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Homecoming 2001 Scrapbook

Friday, 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"

Faculty/Staff Songfest Skit
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 Worship.


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

Xavier Hall
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

Lutes Win!
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 '70.


State Legislator Mike Carrell '67 and Washington State Senator Rosa Franklin '74 enjoy their time on campus with students.

Past Alumni Board President, Leigh Erie '77. Leigh is partner in a law office in Tacoma.

Java, 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 "Beautiful Savior."

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".

Choir 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.

All 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 this picture.

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.

Class Reunions
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.



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