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October 12 through Sunday, October 14, 2001
Students "ham it up" at Songfest 2001
From the faculty/staff skit "To Be Or Not To Be"
Homecoming Songfest has been a tradition at PLU for nearly 50
years. In keeping with the theme of Homecoming, "All The
World's A Stage", the members of the Residence Hall Council
titled Songfest "As You Like It." Residence halls were
paired together and asked to prepare a production that matched
a favorite Broadway Musical to a genre of music. This year's "shows"
included: "The Phantom of the '80's," "The Sound
of Latin Music;" "Western Side Story," and "South
Side Pacific." For the fifth year running, the faculty and
staff skit wowed the large and enthusiastic crowd in Olson Auditorium.
Their skit, "To Be Or Not To Be," featured 37 members
of the faculty, staff and administration, led by President Loren
and MaryAnn Anderson.
University Pastor Dennis Sepper presides at Homecoming
Hal Ferris, Lorig Associates L.L.C., presents the key to
the building to Dr. David Huelsbeck, Dean of Social Sciences.
Dr. Loren Anderson and Jack Cornwell, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca
Partnership, Inc. share the stage
On Friday, Philip Nordquist '56, long time PLU professor and campus
historian, gave the Heritage Lecture. He presented vintage PLU
pictures and classic PLU stories about 100 years of basketball
at PLU. On Sunday, October 14 following a special Homecoming and
dedicatory worship service at University Congregation, the newly
restored Xavier Hall was dedicated.
Football coach Frosty Westering in action on the sidelines
Monica (Ricarte) '94 Hurley (middle) poses with the father-daughter
team of Leo Eliason '62 and Darcy Eliason Wilcox '86
Frosty's Lutes took the Lewis and Clark Pioneers to task and came
out victorious 42-17. Before the game and again at halftime, alumni,
back for the big game, enjoyed apples, cookies, cider and the
fun of renewing friendships under the Alumni Tent. During halftime,
fans were introduced to the 2001 Hall of Fame Inductees: Wendy
Johnson '92, Shari Rider '92, Marcus LeMaster '92 and Rick Johnson
State Legislator Mike Carrell '67 and Washington State
Senator Rosa Franklin '74 enjoy their time on campus with
Past Alumni Board President, Leigh Erie '77. Leigh is partner
in a law office in Tacoma.
Jobs and Jazz
More than seventy alumni volunteered to "come home"
on Friday, October 12 to participate in the Homecoming alumni
career fair known as Java, Jobs and Jazz. This group of loyal
Lutes spoke with students about their PLU experience, their career
path and their current world of work. Those alums participating
enjoyed visiting with each other almost as much as they did talking
with current students.
Dr. Kathryn (Lehmann '75) Olson conducts mass choir in
Members of the combined choir described the concert as
a "mountain top experience."
Olaf Malmin '62, son of Gunnar Malmin, demonstrates his
pleasure in directing the Edwards/Malmin choir.
Claresse, Nicholas, Erin, Brandon and Lynn sing "Madrigals".
of the West Reunion Concert!
A crowd of 1,300 people packed into Eastvold Auditorium, while
an overflow crowd watched and listened via closed circuit television
from Xavier 201, as nearly 500 members of the past and present
Choir of the West presented the Choir of the West Reunion Concert.
The concert included numbers by each of the three eras of the
Choir of the West (Joseph Edwards/Gunnar Malmin, Maurice Skones,
and Richard Sparks). Finally, the combined choir which included
members of the 2001-2002 Choir of the West, began the closing
segment of the concert with "Almighty Fortress" directed
by Dr. Richard Sparks. Dr. Sparks then passed the baton to Dr.
Kathryn (Lehmann '75) Olson for the final number-she was recently
named the fifth director of the PLU Choir of the West
Alumni Service Award recipient Darcy Johnson '78, '82
is congratulated by President Loren Anderson.
Alumni Homecoming Gala
The new format of this year's Homecoming Gala was a huge success!
On Friday, October 12, Olson Auditorium was filled with alumni
from all ages who were treated to a beautiful setting, a wonderful
meal, and terrific musical entertainment provided by PLU students
Nicholas Gorne '02, Brandon Whitley '02, Lynn Fransen '01, Erin
Harlan '02, and Claresse Lemieux '02. PLU alumnae Julie (Frye
'96) Johnson, soprano, and professors Kathryn Habedank '66, harpsichord,
and Svend Ronning '89, violin, wowed the crowd with their musical
talents. Alumni Award recipients Larry Neeb, Clarene Johnson '56
(mother of award recipient Brian Olson '83), Darcy Johnson '78,
Neil Kelleher '92, Maureen Hoban '60 and Mark Knudson '70 inspired
us all as they accepted their honors.
Rev. Lowell '51 and Shirley Knutson and Gene '51 and Marian
'51 Lundgaard stop reminiscing just long enough to pose for
PLU staff member Brian and Liesl Hall visit with PLU alums
Linda '61 and Gerry Evanson '63 during the reunion event at
the beautiful Tacoma Country and Golf Club.
Several reunion classes held special activities on campus Saturday
morning of Homecoming Weekend. Members of the Golden Club, which
consists of all graduates before 1952, were invited by President
Loren and MaryAnn Anderson to their home, the Gonyea House. At
noon on Saturday, the Choir of the West gathered in Olson Auditorium
for a special reunion luncheon. Dr. Paul Benson '67 gave a presentation
on the 75-year history of Choir of the West. Two members of the
first Choir of the West, Eliot Morken '29 and Lelah Southworth
'29 along with several other early members of the choir participated.
On Saturday evening, members of all reunion classes and members
of the Choir of the West, met at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club.