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Homecoming 2002 Alumni Recognition
For his outstanding work as a professor and author
in the field of chemistry, Dr. H. Eugene LeMay Jr. '62
receives the 2002-2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
After receiving a bachelor of science
degree in chemistry from PLU in 1962, LeMay received a master
of science degree in 1964 from the University of Illinois and
Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 1966.
LeMay has served as a chemistry professor
at the University of Nevada, Reno, since 1966. His numerous teaching
awards include the 2000 Carnegie Foundation/CASE Nevada Professor
of the Year, the 2000 Senior Scholar Mentor Award for the College
of Arts and Sciences and the 1997 Nevada Regents Teaching Award.
He co-authored "Chemistry: The
Central Science," the most widely used chemistry textbook
in the country, "Quantitative Inorganic Analysis" and
"Chemistry: The Study of Matter."
Dr. LeMay is the faculty adviser
to InterVarsity Campus ministry. He and his wife, Carla (Hansen)
'64, are also active in their church, where he serves as chairman
of the board. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Neal Arntson '58 receives
a 2002-2003 Outstanding Alumnus Award for achievements in business
and his community.
Arntson received a bachelor of business
administration degree in 1958 and is the president and CEO of
Albina Fuel Company in Portland, Ore. He served as president of
the Oregon Petroleum Marketer's Association and president of the
Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association. He is a board member
of the International Bitumen Emulsion Federation and the Foundation
for Pavement Rehabilitation and Maintenance Research.
Neal and his wife, Joyce, serve their
community as supporters of the "I Have a Dream" program
in Portland. This program helps students from low-income areas
receive a college education. In addition to their financial commitment,
they also serve as mentors. Neal and Joyce are also members and
leaders at St. James Lutheran Church.
Arntson has been a member of the
PLU Board of Regents since 1996 and past member of the Q Club
Advisory Board. Neal and Joyce have seven children. Daughter Anne
and her husband, Bill, serve as chairs of the PLU Parents Council.
For his work in Lutheran higher education
and administration, Duane H. Larson '75 receives a 2002-2003
Outstanding Alumnus Award.
After graduating from PLU with a
bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1975, Larson received
a master's of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul,
Minn., and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the Graduate Theological
Union, Berkeley, California.
Larson serves as president of Wartburg
Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and professor of systematic
theology. Previously, he was assistant professor and associate
professor of systematic theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary
at Gettysburg, Pa., and has served as a pastor.
He also serves as the Lutheran co-chair
on the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee, which oversees
implementation of the agreements made by the two churches in "Called
to Common Mission."
His many published works include
the books "Times of the Trinity" and "From Word
and Sacrament: Renewed Vision for a Diaconal Ministry" and
collaboration on "The Historical Dictionary of Lutheranism."
Larson and his wife, Kathy, live
in Dubuque, Iowa.
Recent Alumnus Awards
Julia Rehwinkel '98 receives
a 2002-2003 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award for her work with
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
as a project manager for the HIV/AIDS awareness program.
Rehwinkel joined the Peace Corps
in February 1999. When USAID began its HIV/AIDS prevention program
in British Guyana, it asked the Peace Corps to send a volunteer
to help - the Corps chose Rehwinkel. She served 11 months as the
HIV/AIDS Youth Project coordinator.
After the Peace Corps, she stayed
with USAID in Guyana and is now the HIV/AIDS project manager,
credited for the success of the program. She immerses herself
in the Guyanese culture, traveling throughout Guyana and representing
the USAID program at Guyanese meetings and events.
Rehwinkel has been able to fulfill
a sense of adventure as well as professional goals. She has lived
in rustic conditions, suffered from several of the endemic health
problems as natives and been stifled by post-election strife,
but she continues to treasure her experiences in Guyana.
She will attend Johns Hopkins University
in the fall to pursue a master's degree in international health
policy and management, with emphasis on infectious diseases.
Connor Trineer '92 receives
an Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award for his work in the theater
and entertainment industry.
Trineer received a Bachelor of fine
arts degree in theater from PLU in 1992 and a master of fine arts
degree in acting and directing from the University of Missouri
in Kansas City.
Trineer has appeared in popular television
shows including "One Life to Live," "Touched by
an Angel," and "ER." This past year, Trineer achieved
national name recognition for his starring role as Charles "Trip"
Tucker III in the new Star Trek series, "Enterprise."
He has also performed on stage in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles
and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Trineer lives in the Los Angeles
area, where he is active in the Circle X Theater Company.
PLU professor of theater, William
Becvar, calls Trineer "one of the theatre's 'best and brightest.'"
Becvar first encountered Trineer in a film history class when
the actor was a freshman. His assessment of Connor's PLU and professional
career holds high praise: "He was a pure joy with whom to
work and still, after 29 years at PLU, is one of my very favorite
For 70 years of faithful support
and service to his alma mater, Herman (Bud) Anderson '31
receives the 2002-2003 Heritage Award.
Anderson has maintained the tradition
of philanthropy established during the Depression years by his
father, past PLU Regent H. E. Anderson. Anderson served on the
PLU Alumni Board from 1960 to 1963 and on the Board of Regents
from 1962 to 1967. He is a member of the Campaign Steering Committee
for The Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University. He also serves
as a member of the Center for Learning and Technology leadership
Anderson is most associated with
the Anderson Clock Tower that stands in front of the University
Center. It was dedicated in honor of his parents in 1971 and remains
a campus landmark. More recently, he established the H. E. and
Vivian Anderson wing in the newly revitalized Xavier Hall.
He and his wife, Vivian, have been
partners in their support and enthusiasm for PLU. They live in
Arthur Hansen receives the
2002-2003 Special Recognition Award for his longtime support of
Pacific Lutheran University.
Hansen and his beloved late wife,
Jennie (Lee) '34, lived in Honolulu, where he started AH Hansen
Ltd., a wholesale meat distributing company, in 1952. After the
sale of the company and Arthur's retirement, the Hansens moved
They have been strong supporters
of PLU since the early 1960s. They actively recruited students
on behalf of PLU and opened their home to prospective students
and alumni. They established the Jennie Lee Hansen Endowed Scholarship,
affirming their belief in an education that promotes Christian
In October 1997, Hansen enthusiastically
supported the Campus Computer Network upgrade with a gift. In
June 1998, the Jennie Lee Hansen Recital Hall in the Mary Baker
Russell Music Center was dedicated. Hansen is a member of the
Campaign Steering Committee for The Campaign for Pacific Lutheran
University and supported PLU through his pace-setting gift to
the Center for Learning and Technology. He lives in Seattle.
For her outstanding volunteer service
as a pediatrician and member of Northwest Medical Teams, Phyllis
(Nybakke) Cavens '61 receives the 2002-2003 Alumni Service
In 1979, Cavens joined the first
group that Northwest Medical Teams sent to Thailand to treat Cambodian
refugees who were victims of the "killing fields." Since
that time, she has been to Ethiopia, Somalia, Mexico, Jamaica,
Uzbekistan, and Honduras, where she has served as a pediatrician.
In 1985, Cavens went to Ibnat, Ethiopia,
the site of a refugee camp high in the mountains. Cholera, a disease
that kills 70 percent of patients, struck the camp a few days
after her team arrived. With the medical team on site, the epidemic
subsided in a week, after 600 people were treated.
The list of places Cavens has traveled
and international crises that she has served in are extensive
and can be found in the book, "Being a Pediatrician,"
written by her husband, Travis Cavens, M.D.
Phyllis and her husband, who have
two grown children, live in Longview, Wash.
Olson Leadership Award
The Brian C. Olson Leadership Award
is presented to a current student who has demonstrated a commitment
to the university and the Alumni Association. By recognizing the
importance of connecting students and alumni, the recipient has
shown potential for lifelong service to the university. Senior
Tim Vialpando receives the 2002-2003 Brian C. Olson Leadership
Vialpando is pursuing a double major
in secondary English language arts and English writing. Vialpando
served as ASPLU President for the 2001-2002 school year and has
been a speaker at many campus events including Admissions Open
Houses, Convocation, and Family Weekend. He also was president
of Foss Hall, a student intern in the Residential Life Office
and ASPLU programs director. He has served both the PLU Board
of Regents and Alumni Board as a student representative.
Vialpando, from Westminster, Colo.,
attends PLU on academic and Q Club scholarships. He is one of
seven charter members of the Student Alumni Association. The group
will be a valuable resource to the Alumni Association in years
This award is named in memory of
Brian C. Olson '83, an avid PLU supporter and Alumni Board president
who died of cancer in 2000 at age 39.