Linfield Reports, 10/29/12


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,



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.



An exhibit by video artist Daniel Heffernan will run 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.



Research on medicinal plants in Peru will be the topic of a student presentation by Anna Sours ‘13 and Susana Fajardo ‘13.

“Traditional Medicinal Plant Use in Latin America” will be presented Monday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall, at Linfield.

Sours, a sociology major, and Fajardo, an anthropology major, will present their comparative study conducted in Peru last summer to determine if medicinal plants are still a local source of healing and under what circumstances they are used. During their initial research, the two were joined by Tom Love, Linfield professor of anthropology, and John Syring, Linfield associate professor of biology. The remainder of the summer, the two worked with Douglas Sharon, the former director of both the San Diego Museum of Man and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Sours and Fajardo will discuss their findings including a discussion of Peru’s rich history in medicinal plant use, the continued belief in medicinal healing and its relevance to local daily life. They will also discuss their work with EsSalud, a social security program in Peru that is unique for their inclusion of traditional medicinal healing along with Western-style medicine.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the International Programs Office.



Poets Chris Anderson and Stephanie Lenox will introduce Oregon’s only cooperative publisher, Airlie Press, along with their latest work during a reading Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholson Library.

Lenox will discuss her newest work, Congress of Strange People, and Anderson will read from his newest title, The Next Thing Always Belongs. Both authors will share their work, reflect on what it is like to be part of a nonprofit press and talk about their writing lives.

As a cooperative press, Airlie’s authors, including Anderson and Lenox, form an editorial board, work on each other’s books, and determine new authors and titles. The press highlights the work of Northwest Oregon poets and produces one to two full-length volumes of poems a year.

Lenox’s desire to write started at a young age, encouraged by her parents. She developed her writing in the academic world and earned her bachelor’s in creative writing and literature from Whitworth University, and her master’s in creative writing from the University of Idaho. Lenox teaches poetry at Willamette University and edits the online literary journal Blood Orange Review.

Anderson discovered his passion for writing and poetry in high school. He earned his bachelor’s in English at the University of Washington and later his master’s and Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington as well. He also earned a master’s in theology from Mount Angel Seminary. Anderson is a professor of English at Oregon State University and has won honors and awards for both his teaching and writing.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Nicholson Library. For information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517,



Undergraduate students from across the Northwest will compete in the 82nd annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 9-11 at Linfield.

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. Linfield students will compete, as well as help to organize and host the event.

The tournament will offer individual events as well as novice, junior and open divisions for debate. Debate topics will focus on recent news events and will change for each round of the competition. Contestants will be judged on various aspects of speaking, including persuasion and dramatic interpretation. Awards will be presented to winners and finalists in all events.

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, ext. 2625,



Work by Liz Obert, associate professor of art, has been included in a recent edition of finitefoto. See more here.




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


Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

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


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, Marshall Theatre


Noon: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

Noon: Women’s soccer at Whitman

6 p.m.: Swimming at Whitman

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitman

7:30 p.m.: Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer at Whitworth

1 p.m.: Football at Puget Sound

1 p.m.: Swimming at Whitworth

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Willamette

5 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitworth

7:30 p.m.: Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, Marshall Theatre


2 p.m.: Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, Marshall Theatre