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President Anderson elected vice chair of NAICU
PLU President Loren J. Anderson was elected to a one-year term as vice chair and chair-elect of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) at the association's 24th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last February. He will serve as NAICU's chairman for 2001-2002.

NAICU represents private, nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, and serves as the unified, national voice of independent higher education institutions. Founded in 1976, NAICU has more than 900 members.

"President Anderson brings to his position a wealth of experience in higher education management, and a thorough command of the issues affecting America's colleges and universities," said NAICU president David L. Warren.

"His leadership will be vital as we work with Congress, the White House, and the U.S. Department of Education on student aid funding, education tax benefits, and government regulatory matters this coming year."

Anderson received his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Concordia College, his master's degree in rhetoric and public address from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in communication theory and research from the University of Michigan. He also has participated in the Institute for Educational Management and the Seminar for New Presidents at Harvard University.

Anderson was elected to the position by NAICU's 44-member board of university presidents.


PLU students teach developmentally delayed students to swim

PLU students mentor developmentally delayed students
The sight of youngsters standing at a bus stop in the morning isn't out of the ordinary, except for one thing. This group of public school students is on its way to the pool at Pacific Lutheran University.

For the next hour they'll learn not only swimming basics, but life skills most of us take for granted: such as social etiquette and how to use public transportation.

This group, from the Franklin Pierce and Bethel School Districts of Washington state, is comprised of students with developmental delays, and the class is part of PLU's pilot physical education program. The program, developed by PLU Professor Mary Ann Kluge and Bethel's physical therapist Jan Galvin, is designed to provide PLU's PE majors with practical experience and to prepare the public school students to be as independent as possible.

Now in its 12th year, the program evolved from Kluge's belief in the therapeutic value of water. The program's goal, she explains, "is for university students to acquire attitudes of understanding for individuals with disabilities and to apply theoretical knowledge to a real-life setting."

University students who work one-on-one with the public school students, agree: the process is challenging. The biggest reward, says Brian Anderson '01, is "the smile that spreads across the student's face when he accomplishes a task."

Eric Kurle '92, now a Bethel high school teacher, attests to the program's benefits. Having trained in special education, he brings eight students to PLU's pool for lessons each Thursday.

Jay Reifel, Bethel School District's associate superintendent for community activities, says that the program is very beneficial because Bethel doesn't have a pool, because of safety issues, and PLU's program is valuable, especially for this particular student population. "They get lots of individual attention and it makes a difference. The program is very beneficial from the standpoint of their outlook on life."

Lecture halls, art galleries filled for millennium series
Lecture halls from Leraas to Chris Knutzen were filled almost to capacity during the recently completed Millennium Symposia-Arts Series. The well-attended events prompted Provost Paul Menzel to rate them as "the best attended lecture series we've had."

The fall lectures, designed to focus attention on academic contributions during the past millennium, featured PLU's own experts: Steve Starkovich speaking about "Timeless Questions of the Cosmos," Duncan Foley speaking about "Geology at the Leading Edge," Patricia O'Connell Killen speaking about "Religiousness in the 21st Century" and Peter Grosvenor speaking about "The Liberal Democratic Nation State in the Global Politics of the New Millennium."

Especially gratifying was that "we had the highest attendance of non-PLU audience at our own lectures," Menzel says. The spring lectures focused on the issue of diversity, a major facet of the 21st century, and included Vicki Ruiz speaking about "Latina Images," Rebecca Walker speaking about "Changing the Face of Feminism" and Quintard Taylor speaking about the "Racial Frontier."

"As a university," Menzel added, "we need to have more discussions about cutting-edge issues for the public; not just in classrooms."

Commenting on the millennium series' accompanying art show, Kathryn Sparks, director of the university's art galleries, says, "We had a good response to the millennium art exhibit. About a third of the featured artists took part in the opening reception. While we didn't count visitors, student monitors noted that there were a number of repeat visitors. We're looking at the possibility of hosting repeat exhibits featuring these artists' works on a regular basis" (see some of the millennium art show in Lawry Gold's art pieces).

Kent Kurrus
Kent Kurrus conducts the PLU jazz band
PLU's vocal jazz ensemble wins first place at renowned college jazz festival
Pacific Lutheran University's 15-member Park Avenue Vocal Jazz Ensemble won this year's first place in the college vocal large ensemble division at the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

The ensemble consisted of 12 vocalists, who were accompanied by students on the piano, string bass and percussion. Park Avenue's winning set featured Chick Corea's classic "Spain," Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," the traditional "Sweet Georgia Brown," as well as an arrangement by Bliss of Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar."

Approximately 17,000 students from around the United States and Canada attended the February festival, a 33-year tradition for the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton School of Music. In addition to colleges and universities, elementary through high school students participated in the event, which included concerts by more than 40 jazz artists as well as workshops by jazz masters.

ANAC discusses integration of liberal arts and professional studies
One-hundred-thirty members of the Association for New American Colleges (ANAC) gathered at the Pacific Lutheran University campus in early April for a three-day conference to discuss ways in which to integrate liberal arts and professional studies.

Of the group, 18 PLU faculty members, including Provost Paul Menzel, School of Arts Dean Kit Spicer, School of Business Dean Don Bell and School of Education Dean Lynn Beck, took part.

Conference subjects focused on exploring the philosophical traditions that have produced the current estrangement between liberal arts and professional programs and strategies to overcome the situation.

Keynote speaker Sheldon Rothblatt, professor of history at the University of California-Berkeley and visiting professor of the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, spoke about the historical development of the liberal and professional education traditions in the United States and about current efforts to re-integrate them.

PLU shares in Gates Foundation grant
PLU is sharing in a $1.6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to be used to expand a statewide program designed to involve elementary school students in math, science and engineering.

The gift also initiates a Washington Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement program (MESA) center, focusing on the needs of rural and tribal schools. Nearly $1 million of the gift will be used to establish integrated science and mathematics education in elementary schools, including curriculum development, teacher professional development and parent education.

Program sponsors include PLU, Washington State University, Gonzaga University, and the University of Washington. A major focus of the Gates Foundation is "helping to improve people's lives through health and learning."

Sankta Lucia Festival
Sankta Lucia festival celebrates 50 years at PLU
December 1, 2000, marks a special event in campus history when the Scandinavian Cultural Center (SCC) celebrates half-a-century of its Sankta Lucia festival.

This year, past 'Lucias' will join with the honoree of 2000 to mark the start of the Christmas season at Pacific Lutheran University.

More than 500 people will join in the event, which begins at Lagerquist Hall and proceeds to SCC for an evening of dancing, Swedish holiday foods and entertainment. "It's a great family event," says Susan Young, one of the coordinators of the traditional celebration. Watch for more information in the fall issue of Scene.

Campus vigil remembers immigrant killed by NY police
"Students, staff and community members, donning purple armbands and [carrying] white candles, gathered in Red Square [on a night, in early March] for a vigil honoring Amadou Diallo, a U.S. immigrant killed last year by New York police officers. A New York jury found the officers not guilt [in late February], sparking nationwide debate on police brutality and racism," wrote Jennifer Dillon '01, the assistant news editor of PLU's student newspaper, the Mooring Mast. "Almost 70 people showed up for the vigil, which used the example of Diallo's death to focus on the broader issues of racism and police brutality in the country," Dillon wrote. Among the speakers were Jason Hulen '01 of B.L.A.C.K.@ PLU and Ron Vignec, a former PLU campus pastor, Dillon reported.

Photo by Nisha Ajmani '02, the PLU Mooring Mast


Leon (Lenny) Reisberg Reisberg appointed dean of information resources
PLU's Associate Dean of Information Resources Leon (Lenny) Reisberg recently was appointed dean of information resources, effective until the summer of 2001.

Reisberg is responsible for the university's Mortvedt Library, and Computing and Telecommunication Services.

A member of the university's School of Education faculty since 1981, Reisberg served as chairman of Special Education and as associate dean of the School of Education prior to his promotion to the associate deanship last summer.

Reisberg received his B.S. in education from the University of Texas in 1972 and his Ed.D. from the University of Kansas in 1981.

"The efforts involved in combining telecommunications and library services under one umbrella are both very interesting and a challenging area for me," Reisberg says. "But the combination makes a lot of sense since both areas focus on the effective access and use of data and information."

Reisberg's goals are (1) to continue working with the library to improve electronic resource access for students and faculty; (2) to provide support for faculty who are interested in enhancing current classes with direct use of technology and (3) to help students develop the technological skills they will need after graduation, he says.

Jason Weber
Jason Weber
Keith Pranghofer
Keith Pranghofer
New ASPLU officers elected
The Associated Students of Pacific Lutheran University (ASPLU) announced in March that Jason Weber '01 was elected, by student vote, to be next year's ASPLU president. Keith Pranghofer '01 was elected vice president. Weber is from Tacoma and is majoring in business, Pranghofer is from Stanwood, Wash., and is pursuing a double major in chemistry and biology. According to PLU's student newspaper, the Mooring Mast, a total of 871 students voted in the election, which was held on March 7.

Professional journalists honor Mooring Mast
PLU's student newspaper, the Mooring Mast, has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for outstanding work in the society's annual Mark of Excellence college and university journalism competition.

The newspaper was recognized as the best weekly college or university newspaper in Region 10 of the society, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. According to Mast Editor-in-Chief Laura Ritchie, this means that PLU's student newspaper is one of the 12 best weekly college or university publications in the U.S.

In addition, several Mast staff members won individual awards in the society's com-petition. They include Andrew Bentz '01 for sports column writing, Paula Faas '00 for general column writing, Laura Ritchie '00 for editorial writing, and Eric Ruthford '01 for general news and feature reporting.

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