Fall 2002


PLU's efforts to support global peace through international programs were honored by the Tacoma World Trade Center in June. The university was the Tacoma WTC's nominee for the Book of Honors, which will include people and organizations from more than 300 World Trade Centers and be on display at the WTC Headquarters in New York. PLU was chosen because of its dedication in supporting global peace through educating its students in cultural relations and global outreach. Dr. Peter Wang, whose $4 million donation to PLU established the Wang Center for International Programs, spoke at the event in recognition of the first annual World Trade Center Association. Wang's speech was titled, "Why Education is Crucial for World Trade, Peace and Prosperity."

KPLU ranked No. 5 overall in the Arbitron Webcast Ratings for May 2002. The NPR and jazz station based at PLU had an aggregate tuning hours of 413,500 - its best yet. Read an article on the Arbitron Website that says KPLU is one of the top jazz webstreams. KPLU also won a grant to work in conjunction with public TV's KCTS Channel 9 on a series of in-depth stories examining the state of education in Washington. Segments of "The Learning Curve" will begin airing in September and run throughout the fall. Check out KPLU's news and jazz and hear the broadcasts over the Web at

The Washington Education Foundation named Beth Ahlstrom, director of Career Development, College Mentor of the Year. Nominated by Chenda Minn, a Washington Achiever Scholar who was accepted into the School of Nursing, Ahlstrom was one of two mentors from a group of 500 statewide to receive this honor. PLU retained all its Washington Achiever Scholars, students in a program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ahlstrom, who was at PLU for 20 years, left in August for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is assigned to Senegal as a small enterprise promotion agent assisting small businesses to utilize local resources to increase profitability.

Nicole Melius

Brian Riehs

Kari Keller

Tim Vialpando

Four alumni joined the Office of Admissions this summer. The new counselors are Nicole Melius '01, Brian Riehs '02, Kari Keller '02 and Tim Vialpando '02.

Melius worked with Washington Citizen Action after earning degrees in political science and German language. Riehs worked on campus in Residential Life and Human Resources before graduating with a degree in business administration. Keller received a bachelor arts in sociology and social work before joining the admissions staff. A former ASPLU president, Vialpando will receive degrees in English writing and education at his December graduation.

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