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meetings spark 2010 vision
The development of a new
long-range plan for the university began last year with a series
of town meetings in 24 locations from Hong Kong and Helsinki to
Portland and Phoenix with 1,400 alumni, parents and friends of the
From the written record of the town
meetings and follow-up material submitted by participants, the
major themes held to be central to the future of PLU included:
the centrality and importance of the liberal arts, the university’s
Christian/ Lutheran heritage, the future importance of technology,
the importance and impact of international study, and more one-on-one
In addition, constituents encouraged
the university to maintain and strengthen its commitment to inclusiveness,
build more programming to connect with graduates and continue
its commitment to cocurricular activities.
Based in part on these recommendations,
four on-campus planning groups have been charged with preparing
background papers, leading discussions and holding forums. These
commissions will to report to the campus community in the spring
and fall of 2001. The process will be completed in the spring
of 2002 with the publication of the new long-range plan, PLU 2010:
The Next Level of Distinction.
Reflecting on the long-range planning
process, President Loren J. Anderson said, “There are quite literally
thousands of people who care about the university, who share our
dreams for the future and are cheering us on our way. We must
continue to build a university fully engaged in the future; a
university that embraces technology, emphasizes international
study, celebrates inclusiveness, demands excellence, and through
it all, calls students to lives of faithful service.”
Norweigan Red Cross president
Thorvald Stoltenberg (center) meets with students after
leader speaks of peace, democracy
One of Norway’s
most influential peace negotiators gave the annual Bjug Harstad
Memorial Lecture this fall.
former foreign minister of Norway and current president of the
Norwegian Red Cross, met with students, faculty, staff, members
of the Scandinavian Cultural Center and the public before his
talk. They were eager to shake hands and take photographs with
the man who has spent his life working for world peace.
are more democracies in the world than ever before, Stoltenberg
said the change has resulted in more crime, mob activity and drug
trafficking in some areas. In countries with new free markets,
people are losing their jobs.
people wonder if the choice is between democracy and order, we
choose order,” he said.
to Stoltenberg, there is a way to maintain both democracy and
peace, and world organizations such as the United Nations and
NATO are an important part of that. The week of his visit to PLU,
Norway won a hard-fought battle for a seat on the UN Security
is best known for his role as United Nations peace negotiator
in the former Yugoslavia from 1993- 1996. He also served in the
UN as high commissioner for refugees, and ended his political
and diplomatic career as Norway’s ambassador to Denmark.
established the Harstad lecture in memory of PLU’s founder and
first president, Bjug Harstad. His family created an endowment
to fund the lecture series and help carry out Harstad’s wish that
Scandinavian Americans not lose touch with their ancestral culture
Collection awarded grant
University archivist Kerstin Ringdahl ’82 and the Scandinavian
Immigrant Experience Collection have been awarded a $49,116 grant.
The grant, given by the Washington State Library, is part of the
Digital Images Initiative 2000 grant cycle, sponsored by the Federal
Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project is supported
by the Manuscripts, Special Collections, University Archives Division
of the University of Washington Libraries, and will give online
access to Scandinavian manuscripts, oral histories and organizational
records at both universities through www.plu.edu/~archives/sie/sieindex.html.
Work on the project began Oct. 1, 2000 and will be completed Aug.
Pacific Lutheran University is number nine on the list of Top
Western Universities in the 2001 edition of the U.S. News and
World Report guidebook, “America’s Best Colleges.”
and articles from the book are available from U.S. News Online
at www.usnews.com. The rankings also appeared in the Sept. 11
issue of U.S. News.
were based on academic reputation, retention, graduation rate,
faculty resources (including class size), student selectivity,
financial resources, alumni giving rate, and other similar factors.
PLU tied for
the ninth spot with St. Mary’s College of California and Whitworth
College (Wash.). PLU remains the only Northwest university to
be listed in all of the U.S. News best college surveys since they
began in 1983.
The U.S. News
ranking is only one indicator that students and families should
use in choosing a college, according to Laura Polcyn ’75, ’74,
vice president for Admissions & Enrollment Services at PLU.
“We hope that
prospective students will use the rankings as a motivation to
get out and visit the colleges they are considering,” Polcyn said.
“There is nothing better than a campus visit to get a firsthand
impression of the welcoming, supportive and challenging climate
that exists at PLU. We welcome students to experience it for themselves
before they make a college choice.”
Kristy Van Nostran ’03 speaks
as Governor Gary Locke looks on.
honors PLU Promise Scholars
his own struggles to pay for college, Gov. Gary Locke honored
more than 150 outstanding PLU freshmen and sophomores who earned
are available to high-achieving students from low- and middle-income
families. Locke believes the scholarships are important because
they allow talented, hard-working students from working families
to get an education at the school of their choice—including a
said he understood why so many scholars would choose PLU.
“It’s a great
institution and a great center of learning,” he said.
At the October
reception, he congratulated the students on their accomplishments
and thanked their parents and teachers for helping them on their
Kristy Van Nostran ’03 thanked Locke on behalf of students earning
scholarships, and the Rev. Ronald Kempe, whose daughter Katherine
’03 attends PLU, discussed how it helps parents send their children
“We are pleased
and honored that so many of the state’s top scholars chose to
attend Pacific Lutheran University,” PLU President Loren Anderson
recipient of John C. Schramm Leadership Award
garners highest honor
Don Wentworth, professor of economics and education, received
the highest award given in economic education: the John C. Schramm
by the National Council on Economics Education and the National
Association of Economic Edu-cators, the annual award recognizes
an educator who shows leadership at the state and national level,
works to expand the role of economic education, and establishes
programs that increase the quality and quantity of education and
has written numerous articles and designed much of the curricula
used at all levels throughout the country. He serves as economic
education adviser to the environmental think-tank Political Economy
Research Center in Bozeman, Mont., and is a recognized expert
on issues of economic education throughout the country.
who has been with the university since 1972, accepted the award
at the national NCEE/NAEE con-vention in Savannah, Ga., in October.
Choir of the West releases “Millennium” CD
The new recording by The Choir of the West—PLU’s premier choral
ensemble— is now on sale.
a New Millennium” fea-tures the title work composed by PLU’s own
Richard Nance, associate professor of music.
The CD also
includes live performances from the Northwest Conference of the
American Choral Director’s Association and a joint concert of
the Choir of the West and Choral Arts Northwest. Both are conducted
by Dr. Richard Sparks, PLU’s director of choral activities.
contact the PLU Bookstore at 1-800-727-5566 or 253-535-7665 or
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Compact discs are $15 each, $13 each for
two or $12 each for three or more.
welcomes new editor and writer
DREW BROWN joined PLU in September 2000 as Publications
Manager. Along with being editor of Scene, he also oversees production
and content development for several University Communication projects.
Drew received his BA in English from the University of Puget Sound
and his MA in English from Kansas State University. He has taught
college courses in Expository Writing and Interactive English,
been a Creative Writing Department Liaison for the KSU Beach Museum
of Art, worked as an editor, and tutored students at both the
high school and college levels.
HEDLAND ’88 recently became Director of PLU News and Information.
She has been a reporter and editor since earning her degree in
communication at PLU in 1988. Most recently, Katherine was the
night city editor at the Eastside Journal in Bellevue, Wash. She
handles media relations and writes for Scene along with other
GOODNOW ’75 of Bellevue, is in an at-large position.
Principal owner of The Goodnow Group, she is on the PLU Campaign
Steering Committee and the executive board of directors for
Q Club. She also serves on the board of advisers for TraceDetect
Corp., in the student-mentoring program for the Kennedy School
at Harvard University and as a member of Northwest Venture
LONG ’84 of Bellevue served the Board of Regents
from 1989-97, and has returned to represent the ELCA. Co-founder
of Long Painting Co. and Swift Equipment Co., she is co-chair
of the Capital Campaign steering committee and is a member
of Q Club. She is also a board member of Marymoor Museum of
Eastside History and St. Andrew’s Housing Group, and is an
active member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
PHILLIPS ‘55 of Mercer Island also represents the
ELCA. She was hired as the first nurse at the University of
Washington, and is now retired and a member of the University
of Washington Retirement Association. A native of Ritzville,
Washington, she is a member of the National Wheat Association,
Washington Wheat Association, Washington State Potato Commission,
Q Club, and Holy Trinity Church.
WELLS, bishop for the
Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod and Spokane resident, represents
the bishops and the ELCA. Before being elected as bishop this
past spring, Bishop Wells served five years as executive director
of Holden Village, a center for the renewal of persons and
the Church, located in the Central Washington Cascades near
Lake Chelan. His connections to PLU are strong—he and his
wife, Susan Briehl, served eight years as campus pastors.
They have two daughters and are members of St. Marks Lutheran
BENSON, assistant professor of history, is the
author of a chapter titled “Consumers Are Also Soldiers:
Subversive Songs from Nanjing Road During the New Life Movement”
in the book “Inventing Nanjing Road: Commercial Culture
in Shanghai, 1900-1945,” edited by Sherman Cochran (Cornell
University East Asia Series, 1999). The chapter argues that
retailers in 1930s Shanghai incorporated the mili-tant,
anti-capitalist rhetoric of Chiang Kai-shek’s New Life Movement
into their advertising campaigns by recasting consumers
as soldiers who served the nation by shopping. In effect,
their efforts to build a consumer society not only inspired,
but also swamped, a state-sponsored political campaign.
associate professor of English and director of the publishing
and printing arts program, is the author of “Beauty and the
Book” (Yale University Press, 2000), a cultural history of
the post-World War I publishing boom in fine editions. Buyers
of these deluxe editions were often critics of modern mass
culture, satisfying their desire for social distinction and
cultural superiority—in addition to their aesthetic ideals—by
purchasing these books. Benton explains, however, that fine
bookmaking embodied some troubling ambiguities as bookmakers
were unwilling to compromise with machinery, popular taste
or the bottom line.
O’CONNELL KILLEN, professor of religion, is a co-author
of “The Catholic Experience of Small Christian Communi-ties”
(Paulist Press, 2000). The book is the largest empirical study
of small faith communities in the Roman Catholic Church ever
undertaken. Killen and her co-authors explain the attraction
of these groups to people of various ages, and report on the
attitudes and practices of members on a range of religious
and social issues. The authors also suggest ways that small
faith communities function as a venue for the formation of
Catholic life and practice that bridges mid-20th-century ethnic
communities to the post-modern world of the 21 st century.
Killen is also the author of a chapter titled “The Irish in
Washington State” in “The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America”
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2000). This article surveys
the history of the Irish in what is today’s Wash-ington State,
and shows how the experience of the Irish here cannot be explained
using the dominant interpretive categories of Irish-American
history—neighborhood, parish, and union.
MILTON, visiting assistant professor of political
science, is the author of “The Rational Politician: Exploiting
the Media in New Democracies” (Ashgate Publishing, 2000).
Milton examines the role and status of the news media during
the transition to democracy in post-communist East Central
Europe. He finds that efforts to free the media from the ties
that bound them (to the state) were often thwarted by political
actors seeking to exploit the media for their own ends.