May 2017 E-Cat
President Hellie to step down in 2018
Linfield College President Thomas L. Hellie informed the Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 6, that he plans to retire from his position as of June 30, 2018. “This has been the most important and fulfilling experience of my professional life,” said Hellie, who began his term in 2006. The search for Hellie’s successor will begin immediately, led by Kerry Carmody ’73, vice chair of the board. Read more.
A win for Linfield students
Linfield Gives 2017 was a huge success, thanks to the generosity of our community. The final numbers are in, and 432 donor households made gifts totaling $180,251. We more than quadrupled the results from last year’s Giving Day, all to the benefit of students. We are truly thankful for such tremendous support of the power of a small college. If you didn't have a chance to make your gift on May 2, it's not too late to support our students with a gift online. When Linfield gives, students thrive.
Stream Commencement 2017 online
Not going to make it to McMinnville for Commencement Weekend? You still have a chance to enjoy the pomp and circumstance and to celebrate the more than 670 newly minted Linfield College graduates on Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. Su-Yen Wong ’89, chief executive of the Human Capital Leadership Institute in Singapore, will deliver the commencement address. Sara Gomez Horta ’17 of Ketchikan, Alaska, who will study in China next year as a Schwarzman Scholar, will be the student speaker. Find information about the live stream.
Wilkins bring home Oregon Book Award
Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield College, won the 2017 Oregon Book Award for poetry. Wilkins received the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry for his book, When We Were Birds. Barbara Seidman, professor of English and department chair, said Wilkins is also a top-notch teacher. “His students already know the prize they have in Joe’s mentorship and example,” she said.
Linfield Connect - join the online community
Wishing you could connect with some of your old college friends? Moving to a new city and wondering if there are any alumni in your area? Looking for a realtor/plumber/dentist and wanting to send business to a fellow Wildcat? Have a job to offer? Looking for a job? There is now a new service that can help you. Linfield Connect offers a directory, a jobs board and much more. Login to Linfield Connect using a LinkedIn or Facebook account. Join the Linfield online community and expand your personal and professional connections.
Homecoming is right around the corner - save the date
Make plans now to attend Homecoming 2017, Sept. 29-30. Homecoming is a wonderful opportunity to see how much McMinnville and Linfield have changed while you reconnect with friends and classmates. Enjoy a football game and go wine tasting, reminisce with popular professors and more. Special events will be held for the classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007, as well as classes from the late 1950s. Visit the Homecoming webpage for lodging options and a list of events offered last year (to give you a sense of what’s coming this year), and mark your calendars for the last weekend in September.
Alumni making a difference in the world
Linfield alumni are having a positive impact on communities large and small and finding success in a wide variety of professions. For example, one has worked to help cure Alzheimer’s, while another has turned a music major into a career as a pediatrician. Read about these and others in the latest batch of alumni profiles. Do you have an interesting story or career? Tell us about it by completing this brief form.
Cycle Oregon returns to Linfield
More than 2,000 cyclists will ride out from Linfield when Cycle Oregon hosts its annual Weekender at Linfield’s McMinnville campus July 7-9. This is the second time the event has been hosted by the campus. It is a companion to the popular Cycle Oregon week-long ride held in September. The weekend features two days of riding, live music, a beer and wine garden, meals and a kids’ camp. Riders can choose from short, medium or long routes starting at Linfield and winding through the wine country.
'Cats get crowned
Facing elimination, the Linfield baseball team won four consecutive games to capture the 2017 Northwest Conference Tournament championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Wildcats play Centenary College on Thursday, May 18, in the opening game of the Tyler, Texas regional tournament. The success of the team also resulted in a number of individual conference awards, including Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year. Follow the Wildcats in the postseason.
Celebrating a commitment to care
The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing honored National Nurses Week (May 6-12) with a variety of educational opportunities and celebrations. Events included Lunch & Learn: Demystifying Travel Nursing, as well as a birthday party for Florence Nightingale. Students also wrote “thank you” cards that were delivered to nursing faculty and staff. Learn more about the School of Nursing or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Another successful lu'au
The best celebration of Hawaiian culture in the Pacific Northwest did not disappoint the nearly 1,800 people who attended the Linfield Hawaiian Club’s 45th annual lu’au. The event featured authentic Hawaiian food, and Linfield students presented dances from the Hawaiian Islands as well as New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa. Watch the highlight video or re-watch the entire performance on Linfield Live.
Calendar of events
Thursday, May 18 – Linfield Anthropology Museum exhibit, “Unreasonably Human: Material Expressions of Love and Hate,” 1:30 p.m., Walker Hall
Now through Sunday, May 28 – Senior thesis art exhibition, “JAK The Trifecta: A Story of Coalesce,” Linfield Gallery
Saturday, May 27 – Nursing pinning ceremony, 11 a.m., Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland
Saturday, May 27 – Baccalaureate, 5 p.m., Ted Wilson Gym
Sunday, May 28 – Commencement, 10 a.m., Oak Grove