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First Annual Brian C. Olson Memorial Golf Classic
Family and friends of Brian Olson at the first annual tournament
friends of Brian Olson at the first annual tournament On a warm,
sunny first day of June in Boise, Idaho, 128 friends, colleagues
and family members of the late Brian C. Olson ’83, teed off at
Ban Bury Golf Club to honor his memory, and to raise money for
both the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) and a trust fund
established for Brian’s sons, Daniel, 9, and Benjamin, 5.
by many local companies, the tournament raised $29,000 for MSTI
education and screening for colorectal cancer and $5,700 for the
trust fund. The fundraiser included a silent auction and lunch
and was covered in the local media by Boise NBC affiliate KTVB.
was grateful for the efforts.
an awesome individual. He was truly loved,” said his mother, Clarene
Johnson ’56. “Brian had a servant’s heart, and cared about people.
This is a wonderful thing his friends have done to honor that.”
’57, Brian’s father, also attended the event. Bob said he was
overwhelmed by the response of the community.
“It was very
touching to see how many people came out to honor Brian and raise
money for this great cause,” he said. “We knew how much he enjoyed
the community, but the outpouring of emotion and support from
his friends and co-workers was so special. We know they really
loved and miss him too.”
on the golf tournament organizing committee along with Brian’s
mother and father were his brothers David Olson ’83, Knut Olson
’90, as well as Mary (Boyd ’81) Olson and Todd Kraft ’84. Golfers
included Robert Pedersen ’70 and Chris Jones ’76.
annual Brian C. Olson Memorial Golf Classic is scheduled for June
7, 2002, in Boise, Idaho.
of colon cancer on Nov. 28, 2000, at age 39. He was an avid supporter
of PLU and the Alumni Board, including serving as its president,
since 1991. For information about colorectal cancer, visit www.preventcancer.org/colorectal.htm
and jazz mingle at PLU
OPENING NIGHT: The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra kicks off Jazz Under the Stars.
University invited the public to hear great music at its outdoor
amphitheater, then view the stars at its state-of-the-art W.M.
Keck Observatory. The Jazz Under the Stars program kicked off
the first of six concerts in mid-July with a performance by the
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra. Featuring high intensity jazz,
tight harmonies and a lush, dynamic sound, the group showcased
the skills of some of the leading women jazz artists in the Pacific
Northwest. Numbers included blistering blues, progressive and
mainstream jazz, bebop standards, swing, Latin and funk grooves.
concert, Keck Observatory was open for a public stargazing. Complimentary
star charts were distributed at each performance. The observatory
on lower campus has a 16-inch reflecting telescope and five 8-inch
telescopes used to track and photograph asteroids for research.
The free concerts,
sponsored by Starbucks Coffee, KPLU, the music department and
Summer Sessions, were held in the amphitheater outside the Mary
Baker Russell Music Building. David Joyner, PLU’s director of
jazz studies, emceed most of the concerts. Performances included
tenor sax Chuck Stentz (with David Joyner, Wayne Bliss, Maria
Joyner), the Ryan Taylor Trio, Bill Ramsay, FWM (Wayne Bill and
Frank Seeberger) and Jay Thomas.
authors highlight Fall Lecture Series
Robert N. Bellah will kick off the 2001 Fall Lecture Series
Robert N. Bellah
will kick off the 2001 Fall Lecture Series PLU has announced the
speakers for this year’s Fall Lecture Series.
“We have a
unique group this year,” said Paul Menzel, Provost. “They are
all very sought-after speakers.”
25, Robert N. Bellah will present, “The Vocation of a Christian
University in a Globalized World.” The event is this year’s Heather
Koller Memorial Lecture, and will be held at Chris Knutzen Hall
at 7:30 p.m. Bellah, eminent professor of sociology emeritus at
the University of California-Berkeley, is the author of “Habits
of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life”
and “The Good Society.” Bellah is also the recipient of the National
Humanities Medal in 2000.
As a part
of the 2001 National Conference on Religion and Science, John
Polkinghorne will present “Cosmology: Mind and Purpose Behind
the University” on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Polkinghorne, a professor
of mathematical physics and cosmologist at the University of Cambridge,
is the author of “The Quantum World” and “Reason and Reality.”
Also the author of “The Faith of a Physicist,” Polkinghorne has
had a longstanding intellectual interest in the relationship of
science and theology.
The 2001 Conference
on Religion & Science will be conducted in interactive distance
video with Princeton Theological Seminary. Polkinghorne’s 4 p.m.
talk at the Columbia Conference Center is free to all with a PLU
ID or any student ID. For others the afternoon conference fee
is $10. The teleconference segment, an address by theologian Wentzel
van Huyssteen, emanates from Princeton at 2 p.m.
Raphael Lemkin Lecture will be given by Mahmood Mamdani 7:30 p.m.,
Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Scandinavian Cultural Center. Mamdani
is the author of a noted recent book on genocide in East/Central
Africa, “When Victims Become Killers.” The endowed Raphael Lemkin
Lecture is given annually at PLU on some historical or contemporary
dimension of genocide.
Woodward will present, “The Faces of Shame,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 30, in the Nordquist Lecture Hall, Xavier Hall. Dr. Woodward
is director of the Walter Simpson Center for the Humanities and
professor of English at the University of Washington-Seattle.
She is the author of numerous books, including “Aging and Its
Discontents: Freud and Other Fictions” and the forthcoming “Circulating
Anger and Other Feelings.”
will present, “Chimpanzee Gestural Language: Implications for
Darwinian Realities and Cartesian Delusions,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 7, at the Scandinavian Cultural Center.
professor of psychology and director of the Chimpanzee and Human
Communication Institute at Central Washington University. He has
been a part of Project Washoe since 1967. His book, “Next of Kin,”
was named one of The 100 Best Books of 1997 by both the Los Angeles
Times and Publisher’s Weekly.
For more about
the Fall Lecture Series, go to encore!
announces promotions, faculty appointments
PLU announced promotions and new faculty appointments for the
2001-2002 academic year. According to Paul Menzel, provost, there
were 17 tenure track appointments: 12 are women, and three of
those women are in academic fields usually lacking female candidates.
with the increasing gender diversity,” Menzel said “Our numbers
are very good, compared to other schools. We’re also happy about
the different training and experiences the new faculty will bring
The new faculty
appointments are as follows in the Division of Humanities: Claudia
Berguson, visiting instructor of Norwegian; Kathlyn A. Breazeale,
assistant professor of religion; Janet Besserer Holmgren, visiting
assistant professor of German; Maria J. Lightner, visiting instructor
of Spanish; Paul Manfredi, Instructor of Chinese; Deborah A.
Miranda, Assistant Professor of English; Solveig C. Robinson,
visiting assistant professor of English; Marit Trelstad, assistant
professor of religion; Helen T. Williams-Ginsberg, visiting assistant
professor of French.
appointments in the Division of Natural Sciences are: Charles
Anderson, professor of chemistry; Grayson L. Capp, visiting professor
of Chemistry; Donald E. Lacky, visiting assistant professor of
mathematics; Jessica K. Sklar, assistant professor of mathematics;
Matthew J. Smith, assistant professor of biology; Jeffrey L. Stuart,
associate professor of mathematics; Ying Tang, assistant professor
of computer science.
appointments in the Division of Social Sciences are: Veeda Gargano-Ray,
visiting assistant professor of anthropology; Kelly Goedert, assistant
professor of psychology; Michelle Ceynar Rosell, assistant professor
of psychology; Priscilla Anne St. Clair, assistant professor of
of Business adds Surjit S. Chhabra as visiting assistant professor
of business and Fern Zabriskie, who received the appointment as
Zulauf Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business.
of Education appoints Matthew Barritt as assistant professor of
education and Mardean Francis as visiting assistant professor
of Nursing appointed Marilyn Newcomer Culp, Martha A. Driessnack
and Bernadine K. Flynn as assistant professors of nursing. Emily
B. Mize was hired as clinical assistant professor and recruitment,
admission, and progression coordinator for the graduate program
of nursing. The School of Nursing is also welcoming Gerd Melsaeter,
dean of the Oslo College of Nursing, Norway, as their visiting
PLU welcomes three visiting international scholars from China:
Lirong Pang, professor of Chinese language; Xuehong Tang as administrator
and lecturer for international programs; and Chenguang Chang as
an associate professor in foreign languages.
to the faculty this year is Chris D. Ferguson as dean of information
also promotions, effective in September 2001.
to associate professor were: Raydell Bradley, music; Joanne Lisosky,
communications; Lisa Marcus, English; and Steve Starkovich, physics.
to professor were: Edward Inch, communications; Jon Nordby, philosophy;
David Seal, English; Deborah Tannehill, physical education; and
Barbara Temple-Thurston, English.
Foundation research projects underway
PLU students will study topics ranging
from mothers in prison to youth suicide with grants through the
S. Erving Severtson/Forest Foundation Research Fellowship Awards.
Four research projects were funded
for the first year of the program. Each student will receive $2,000
plus $500 for travel and other expenses.
Selection was based on the thoroughness
of the proposal, ability to complete the research, significance
of research, certainty of publication and other factors. All research
will be completed by May 2002.
The recipients, their topics and
Eric Steiger, The Ideological Connections
Between Radical Pacifists and Traditional Peace Church Members
As Forged During Resistance to WWII Selective Service Drafts,
Beth Kraig, history.
Katie E. Luther, Parenting in Prison:
Incarcerated Women and Their Children, Joanna Higginson, sociology.
Danielle Cook, An Investigation of
Toddlers’ Word Comprehension: A Partial Knowledge Perspective,
Wendelyn Shore, psychology. Berit Olsen, Youth Suicide: The Roles
of Burden to Family, Individual/Reproductive Potential and Reproductive
Potential of Family Members, R. Michael Brown, psychology.
A $500,000 grant from the Forest
Foundation in support of the Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University
created the Severtson awards, as well as a scholarship program
for students in the School of the Arts in honor of Richard D.
Moe, emeritus dean of the School of the Arts.
Severtson graduated from Pacific
Lutheran College in 1955. He was a longtime psychology professor
and vice president and dean for student life from 1987 until he
retired in 1999.
2010 advances to the final year of planning
community is energized as the PLU 2010: The Next Level of Distinction long-range planning process advances on schedule. Now in
the final year of planning, the campus conversation shifts to
Academic Distinction and Fiscal Strategies.
The PLU 2010
spring forums hosted by Identity/Constituency and Community Commissions
were a tremendous success. Students, faculty, and staff had three
opportunities to respond to background papers and related questions
in facilitated dialogues surrounding four topics: Beyond the Lutedome;
Lives of Service, Leadership and Care; Welcoming a Diversity
of Persons and Ideas; and Fostering Campus Connections. Final
commission reports were drafted over the summer and are available
Strategies and Academic Distinction Commissions have composed
study papers and will engage the campus in dialog throughout
the fall. Afternoon sessions of the Faculty Fall Conference are
dedicated to the notion of distinctiveness and the commission
will report their findings at a special meeting of the faculty
of academic distinction has already provoked lots of talk, lively
analyses of strengths and challenges, and much effort to frame
the things that make PLU’s academic program unique,” said Lynn
Beck, who is dean of the School of Education and member of the
PLU 2010 writing team. “This year I suspect we’ll focus on going
beyond who we are now to imagining who we want to be in the next
the Academic Distinction events the Fiscal Strategies Commission
will host conversations surrounding university resources and
also begin constructing the next long-range financial plan for
year has provided a terrific chance for the campus to engage
in thoughtful conversations about who we are and who we’re becoming,”
said Beck. “This year promises more of the same.”
To read background
papers, final reports and to learn more about the PLU 2010: The
Next Level of Distinction long-range planning process visit: www.plu.edu/~plu2010.
HOSETH, PLU athletic director and Dean of the
School of Physical Education was named the Division III
West Region athletic director of the year for the 2000-01
school year. Hoseth, who has been athletic director for
five years, received the honor at the recent National Association
of Collegiate Directors of Athletics meeting in Salt Lake
City, Utah. Hoseth was one of 25 AD’s honored.
professor PAUL INGRAM,
presented his paper, “On Buddhist-Christian Dialogue With
the Natural Sciences,” at the Haddon Conference Center at
the Claremont School of Theology. Ingram focused his discussion
on the Buddhist-Christian conceptual dialogue in the natural
alums join admissions staff
new counselors have been hired in the Admissions Office—all are
recent PLU graduates. During their first few months on the job,
they have been learning a new perspective about all the work that
goes on behind the scenes. If you would like to put a face with
a name and see which territories each of our new counselors will
be covering, please visit the Admissions Web site www.plu.edu/~admi/contact.html.
You are also invited to stop by and visit any of the new counselors.
The new counselors
are: Lisa Dahlgren ’01 from Soldotna, Alaska, who played basketball
for PLU and was a communications major with a minor in business;
Stacy Coulson ’01 from Florence, Colo., a sociology major with
a minor in art history who also worked in the library and the
archives; JooHee Berglund ’01 of Battleground, Wash., who majored
in political science and English writing; Makena Ogata ’01 of
Hawaii, a business administration major with a concentration in
finance and Brian O’Hanlon ’00 of Puyallup, a political science
major with music and history minors.
PLU alum NANCY
PAGH '85 recently had her book, “At Home Afloat: Women
on the Waters of the Pacific Northwest,” co-published by the University
of Calgary Press and the University of Idaho Press.
accounts written by Northwest Coast marine tourists between 1861
and 1990, Pagh examines the ways gender influences the roles women
play at sea, the spaces they occupy on boats and the language
they use to describe their experiences, their natural surroundings,
and their contact with native people.
The text serves
to make fresh and relevant links between scholarship in diverse
areas of inquiry, such as Western Canadian and American history,
feminist geography, post-colonial theory, and women and environments.
be reading from her book at the University of Washington Bookstore
in Seattle Nov. 2.