Mortvedt Library Commons and Ramstad Commons have a friendlier
Some services geared toward academic and
career growth have been moved and combined in hopes of creating
synergy among departments
with similar objectives and providing better service to students.
The Mortvedt Library Commons and Ramstad Commons also have
a friendlier feel.
Those associated with academic support—the Writing Center
and Academic Assistance—have moved to the library, where
students and advisors can take advantage of the many educational
and research opportunities.
Ramstad Commons, similarly, has become
a hive of activity, with Academic Advising, Career Development,
the Center for Public
Service, Cooperative Education, Student Employment and the Volunteer
Center all moving under one roof. The premise behind the consolidation
is the same—enable students to easily take advantage of
the many opportunities before them, all in one place.
“The group seems to be working together very well,” said
Pamela Martin, administrative assistant in Career Development. “The
communication has never been better.”
PLU President Loren J. Anderson, right, talks with Provost James
Pence during a break in the Fall Conference, at which Anderson
presented his State of the University address.
starts off year with message of university’s strength
This fall, the university welcomed an exceptionally
well-qualified freshman class of 694 students, the largest class
since 1988. Fall enrollment was at more than 3,400 students, well
That was among the good news President Loren
J. Anderson delivered during his 12th State of the University
address at the start of the semester. He opened the 114th academic
year with a review of the past year, a look at the year ahead
and reflections on the university’s broader mission and
“The overall health of the university
is strong, our mission is vital and relevant, our achievements
are significant and our possibilities exciting,” Anderson
Anderson also reported on the completion
of the university’s new long-range plan, PLU 2010: The Next
Level of Distinction, which he called an important and clear framework
that will help shape university priorities and directions over
the next several years in areas such as student engagement, campus
culture, academic distinction and resource allocation.
He concluded his remarks with a report on
his trip to Namibia earlier this year and a visit with eight PLU
graduates who are serving their native country in key positions
from foreign affairs to broadcast news.
He called them good examples of the difference
PLU is making for all
students who are “preparing themselves for leadership, honing
their sense of call, equipping themselves to be life-long learners,
defining their goals and dreams.”
Read the full text of Anderson’s
student science research conference
Top student researchers from around the Northwest
converged on PLU in November for two days’ sharing of scientific
The Division of Natural Sciences hosted the
12th Regional Conference on Undergraduate Research of the Murdock
College Science Research Program. About 450 students from more
than 20 schools attended. Many of the schools, including PLU,
have received grants from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for
The Trust sponsors the conference at a different
institution every year, so students and professors can see the
results of each other’s work.
Four PLU researchers were among the 16 chosen
to give formal oral presentations on their projects. Kirsten Helleson
’04 and Garrett Luettgen ’05 spoke on their work with
biology professor Ann Auman on a project examining nitrogen-fixing
bacteria in Lake Washington. Kjersta Larson ’04 and Erin
Hoge ’04 presented their work with former chemistry professor
Kristy Mardis on identifying molecules that might be used as “capsules”
for delivering drugs to specific parts of the body. Other students,
including those from PLU, filled Rieke Science Center with poster
presentations of their work.
“It’s wonderful to see student
work of such high caliber, and it was an honor for PLU to host
the students from the region and the Murdock trustees,”
President Loren J. Anderson said.
The Murdock Trust has committed $3.8 million
to PLU, mostly for student research and other programs in the
New MFA program
in creative writing starts next summer
Writers who want to perfect their craft and
earn a graduate degree but can’t devote themselves to school
full-time have an alternative with an innovative program starting
The Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing
includes in-depth workshops during the summer, while writers work
on their own and correspond with a mentor throughout the year.
The program, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, is
scheduled to start in summer 2004.
“This is a writer-rich region,”
said professor Tom Campbell, chairman of the English Department.
“The idea is to get a lot of great writers together here
in Tacoma to bring increased visibility and energy to writing
In addition to PLU faculty, outside writers
will teach in the selective program. Stan Rubin, who served as
director of the Brockport Writers Forum and Videotape Library
at State University of New York for 20 years and now lives in
Port Townsend, Wash., will serve as director.
The program is intended for independent adults
who wish to develop and pursue careers as writers, focusing on
poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. Participants will attend
four intensive 10-day summer residencies consisting of workshops,
lectures, mini-courses and will design a personal course of study
with a chosen mentor for the following academic year. The deadline
for application is Feb. 15. More
issues of faith, character and peace at lectures this fall
In a time when many Americans are searching
for truth in government, former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon addressed
the issue of character among leaders at a lecture at PLU in November.
Simon, a former presidential candidate, is
professor of political science at Southern Illinois University
and director of SIU’s Public Policy Institute. The institute
says he leads the effort to provide objective and earnest assessments
of public policy and their implications for government leaders,
journalists and society at large.
Jim Wallis, executive director and editor
of “Sojourners” – Christians for justice and
peace – came to campus to discuss “Why and How We
Commit to Peace.” Wallis is recognized as the country’s
foremost Christian activist and is a commentator on ethics and
public life and a spokesperson for faith-based initiatives to
overcome poverty. In 1995, he formed Call to Renewal, a national
federation of churches, denominations and faith-based organizations
working to overcome poverty.
Also visiting PLU this semester was Walter
Wink, who spoke on “The Myth of Redemptive Violence”
and “ God as Human.” Wink is an internationally known
lecturer and leader of nonviolence workshops who has worked in
South Africa, the former East Germany, Northern Ireland, Palestine
and other areas in crisis.
A professor who has researched language development
gave the annual Bjug Harstad Memorial Lecture on the evolving
Norwegian language. Lars Anders Kulbrandstad, a faculty member
at Hedmark University College of Norway, presented “The
Influx of English and Other Current Issues in Norwegian Language
Policy.” Norwegian is one of the few languages in the world
that has been altered through a series of language reforms mandated
by the government with the objective of creating one national
The annual lecture is given in honor of PLU’s
answers questions, offers convenience
A full-service concierge catering to students,
staff and visitors has replaced what was the PLU LuteCard and
Information Center. And, just as it is in finer hotels, the new
program serves as a clearinghouse for all things Lute.
The concierge was initiated last summer,
when the LuteCard Information Center took over the services of
the campus operator from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. According
to Valerie Seeley, who coordinates the new service, the idea was
to compile a database of useful information—such as the
best nearby hotels, the most popular local pizza, or a good place
to take children while visiting Tacoma—and make it available
to callers. This, combined with the center’s usual services—PLU
ticket outlet, meal-plan customization, and campus and community
information center—ensures that students, staff and visitors
can get the latest information on PLU and its surroundings.
It offers more as well, including just about
anything a student or conference attendee might need in a pinch,
from dictionaries and blue books to bandages and sewing kits.
In addition, the Campus Concierge provides conveniences such as
fax services, modem hookups and United Parcel Service drop-off
The concierge can be reached at 253-535-6900.
New savings plan lets parents buy future
tuition at today's prices
New savings plan lets parents buy future
tuition at today’s prices A new savings plan gives students
and parents another tool to ensure they get the most out of their
The Independent 529 Plan, named after the
IRS code for college-savings plans, allows people to prepay college
tuition into a tax-advantaged fund that can be used at PLU or
other private universities.
While the plan does not guarantee university
entrance, it does guarantee that the percentage cost of tuition
will be locked in at the time of purchase, not when the certificate
is redeemed. A participant who prepays the equivalent 100 percent
of PLU’s 2003 tuition, for instance, will have 100 percent
tuition costs covered whenever that future Lute attends school.
“This exciting new program allows families
to save for college by investing in tuition certificates,”
said Sheri Tonn, vice president of finance and operations. “If
I were a parent or grandparent hoping to send a student to PLU,
I’d invest in this plan.”
And if the student attends a public institution or a private university
that does not participate in the plan, the money can still be
used for tuition, without the locked-in cost savings, however.
For more information, visit www.independent529plan.org
or contact Kay Soltis, director
of Financial Aid at 253-535-8725.
New deans appointed
and new faculty welcomed
Two acting deans were appointed, and 26 new
faculty members joined the university this fall.
Communication professor Ed Inch was named
acting dean of the School of the Arts. He replaces Kit Spicer,
who took a position with a liberal arts college on the East Coast.
Professor Thad Barnowe is acting dean of the School of Business.
He takes over for Don Bell, who retired from the position in May.
New faculty members are: Carl B. Anderson,
visiting assistant professor of theater; Claudia J. Berguson,
assistant professor of languages and literatures; Amy Bueler-Fong,
clinical assistant professor of nursing; Valerie A. Burke, visiting
assistant professor of chemistry;
Suzanne J. Crawford, assistant professor
of religion; Emily F. Davidson, lecturer for languages and literatures;
Janet R. Dubois, clinical assistant professor of nursing; Larry
Edison, visiting professor of computer science and computer engineering;
Gary T. Hiam, visiting instructor of sociology and social work;
Lynn E. Hunnicutt, assistant professor of
economics; Stephanie A. Kerr, visiting instructor of physical
education; Chandra M. Manning, assistant professor of history;
Cherie L. McCann, clinical assistant professor of nursing; Kathleen
J. Ridgeway, clinical assistant professor of nursing; Dana E.
Rush, lecturer of physics;
Kevin L. Sager, visiting assistant professor
of communication and theatre; Scott L. Taube, visiting assistant
professor of music; Fred L. Tobiason, visiting professor of chemistry;
Peter L. Trudinger, assistant professor of religion; Janet M.
Weiss, visiting assistant professor of education; Robert M. Wells,
visiting instructor of communication and theatre; Stephen T. Woolworth,
visiting assistant professor of education.
Visiting International Scholars are Yuichiro
Ehara from Hosei University; Ruojuan Duan from Kunming Medical
College; Zhengjian Huang of Zhongshan University, and Wuyang Zhuo
of Sichuan University.
New online community
debuts next month; check your record now
Starting next month, alumni can update their
own information through the Web and search for friends or jobs
through an electronic directory. The PLU Alumni Online Community
will go “live” Jan. 15, 2004.
The online community includes a searchable
online directory of all alumni; career mentoring and job posting
at the Career Center, a permanent PLU email address and a community
Yellow Pages. That means you can find classmates easily and can
use the directory to search alumni by class years, ZIP codes,
employment fields, college clubs and more. In addition, you will
be able to update your own record online and submit information
for your alumni magazine.
To protect your security and privacy, these
steps have been taken:
- Password protection—Only PLU alumni
will have access to the system. Users will be prompted to provide
specific information, including a unique personal access code.
This code is the 10-digit number above your name on the mailing
label of Scene (the number begins with several 0s). After your
first visit to the system, you can select your own password.
- Private review before the system goes live
on Jan. 15. Until then, the only record each alum will be able
to see is his or her own. The record shows your business address
and business phone information and home address. You will have
the ability to add to that information, or reduce it, if you
- You control your record and have complete
flexibility over what is displayed. If you prefer, you can choose
not to be listed. Only you can make changes to your record and
no one can download it for spam email, mass mailings or other
For access go to www.plualumni.org,
select Online Community, and follow the prompts. Please take a
look at your record between now and Jan. 15 and make any changes
you would like. If your record isn’t current, make any updates
to the directory or call the alumni office for help. If you can’t
access the Web or have any other questions or comments, call 800-ALUM-PLU
or email email@example.com.
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