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PLU 2010 on campus study phase begins
The study phase for the development of a new long-range plan began on campus this fall, after months of on-the-road town meetings to solicit the views of alumni and other friends on the university's future-from now until 2010 and beyond.
In September, the university's long-range planning committee established four teams to anchor the planning process. Faculty and administrative co-chairs will lead the four topic groups that have been charged with preparing background papers, leading discussions, holding forums, and preparing a final report. Commission co-chairs will select individual staff, administration and faculty to serve with them.
The study commissions include mission, identity and constituency; academic excellence and distinction; community; and fiscal strategy.
The commissions are scheduled to report back to the campus community in the spring and fall of 2001. The process will be completed in the spring of 2002 with the publication of the new long range plan, "PLU 2010: The Next Level of Distinction."
During the past year President Loren J. Anderson and a small group of PLU staff and administrators have been traveling the country to solicit the views of alumni and other friends of the university and to create a dialogue in the articulation of a vision for the future of the university. The results of these "town meetings" will form the foundation of the new long-range plan study phase.
ELCA global mission event held at PLU
A Lutheran event, with global implications, was held in July at Pacific Lutheran University. More than 600 people of all ages from across the country and the world attended the annual Global Mission Event of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This year's theme was "Pray in the Spirit at all Times."
Among the featured speakers were ELCA Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson from Chicago, Viola Raheb from Palestine, Dr. Mamy Ranaivoson and his family from Madagascar, and Rev. Philip Tan Sink Dark from Malaysia. Local youth activity leaders included Tom Weathers from the Spanaway Lutheran Church, Joanna Jacobson from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Tacoma, and Gary Petersen from the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Tacoma.
The Carmen and Zarco Guerrero family was one of several international groups of musicians to play at the ELCA event on the PLU campus in July.
A youth band from Ethiopia was one of the featured international groups of musicians. The Global University provided various cultural workshops and a Global Mission Festival featured international foods and entertainment.
The event was co-sponsored by Pacific Lutheran University and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. PLU's Director of Church Relations Pastor Rick Rouse '69 and Pastor G. Lee Kluth '69 were general coordinators of the three-day event.
PLU teams up with DonationDepot.com
According to a recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, online giving has become one of the 'hottest' Internet trends. This summer Pacific Lutheran University joined the charitable online community by teaming up with DonationDepot.com.
Donations to the university can now be made by accessing www.plu.edu/~deve, says Monica Hurley '94, development director for major gifts at PLU. The contract was signed in June, and the site was operating at the end of July.
DonationDepot.com, a Tacoma-based company, was started by PLU graduate Brandon Fix ’95 with partner Matt Ashworth ’95 (see an article about the venture in the Summer 2000 issue of Scene).
PLU joined the growing list of Donation Depot clients "because it provides alumni, parents and friends with an alternate way of making gifts to the university," Hurley said.
"It's great to partner with Donation Depot, not only because of their PLU affiliation, but because they have been very forthcoming about their business plans and their business approach," Hurley added.
PLU hosts international Buddhist-Christian studies conference
PLU hosts international Buddhist-Christian studies conference
Experts in Buddhist and Christian Studies met this summer at Pacific Lutheran University for the sixth international conference of the Society for Buddhist-Christian studies.
Held in August, the conference featured presentations, papers and sessions in Buddhist and Christian traditional practice. Topics included "The Nonviolent Struggle for Economic and Social Justice"; "Consumerism and Ecology in Buddhist and Christian Perspective"; and "Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on the Earth Charter."
Plenary speakers included Rita M. Gross, professor of religious studies of the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire; Daniel C. Maguire, professor of religion at Marquette University; Stephen Rockefeller, professor emeritus of Middlebury College; and Virginia Straus, executive director of the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century.
Jazz and summer stars shine at PLU
Frank Seeberger (guitar) and Wayne Bliss (string bass) play during their July 27 jazz concert at PLU.
The Bill Ramsay Trio, a group of renowned jazz musicians, opened PLU's outdoor music series, "Jazz Under the Stars," this summer. The trio was one of six groups in the outdoor music program at the Mary Baker Russell Amphitheater.
After the program, concert goers engaged in some stargazing at PLU's new Keck Observatory. The concerts were offered free to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of Starbucks Coffee. KPLU was a co-sponsor.
In addition to the Bill Ramsay Trio (saxophone, piano and guitar), the jazz groups playing in the series included the Cliff Colon ('01) Quartet (saxophone, piano, bass and drums); the FWM group, featuring Wayne Bliss (string bass), Frank Seeberger (guitar), and Mark Yeend (drums); the piano of Mark Seales; Greg Fulton's Nudge Nudge Trio (guitar, bass and drums); and the Greg Schroeder Trio.
Rainbow of Gifts holds annual event on campus
Lyle Quasim '73 was the keynote speaker at the third annual Rainbow of Gifts program that was held at PLU this summer.
Approximately 70 young people attended the five-day event at the end of July and the beginning of August. The gathering was named "Leading, Following, Serving, Celebrating . . . Together." It was designed to provide the youngsters with opportunities to experience the "richness of diversity in cultures," according to the program's literature.
Sponsored jointly by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and PLU, the program included ethnomusicologist Alison Bondy, who spoke about the textures of world music, as well as storytelling, ethnic food sampling, and other events involving religious worship, art and drama.
The youths also participated in a service project at Washington's Nisqually Reservation and the program concluded with an ecumenical service at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Fruit festivals sweeten PLU’s summer
The Gentlemen Jugglers entertain the PLU community in June.
On three summer days PLU students, staff, and other community members enjoyed fresh strawberries, raspberries, and peaches. The events were the annual fruit festivals held in Red Square on the PLU campus.
Aside from the wonderful dessert, the other popular attraction of each festival was the entertainment.
The fruit festival on June 21 featured strawberries, ice cream, lemonade, and coffee. More than 200 people attended this function. Visitors enjoyed tasty strawberry shortcake and an act performed by the Gentleman Jugglers. An a cappella group, The Coats, sang at the July 26 festival. Raspberries, scones, ice cream, and beverages were served to everyone who visited PLU on the warm summer day. The final fruit festival of the summer was on August 16. As in the previous festivals, ice cream, and beverages were served with peaches as the selected fruit. Entertainment included an acrobatic group, called Tesseract, as well as Castro the Magician.
The festivals were co-sponsored by PLU Food Service and the Office of Summer Studies.
Nicest champs around!
Sports Illustrated, one of the top sports magazines in the U.S., featured PLU’s NCAA Division III champion football team in a three-page article in its Aug. 14 issue on College Football 2000. The article emphasized the loving attitude of the footballers toward each other and the gentle touch of Frosty Westering in coaching the “nicest team in football.”
Choir of the West performs “Mass for a New Millennium”
At its final concert of the academic year on May 13, the Choir of the West performed the "Mass for a New Millennium," a piece composed by PLU music Professor Richard Nance. The work expanded on his most recent composition, "Credo."
New movements in the mass included Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus and Agnus Dei. The concert also was the final event in PLU's Millennium Symposia-Art Series. It was directed by music Professor Richard Sparks.
Bergen Male Chorus sings on campus
The 47-member Bergen Male Chorus, the Bergen Mannskor, sang at Pacific Lutheran University in May, during a whirlwind tour of the Pacific Northwest.
The chorus was organized in the fall of 1998 and is one of Norway's leading male choruses. In the summer of 1999 it placed second in the annual competition "Sing for Us," Class A Division.
The chorus maintains a highly active performance schedule and collaborates with professional musicians throughout the year. Its repertoire includes selections from Norway's national romantic period as well as sacred and popular music. It is directed by Trine Daviknes.
Japanese TV audiences watch commencement
Accompanied by family members, Sayuri Kida walks to her graduation under the watchful video of Japanese TV.
Video footage of PLU's May 2000 graduation was shown on Japanese television this summer. A Japanese crew was on campus to film the graduation of senior Sayuri Kida.
Kida, an art major, is great-granddaughter of Isaku Nishimura, founder of the Bunka Gakuin, a private Tokyo university that was established in the 1920s
Heavily influenced by Western culture, Nishimura's liberal outlook was out of step with the conservative public culture of that era. According to Kida, he was instrumental in hiring the country's top poets, painters and writers to join the university faculty.
William Teska assumed the role of associate provost in July. He also will be teaching biology classes at PLU, beginning in the fall semester. Teska was a professor of biology at Furman University in South Carolina. He replaced David Yagow who had been at the Provost's Office since 1976 and is taking up new duties as senior lecturer at PLU's Religion Department.
Jeff Jordan was appointed to the position of associate dean of campus life at PLU in June. The appointment accompanies an organizational change in the Division of Student Life. Auxiliary Services, directed by Mark Mulder, will include the Bookstore and PLU Northwest. The golf course and Dining Services, directed by Erin Sigman, will be a separate entity.
James Plourde joined the staff of the Office of Development and University Relations in June. As development director of major gifts and regional campaign coordinator, Plourde will coordinate campaign programs in 30 regions of the country. These meetings are designed to move the Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University: The Next Bold Step into a public phase. Plourde has extensive expertise in public relations and foundation work, having worked at Charles Wright Academy and the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma.
LAURA POLCYN ’74, ’79
Laura Polcyn '74, '79, PLU's vice president for admissions, was awarded an honorary associate degree from Tacoma Community College (TCC) on June 15. Polcyn is a TCC graduate and, for more than 25 years, has volunteered on the college's Vocational Program Advisory Committees.
Patricia Roundy, AURA program director and associate director of advising, was the recipient of the 2000 Outstanding Advisor Award by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The association began in 1977 as a nonprofit organization to promote "excellent academic advising and outstanding professional development." The National Awards Program was established in 1983 to honor individuals who significantly contribute to improving academic advising.
One of Tumbusch’s winning photos
In June, Chris Tumbusch, associate director of photo services, received two prestigious awards at the 39th Annual Technical Symposium of the University Photographers' Association of America, an international organization that recognizes superior photographic skills at colleges and universities. More then 200 photographs of college life scenes were submitted for critiquing. For the second year in a row in the two-year-old competition, Tumbusch won the Fuji New Approach Award for most innovative photograph. He also won first place in the print competition for personal vision category. A team of university photographers from the United States and Canada selected the winning photographs. One of Tumbusch's winning photos is shown.
Robert Ericksen, associate professor of history, is the co-editor of "Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust" (Fortress Press, 1999), a collection of articles that discuss the German church's relationship with the Nazi regime and frequent "complicity" in Nazi actions. The volume contends that German churches played a far more important role in Nazi atrocities than has previously been documented.
Mark Reiman, associate professor of economics, is the author of a software manual for the EVIEWS econometric analysis program that will accompany the second edition of "Undergraduate Econometrics" (John Wiley and Sons, 2000). Reiman is also the author of CD-ROM and Java software supplements to the eighth edition of Rudiger Dornbusch, et. al.'s "Macroeconomics" (McGraw-Hill, 2000).
K.T. Tang, professor of physics, is the co-author of "Asymptotic Methods in Quantum Mechanics: Applications to Atoms, Molecules and Nuclei" (Springer, 2000), a volume in the Springer Series in Chemical Physics. Tang's book describes the general properties of wave functions, with a specific emphasis on asymptotic behavior, or the way wave functions in the outer regions of atoms, molecules and nuclei behave.
Each book is available at the PLU Bookstore, 253-535-7665, where alumni receive a 10 percent discount.