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Government grant helps expand International Core

PLU’s growing International Core, also known as Core II, will expand in the next few years, thanks to a $173,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s international education development program.

"PLU’s International Core is one of a kind," said Ann Kelleher, who is a professor of political science, chair of the International Core Committee and project director for the grant. "With the grant, the program can take the next major step."

The grant will provide more courses: a fourth section of the first semester Authority and Discovery course, and several second and third-year courses, including studies on value-based ethics. One of the highlights is the addition of a human rights course taught by philosophy professor Paul Menzel.
Also as part of the grant, all language courses will have international issues incorporated into their curriculum in the fall.

"The grant will also allow us to broaden issues, look at the world beyond the U.S. and Europe," Kelleher said. Included is a new course on China.

With almost half its classes team-taught by more than 25 faculty from diverse disciplines, the International Core is growing rapidly. This year, 45 students graduated from Core II, and more than 85 freshmen were enrolled in the second semester history class.

Goals during the grant period include adding courses in natural sciences, communication and education.

Former Canadian foreign minister addresses war and peace in campus visit

Former Canadian Foreign Minister and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Lloyd Axworthy spoke individually with students and beforea packed house about human security and the road to peace during a campus visit.

Axworthy’s lecture was titled, "Human Security: From the Landmine Treaty to the Responsibility to Protect," but with developments in the world, many of his comments were directed toward the war with Iraq.

He is well known for his innovative ideas on foreign policy. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for his leadership on the Ottawa Treaty, a global accord banning anti-personnel landmines. He promoted a human security agenda that focused on humanitarian crises around the world and worked to achieve cooperation between governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Axworthy was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 1979 and served in the Canadian government for over a quarter of a century. He was instrumental in Canada's successful candidacy for membership on the United Nations Security Council and was the impetus behind several major initiatives at the United Nations. He is now head of the Liu Centre for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, where he guides development of research, policies and partnerships aimed at solving pressing global issues, including human security.


Nursing alumni association honors researcher with award

For her outstanding accomplishments in nursing research and scholarship, Lori (Stanke) Loan ’82 was honored with the 2002 Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award.

Loan serves on the executive board of directors and as chief of nursing research at Madigan Army Medical Center. She oversees more than 40 funded grants garnering nearly $8 million dollars to support nursing research. Her current work examines the associations between the structure of hospital nurse staffing, patient turnover and indicators of patient outcomes and safety.

In 1991, Loan was named a Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Scholar for her work aimed at improving respiratory care for sick and premature infants. Her studies detailing lung injury in ventilated infants were recognized by the Western Institute of Nursing and the Army Medical Department. These organizations honored Loan with the Carol A. Lindeman Award and the Major General Kenyon Joyce Award for outstanding research in 2002.

In her 20-year career as an Army civilian, Loan has received the Order of Military Medical Merit (1999), a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service For Outstanding Leadership (2000), and the prestigious Meritorious Civilian Service Medal from The Army Surgeon General (2000).

Loan earned her Ph. D. in nursing and a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Washington. She lives in Sumner, Wash., with her husband, Brad, and two daughters, Alia and Tana. She is a member of the PLU Nursing Alumni Board of Directors.

Nominations are being accepted for this year’s award. PLU nursing alumni who have made outstanding contributions to nursing practice, scholarship or service will be considered. Please submit the nominee’s name, graduation year, home or e-mail address and phone number, as well as a description of contributions to nursing, to Jillinda Bossen ’74 at


South Puget Sound colleges discuss diversity at workshop on campus

More than 200 people from a dozen colleges in the area came to a diversity institute on campus aimed at strengthening campus connections.

The South Puget Sound Higher Education Diversity Partnership is made up of representatives from colleges and universities in the area. The institute earlier this spring is believed to be the only one like it in the Northwest, said Associate Provost Bill Teska.

Several PLU faculty, students, staff and administrators participated in presentations and panel discussions on a wide range of topics. Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs Eva Johnson ’95 facilitated a roundtable discussion and helped plan the daylong seminar. Judy Mladineo, director of the Women’s Center, and students Natalie Gulsrud ’03 and Mat Jibben ’03 of the Sexual Assault Prevent & Education Team, presented, "A Little Help From Your Friends…Building Effective Peer Education Programs."

Alina Urbanec ’97, director of Career Development, and student diversity advocate Fritz Kilcrease ’03 presented, "We to the World: Helping Study Abroad Students Reintegrate." Meg Billings, David Gerry ’76, ’90 and Charry Bentson from International Programs presented "Designing Inter-Institute Programs to Bring International Students to Campus. " Kathlyn Breazeale of the Religion Department and Deborah Miranda from English presented "Sweetgrass, Tobacco, Cedar and Sage: Integrating Indigenous Worldviews and Women and the Sacred."


More than 540 receive diplomas at May Commencements

PLU awarded more than 540 graduate and undergraduate degrees at Commencement May 25. About 900 students will graduate this year in ceremonies in May, August and December.

The graduates, their families and friends heard a compelling address by Sidney Rittenberg, visiting professor of Chinese Studies. An extraordinary witness to modern Chinese history, Rittenberg is the author of "The Man Who Stayed Behind," based on his experiences living in China for 35 years after the Revolution of 1949. He is now widely consulted on U.S.-China relations. (See story in China section).


Families increase collection at Scandinavian Centers

Two local families with longtime ties to PLU enriched the Scandinavian Cultural Center’s artifact collection with their recent donations.

Arne ’41 and Gloria (Rummer) ’41 Pederson have been supportive of the SCC ever since the initial fund raising. This time, their contribution included Norwegian pewter plates, Nordic dolls, a wooden Viking ship replica, Norwegian rosemaled bowls, platters and spoons, a man’s Norwegian costume and a butter churn and wooden mold. Arne taught at PLU for 33 years in the School of Education and Gloria owned Gloria’s Scandinavian Gifts near campus for years.

Janice Baxter said she is pleased to have her mother’s and aunt’s collections in a place where they will be appreciated. She and her husband, Bill, donated 132 Danish porcelain plates. The Baxters have been involved with PLU for many years; Bill previously served on the Q-Club board, and the family contributed to building both Mary Baker Russell Music Center and Rieke Science Center. Their daughter, Ann Baxter ’90, received her master’s in education from PLU.

"Thanks to the generosity of folks like these, the collection continues to grow, which enhances our ability to provide comprehensive Scandinavian exhibits that accurately depict the Scandinavian immigration experience," said Susan Young ’92, director of the SCC.

The collection consists of strictly donated items and contains about 2,500 pieces, worth $250,000.


Regents welcome four new members to board
and thank retirees

Three members of the Board of Regents have retired, and four new members have joined the board. New Regents for the 2002-2005 Term are:

Dale Benson, ’63, representing the ELCA. Benson has served on both the Alumni Board (’76 – ’79) and Parents Council (’86-’93). Three of his four children are also PLU alums. Dale owns Benson Associates, an investment management firm in Portland, Ore. He and his wife, Jolita ‘63, have made significant contributions to the Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University: The Next Bold Step.

Richard Hildahl, ’65, representing the ELCA. Hildahl is retired from Ernst & Young, where he spent his career working in international petroleum. He now has his own consulting company and travels the world on behalf of his business. Hildahl is also a member of the Wang Center for International Programs Advisory Board. He and his wife, Connie ’65, live in Longbranch, Wash.

David Greenwood, ’74, at-large member. Greenwood is the senior vice president/chief financial officer of Geron Corp, a biotech firm that specializes in stem cell research. He earned his MBA from Harvard and spent several years as an investment banker with JP Morgan. He’s been at Geron since 1995. He and his wife, Margaret ’74, live in Monte Sereno, Calif., and have two children.

Peter Wang, ’60, at-large member. A native of Taiwan, Wang earned a Ph.D. in probability theory at Wayne State University, where he began his teaching career. Later he held professorships in mathematics and statistics at Michigan State, Iowa and Stanford universities. He is regarded among the nation’s top researchers in predicting and assessing security threats. Wang left teaching to establish several international trade business ventures and also became a highly regarded entrepreneur and developer of computer-aided design and computer assisted engineering data handling systems. Most recently, he and his wife, Grace, established The Wang Center for International Programs at PLU. They live in Pebble Beach, Calif., and have three grown children. Peter is also a member of the Wang Center for International Programs Advisory Board.

Retiring Regents are Becky Burad, who served seven years, Larry Neeb who served eight years and chaired the Business and Finance Committee, and Gerry Anne Sahlin, who served nine years.


Thriving Trinidad and Tobago program
fosters understanding

Six PLU faculty and staff members were immersed in the culture of Trinidad and Tobago as they spent spring break visiting PLU’s nine-year-old study abroad program there.

Led by Barbara Temple-Thurston, dean of Humanities and director of the Trinidad and Tobago program, the group researched material for courses with a global focus that offer experiential learning opportunities in the richly-diverse nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

During the next two years the research they began will produce educational connections between Caribbean cultures in Trinidad and Tobago and multicultural neighborhoods around PLU, such as Salishan.

The group learned about Trinidad and Tobago’s culture, religion, history, traditions, economy and environment. They visited with religious leaders, government officials, educators, folk historians, Carnival organizers, business leaders, social service agencies, environmental activists and museum curators. They experienced firsthand the Hindu festival Phagwa or Holi, spent an extraordinary evening with the Malick dance and drum performers and attended a staged production of "Echo in the Bones."

Team members included Jeff Clapp, assistant professor of theater (he visited T&T in January); Kathi Breazeale, assistant professor of religion, Oney Crandall, director of the Center for Public Service; Maxine Herbert-Hill, director of Cooperative Education Internships; Kay McDade, associate professor of sociology; and Jill Whitman, professor of geosciences. The trip was funded by a three-year grant from the American Association of Colleges and Universities/ Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education to explore liberal education and global citizenship..


Grad enlightens group on economics in the 21st century

More than 70 graduates and friends of the School of Business gathered in Seattle earlier this spring to hear a fascinating lecture by Andy Turner ’74, managing director of the Frank Russell Company. Turner, a former professor of finance spoke on "20 years After – Financial Economics in the 21st Century."

Turner’s comments focused on the current economic shift in the information economy and the premise that it takes 20 years for the economy to accept a new paradigm. Turner said the early ’70s saw a similar shift with the birth of Modern Portfolio Theory, and he predicts the next economic shift will be what he calls a "bioeconomy."

Those in attendance also heard updates on the progress of the new Morken Center for Learning and Technology, which will incorporate the School of Business, the Department of Mathematics and Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering.

For a copy of Turner’s lecture, contact development officer Doug Page at


Students earn prestigious grants for undergraduate and graduate research

In-depth research and creative projects continue, with ambitious PLU students and graduates earning top study grants.

Four PLU graduates have won prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad, bringing PLU’s total to 60 since 1975.

This year’s winners are Fredrick Kilcrease, Natalie Gulsrud, Sarah Trask and Denise Thompson, all ’03. The first three will go to Germany, where Kilcrease will study economics, Gulsrud will pursue environmental studies (particularly global warming) and Trask will do a teaching assistantship. Thompson will study geology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Also, six ambitious research projects are under way by students who received Severtson/Forest Foundation grants.

Severtson fellows for 2003-04 and their projects are: Gennah Wilde Stocks ’05, "The Effect of Maternal Perinatal Analgesia on Newborn Sucking;" Aaron Bell ’04, "Repression: Not Just a Negative Issue Anymore;" Erin Burgess ’04, "Community Forest Management, Fuelwood Scarcity, and Household Meal Preparation Choices: Evidence from Rural Nepal;" Aaron Dennis ’04, "Zooarchaeology & Fijian Culture History;" Allison Gaboury ’04, "Voice Recognition by Adults: Unconscious Processes;" Eric Hessler ’04, "Motor Skill Consolidation;" Heather Knous ’04, "Toddlers’ Comprehension of Partially Known Words."

Last month, the 2002-2003 research fellows presented results of their year’s worth of research. They are: Thu Nguyen’04, "Musicology and Choreography in a Communist Country: Political Suppression, Restriction and Dictation of Music and Dance in Vietnam;" Janice Moore and Nicole Hemphill-Harmon both ’03, "Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children;" Amanda Bieber ’03, "Salishan Community Assessment;" Kimberly Andre ’03, "History of NAMAS (Namibia Association of Norway);" Reginald Todd ’03, "An Investigation of Compliance With Emergency Vehicle Right-of-Way;" Jennifer Harsch ’03, "Localizing Casual Processes in the Brain," and Scott Nguy ’03, "Newborn Infant Preference for Higher-Pitched Voices."

The upper-division social science research grants honor S. Erving Servertson, emeritus professor of psychology, and former vice president and dean of student life. They are funded in part by the Forest Foundation.


Trip to China creates new educational and religious connections

Modern day China is undergoing an amazing transformation in many areas including politics, the economy and the religious landscape. Church Relations Director Rick Rouse and PLU Regent Jon Vaswig ’80 learned that firsthand when they traveled with a delegation to China in November to deliver wheelchairs, provide medical treatment for the needy, train local health care professionals and meet with religious and government officials.

The trip was sponsored by the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash., through its philanthropic foundation. It was the first mission for China Partners Network, a new service network that includes partners from the hospital, PLU, and Lutheran congregations in Western Washington. China Partners was formed in fall 2002 to support the work of the Amity Foundation, an independent, Christian-based social service organization in China.

Leading the trip was Dr. Donald Mott, the hospital’s chief medical officer. Other participants included Don’s wife, Barrie Mott, and hospital therapists Steve Shores and Brett Nidiner. Vaswig is senior pastor at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Edgewood, Wash., and is president of the China Partners Network board.

The first day in Shanghai, they met with Chen Mei Lin, executive associate general secretary of the China Christian Council, the umbrella organization that coordinates all Protestant churches in China. They discussed many of the changes taking place in China. The church is beginning to recognize, for example, that it should be involved in social ministry programs to help meet many needs.

The Amity Foundation, which is supported by the ELCA Division for Global Mission, has led the way with its orphanages, clinics, schools and literacy programs, AIDS education and poverty eradication projects.

The team spent three days in Tancheng, a city of one million located in a poor, rural area where its health care professionals diagnosed and treated disabled children who have childhood diseases such as polio and cystic fibrosis. Mott and Rouse represented Rotary International at a wheelchair dedication ceremony and presented 80 wheelchairs to Amity that were distributed to children and some adults with special needs.

The team then spent about a week in Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu Province—a growing and prosperous city of six million people. In Nanjing, they participated in another wheelchair donation ceremony, where they presented Amity with an additional 160 chairs. The medical delegation spent time working with disabled children and training health care workers in the latest therapy techniques.

They met with Ambroise Aiming Wang, vice president and dean of Union Seminary (the national Protestant seminary) and one of his professors. Christianity is exploding in China, and Wang said they are unable to train pastors fast enough. Because of limited facilities and faculty, the seminary can admit only 40 new students out of more than 300 applicants every year, so it is looking to seminaries in the USA for help in training both professors and pastors.

In all, Rouse said they came away with a clearer sense of mission and need for future work that could be sponsored by the China Partners Network.

They made important connections with Amity and discussed specific ways PLU students and faculty could be involved in service-learning opportunities, including a J-term.


Senior debaters second in country; team ranks fifth nationally

PLU’s senior debate team of Leah Sprain ’03 and Kyle Mach ’03 placed second in the nation, and the forensics team ranked fifth overall, at the end of the season.

Sprain and Mach competed with 258 teams before losing a split decision in the finals of the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s annual competition in Portland, Ore.

PLU finished 24th out of the 93 schools that participated in the national tournament, giving the team an overall ranking of fifth out of 396 schools in the country.


PLU honors retiring faculty

Four retiring faculty members with more than 130 years of service beween them were honored at May Commencement. They are:

William Becvar, professor of theater, hired in August 1973.

Arthur Gee, professor of biology, hired September 1968

Gary Minetti, director of Counseling and Testing and associate professor in the School of Education, hired September 1965.

David Yagow, senior lecturer of religion and former associate provost, hired in August 1976.


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