will hang up the cleats, retiring in June after 32 years
Westering, the head coach of PLU football for 32 years, has
announced this will be his last season. He will retire from the
gridiron and the classroom in June.
Westering, 75, came to PLU in 1972 and established
his unique coaching philosophy: players are challenged to reach
their potential by competing with their “best self”
rather than their opponent. He detailed the approach in his book,
“Make the Big Time Where You Are.”
Westering is among the 10
winningest coaches in college football history. His teams
won national championships in 1980, 1987, 1993 and 1999. In 1995
he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
He is also known as an inspirational teacher,
advisor and motivational speaker who is highly regarded by generations
of PLU graduates.
A national search for a successor will begin
Westering’s announcement came just as
Scene was going to press. A full report on his remarkable career
will appear in December.
$100,000 grant from Cheney
Foundation will support Morken Center
A $100,000 grant from the Ben
B. Cheney Foundation will help PLU reach its goal of integrating
business and technology with liberal arts to best train the business
and community leaders of tomorrow.
The grant will support construction of the
Morken Center for
Learning and Technology, which will house the School
of Business with the Depart-ment of Computer
Science and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mathematics.
The 53,000-square-foot building will include classrooms, faculty
offices and state-of-the-art laboratories.
“We appreciate so very much the commitment
from the Cheney Foundation, which has provided more than $1 million
over the years,” PLU President Loren J. Anderson said. “The
foundation’s generous support of PLU’s mission to educate
for lives of service is invaluable.”
So far, about $12 million of the $19 million
needed for the center has been raised. PLU plans to complete fund
raising by May 2004 and construction by fall 2005.
“Pacific Lutheran University educates
and enriches students who truly make a difference in their careers
and their communities,” said Brad Cheney, executive director
of the foundation.
Chinese House stresses immersion
in language and culture
Even though they’re not abroad, Chinese
Studies students are surrounded by the language and culture
right in their residence hall.
At the new Chinese House, located on the first
floor of Hinderlie
Hall, students speak Chinese in hallways and lounges 24 hours
a day as a way to integrate their studies into their lives.
“As students, we want to engage each
other outside the classroom,” said James Kozak ’04,
who returned from China last spring and lives in the Chinese House.
The Chinese House is a pilot program for a
future International House on campus. The vision for the International
House is to have a wing for each language taught at PLU and an English-speaking
wing for global/international studies students.
“From a language perspective, immersion
in the target language is invaluable,” said Mike Sosulski,
assistant professor of German, who spearheaded the International
“The opportunity to use it is key.”
Sosulski is part of a task force including
three students and staff of Residential Life and the Department
of Languages and Literatures.
The task force had three requirements for students:
language immersion; sponsoring events to further their integration;
and sharing Chinese culture by planning events for the campus community.
Other major decisions, like when and where to speak the language
and hold the events, are up to the students.
Along with creating an environment in which
international retention is stressed, the idea is to empower students
to put their mark in international education at PLU.
“They’re very ambitious and opting
for the max,” said Sosulski. “International at PLU is
rapidly becoming the hallmark of what a PLU education means.”
Record-breaking seven graduates
win Fulbrights for foreign study
Seven 2003 PLU students won prestigious Fulbright
Scholarships to study
abroad after graduation. That’s the most Fulbrights
PLU has had in one year and brings the total number of recipients
to 63 since 1975.
This year’s winners are Fredrick Kilcrease,
Natalie Gulsrud, Sarah Trask, Denise Thompson, Sarah Harmon, Elise
Erickson and Courtney Berner. Kilcrease, Gulsrud and Trask will
go to Germany, where Kilcrease will study economics, Gulsrud will
pursue environmental studies (particularly global warming) and Trask
will do a teaching assistantship. Thompson will study geology at
the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Harmon, Erickson and
Berner will do teaching assistantships in France.
Fulbright is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship
program, sending 800 scholars and professionals each year to more
than 140 countries. The scholarship covers the students’
educational, travel and living expenses for the year.
PLU has had more Fulbright scholars than comparable
universities. Professor Emeritus Rodney Swenson has been credited
with encouraging applicants and shepherding them through the process.
It has been his crusade to encourage this life-changing international
study. Now, three years after he formally left the faculty, Swenson
is turning over the Fulbright program to German professor Michael
“PLU has been remarkably successful in
getting Fulbrights, and Rodney deserves praise for his support of
the program,” biology professor Bill Teska said.
Swenson said he’s confident the program
will continue its strong tradition at PLU, and he continues to encourage
people to apply for the scholarships, which were created after the
end of World War II to foster mutual understanding among nations.
“The thrust of the program is an investment
in peace,” Swenson said. “One of the best ways to do
that is to have young people live and work in another culture.”
Pierce County stages disaster
on campus to prepare for emergency
Law enforcement and emergency management agencies
staged mock disasters in Seattle, Chicago and on the PLU campus
in May to prepare for the unthinkable.
PLU allowed portions of campus to be used in
order to help Pierce County with its drill and to test its own communication
system. The drill involved an explosion on a bus near South Hall,
and a fake hostage situation in the Plant Services area. SWAT teams,
fire engines and police cars swamped campus, but the community was
well warned of the drill, and there was no confusion when it finally
took place. Classes continued uninterrupted, and action was confined
to areas of campus that didn’t have planned activities.
A drill started the same time in Seattle. There,
agencies spent three days responding to a fake “dirty”
Life of the Mind: Rare
fellowship will take student down the international path