Winter 2003


PLU Alumni serving in the armed forces

Are you, or is a member of your family, serving in the Armed Forces, including the reserves?

The PLU community is grateful for your service to our country and we are proud to offer you our support. We would like to share the news of your activities in the Class Notes section of Scene and, if you wish, publish your e-mail address so that others might have the opportunity to stay connected with you. Please write us at the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, PLU, Tacoma, WA. 98447-0003, fax to 253-535-8555, go to the Alumni and Parent Relations Web site ( and complete the related form or email us at

PLU Connection Events

As you might expect, the mercury dipped below freezing early February in Colorado and Montana. However, the temperature inside at the PLU Connection Events held in those states was warm. PLU alumni, parents, prospective students and friends in Denver for a Connection Event just prior to the Choir of the West Concert at Augustana Lutheran Church. It was the last stop of a six-day, three-state tour for the student ensemble.

While the members of the Choir of the West headed back to Parkland to begin the second semester of class, Laura Polcyn ’75, ’79, vice president for admissions and enrollment, and Lauralee Hagen ’75, ’78, director for alumni and parent relations, headed to Montana for events in Billings, Missoula and Whitefish.

In addition to the opportunity for those with ties to PLU to come together for food and fellowship, lively discussion centered around PLU’s long-range plan, PLU 2010: The Next Level of Distinction.

PLU Alumni Women’s Annual Luncheon Saturday, March 15

In March of 2002, the luncheon once known as the PLC/PLU Women of ’30s, ’40s and ’50s Luncheon, came of age! The invitation to the gathering was extended to all alumni women in the region.

To mark this occasion, we were fortunate to have 1979 PLU graduate and internationally known artist Julie Ueland as our featured speaker.

This year, Dr. Phyllis (Nybakke ’61) Cavens, recipient of the 2002 Alumni Service Award, was invited to be our speaker. Phyllis is a pediatrician and member of the Northwest Medical Team. Cavens has been with the team since its beginnings in 1979 and has traveled to Thailand, Ethiopia, Somalia, Mexico, Jamaica, Uzbekistan and Honduras.

Dr. Cavens also served as one of the doctors at the 1994 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

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