Linfield Reports, 10/1/12


Linfield College faculty and students who conducted summer research in Thailand will share their experiences during “In Limbo” on Monday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The talk will address governing vulnerable displaced populations in Thailand and Burma. Fleeing from political oppression, violence or lack of economic opportunity in neighboring Burma, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed into Thailand, where they live as refugees and victims. Is governance possible for those who have no state or identity?

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, PLACE and the International Programs Office. For more information, call 503-883-2222.


Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing, will discuss adjustment issues for college students in an upcoming faculty lecture, “Stress, Cortisol and Adjustment Disorder Among College Students,” Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Leaving the familiar environment of home and high school to attend college is a major life change for first-year college students. Yet, going to college can challenge an individual’s personal security, physical comfort and ability to enjoy activities. While all first-year students experience some stress adjusting to college life, some will develop Adjustment Disorder (AD). AD is one of the most common psychiatric diagnoses among adolescents and is often an early stage of a more serious psychiatric disorder and is also associated with suicidal thoughts. Early identification and intervention of students at risk for developing AD can lead to more timely intervention to provide relief of symptoms and possibly prevent further episodes.

Rodgers’ presentation will also include a study examining cortisol and symptoms of psychopathology in Russian and American college students. Stress can be assessed by subjective survey measures and objectively by cortisol levels. These measurements can be used to identify students who may be overwhelmed by stress. Because AD is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, implications and recommendations are provided for faculty and college counseling services to assist first-year college students as they cope with the stress of transitioning to college.

Rodgers, a former Fulbright scholar, has more than 25 years of experience in the nursing field and has taught nursing at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the U.S. and Russia while maintaining an active clinical practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She continues to teach and conduct research in the Russian Far East and will be a plenary speaker at an upcoming international psychology conference in Khabarovsk, Russia.

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.


A series of homecoming events for students and alumni are planned the week of Oct. 7.

Student activities begin Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. with an interactive comedy, “A Shot of Reality.” On Monday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 p.m. a relay race and barbeque will be held on the IM field and on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m. students are invited to a bowling trip to Walnut City Lanes. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. a song and banner competition will be held on the football field. On Thursday, Oct.11, at 4 p.m. a campus-wide game of capture the flag will start on the IM Field, and speaker John Corvino will present a talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. On Friday, Oct. 12, at 11:30 a.m. the Linfield Victory Bell will be unveiled in the Fred Meyer Lounge and at 8 p.m. the Mr. and Miss Linfield competition will be held in the Ted Wilson Gym. Cost is $2 or two cans of food benefitting YCAP. On Saturday, Oct. 13, at 12:30 p.m. students will host a homecoming rally at the people fountain. Students will purple-out, wearing purple in support of the Wildcats during the Homecoming football game vs. Whitworth at 1:30 p.m. Student homecoming events will conclude Saturday with comedian Ron Funches at 9 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Registration for alumni activities begins Friday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. The Founders’ Society Luncheon will take place at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. Alumni are also invited to take a tour of downtown McMinnville or attend a class at 2 p.m., “Genius of East Asian Civilization,” taught by Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese.

Erika Janik, class of 2002 and recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, will give a presentation at 3:30 p.m. in T.J. Day Hall. Janik will discuss how the past is vital to understanding the present and how to use history to tell stories in all types of media.

“Linfield’s Finest,” a gathering for alumni, friends and faculty, will salute the alumni awards winners at 5:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. In addition to Janik, the Linfield Alumni Association will honor award winners including 1984 graduate Peter Ellefson, the Bar West Classic Committee and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra Board. Ellefson will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his achievement in music and education. Bar West Classic Committee will receive the Alumni Service Award for their service in connecting alumni through reunions and events. Linfield Chamber Orchestra Board will receive the Walker Service Award for their commitment to linking college and the community. Ellefson, a trombone soloist, will also present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Oct. 13, with registration starting at 9:15 a.m. and campus tours beginning at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the alumni of Sigma Kappa Phi will gather in Ford Hall for tea with fellow sorority members; the SPURS reunion will take place in the Vivian Bull Music Center; the Hewitt Hall residents reunion will be held in Hewitt Hall and the Whitman Hall residents will reunite in Whitman Hall. At 10:30 a.m., the math majors reunion will be held in Taylor Hall and the business and economics majors reunion will be held in T.J. Day Hall. At 11 a.m. the Japan study abroad reunion will be held in Jonasson Hall in Melrose Hall. An all-alumni barbeque begins at 11:30 a.m. in the parking area of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, followed by the Linfield Wildcats vs. the Whitworth Pirates football game at 1:30 p.m. Post-game class reunions will be held for classes of 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the sociology and anthropology majors reunion will be held at 2 p.m. in Riley Hall.

For more information on alumni events contact Debbie Harmon Ferry at 503-883-2607 or For more information on student activities contact Dan Fergueson at 503-883-2435 or


Chris Ballard, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, will speak about writing, sports and his new book, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

Earlier that day, Ballard will also lead a workshop on narrative construction and other tricks of the trade at 2:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Ballard’s latest book, One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach and One Magical Baseball Season, is the story of a small-town Illinois baseball team in 1971 and its Hoosiers-like run to the state finals. He examines the role teenage memories – and coaches and mentors – play in shaping lives.

In addition to reading from the book, Ballard will also discuss a range of topics including the reporting and research that go into a historical nonfiction book, what it’s like to come within one stop of the New York Times Bestseller list and the differences between literary and cinematic narrative.

Ballard has been with Sports Illustrated since 2000, covering basketball and baseball and has written 20 cover stories. His work has been included in the Best American Sports Writing series. In addition, he was one of five 2012 finalists for a National Magazine award, received a National Headliner Award, was the winner of The Joanie Award in 2011, and his 2010 story, “Magical A Season of the Macon Ironmen,” was included in the notables section of the BASW anthology. He has published three other books, Hoops Nation, which was named to Booklists’ Top Ten Sports Books of the Year, The Butterfly Hunter and The Art of a Beautiful Game.

Ballard’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and New York Times Magazine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his graduate degree from Columbia University.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Departments of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, English, Mass Communication and Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517,


Victoria E. Bynum, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Texas State University, will speak on her latest book, The Long Shadow of the Civil War, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Her book is a series of uncommon narratives about common Southern men and women who did not fight for the Confederacy, but against it. It focuses on three Southern States, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas and builds on her earlier book, The Free State of Jones, a work that has been optioned by a major Hollywood producer to be made into a film. Bynum’s lecture will seek to answer the extent of union support among common Southern folk during the war, how they fared and the legacies of the Civil War and the reconstruction for class and race relations then and now.

Bynum has a Ph.D. in American history from the University of California at San Diego. She spent most of her academic career at TSU. For the past 25 years, her research and teaching interests have centered on gender, class and race relations in the nineteenth-century U.S. South. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships and is the author of several scholarship articles and anthology essays. She is the author of two additional books, The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, and Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South.

The lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture that honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history, who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote Bricks Without Straw, a history of the college.

For more information, contact Peter Buckingham, 503-883-2479,


Gregg Andrews, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Texas State University, will speak on his latest book, Thyra J. Edwards: Black Activists in the Global Freedom Struggle, Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Reading Room of Pioneer Hall.

Andrews’ lecture will focus on his biography of Thrya J. Edwards, a woman who in 1938 was called the embodiment of the spirit of Afraamerican womanhood. She was a lecturer, writer, social worker, labor organizer, advocate of women’s rights and, above all, a civil rights activist. While she achieved international celebrity, Edwards’ life received little attention from historians until Andrews’ biographical study.

Andrews is a labor historian whose awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities. In addition to having published several articles and anthology essays, he is the author of three scholarly books, two of which have won national awards. His books are: Shoulder to Shoulder? The American Federation of Labor, the United States, and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1924, Insane Sisters: Or, the Price Paid for Challenging a Company Town and City of Dust: A Cement Company Town in the Land of Tom Sawyer.

Andrews, who is also a published singer-songwriter and assistant editor of the Journal of Texas Music History, uses public performances, classrooms and scholarship to integrate music and history. He is working on a book on Texas labor and working-class culture during the Great Depression. His current work includes a study of black longshoremen in the Galveston strike of 1920, and of the larger struggle of black trade unionists against racial segregation and discriminatory practices in the Texas State Federation of Labor.

Andrews has a Ph.D. in American labor history from Northern Illinois University. He spent most of his academic career in the Department of History at Texas State University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


A master class and trombone recital featuring Peter Ellefson, 1984 Linfield graduate and Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, will be held at Linfield.

The master class will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center. The solo trombone recital will take place Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Ellefson is a professor of trombone at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He will present a master class with performance opportunities for Linfield students as well as students from local colleges, universities and high schools. Debra Huddleston, Linfield adjunct professor of music, will assist in both the master class and the solo recital.

The solo trombone recital will include works by Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, and compositions in the style of these composers by Jean-Michel Defaye in addition to the “Deux Danses” by Defaye. Ellefson and Joan Haaland Paddock, Linfield professor of music, will perform “Cousins” for cornet and trombone duet by Herbert L. Clarke. Ellefson will perform the virtuosic theme and variations for trombone in Arthur Pryor’s “The Blue Bells of Scotland.”

Ellefson is also a lecturer and artist teacher at Northwestern University and Roosevelt University. He has performed, recorded and toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Ellefson has also performed with the Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and the Oregon Symphony. He has given concerto performances of works by Bloch, Bourgeois, Deemer, Dorsey, Grøndahl, Guilmant, Larsson, Maslanka, Pryor, Pugh, Serocki, Tomasi, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rouse. Ellefson has also taught at the University of Costa Rica and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He has taught trombonists in the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony as well as several of the premiere military bands in Washington, D.C. His solo CD, “Pura Vida,” was released in March 2010.

Paddock received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied trumpet with Charles Gorham and conducting with Ray Cramer. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway, Paddock studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and has conducted bands and brass groups in Alaska, Canada, Israel, Jordan and Mexico. She has also performed as trumpet soloist in the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Paddock has performed with Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra trumpet section, the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. It is sponsored by Linfield Department of Music and Office of College Relations. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.


Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, will facilitate Journal to the Self workshops for cancer patients on three Tuesdays – Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 – at 10 a.m. at Compass Oncology in Portland.



3 p.m.: “In Limbo,” Jonasson


Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 304 Walker

7 p.m.: Laura Rodgers, “Stress, Cortisol and Adjustment Disorder Among College Students,” 201 Riley


11:50 a.m.: SOAN Voices, Dillin

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. St. John’s


Noon: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Whitman


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitworth

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Willamette

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Whitworth


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitman