Linfield Reports, 10/3/11


A series of homecoming events for students and alumni are planned this week.

Student activities begin Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. with relay races on the Riley intramural field. On Thursday, Oct. 6, a campus-wide barbeque with a song and banner competition will be held at 5 p.m., also on the IM field. On Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. the Mr. and Miss Linfield competition will be held in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Cost is $2 or two cans of food benefitting YCAP. Students will host a purple-out, wearing purple in support of the Wildcats during the Homecoming football game vs. Puget Sound on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1:30 p.m. Student homecoming events will conclude Saturday with a movie night at 9 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Registration for alumni activities begins Friday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. The Founders’ Society Luncheon will take place in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall, at noon. Alumni are also invited to attend a faculty panel at 2 p.m. in Ice Auditorium featuring Linfield professors who are also alumni. Panelists include Bill Mackie ’71; Martha (Barbee) Van Cleave ’75; Stephen Bricher ’86; and Sarah (Krueger) Coste ’90. Dave Hansen, professor of economics, will moderate.

Lora Koenig ’99, recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, will give a presentation at 3:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library. Koenig is a NASA scientist and will discuss the current state of the polar ice sheets, reflecting on how her career path began during a January Term class at Linfield.

“Linfield’s Finest,” a gathering for alumni, friends and faculty, will salute the alumni awards winners at 5:15 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. In addition to Koenig, Hal Gibson, class of 1959, and T.J. Day, class of 1971, will be honored. Gibson will receive the Alumni Service Award for his dedication to connecting alumni for over 50 years, hosting gatherings and spearheading fundraising efforts for Linfield. Day will receive the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award for his generosity and leadership to Linfield and other organizations.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Oct. 8, with registration starting at 9:15 a.m. and campus tours beginning at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the alumni of Kappa Alpha Phi will gather in Ford Hall for tea with fellow sorority members. At 10:30 a.m., the dedication to the new T.J. Day Hall, formerly Northup Hall, will be held. An all-alumni barbeque begins at 11:30 a.m. in the parking area of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, followed by the Linfield Wildcats vs. the University of Puget Sound Loggers football game at 1:30 p.m.

For more information on alumni events contact Debbie Harmon at 503-883-2607 or For information on student events, contact Dan Fergueson at or 503-883-2435.



Linfield’s chapter of Nursing Students for Reproductive Health and Justice will present “Let’s talk about Sex: How to Take a Sexual History,” Monday, Oct. 3, at noon in 110 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus. The speaker, Lynn Hayden, a certified nurse midwife who works as a lead clinician at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, will explain how to talk with patients about their risks.

For more information, contact Amy Hardy, 503-413-7561 or



Celebrate the reopening of T.J. Day Hall, formerly Northup Library, during a dedication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. on the south side of the building. Following a brief ceremony, the building will be open to guests to tour, enjoy refreshments, and meet with faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Both the business and English departments will hold receptions in the building. The dedication is open to the public.



Rachel Mills, a 2011 Linfield College graduate, will present “The Kabul I have Come to Love,” sponsored by the International Programs Office, on Monday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall at Linfield College.

Mills will discuss her experiences in Afghanistan where she spent a month teaching debate methods to students. She will also address what it was like to be a woman in Afghanistan and the stereotypes and misconceptions about the country.

Mills earned a degree in creative writing and business. During her years at Linfield, she was involved in the debate team, the Ultimate Friends Team, the Chaplain’s Team and the Linfield Activities Board. She currently works for Friends of Pimpollo, an Oregon-based nonprofit organization and plans to return to Afghanistan next year.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth at or 503-883-2434.



Thor Hanson, author and biologist, will present a reading from his newest book, Feathers: the Evolution of a Natural Miracle, on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

In his book, Hanson discusses feathers from multiple perspectives and portrays them as an evolutionary marvel. He highlights the natural history of feathers, as they have been used to fly, protect, attract and decorate culture since the beginning of their existence. He will also explore what these objects mean to society.

Hanson applies the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers and art historians in his book. His research has made him an expert in the cultural, natural and scientific history of feathers.

Jeff Baker of The Oregonian wrote “The Oregon bird-watching community will love this book, and so will anyone else interested in an object that has captured our imaginations and helped us write and fish and sleep and do just about everything but fly.”

Hanson was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides on the San Juan Islands with his wife and son. In addition to writing books, Hanson works as a conservation biologist and is a member of the Human Ecosystems Study Group. His efforts in conservation have taken him from Uganda to Alaska and Central America to Tanzania. His first book, The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda, earned him the 2008 USA Book News Award for nature writing.

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


Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts, will present “The Voters Have Spoken: A Consideration of the Past Accomplishments and Present Challenges of Initiative and Referendum System in Oregon,” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

Miller will discuss the role of persuasion and communication in the political process. He will focus on issues that have been controversial to Oregon voters in particular.

Miller’s lecture is based on work he is doing with the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. The project engages community members in thoughtful conversations about ideas critical to their daily lives and the state’s future, bringing people together to learn from an expert, share ideas and understand differing perspectives. Miller’s conversation will include various Oregon ballot measures of the past 15 years such as abortion, gay rights, medical marijuana and taxes. His conversation topics are tailored for his audience’s interests.

Miller, who serves as director of forensics at Linfield, conducts research on topics ranging from political rhetoric and performance theory to persuasive and intercultural communication. He has conducted extensive research on the ballot initiative process in Oregon, including campaigns on issues such as physician-assisted suicide, gay rights, medical marijuana, logging practices and land use regulations.

Miller earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As a certified trainer for the International Debate Education Association, Miller has conducted debate-training seminars in Guatemala and Turkey. He also provided critical analysis of the 2008 presidential debates for the International Debate Education Association.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.



The Linfield College Theatre will present “Lot O’ Shakespeare,” featuring actor Timothy Mooney, Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield. The production will feature one monologue from every Shakespeare play.

“Lot O’ Shakespeare” will give audience members a taste of comedies such as “Taming of the Shrew” and tragedies such as “Romeo and Juliet.” The various themes of Shakespeare’s works will be performed by veteran actor Timothy Mooney.

Mooney is known for his performance of the popular “Moliere Than Thou,” and he is the author of the new acting textbook, “Acting at the Speed of Life: Conquering Theatrical Style.” He is the former founder and editor of “The Script Review” and was the artistic director of Chicago’s “Stage Two Theatre,” where he produced nearly 50 plays in five years. Mooney found himself drawn to the hilarious world of Moliere and eventually wrote 17 comedic rhymed variations of Moliere’s plays, which have been celebrated around the world.

The inspiration for “Lot O’ Shakespeare” came from an intriguing idea.

“I started fantasizing about all of the Shakespeare roles that were coming into my range in my middle years. I thought I might be able to transform my performance tour into an audition tour. What if, no matter what Shakespeare play they were doing, I had a monologue from that show available to perform?” said Mooney.

Mooney began to envision an acting workshop and a one-man show consisting of a monologue from all of Shakespeare’s famous works. “Lot O’ Shakespeare” was born.

The production is free and open to the public. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292.



Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, associate professor of philosophy, was recently featured in Diario de Navarra, a newspaper serving 500,000 people in Pamplona, Spain, his hometown. The two-page spread, complete with a photo and caricature, focused on Ilundáin’s career as a philosopher, author, and professor at Linfield and other institutions. It also covered his cycling achievements, and asked him pointed questions on a number of topics of local and general interest.

Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, is leading a Journal to the Self workshop, part of the Northwest Cancer Specialists Educational Series at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland. The free workshop will be held Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13 and registration is required. For more information, call 503-291-6217.




Noon: “Let’s talk about Sex: How to Take a Sexual History,” 110 Peterson Hall, Portland Campus


All week: Homecoming activities

11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Japanese language table, Walker Japanese classroom

5 p.m.: Homecoming relay races, IM field


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker


11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

11:50 a.m.: VOICES Soan table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Campus-wide barbecue, song and banner competition, IM field


2 p.m.: Homecoming faculty panel, Ice

3:30 p.m.: Presentation by Lora Koenig ’99, NASA scientist and Outstanding Young Alumna, Nicholson

5:15 p.m.: Linfield’s Finest, McMinnville Grand Ballroom

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific Lutheran

8 p.m.: Mr. and Miss Linfield competition, Ice


10:30 a.m.: T.J. Day Hall dedication

Noon: Women’s soccer at Pacific Lutheran

1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Puget Sound

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Willamette

7 p.m.: Volleyball at George Fox


Today: Men’s and women’s golf at Linfield Three-Way

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Pacific