May 2016 E-Cat

Graduates, get ready to turn those tassels

More than 640 Linfield College graduates will be honored during commencement exercises Sunday, May 29, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove at Linfield. Michael Lindblad '94, the 2015 Oregon Teacher of the Year, will deliver the commencement address to the Linfield class of 2016. On Saturday, May 28, the Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland (tickets are required). Later on Saturday, Margaret Marcuson, an ordained American Baptist minister, will present the baccalaureate address at 5 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Following baccalaureate, graduating seniors and their families will be honored during Grad Finale at 6:30 p.m. in Dillin Hall. Learn more about commencement.

Softball digs deep, advances to Super Regionals

Linfield rallied from behind to defeat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6-5 in the championship game Sunday of the NCAA Division III Spokane Regional. The Wildcats (32-14) advance to a best-of-three Super Regional Friday and Saturday at Texas-Tyler. Read the full story and cheer on other Wildcat athletes.

Meet your Alumni Leadership Council

Three times each year, a dedicated group of volunteers gather to enhance your alumni experience. The 15-member Alumni Leadership Council represents a variety of majors, class years and geographic diversity. They advise the alumni relations staff on events, programming, services and communications designed to connect alumni to Linfield and to each other. That group also helps select the Alumni Scholarship recipients and the Alumni Award recipients. Learn more about the Council or let us know if you would like to join the team.

#WeAreLinfield – First Giving Day a success

Thank you to everyone in the global Linfield community for taking part in #WeAreLinfield, our first Giving Day! If you didn't have a chance to make your gift, it's not too late to support Linfield students and faculty with a gift online.

Mills paints murals as artist-in-residence in Costa Rica

Colorful murals by Linfield College Professor Ron Mills-Pinyas cover the walls of a Costa Rican pilot school of the arts, thanks to an ongoing project and recent residency. For the past six years, Mills-Pinyas has been working on a major cycle of murals concerning the integration of the arts at a prestigious national art school for all ages in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. The work springs from Fulbright research started in 1986. Read more.

Students share Gift of Aloha with the communit

Adorned in leis, grass skirts and other traditional island dress, some 127 Linfield College students shared Hawaiian culture with the community during the 44th annual Linfield Lu'au, "Gift of Aloha," April 30. More than 1,700 spectators were treated to an evening of authentic Hawaiian food, traditional dancing and costumes, complete with fire dances and a performance by local school children. A group of 40 parents assisted with the event, shipping food, supplies and flowers from Hawaii in two packed air cargo containers. See a photo slideshow.

New greenhouse to nurture more green thumbs

Budding shoots and tender starts of vegetables will get a jump start on the growing season next winter, thanks to a new greenhouse at the Linfield College community garden. The greenhouse, constructed during Earth Week under the direction of Oliver Ogden '06, was built using combinations of straw, sand, clay and reclaimed wood, as well as "bottle bricks" – Gatorade bottles packed densely with trash that can't be recycled. Read more.

Save the date – Come home to Linfield

Homecoming, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, is a great time to visit Linfield and to reconnect with college friends, visit former professors, celebrate the award recipients at Linfield's Finest, enjoy a pre-game barbecue and cheer on the Wildcat football team. Reunions will be held for the classes of 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006. There are also affinity reunions planned for fraternities and sororities. In addition, the Department of English will hold a reunion for majors and minors, including current and former professors. You will also have the opportunity to visit beautiful downtown McMinnville and eat at one of the many acclaimed restaurants. Mark your calendars and check the Homecoming website for details.

Calendar of events

  • Wednesday, May 18 – Floyd McKay '57 (photo left) reading, "Reporting the Oregon Story," Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library
  • Saturday, May 28 – Nursing pinning ceremony, 11 a.m., Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland
  • Saturday, May 28 – 50-Year Club Celebration, noon, Jonasson Hall
  • Saturday, May 28 – Baccalaureate, 5 p.m., HHPA
  • Saturday, May 28 – Grad Finale, 6:30 p.m., Dillin Hall
  • Sunday, May 29 – Commencement, 10 a.m., Oak Grove