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Pacific Lutheran University Scene Spring 2009 Volume 39 Issue 3 4

Here & Now

8

Life of the Mind

10

Teaching by practicing

MFT program provides experience for students and support for the community

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Lute roots run deep For cousins on campus, PLU is a family affair COVER STORY:

The Burden of Stewardship

What Christian ethics can tell us about responsibility, spotted owls and being the dominant species

For these students, their PLU roots run deep – and wide. See page 12.

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The Arts

Act 1: Be willing to take a chance

26

Alumni Profiles

29

Giving Back

30

Alumni Class Notes

40

Perspective

Attaway Lutes

Student-athletes as peer tutors

Alumni News & Events

PLU volunteers: the friends ‘who are the rest of us’

Athletic facilities: planning for the future

Scene EXECUTIVE EDITOR

CLASS NOTES

PLU OFFICERS

Greg Brewis

Mari Peterson

Loren J. Anderson President

EDITOR

EDITORIAL OFFICES

Steve Hansen

Hauge Administration Building #207 253-535-8410 scene@plu.edu www.plu.edu/scene

MANAGING EDITOR

Barbara Clements WRITERS

Greg Brewis Steve Hansen Barbara Clements Tina Reindl ’07 Chris Albert Nick Dawson PHOTOGRAPHER

Jordan Hartman ’02 ART DIRECTOR

Simon Sung ONLINE MANAGER

Toby Beal

Patricia O’Connell Killen Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Laura F. Majovski Vice President, Student Life and Dean of Students Karl Stumo Vice President, Admission and Enrollment Services Steve Olson Vice President, Development and University Relations Sheri J. Tonn Vice President, Finance and Operations

OFFICE OF CONSTITUENT RELATIONS Lauralee Hagen ‘75, ‘78 Executive Director Jacob Himmelman ‘03 Associate Director for Alumni and Parent Relations

ADDRESS CHANGES Please direct any address changes to alumni@plu.edu or 800-ALUM-PLU ON THE COVER Illustration montage by Simon Sung

Nesvig Alumni Center Tacoma, WA 98447-0003 253-535-7415 800-ALUM-PLU www.plualumni.org Scene is printed on 10 percent post-consumer recycled paper using soybased sustainable inks. The paper was manufactured at a Forest Stewardship Council-certified plant.

Volume 39, Issue 3 Scene (SSN 0886-3369) is published quarterly by Pacific Lutheran University, S. 121st and Park Ave., Tacoma, WA., 98447-0003. Periodicals postage paid at Tacoma, WA, and additional mailing offices. Address service requested. Postmaster: Send changes to Development Operations, Office of Development, PLU, Tacoma, WA, 98447-0003, deveops@plu.edu. © 2009 by Pacific Lutheran University

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Scene Magazine - Spring 2009