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Linfield Reports, 8/25/14

GALLERY KICKS OFF FALL SCHEDULE

Artist Peter CampusAn exhibit by Peter Campus, renowned video and digital artist, will be on display Aug. 25 through Sept. 30 in the Linfield Gallery in the James Miller Fine Arts Center.

An artist talk will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall. A reception for Campus will follow in the Linfield Gallery.

The show, which features Campus’ latest single-channel videos, will be his first solo exhibition on the West Coast. Eight videos, all from 2012-13, will run concurrently on separate screens throughout the gallery.

Campus is widely considered a seminal figure in the history of video and new media art, and one of the very first to pick up a video camera and create art. He is known for his interactive and single-channel video work of the early 1970s, along with an extensive body of photographic and digital video works to the present day. He is known for his contribution to the transformation of video art into an accepted fine art medium. Campus has also worked with photography and computer imaging, focusing on the subject of nature and the exterior.

Campus’ newest video works are increasingly abstract and gloriously hued. Pieces combine colors and loosely structured forms with a brilliant saturation and pixelation that could only be achieved in the digital era. Continually interested in cognitive psychology and perception, Campus explores the gap between what we see, what the camera records and what we imagine a landscape to be.

Since 1972, Campus has had more than 40 solo exhibitions, including shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City. His works are part of numerous collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; and others.

He holds degrees from Ohio State University and the City College Film Institute. He has held fellowships from John Simon Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund, the Linfield Gallery and the Department of Art and Visual Culture. For more information, call ext. 2804.

 

HISPANIC HERITAGE DAY PLANNED

Hispanic Heritage DayLinfield College will host the seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Day Sunday, Sept. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. on the Intramural Field.

The event will be preceded by the Cesar Chavez 5k Run/Walk at 11 a.m. A suggested donation for the run/walk is $6, $5 with a Linfield ID and $3 for children 12 and under. Pre-registration is suggested at linfieldhhd@gmail.com.

Activities will include food, games, live music, dancing, piñatas, crafts and a children’s area. The event is a celebration of September as Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to the food provided, additional cultural food will be available for purchase.

The event is open to the community and sponsored by Linfield College Latinos Adelante, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán), the Spanish Club and the Multicultural Programs Office.

For more information, contact Jason Rodriquez at 503-883-2574, jrodriqu@linfield.edu.

 

TWO TALKS SET FOR CONSTITUTION DAY

Jack RakovePulitzer Prize-winning historian Jack Rakove will deliver two public talks on Monday, Sept. 8, in celebration of Constitution Day.

Rakove will present “A Politician Thinking: The Political Thought of James Madison” at 12:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall. Lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Later that evening, he will speak on “How Do We Know What the Constitution Means?” at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and professor of political science and (by courtesy) law at Stanford, where he has taught since 1980. His principal areas of research include the origins of the American Revolution and Constitution, the political practice and theory of James Madison and the role of historical knowledge in constitutional litigation. He is the author of six books, including “Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in History, and “Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America,” which was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. He is the editor of seven other books, including “The Unfinished Election of 2000.” Rakove is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and a past president of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic.

The event is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Nick Buccola at nbuccol@linfield.edu or ext. 2246.

 

HEARST GRANT GIVES SCIENCE BOOST

Linfield College iFOCUS programScience education will get a boost at Linfield College thanks to a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundation, Inc.

The grant will help expand iFOCUS (Interdisciplinary First year Orientation Camp for Undergraduate Sciences), an innovative program that gives first-year Linfield students an opportunity to work with Linfield faculty and student researchers before classes begin, and learn about science across the disciplines of biology, chemistry, math and physics at Linfield.

iFOCUS started as a pre-orientation camp at Linfield, introducing students to the sciences and process of scientific research. The program brings together students and faculty to pursue wide-ranging questions and issues from the perspective of multiple disciplines instead of focusing on one single subject area. The Hearst grant will allow iFOCUS to expand to year-round programming, adding additional opportunities for more students.

“The focus of scientific research is increasingly interdisciplinary, and we are now preparing our students to become the scientists who employ multiple scientific tools as they conduct basic research or solve real-world problems,” said Linfield President Thomas Hellie. “Linfield is already notable for its interdisciplinary approach, but this generous grant will enable us to introduce our newest students to the complex and exciting world of science.”

With increasing focus on encouraging more students to enroll in STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, math), the Hearst grant will help Linfield expand the iFOCUS program by supporting:

  • A summer boot camp held prior to orientation that brings together faculty, student peer advisors and incoming students to engage in research activities that demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of science.
  • Learning communities that keep students immersed in science by working collectively on an interdisciplinary science research project with a science faculty member.
  • A yearly seminar series featuring lectures on interdisciplinary topics by Linfield professors or faculty members from other colleges and universities, and/or scientists prominent in their fields.

 

RECENT RANKINGS FAVOR LINFIELD

Pioneer Hall on the McMinnville CampusLinfield College earned high marks on three recent college surveys.

Linfield was named one of America’s Top Colleges in the 2014 rankings by Forbes. The college was 240th out of the 650 public and private colleges ranked on the list. It placed 45th among colleges in the West. Notably, Linfield ranked second among Oregon private colleges on the Forbes Financial Grade. This proprietary measurement from Forbes looks at nine components to measure the financial health of private institutions.

Linfield was cited in the top half – 293 out of 665 colleges – on Money magazine’s list of The Best Colleges for Your Money. The newly published Money listing ranked four-year colleges based on factors related to educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings.

Linfield was ranked third of all Oregon colleges and first of Oregon’s private colleges in a new college-ranking system which values schools based on how much better off graduates are financially once they earn a degree. Linfield ranked 210 of 1,222 four-year public and nonprofit colleges. This index, produced by the California nonprofit Educate to Career and a national job-data company, considers several key data points: students’ academic status before college, the net cost of attending college, and students’ success in the job market after graduation.

 

CAMPUS CALENDAR

MONDAY, AUG. 25

All day: First day of classes

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27

6 p.m.: Peter Campus artist talk, Delkin Recital Hall, reception in Linfield Gallery

FRIDAY, AUG. 29

7 p.m.: Volleyball at New Hope Christian

SATURDAY, AUG. 30

10 a.m.: Cross Country vs. Linfield Harrier Classic

6 p.m.: Women’s soccer at Northwest Christian

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