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Taibhsear Jay Torgerson
plans Celtic festivities in April
Jay Scott Torgerson, in kilt, with
his fiancee, Chenoah Klinefetter '00, a psychology major
who is currently studying abroad in Spain.
The PLU campus this April is set to witness a weekend of Celtic Games.
These will include a mile-long race of men running in kilts, a contest
for the best kilt, a caber (long pole) toss, Celtic dances, food from
the Highlands, as well as other Celtic attractions.
The organizer of the games is PLU's student-run Celtic Club and the
brains behind them is the club's taibhsear, Jay Torgerson '00. "A
taibhsear is a vision seer or a vision poet," he explains. He is
the club's vice president.
Torgerson came to PLU from the Hillsboro, Ore., area and is of Scottish
ancestry on his mother's side. His father is of Norwegian descent.
When Torgerson wanted to take a semester of study abroad in the fall
of 1998, he went to Italy, because he had already been to Scotland.
While in Italy he traveled in France, Switzerland, Germany, England,
Belgium, Denmark, as well as throughout Italy.
At PLU he studies communications and religion. "Religion is my
passion and I want to become a professor of religion," he says.
While being a student, he works part-time at the help-desk of the student
computer lab in the University Center, as well as acts as the webmaster
of the communications department website.
During his stay in Italy, Torgerson studied Italian literature and photography
at the Richmond University in Florence. He already spoke German so "I
wanted to immerse myself in another language and culture," he explains.
A well-rounded person, one might say.
He went to Italy through a financial aid award "and the whole thing
did not cost me more than what I would have paid staying at PLU--except
for the gifts I brought back with me," he said.
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