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Linfield Reports, 11/17/14


Parker Moore '17 memorialA memorial of flowers, candles, notes of friendship and other items continues to grow outside Maxwell Field as the Linfield College community mourns the tragic and sudden death of Parker Moore ’17.

Support for Moore’s family and the Linfield community is pouring in from alumni, friends and other colleges throughout the Northwest. Churches from across the United States, as far away as Boston, have expressed concern. The Portland Campus will participate in a Moment of Silence today, Monday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m.

Classes will be held as usual this week to maintain a sense of normalcy and structure for students. Counselors will be available for students and staff in 103 Walker Hall, and additional counselors also will be on hand for the foreseeable future.

Moore, 20, of Woodinville, Wash., was a business management major, resident advisor and linebacker on the Linfield Football Team. He was stabbed in what the police have said was a complete random act late Saturday night, Nov. 15, at the 7-Eleven store across from the Linfield College Campus. He was taken by Life Flight to the Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital, but he died as a result of his wounds. The assailant also confronted McMinnville police officers and was shot. There is an ongoing investigation by the Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team.

A memorial service to celebrate Moore’s life will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.



Linfield Dance EnsembleA panel discussion on the philosophy of movement will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

“Mindful bodies – Movement, Meaning, Emotion and Wisdom” will begin with a short dance performance to showcase the role of bodies and movement. Following the performance, a panel will discuss the importance of thinking holistically about the human body in order to live a holistic lifestyle.

The panel will feature Mark Johnson, the Philip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon; Albert Johnstone, courtesy professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon; Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, interdisciplinary scholar affiliated with the department of philosophy at the University of Oregon; Emily Crocker, instructor of dance at Linfield; and Linfield art major Colton Wright ’15.

The event is sponsored by PLACE, the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, associate professor of philosophy, at or ext. 2362.



Linfield College Professor Anna KeeseyAnna Keesey, the Renshaw Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing, will present a window into the creative process of writing a novel during “The Girl in the Pool and Other Problems: Excerpts From a Novel in Progress,” on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Keesey, a Linfield professor since 2007, is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her widely acclaimed debut novel, “Little Century,” was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012. It was chosen for the Barnes and Noble DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS series, and was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka prize by the University of Rochester. Keesey’s work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories. Her most recent publications are “Keyhole,” an essay for the online publication BLOOM, and “Simple Girl: The Unexpected Solace of Mansfield Park,” a personal essay on her obsession with an often-maligned Jane Austen novel, which appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books online. Keesey is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and has held residencies at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Yaddo and Provincetown. Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield, and will be teaching a writing workshop at the Manzanita Writers’ Series on the Oregon coast in March.

For more information, call ext. 2409.



Ellen BrittanEllen Brittan, general manager at the Carlton Winemakers Studio and owner of Brittan Vineyards, has been named director of wine education at Linfield.

Brittan will work with Linfield’s Division of Continuing Education (DCE) to develop a wine education program that could include a variety of courses offered online or during the summer. Her appointment is effective Jan. 5.

“Ellen’s extensive experience in the wine and hospitality industry will be invaluable in helping us create courses that can serve the local wine industry, as well as provide educational opportunities and experiences for individuals interested in learning more about wine,” said Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie. “Ellen’s primary role will be to develop a wine education program through DCE, but she will also play a major role in advising and creating wine education programs for our traditional students.”

Brittan, who holds bachelor’s degrees in French language and literature and Spanish language and literature, spent 20 years in the financial services industry, working her way up from a bank teller to executive vice president. When her career landed her in Napa, Calif., she began taking classes on wine and food and ultimately left her corporate position to pursue her passion for food and wine, taking a position in a tasting room to learn the business from the ground up. She went to work as general manager of Rudd Vineyards, and was later promoted to executive director of the Rudd Group, managing branding, marketing and communications for the group, which included Dean & DeLuca, Rudd Winery, Edge Hill Winery, Distillery No. 209, Oakville Grocery and PRESS restaurant. She also served as executive director of the Rudd Foundation, where she participated in the development of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.

She and her husband, Robert, purchased their vineyard near McMinnville in 2004 and moved to Yamhill County full time in 2008. He is the viticulturalist and winemaker at the vineyard. In addition, Ellen Brittan serves on the board of the International Pinot Noir Celebration, and will become chair of the Oregon Wine Board and president of the Oregon Winegrowers Association in January.

Brittan said developing an education program at Linfield would be beneficial to the Oregon wine industry and could encompass a variety of programs related to the business and marketing aspects of wine.

“Our rapidly growing Oregon wine industry needs a bigger pool of qualified candidates for jobs,” she said, adding that 75 percent of Oregon’s wine industry is made of small vineyards and wineries that produce 5,000 or fewer cases of wine per year. “Small wineries don’t have the time or resources to develop training programs. They need people who can hit the ground running. If Linfield can help bridge that gap by providing a basic skills set and some basic knowledge, it will really help those smaller wineries.”

Although specific classes have not yet been determined, programs offered through DCE could include social media for wineries, tasting room fundamentals, basic wine knowledge and accounting or marketing for the wine industry. In addition, workshops or seminars offering educational experiences and opportunities for wine enthusiasts at Linfield could be developed.



Jamie Bostock ’17 and Izgi Gulfem Torunlar ’15, from the vocal studio of Professor Anton Belov, won first place in their divisions at the Fall 2014 Musical Theatre Festival of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Nov. 8.

Michele Tomseth and Sandy Soohoo-Refaei, both of the International Programs Office, presented at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Bi-Regional Conference, Nov. 3-7, in Portland. Tomseth, assistant director of International Programs, presented “Enhance Your Professional Expertise! Learn More About the NAFSA Academy for International Education” and “Homegrown Returnee Programing.” Soohoo-Refaei, associate director of International Programs, co-presented “International Student Success and Retention,” “Finding Your Place in NAFSA Leadership” and “Building a Career in International Education.” She was also an invited speaker for the Newcomers’ Orientation.




This week: Philanthropy Week

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove


6:30 p.m.: Panel discussion, “Mindful bodies – Movement, Meaning, Emotion and Wisdom,” Ice


Noon: German language table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Anna Keesey, “The Girl in the Pool and Other Problems: Excerpts From a Novel in Progress,” 201 Riley


7 p.m.: Parker Moore memorial service, Ted Wilson Gymnasium


3 p.m.: Japanese language table, 304 Walker


11 a.m.: Cross country at NCAA III Nationals

Noon: Football vs. Chapman, NCAA playoffs

5 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Occidental

6 p.m.: Men’s basketball at UCSC Classic vs. Whittier


2 p.m.: Men’s basketball at UCSC Classic vs. UC-Santa Cruz

5 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Whittier


6 p.m.: Women’s Basketball at Pomona-Pitzer


6 p.m.: Women’s Basketball at Cal Tech


7 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Dallas


4 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. St. Olaf


3 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Carleton

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