Linfield Reports, 10/22/12


Doug Peacock, a nationally known author and a disabled Vietnam veteran, who speaks widely about wilderness and veterans’ issues, will present a reading and a lecture on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24.

Peacock will read from two of his books Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library. Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness was published in 2005 and Dangerous Travels in a Melting World: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene is due out next spring.

He will speak on “War for the World: Out of Vietnam and into the Wild” Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years, Baja and Walking it Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness. His latest book, The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears, was co-written with his wife, Andrea Peacock.

A disabled Vietnam veteran and Green Beret medic, Peacock was the real-life model for Edward Abbey’s George Washington Hayduke. He has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, and from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the blue sheep of Nepal. He was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a Lannan Fellow for his work on a new memoir about archaeology, climate change and the people of North America.

Peacock was the subject of the film, Peacock’s War, about grizzlies and Vietnam which premiered on PBS’s Nature and the Discovery Channel. The film won grand prizes at the Telluride Mountain and the Snowbird film festivals. He has been featured on television shows including the Today Show, Good Morning America, American Sportsman and others.

For his service in Vietnam, Peacock was awarded the Soldier’s Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Bronze Star. He co-founded the Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies. He serves on the board for Round River Conservation Studies and the Raincoast Conservation Society. Raincoast works primarily on the British Columbia coast, forging an alliance with First Nations to change logging practices and end salmon farming and trophy brown bear hunts. Round River works with indigenous people and governments in Africa and North, South and Central America to develop region-wide conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems. They simultaneously train college students who perform much of the field work.

This event will be co-sponsored by the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). The theme for this year is “The Legacies of War.”

For more information on the reading, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517, For more information, contact David Sumner, ext. 2389,


An in-process reading of UMW, a new play commissioned from New York playwright Rob Urbinati, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall. The reading is free.

The audience and readers will have an opportunity to provide feedback for this important developmental phase of the playwriting process.

Urbinati will be in residence at Linfield Oct. 22-25, and for a week each in February and March 2013. Through public lectures and class visits, he will share insights with students, faculty and community members about the process of guiding this play from idea to page to stage.

The world premiere of UMW will be presented at the Marshall Theatre March 19-22. At a small, mostly white university, far from the nearest city, a racist video posted by a student brings hidden bigotry to the surface. In an effort to increase diversity, the school has recruited minorities from across the globe. Despite the best intentions, the challenges of a forced melting pot come to a boil in this sharp, social satire about stereotyping, bigotry and college life.

This play was commissioned by the Linfield Lacroute Arts Series and the Linfield Theatre Program and will be directed by guest director Michelle Seaton ’94. For more information, call 503-883-2802.


The importance of financial literacy for young adults will be the focus of a reading Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Dave Straube will talk about his book, Someday is Not a Plan, a collection of financial advice geared towards 20-year-olds. He was inspired to write the book after giving two college-age nieces a financial quiz and realizing how much they needed to learn. When his own children went to college, he realized they too needed a greater understanding of finances. Straube learned about the world of finance by reading books, magazines, newspapers and reports; paying taxes; and asking questions.

Straube of Portland is the father of a current Linfield student. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his master’s in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Alabama.

It is sponsored by the Linfield Economics Department and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517,


International education expert Michael Vande Berg will present a lecture Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

His lecture will focus on the benefits of the undergraduate study abroad experience and how to foster an international consciousness on the home campus.

Vande Berg serves on the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), where he was vice president for academic affairs and formerly served as the director of international programs at Georgetown University, Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University. He has written widely on topics ranging from Spanish literature to study abroad and learning assessment. His most recent book is Student Learning Abroad: What our students are learning, what they’re not, and what we can do about it. He frequently consults with faculty and staff about international education topics; and makes presentations and leads intercultural training workshops in the U.S. and abroad.

The talk is sponsored by Office of Academic Affairs, International Programs Office, political science department and international relations major, business department and the international business major, theater and communication arts department and the intercultural communication major and the modern languages department. For more information, contact Chris Keaveney, ext. 2584,


Clara Martinez ’14 will present “Wales, a Hidden Cultural Gem” Friday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Martinez, a political science and communications arts major, will present her experience in the Welsh Summer program funded by the Fulbright grant. Participants of the program spent six weeks in the U.K. at Cardiff University, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University studying the contemporary industry, politics and culture of Wales. Martinez applied for the program with an interest in education policy, specifically the controversy in Wales on whether or not the Welsh language is being preserved while English is taught in schools. The presentation will discuss Martinez’s exposure to Welsh academics, cultural interactions and exploration of national landmarks. Martinez will be joined by Cerys Bartlett, a representative from Cardiff University.

Martinez is a competitor for the Linfield College Forensics Program and has won numerous debate and speech awards. After Linfield, she hopes to attend law school.

The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call ext. 2222.


The annual LEA-sponsored coat drive will be held Oct.15-26. Collection barrels will be placed in Melrose Hall, Nicholson Library and the Fred Meyer Lounge. Items must be clean and in good condition. Hats, mittens and other cold weather wear are also accepted. Items will be taken to the First Baptist Church for distribution to the residents of Yamhill County. Volunteers are needed to help hand out items Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call Lyn Schroeder ext. 2205.




More than 150 members of the Linfield College community, including students, families, faculty and staff, will canvas Yamhill County on Saturday, Oct. 27, to volunteer their time, energy and talents during Make A Difference Day.

Make A Difference Day, the largest community service effort in the U.S., prompts corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and individuals to volunteer and perform service projects for one day.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the event kick-off at 8:30 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. Volunteer teams will then travel to their project sites and serve until 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers will serve at 16 projects with area organizations and government agencies including the McMinnville Coat Drive, YCAP, Urban Farm, McMinnville Senior Center, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Reading for All, Miller Woods, Homeward Bound Treasures, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Habitat for Humanity build, City of McMinnville Pretreatment Program, McMinnville Downtown Association and Diaper Ministries.

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others; it is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

For more information, contact Monique Ellefson, at ext. 2326 or


The Linfield College Music Department will present a faculty recital featuring pianist Chris Engbretson Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Engbretson, visiting assistant professor of music at Linfield, will perform works by Antonio Soler, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt and Lowell Liebermann. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in music with a piano performance concentration from Linfield and a master of music degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University. Over the past decade, Engbretson has worked extensively as a pianist, chorister, vocal coach and conductor both locally and abroad. Most recently, he appeared at “Musique á Beaumont,” a summer institute for two pianos in the Loire Valley, France.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at ext. 2275.


Local children will be offered a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween when Linfield College students host the annual trick-or-treat tour of campus Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.

McMinnville-area children of all ages are invited to participate in the trick-or-treat tour of participating residence halls. Linfield students will lead the tours, which will begin in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. Costumes and candy bags are encouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

It is sponsored by the Residence Hall Executive Council. For more information, contact Andrew Frei, ext. 5356,



An exhibit by video artist Daniel Heffernan will run Oct. 15 through Nov. 17 at the Linfield Gallery. An artist talk will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

Heffernan is a visual and media artist based in New York City whose paintings and video art have been internationally exhibited. This is his first show in the Pacific Northwest.

Heffernan explores the meaning and manifestations of live performance in our media-saturated society. His art-making integrates various disciplines, including movement, video, music, writing and the visual arts, and draws inspiration from the rapidly evolving relationship between performance and technology.

His most recent design projects have been featured at HERE Theatre, which The New York Times credits as “one of the most unusual arts spaces in New York and possibly the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow.” His work has also been featured at the Soho Playhouse, where he collaborated with legendary film director Ken Russell, and the Clurman Theater, both in New York City.

Heffernan teaches film making at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and video design with the International Schools Theatre Association. He received a master of fine arts from New York University.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call ext. 2804.


A unique two-year project by Linfield College students and faculty chronicling the Pacific City dory community will culminate in a world premiere theatre production this fall.

The premiere for Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, written by Professor Jackson Miller and theatre major Chris Forrer ‘13, is a fictional tale inspired by stories from the project “Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City.” In the project, students and faculty are preserving the stories, voices and images of dory fishermen for an online collection in DigitalCommons@Linfield. Results will also be showcased in a photography exhibit, traveling poster and scholarly papers. The project will be featured in a segment on the Oregon Field Guide television program, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The play will be performed Nov. 1-3 and 8-10 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. An additional showing will be presented Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City, sponsored by the Pacific City Arts Association and Pacific City Dorymen’s Association. The play is supported in part by an Arts Build Communities grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Directed by Janet Gupton, professor of theatre arts, Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies is the story of a young fisherman as he learns respect for the ocean, the dory fleet and fellow anglers. The play opens with the Blessing of the Fleet, an annual Pacific City event to kick off the fishing season, and it references local landmarks such as Haystack Rock and the former Sunset West Restaurant and Bar. The production touches on environmental regulations, fishery management practices, gender issues, and tensions between loggers and anglers.

The stories and experiences of the characters in the play came directly from more than 80 interviews conducted with dory fishermen and women, so the words ring true to how people in the community talk about their experiences and how they relate to one another. Miller and Forrer kept a log of interesting terms and phrases with dramatic quality, and incorporated these into the script.

“We got a sense of the community, speaking patterns, jargon, boat terms and how people communicate with each other,” Forrer said.

Miller said the process of gathering the material gave them a vivid and intimate picture of life in Pacific City and in the dory community.

“People have shared such wonderful stories with us,” he said. “As a playwright, it’s been a wonderful opportunity. The stories themselves have great drama.”

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 3 and 10 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call ext. 2292.



All week: LEA-sponsored coat drive

All week: Exhibit by video artist Daniel Heffernan, Linfield Gallery


7:30 p.m.: Doug Peacock reading, Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness, Nicholson


Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: In-process reading of UMW by Rob Urbinati, Ford

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Pacific

7:30 p.m.: Doug Peacock, “War for the World: Out of Vietnam and into the Wild,” Ice


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Dave Straube, Someday is Not a Plan, Nicholson

7:30 p.m.: Michael Vande Berg, international education, Ice


Today through Sunday: Family Weekend

Noon: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

3 p.m.: Clara Martinez ’14, “Wales, a Hidden Cultural Gem,” Jonasson


8 a.m.: Make a Difference Day

10 a.m.: Cross country at NWC championships

Noon: Women’s soccer at George Fox

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

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Whitman

3 p.m.: Chris Engbretson faculty recital, Ice

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Puget Sound


Noon: Women’s soccer at Pacific

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Whitworth