November 2016 E-Cat

This Linfield professor is now a Jeopardy! champion

If you answered, "Who is Chuck Dunn?" you are correct. Mathematics Professor Chuck Dunn, shown with host Alex Trebec, left, had a two-day run on the game show Jeopardy! Nov. 4 and 7. Dunn has been a fan of the show since he was in high school, and has attempted to be chosen for a decade. Ten years, four online tests and four auditions later, Dunn finally landed a spot as one of the 400 yearly contestants. Read more about his Jeopardy! appearances.

President Hellie: 'Increasing access to higher education is vital to our future'

President Thomas L. Hellie examined the changing landscape of college access in a recent opinion article for The Oregonian. "I have been able to lead a rich life because of the education I received at a small, independent college. I now head just such an institution because I want today's young people to have the same opportunities. Our nation's future will depend, in part, on making sure those choices remain available." Read the full piece.

We are thankful for our donors

Members of the Linfield College President's Circle gathered at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library Nov. 4 for an evening of college updates, dinner and stories from students and faculty. Abby Thomas '17 and Giselle Naranjo-Cruz '17 spoke about civic engagement, while guitarist Kyle Huizinga '18 provided music. Dimitri Kelly, assistant professor of political science, shared a faculty perspective on how a liberal arts education ensures a healthy democracy. The President's Circle recognizes donors with annual support of Linfield totaling $1,000 or more. See a photo slide show of the evening.

Students give thanks during National Philanthropy Week

Linfield for Life, the student alumni association at Linfield College, is celebrating Philanthropy Week Nov. 14-17, with Tag Day, a thank-a-thon and student interviews. "We want to show students just how lucky we are to be a part of the Linfield family and give thanks to all those who make our unique experiences possible," said Danielle Duman '17, one of the student coordinators of Philanthropy Week. Read more.

Lunch with Linfield lawyers – they never lose their appeal

We promise no law jokes at the Linfield Law Guild Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 6. But you will get an opportunity to network with Linfield alumni in law careers. Find out more about firms in the Portland area, share challenges and successes and learn tips and tricks along the way. The lunch will be held at Lechon, a restaurant managed by Bill Hayden '70. Read more about the lunch or register online.

Applications available for alumni scholarships

Do you have a child, grandchild or sibling who could benefit from a Linfield education? If so, recommend that student to Linfield and encourage him or her to apply for the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Incoming students who have a 3.25 gpa or better and are the children, grandchildren or siblings of alumni may apply. The scholarships are typically $4,000 and the application deadline is Feb. 1. Ensure that plenty of scholarships are available for future Wildcats – make a gift or learn more.

Calling high school seniors for Competitive Scholarship Day

High school seniors with talents in more than two dozen subjects can earn money for school during Competitive Scholarship Day at Linfield, Sunday, Feb. 19. Invited high school seniors compete for scholarships that range from $12,000 to $20,000 (awarded over four years). An open house follows. Apply by Thursday, Dec. 1.

Turn the Moda Center into Wildcat country

The holiday shopping season has begun, and we have a great idea for the Wildcat and Blazer fan in your life: tickets to an NBA game. The Office of Alumni Relations has a block of tickets for the Wednesday, Dec. 28, Trail Blazers home game against the Sacramento Kings. Join Linfield alumni and friends for a night of Trail Blazers basketball. 

Honoring the past, looking ahead to playoffs

Five individuals and the 2004 national championship football team are part of this year's class inducted to the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame Nov. 12. Watch video of the inductees. The Wildcat football team will travel to Texas to play Hardin-Simmons in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. PST. Watch parties will be held in McMinnville and Portland. Visit the alumni events page for details.

Calendar of events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 – J. Kael Weston, "Iraq and Afghanistan: America's Longest Wars... What's Ahead?" 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20 – R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 – Football playoff watch parties, 10 a.m., McMinnville and Portland
  • Nov. 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break, no classes
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Student art exhibit
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 – Jingle all the way 5K
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Linfield choirs Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Thursday, Dec. 8 – Chamber music recital, 4 p.m., Delkin Recital Hall
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 – Musical theatre cabaret, 4 p.m., Ice Auditorium