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million gift lifts CLT funding
A $2.5 million
gift from longtime PLU supporter Arthur H. Hansen brings the total
raised for the Center for Learning and Technology to $10 million.
and his late wife, Jennie Lee Hansen 34, played a key role
for years as hosts for admissions, alumni and other events at
their home. Jennie served on the alumni board and they both offered
leadership to the Make a Lasting Difference Campaign. Students
enjoy the opportunities provided through the Jennie L. Hansen
Endowed Scholarship and the Jennie Lee Hansen Recital Hall in
the Mary Baker Russell Music Center.
university is grateful for the Hansens generosity and Arts
continued service as a member of the current campaign steering
committee, President Loren J. Anderson said.
for Learning and Technology, projected to cost $19 million, will
bring together the School of Business and the departments of mathematics,
computer science and computer engineering. The CLT also will house
a variety of campus offices, including the dean of the Division
of Natural Sciences, the Center for Executive Development and
the Tacoma-Pierce County Mathematics, Engineering & Science
Achievement Program (MESA). Construction
could start late this year.
streamlining the day-to-day operations of these critical departments,
the state-of-the-art facility will allow more integration between
depart-ments, faculty and students.
new complex will advance the use and study of technology to the
forefront and stimulate synergy among the departments at a time
when all of us in education are looking to break down disciplinary
boundaries, President Anderson said.
Foundation grant to benefit Chinese Studies
grant will broaden and strengthen PLUs Chinese Studies under-graduate
program and enrich studies in local elementary and high schools.
very excited about this, said Greg Youtz, chairman of the
Chi-nese Studies program. It will increase the size and
prominence of Chinese studies on campus, and it will, in a re-ally
dramatic way, take our enthusiasm and expertise into the community.
the four-year grant from the Freeman Foundation Undergraduate
Asian Studies Funding Initiative will:
the hiring of a part-time Chinese language instructor.
- Fund faculty
activities in semester abroad travel and course develop-ment.
- Pay for
campus lectures, perfor-mances and Chinese cultural groupvisits.
the size and quality of li-brary holdings in Chinese studies.
the Freeman Foundation Grant will enrich Chinese studies opportunities
in South Puget Sound primary and secondary schools including:
- The establishment
of a China Insti-tute at PLU that will bring together
PLU faculty and local teachers for lectures, readings and discussions.
- A series
of presentations by PLU faculty in local K-12 classrooms various
China related topics such calligraphy and art, language and
literature, music and theatre, and Chinese festivals and traditions.
the timing of the grant awardso close to the $4 million
gift for international programs from Peter and Grace Wangwill
enhance global studies in an important way.
21 st Century will be enor-mously affected by China, Youtz
said It is our mission to help make the emerging prominence
of China on the global scene much more evident.
interdisciplinary Chinese Stud-ies Program is designed to provide
stu-dents interested in China a broad foundation in Chinese language,
culture and history, and an opportunity to focus on the religious-philosophical
world view and the economic structure of China.
PLU is committed
to providing inter-national studies opportunities for stu-dents
and offers majors in Chinese Studies and Scandinavian Studies.
The university also offers an innovative Inter-national Core of
classes, which provide an interdisciplinary approach structured
around a theme of global studies.
ROTC program now marches on its own
Lt. Col. Mark Brown leads the new Military Science Department,
created when PLU became a ROTC host institution.
academic year, PLU is a host institution for the Army Reserve
Officers Training Corps, rather than a satel-lite program of Seattle
Its better for the student
and the school, said Lt. Col. Mark Brown, pro-fessor in
the new Military Science de-partment.
With its autonomy, PLU takes home
the awards its cadets win, and gradu-ates have better career opportunities
because theyre ranked independently by PLU.
Brown, who was stationed at Fort
Lewis and previously taught in the ROTC program at Berkeley, said
the transitionand integration with the school have
been smooth. Cadets must meet the stan-dards of both the Army
and the university.
He says the program is a benefit
to the university because the population tends to be more ethnically
diverse, and full scholarships and monthly stipends allow many
people to attend PLU who could not otherwise afford it. Those
on scholarship must serve at least four years
after graduation to cover their education costs.
Brown is conscious of the contro-versy
that becoming a host institutioncreated. A debate preceded the
close faculty vote to approve the program. Many faculty opposed
creating a mili-tary unit and object to the militarys dont
ask dont tell policy on homo-sexuals. Gays and lesbians
are banned from military service, unless they refrain from disclosing
their sexual orientation. PLU has a non-discrimination policy
and a goal of inclusiveness for sexual minori-ties.
I thought there would be some
hard feelings, but I think Sept. 11 warmed a lot of hearts,
Brown said. I think people are more appreciative of the
role the Department of Defense plays in our stability. Its
made the program more real, more human.
Beth Kraig, chair of the history
de-partment and a member of the ROTC advisory committee, says
her concerns remain. PLU added a clause in the uni-versity catalog
stating that the military science department is in conflict with
the universitys non-discrimination policy.
Weve done what we can
at the institutional level to say this is a discrimi-natory program,
but we cant eliminate that discrimination, Kraig said.
Brown said he believes working with
the advisory committee and taking part in campus discussions have
The ethos of the university
and the Armys focus on values are very closely mirrored,
he said. I dont think a lot of people on the outside
School of Education awarded two grants
Two new grants
will help PLU faculty prepare teachers to become nationally recognized
expert educators and help address the teacher shortage.
of Education at Pacific Lutheran University won a grant from the
Washington Initiative to support National Board Certified Teachers.
Administered through the Office of the Superintendent Public Instruction
and funded by the Gates Foundation, Washington Mutual and the
Stewart Foundation, the grant provides $46,000 for planning starting
in January, followed up by a $184,000 implementation grant for
the next academic year.
this is going to have a greater impact on teaching than anything
else that's come through," said Sue Yerian, assistant professor
of education at PLU and project manager for the grant.
to Lynn Beck, dean of the School of Education, the department
has been working to find ways to prepare graduates ahead of time
for the national certification. Teachers must go through a rigorous
application process to become nationally certified, and usually
do so after years of teaching experience.
our students and our concepts and our preparation to work toward
that," Beck said of the Washington Initiative grant. "This
is a wonderful opportunity for us."
Board started in 1987 as a way to establish national teaching
standards and recognize educators who excelled. The program stresses
being reflective and thoughtful, urging teachers to look at lessons
in different ways.
the grant, the School of Education sought out nationally certified
teachers in the area for advice in trying to align programs with
certification goals in mind.
people we're working with are the best teachers in the state,"
Yerian said. "Our students get the benefit of their expertise.
We gain a tremendous amount from this."
'96, who teaches fourth grade at Brookdale Elementary School in
Spanaway, is applying for certification.
to make sure I'm as good as I can be," Hansen said. "I'm
becoming a better teacher just by going through the process."
of Education, partnered with several area school districts, also
won a substantial grant from the Professional Educator Standards
Board to offer alternative routes for teachers to become certified.
The grant will provide support for 29 nontraditional teacher candidates
sponsored by partner districts to enroll in innovative programs
It will allow
people with degrees in other fields or those with other school
experience to become certified teachers by taking night and weekend
courses at PLU. The grant pairs teacher candidates with mentors
and provides funding help for students seeking to teach in areas
where there are shortages, like math and science, and in locations
where teachers are harder to hire. The grant will provide help
with tuition, stipends for student teachers and mentors.
debaters win at international tournament
Kyle Mach 03 (LEFT) and Adam Holt 04 compete
at an international debate competition in Romania. The pair
took first place.
03 and Adam Holt 04 won the International Debate Education
Asso-ciation tournament in Balvanyos, Roma-nia, in January. Adjunct
professor Julia Patriche, who is Romanian, was their coach.
Mach has emerged
as one of the top national debate students. He has earned a speaker
award at every tour-nament this year, including the presti-gious
Top Speaker Award at Linfields
Hap Mahaffey tournament in November. Holt attended debate camp
last summer at Willamette University.reactions to the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks and the responsibility of individuals and society
as a whole.
with teams from 12 countries, followed the parliamentary debate
format, which involves two two-person teams, one representing
govern-ment, one opposition. There are six
rounds of preliminary competition before the elimination rounds.
of the reasons we went there was to show our different debate
styles, Mach said.
Part of IDEAs
mission is to promote intercultural and international debate in
an effort to educate high school and college students and to engage
in demo-cratic discourse. The topics used at the tournament dealt
with issues such as eastern European countries joining the European
Union, U.S. imperialism or international responses to terrorism.
In its final
round, the PLU team de-bated a Romanian team, arguing for the
opposition on the topic of Globalism is a masquerade for
yearbook, Saga,comes to an end
The PLU yearbook,
Saga, will conclude its run in the current form. At the December
meeting of the Media Board the decision was made to end Saga completely
or to convert it to another format that better suits the wants
and needs of the students. A survey is being conducted to get
more information from the university community. It certainly marks
the end of an era-this will be the first time in years that PLU
will be without a yearbook.
presented in the December issue of The Mast show Saga's production
costs have been running higher than budget. The Media Board subsidizes
about two-thirds of that money, but the yearbook must recoup more
than $10,000 in sales revenue. With only 150 orders placed so
far this year, and a history of missing sales goals, the budget
could not be met.
initially share operating costs. "Saga is not an isolated
issue," Media Board adviser Rick Eastman told The Mast. Every
sales dollar not earned by the yearbook must come from somewhere
else in student media, such as the student radio and television
stations, the literary magazine or The Mast.
At last spring's
meeting of the board, Saga was encouraged to research proposals
over the summer and present an action plan for the publication's
recovery at the December meeting. No resolution was reached. The
Mast reported that several proposals were pulled together, but
the board was apprehensive moving forward without more research
into non-traditional yearbook ventures.
Some of the
options that have been suggested for a year-in-review publication
include a smaller, full-color item or a CD-ROM. The next step
will be to decide what the best format will be and who will be
in charge of its compilation.
The PLU Media
Board consists of student representatives from campus media, ASPLU,
media advisors and university staff.
highlights 2010 goals
NAICU President David Warren
phase of the PLU 2010 long range planning process is near completion
as the Academic Distinction and Fiscal Strategies Commissions
prepare their final reports.
Conversations regarding academic distinction are at the center
of the current 2010 planning process.
has emerged is a set of broadly shared themes, emphases, and values
that will inform curricular and structural decisions aimed at
making PLU more distinctive," said Patricia Killen, professor
of religion. "The challenge we face is to move beyond quality
and even beyond excellence to true distinction; distinction that
sets PLU apart as the 'first rank' university our founders envisioned."
As a campus
community, the planning journey reaches its destination this spring.
The Fiscal Strategies Commission will host forums responding to
the work of each commission, and the writing team, Paul Menzel,
provost, Lynn Beck, dean of the School of Education, and Patricia
Killen will draft the PLU 2010 long-range plan.
amidst the work of the PLU 2010 process, the campus community
was fortunate to hear from David Warren, president of the National
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Warren shared
his expertise with a campus address titled, "The New Reality
and Higher Education."
great colleges do two things very well-they are animated by great
teachers and they are organized around the education of the whole
person," Warren said. "It strikes me that PLU has all
the material in place."
OF DISTINCTION" ARE DISCUSSED IN BACKGROUND PAPERS THAT CAN
BE FOUND BY GOING TO www.plu.edu/encore/
Department was represented at the 53rd Annual Northwest Conference
on Philosophy, held in Pullman, October 12-13. Greg
Johnson presented a paper entitled "Coming Together,
Remaining Apart: Merleau-Ponty's Reversibility of Flesh and Coalition
Politics." Pauline Kaurin presented
"After Nietzsche: Possibilities for Moral Reconstruction."
And Jeff Cockrum, a philosophy
major, presented "Aristotle's Argument for Slavery Undermines
of the Geosciences Department attended the recent annual meeting
of the Geological Society of America in Boston. Duncan
Foley presented a paper titled "Self-Similarity,
Repetition and Emphasis on Links-A Fractal-Based Model for Undergraduate
Curriculum." Jill Whitman
presented a paper titled "Learning by Discovery in Oceanography."
Whitman also was elected president of the National Association
of Geoscience Teachers this fall. She assumed her position at
the annual meeting of NAGT, held in conjunction with the annual
meeting in Boston, Nov. 3-8
associate professor of communications, received the first place
award in the open category of the Broadcast Education Association
Research Division paper competition. The paper is a part of Lisosky's
research in "Part of the Solution: Media and Violence Curriculum
in Seattle Public Schools." The award recognition comes with
a cash prize and an invitation to present her research during
BEA's annual convention in Las Vegas. The award money will be
presented in April.
history professor, presented a paper at the American Historical
Association's annual meeting held in San Francisco, Jan. 3-6,
2002. His paper was entitled "The Sentimentalization of Adoption:
When, Why, How?"
Chung-Shing Lee, ePLU director and assistant professor
of business, delivered a one-day short course on "Excellence
in Supply Chain Management" at University of Maryland on
January 22. The course was one in the professional development
series in Electronic Products and Systems organized by University
of Maryland's CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center. Dr.
Lee also presented his research paper "Capturing the Benefits
of Disruptive Innovation in E-Business Supply Chain Management"
at the International Conference on Supply Chain Management and
Information Systems in the Internet Age (SCMIS 2001) on Dec. 17-19
in Hong Kong. During the conference, he also visited Hong Kong
Productivity Council, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and City
University of Hong Kong.