September 2011 E-Cat
Homecoming – Avoid regrets, register now
Whether you graduated 10 years ago or 60 years ago, are a Kappa or an English major, there is something special for you at this year’s Homecoming. Return to Linfield Oct. 7-8 and visit with old friends, stroll the beautiful campus, reconnect with former professors, relive your memories and more. Honor alumni award winners including T.J. Day '71, distinguished alumnus; Hal Gibson '59, alumni service award; and Lora Koenig '99, outstanding young alumna. See the full schedule and register online.
Our year in review
The 2010-11 President’s Annual Report is now available online. It records Linfield’s recent successes, includes a programmatic and financial overview of the last fiscal year, and offers four stories on members of the Linfield community – student, faculty, alumni and staff. Take a few moments to look back on the year and its highlights.
'Boy crisis' is societal issue
Boys score higher on standardized tests, but receive lower grades, rack up more discipline problems and drop out in greater numbers, according to Amy Orr, George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor in Sociology. Her research links poor performance to narrowly defined gender roles. The boy crisis, she says, is less about academic aptitude and more about the way we view masculinity, and the issue goes beyond parents and schools. It’s a societal issue. Read more about Orr’s research or listen to a podcast on NPR.
Are you ready for some football?
Following a season opener victory over California Lutheran, the Wildcats football team is ranked sixth in the nation. Make plans now to attend a football game and support your Wildcats. Plan to join us for one of many pre-game events designed to unite Linfield alumni, parents and friends – Sept. 24 Celebration for TopCat Club members at Maxwell Field, Oct. 1 at The Ram in Salem prior to the Willamette game and Oct. 29 at Menlo College in California. Join us!
Coming soon to a phone near you
A group of dedicated students with a variety of class years and majors will take to the phones today – hoping to reach YOU! The phonathon team helps alumni and other Linfield College supporters stay connected to the college, keeps alumni records up-to-date and raises vital operational funds for Linfield. Answer the call, and you’ll get a chance to connect with a student caller like Bre ’14, who says: “I enjoy working for phonathon because I get to make a difference in the Linfield community and help alumni feel appreciated.” Learn more about how your gifts to Linfield help students like Bre.
Practice your networking skills
Make the most of your Linfield alumni connections by attending a networking event for Portland-area professionals. Find a job or a client. Promote yourself or your business. This month’s networking event is hosted by Ed Geist ’73 of Hasson Company Realtors on Thursday, Sept. 22. Register now and make contact with Linfield alumni.
Alumnus plays in Rugby World Cup
Nic Johnson ’05 traded the basketball court for the rugby field during his junior year at Linfield College. Thanks to his skill, dedication and love of the sport, he is a member of the USA rugby team currently playing in the World Cup in New Zealand. Johnson has played for several U.S. rugby clubs, as well as playing abroad, most recently for an Italian team earlier this year. He’s been a member of the U.S. rugby team since 2008. The USA Eagles, playing in Pool C, defeated Russia 13-6 last week and meet Australia Sept. 23. Read about the World Cup team or read more about USA Rugby.
Calendar of events
• Sept. 21-24 ? “An Evening of Chekhov’s Comic Shorts,” 7:30 p.m., Marshall Theatre
• Thursday, Sept. 29 ? “Wine Wars: A Tale of Curses, Miracles and Revenge,” Mike Veseth, 7:30 p.m., 222 T.J. Day Hall
• Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, Homecoming
• Monday, Oct. 10 ? Thor Hanson reading, 7:30 p.m., Nicholson Library
• Saturday, Oct. 15 ? Opening reception, Ron Mills art exhibit, 2 p.m., Fine Art Gallery
• Wednesday, Oct. 12 ? “The Voters Have Spoken,” Jackson Miller, 7:30 p.m. , 201 Riley Hall
• Friday, Oct. 14 ? "Lot o' Shakespeare," 7:30 p.m., Marshall Theatre
• Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, Family Weekend
• Friday, Oct. 23 ? Fall choral concert, 4 p.m., Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall
Seen on Campus
Linfield celebrated the fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Day during an afternoon festival which featured traditional music and dancing, stunning costumes, food and games. See a photo slide show at www.linfield.edu/photogallery.