President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Klose (right) was on campus Oct. 7 for a reception at the KPLU studios. KPLU General Manager Martin Neeb (left) and Vice President for Development and University Relations David Aubrey presented Klose with a hand-painted bowl from the Julie Ueland '79 Backsplash pottery collection. Photo Credit: Chris Tumbusch
KPLU 88.5 FM, the university's station of the National Public Radio (NPR), last October hosted NPR President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Klose at a reception at KPLU's studios. Klose was in the Seattle area to participate in a multimedia celebration in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of "Morning Edition," NPR's flagship morning program. The celebration was attended by several of the stars of the show as well as NPR administrators.
The Seattle-Tacoma region was chosen as one of the venues to showcase the national anniversary celebration in recognition of its importance as a premier public radio market.
This summer, KPLU received Arbitron's "good book" rating, which is the equivalent of commercial television's Neilsen rating.
The station is generally considered the 11th most listened to public radio station in the country, out of a total of more than 600 and ranks in the top 10 percent of listening audiences of the more than 50 radio stations in the Puget Sound area.
It consistently receives high accolades as a radio station with high-quality programming, a prestigious reputation and an exceptional audience. It has so far received more than 30 national awards and this year alone placed more than 150 feeds to the national network.
Campus hosts WTO teach-in
To coincide with the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which was held in Seattle between Nov. 28 and Dec. 3, a teach-in was held at PLU in late October to explain the issues the organization was planning to discuss and how it functions.
Five speakers talked about such topics as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and global health issues, as well as the opposition to the organization that some people have. A number of PLU students planned to join protesters from throughout the region in Seattle during the conference to voice their objections to the WTO.
The teach-in featured Peter Grosvenor, assistant professor of political science, Dick Olufs, professor of political science, and Mark Reiman, associate professor of economics, as well as other speakers from outside the university.
The speakers addressed some of the issues which raise objections among certain groups. These include the accusations that the WTO does nothing to curtail some nations from using labor practices such as minimal wages, poor working conditions and the use of child and prison labor; that the WTO does not enforce environmental standards or pay attention to the concern about genetically altered food products; and that the WTO is dominated by the interests of large corporations.
The organization, which is based in Geneva, was founded in 1995 to reduce global trade barriers, support free trade through various international agreements and resolve economic and trade disputes between nations. It includes 134 member countries.
Media Center wins Web site of the year award
PLU Library Media Services won the top prize as the national 1999 Web site of the year from the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC).
The prize was awarded during the consortium's annual conference, held in October in Burlington, Vt.
The Media Services site (http://www.plu.edu/~media) had been recently redesigned by a group of talented university people led by Patrick Seigler, multimedia librarian, and including Eugene Gatlin, multimedia developer, Lindsay Tomac '98, Web developer, and student Brad McKnight '99.
Seigler presented a paper at the conference, entitled "Developing User-Centered Multimedia Services: Strategies for Assessment, Planning and Change."
The CCUMC awards identify, evaluate and recognize outstanding Web sites in higher education and corporate media technology support services. There are separate awards in the university, college, community college and sustaining member categories. There also is the overall, best Web site of the year award, which was the one given to PLU.
PLU is finalist in national recycling award in education
Pacific Lutheran University was named a finalist in the educational category of the American Forest and Paper Association's (AF&PA) 1999 Best Paper Recycling awards.
The AF&PA awards program, which in 1999 celebrated its 10th anniversary, is a national endeavor which recognizes the best recycling programs in America with prizes and ceremonies. Finalists receive a plaque recognizing their contribution to paper recovery and recycling.
The prizes are awarded in various categories, including recycling programs in state or local governments, businesses, schools and educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. New this year was a federal government category open to any U.S. federal facility. More than 50 submissions were received for this year's contest.
There are several criteria that are measured when selecting the winners, and AF&PA is especially interested in paper collection programs that emphasize improving recovered paper quality. The winner in the educational category this year was Atlanta's Emory University.
PLU co-sponsors Washington family business awards
This year's Washington Family Business Award winners include construction, communication and animal feed businesses. Seven firms received the awards in November at an all-day educational forum co-sponsored by PLU's Family Enterprise Institute.
The seven winning firms were chosen from a pool of 19 finalists. More than 200 businesses from all corners of the state were nominated.
This year the National Family Business of the Year Award was presented to Absher Construction of Puyallup, the second year in a row a Washington state firm has won the national award.
The Family Enterprise Institute is affiliated with the PLU School of Business and offers educational programs, technical advisory services and policy analysis, as well as advocacy for family enterprise within the Pacific Northwest. It is an acknowledged leader in the family business arena.
Sponsors of the 1999 Washington Family Business of the Year Awards, in addition to the Family Enterprise Institute of PLU, include Clark Nuber, Exvere Inc., KeyBank, Herbert B. Jones Foundation, Laird Norton Trust Company, MassMutual and the Puget Sound Business Journal.
The five categories of prizes and the winners were: Small Business prize (fewer than 50 full-time employees), won by the Deeny Construction Company Inc. of Seattle, and the Mud Bay Granary of Olympia, Wash.; Medium Business prize (50 to 250 full-time employees), won by the Coast Management Company Inc., of Everett, Wash.; Large Business prize (more than 250 full-time employees), won by Windermere Real Estate, of Seattle; New Business prize (fewer than 10 years in the family), won by Kindred Communications of Bellevue, Wash.; and the Heritage Business prize (more than 50 years in the family), won by the Kroll Map Company Inc. of Seattle, and Woodworth & Company Inc. of Tacoma.
The firms were judged on their innovative business strategies and practices, performance, family and business links, contributions to community and industry, multi-generation family business involvement and longevity (the latter two criteria did not apply to new firms).
Psychology Professor Jesse Nolph leaves a legacy of commitment and care
By Laura Ritchie, Mooring Mast editor-in-chief
Long-time psychology professor Jesse Nolph died on Nov. 12 of heart-related complications. He was 57 years old.
Nolph, who began teaching at PLU in 1968, was described by colleague and philosophy department chair John Moritsugu as a "wide-ranging, liberally trained scholar." He had interests in the application of psychology as well as in theory, Moritsugu said, and was known as a caring professor who challenged his students to grow.
"Students felt that he was on their side," he said.
At the time of his death, Nolph was teaching a full class load, and was scheduled to teach three classes in spring 2000.
Psychology professor Christine Hansvick, who is currently on sabbatical, has taken on Nolph's social psychology class for the remainder of the semester.
"This is something I'm doing for him and for the students," she said.
Hansvick said she and fellow psychology professor Dana Anderson have talked with students in all of Nolph's classes.
"He put his students first," she said. "His first priority was his students, and he never lost sight of that. Sometimes people get a little tired of it, but not him."
Nolph was very intellectually capable of holding multiple concepts in his head and working with them at once, Hansvick said. "Students, I think, had to stand on their toes," she said.
Hansvick said Nolph likely had more students every term than any other professor in the department. Enrollment in his classes was always high, she said, even though many were not required courses.
Reprinted with permission of the PLU Mooring Mast
Two new regents named for three-year terms
Jeffrey L. Rippey '78 was named a university regent in October. He is the vice president of Columbia Management Company of Portland, Ore. Among his interests are coaching youth soccer and basketball at the Beaverton, Ore., School District, membership in the Portland Society of Financial Analysts, the Multnomah Athletic Club, the PLU Q Club and the Lutheran Family Services of Portland, where he lives. Rippey has two children.
Donald R. Morken '60 also joined the board of regents in October. He is president of Genessee Investments in Bellevue, Wash. He also serves as co-chair of the PLU Campaign Steering Committee. He also is chair of the National Campaign Committee of the Bellevue Athletic Club and lives in Woodinville, Wash. He is married to Wanda, and they have one child.
The President's Office also announced that the regents elected the following to be 1999-2000 board officers: Gary Severson, chair; Cynthia Edwards, vice chair; James Hushagen '70, '77, secretary; and Sheri Tonn, treasurer.
Associate Provost David Yagow will leave his position to become a senior lecturer in the department of religion at the end of July 2000. For the next three years, Yagow will pursue sabbatical study and part-time teaching before entering phased retirement in 2003. Yagow started work at the provost's office in 1976, while being a highly successful teacher of biblical studies. Provost Paul Menzel has formed a committee to decide on the structure of the position for Yagow's replacement and the search is expected to be announced in early January.
Patricia O'Connell Killen, professor of religion, received the 1999 St. Elizabeth Seton Medal for her extensive contributions to the field of theology as a theologian, author and lecturer. The medal was awarded by the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Sept. 30. A noted theologian, Killen has contributed to and written many articles concerning American religious and Catholic history. The St. Elizabeth Seton Medal was established in 1996 to recognize distinguished women in theology.
Andy Meyers '00 was named the 1999 Tom Pasternack Outstanding Tutor by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), an international organization dedicated to improving student learning. Meyers, who is majoring in mathematics, has been tutoring that subject for almost three years. The award was given to him during the CRLA national conference in New Orleans in November. The CRLA judged candidates for several qualities, including how a tutor's peers evaluated the tutor's work and the tutor's ability to help students improve their academic skills and self-esteem.
Tour of Holy Land and Egypt scheduled this spring
Walt Pilgrim, professor emeritus of religion, will lead a 12-day tour of the Holy Land and Egypt to celebrate the millenium. The tour runs from Feb. 19-March 1, 2000 with an optional five-day Nile cruise to Luxor and the temples (March 2-6). Call 253-582-9482 for more information.