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September 2013

Generous donation creates Ingram Hall’s Boge Library

A treasury of graphic design and typography books

This fall, students will welcome a new resource in Ingram Hall. The Boge Library will reside in Ingram 118 and is chock-full of graphic design resources. The library’s namesake and sole contributor, Garrett Boge (pronounced “Bogie”), donated his collection of more than 1,200 books and publications in the summer of 2013 to be used by future PLU generations. The large collection focuses on typography and calligraphy. 

The collection includes type and design journals from Boge’s era, like Emigre magazine, that still convey groundbreaking type and graphic design. He was particularly active when digital type design grew exponentially (alongside the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984). The collection also includes treasures such as the 1923 American Type Foundry Type Specimen and Catalog. Weighing in at seven pounds, the exquisitely letterpress-printed catalog is very rare and provides a printed specimen of most of the fonts and ornaments in the Elliott Press. 

BogeType forms first inspired Garrett Boge in 1973 during a calligraphy course at Evergreen College. He later graduated with a BA degree in Art/Graphic Design from Marylhurst College and soon began his career as a lettering artist and type designer at Hallmark Cards. After three years he left Hallmark to establish his own studio – Image & Idea – specializing in hand lettering and commercial graphic design. After acquiring his first Macintosh in 1986, Boge was one of the first independent type designers to embrace desktop font development tools, establishing the digital foundry – LetterPerfect Fonts in 1988. That same year, he came to PLU to teach as an adjunct design instructor for the academic year. Boge was later contracted by Microsoft to work onsite at the Monotype typefoundry in Salfords, UK to assist with character hinting of the Windows 3.1 TrueType core fonts. LetterPerfect eventually became a virtual foundry, managed largely on the Internet. 

“Both SOAC and Publishing and Printing Arts (PPA) students will have a chance to see (and handle) these books, furthering their understanding of typography, graphic design and publishing in a way that digital media can't convey,” Jessica Spring, Elliott Press Manager and Resident Artist says. “We were also fortunate to receive a large collection of printed ephemera and art supplies from handmade paper to Garrett's calligraphy tools. The ephemera will enhance the library and studios in Ingram, and the supplies will be put to use this semester.”

The Boge Library will be open later this fall. To kick off its opening, Spring will curate an exhibition to share some highlights of the collection in Mortvedt Library. 

Karen Hille Phillips Center opens with a red carpet affair

KHPThe Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts renovation is coming to a close and the construction crew, students and faculty are busy prepping for its debut. Hailed as the South Sound’s premier performing arts center, eyes will be turning to PLU for our first on-campus red carpet event.

On the evening of October 12 the community is invited for a spectacular opening night gala. Guests are invited to wine, dine and celebrate in their finest before watching the curtain rise on the season opener, Kiss Me, Kate.

Opening weekend will also give the community a chance for an expanded look at the Karen Hille Phillips Center. Guided tours will be offered Saturday, October 12 at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and Sunday October 13th at 12:30pm for those who wish to take a look behind the scenes.

The newly completed performing arts center houses a brand new mainstage theater, an art gallery, new costume design shop, studio theater, scene shop, expanded lobby, dressing and make-up rooms, and faculty offices.

The new performance center will provide numerous opportunities for students interested in all aspects of theater arts, from acting and directing, musical theater and opera, dance, as well as technical theater and design.

Tickets for the gala event are $75 and go on sale to the general public October 1. The PLU community will have a chance to purchase them in advance. Watch your inbox; further ticket details will arrive soon! Tickets include admission to the show, a pre-performance party with wine and food, and coffee and dessert afterwards.

Click below to view photos of the transformation!

PLU professor and alum receive grant to examine the scope of global protection for online journalists

Lisosky PLU Professor Joanne M. Lisosky and alumna Jennifer Henrichsen ’07 received word in August that they were awarded a grant from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to examine the scope of global protection for online journalists. Michelle Betz, international journalism consultant, will join them in the project.

UNESCO stated in its call for grant proposals that “UNESCO is concerned about the online safety of journalists and its significant human rights implication, particularly on freedom of expression and related privacy protection.” To address this concern, UNESCO has enlisted the team to conduct case studies and analysis examining myriad ways online media actors’ security can be threatened and to provide specific strategies stakeholders may enlist to mitigate threats to online safety and security.

war on words

Lisosky and Henrichsen co-authored a book “War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?” in 2011 and received a student/faculty research grant from PLU’s Wang Center to conduct its research. In addition, Lisosky has served two Fulbright awards teaching journalism in Uganda and Azerbaijan.

“It is a great honor to be involved in such a significant global research project,” Lisosky said. “Especially given the enormous growth in online journalism around the world.”

Henrichsen received a Fulbright award after graduation from PLU to study at the University of Geneva and the Geneva Center for Security Policy where she completed research on the legal protection of journalists around the world. She also worked as a freelance journalist in Geneva at the United Nations. 

“It is an exciting time for press protection efforts around the world. The UN just created a plan of action on this issue and our research will help inform and catalyze the debate among member states.”

Betz is the Director of UPI Next, the media development division of United Press International. She was senior project director for the International Center for Journalists in Egypt in 2011. She also served as a consultant for the International Media Support where she implemented media development projects in Benin, Togo and Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

UNESCO will publish the researchers’ findings in a book due out in 2014.

Meet the new Director of Forensics, Justin Eckstein

Justin EcksteinJustin Eckstein joins the Department of Communication and Theatre at PLU from Denver, Colorado, where he completed his doctorate at the University of Denver in Rhetoric and Communication Ethics. Dr. Eckstein will be heading up PLU's Forensics program and touring with the Speech and Debate Team. Dr. Eckstein's research focuses on the promises and perils of podcasting, which explores the democratic challenges and opportunities facing a networked culture. He has more than 15 years of competitive forensics experience and looks forward to elevating PLU's historic forensic program to the next level. This semester he will be teaching argumentation & advocacy and applied research. A new resident to the Pacific Northwest, he looks forward to trying all the delicious Pacific Northwest fare.