Winter 2002


Jim Holloway memorial entitled 'Excellence'
The sculpture in honor of Jim Holloway is entitled "Excellence," and depicts his many passions.

Sculpture dedicated in memory of Jim Holloway

A sculpture in honor of the late Jim Holloway now stands outside the Mary Baker Russell music building.

The sculpture, designed by Kathryn Sparks, curator for visual arts at PLU, was dedicated in October. Kathryn and her husband, Dick, former director of choral activities at PLU, were good friends with Holloway and his wife, Judy Carr. Sparks designed the piece in Holloway’s memory based on artwork she did for the invitation to Jim and Judy’s wedding. 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 wanted her metal and glass sculpture on a brick base to show Holloway’s many loves, which ranged from music and cooking to family and the Lord. Holloway, who was killed May 17, 2001, was an assistant professor of music and university organist.

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Diverse and dynamic speakers fill Fall Lecture Series

Compelling speakers on topics ranging from landmines to the Holocaust drew crowds to the 2002 Fall Lecture Series.

Susannah Heschel of Dartmouth College opened the series with her presentation, "The Failure of Dialogue: Jewish-Christian Relations from the Jewish Point of View." Her lecture was also the annual Raphael Lemkin lecture, presented annually on a topic relating to genocide, and the keynote address for an international Holocaust conference held on campus in late September.

Gordon Lathrop, professor of liturgy at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia and former PLU campus pastor, presented the Lutheran Heritage Lecture with his talk, "Do Not Harm the Trees: The Ritual Care of the Earth." Per Lønning, retired bishop of Bergen, Norway and a member of the Norwegian Parliament, presented "Between Fundamentalism and Relativism."

An extraordinary witness to modern Chinese history, visiting professor Sidney Rittenberg presented "Whither China," drawing on his experiences living in China for 35 years after the Revolution of 1949.

Lectures organized as part of a series sponsored by the Students of Peace working group and the Wang Center for International Programs also were included in the series. Panel presentations and discussions were held on "Iraq: The Human Costs of Sanctions" and "Landmines: The Human Costs
of War."

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New students benefit socially, academically from program

New student orientation now lasts through January, rather than just the first four days of school. A new component, Quest, is a series of programs running through fall and J-Term that complement the First-Year Experience. Students attend keynote programs with discussions in September, October, November and January that highlight key aspects of PLU’s mission: inquiry, care, leadership and service.

"The first four days students are on campus are important," said Kathleen Farrell, director of Student Involvement and Leadership, "but it is not enough time to cover everything students need to know."

Quest is intended to take orientation a step further by presenting information when it is relevant. It will assist students in their transition and help them appreciate the support and spirit of the PLU community.

The program brings new students together more regularly, which helps socially but also offers greater access to faculty and administrative resources. PLU’s support services gain more insight into student needs by increasing their interaction with them. Organizers of Quest and the First-Year Experience program will work together to encourage more participation and find ways to integrate keynote programs and courses.

The Student Life office hopes common experiences among the incoming class members will help build community with shared references, discussions and memories.

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Morken Center construction starts with drilling

No, the drilling rig on lower campus that has been churning away for the past several weeks is not an attempt to enhance the endowment by striking oil. But it could mean more money for the university nevertheless.

The drilling is part of the first phase of construction for the Morken Center for Learning and Technology. Eighty, 300-foot deep vertical bores will form the working end of a ground-source heating and cooling system for the building.

The system and other energy efficiency measures included in the design of the Morken Center will save the university about $20,000 per year in utility costs alone. Maintenance costs will also be lower.
Instead of using a chiller to provide chilled water for air conditioning and a boiler to provide hot water for heating, the system extracts heat from the ground in the winter, to heat the building, and sheds the building’s heat to the ground in the summer, to cool the building.

Timing of construction of the final phase of the project, including the building, depends on fund-raising progress. To date more than $12 million has been raised for construction of the $19 million facility.

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Norwegian art and music subject of seminar

Norwegian teachers on campus for an annual seminar in October were treated to great music and art, as well as the traditional lectures.

Following the theme "Norwegian Culture Today," the annual conference of teachers of Norwegian from the U.S. and Canada, included great performances. Jon-Roar Bjørkvold, a popular music professor and author from Norway, presented a musical lecture. "Music and Culture: A Journey into the Creative Powers of Human Communication," was the annual Harstad lecture, established in memory of PLU’s founder, Bjug Harstad. His family created an endowment to fund the lecture series and help carry out Harstad’s wish that Scandinavian Americans not lose touch with their ancestral culture and traditions.

The jazz of Norwegian vocalist Solveig Slettahjell also charmed audiences at Lagerquist Concert Hall. She is becoming increasingly popular with the release of her CD "Slow Motion Orchestra."

Also, the artwork of acclaimed Norwegian landscape photographer Asle Svarverud was on display in the Scandinavian Cultural Center. His exhibit, "Norwegian Landscapes: Intense, Secluded, Majestic" included 35 mostly black-and-white photographs of some of Norway’s prettiest places.

Other presenters included Asmund Thorkildsen, director of Drammen Museum; Eva Bratholm, foreign correspondent for Dagbladet, one of Norway’s leading newspapers; and Audun Eckhoff, director of Bergen Art Museum.

The Norway Seminar is held on a different North American campus every year. PLU’s Audun Toven, chair of Scandinavian Studies, organized this year’s seminar.

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A new generation discovers the joys of knitting and crocheting

Students knitting in the UC
(Left to right) Jenne Heu-Weller, Andrea Hively and Amanda McCarty, all '04, knit in the UC

Knitting and crocheting have become the new trendy activities for students’ free time – for both men and women.

Jenne Heu-Weller, Andrea Hively and Amanda McCarty, all ’04, started the PLU Knitting and Crocheting Club this fall. The three have been knitting or crocheting together for years and thought others might like to get into it. Still, they were surprised to have 35 people at the first meeting.

The goal is simply for people to have fun, learn to knit and do something productive and stress-free.

McCarty credits the interest in the club to the stress-relieving qualities of knitting and crocheting. "It’s a mindless activity that gives you something to do with your hands," she said. Hively said knitting is addictive. "When you see something that you’ve created and you can wear it or you can give it away, I think it makes you want to do it again," she said.

The club plans to integrate service projects in the spring, such as making baby hats to be donated to mothers at the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Tacoma. Students will also have the opportunity to knit alongside the elderly in nursing homes and to donate their finished projects to the homeless.

By Christina Frederick ’05

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Lutes pay off their loans at a greater rate than national average

The U.S. Department of Education announced that for the first time in a decade the national rate at which borrowers default on student loans rose in the 2000 fiscal year, to 5.9 percent from
5.6 percent.

That’s far from the case for PLU graduates. The university’s loan default rate dropped to record lows for 2000, to only 1.2 percent. That’s down over a full point from the previous year. What accounts for this counter trend? What does it say about PLU people?

"PLU graduates have consistently demonstrated that they are very responsible citizens—more than the graduates of most other universities," said Kay Soltis, director of financial aid.

"Every year our graduates beat the national student loan default rate by several percentage points, and 2000 was a particularly good one," she said.

Soltis also credits the job her office does to counsel graduating seniors on the realities of financial responsibility outside the Lutedome.

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PLU 2010, university’s long-range plan, nears completion

Throughout the summer, a writing team was charged with preparing a planning document that distilled the work of the four PLU 2010 study commissions (Academic Distinction, Community, Fiscal Strategies and Identity & Constituency). The end result will be the January final report for PLU 2010: The Next Level
of Distinction.

Major topics in the final report include a framework for distinction as a Lutheran university in the Pacific Northwest; articulation of PLU's vision and aspirations; a focus on students; the cultivation of intellectually vibrant, creative and connected faculty and staff; and the understanding of knowledge and learning in carefully selected dimensions of its academic program, particularly international education and undergraduate student research and creative projects.

The 2010 draft report debuted at September’s University Conference. The fall allowed for additional drafts, opportunities for departments and divisions to review the document, and two campus forums.

The final draft will be completed in January and presented to the Board of Regents at its winter meeting.

"The PLU 2010 plan is so important because students are encouraged to seek their life dreams as they consider the larger issues of vocation," said Patricia Roundy, director of advising, who was on a panel reacting to the plan, at the fall conference. "This is a special place because this kind of dialogue doesn’t happen everywhere."

Visit the PLU 2010 Web site to read more on the report.

By Drew Brown

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From Christmas to spring, Encore! will be there

By Drew Brown, online editor

There have been great responses to the redesigned Scene, and the ever-changing Encore! In the last edition, we introduced our new format for Scene online, took you through the first semester with the This Week at PLU page and the seasonal Photo Album. And as usual, More Encore! will provide links to further information in this edition of Scene. Keep those comments and story ideas coming--Scene and Encore! are always looking for story ideas and your feedback has been superb. Here are some highlights of this edition:

Life of the Mind
You may have noticed a new edition to the Scene sections called "Life of the Mind," that focuses on the academic pursuits of the faculty and the students at PLU. With this edition of Scene focusing strongly on academics—the First Year Experience, Alternative Routes to Education and Peace Studies—Encore! will look at these programs and further explore PLU’s academic pursuits beyond the classroom. Who at PLU is publishing and what are they writing about? What PLU programs are the hallmarks of innovation? These are some of the areas Encore! will explore.

KPLU headlines More Encore!
It’s been a year since More Encore! debuted, and the section continues to grow. Get links to more online information from articles you’ve read in Scene: from this edition’s cover story, visit KPLU’s Web site, and read about the university’s prized radio station’s local impact; learn more about PLU’s involvement in the Salishan Housing Project; and find out ways to contribute to PLU so you can make next year’s Honor Roll of Donors.

Encore! keeps you up to date
Encore! continues to bring readers two services that are updated frequently every month, This Week at PLU and the Photo Album. Check back every other Wednesday to find a new story on PLU, from an event on campus to a PLU newsmaker halfway around the world. Great events are happening at PLU—from Sankta Lucia in December to Family Weekend in early March—and Encore! has the pictures to prove it.

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