Jay Smith, Associate Director of AdmissionCounselor for freshmen from Alaska and Washington (King and Kitsap counties)
Supervises the admission counseling staff and admission counseling intern, oversees Student Ambassadors, assists with market and territory development
Phone: 503.883.2488Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite Linfield Spaces: The Michelbook House, home to the Office of Admission. How many people can say they get to work in a historic colonial-style home? I also enjoy relaxing in the Oak Grove/ Commencement Green on a summer evening and getting in some laps/ water basketball at the pool.
Favorite Book: “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck
What Do You Enjoy in your Free Time: Working on projects on my mid-century modern home. As a relatively recent first-time home buyer, it’s really all I talk about.
Best Linfield Memory: There’s really so many... Here’s just two:
As a current student: First day of my first class at Linfield, "Privilege and Perplexity," the Inquiry Seminar I had selected. The course dealt with issues surrounding freedom of expression. Professor Gilbert had us arrange our desks in a circle and then asked, “What do you want to talk about?” After several minutes a classmate broke the ice with, "I like soccer." Rather than actually talking about soccer, Professor Gilbert explained that learning, especially at a small college, isn't just about listening to lectures and taking exams. Learning is about sharing ideas and blurring the line between student and professor. He explained that he expected a reciprocal class dynamic, where everyone felt comfortable sharing their thoughts, ideas and views. This class, my first one, set the stage for what to expect from a Linfield education - classes that required critical thinking.
As an administrator: Attending Nadia Abraibesh (class of ’10) presentation, “Karats, cookies and culture: A Libyan wedding presentation,” a recount of her experience at her cousin’s traditional Libyan wedding. While I’m half Libyan, I’ve never been too connected to Libyan culture. As a part of her presentation, Nadia asked for volunteers to wear traditional wedding attire. I was selected and when I appeared in the traditional clothing, one of her family members commented on how authentic I looked. This was followed by wonderful conversation with Nadia and her family about Libyan culture. I was planning to simply attend an interesting presentation; however, ended up having a very powerful experience. Nadia has since returned to Linfield to share her first-hand experiences of the Libyan revolution.
Favorite Mac Restaurants: I’m in a committed relationship with the Sears parking lot taco stand, Tacos el Paraiso. I consider the folks at Kame Japanese to be family and my colleague, Janet Sasaki, and I have enjoyed dinner there pretty much once a week, every week, for a decade. Other favorites include: Thistle, Los Molcajetes, Harvest Fresh (a small natural grocery in historic downtown with great deli lunches).
Best Concert You Ever Attended: Radiohead (OK Computer Tour) with Spiritualized in 1998.