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-- Leadership & Service --
School of Education benefits from generosity of Diana Pederson '83 in honoring her grandparents

Diana Pederson Diana Pederson '83, left, receives thanks and congratulations from President Loren J. Anderson at the Q Club Banquet last spring.

By Laurel Willoughby, Editor

It's a fine thing to want to honor your grandparents' memory with an endowed scholarship, but it's a whole new ballgame when, as a young person, you have the resources to do so.

Diana Pederson '83, a program manager at Microsoft, was able to realize her dream late last year when two of her generous monetary gifts were matched by her employer, together creating the Arne and Gloria Pederson Endowed Scholarship in Education.

During his time at PLU, faculty emeritus Arne Pederson '46, '48, '56 served as acting dean of the School of Education and established the requirement that all general methods class students would be assigned to multicultural, poverty-stricken or racially impacted classrooms for a semester of classroom experience. Among other things, Gloria (Rummer '42) Pederson ran a Scandinavian gift shop for many years and helped start PLU's renowned Yule Boutique.

"I have a lot of respect for what my grandfather did for the School of Education and for my grandmother's involvement in the community," Pederson said. "I am pleased to be able to recognize them in this way for their decades of service to PLU, their community, and the Pederson family."

Not long into 1999, Pederson also funded the School of Education with a "smart classroom," furnished with such items as a projection system, laptop computers, and additional technology and media equipment. The smart classroom will allow education students to experience how technology can be leveraged for teaching.

"I'm excited to see the technological advances PLU has implemented, thus making sure all residence hall rooms are wired for the Internet," said Pederson. "I'm glad to be part of that effort."

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