Welcome home! Linfield celebrates Homecoming

Linfield Homecoming 2015Linfield College will bustle with activities, students and alumni as the college celebrates its annual Homecoming Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

Student activities kick off with the annual Linfield Charm competition (previously known as Mr. and Mrs. Linfield) on Monday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium in the Health, Human Performance and Athletics building. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. the annual drag show will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium, hosted by Poison Waters. On Wednesday, Sept. 27, at noon, students can have lunch with alumni and get professional advice at a career alumni luncheon in Jonasson Hall in the lower level of Melrose Hall. On Thursday, Sept. 28, students can enjoy a night of the video game Rock Band and free food at the “Battle of the (Rock) Band!” in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. On Friday, Sept. 29, a performance by the Flow Arts Club will be held on the Intramural Field.

Alumni events will begin with the Founders’ Society Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 29, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. At 1:30 p.m., alumni can sample local wine during a tasting at Youngberg Hill Winery.

Seth Prickett, class of 2005 and recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, will speak at 3 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall. He will discuss his experience juggling four careers: realtor, bar owner, political consultant and nonprofit founder, and how they all have one common goal—giving back.

Jeff Baguley, class of 2000, will speak on behalf of his late wife, Brittany (Hartzell) Baguley, class of 2000, the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award. Baguley’s talk will be held at 4 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall, where he will discuss Brittany’s work fighting crime and injustice from inside a laboratory and her many accomplishments in the fields of analytical chemistry and forensic science.

“Linfield’s Finest,” a gathering for alumni, friends and faculty, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom to honor the alumni award winners. In addition to Prickett and Baguley, other award winners include Eric and Robin (Burmeister) Nichols, class of 1981 and 1982, Alumni Service Award recipients; and Debbie Day, Walker Service Award holder.

Later that evening, the brothers of Delta Psi Delta will host a dinner at the Michelbook Country Club at 7:15 p.m.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Sept. 30 with campus tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. At 10 a.m., a Sigma Kappa Phi Sorority reunion will be held in Ford Hall and a “Nifty Fifties” brunch for alumni from the 1950s will be held in the Northwest Room in Dillin Hall.

At 10:30 a.m. there will be a “Linfield Through the Years” panel in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall, featuring four long-time faculty members reflecting on their time at Linfield. The panel will include Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communication arts; Tom Love, professor of anthropology, member of the environmental studies faculty and coordinator of Latin American studies; Barbara Seidman, professor and chair of the Department of English; and Peter Richardson, professor of German. President Thomas Hellie will serve as the panel moderator.

A mass communication department reunion will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Renshaw Hall, as will an economics and business reunion in T.J. Day Hall.

An all-alumni barbecue begins at 11:30 a.m. in the parking area of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, followed by the Linfield Wildcats vs. Whitworth University football game at 1:30 p.m. Post-game class reunions will be held for the classes of 1957, 1967, 1987, 1997 and 2007. At 7:30 p.m., alumni can enjoy acoustic music from Jeremy Moll, class of 2012, in Ice Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Registration for alumni activities is on Friday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge. For more information on alumni events, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry, director of alumni and parent relations, at 503-883-2607 or dharmon@linfield.edu. For more information on student activities contact Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, at 503-883-2435 or dfergue@linfield.edu.