Linfield Reports, 10/11/10


Prize-winning pianist Dean Kramer will perform an all-Chopin recital Monday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Kramer was one of the few pianists to have received lessons from the great Vladimir Horowitz, and has worked with legendary artists such as Arthur Rubinstein and Gina Bachauer. Kramer is a prize winner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, and has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in the United States as well as internationally. He was chosen by the United States Information Agency to represent the United States as an Artistic Ambassador to Hungary, Romania, Malta and Egypt. Kramer has appeared as a soloist with renowned groups such as the Vermeer Quartet, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble and the Russian River Chamber Players. Kramer has been a member of the piano faculty at the University of Oregon since 1983.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Michael Roberts, professor of biology, will explain how animal size affects the way we think about biology during an upcoming faculty lecture at Linfield.

“Why Are Animals So Small? And Other Interesting Questions About Size in Biology” will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Roberts is a physiologist who conducts research focusing on how body size determines physiology. The lecture will discuss the theme of size within books such as Gulliver’s Travels and The Little Prince, as well as in films which incorporate over-grown spiders. He will explain the problem with these books and films from a biological standpoint. According to Roberts, animals come in a huge range of sizes, from less than a millimeter to over 100 feet in length, and body weights range from a millionth of a gram to 200 tons.

“Very small animals are unaffected by gravity, but very much affected by light air movements and the surface tension of water. Large animals are profoundly affected by gravity,” said Roberts. “Thus, we can’t generalize about animal biology without knowing what size animal we are talking about.”

A Linfield faculty member since 1981, Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also did post-doctorial research at Yale University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Three decades of work will be encompassed in a reading by award-winning poet Chris Howell Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Howell will read from his new book Dreamless and Possible. This volume of new and selected poetry spans over three decades of Howell’s work, and draws from all of his previous books. The book covers Howell’s wide range of interests, combining elements of the surreal with biography and imagist economy with a storyteller’s informality. It also shows the development of Howell’s signature style over the years. Howell thinks out loud as he works his way through what charms, challenges and defines the human project.

Howell, professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Washington University, attended Pacific Lutheran University where he began to write poetry. He was a Navy journalist during the Vietnam War and afterward earned his graduate degrees from Portland State University and the University of Massachusetts. Howell has published eight books of poetry, the most recent, Light’s Ladder. He has received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships Award twice and the Washington State Book Awards twice. Howell has also been included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology three times.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield English Department, Office of the President and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517,


A series of homecoming events for students and alumni are planned the week of Oct. 12 at Linfield College.

Student activities begin Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. with a campus barbeque and pep rally at the Riley intramural field. On Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. a song and banner competition will be held at the football field. On Thursday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. the Mr. and Miss Linfield competition will be held at the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. On Friday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. students and alumni can watch The Spazmatics 80’s Band perform at the Riley intramural field. Student homecoming events will conclude Saturday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m. with the homecoming dance at Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

Registration for alumni activities begins Friday, Oct. 15, in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. Activities include an Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum tour at 1:30 p.m., and the opportunity to attend several classes. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. alumni are invited to become a part of Linfield’s history by allowing student videographers to film their story about “the power of a small college.” Several clips will be shown on the scoreboard at halftime of the football game and prizes will be given for the best testimonials.

On Friday, Oct. 15, Susie Kuhn, class of 1997 and recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, will give a presentation at 3 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Kuhn has a distinguished career at Nike and will share her experiences working in a global company.

Theresa Betancourt, class of 1991 and Distinguished Alumna of the Year, will speak at 4 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Betancourt is a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.

“Linfield’s Finest,” featuring the presentation of the annual alumni awards, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. In addition to Kuhn and Betancourt, others to be honored include Shawn Chen, class of 1987, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award for his founding and sustaining a university that offers educational opportunities to students in his native China, and Brian Gerritz, class of 1998, who will receive the Alumni Service Award for his many contributions as an event host and mentor for students and as a member of the Business Advisory Council. The Walker Service Award will be presented to Laura Edman for her dedication as chair of the Parents Council Leadership Team.

Alumni events continue Saturday, Oct. 16, with registration starting at 8 a.m., and 10 a.m. brunches for business majors and alumni, and theater, communication arts and forensics alumni. An all-alumni barbecue begins at noon in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center parking area, followed by the Linfield Wildcats vs. Pacific University Boxers football game at 1:30 p.m.

For more information about student activities contact Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, at 503-883-2435 or For more information on alumni events contact Debbie Harmon, director of alumni relations, at 503-883-2607 or


The Linfield volleyball team will host a “Think Pink” event to highlight breast cancer at their home match Friday, Oct. 15. Game time against Willamette is 7 p.m. at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer research, and students from the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will hand out pink ribbons. During halftime, fans will have the chance to participate in a serving competition.

Admission to the match is free, but fans are encouraged to contribute funds to benefit the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps cancer patients undergoing treatment with short-term financial care in Yamhill, Tillamook and Lincoln counties.

Through an individualized grant program, the foundation assists with necessary expenses such as transportation to and from treatment, health insurance and groceries to relieve patients of the financial burden of cancer.


Linfield College will host a fall choral concert, “In Endless Song,” on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The choral music concert will feature the Linfield Concert Choir, Women’s Vocal Ensemble and Wildcat Men’s Glee Club. They will perform folk and multicultural songs along with works by composers William Byrd, Edvard Grieg and Srul Irving Glick.

Anna Song, assistant professor of music and choral director, received her bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has directed choirs and taught music in the Portland area since 2001, and teaches music education, vocal ensemble, ear training and sight singing, and understanding music at Linfield.

The concert is sponsored by the Music Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Kristi Mackay, career services program coordinator, was honored as Outstanding Kiwanian by the McMinnville Kiwanis Club.

Artwork by Brenda Botten, cash receivable clerk, is on display at Anne Amie winery in October. The work is framed etchings of wine related subjects. Her work has also been shown at La Casa Bella and NW Wine Bar in McMinnville.

Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts, will present “The Voters Have Spoken,” on Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Room 103 at the Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, in Salem. The program is part of the fall lecture series.



3 p.m.: Dean Kramer recital, Ice


Today through Saturday: Homecoming

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Women’s soccer at Willamette

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific

7:30 p.m.: Mike Roberts faculty lecture, 201 Riley


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Chris Howell reading, Nicholson


Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Willamette, “Think Pink” night


10 a.m.: Cross country at Concordia/Puma Classic

Noon: Women’s soccer at Lewis & Clark

1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Pacific

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at George Fox


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Pacific

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Pacific

4 p.m.: Fall choral concert, Ice