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March 1985

6 Students' Aca demic, Personal Crowth

'In The Footsteps of

Concern Of New Minority Affa irs Di rector

Bach' Theme Of PLU Summer Stu dy Tou r

By sarah Heydon

Although most people say you're not to make any changes until you've been at a job for at least a year, Phyllis Lane, PLU's new director of minority student prog­ rams, is already planning some modifications in her office. Lane said she plans to build on the existing programs and to redefine the office's goals. "We need to be really clear on what our goals are, then our activities and events will fall in line with our goals." Lane took over as the new director Jan. 7 and is faced with the duties of providing leadership to the department. setting goals for the department. and making sure the goals are met. She also plans to expand existing minority programs at PLU so they can better meet the needs of the students. Lane has been involved in student services for 14 years. "I have a strong commitment to people of color finishing higher education," she said. The Minority Student Programs Office is designed to serve the ethnic minority students of PLU in their adaptation to the challenges of academic and personal growth. The office advises minority stu­ dent activities, programs, and or­ ganizations; facilitates the use of

student services by minorities; and serves as a source of informa­ tion regarding admission, scholar­ ships, and grants for minority students. "This office should pro­ vide individual and personal ser­ vice to students," said Lane, "and this office should be involved in activities that promote, protect and empower people of color." Lane hopes to provide pre­ colleg e students with these academic experiences through the MESA Program (Math En­ gineering Science Achievement),

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS Pacific lutheran University admits students of any race color sex national and ethnic origin .to all the rights, privileges, programs and act vities ene ally accorded or made available to students at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.

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an outreach program designed to increase repres e n t a t i o n o f minorities in professions which currently attract a small percen­ tage of these populations. Lane also said she'd like to provide pre-college students with enrichment experiences which will help create images and models for students, which in turn may help them decide what they want to be. Lane said many students come into university environments which are rich with opportunities but do not know how to use them. Lane remarked, "Giving them ex­ posure to what the university contains and what the resources are can help them understand how it relates to their future." The office will also give support and assistance for academic suc­ cess and look outside the universi­ ty at possibilities such as graduate school or internships. "We want to be continuously opening doors for them," Lane said. Lane also plans to create cultural events and activities through the office which will "revere and cele­ brate our ethnicity." She wants minority students to know that their culture can exist in a predo­ minantly white culture. Before coming to PLU, Lane worked as assistant dean of stu­ dents and managed the minority affairs program at University of Puget Sound. Before working at UPS she was a counselor and part of the office of minority affairs at the University of Washington. She has a B.A. in urban studies, a master's degree in education and is currently completing a second master's degree in counselor edu­ cation at UPS.

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1985 marks the 300th anniver­ sary of the birth of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. In celebra­ tion of the Bach tricentennial Pacific Lutheran University is of� fering a two-week summer Euro­ pean tour, "walking in the foots­ teps of Bach," which will trace Bach's life and career from birth­ place to place of death. The July 19-Aug 1 tour features Eisenach, the composer's birth­ place; Leipzig, the place of his death, along with Frankfort, Han­ nover and Potsdam. PLU music professor David Dahl and university communications executive director Martin Neeb are tour hosts. Dahl will play historic Bach organs at many of the tour sites, including Hamburg, Lubeck, Celie and Dresden. Tour members will sing favorite Bach chorales where they were composed, and will be part of the impromptu choir singing at wor­ ship in Stormthal, E. Germany. Bach dedicated and played the organ in this village church; the organ is perhaps the only unre­ stored Bach instrument remaining today. The tour also features special Bach concerts. Luther sites, in­ cluding Wittenberg, will also be visited. Reservations should be made as soon as possible. Payments are due April 1. For more information call Dr. Neeb at PLU, 535-7180.

Summer European Tour Focuses On Special Education

veteran Music Professor Chooses Ea rly Retirement After 33 Years Well over half of PLU's alumni have marched through their com­ mencement exercises to the strains of "Processional of Joy," an original 1969 compOSition by Dr. Larry Meyer. The unique ceremonial work has been performed at all offiCial PLU convocations over the past 15 years. In addition, many alumni have used an organ arrangement at their weddings. Dr. Meyer, who also originated the popular Northwest Summer Music Camp at PLU and served as its director for 13 years, recently chose early retirement at age 56 after 33 years of teaching. Nearly half of his career has been spent at PLU. "PLU is my life. I'll miss it, but I'll be in close contact," the veteran musi c professor said. Meyer taught brass, trumpet, theory, orchestration and jazz. During his career Meyer publish-

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ed over 30 compositions, arrange­ ments and articles, including a music theory textbook. He also prepared numerous s p e c i a l marching band arrangements for football halftime shows, college and professional, including one of the first Super Bowl games. In addition to his annual sum­ mer music camps which attracted over 3,000 high school students, he directed and adjudicated at music festivals in 32 states. Meyer performed with numer­ ous jazz bands, including Claude Thornhill and Doc Severinsen. He began his performing career in the early '50's with the Air Force Band. For four years he was coor­ dinator of the Northwest division of the National Association of Jazz Educators. He was also on the national committee for the Col­ lege Band Director's Association. A graduate of Colorado State

A comparison of special educa­ tion programs in Europe and America is the purpose of a 21-day European tour in July, hosted by the Pacific Lutheran University Department of Special Education. PLU special education profes­ sors Dr. Kent Gerlach and Dr. Lenny Riesberg are joined by Dr. Iva McCleary as tour leaders. Dr. McCleary is professor of special education at the University of Utah. The July 4-24 tour will visit London, Paris, Florence, Venice, Innsbruck and Munich among oth­ er pOints of interest. Formal and informal seminars with European special education experts are scheduled throughout the tour. Four hours of academic credit are available to tour participants. All three tour leaders have ex­ tensive background in special edu­ Larry Meyer cation and have previously visited Europe on similar study ventures. University, he earned his master's More tour information is availdegree at the University of Oregon able by writing or calling Gerlach at doctorate at Northern the PLU School of Education, 535or o. 7272 ���· �

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