Hellie: Linfield was the right place

Thomas HellieReprinted with permission of the News-Register. By Starla Pointer, June 7, 2018.  
Back in 2005, Thomas Hellie was content with his job as director of the Kemper Foundation. He enjoyed the work, which put him into contact with colleges and universities across the nation; he liked living in Chicago; and he appreciated his vacations, which that spring took him and his wife, Julie Olds, to Oregon’s wine country.

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Linfield students gain hands-on experience at the College Football Playoff 

College Football PlayoffTwo Linfield College students will secure invaluable work experience at one of the largest sporting events in the world when they attend the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game in Santa Clara, Calif.   

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A day of new beginnings as Linfield College observes its 2018 commencement 

Commencement, Class of 2018, President Hellie's final commencement.Linfield College held Commencement exercises Sunday under a cloudless sky in the Oak Grove on its McMinnville campus, conferring Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees upon more than 640 students.   Continue reading

Award ceremony celebrates faculty excellence  

2018 Faculty Award recipients

2018 Faculty Award recipients (l-r): Patrick Cottrell, Rob Gardner, Sonia Ticas, Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt and Anna Song

Five Linfield College professors were honored for scholarly achievement, creative achievement, international scholarship and exceptional impact on the life of the college during a faculty award ceremony May 17.  Continue reading

Annual symposium exhibits scholarly work of Linfield students

Annual Student SymposiumReprinted with permission of the News-Register. • By Starla Pointer, May 21, 2018

Linfield College students displayed their projects, from paintings to performances to research in partnership with professors, Friday at the school’s annual symposium, “A Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Achievement.” Continue reading

Linfield Reports 5-21-18

This is the final issue of Linfield Reports for the 2017-18 academic year.  

Susan D. Hyde ’00 to deliver Commencement address

Susan D. HydeSusan D. Hyde ’00, professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the commencement address to the class of 2018. More than 640 Linfield College graduates will be honored during commencement exercises Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m. in the Linfield Oak Grove.   



‘Peak/Peek/Pique’ features work of student artists

Linfield Gallery presents “Peak/Peek/Pique,” Linfield’s 2018 student exhibition, featuring work from thesis, portfolio and electronic arts capstone students. Installed across two venues, this exhibition represents a series of small glimpses into the creative practice of Linfield’s student artists. The title of the exhibition exemplifies the different approaches and accomplishments of the featured artists. 


Community news 

  • Kevin Curry, director of video and digital media and adjunct faculty in mass communication, is presenting a paper in June at the 2018 International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference. His paper, “Content Preference as a Predictor of Political Knowledge and Voter Turnout in the Social Media Age,” was accepted by the Political Communication Research Section of the IACMR. 
  • Michael Huntsberger, associate professor of mass communication, was elected in April to a two-year term as the chair of the Radio and Audio Media division of the Broadcast Education Association 
  • Anton Belov, associate professor of music, is performing Brahms’ “The German Requiem” in Seattle this week.  
  • Kelly Bird, sports information director, will have a new sports information assistant thanks to an award of $53,320 from the NCAA Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Internship Grant program. This grant will provide two years of support for an intern who will play a vital role in communications outreach for Linfield’s athletic programs.
  • Patricia Haddeland, Susan Hopp, and Susan Agre-Kippenhan are overseeing a Campus Situational Prevention Approach Project supported by a subaward of $30,657 as part of a larger project led by Portland State University and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology, administered a wine industry labor survey this year with the support of a grant of $3,500 from the Oregon Wine Board.
  • Rich Schmidt, director of archives and resource sharing, received grants from the Erath Family Foundation ($5,000), Oregon Wine Board ($6,450), and Oregon Wine Brotherhood ($5,500 ) in support of Oregon Wine History Archive projects during the 2017-18 academic year.
  • John Syring, associate professor of biology, Leonard Finkelman, assistant professor of philosophy, and community member Mike Full have successfully secured a grant of $10,000 from the Juan Young Trust in support of a new summer paleontology outreach project. In this program, area youth will learn about the natural history of the Willamette Valley by visiting excavation and float sites along the Yamhill River where researchers are uncovering the fossils  of mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths, bison and more.
  • Chad Tillberg, associate professor of biology, will use a sub-award of $4,579 from Washington State University in support of student-faculty collaborative research this summer on the Fender’s Blue Butterfly as part of a larger project funded by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music, will receive an orchestral commission of $15,000 as part of the League of American Orchestras’ 2017 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, which is administered by American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Reinkemeyer’s work will be premiered by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and music director Carlos Miguel Prieto on January 10, 2019, with additional performances on January 11 and 12.

Events calendars  

View the Linfield events calendar or the Linfield athletics calendar.   



From Cancer Patient To UCF Cancer Doc

Robert Lisac ’12 graduates this week from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, completing his journey from cancer patient to cancer doctor.

robert-lisac '12“Say your goodbyes. He’s not going to be here with us in the morning,” the doctor said.

Fourteen-year-old Robert Lisac lay in the ICU on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma, his family gathered at his bedside. His leukemia, diagnosed two years earlier and followed by 18 months of chemotherapy, was back with a vengeance.

His body was rejecting a bone marrow transplant from his older brother.  His lungs were filling with blood. Doctors gave him only a 2 percent chance of surviving.

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Stopping By: Learning and leading with Susanne Sayles ’11

Susanne Sayles ’11 is McMinnville’s Young Educator of the Year

Reprinted with permission of the News-Register. • By Starla Pointer, May 1, 2018