30 Years of alumni dedication
late Jens Knudsen ’52 devoted over 8,000 hours to creating
a series of dioramas for the Point Defiance Aquarium.
In February 1973, Scene paid Knudsen a visit as he worked
on a scene depicting Cape Flattery.
much of the world measures success in terms of financial “bottom
line,” Lute successes, as detailed in Scene, are most often
measured in terms of service to the community.
profiles have included such standout Lutes as Maria-Alma Copeland
’79, the first African-American woman to be ordained in the
American Lutheran Church. The October 1985 Scene described her
journey toward this ground-breaking position, explaining how,
after 23 years of raising a family and working, Copeland felt
a calling to the ministry when her life was spared in a 1972
Alumnus Award winners are often recognized, not for their prestige
or power, but for their excellence in service. In 1975, Jens
Knudsen ’52 was honored for his accomplishments as a PLU biology
professor. He spent more than 8,000 hours producing a series
of dioramas for Point Defiance Aquarium, and raised more than
$6,000 (through sale of his freelance artwork) that he contributed
to the Minority Student Scholarship Fund. In 1985, Dr. Insu
Lee ’59 was honored for his work with the National Institute
of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, studying the
impact of chemicals such as Agent Orange. And in 1999, Beverly
Hatlen ’66 was honored for her work in public health and her
efforts in supporting young adults with learning disabilities.
the Mortvedt Library was constructed in 1967, building
architects gave the two-story structure enough strength
to support a third level at some point in the future.
By the mid-1980s, the library’s collections had outgrown
the first two floors. A third story was completed in 1987.
recent years, the Alumni Board created an additional Alumni
Service Award as a way of awarding those who live out PLU’s
mission ofeducating for lives of service. This award has honored
alumni such as Ron ’70 and Ingrid ’70 Gintz, recognized in 1999
for providing a home (since 1991) for 25 teenage boys who have
struggled with problems such as drug addiction, anger management,
conflict with their own parents and failure in school.
course, PLU also has graduated its share of alumni who have
been successful in the more traditional realms of leadership.
1996 Distinguished Alumnus Donald Morken ’60, the owner of Genesee
Investments, is known as one of the pioneers in the hedge fund
business. He is a sought-after speaker on investment topics,
and has been quoted numerous times in the Wall Street Journal
and Forbes Magazine.
alumni like Morken share their fellow Lutes’ dedication to service.
While Morken has been one of PLU’s most generous donors, his
devotion of time is even more impressive. He is a PLU regent,
a class representative, and a Q Club member. He was the National
Chairman of PLU’s “Make a Lasting Difference” campaign in the
1990s, and is currently a National Co-Chair of the Steering
Committee for “The Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University:
The Next Bold Step.” It was hard, almost impossible, to narrow
the gigantic list of captivating, touching and inspiring profiles
that have graced Scene’s pages. PLU should be most proud of
makes a habit of sharing interesting stories about current
students with its readers. In May 1978, the magazine profiled
five Lute football players who made it to television’s
“The Gong Show” as “The Non-Lettermen,” after discovering
they could sing at a team camp. Clockwise from left, the
“Non-Lettermen” included Mark Reiman ’79 (now the chair
of PLU’s economics department), Kris Morris ’80, Mike
Catron ’78, Mark Accimus ’80 and Phil Earley ’80.