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China Symposium will bring acclaimed speakers on broad topics
This spring is a banner semester for speakers at PLU, with the annual Spring
Lecture Series already under way and the public symposium on China set for
Nawang Dorjee, director of education for Tibetan Childrens Village
in Dharasmsala, India, kicked off the lecture series in February with "Tibetan
Culture and History: An Insiders Perspective." Steven Mintz, history
professor at the University of Houston, gave the Schnackenberg Lecture for
2003: "Beyond Sentimentality: The History and Future of America's Families
and Children." Dr. Carolyn Osiek, professor of New Testament studies
at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, gave the spring Religious Studies
Lecture, "Sex and Power: The Bible on Women and Men." Jeri Laber,
founder of Human Rights Watch, presented this years Womens History
Lloyd Axworthy, the Canadian foreign minister who was nominated for the Nobel
Peace Prize in 1997 for his work on banning landmines, will present, "Human
Security: From the Landmine Treaty to the Responsibility to Protect"
on March 19.
In recognition of Earth Day April 24, David Orr will speak on "Leadership in a Vacuum: Colleges and the Question of U.S. Sustainability." He chairs the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College and is known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education.
Also coming in April is a major symposium examining Chinas place in the global community and contemporary issues related to Chinese culture, economy and society.
"China: Bridges for a New Century"
takes place Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, at the Sheraton Hotel
in downtown Tacoma, and is hosted by the Wang Center
for International Programs.
"This will be a very stimulating conference, providing multiple points
of view and avenues for cross-cultural engagement," said Janet
Rasmussen, director of the Wang Center. Speakers from China, Japan, Norway
and North America will discuss economic development, business and trade, health
care, human rights, youth culture and school reform, technology, spiritual
life and the arts. Former US Ambassador to China, J. Stapleton Roy, is among
those giving keynote addresses.
This inaugural public symposium for PLUs Wang Center also features
an "Educating for Peace Day" to be held on campus Wednesday, April
9, and a program on contemporary Chinese film with noted movie director Wu
Ziniu on Saturday, April 12.
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Students will explore ways to serve their communities and the world in meaningful
ways through a grant of nearly $2 million awarded to the university from the
"The receipt of this large grant will greatly assist the university
in realizing the highest ideals for Lutheran higher education," President
Loren J. Anderson said. "We prepare our students to think critically
and be engaged in society, and we hope this intellectual journey will be personally
transforming for them."
The grant will enrich the universitys current offerings and provide
major support for faculty, students and staff.
One of the core tenets of PLUs mission is to help students discover
their calling or "vocation" and to find ways to use their talents
to serve others, so this project is called "Exploring Vocation at PLU."
The university was one of only 39 institutions to receive funding from the
Lilly Endowment for this project this year.
Lilly Endowment, Inc. was established in 1937 by members of the Lilly family as a vehicle by which to pursue their personal philanthropic interests.
Dr. Bill Foege 57
and former President Jimmy Carter always have high praise for each other.
And both seem to have a way of deflecting admiration and passing it on to
others, seeking action rather than credit. But they also celebrate each others
When Carter received one of the worlds greatest honors the
Nobel Peace Prize in December in Oslo, Norway, his friend Foege
"It was not only wonderful to see his efforts acknowledged and recognized,
but to hear the compelling speech he gave," Foege said. "His life
and his hopes for the future were in
Foege, a member of the PLU Board of Regents and an internationally recognized
expert in global health issues, admires Carter and his humanitarian efforts.
Carter calls Foege one of the most influential people in his life. Those words
were repeated during the broadcast of a recent PBS
documentary on Carter.
In 1977, President Carter appointed Foege director of the Centers
for Disease Control. Carter called on Foeges expertise once again
in 1986 when he named Foege executive director of the Carter
Center, a nonprofit public policy center founded by Jimmy and Rosalyn
Carter to fight disease, hunger and poverty.
"At the Carter Center, we have a motto (Bill) helped conceive,"
Carter wrote in supporting Foeges nomination for the prestigious Lasker
Award for his advances in medicine. "The only failure is not to try.
Foege led the effort to eradicate smallpox worldwide, and is now speaking out against the national plan for mass vaccinations because of the threat of terrorism. Smallpox vaccines are unique in that they protect against disease up to four days after exposure, he said, so typical preemptive immunization is not necessary. And given the risks of the vaccine, he said its more prudent to save it in case of an outbreak.
A $40,000 grant from the Russell
Family Foundation will allow an in-depth study of water-related issues
at PLU. By the end of the year, PLU will develop a comprehensive plan for
storm water and water conservation on campus.
"Its very important for the university to look at water use, which
is becoming one of the most important environmental issues around the country
and world," said Chuck Bergman,
project director for the grant. Bergman is an English professor and environmentalist
(See Perspective, back page). Co-director is Sheri Tonn, vice president for
finance and operations.
The grant, which will support a collaborative campus effort on sustainability with a water focus, runs throughout 2003. Among other things, the grant will fund a one-week workshop for a broad group of faculty, staff and students. Many environmental studies faculty members will redesign their courses to include expanded study of water issues.
Lute computer wizards ran away with the top two prizes at a regional competition
The juried competition was staged in conjunction with the Northwest
regional meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges.
Seven undergraduate teams submitted abstracts describing their research or
special project. PLU placed first and second. A third team won honorable mention.
The first place award went to Ludvig Ungewitter 03 and Tobias Mann
03 for "Simulation of a Disassembly-to-Order System." Their
faculty adviser is Tosh Kakar.
Nathan Yocom 02 and Michael Wright 02 earned second place honors
with "pGina: Graphical Identification and Authentication." Ken Blaha
advised them on the project.
Bryce Brockman 03 earned honors for "MPIGALib: Library for Island Model Parallel Genetic Algorithms" with guidance from faculty adviser David Wolff.
Students from activist clubs across campus banded together last fall to form
the Student Activist Coalition.
The club includes representatives from such clubs as the environmental organization
GREAN, Feminist Student Union and Advocates for Social
Anna Hasselblad 04, co-president of Advocates for Social Justice, said
other clubs are still joining.
SAC is a group of like-minded people with a lot of energy and interest in
the same things, Hasselblad said. "One of the main goals of SAC is educating
and critical thinking, taking a proactive stance and going out and making
some noise," she said.
Teach-ins, protests and lectures are the types of activities the club may
"Part of being a privileged American who attends a liberal arts school is serving other people and using your education," Hasselblad said.
Another goal of SAC is for different clubs to work together so they know what the other is doing. SAC will also enable individual clubs to network on campus and increase connections off-campus.
To join SAC, a club must be proactive and get involved with issues that serve the community.
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Deuane 75 and Karen (MacClellen 74) Kuenzi will organize and
direct a new group they have recently created, The Northwest Lutheran Choir.
The choir will consist of singers from throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho,
Montana and Alaska, and has already recruited several members of PLUs
Choir of the West. They will come together three times a year for rehearsals
and concerts, performing everything from J. S. Bach to John Rutter.
A typical rehearsal/concert schedule will involve three nights of rehearsals
(Wednesday through Friday) followed by two concerts (Saturday evening and
Sunday afternoon). All singers will be expected to learn their parts on their
own prior to rehearsals.
"We would love to add even more PLU alumni to the choir," Deuane
Those interested can send audio tapes with two selections to: Deuane Kuenzi, Messiah Lutheran Church, 805 Fourth St. N.E. Auburn, Wash., 98002. The audition deadline is May 1. Rehearsals and concerts are tentatively scheduled to start this fall.
The latest recording by the Choir of the West is available. "A
Mighty Fortress," was released in December. It commemorates the 75th
anniversary tour of Scandinavia in the summer of 2001 and includes performances
recorded in some of Norway and Swedens most majestic cathedrals.
Recordings range from the moving spirituals "Im Gonna Sing 'til
the Spirit Moves in My Heart," "Give Me Jesus," and "Glory
to the Newborn King," to Lutheran classics such as "Beautiful Savior"
and "O Day Full of Grace."
CDs are available at the PLU Bookstore or through the online bookstore at luteworld.plu.edu.
Going into second semester, PLUs debate team was ranked third in the
country against other schools that compete in the National Parliamentary Debate
The team won several regional tournaments in the fall, and several outstanding
debaters consistently win top honors. Among them are Kyle Mach 03 and
Leah Sprain 03, who took first place in a tournament in Salt Lake City
in January, and Chipo Chikara 04, who won four first-place awards in
individual speaking events at the same tournament. Adam Holt 03 and
Andrew Orr 03 were, with Mach, named outstanding speakers.
Throughout the year, the squad has invited the public to debates on topics
of general interest.
The entire team is looking forward to a reunion in May with alumni debaters.
The event, intended to celebrate the past and prepare for the future of forensics
at PLU, will be May 9 and 10. Current students will debate the first day,
and alumni will debate the second. A banquet and fund-raiser will be Saturday
night at C.I. Shenanigans on the Tacoma waterfront. Cost is $50. Proceeds
will help send students to national and international competitions.
For more information, contact Amanda Feller at email@example.com.
PLU's Department of Religion is in the second year
of a two-year, $42,000 grant from the Wabash
Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.
The grants goal is to strengthen the department during a time of major
faculty turnover and transition.
"The Wabash grant provides an opportunity for faculty to meet and share
their teaching goals and strategies," said Alicia Batten, assistant professor
of religion. "It has been very helpful to discuss and learn from one
another about common questions and issues that we all must address in our
Grant activities, including spring and fall retreat-workshops for the entire
department and a monthly discussion group for tenure-eligible faculty, began
in September 2001 and conclude in August.
"The coordinated set of activities is deepening the departments culture of reflection on teaching and supporting the departments newer faculty in the early stage of their careers at PLU," Batten said.
Firms ranging from a resort-town restaurant to an independent roofing contractor
were honored in the 2002 Washington Family Business Awards sponsored by the
Family Enterprise Institute of PLUs School of Business in November.
They were chosen from 27 finalists and more than 175 nominations. Firms were
judged on their innovative business strategies and practices, performance,
family and business links, contributions to community and industry, multi-generation
family business involvement and longevity.
Winners were Harkness Furniture
of Tacoma and Preston Premium Wines of Pasco, small business; Waynes
Roofing, Inc. of Sumner, medium business; Alaska Distributors Company of Seattle,
large business; W.A. Botting Company of Woodinville, heritage business; Alecs
By The Sea of Ocean Shores, new business.
"The judges were impressed by the richness of the stories and the strength
of these family businesses," said Catherine Pratt, associate dean of
PLUs School of Business and director of Family Enterprise Institute.
Also recognized at the workshop were three Washington firms that went on to win national awards last year. They are Fitterers Inc., Ellensburg, second runner-up, small business; The Bartell Drug Company, Seattle, second runner-up, large business; Cowles Publishing Company, Spokane, honorable mention, large business.
Encore! keeps you in
step with spring
By Drew Brown, online editor
A busy spring is sure to bring plenty of updates to Encore!, as we take you
through PLUs China Symposium and May Commencement. Encore! will be updated
frequently throughout the months with news, press releases and photos from
campus happenings. You can also find additional information on topics from
this edition at www.plu.edu/encore/.
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Follow the progress of the recently finished 2010 report.
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