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Pacific Lutheran University Scene Winter 2008 Volume 39 Issue 2 4

Here & Now

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Life of the Mind

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Catch a rising star Angela Meade ’01 is on the cusp of a huge opera career

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What does it really mean to ‘help’ people? Ingrid Ford ’97 reflects on six years with Médecins Sans Frontières

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Becoming ‘the guy’ at PLU How a college dream snapped into focus after a late-night cab ride

Senior Eric Pfaff gets the university’s first bicycle co-op rolling. Page 4.

COVER STORY:

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Americans Abroad Why PLU is so good at getting Fulbright scholarships

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Giving Back

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Alumni Class Notes

From Harstad Hall to the Morken Center, donors have built the academy

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Honor Roll of Donors The Arts Terry Marks ’88 takes over the arts page

Attaway Lutes Beth Hanna excels on and off the court

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Perspective

Alumni News & Events Homecoming 2008

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Alumni Profiles

Scene EXECUTIVE EDITOR

CLASS NOTES

PLU OFFICERS

Greg Brewis

Ann Johnson ’81

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 Anthony Oliva III James Bash

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

PHOTOGRAPHER

Jordan Hartman ’02 ART DIRECTOR

Simon Sung ONLINE MANAGER

Toby Beal

Steve Titus 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 Nesvig Alumni Center Tacoma, WA 98447-0003 253-535-7415 800-ALUM-PLU www.plualumni.org

ADDRESS CHANGES Please direct any address changes to alumni@plu.edu or 800-ALUM-PLU ON THE COVER Jennifer Henrichsen ’07 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Olivier Vogelsang

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 2 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. © 2008 by Pacific Lutheran University

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Scene Magazine - Winter 2008