September 2016 E-Cat

Homecoming – time to make some memories

Homecoming 2016 is one week away, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Join classmates, friends, family and faculty for a terrific weekend of rekindling Linfield memories and making new ones. Meet current and former professors at a department reunion, catch up with classmates, grab a bite to eat at the All-Alumni BBQ or watch the Wildcat football team play Lewis & Clark at Maxwell Field. (Or all of the above!) Help us honor some of Linfield's distinguished award recipients at the Linfield's Finest reception, including: Floyd McKay '57, distinguished alumnus; Pete Dengenis '64, alumni service award; Kerry Nordstrom-Bradley '10, outstanding young alumna; and David and Jeanne Beck, Walker Service Award. See the complete Homecoming schedule, register online or read more about the award winners.

U.S. News recognizes Linfield for ethnic diversity

Linfield College tied for first among liberal arts colleges in Oregon and Washington in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Ethnic Diversity list. Linfield joined Willamette as the only Pacific Northwest liberal arts colleges to qualify for the rankings. Nationally, Linfield is 27th among liberal arts schools on the list. Read more.

Meet the Class of 2020

Hugs and smiles were plentiful as the Linfield community welcomed new and continuing students to campus last month. Students checked in, moved into residence halls and learned about various services and programs. Part of new student orientation was presented in Spanish for the families of some of our new students. In its second year, the Spanish orientation events extend the welcoming feel of the college to those who are more comfortable conversing in Spanish. The new class has 400 incoming freshmen, along with 70 transfer students. Thirty-three percent are students of color and 31 percent are first-generation students. Watch the fun as they posed for a class photo in the shape of an "L." Watch a video about the class and see a photo slideshow.

It's a PDX kind of October

Networking and life-long learning are the themes for a series of October events in Portland. The month kicks off with an opportunity for alumni to expand their professional and personal connections through the Linfield Professionals Network event at the Moss Adams LLP public accounting firm on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The following week includes a chance for non-profit employees and volunteers to participate in industry-related discussions at the Non-Profit Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Hotel Monaco. Then on Thursday, Oct. 20, the college hosts a Pubs & Profs event focusing on foreign policy and the U.S. Presidential Election. The Linfield faculty member leading the discussion will be Patrick Cottrell, associate professor of political science.

New faces, new roles

The Linfield community greeted a number of new colleagues this fall. A group of new faculty are leading classes on the McMinnville and Portland Campuses, and in Online and Continuing Education (OCE) classes. Read more about them. Staff are taking on new roles as well. John McKeegan has been named interim vice president for Institutional Advancement, while Dave Ostrander, now senior assistant to the president, is focused on solicitation of major gifts.

Get ready for some Wildcat football

The Linfield football team travels to Spokane on Saturday, Oct. 22, to face Whitworth in a clash of Northwest Conference rivals. Join alumni, parents, students and Wildcat fans for a pre-game luncheon. The Linfield College Bookstore will also have apparel available at the event. Follow your favorite Wildcat sports, watch the 2016 football scoreboard intro and sign up for the luncheon.

Oak & Vine Society to host fall tasting

The Linfield College Oak & Vine Society is hosting a Fall Tasting on Saturday, Oct. 29, at R. Stuart & Co. Winery from 3:30-6 p.m. The event will include a walk-around tasting featuring current releases from Oak & Vine wineries and appetizers by Rogue Gourmet Catering. The fall tasting is complimentary for current Oak & Vine members. Not yet a member? Sign up before the event so you can attend. Also, by signing up now, your annual membership will be valid through Dec. 31, 2017. Visit the Oak & Vine website to enroll or learn more.

How many Phonathon callers does it take... make the Linfield experience possible? Enthusiastic Wildcats will be calling this fall to ask for your help in making Linfield dreams come true, including the dream of an excellent and personalized education. Take a few moments to speak with them, even if it's not the right time to make a gift.

Take a look back at the year

The Linfield College President's Report, detailing highlights of the college in 2015-16, is online and arriving in mailboxes. In the pages you will meet four students who are making the most of their liberal arts education, and you will hear firsthand their stories of growth and achievement. In addition to the student profiles, the report includes a message from President Thomas L. Hellie, financial facts and details about the past year.

Calendar of events

  • Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 22-24 – "Season Opening One-Acts," 7:30 p.m., Marshall Theatre
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 – A Taste of Service, 8 a.m., Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Joe Wilkins reading, 7:30 p.m., Nicholson Library
  • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Homecoming
  • Sunday, Oct. 2 – Parker Archie Moore 3.5-mile Memorial Run / Walk, 9 a.m., Maxwell Field
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 – "Alterations" artists' reception, 5 p.m., Linfield Gallery
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Linfield Professionals Network, 5:30 p.m., Moss Adams
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Non-Profit Luncheon, noon, Hotel Monaco
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Leonard Finkelman faculty lecture, 7 p.m., 201 Riley Hall
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 – Liederabend, 7 p.m., Vivian A. Bull Music Center
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 – Pubs & Profs featuring Professor Pat Cottrell, "The 2016 Presidential Election, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Future of World Order," 6 p.m., Lucky Labrador
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 – Yamhill County Authors: Self-publishing, 7:30 p.m., Nicholson Library