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Kevin: Spring Open House Tomorrow!

It’s May, and that means it’s time for Spring Open House here at Linfield. Since most seniors have already made their college decision, this is an event designed for high school juniors to get a feel for what life is like here at Linfield prior to applying next fall. If you haven’t already signed up, I highly encourage you to do so ASAP here. One of the things we do for all of our Open Houses is a sample class. Classes at Linfield are very interactive and engaging, and we do our best to portray that in three different sample classes. Tomorrow I will be assisting Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator Katie Sours in teaching a class about how molecules actually work. We’ll be talking about how and why they function in the ways that they do, and we’ll include some really cool demonstrations to supplement the material. One of the important things we’ve been discussing in preparing this class is making it accessible to everyone who attends. We want to be able to speak simply and accurately about the science we’re discussing, and this is actually a skill both Katie and I have learned in our time here at Linfield. Not only is Katie Sours our current O-Chem Lab Coordinator, but she’s also a Linfield Chemistry Alumna. We’ve both had some fantastic experiences in presenting about science to a number of audiences, and I think we’ll be able to show off those abilities quite nicely tomorrow. One such example has come for me at the last two American Chemical Society Spring National Meetings. I know I wrote before about Speaking Simply about Science. I was also interviewed on camera by the Chemistry Ambassadors of the American Chemical Society, and that video was sent to me this morning! You can check it out here. I’m really excited to add this video to my resume to show future graduate schools and employers the experience I have to draw upon as a result of my Linfield education. Experiences like these are one of the many reasons why high school seniors are currently deciding to be Linfield Bound, and it’s something I highly encourage the juniors to start looking into as well.

Til next time,

Kevin

Kevin: Global Youth Service Day

We have a lot going on here at Linfield this weekend. Our baseball team, who clinched a playoff berth last weekend, has a three game series here at home against Lewis and Clark, and it is Dad’s weekend. In addition the Theta Chi Fraternity and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority are partnering up for a bowling fundraiser/canned food drive tonight. However most importantly, tomorrow is Global Youth Service Day. This is one of the biggest service events that Linfield students participate in on an annual basis. Members from numerous clubs and Greek organizations get involved in addition to many members of our student government and student body in general. There are a number of projects that Linfield students will work on both here on campus as well as out and about in the McMinnville community. I really look forward to events such as these because they only work to further the partnership that Linfield has with the town of McMinnville. The college and the town have a great relationship, each supporting each other in a number of ways, and this event is just one example of many. I’ll be serving tomorrow with a group from the Theta Chi fraternity, about ten of us in total. It’s going to be another fun yet busy weekend here at Linfield!

Til next time,

Kevin

Kevin: Greek Week!!

We are nearing the end of Greek Week, which is one of the most fun weeks of the year for those involved in Greek Life here at Linfield. Each fraternity partners with a sorority on campus to compete against the other pairs in different events over the course of the week. This year my fraternity, Theta Chi, is partnered with the Alpha Phi sorority. The other partnerships (in order of sorority with fraternity) are Phi Sigma Sigma with Delta Psi Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha with Kappa Sigma, and Sigma Kappa Phi with Pi Kappa Alpha.

The first event was a fundraiser for Operation Gratitude, which is an organization that sends care packages to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  If you’re interested, you can read more about Operation Gratitude here. Collectively we raised over $1600 in the span of just a few days for this great cause, with Alpha Phi and Theta Chi raising the most! That started us in first place for Greek Week, and we are still in first place currently. Another event was Field Games, which included human pyramid building, water balloon toss, relay race, chubby bunny, orange necking, and Frisbee throw. Yours truly competed in the Frisbee throw on behalf of Alpha Phi and Theta Chi and took first place! There was also a trivia event and a dodge-ball tournament, both of which were won by members of Theta Chi and Alpha Phi.

The last event is tomorrow, and that is lip-sync. Everyone calls lip-sync the great equalizer as it is worth the most points and therefore no lead is safe. We’ve been practicing our dances for over a month now in preparation, and it looks like it’s going to be a really fun event! I’ll be sure to blog again next week to let you all know how it goes and see if Theta Chi wins Greek Week for the third year in a row!

Happy Spring!

Kevin

Kevin: ACS Dallas 2014

The 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society was a huge success. We had a number of students give fantastic poster presentations, and my oral presentation was very well received. We attended a number of interesting research talks from people all over the country and networked with a number of people in the Chemistry community. I’ve attended two of these national meetings now and this trip only solidified for me that this is something that I want to do for the rest of my life. I am very grateful to Linfield for having such amazing opportunities of which students are able to take advantage. They exist all across the board in numerous departments and are one of the many reasons why Linfield stands above the rest in terms of the quality of education provided for students. I’ll keep things rather short today and just end with some pictures from the conference. I’m off to Arizona for spring break to see some MLB Spring Training games, and I’m sure I’ll be writing about that when I get back. Stay tuned!

Til next time,

Kevin

This is my serious presentation face.

This is my serious presentation face.

View of Mt. Adams as we flew back in to Portland

View of Mt. Adams as we flew back in to Portland

 

View of downtown Dallas from the pool terrace at our hotel.

View of downtown Dallas from the pool terrace at our hotel.

 

It was raining in Dallas when we landed, not the weather I packed for!

It was raining in Dallas when we landed, not the weather I packed for!

 

 

Kevin: Another conference and another amazing opportunity

Tomorrow morning bright and early I will be heading to Dallas, TX, with 4 other students and 3 professors for the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. I attended the 245th National Meeting last April in New Orleans (ACS has national meeting twice a year), and I’m looking forward to the numerous opportunities that this meeting presents. There will be a number of representatives from graduate schools, companies, and laboratories from all over the country, so I will have plenty of opportunities for networking. In addition there will be more interesting research talks than I can possibly hope to attend, but I will do my very best to see as many as I can. I will also be giving an oral presentation on my research in the undergraduate research session. This will be essentially the same presentation I gave at the Murdock Conference in the fall, so I feel quite prepared. I am excited to be speaking at such a prominent conference! We’ll be in Dallas from Saturday to Tuesday, and I’m sure I’ll be blogging about it how it goes next week.

On a similar note, this morning I accepted an offer from the Summer Internship Program in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to do research there this summer. I’ll be in Cambridge, Mass. and the greater Boston area from June 8th to August 9th. First and foremost, I am honored and very excited for this amazing opportunity. However I cannot stress enough how much Linfield has helped me to pursue these goals and earn these types of positions. I’ve been doing research here since my freshman year, and I have attended and presented at numerous research conferences. I’ve also had a very high quality education in the classroom and developed some fantastic relationships with faculty members here, especially in the Chemistry Department. All of these aspects of the Linfield education have come through in my applications to summer research programs for two years in a row now, and I feel truly lucky to be at a school that is constantly pushing its students to new heights!

So on that note I’ll be signing off for now, but stay tuned next week as I talk about the ACS meeting as well as this summer as I’ll do my best to be blogging from MIT!

Til next time,

Kevin

P.S. It’s Pi Day, so here are some celebratory Pi Day themed comics!

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