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A Taste of the Theater

Alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend PLU Alumni College 2004, traveling to the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival June 25-28. Nestled in a beautiful southern Oregon valley, the festival has been a rich and rewarding event for those whose love of fine theater parallels their love of beautiful surroundings.

You will leave Friday morning, June 25, and travel on a deluxe-coach bus, equipped with air conditioning and television. You'll stay at the Best Western Windsor Inn in Ashland. Each room is standard with kitchen appliances, and guests can make use of the swimming pool and fitness room. A complimentary continental breakfast is available, as well as a courtesy shuttle that takes you directly to the Oregon Shakespeare Plaza.

Puck and Puckter from 'A Midsummers Night's Dream.' Photo courtesy OSF.

Experience the magic of four plays: “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Comedy of Errors,” and “The Royal Family,” and then your choice of “King Lear” or “A Raisin in the Sun.” There will also be an opportunity for a backstage tour, giving you a peek at what happens behind the scenes, and a private lecture by a company member. Julia Pomerenk '83 and Karen Weathermon '83, longtime festival attendees who majored in English, will accompany the group and lead lively discussions about the performances. We will return to PLU on Monday, June 28.

The cost of this trip is $525 per person for double occupancy, or $650 for single occupancy. This price includes transportation to and from PLU, three nights lodging, four performances, a backstage tour and lecture, as well as a special dinner with the whole group. Space is limited—make your reservation by May 31 by returning the reservation form.

We hope you will be able to join us for this educational and thrilling adventure!

Picture Perfect

School of Education graduates Mike Stork '75, Jill (Olson) DeYoung '84, Sylvia (Meacham) Wallen '75, Mark McDougall '75 and Gerd-Inger (Gregersen) McDougall '72 boated to Olympia in July. Mike, Jill and Sylvia have taught together for 20 years at Gig Harbor's (Wash.) Artondale Elementary. The McDougalls teach at the International School in Taipei, Taiwan.

Pencil Us In

Upcoming events

March 7
Hawaii Connection event, Honolulu

March 14-16
PLU To You events, Wenatchee,Tri Cities, Yakima

March 26
Parkland area Adopt-A-Highway project

March 27, 28
Alumni Board Spring Meeting, PLU campus

April 17
Parents Council Spring Meeting, PLU Campus

April 17
Hawaii Club Luau and Student Alumni Association Auction, PLU Campus

April 18, 19
PLU To You events, Boise, Spokane

May 1
Q Club Spring Donor Banquet

May 15
Annual PLU Alumni Women's Luncheon

May 23
Spring Commencement

For more information: or call 800-ALUM-PLU.

Connection Councils form to keep alumni in touch

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is working to create what will be known as Connection Councils all around the world. The first councils are being formed in the Twin Cities, Minn.; Anchorage; Denver; Kalispell, Missoula and Billings, Mont.; Eugene, Ore.; Honolulu and Mt. Vernon, Bellingham, Everett, Spokane (area), Yakima, Wenatchee and the Tri-Cities in Washington state.

These Connection Councils will be leadership teams located in geographic regions designed to assist the university in keeping connected with alumni, parents and friends in their region. If you are interested in serving on a PLU Connection Council, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

One such Connection event took place Aug. 10 at the home of Alumni Board member Al Dungan '59 and his wife, Hildred. Dungan, with the help of local alumni, has organized several events for Lutes living in the Twin Cities, Minn., area. Opportunities to come together for food and fellowship followed by a visit to places such as the American Swedish Institute, the Minnesota Science Museum and the Mill City Museum have been held in the past year.

You're Invited

The PLU Hawaii Club has announced that its seventh annual luau will take place Saturday, April 17, on campus. This annual event lets participants experience the spirit, life and cultures of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands through food, music and dance. Everyone is welcome to attend.

This year, the Hawaii Club has invited the Student Alumni Association to host its second annual SAA Auction in connection with the luau. Primarily a silent auction, was a part of the Spring Family Weekend Talent Show last year and proved to be a big hit with students and parents.

Both of these organizations are led by students. This initiative to combine efforts for one great event should make for a very special evening. We encourage all alumni, parents and friends to join us. Also on campus that weekend are Dance Ensemble's Dance 2004 and home softball games.

Cost of the luau/auction event will be $15 for adults and $12 for students. For additional information or tickets, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

New online community

Thousands of alumni have logged into the new online community. If you haven't updated your records, go to, select Online Community, and follow the prompts.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.

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

The online community includes a searchable directory of all alumni; career mentoring and job posting at the Career Center; a permanent PLU email address and a community Yellow Pages.

Parents Council

The PLU Parents Council met on campus in November and meets again April 17. Co-chairs Tom and Mary Renne challenged members to be involved in the council and in the life of the university. Several projects are in the works for this ambitious group, but the primary focus of the council is to meet the following goals: submit the names of at least five potential students, and to contribute to the PLU Annual Fund by joining Q Club or giving a one-time gift. If you are interested in serving on the Parents Council for the 2004-05 academic year, please contact Tom Renne at or Lauralee Hagen at You can also call 800-ALUM-PLU or 253-535-7203 for more information.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2003 was a great success, with many parents attending organized campus activities and spending quality time with their PLU student. A fantastic football game, LAFFS comedy club and University Congregation were all part of the weekend events. One of the highlights of Family Weekend 2003 was Classes Without Quizzes. The course catalog looked like this: The Book in Society: Bestsellers taught by Solveig Robinson; Louis Armstrong: Cornerstone of Jazz History, David Joyner; Tony Blair and the Hazards of “Conviction Politics:” An Analysis of British Policy in Iraq, Peter Grosvenor; and Games People Play, Norris Peterson '75.

Next year's Family Weekend will take place Oct. 29-31.

Olso fjord tour

PLU professor Audun Toven will lead a course in Norwegian as part of the Oslo Fjord Heritage Seminar put on by The Norse Federation this summer.

The seminar will run from Aug. 8-20 and includes a cultural history of the Olso Fjord area through tours, and 20 hours of Norwegian language taught by Toven. There will be visits to battlefields, museums and other sites.

The seminar is based at The Center for Senior Development near the fjord. The tour is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $1,995 including room, board and transportation from Olso. A nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due May 1.

For more information, visit www. or email or contact the alumni office.


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