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Despite the chilly weather, 131 guests stayed warm, basking in the afterglow,
at the PLU Board of Regents banquet on Jan. 21, when they celebrated the
"illustrious achievements, energy and creativity," of PLU students,
according to Provost Paul Menzel.
The following groups were honored:
Computer science students win contest
- The football team, winners of the 1999 NCAA Division III national
championship (click here for more information).
- The volleyball team, PLU volleyball's first-ever Northwest Conference
championship. The team advanced to the regional semifinals in the
national tournament (click here
for more information).
- The mathematics modeling team, one of 10 teams to receive an outstanding
rating at the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
- The computer science team, placed 11th in the Pacific Northwest
at the regional competition of the International Association for Computing
Machinery Programming (click here
for more information).
- The ROTC Program, ranked first in the nation among 270 battalions
by the U.S. Army Cadet Command (click here
for more information).
Two teams represented PLU at the International Association for Computing
Machinery Programming Contest, where PLU's top team placed 11th in the
Pacific Northwest region. More than 2,000 teams from 70 countries competed
at 29 regional sites worldwide last fall. The first PLU team, Lute 1,
was composed of Christopher Ahna '00, Daniel Deogun '01 and Jiho Kim '01.
The Lute 2 team consisted of Amanda Leegard '00, Michelle Potter '00 and
Nathan Yocom '02. The Pacific Northwest regional contest, which was held
at Western Washington University, included college students from throughout
Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California and
PLU ROTC ranked first in the nation
PLU's 97-member ROTC program was ranked first in the nation among 270
battalions by the U.S. Army Cadet Command last December. Rankings were
based on the number of lieutenants produced, retention rate, cadet academic
and training performance, and number of students in the program.
"We have absolutely outstanding cadets," says Major Michael
Brouilette, PLU assistant professor of military science. "Our program
produced 25 lieutenants, which was well above other programs of our
size. We also are among the nation's leaders in the number of nurses,
with a total of 23."
PLU ROTC is a leader in scholarship money awarded. PLU gives more than
$1 million in scholarship money each year, which far exceeds the amount
given by other comparable programs nationwide. PLU is the host school
to six colleges-St. Martin's College, University of Puget Sound, Pierce
College, Tacoma Community College, Puget Sound Community College and
University of Washington-Tacoma.
Laura Klein receives Faculty Excellence Award
PLU anthropology Professor Laura Klein was honored in December with
PLU's 1998-99 University Faculty Excellence Award. At PLU since 1979,
Klein's research interests include social, cultural, political and medical
anthropology of native North Americans.
A rigorous and well-received teacher, Klein has developed many noteworthy,
innovative courses. Most recently she developed a course about "Native
American Health," and offered (with Louise Kaplan, PLU School of
Nursing) a J-Term course, "Navajo Culture and Health Care,"
taught on the Navajo Tribal reservation.
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
PLU students learn tribal ways at Neah Bay
In January, students from Professor David Huelsbeck's anthropology class
headed for the Pacific Coast to visit the Makah Tribe in the village
at Neah Bay, Wash.
PLU students chop wood at the Makah Tribal reservation.
After formal classes at PLU, where they studied the tribe's prehistory,
history and contemporary culture, the 16 students spent the remainder
of J-Term immersing themselves in the tribe's day-to-day activities
on the Makah reservation.
Students at the Makah Tribal reservation.
One aspect of the study was the service learning
component, focusing on contemporary tribal life, such as working with
the Women, Infants and Children, or Head Start programs, as well as
assisting with museum work.
The environmental aspect focused on hikes to the Ozette archaeological
site. In the afternoons, evenings and weekends, the students met with
experts on traditional and contemporary culture. They learned traditional
tribal arts, such as carving and basket-making; song and storytelling
traditions; and the traditional "sla-hal" bone game, before
Students teach prevention of sexual assault
"It is surprising that in this day and age there are students who
are still not aware of issues related to the reality of sexual assault,"
says Judy Mladineo, director of the PLU Women's Center.
Consequently, during the past year, Mladineo has organized a program
to train a group of volunteer students who, then, give educational presentations
to other students on campus. The group is called the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Education Team, SAPET.
So far, eight students have trained under SAPET, and they have given
over 20 presentations in 35 locations at student dorms on the PLU campus.
During Spring Semester, the team will take their message to off-campus
students, as well as administrative employees.
Of the eight students in the current group two are men. Currently there
are 10 other students who have expressed interest in taking part in
the next training session to join the team. Three of them are men.
Group members undergo 30 hours of training over five weeks at the Sexual
Assault Center in Pierce County. The training covers legal issues, the
myths and facts of sexual assault, the support of survivors of assault,
and issues related to alcohol abuse and rape.
PLU hosts Summer Scholars Program for the academically
Designed for academically-gifted children in grades 4-11, the new Summer
Scholars Program at PLU is the Northwest's only such combination of
residential, co-educational study. Students will trade in their TV time
for classes in fencing, rocket building, robotics, mock trials, creative
writing, magic, French culture and language, Internet links with an
archaeological dig in Cana, and dozens of other challenging subjects.
Besides the academic, cultural and recreational courses, evenings are
filled with fun performances and events, and weekends bring off-campus
The Summer Scholars Program replaces the Summer Institute for the Gifted
(SIG), continuing a gifted program that would serve the students in
the West. Modifications were made to reflect PLU's character and the
expressed needs of the youth in this area, and they are off and ready
for an excellent first program in 2000.
For more information and an application, contact Summer Scholars at
PLU, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA 98447; 253-535-8549; email
email@example.com, or visit the
website at www.plu.edu/~sumschol.
Over 200 children celebrate books on campus
More than 200 area youngsters made some new friends-Elmer, Curious George,
and Stella Luna-late last year. These children's book characters are
just a few they read about during PLU Bookstore's Children's Book Week
But the party isn't over, even though the formal celebration is held
only twice a year. Thanks to the efforts of Julie Wade '01, readings will continue year
'round. Although she has left for Spring Semester studies in England,
she laid down the groundwork for the program's continuation, ensuring
that other students will continue the reading momentum. Her one-woman
public relations campaign includes getting word out and recruiting reading
Instilling a love of reading in children is "close to my heart,"
Wade said, adding that her mother-a former reading specialist at the
Tukwila (Wash.) School District-instilled that appreciation in her "at
a young age." Wade is passing on the legacy. "I want to get
kids excited about reading," she said.
PLU presents Jazz Talk 2000 Workshop
Some of the Northwest's jazz greats met on campus for a memorable day
that included a jazz clinic and two concerts. The event, called Jazz
Talk 2000, took place on a Saturday, in early March, at the Mary Baker
Russell Music Center.
Jazz Talk 2000 is a continuation of Jazz Talk 1999, which was founded
by Don Immel, former director of jazz studies at PLU and the director
of the University Jazz Ensemble. It is supported by a $10,000 grant
from the Paul Allen Experience the Music Foundation. The program featured
Julian Priester, trombonist; Floyd Standifer, trumpeter; Marc Seales,
jazz pianist; Buddy Catlett, bassist; and Mark Ivester, percussionist.
Paul De Barros, author of "Jackson Street After Hours," was
the keynote speaker.
Experience the Music Foundation is a project of Microsoft Corporation's
co-founder Paul Allen, who earlier supported the PLU Mary Baker Russell
endowed scholarship fund. The Jazz Talk 2000 workshop was co-sponsored
by PLU and KPLU 88.5 FM.
New Scene editor and staff member
Bassam (Sam) Bishuti joined PLU in November as acting publications manager
in News and Information Services. He is the editor of Scene, and also
provides creative direction and content conception for other major university
publications and online Web presence. Before coming to PLU, Bishuti
worked at the Washington state House of Representatives and the University
of Puget Sound. He earned degrees in philosophy and English from the
University of Leeds (Leeds, England).
Nancy Covert joined PLU in December as media relations manager in News
and Information Services. She handles public relations and media relations
for the university and serves as the primary contact for local, regional
and national news reporters and editors. Previously, she was the public
information officer for the Town of Steilacoom, Wash., and coordinated
public relations for the Steilacoom Historical School District. She
earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Washington University
Winners of PLU's 1999 Distinguished Staff/Administrator Awards are Rebecca
Alexander, senior office assistant, Development; Barbara Fulkerson,
student financial aid administrator, Financial Aid; Kim LaRouche '97,
senior administrative assistant, Humanities; and Georgia Papacek, assistant
to the dean, Business Administration. Each received a $500 honorarium
and special recognition at the university's annual holiday luncheon
in December. PLU created the Distinguished Staff/Administrator Awards
to recognize outstanding contributions made by employees through their
accomplishments, leadership and service to the university and its community
members. The university selects up to four recipients each year.
Winners of PLU's 1999 Distinguished Staff/Administrator Awards, from
left, Kim LaRouche, Georgia Papacek, Barbara Fulkerson, and Rebecca
Many years of PLU employment
Following are faculty, administrators and/or staff members who this
year celebrate 25 or more years of employment at PLU. Each also was
recognized at PLU's annual holiday luncheon:
Shirley Aikin '71, '78, '96
Laura Polcyn '75, '79
David Dahl '60
Gary Minetti '67
Kerstin Ringdahl '82
Gavin nominations honor Morrison and
KPLU Music Director Nick Morrison was nominated by Gavin as "Jazz
Programmer of the Year." Sponsored by the Gavin Report, the highly
coveted recognition also was extended-for the 13th year in a row-to
KPLU, nominated for "Jazz Station of the Year." Gavin nominees
are selected by record companies, radio stations and other subscribers
of this national radio trade magazine. The other station nominees are
KCSM (San Mateo/San Francisco), KLON (Long Beach/Los Angeles), KUVO
(Denver) and WEAA (Baltimore).
To check out these new pages, add the following extensions to the PLU
home address (www.plu.edu) in your URL:
Center for Teaching and Learning (/~ctl)
Provides a fast connection to resources that support teaching, including
sections on current CTL events, technology, tips for new faculty, a
university calendar and grant information.
News and Information Services (/~newsinfo)
We've provided a staff section and links to a calendar of events, a
news release index and online versions of PLU Scene and Campus Voice.
QUEST library card catalog (/~libr/books/home.html)
provides indexing for more than 354,000 items in the PLU library collection.
South Hall (/~auxil)
Auxiliary Services is hosting a site to track the progress of South
Hall construction, a suite-style student apartment complex. It includes
floor plans, photos, tours and application information.
Patsy Maloney, assistant professor
of nursing, is the lead author and instructor of a series of school
nurse emergency management courses, which include student and instructor
manuals. "Managing School Emergencies I (Respiratory, Circulatory,
and Neurological Emergencies)" (1998); "Managing School Emergencies
II (Facial, Musculoskeletal, and Mental Health Emergencies)" (1999);
and the draft phase of "Managing School Emergencies III (Multiple
Trauma and Multiple Casualty Incidents)" (projected 2000). All
are published by the National Association of School Nurses.
Duncan Foley, associate professor of geosciences, published the
text and instructor's manual, "Investigations in Environmental
Geology: Second Edition," (Prentice Hall, January 1999) with Garry
D. McKenzie and Russell O. Utgard. The text focuses on geologic systems
and human interaction with them (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides,
snow avalanches, coastal hazards and river floods) with examples from
throughout the United States. It also discusses water and soil pollution,
illustrates the role that the geosciences play in our life-support system,
and considers future trends and global change.
Each book is available at the PLU Bookstore,
253-535-7665, where alumni receive a 10 percent discount.
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