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Eastvold renovation, CLT come to forefront of campaign planning

The Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University achieved a major milestone in March with the announcement of a $1 million capstone/completing grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the Center for Learning and Technology.

The Murdock grant will support construction of new classrooms, laboratories and offices for the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering in the CLT. The award is another incentive in the campaign, as the grant is contingent on PLU raising the balance of the funds to complete construction. To date $11.5 million of the projected $19 million CLT goal has been raised. The overall campaign now stands at more than $98 million in commitments.

In other fund-raising news, great strides continue to be made in planning for the renovation of Eastvold Auditorium. The Eastvold Restoration and Expansion Leadership Committee-chaired by Dean Emeritus Dick and Marcia Moe and Kurt and Pam Mayer-has met several times to establish naming and commemorative opportunities and to begin developing the case for support for each of the Eastvold project components. At the last meeting, two families on the committee, the Moes and Ron '70 and Ingrid (Knutzen '70) Gintz, stepped forward with leadership gifts to move the project forward. A separate campus design planning committee has begun working with Lorig and Associates on the project.

As the new home for the Division of the Humanities, a retooled Eastvold will reaffirm the central role of the humanities in PLU's mission. An exciting addition will be The Gintz Family Theater, a black box theater with movable chairs and lighting in which the theater department can stage small performances, rehearsals and classes. The expanded Eastvold will also feature a refurbished and enlarged Tower Chapel, and provide updated broadcast facilities for KPLU-FM 88.5.

David Aubrey, vice president for development and university relations, hailed recent campaign progress, saying, "We celebrate these generous gifts, but it is also the gifts of all donors that have brought us ever closer to reaching our goals for The Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University."

PLU makes special tribute to the Ben B. Cheney Foundation

Earlier this year, the university paid a special tribute to a local institution that has been a longtime, steadfast partner and supporter of PLU.

In March, students and faculty gathered for the annual Ben B. Cheney Foundation Scholars Luncheon to recognize and thank the foundation and its Executive Director, past PLU President Dr. William O. Rieke '53 for helping to provide the best possible educational and personal growth experience for PLU students.

Since 1976, the foundation has contributed nearly $1 million to provide merit scholarships for 134 students and also to supply funding for capital projects, including the revitalization of Xavier. Its support of PLU's mission to educate for lives of service is invaluable.

Paul Menzel
Paul Menzel

Provost Paul Menzel heads back to the classroom

After eight years as the university's chief academic officer, Provost Paul Menzel will leave his administrative duties and return to the classroom.

Teaching has always been a priority for Menzel, a philosophy professor who has taught one course a year during his term as provost. He is eager to devote himself full-time to working with students again.

During Menzel's tenure, the university has expanded international educational opportunities and continually upgraded technology. He set priorities for faculty and curriculum and played in central role in establishing PLU as one of the Associated New American Colleges dedicated to the integration of liberal arts and professional programs.

"We appreciate Paul's service to the university and the faculty and his commitment to providing the highest quality of education," said PLU President Loren J. Anderson. "Students will benefit from having him in the classroom more, but the entire university will miss his leadership."

Menzel, who joined the faculty in 1971, was dean of the Division of Humanities and chair of the philosophy department before becoming provost in 1994. He specializes in social philosophy and ethics and has become an internationally known expert in the field of health care ethics and philosophy of health economics. He has written two books on the subject, including "Strong Medicine: The Ethical Rationing of Health Care."

PLU gains exposure in The Chronicle of Higher Education

PLU made a splash in an important story in The Chronicle of Higher Education this spring.

The Chronicle featured images from graduate Charlotte Gogstad's e-portfolio in a March 8 story about how grads are using multimedia options instead of a standard resume. Gogstad '01 developed her CD-ROM while she was a senior. It contains examples of her student work, details about her studies and even video testimonials from her former employers. She said in the article that her e-portfolio helped her land a job with a British telecommunications company.

Student journalists spark movement to remember reporter

The PLU student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists developed a meaningful, evocative tribute to slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl that drew national attention.

"Our students were so shaken by Pearl's murder they wanted to do something to show solidarity," said Joanne Lisosky, a journalism professor. They wore off-white or pearl-colored ribbons attached with pearl-headed pins on campus this week. When asked why, they said, "For Daniel Pearl. Not only soldiers are dying for our freedoms."

The national SPJ was so impressed with the PLU chapter's efforts, it sent out a press release across the country. Stories were published in newspapers across the state and country and on National Public Radio and CBS Radio. The national chapter called on its members and others to find ways to honor the life and service of Daniel Pearl and other murdered journalists, including public ways that serve as a reminder of the essential role that journalists play in America and around the world.

SPJ President Al Cross, political reporter and columnist for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, said the PLU students' actions add meaning to the words that he and others have found inadequate in expressing their grief and outrage about Pearl's murder.

Sam Amoo (LEFT) and Inger Haug
Sam Amoo (LEFT), University of Namibia, and Inger Haug, Hedmark College

Faculty, students research Nordic approach to democracy

PLU's innovative program to work with universities in Norway and Namibia to study the Nordic approach to peace and democracy has already spurred research and travel opportunities for faculty and students.

A semester-long class at Hedmark College is being developed, and plans are underway for a course on PLU's campus as well. At every level, the program will enhance understanding of cultural differences, politics and human rights issues by focusing on the relationship between a country's societal practices and its approach to world issues of democracy and development.

The first of the faculty-student research teams are engaged in study surrounding the Nordic approach. Jennifer Hasty, assistant professor of anthropology, and Ruth Rondema '03, an anthropology student, are conducting work in Namibia this summer. Ann Kelleher, professor of political science, and Scandinavian Studies student Kimberly Andre '03 are studying the work of nonprofit organizations in Norway with a group that works with agencies in Namibia.

Sam Amoo from the University of Namibia and Inger Haug of Hedmark College visited PLU this spring to speak to the university community about the exciting joint venture. The partnership between the three colleges will "help students at likeminded universities become citizens of the world," Provost Paul Menzel said.

Partnering with the two divergent universities was a natural for PLU. Namibia and Norway both have large Lutheran populations and make protecting human rights a priority.

So far, the program has generated more than $300,000 in commitments, mostly from the Norwegian community in Seattle.

Maurice Skones
Maurice Skones

Influential Choir of the West Director Maurice Skones dies

Former Choir of the West Director Maurice Skones, who was credited with bringing national attention to PLU's choral program, died May 2, in Tucson, Ariz.

Skones, 75, came to PLU in 1964 as chairman of the music department and director of the Choir of the West. During his 18-year tenure, he achieved a national reputation for the choir, was instrumental in the fivefold increase in music majors and encouraged emphasis on contemporary music. While at PLU, he developed a new type of choral sound, which departed in some ways from the Lutheran choral tradition of emphasis on sectional unity. In its place he created a "heterogeneous" choral formation in which the choir is organized not by sections but by quartets.

A native of Montana, he graduated from Concordia College in Minnesota, completed his master's degree at Montana State University and earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona. Skones left PLU in 1983 to head choral activities and graduate programs in conducting at the University of Arizona.

Memorials can be made to the Dr. Maurice and Patricia Skones Vocal Music Endowment Scholarship Fund at PLU.

A memorial service will be held on the PLU campus in late August. For specifics, email deuane@earthlink.net

Academic Distinction Commission strives for educational excellence

How will a PLU student be distinguished from other college graduates? The PLU 2010 Academic Distinction Commission envisions possibilities that might be reflected in the experiences of two mythical PLU students:

Allison Tredwell '09 is from Fargo, N.D., majoring in sociology with a minor in Chinese Studies. As a junior, she spent the fall semester at Zhongshan University in Guangzho (Canton), where she studied Chinese and interned with the World Bank. Already published, Allison's senior capstone project focuses on research conducted with Professor Greg Guldin on the use of education as an instrument for reducing poverty and inequality. Allison has applied for a Fulbright Scholarship in an effort to return to China and study health and social welfare systems. Her long-range career goal is to work for the United Nations in Human Rights.

Jorge Ramirez '10 is a junior from Tucson, Ariz. He is a computer science and economics double major concentrating in the study of ethics involved with the integration technology in underdeveloped nations. Jorge spent the spring semester in Trinidad and Tobago at the University of the West conducting research to better understand how the Caribbean culture and society have been influenced by technology in the 21st Century. Upon his return to PLU, Jorge plans work in the Center for Learning and Technology with Professor Ken Blaha developing software systems for a group of agencies that deliver services to residents in Tacoma's Hilltop area.

Those student vignettes illustrate the Academic Distinction Commission's recommendations that a PLU education focus on the university's international study and undergraduate research opportunities and more intentionally incorporate the Lutheran heritage with issues of ethics and service/experiential learning.

"The journey toward distinctiveness is an ongoing one. In many wonderful ways, PLU is already distinctive," the commission says in its report as part of the PLU 2010 long-term planning. "We cannot, however, rest on our well-earned laurels; the higher education landscape promises to be dynamic and potentially uncertain over the next decade or more."

Study examines students' technological proficiency

As part of its ongoing commitment to ensuring technological competence, the Instructional Resources Committee is studying how well prepared students are for the increasingly high-tech workforce.

The committee is compiling results of a survey taken in the spring. The thrust is to get a better understanding of what technological background students have initially and how well prepared they are by the time they graduate. The primary question the committee aims to answer is, "Did students learn?"

"PLU is working hard to be successful and have students be technologically literate," said Chris Hansvick, professor of psychology and IR Committee member.

Students in the PLU class of 2006 are a part of a new generation of learners. Traditional-age freshmen have grown up in the digital age and will move into a workforce with a high level of technical expectations waiting for them, Hansvick said. Many students enter the university with advanced technological skills, but others have gaps in their computer backgrounds. Through this study and various university initiatives, PLU will bridge any gaps and graduate every student with technological proficiency, said Dean of Information Resources Chris Ferguson. These resources will supplement an already strong PLU education.

"Technology can enhance education," Ferguson said. "It can deepen the teaching-learning experience."

PLU has already taken the initiative with the use of eCourse, the online class supplement on which professors post educational materials and students exchange information. PLU has also significantly increased archives and current information available at Information Resource and maintains skilled and dedicated faculty and staff to provide the most up-to-date opportunities to students.

Former debaters wanted to participate in reunion

PLU has a strong history of successful intercollegiate forensics competition, most recently its 2002 Championship at the International Debate Education Association Tournament in Romania. Now there are plans to recognize the alumni who made this program the success it is today.

PLU will host its first Forensics Reunion in the spring of 2003. This event is for all those associated with or interested in PLU forensics. This will be an opportunity for graduates to reflect on their experiences with forensics and support future endeavors. Organizers are compiling a database of alumni who participated in forensics and planning for the reunion.

"The time has come to weave together our history as one of the oldest nationally competitive forensics programs in the country," said Amanda Feller, visiting assistant professor of communication and co-director of the program. "The time has come to honor one another, to celebrate success and to renew friendships of this longstanding program."
Today, participants attend an average of 15 tournaments a year, including three national tournaments and one international tournament. For the 2001-2002 academic year, PLU is ranked 9th out of 350 programs in the country in the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

The squad hosts three tournaments a year: a fall warm-up tournament, the Theodore O.H. Karl Tournament (the largest high school tournament in the region) and the Betsy Karl Tournament for college programs.

Roughly 15 core members and 15 students from courses such as Argumentation and Public Speaking comprise the current squad. Edward Inch, chair of Communication and Theatre Department, is also a co-director.

If you would like to receive information on this event or lend a hand, send an email titled "Reunion" to Amanda Feller at fellerae@plu.edu.

Moving tribute to Jim Holloway will go up near music building

One year after the tragic death of PLU assistant professor of music James Holloway, a memorial is being crafted to be placed later this year near the Mary Baker Russell Music Hall, where the beloved teacher created beautiful music and inspired countless students.

Kathryn Sparks, PLU's curator of visual resources, designed the piece of artwork that will be dedicated to Holloway's legacy. Inspired by the invitations she designed for Holloway's wedding to Judy Carr, Sparks brings her close friendship and respect for his artistry to the tree-shaped sculpture. It depicts the life of a brilliant and caring teacher, an inspiring colleague, a trusted friend and a great and gifted servant. Beyond that, Sparks wants her metal sculpture on a brick base to show Holloway's many loves, which ranged from music and cooking to family and the Lord.

A scholarship fund created in Holloway's memory has grown to more than $100,000, and the first scholarship in his name was awarded last month.

Barbara Temple-Thurston
Barbara Temple-Thurston

PLU selected for initiative to ensure global citizenship

PLU has been selected to participate in a new initiative–Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy–a curriculum and faculty development project sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.

PLU was one of only 10 schools chosen from a pool of very competitive applicants to participate in this national initiative. Applicants had to demonstrate a commitment to expanding the investigation of global knowledge within the major, spurring greater civic engagement and social responsibility and promoting in students and faculty a deeper understanding of, debate about, and the practice of democracy.

"The three-year project will support faculty teams as they work to develop curricula, particularly as related to the university's international study semesters such as the one in Trinidad," said PLU Provost Paul Menzel. "Team members will participate in a four-day faculty institute, an online global seminar and forums at regional and national meetings."

The core team from PLU includes: Barbara Temple-Thurston, team leader and dean of humanities, who is a specialist in African and Caribbean literature; Lisa Marcus, English; Kathryn Breazeale, religion; Jill Whitman, geosciences; Jeffrey Clapp, theater; and Ione Crandall, director of the Center for Public Service.

Updates and information about the project can be found at www.aacu-edu.org.

Donors create small scholarships to pay big dividends

Several years ago, Don '49, '50 and Gini '50 Wick decided to do something special to honor their family, their alma mater and to help students complete a college education. They decided to create an endowed scholarship, called the Wick Family Endowed Scholarship, as way to provide financial support for others and to leave a family legacy at PLU.

Today, their scholarship has grown in value and contributes several scholarships each year to deserving students. "We know how difficult it is for so many families to afford a college education so we felt this was an important thing for us to do," Gini Wick said. "And each year, we receive wonderful, moving letters from the students expressing their thanks and the difference the scholarship has made in their ability to attend college. It's just wonderful!"

Establishing a scholarship, either during one's life or through one's estate plans, is a perfect way to honor or memorialize the life of a loved one, or, like the Wicks, to show gratitude and encourage lifetime learning. Once the fund has reached a certain amount, the investment earnings are used to provide scholarships based on criteria established by the donors.

At PLU, more than 90 percent of students receive financial aid, with the average award being $15,000.

PLU inspires sixth-graders to continue their education at 'I'm Going to College Day'

Lynn Beck
School of Education Dean Lynn Beck, speaking to students from Naches Trail Elementary School

Sixth-graders went to college for a day last month when PLU hosted 135 students from the Bethel School District. The fifth annual "I'm Going to College Day" gave the students, many from low-income families, an up-close look at college life and reassured them that anyone can make it to college – even if they don't think they can afford it.

"Regardless of what your social or economic standing is, you can go to college," Financial Aid Director Kay Soltis said. "There are lots of resources out there to help."

PLU is the only university in the state to offer such a program. The university brings about 100 students from a different Bethel elementary school to campus every year. This year, students from Naches Trail Elementary sat in on a class prepared specially for them, ate in the university's dining hall with college students and toured the campus. Each child received a backpack filled with school supplies and a T-shirt. Students get an official letter of one-day admittance to PLU and are encouraged to think about ways to prepare and save for college.

Also attending were the Promise Scholars, talented students who have been selected by the Bethel Educational Scholarship Team. If those students continue to do well in school, they are guaranteed a $500 scholarship when they graduate.

"We are committed to helping our students find out firsthand just how exciting college can be, as well as helping them find ways to fund their post-secondary education," said Bethel School Superintendent Tom Seigel. "PLU is offering a wonderful opportunity to these sixth graders."

PLU People

Deborah Miranda
Deborah Miranda

Deborah Miranda, assistant professor of English, recently had her poetry and essays included in several anthologies. Her work can be found in "The Dirt is Red Here: Contemporary Native California Poetry and Art," edited by Malcolm Margolin, Hey Day Books, June 2002; "This Bridge We Call Home: 20 Years After This Bridge Called My Back," edited by Gloria Anzaldua and AnaLouise Keating, forward by Cherrie Moraga, Summer 2002.

An article will appear in the women's studies journal Frontiers this summer. The same article is also included in a critical anthology, "Toward a Native American Women's Studies: Critical/Creative Representations," edited by Ines Hernandez-Avila, Fall 2002.

Miranda also delivered two papers at the SW/TX Regional American Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., in February, and read her poetry on KUOW- Seattle, last month.

Chuck Bergman
Chuck Bergman

Chuck Bergman (English) attended the Steering Committee meeting of Second Nature; a group organizing a network of West Coast colleges and universities focused on the greening of college campuses. The network includes Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Oregon, and Lewis and Clark. PLU has been invited be one of the universities on the network's Steering Committee. He also presented a paper at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association in December in New Orleans. The paper's title was: "Wild Lives: Narrative, Subjectivity, and the Possibility of Biography in Wild Animals." Bergman also presented a slide lecture at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater called "Writing the Lives of Endangered Animals."

Susan Mann
Susan Mann

Susan Mann, director of Human Resources, was an invited participant at the Oxford Round Table on Civil Rights held at Oxford University in England in March. She made a presentation titled "Sexual Orientation: Creating Institutional Inclusiveness."

Three recent graduates have won prestigious Fulbright scholarships. Whitney Dolman '01 of Olympia, Wash., won a teaching fellowship in Germany. Berit Olsen '02 of Seattle will study in Norway, and Lia Ossiander '02 of Chugiak, Alaska, will study in Germany. They bring the total number of PLU Fulbright scholars to 56, significantly more than other comparable universities. The Fulbright award is the U.S. government's premier scholarship program, created after the end of World War II to foster mutual understanding among nations.

Whitney Dolman
Whitney Dolman

Berit Olsen
Berit Olsen

Lia Ossiander
Lia Ossiander

The PLU Archives led by Kerstin Ringdahl, together with 13 other archives in the Pacific Northwest, received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to form the Internet-accessible Northwest Digital Archives. Participating institutions will produce electronic finding aids for their rich collections, forming a searchable database maintained at Washington State University.

The Northwest Digital Archives will enable PLU students and faculty to access primary source materials that document the political, cultural, and natural history of the region. Participating institutions are: University of Idaho, Montana Historical Society, University of Montana, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Municipal Archives, University of Washington, Washington State Archives, Washington State University, Western Washington University and Whitworth College.

2001 Faculty Retirees

Barbara Ahna, Assistant Professor of Business; began at PLU on Sept. 1, 1980.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Oklahoma, 1967; J.D., University of Puget; Sound School
of Law, 1978.

Myra J. Baughman, Professor of Education; began at PLU on Sept. 1, 1970.
Bachelor of Arts, PLU, 1962; Master’s of Education, Western Washington University,
1969; Ed.D, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1975.

Paul Benton, Associate Professor of English; began at PLU on Sept. 1, 1969.
Bachelor of Arts, Whitworth College, 1965; Ph.D., Princeton University, 1970

Dixie Matthias, Adjunct Professor of Biology ; began at PLU on Sept. 11, 1975.
Bachelor of Science, Pacific Lutheran University, 1962; Master of Science, University
of Washington, 1965

Donald Wentworth, Professor of Economics; began at PLU on Sept. 1, 1972.
Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, 1965; Master of Arts, University of Minnesota,
1970; Master of Arts, University of Illinois, 1971; Ph.D., University of Minnesota,

Paul Benton
Paul Benton

Dixie Matthias
Dixie Matthias

Donald Wentworth
Donald Wentworth


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