Linfield Reports, 10/25/10


Linfield will host trick-or-treating and a haunted house Friday, Oct. 29, on campus.

A community trick-or-treat will be held 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).

Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Delta Psi Delta fraternity will host a haunted house from 6-10 p.m. at the Delta Psi Delta house. Entrance fee is two cans of food or $3.

For more information on the trick-or-treat, contact Rachel Rickinger, area director for residence life, at 503-883-5390 or For more information on the haunted house, contact Jessica Panula,


Collegiate speakers from across the Northwest will compete in the 80th R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Oct. 29-31 at Linfield College.

The tournament is one of the oldest intercollegiate tournaments in the region and honors Roy “Hap” Mahaffey for his pioneering efforts with forensics in the Northwest and throughout the nation.

Approximately 400 competitors representing 25-30 schools are expected to participate. Linfield students will compete, as well as help to organize and host the event.

The tournament will offer 12 individual events as well as novice, junior and open divisions for parliamentary and British parliamentary debate. The debate topics will be about recent news events and will change for each round of the competition.

Judges are needed for the tournament. The event is sponsored by the Linfield Forensics Program and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information, or to volunteer to serve as a judge, contact Jackson Miller, director of forensics and associate professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625 or


Totem Shriver, adjunct professor of art and visual culture, will present images of a recent trip to Burning Man, an annual festival, Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Miller Fine Arts Center Studio.

He will share observations and insights about the experience, and discuss the underlying significance and what it means to be a “burner.”

Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. It began at Baker Beach in San Francisco in 1986 with 20 participants where an eight-foot, improvised, wooden figure was burned. In 2010, participation reached 50,000 at its current site in Black Rock Desert, Nev.


Ken Ludwig’s comedy Lend Me a Tenor gives new meaning to double lives and provides a way for Linfield College students to showcase their talent.

The Linfield Theatre, now in its 91st season, will present this award-winning play Nov. 4-6 and 11-13 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

“The play is well-written and very clever,” said Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre, who will direct the play.

Lend Me a Tenor, a 2010 Tony Award nominee for best revival of a play, previously won three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards.

The play is set in 1934 when Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Max, Saunders’ assistant, fools the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo, but Morelli comes to and is ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.

“Audiences want to come to the theatre to laugh and enjoy a respite from their own hectic schedules,” Gupton said. “It is a very fast-moving humorous farce that is fun to direct. While light-hearted in content, it challenges the comedic timing of the actors.”

An immense collaboration has occurred among the cast, crew, designers and director throughout the production in order to create a successful show.

“Farces like ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ are very popular and widely produced,” said Gupton. “Our student actors, crew members and designers could easily be asked to work on this type of play once they go into professional or community theatre.”

Large responsibilities for the production of the play have been given to students. Alessa Karlin ’11, a theatre major, is the set designer, and Steven Stewart ’11, a theatre and history major, is the costume designer. Katie Grainey ’13, is assistant lighting designer.

“I have never designed a set before so it’s continually a learning experience,” said Karlin. “Opening night is the biggest reward. It’s like my ‘baby.’ It’s exciting to think that my design has helped the production become a reality.”

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 26. 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 on the web at, by phone, or in person at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3-5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 6 and 13 from 3-7:30 p.m., and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. The box office is closed Mondays.

To reach Ford Hall from Highway 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right on Lever Street and right again on Ford Drive. Ford Hall is located at the west end of the parking lot. Visit for a map (Ford Hall is number 58B on the map).

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. Contact the box office directly if you require accessible seating. Assisted listening devices are available at each performance. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


The Linfield College Music Department will present a faculty recital featuring guitarist Pamela Goldsmith and guest pianist Rhonda Ringering Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Goldsmith, award-winning guitarist and adjunct professor of music, will perform on classical guitar. She will play selected works by Fransico Tarrega and Hector Villa-Lobos, among others. Goldsmith currently teaches private and group classes at Linfield, is a guitar instructor at the St. Johns Community Center and maintains a private teaching studio. She received a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar studies from the University of Maine in Orono and a master’s in classical guitar performance from Portland State University.

Ringering will play works from Scott Pender and Jeff Winslow, among others. She is a solo and collaborative performer of both classical and jazz piano venues. She has appeared several times with Oregon Chamber Players and is a member of the Ringering/Wheeler piano duo with pianist Molly Wheeler, a 1997 graduate of Linfield. Ringering received her bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla University and her master’s from Boston University.

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


Novelist Robin Oliveira will present her debut novel, My Name is Mary Sutter, Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

In Oliveira’s historical novel, published by Viking, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, N.Y., who dreams of becoming a surgeon. She leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C., to tend to soldiers wounded in the Civil War, determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine and eager to run away from recent heartbreak. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens, two surgeons who fall in love with Sutter’s courage, and resisting her mother’s pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister’s baby, Sutter continues to pursue her medical career.

Oliveira grew up just outside Albany, N.Y. She received her B.A. in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow, U.S.S.R. She is a registered nurse and received her MFA in writing in 2006 from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and won the James Jones First Novel Fellowship in 2007. Oliveira is the parent of Linfield junior creative writing major, Miles Oliveira.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or


Linfield president Thomas Hellie was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, one of eight prestigious alumni awards presented by Luther College. The honor is given in recognition of success and achievements in professional fields, service to society and contributions to the community, as well as loyalty and service to Luther. Hellie graduated magna cum laude from Luther College in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and theatre. He received Master’s and doctoral degrees in speech and theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Lex Runciman, professor of English, was one of two featured readers for the Lane Literary Guild’s October event in their ongoing Windfall Reading Series. Runciman read his poems at the Eugene Public Library Oct. 19.



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

6 p.m.: Totem Shriver, Art of Burning Man, Miller Fine Arts Studio


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Trick-or-treat tour, Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley

6 p.m.: Swimming at NWC sprint pentathlon

6 p.m.: Haunted house, Delta Psi Delta fraternity

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Whitman


11 a.m.: Cross country at NWC championships

11 a.m.: Women’s soccer at Whitman

11 a.m.: Swimming vs. NWC relays

Noon: Football vs. Menlo

1:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Whitman

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Whitworth


11 a.m.: Women’s soccer at Whitworth

1:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Whitworth