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The-Rankings-Are-In banquet
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:
  • 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).
Computer science students win contest
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 western Nevada.

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 recipients.

PLU students learn tribal ways at Neah Bay
PLU students chop wood at the Makah Tribal reservation.
PLU students chop wood at the Makah Tribal reservation.
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.
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.
PLU students at the Makah Tribal 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 playing it.

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 gifted
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 trips.

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 sumschol@plu.edu, 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 Celebration.

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 volunteers.

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.

Published Corner

New Scene editor and staff member introduced
Bassam Bishuti
Sam Bishuti
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
Nancy Covert
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 in 1978.

Distinguished Staff/Administrator Awards
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
Winners of PLU's 1999 Distinguished Staff/Administrator Awards, from left, Kim LaRouche, Georgia Papacek, Barbara Fulkerson, and Rebecca Alexander.

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:

25 years
Shirley Aikin '71, '78, '96
Michiko Furnish
David Hansen
Laura Polcyn '75, '79
Kitty Ricketts
Wallace Spencer
30 years
Paul Benton
David Dahl '60
Richard Jones
David Keyes
David Robbins
Dorothy Snyder
Paul Webster

35 years
Gary Minetti '67
Kerstin Ringdahl '82

40 years
George Arbaugh
Stewart Govig
Calvin Knapp
Sandra Knapp

Gavin nominations honor Morrison and KPLU
Nick Morrison
Nick Morrison
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)
QUEST 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.

Published Corner

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
Duncan Foley
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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