Linfield College


Linfield Alumni

Linfield Scenic
Linfield Home » Arts & Sciences » Alumni » Alumni News » January 2013 E-Cat

January 2013 E-Cat

It's January – time to explore the world

In early January, 90 Linfield students headed around the world to explore other cultures and study subjects as diverse as health in Costa Rica, New Zealand and Southeast Asia; theatre and oratory in Italy and Greece; and the art of mathematics in China and Japan. Linfield's popular January Term is only one of several ways students can study abroad, which has put the college in the top 40 baccalaureate institutions in the nation for study abroad participation. Half of all graduates study outside the U.S. This year's students are studying in Costa Rica, Italy, France, Greece, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand. Follow their experiences at

Zombie class metaphor for social issues

Is the zombie apocalypse the new underwater basket weaving? Ask Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology, who contemplated the question in a recent Huffington Post article and is teaching a quirky January Term course, "Impact of the Zombie Apocalypse on the Pacific Northwest." He and his students are looking at movies, literature and social theory where zombies are used as a metaphor for "The Other." Zombie paranoia, says Peterson, is a way for people to talk about race without talking about race or direct anger toward voters with opposing political persuasions. Hear more from Peterson on the Linfield YouTube page.

Alumni scholarship – you can help, benefit

The deadline is fast approaching for alumni scholarship applications. Each year the college awards a number of scholarships to the children, grandchildren and siblings of alumni who plan to enroll at Linfield. Students who have a 3.25 or better GPA are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 1. Make a difference in the lives of future Wildcats with a tax-deductible gift to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

New year means new professional connection

Make connections with alumni of all ages at the next networking event Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Northwestern Mutual in Portland. Linfield Professionals Network events are a great opportunity to create new business contacts, find new clients, connect with fellow alumni and even land a job. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is hosted by Devin Salinas '10. Read more about this networking opportunity or register online.

Seattle is twice as nice for Linfield

Seattle will play host to two Linfield College events next month. On Monday, Feb. 25, alumni will gather at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. The following day, Linfield will host an event at the Brave Horse Tavern in South Lake Union (pictured left). Join Dave Hansen, recently retired professor of economics, and his daughter, Debbie Harmon Ferry '90, director of alumni and parent relations, as they discuss the "A's of Linfield." Connect with fellow alumni and hear about the happenings at the College. Visit the alumni events page for more information or register now.

Time-tested classics make for hit weekend

Linfield alumni and friends will travel to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Aug. 15–18 to see productions and participate in discussions led by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English. Dine, shop, explore and more all in the company of Linfield alumni. Learn more about this fun-filled trip on the alumni page at

An attitude of gratitude

Thank you to the 1,306 alumni, parents and friends who made gifts to Linfield during the holiday season. Supporters like Nicole Bond '12 help make a Linfield education possible for current Wildcats. "Thanks to my wonderful education and all of the amazing opportunities I had through Linfield, I landed a great job," says Bond. "I plan to make a habit of donating to Linfield." Learn more about how and why Bond gives back to the college she loves.

Grant racks up miles, medals

Talk about your New Year's resolutions. Randy Grant, professor of economics and an avid runner, finished 54 races in 2012. Since picking up running in 2008, he has taken part in more than 100 races of various lengths, finishing 40 in 2010 and 2011. Read the News-Register story on the Wildcat News page.

Singing their way through Costa Rica

Linfield College choir students will share the Linfield hello – and a variety of choral performances – during a 10-day Costa Rica concert tour in February. Catch their pre-tour performance Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Wash. During the tour, students will share music, provide service and engage in cultural exchange. Read more at

Calendar of events

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 – William Stafford memorial poetry reading, 7:30 p.m., Nicholson Library
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 – "The Art and Tradition of Kimono," opening reception, noon, Linfield Anthropology Museum, Walker Hall
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 – Linfield College Concert Choir, Costa Rica pre-tour concert, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, Vancouver, Wash.
  • Friday, Feb. 15 – The San Francisco Guitar Quartet, sponsored by the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, 8 p.m., Ice Auditorium

Heard on campus

Linfield's online degree program was rated one of the nation's best in a recently-released U.S. News & World Report survey. Read more at