Linfield Reports, 10/17/16

Open houses planned to ‘Explore Linfield’

Fall at Linfield CollegeThe Office of Admission will host the second of three Explore Linfield open houses on Monday, Oct. 17. Students will check in and learn about academic and co-curricular resources in Fred Meyer Lounge, learn about academic programs and the admission process, tour campus and enjoy lunch in Dillin Hall. Please join us in welcoming prospective Wildcats and their families to campus.

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Holistic admissions focus of community workshop

Linfield College Portland CampusKupiri Ackerman-Barger, assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California-Davis, will present a workshop to the School of Nursing community on Monday, Oct. 17, from 8-11 a.m. in 201 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus.

Building a holistic admission process and creating a campus climate of inclusivity are among the discussion topics. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Ackerman-Barger teaches methodology in health sciences, social determinants of health, collaborative practice and organizational change. She also provides faculty development on nursing pedagogy, interprofessional education and education equity through the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program at UC Davis Health System.

The workshop is sponsored by the Xi Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and a Linfield diversity grant. RSVP to


Ericksen lecture to explore life and work of Thoreau

William RossiUniversity of Oregon Professor William Rossi will discuss little-known aspects of the life and work of Henry David Thoreau during the Ericksen lecture at Linfield College.

Rossi will present “Life, Death, Doubleness and Friendship at Walden” on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at the Nicholson Library. The event will be streamed and archived on the Linfield Live facebook page.

Perhaps no other American writer comes as pre-packaged with a cultural mythology and a set of opinions about him as Thoreau. His retreat to Walden Pond, the resulting book and his supposedly aloof attitude toward American society continue to be studied and debated today. Based on little-known documents and manuscripts that throw light on his life and writings in the Walden period, this talk will introduce and explore a different Thoreau than the one most modern readers have encountered.

Rossi is professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in English at the University of Oregon, where he has taught since 1989. His current research focuses on Thoreau’s dual vocation as writer and naturalist in the context of mid-19th Century debates about evolution. In addition to Thoreau, Rossi has published essays on Ralph Waldo Emerson, New England transcendentalism and eco-criticism. A Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation fellow and past recipient of two Fulbright awards and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Rossi is co-editor of two volumes of Thoreau’s Journal for The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, published by Princeton University Press; editor of the Norton Critical Edition, Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays (2008); and co-editor of Figures of Friendship: Emerson and Thoreau (Indiana 2010).

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund. Ericksen, professor emeritus of English at Linfield, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring literary scholars to campus for several days to work with faculty and students.

For more information, contact David Sumner at 503-883-2389,


Self-published authors to participate in Linfield panel discussion

Linfield College libraryA panel of self-published authors will talk about their projects on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Jerald R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The event will be streamed and archived on the Linfield Live facebook page.

The authors will discuss dos and don’ts of self-publishing, once a tiny niche in the publishing world that has become a legitimate alternative for many writers. Options for self-publishing authors include employing the services of a vanity press, engaging an editor, finding a graphic designer to prepare book pages or doing the entire thing on their own.

The panel will explore issues involved in the process and the ways to get self-published, as well as subjects such as distribution, marketing, publicity, promotion and social media. The panel includes Ellie Gunn, Karen Huntsberger and Randy Stapilus, along with moderators Steven Long and Frank Lisciandro.

The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Third Street Books, McMinnville Public Library Linfield and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or


World premiere, social justice highlight Linfield choral concert

Professor Andrea ReinkemeyerA world premiere will highlight the Linfield College fall choir concert, “When Justice Reigns,” on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The evening will feature debut performances by three campus vocal ensembles – the Linfield Concert Choir, Women’s Vocal Ensemble and Wildcat Men’s Glee Club. Together, they will present a program centered around issues of social justice and peace.

The centerpiece of the concert will be the world premiere of “When Justice Reigns,” commissioned by the Lacroute Arts Series. The new choral work is by Andrea Reinkemeyer, Linfield assistant professor of music composition and theory. The work puts to music the poetry of Janine Applegate, a 1970 Linfield alumna and published lyricist, who has a history of creating works with a social theme. The eclectic program will also include music by Felix Mendelssohn, William Byrd, Stephen Foster, Alice Parker, Moira Smiley and others.

As a composer, Reinkemeyer explores the intersection of the visual, aural and natural worlds through music.

“One of the mystifying aspects of music is its ability to elicit deep emotional responses through the manipulation of noise and time,” said Reinkemeyer. “I use the aural world to explore my interests in natural phenomena. I’m absolutely fascinated by patterns, color, texture and unfolding natural processes; I try to incorporate these ideas into my music.”

While composing specifically for the Linfield choir, Reinkemeyer kept the student performers in mind. And though she composed this new piece in a month, she says the process behind the song was much longer.

“Composers,” she said, “are thinking about music even if they’re not actively focused on putting notes on the page.”

The process also includes room for whimsy.

“Improvisation is a great tool of discovery for me; it gives me a chance to uncover the personality of the piece and think about the processes I will use to realize it fully,” she said. “After that, I start notating pitches and gestures and the piece is slowly constructed. Composing a song can be a little different because they are guided by text.”

Reinkemeyer brings her knowledge of composition to the Linfield classroom, sharing with students the process of discovery that accompanies compositional writing.

“Students must be able to hear and identify what is going on, recognize the concepts in the score and creatively demonstrate their understanding of the materials through composition,” she explained. “Knowing intimately the many difficulties that may arise with the creative process helps me to craft exercises for the students and to ask students questions that will help them make their own discoveries.”

Reinkemeyer’s music has been performed both nationally and internationally, by the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, New York’s North-South Chamber Orchestra, the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers and others. She earned degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan and the University of Oregon.

The concert will be directed by Anna Song, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Linfield. Song graduated with a bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and earned a master of music in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She recently completed her doctoral studies in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to teaching at Linfield, she is co-founder and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble in Portland that focuses primarily on the performance of music written before 1750.

The concert is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275 or visit


Portland Baroque Orchestra to perform at Linfield

Portland Baroque OrchestraThe Portland Baroque Orchestra will present “Breathtaking – A Voice and Cornetto Entwined” on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The concert will feature Bruce Dickey on cornetto and Hana Blažíková, soprano. Also performing will be Monica Huggett, Portland Baroque Orchestra artistic director, violin; Tekla Cunningham, violin; Joanna Blendulf, viola da gambla; Michael Sponsellor, organ and harpsichord; and Stephen Stubbs, theorbo. The concert will include sonatas, arias and sinfonias, as well as a newly commissioned piece specifically for this project, “Mélena imí” by Calliope Tsoupaki.

Dickey has been responsible, more than anyone else, for reviving the cornetto and raising it to the level of a virtuoso solo instrument. A rising star, Blažíková had the cornetto and its bright, slightly metallic sweetness as a model for her vocal sound from the time she began singing. Once Dickey and Blažíková began collaborating, they realized they were uniquely positioned to explore of the affinities of the instrument with the voice.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the cornetto was known widely for its ability to imitate the human voice. This program puts this imitation center stage, “breathtaking” both because the voice and the cornetto literally make music with the breath that might figuratively take the listeners’ breath away.

Dickey is a performer and researcher who has devoted himself to the revival of the cornetto. He has taught cornetto and 17th Century performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland since 1976, and is the founder and co-director of the Concerto Palatino. In 2000, the Historic Brass Society awarded him the Christopher Monk Award for “his monumental work in cornetto performance, historical performance practice and musicological scholarship.”

Blažíková was born in Prague and, as a child, sang in the Radost Praha Children’s Choir and played the violin. In 2002, she graduated from the Prague Conservatory and today specializes in baroque, renaissance and medieval music, performing with ensembles and orchestras across the world. She has also performed at many world festivals including Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts Festival Hong-Kong. In 2011, she made her debut at Carnegie Hall with Masaaki Suzuki’s Back Collegium Japan and, in the same year, sang in the St. John Passion with Boston Symphony Orchestra.

This concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts and Lacroute Arts Series. Admission is free for Linfield students and students grades K-12, and $10 for public admission. For more information, contact the Linfield College Department of Music at 503-883-2275 or visit


Community news

Michele Tomseth, associate director of international programs; Matthew Hiller, assistant director of international programs; and Chuck Dunn, professor of mathematics, attended the NAFSA Region 1, Association of International Educators conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 10-14. Tomseth was named the NAFSA Person of the Year, after a nomination by Craig Geffre ‘11 and Lillian Read ‘04, who are both colleagues in the field. Tomseth and Dunn presented a session at the conference, “Faculty vetting faculty.”

A book by Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, Far Enough: A Western in Fragments, won the High Plains Book Award for short fiction.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has acknowledged Linfield College for leadership in civic engagement and service-learning. This is the sixth time since 2008 that Linfield has received this honor for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. Last year, more than 600 Linfield students volunteered 8,810 hours of service. The primary areas of focus included conservation and environmental sustainability, mentorship and empowerment of disadvantaged youth and outreach to those who are homeless, hungry or living in poverty.

Linfield College has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability by being included in the 2016 Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges. The annual guide was launched in 2010 and Linfield has been included in every edition.


Campus calendar


Today: Explore Linfield open house

8 a.m.: Community workshop, Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, 201 Peterson Hall, Portland Campus


12:30-1:30 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, 106 HHPA

7:30 p.m.: William Rossi, “Life, Death, Doubleness and Friendship at Walden,” Nicholson Library


Noon: German table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall


7:30 p.m.: Self-published authors panel, Nicholson Library


Noon: Spanish Table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Whitworth


Today: Make a Difference Day

Noon: Women’s soccer at Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Football at Whitworth

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Pacific

5 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitman


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. George Fox

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at George Fox

4 p.m.: Fall choir concert, “When Justice Reigns,” Ice Auditorium