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Linfield Reports, 5/18/15


Linfield musicA number of Linfield music students will be featured in the Department of Music Honors Recital Tuesday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Students are selected based on recognition of excellent progress and performance this semester. They include Jamie Bostock ’17, soprano; Quillan Bourassa ’16, clarinet; Adrian Clifford ’17, guitar; Katie Higenbotham ’17, soprano; Aviella Lee-Petzak ’17, cello; Xiaochuan “Amanda” Ma ’18, mezzo-soprano; Anna Vanderschaegen ’18, cello; and Parker Wells ’17, clarinet.

The recital is open to the public. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Ian Cox '15Ian Cox ’15 will present “A Tribute to My Teachers,” an elective piano recital, Friday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The recital will include Cox’s favorite repertoire, primarily derived from composers of the Romantic Era. He will perform works by Jean Sibelius, G.F. Handel, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn, Francis Poulenc, L.V. Beethoven and others. The performance will demonstrate the progression of music throughout his life and the significant role it has played in his education.

Cox is a music major and has studied the piano for the past 17 years under the instruction of the late David Ingram, Karen Huntsberger, and Linfield professors Jill Timmons, Chris Engbretson and Albert Kim. He has performed in Vienna, Austria; for the O.S.S.A. convention in Portland; and has provided music for several events at Linfield. After graduating from Linfield, Cox will pursue his master’s degree in the department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University where he intends to incorporate aspects of his musical education into therapeutic practice.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Commencement capsMore than 700 Linfield College graduates will be honored during commencement exercises Sunday, May 31, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove.

Gale Castillo, president and one of the founders of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber in Portland and a 1973 graduate of Linfield College, will deliver the commencement address to the Linfield class of 2015.

Adam Ericksen, a 2002 graduate of Linfield and the education director for the Raven Foundation, will present the baccalaureate address Saturday, May 30, at 5 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium, located in the Health, Human Performance and Athletics Building. Both events are open to the public.

Golden Grads, individuals who graduated from Linfield 50 or more years ago, will also be marching in the commencement ceremony.

Commencement speaker

Castillo is one of the founders and serves as president of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, a local chapter of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber in Washington, D.C., the largest Hispanic chamber in the Northwest and the fifth largest chamber of any kind in Oregon. Its mission is to work with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of the Latino community. Programs include technical assistance to Latino and other small businesses, scholarships for students, a year-long leadership program, annual trade show and monthly member luncheons and networking events. Castillo is also the co-owner of Cascade Centers Inc., one of the largest privately held companies that provide Employee Assistant Program services and staff development throughout the U.S.

She has experience in both the public and private sectors, having served as the manager of the Oregon Economic Development Department’s Job Training Administration, and having worked for AT&T, Pacific Northwest Bell and RESTOR Communications.

She’s been recognized numerous times for her leadership and her community service. Last October, she was presented the Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement for the Minority Enterprise Development Week by the Business Development Institute for the integral role she played in minority business development. She also received a civic award from the Center for Women’s Leadership, and was recognized by the Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the 2012 Newsmakers.

Castillo serves on several boards and committees including the Linfield College Board of Trustees, Portland State University Board of Trustees, Wells Fargo Community Bank, Portland Trail Blazers Business Advisory Board and Statuary Hall Study Commission, among others.

In addition to receiving her bachelor’s degree from Linfield, she has a master’s from Portland State University and completed the executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School and the leadership development program at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Baccalaureate speaker

Ericksen is the education director for the Raven Foundation and writes blogs and film vlogs on the foundation’s website that explore the intersections of mimetic theory, the news, religion and popular culture.

Ericksen is a 2002 graduate of Linfield College with a bachelor’s in religious studies and a minor in history. His senior thesis was titled “The Divine in Disguise: How Judaism Deals with Suffering and Death” and he continued that theme with his honors thesis “The Divine in Disguise: How Christianity Deals with Suffering and Death.” He received his master’s in theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary with an emphasis in theology and ethics. His master’s thesis was titled “Love and Nonviolence in Christianity and Islam.”

Ericksen recently delivered the lecture “Islam and the Practice of Non-violence” at Hope College, where he explored mimetic theory and Islam. He was also invited to deliver a similar lecture on Islam and mimetic theory at the symposium “René Girard and World Religions” at the Graduate Theological Union.

For more information, call ext. 2408 or visit



Melissa Jones and Henny Breen, both assistant professors of nursing, received a grant of $5,000 from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing/CDC Partnership Cooperative Agreement Project to perform an evaluation study on the impact of community service learning experiences that RN to BSN students have with community partner organizations.

Joan Paddock, professor of music, recently secured a grant of $1,500 from The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigelund Fund and $500 from the Fedde Grant fund of the Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge in Portland. These awards will fund presentations on Scandinavian and Sámi Cultures of Norway by Stina Fagertun and Anita Barth-Jorgensen in fall of 2015.




Noon: French table, Starbucks

4 p.m.: Honors recital, Ice Auditorium

6 p.m.: Japanese Table, Japanese Classroom, Walker Hall


Noon: German Language Table, Dillin Hall


Today through Tuesday: Softball, Division III finals, Salem, Va.

Today: Tennis, NCAA Division III Championships, Mason, Ohio

Today: Track and field, NCAA Division III Championships, Canton, New York

11:50 am: SOAN Voices, Dillin Northwest Room


Today through Tuesday: Baseball, Division III finals, Appleton, Wis.

7:30 p.m.: Ian Cox ’15 recital, “A Tribute to My Teachers,” Ice Auditorium

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