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Linfield Reports, 3/2/15


Temple Garden -- Hong KongShane Whitson ’16 will present “Hong Kong: A Global Experience” on Wednesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Whitson, an international relations and economics major, spent last fall abroad studying at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). In his presentation, he will discuss the cultural, political and social climate he experienced in Hong Kong. When speaking about the political landscape, he will also share his firsthand account of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution and the demonstrations against the government that erupted throughout the city during his visit.

Whitson hopes that by discussing the class offerings, grading scale and the international student support system in Hong Kong, he will provide an insight into the differences between life at Linfield and life at HKBU.

Linfield’s alliance with HKBU is a direct exchange program, which means that every year students from HKBU also study at Linfield for a semester or a year. Linfield provides all students, regardless of major or discipline, the opportunity for January term, semester or year-long experiences in more than 30 locations around the world.

The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, contact ext. 2434 or



Music Professor Anna SongAnna Song, assistant professor of music at Linfield College, will kick off the spring faculty lecture series presenting “Updating Aural Skills Training and its Pedagogy” on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Song will discuss her research on the teaching and learning of musicianship and aural skills. Fluency in the language of music is largely defined by one’s ability to understand and respond to music heard aurally, and to hear and perform what is visually represented in musical notation. Formal music education programs in higher education invariably include courses in musicianship and aural skill development as core components in the curriculum. However, such courses have long been considered challenging to teach and intimidating for students. Until recently, aural skills pedagogy remained relatively neglected as an area of research in music education.

Song will also discuss the importance of integrating reflective writing, improvisation, cooperative learning and technology into musicianship courses in order to update teaching strategies and align pedagogy with contemporary learning theory.

Song joined the Linfield music faculty in 2008. She graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in composition from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her master’s of music in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She recently completed her doctoral studies in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to teaching and conducting at Linfield, she is the co-founder and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble that focuses on the performance of early music.

For more information, call the Linfield Department of Music, ext. 2275.



Leonard FinkelmanLeonard Finkelman, assistant professor of philosophy, will lead two nights of discussion on the philosophy of dinosaurs.

The first event kicks off with a screening of “Jurassic Park” on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall. Following the movie, Finkelman will lead a discussion of the scientific and philosophical problems raised by cloning extinct species.

Finkelman will present a second lecture, “Fuzzy Logic: Assessing the Evidence for Dinosaur Feathers,” on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall. In his lecture, he will provide evidence that dinosaurs had feathers and explain how different kinds of proof have contributed to scientific progress. In addition, Finkelman will discuss how philosophy fits into this study of dinosaurs.

Before joining the Linfield faculty in 2014, Finkelman received his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy at the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in philosophy at City University of New York Graduate Center. His scholarly interests include philosophy of biology with an emphasis on concepts in evolution and extinction. He has also co-authored the articles “The Value of Public Philosophy to Philosophers” and “The Extended (Evolutionary) Debate: Where Science Meets Philosophy.”

The lectures are sponsored by PLACE. For more information, contact Finkelman, ext. 2760 or



Environmental Film FestivalFour evenings of environmental films followed by expert panel discussions will be held March 4-7 at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Hall Reading Room.

“Growing Cities” will be shown Wednesday, March 4. The film showcases urban farming around America. In doing so, it shows how much power urban farmers have to revitalize cities and change eating habits.

“Plastic Paradise” will be shown Thursday, March 5. Thousands of miles from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth and is home of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which siphons plastics from three distant continents. In this film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun sheds light on the effects of plastic consumption.

“The Economics of Happiness” will be shown Friday, March 6. The film describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance. Communities are coming together to rebuild more human-scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm.

“TINY” will be shown Saturday, March 7. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a tiny house from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home and the changing American Dream.

The Environmental Film Festival is sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Sustainability, the Linfield Environmental Studies Program, the Linfield Activities Board and the Linfield Art Department. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Duncan Reid, ext. 2738,



Biology Professor Anne KruchtenAnne Kruchten, associate professor of biology, will discuss the iFOCUS program on Thursday, March 5, at 4:15 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

The talk is part of the Spring iFOCUS Science Colloquium Lecture Series.

Kruchten will explain developments of the iFOCUS program, discuss how it has expanded, and inform the Linfield community about how they can get involved. Audience input is encouraged.

The iFOCUS program got its name from the weeklong science camp piloted in 2012. Now, the iFOCUS program is an interdisciplinary program of science activities designed to increase the number of graduates majoring and staying in NSTEM (natural science, computer science, mathematics and physics) at Linfield, thanks to generous gifts from the Hearst Foundations.

For more information, contact Gina Castillo,, ext. 2567.



Piano keyboard at LinfieldThe Linfield College Department of Music will present “Keyboard Kapers: An Evening of Piano Music” on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Linfield piano students of Albert Kim, assistant professor of music, including Ian Cox ’15 and Stephanie Anderson ’16, will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt and others. In addition, visiting artist Marcelo Lian and Kim will perform a duo-piano version of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Lian will present a piano master class and lecture during his campus residency.

Kim joined the Linfield College Department of Music in 2013 and teaches piano, theory, chamber music and keyboard skills. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe in solo and chamber recitals, and collaborated with new music ensembles Signal and Eastman Musica Nova. He is a pianist and arranger for the Tabletop Opera, a convergent-media project that presents the comic-book opera adaptations of P. Craig Russell in live performances with original instrumental arrangements. He is also active as a composer and transcriber. Recent projects include a six-city teaching tour in China in summer 2014, and the world premieres of his solo transcription of Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse” and ensemble adaptation of Richard Strauss’s “Salome.” Kim earned his M.M. and D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music and holds an A.B. in music from Harvard University, where he conducted the Toscanini Chamber Orchestra and the Dunster House Opera.

Lian is winner of several competitions including the Latin American Association of Pianists and Pedagogues Competition, Concorso Pianistico Il suono e il tempo, VI Franz Liszt Piano Competition, the Steinway Competition and V Beethoven Piano Competition. He co-founded and directed “Pianists of the Americas,” an annual piano festival in Portland that offers professional recitals and master classes for students of all ages and levels. Lian earned a master’s degree in piano pedagogy and a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Delaney Bullinger '15Delaney Bullinger ‘15, a music and English literature major, will present a senior capstone lecture-recital on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Bull Music Center.

Bullinger will discuss the lives of 19th-century musicians Pauline Viardot and Fryderyk Chopin, and demonstrate how Viardot set words to Chopin’s piano pieces. The lecture-recital will feature Bullinger, voice, and Albert Kim, piano.

Bullinger has studied voice for 10 years. She has been a featured soloist with David Wakeham in Gerald Finzi’s “In Terra Pax” with the Linfield Concert Choir in 2013. She also performed as Papagena in Linfield’s Opera Theatre production of “The Magic Flute” in 2012, as Cherubino and Barbarina in scenes from “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Atlantic Music Festival in 2013, and will be performing scenes from “Werther” and “Così fan Tutte” in Linfield’s upcoming opera workshop. Her musical theatre experience also includes performing as Thea in Linfield’s production of “Spring Awakening” in 2012.

Bullinger was recognized as a division winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing musical theatre competition in 2012. After graduation, Bullinger plans to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science and hopes to become a librarian.

The recital is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Senator Mark HatfieldAfter five years of work by Linfield College alumni, a feature-length documentary film about Mark Hatfield made its television debut and will also be shown at Linfield.

“The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield” aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting in January and will show at Linfield on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. A Q&A with the filmmakers and former Hatfield staff members will follow the Linfield showing.

One never knows where an idea may come from, as Kevin Curry ’92 and Devon Lyon ’97 learned one summer evening when the idea for a documentary film on Oregon statesman Mark Hatfield popped up in casual conversation among friends.

“We were talking about the broad impact a politician like Mark Hatfield has on the state through all of the people that worked for him,” said Curry, an executive producer on the film and director of integrated media relations at Linfield. “I expressed my surprise that no one had done a documentary on Senator Hatfield. Be careful what you wonder about out loud, it could lead to an amazing, difficult and rewarding experience.”

Focusing on Hatfield’s years in the U.S. Senate, the film examines how his leadership approach served him well on the big issues of the day. The 55 interviews conducted for the film encompass a range of people including President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Senate colleagues Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) and the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), as well as Oregon leaders and many former staff members who worked daily with Hatfield.

Linfield’s connection to the production is significant. In addition to alumni Curry and Lyon, executive producer Rick Dancer is the great-grandson of J.O. Maxwell, after whom Maxwell Field is named, and his parents, Roy and Betty Dancer, are alumni. Further, both Senator Hatfield and his wife, Antoinette, received honorary degrees from Linfield in 1971. His daughter, Elizabeth Hatfield-Keller, earned a degree in 1984.

The showing is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 2321.



Linfield CollegeLinfield’s accredited online college is moving up in the rankings of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in America. Linfield moved up to 63rd in recent rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, up from a ranking of 136th just two years ago.

Linfield received its highest marks for student services and technology, where it was ranked 17th, and student engagement, where it ranked 59th. It is the highest ranked online college program among private, liberal arts colleges in Oregon, and is second only to Oregon State University among all Oregon colleges.

“People looking to enhance their career by earning their degree are increasingly recognizing the value of a degree from Linfield College,” said Laura Brener, director of online and continuing education at Linfield. “Our emphasis on a personalized education that works with students to meet their goals is reflected in these ratings.”

Linfield College has been involved in online education since the late 1990s. The relationship it shares with the residential campus strengthens the opportunities for online students.



An article by Rachael Woody, archivist, and Rich Schmidt, director of resource sharing, “Archiving Oregon,” has been published in the March edition of Oregon Wine Press. It begins on page 10.




4:30 p.m.: Shane Whitson ’16, “Hong Kong: A Global Experience,” Jonasson Hall

7 p.m.: Anna Song, “Updating Aural Skills Training and its Pedagogy,” 201 Riley Hall

7 p.m.: Leonard Finkelman, “Jurassic Park” showing and discussion, 219 T.J. Day Hall

7 p.m.: Environmental Film Festival, “Growing Cities,” Pioneer Reading Room


Noon: First Thursday art reception, “InstaSpring: A Month of Color” featuring photography by Lisa Burch, Loveridge Gallery, Portland Campus

4:15 p.m.: Anne Kruchten, Spring iFOCUS Science Colloquium Lecture Series, 105 Murdock Hall

7 p.m.: Environmental Film Festival, “Plastic Paradise,” Pioneer Reading Room


7 p.m.: Environmental Film Festival, “The Economics of Happiness,” Pioneer Reading Room

7:30 p.m.: “Keyboard Kapers: An Evening of Piano Music,” Delkin Recital Hall


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Puget Sound Invitational

9 a.m.: Track and field vs. Erik Anderson Memorial Ice breaker

11 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. George Fox

Noon: Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark

Noon: Softball vs. George Fox

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at George Fox

3 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Pacific

7 p.m.: Environmental Film Festival, “TINY,” Pioneer Reading Room

7:30 p.m.: Delaney Bullinger ’15 senior capstone lecture-recital, Delkin Recital Hall


11 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Pacific

Noon: Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark

Noon: Softball at Pacific

Noon: Women’s lacrosse vs. Puget Sound

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Pacific

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