June 2011 E-Cat
A great day to celebrate
Former Linfield Dean Dave Hansen told the commencement audience, “It’s a great day to celebrate,” as Linfield College said farewell to 499 graduating seniors at its 2011 Spring Commencement Sunday, May 29, in the Oak Grove. Hansen, who is the namesake of a recently endowed scholarship, encouraged graduates to imagine their future, and then strive to make their plans concrete. William Apel, who retired as professor of religion, gave the baccalaureate address, and Patrick Rodén ’85, CEO of aginginplace.com, spoke at the nursing convocation. Watch part one of the 14-minute commencement address video; view a photo slideshow; and read more about the day in the News-Register. Watch video of the graduate introductions for DCE, nursing and McMinnville Campus.
It's a party and appetizers are on us
Alumni in seven different West Coast cities are invited to spend an afternoon sharing Linfield memories and networking on Sunday, June 26. Whether you just graduated in May or graduated many years ago, you are invited to meet with other Linfield alumni in your area. Make connections, promote your business, learn more about the area, find a job and more. Please register so there will be plenty of refreshments on hand: Portland, Salem, Eugene, Bend, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Student nurse takes national office
Margaret Ngai ’12 was elected to serve as vice president of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), a 5,600 student member organization committed to mentoring the professional development of future nurses. Ngai will chair the bylaws and policy committee and the membership committee. She sits on the image of nursing, finance and executive committees. To learn more about Ngai’s leadership role and to follow her journey, “like” her official facebook page.
Fore! Wildcat Open filling up
Grab your clubs and gather your golf team for the 2011 Linfield Wildcat Open golf tournament Friday, Aug. 5, at Michelbook Country Club in McMinnville. The event, a five-person scramble, includes an 18-hole tournament, box lunch, barbeque dinner and beverages. Space is limited to the first 180 golfers. Learn more and register online.
A timeless classic at a reduced group rate
Join other Linfield alumni and friends for a performance of Disney’s timeless classic, Mary Poppins, in Keller Auditorium. Linfield’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has a limited number of tickets still available for the Sunday, July 3, performance. Don’t miss this evening of entertainment including classics such as “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” that is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family.
Something for your nightstand
Looking for a summer read? Join Linfield students and pick up a copy of Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois LeLord. The book will be included in the orientation packet mailed to new students this summer. In the fall, students will participate in a campus-wide conversation about the book from a variety of perspectives. First-year students are invited to enter the essay contest with the chance to win a semester's worth of books.
Talking the talk, Japanese style
Rebecca Coffelt ’12 walked away with the grand prize in the Toyama Cup Speech Contest, and she and Michael Colby ’11 won first and second place in the advanced division. This marks Linfield’s second consecutive year to win the top two places and for a Linfield student to win the grand prize. The annual contest is open to all students studying Japanese at colleges and universities in Oregon. Coffelt will receive a round-trip ticket to Japan to serve as a cultural ambassador.
We wouldn't be here without you
Thank you to the nearly 6,000 alumni, parents, friends and Linfield employees who have made gifts to Linfield this year. Your gifts provide student scholarships, enhance faculty development, help fund campus improvements and support countless programs. In a year when students’ average financial need has increased, contributions to the Linfield Fund ensure all Wildcats have access to a strong education. If you haven’t made your 2010-11 contribution, you can make your annual gift online through the end of June. Thank you for your continued support!
Calendar of events
• Sunday, June 26 – Welcome to the Alumni parties
• Sunday, July 3 – Mary Poppins, Keller Auditorium
• Friday, July 8 – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball game, 7:05 p.m.
Concerts in the Oak Grove, 7 p.m.:
• Tuesday, July 5 – The Kathy Walker Band
• Tuesday, July 12 – Randy Linder's "Credence Clearwater Tribute Band"
• Tuesday, July 19 – Patrick Lamb