Linfield Reports, 10/18/10


Linfield College student curator Barrett Dahl will open her anthropology exhibit, “An Ceoil na Éireann: The Generation Dichotomy of Music in Galway Ireland,” Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in the Anthropology Museum in Walker Hall.

Dahl gathered information for this exhibit in Galway and Dublin while living abroad in Ireland during the spring semester of 2010. “Ireland is not something one can just read about,” said Dahl, a senior.

An Ceoil na Éireann, or “The Music of Ireland,” is an audio exhibit and exploration of the thoughts and sentiments of the older and younger generations of Galway, Ireland. The exhibit is designed to explain the musical culture of Galway and the people who value its influence in their heritage and their future.

“If people are intrigued or inspired to visit Ireland, or learn more about it because of my exhibit I will feel that I have accomplished my goal,” said Dahl. “I want this exhibit to be an educational and cultural learning experience for all its visitors.”

Dahl is staging the exhibit for her senior thesis, and decided to use the Linfield Anthropology Museum because it is “an interesting place on campus.”

The mission of the Linfield Anthropology Museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit objects of ethnographic importance. It provides students with opportunities for training and practice within the field of museum work and engages the public and the Linfield community through student-prepared exhibits.

The opening will feature Dahl and Keni Sturgeon, adjunct professor, and Tom Love, professor of anthropology. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 10.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dahl at, Sturgeon at or call 503-883-2596.


Linfield Fine Art Gallery will feature sculptures by David Corbett Oct. 18 through Nov. 20. A reception will be held for the artist on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery.

Corbett’s work shows the process of planning and constructing buildings. His work has appeared in New American Paintings, Portland Modern, Pierogi’s 2000 Flatfiles and White Columns’ online registry. He has exhibited his work at various galleries including 65GRAND, Contemporary Art Workshop, Evanston Art Center and Disjecta. Corbett is represented by 65GRAND and Fourteen30 Contemporary.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 503-883-2804.


Linfield College will host winemaker Susan Sokol Blosser and writer Brian Doyle as they present readings from their books describing the behind-the-scenes workings of winemaking. The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Austin Reading Room in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Sokol Blosser and Doyle will take turns reading and discussing their work and the wine industry. Sokol Blosser will read from At Home in the Vineyard: Cultivating a Winery, an Industry, and a Life. Doyle will accompany her with The Grail, his work from trailing Willamette Valley winemakers in pursuit of the perfect pinot noir grapes.

Sokol Blosser graduated from Stanford, and purchased land in Dundee for a vineyard in 1970. By 1971 she planted the first vines, producing the first vintage by 1977. Sokol Blosser vineyards and wine have won numerous awards and are recognized for producing high-quality, organic vintages. They gained special respect for producing the elusive pinot noir grapes. Sokol Blosser is now running for state representative.

Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. He is the author of nine books, five collections of essays, two nonfiction books and two collections of “proems,” a preface to other writing. His works have received various honors including a Catholic Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes and a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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


The Linfield Chamber Orchestra will kick off its 20th Anniversary Season with a concert of works spanning 250 years of music history.

“Celebration” will be performed Friday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Brief pieces by early classical composer Franz Xavier Richter and 20th century symphonist Jean Sibelius will be performed, along with the “Serenade for Strings in E major” by Antonin Dvorak. Concertmaster Steven Shepherd and assistant concertmaster Casey Bozell will team up to perform Katherine Hoover’s “Concerto for Two Violins.”

Single reserved tickets are $25. General admission is $18 and $23, and $5 for K-12 students. For ticket and concert information, visit or contact the chamber orchestra at 503-883-2637 or


Linfield students and staff will serve local non-profits and schools at more than a dozen locations throughout Yamhill County on Saturday, Oct. 23, in celebration of the national day of service, Make A Difference Day.

The event will begin with a kick-off rally at 8 a.m. and students and staff will serve from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The service will benefit organizations including Henderson House, Habitat for Humanity, Rainbow Family Services, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen, Yamhill County Commission on Children and Families, Gospel Rescue Mission, Regional Food Bank, McMinnville Community Garden and McMinnville Downtown Association.

At the Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission, Linfield volunteers will not only provide the labor to paint a brand-new fence on the property, they will also donate the money to buy the paint. The shelter’s operation manager, Cheryl Blevins, said the project has been needed for a while but without funds, nothing could be done. She is grateful to have students taking time and interest in local non-profits.

For more information, contact Lizzie Martinez, student engagement coordinator, at 503-883-2326 or


Linfield will host a community trick-or-treat Friday, Oct. 29, from 5-7 p.m. for children up to fifth grade.

All interested parties will meet in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield, where college student leaders will take trick-or-treaters through decorated residence halls. Trick-or-treaters should come in costume, bring a bag for treats and must be accompanied by an adult throughout the entire event.

The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Residence Housing Executive Council (RHEC). For more information, contact Rachel Rickinger, area director for residence life, at 503-883-5390 or


CNN and Comcast Newsmakers will broadcast interviews with President Hellie, Coach Scott Brosius and psychology Professor Jennifer Linder throughout October.

The five-minute segments will air on Portland’s Channel 45, at 54 minutes after the hour with the exception of primetime, from 8 to 10 p.m.

You can also view the interviews on Comcast Cable. Go to On Demand, scroll to the Get Local folder, open Newsmakers, and then Education.

Hellie spoke about the qualities that make Linfield unique. Linder spoke about her research, which documents the effects on children of relational aggression on TV; she provided tips to parents. Brosius talked about the importance of character and integrity in sports.

Seventeen additional Comcast Newsmakers interviews were videotaped at Linfield, featuring community leaders from the mid-Willamette Valley.


Linfield College has been awarded a Learn and Serve America grant through Washington & Oregon Campus Compacts’ Northwest Sustainability Initiative. The grant will provide $15,000 per year over the course of three years, for a total of $45,000.

Grant funding will support three areas—faculty development, specifically, a Service Learning Faculty Fellows program in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines; student-led service learning to strengthen the college’s commitment to sustainability; and Linfield’s Climate Action Plan, working toward carbon neutrality on its two campuses.

One of the goals of the Northwest Sustainability Initiative is to increase college student engagement in service learning within the STEM disciplines. Other goals include institutionalizing service-learning in the STEM disciplines, and developing local sustainability action teams to improve campus and community sustainability. With this grant, Linfield will bolster its service learning initiatives in the STEM disciplines while assisting faculty and students to find new and creative ways to address environmental issues.

Nationally, grants were awarded to 11 higher education institutions and consortia. This demonstrates the growing belief that higher education plays a key role in achieving community impact and service plays a key role in education, according to Jessica Wade, community service coordinator.

For more information contact Wade at 503-883-2636,


Mindy Larson, associate professor of education, gave the keynote address, “Theory matters: Using research to reclaim and support literacy practices,” at the Mid-Valley Reading Council fall conference Oct. 8.

Lex Runciman, professor of English, was an invited panelist for “Vern Rutsala, the Poet and His Work,” at Wordstock in Portland.

Sherill Roberts, adjunct instructor of music, presented a concert of the Mello Cellos in Pacific City Oct. 10. The concert was part of the Pacific City Arts Association’s chamber music series. Roberts was joined by her daughter, Amelia Bierly, Amy Meyer ’10 and Tracy Beaver ’11 in a concert of classical, folk and contemporary music.



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

12:30 p.m.: Anthropology exhibit opening, Walker

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

6 p.m.: David Corbett opening reception, Fine Art Gallery


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Susan Sokol Blosser, Brian Doyle reading, Nicholson


Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Puget Sound

8 p.m.: Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Ice


All day: Make a Difference Day

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran

12:30 p.m.: Football at Pacific Lutheran

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Lewis & Clark


2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Puget Sound