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survey helps create new connections
Current PLU students are helping the university develop its relationship
with alumni. A random survey of PLU alumni, developed and implemented
by members of the PLU student club of the American Marketing Association,
was conducted this fall to learn more about the relationship between
PLU and its graduates.
is a group of students who are interested in marketing, advertising,
community service and networking, while having fun doing it,"
said Chelsea Goode '02, club president.
"We have a vested interest in doing the survey, as we will
all soon be alumni ourselves," Goode said. "I hope that
our analysis will help PLU nurture its relations with graduates
and will result in improved services and new connections for everyone."
Of the 26,000
PLU alumni of record, 5,000 were asked to complete the survey. The
marketing students will compile survey responses, prepare a database
and then write a formal report on their findings. The project will
be completed early next year.
is designed to determine the effectiveness of alumni communication
methods, to assess satisfaction with alumni programming, to identify
what factors affect alumni donation patterns, and to determine factors
that influence alumni commitment to the university.
are conducting the research for University Communications, the Office
of the President and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
project will give us new insights into the overall relationship
between alumni and the university," said Lauralee Hagen '75,
director of Alumni and Parent Relations. "It will be key
in helping us develope action plans, and continuing to develop
the bond between PLU and their alumni."
This is one piece in the collection of Paul
Porter remembered through art exhibit
At a special exhibit this fall, the University Gallery honored
the life and art of the late Paul Porter, PLU's longtime graphic
designer and publications director. Porter, who died of cancer
in 1999, left behind a legacy of artwork, created for PLU projects
and his own personal expressions.
in Art: Paul Porter Remembered" was an especially meaningful
show to many people who worked with and appreciated Porter's keen
eye and great talent. The exhibit included black and white prints,
artwork from programs he designed for choir concerts, as well
as posters and newsletters he created for university departments
curator of visual resources for the Art Department, said the pieces
she hung were only a small part of Porter's extensive collection.
was just so amazing going through all these things Paul had done
and choosing which to hang," she said. "This was a really
special show. It's one that I'd like to keep up all the time."
Hall project wins architectural honors
PLU's newest residence hall is more than just a great place to live
on campus. South Hall is an architectural award winner. The university
broke the mold when it created this building, the first new residential
facility on the PLU campus in nearly 35 years.
was selected to appear in the 2001 American School & University
Magazine Architectural Portfolio, "the ultimate tribute to
educational design excellence." The hall was selected as an
Outstanding Building from a breadth of submitted building projects
from around the country.
magazine also featured a large spread on South Hall in Vol.17,
No. 6. The article, "Out With the Old- In With the New,"
shows a timeline of photos from the demolition of Delta and Evergreen
Court to the beautifully finished new home for students. The magazine
spoke directly to the smart use of sidewalks, lawns and a variety
South Hall accommodates up to 230 students, including married
students in the one-bedroom lofts. The other configurations allow
up-to five students to share in each apartment-style unit.
Archives photo of Harstad Hall, circa 1894.
pictorial history of PLU debuts in Archives
Pacific Lutheran University has a new way to look into the past.
A pictorial history of PLU was created by Danielle Koenig '02 with
content provided by Kerstin Ringdahl '82, university archivist.
Another PLU alum, Gavin Jensen '01, designed the layout.
the University Timeline were chosen from the more than 500,000 images
preserved in the university archives-the selected pictures provide
a creative, colorful and informative glimpse at PLU, from as early
as 1890 to present day. See treasures of PLU's history including
Louis Armstrong's 1966 visit for the Homecoming concert, groundbreakings
for campus buildings and even a program from the original dedication
of the school.
content was selected from the many primary sources in the archives
and from PLU's two published histories, including "Educating
for Service" by campus historian and history professor Philip
A. Nordquist '56. The Timeline will be continually updated. People
can visit the archives located in Mortvedt Library for additional
information or photographs, and comments and suggestions are welcome
at firstname.lastname@example.org or at
Sir John Polkinghome gives his lecture, "Cosmology:
Mind and Purpose Behind the Universe."
issues dominate Fall Lecture Series
Distinguished speakers at this year's PLU Fall Lecture Series discussed
issues ranging from the massacre in Rwanda to the search for God
in science and the unusual bond between chimps and people. "This
was an outstanding lineup of amazing speakers," Provost Paul
Menzel said. "The variety of backgrounds, perspectives and
topics created a compelling series that had something to teach everyone."
Dr. Robert Bellah,
eminent professor of sociology emeritus from the University of California-Berkeley
and the recipient of the 2000 National Humanities Medal, started
the series with his lecture about the role of a Christian university
in a globalized world. He touched on the societal reactions to the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the responsibility of individuals
and society as a whole.
Sir John Polkinghorne,
a renowned scientist and an Anglican priest, delved into issues
behind religion and science. His lecture was part of the 2001 Conference
on Religion and Science, held jointly via video by PLU and Princeton
Theological Seminary. Polkinghorne, author of several books, also
spoke at chapel and met with faculty and students during his campus
Mamdani, a native of Uganda and professor of anthropology and political
science at Columbia University, detailed his theories about the
Rwandan massacre of one million Tutsi by the Hutu. Author of a controversial
book, "When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and
the Genocide in Rwanda," he presented his theory that a kind
of colonial apartheid in Rwanda led to postcolonial racial hatred
and ultimately, mass violence that took one million lives. That
counters the more prevalent view that the genocide was orchestrated
by elites who used propaganda and political maneuvering to recruit
ordinary Hutus into violence.
Woodward, director of the Walter Simpson Center for the Humanities
and professor of English at the University of Washington-Seattle,
spoke on "The Faces of Shame." She is the author of
numerous books, including "Aging and Its Discontents: Freud
and Other Fiction" and the forthcoming "Circulating
Anger and Other Feelings."
Dr. Roger Fouts, professor of psychology and director of the Chimpanzee
and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University,
presented his research about interaction between chimps and humans.
His book, "Next of Kin," was named one of The 100 Best
Books of 1997 by both the Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly.
A lineup of equally impressive speakers will be announced for
the Spring Lecture Series.
ranks sixth in latest U.S. News "America's Best Colleges"
Pacific Lutheran University is the sixth best master's university
in the west, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2002 guidebook
"America's Best Colleges."
PLU was evaluated along with 572 other universities that provide
a full range of undergraduate and selective master's level programs.
The rankings are based on several factors, including academic reputation,
class size and graduation and retention rates.
"We're proud to be recognized for our academic distinction,"
Provost Paul Menzel said. "More than half our classes have
fewer than 20 students. This is just one indicator of how PLU values
close interaction between students and faculty."
A large full-time
faculty provides PLU with a student-faculty ratio of 13-1. PLU is
also among the best on the magazine's list of "Best Values,"
which rates the amount of debt students have after graduation. Sixty-two
percent of PLU's students receive grants based on need.
the only Northwest university to be listed in all of the U.S.
News best college surveys since they began in 1983. The rankings
are available in the magazine, and at www.usnews.com.
launches with great success
LuteWorld-PLU's official online store (luteworld.plu.edu)
opened for business on Aug. 1 and has been off to a quick start.
The goal of the first two months was to help students get their
books for their courses-and get 5 percent of the student body to
use LuteWorld during the process. The response was even better than
anticipated: one in 10 PLU students bought their books online this
spectacular," said Mark Mulder '93, director of auxiliary services.
The students loved the convenience, and the bookstore staff really
rose to the occasion to make this happen." One of the unique
features for students is LuteWorld's QuickSearch. Students can log
in using their PLU ID and password, and their course information
and textbook information is immediately displayed.
really convenient-we are one of only a handful of schools in the
nation to offer this," says Angela Zurcher, Bookstore Director.
owned and operated by PLU, and all of the store's proceeds benefit
the campus. Many customers cited this as a great benefit to shopping
online -direct support of PLU and convenient service.
There are many
ways to purchase items from LuteWorld, and some of the 12 specialty
sections include graduation gifts & supplies, music from PLU,
Scandinavian gifts, the Lutes Team Store, Alumni/Family Center
and a "Uniquely PLU" section showcasing PLU musicians,
authors, and artists.
Choral Union will head to Geneva
Brent Olsen, '66
professor Richard Nance and the PLU Choral Union (which he directs)
have been invited to perform his Mass for a New Millennium at
the 8th World Harp Congress in Geneva in 2002. The work, scored
for oboe, harp, percussion, organ and mixed chorus, was premiered
by the Choir of the West on May 13, 2000.
of Mass was the focus of Nance's sabbatical during the1999-2000
school year. The Credo of the Mass was a preexisting work that Nance
wrote for the Lakes High School Concert Choir, which was first performed
in 1996. He decided to write a concert mass that would be built
around the Credo. The result was his largest work to date.
The World Harp
Congress is a private nonprofit organization, founded in 1981 as
an outgrowth of the International Harp Weeks, held in the Netherlands
for 20 years. Past congresses have been held in various locations
around the world, the two most recent being Tacoma in 1996, and
Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999. Concerts, workshops and seminars
concerning all aspects of harp musicology and performance are offered
at these triennial eight-day music festivals.
was truly a pleasant surprise," said Nance, when asked about
his reaction to the invitation. "It is always gratifying to
be recognized for what you do, but doubly so when the recognition
is from a group of international, professional musicians."
is recognized as one of the nation's finest community choruses,"
Nance said "Performing at this type of international event
is a logical next step for the Choral Union."
professor of music, is the recipient of a 2001-02 ASCAPLU$ Standard
Award. The award, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors
and Publishers, is granted by an independent panel and based upon
the unique prestige value of each writers catalog of original compositions
and the recent performances of those works.
instructor, and Patsy Maloney,
associate professor in the School of Nursing, presented concurrent
sessions at Nurse Odyssey: The National Conference on Professional
Nursing Education and Development. Lynn Okita, clinical assistant
professor, and Susan Toyama, graduate student, presented posters.
retiree from the PLU library, received first place
from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for "The Path
Between." Her novel was among 1,400 entries in a variety
of categories from across the U.S. and abroad. More information
is available at http://www.pnwa.org
and Dana Myers, Counseling and
Testing, both passed the Washington State Licensing Exam and are
now licensed psychologists. Luckily for PLU, they both are still
hard at work in PLU's Counseling and Testing Office.