October 2016 E-Cat

How I spent my summer vacation: building a solar car

What does it take to build a solar-powered car? Physics majors Mason Adams '17 and John Adam '17 spent the summer finding out, as they explored alternative energy and solar cells under the guidance of Tianbao Xie, professor of physics. The hands-on experience bolstered their plans for engineering graduate programs and connected the two with industry professionals. Linfield's commitment to experiential study means learning isn't confined to the classroom. Read more and watch a video.

You're always welcome back at Linfield

More than 600 Linfield College alumni and friends spent a weekend reconnecting with their alma mater and each other during Homecoming 2016. The weekend began with presentations and awards for distinguished alumni and friends, including Floyd McKay '57, Pete Dengenis '64, Kerry Nordstrom-Bradley '10 and David and Jeanne Beck. The fun continued with a variety of reunions and on- and off-campus gatherings. Watch a Homecoming recap video.

Nursing students volunteer during September events

Central to Linfield's commitment to community health is the participation of nursing students and faculty as volunteers at local events. Nine senior nursing students performed blood pressure screenings and brief health assessments at the Portland Veterans Stand Down on Sept. 9. Later in the month, Sept. 24, a group of 30 Linfield nursing students, along with faculty members, volunteered at the Special Olympics Oregon MedFest. Learn more about the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing.

Visit your Wildcat during Family Weekend

Are you missing your Linfield student? Are you eager to return to the beauty, shopping and dining of Yamhill County? Family Weekend 2016 – Oct. 28-29 – is a great time to participate in activities on or near campus. Meet our outstanding faculty, hear about programs available for your student, check out historic downtown McMinnville and catch a home football, volleyball or soccer game. More information and online registration is on the Family Weekend web page.

World premiere features commissioned choral piece

Linfield College choir students will perform the world premiere of a piece written just for them, "When Justice Reigns," at the fall concert Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. The work was composed by Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music composition and theory, pictured left, and puts to music the poetry of Janine Applegate '70. The piece was commissioned by the Lacroute Arts Series. Read more about the concert and Reinkemeyer's creative process.

Ready to hit the hardwood, Wildcat alumni?

Wildcat men's and women's basketball teams made great strides in 2015-16 and are excited about their upcoming seasons. Two opportunities for Linfield alumni athletes to return to campus are coming up in December. The women's team will have an alumni game on Saturday, Dec. 3, prior to its game vs. Lewis & Clark College. The men will host a similar game the following Saturday, Dec. 10, before it takes on the University of La Verne. More information will be sent to basketball alumni. Follow Wildcat basketball and all Linfield sports online.

The unique path of our alumni

A Linfield College degree is your gateway to the world. Many of our alumni have gone on to unique and incredible careers in a wide variety of fields. April (Kelly) Huggler '06, for example, turned her Spanish degree and drive to help people into a career in healthcare. Kole Krieger '12, left, is hiking a path through New Zealand. Read their stories and others on our Alumni Profiles page.

See "The Oregon Trail" live in Portland

What do covered wagons and a popular '90s video game have in common? Perhaps more than you think. The Linfield community is invited to see a fresh and funny retelling of our state's history during the Portland Center Stage production of The Oregon Trail on Thursday, Nov. 10. Receive a 25 percent discount per ticket – $30 apiece rather than $40 – attend a complimentary pre-show reception with light appetizers and join in a Q&A session with one of the show's stars, Chris Murray '01. Seating is limited, so order your tickets soon.

Calendar of events

  • Thursday, Oct. 20 – Self-published author panel, 7:30 p.m., Nicholson Library
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 – Make a Difference Day
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 – Whitworth pre-game event, 11:30 a.m., Spokane, Wash.
  • Sunday, Oct. 23 – Fall choral concert, "When Justice Reigns," 4 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29 – Family Weekend
  • Sunday, Oct. 30 – Portland Baroque Orchestra, "Breathtaking – A Voice and Cornetto Entwined," 4 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Monday, Oct. 31 – Halloween trick-or-treat tour, 4-6 p.m., Upper Gym, HHPA Complex
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 4 – Media Literacy Week, PLACE events
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1 – Erik McLaughlin '96, "Northwest Wineries Mergers and Acquisitions: An Industry in Transition," 7:30 p.m., 222 T.J. Day Hall
  • Nov. 3-6, 10-12 – The Madwoman of Chaillot, Marshall Theatre
  • Sunday, Nov. 6 – Veterans Day band concert, 3 p.m., McMinnville Community Center
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Dimitri Kelly faculty lecture, 7 p.m., 201 Riley Hall
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Linfield Lively Arts featuring Collectif9, 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 – David Perry, "Coming of Enigma," 4:30 p.m., 201 Riley Hall
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 – David Perry, "Cracking of Enigma," 4:30 p.m., 201 Riley Hall
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 – Alumni event, The Oregon Trail, Portland Center Stage
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 – Melissa Yancy '99 reading, 7:30 p.m., Nicholson Library
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 – J. Kael Weston, "Iraq and Afghanistan: America's Longest Wars... What's Ahead?" 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium