Linfield Reports, 10/31/16

Linfield hosts annual Halloween event for McMinnville youth

PumpkinLocal children will be offered a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween when Linfield College students host the annual trick-or-treat campus tour Monday, Oct. 31, from 4-6 p.m.

McMinnville-area children 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 Upper Gym, located in the Health, Human Performance and Athletics Complex. Costumes and candy bags are encouraged and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Candy will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, as availability permits.

A donation of one can of food is also suggested to participate. All donations will be given to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP) Food Bank.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Residence Hall Association. For more information, contact Kristen Andersen, area director for residential experience, at 503-883-5356 or


Buckingham to share experiences from sabbatical in Ireland

Peter Buckingham, professor of historyPeter Buckingham, Linfield College professor of history, will present “Eyewitness to History: A Sabbatical to Ireland 2016” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Buckingham will share the research he conducted during his sabbatical in spring 2016 on the life of James Connolly, an Irish socialist leader in the 19th century, with an emphasis on his American years. He will also discuss the Easter Rebellion, his Moore Fellowship at National University of Ireland Galway and his experience working at the National Library of Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland.

This talk is free, open to the public and sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call 503-883-2434 or email


Winery transitions topic of lecture by McLaughlin

Erik McLaughlin '96Erik McLaughlin ’96, director of Exvere Inc., will present “Northwest Wineries Mergers and Acquisitions: An Industry in Transition” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

The event will be streamed and archived on the Linfield Live Facebook page.

The Northwest wine industry is maturing and has entered a stage of significant growth and change fueled in part by large, out-of-state and international investment. National recognition of wines from the region combined with generational changes in ownership have made the Northwest a hotbed of winery mergers and acquisitions activity. Recent acquisitions of established Northwest brands such as DeLille, Penner-Ash, Seven Hills and WillaKenzie are only the beginning. This activity is likely to continue as large winery operators look for more upscale holdings and Oregon wines continue to gain in popularity in the global market.

McLaughlin is director of Wine & Spirits Services for Exvere, where he provides Mergers and Acquisitions advisory services to Northwest wineries and vineyards. Before that, McLaughlin amassed more than two decades of experience in senior management positions at Seven Hills Winery, Corliss Wine Estates and Willamette Valley Vineyards.

The lecture is part of the Linfield College Wine Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2766.


Linfield to host events for Media Literacy Week

Linfield CampusLinfield will host a variety of activities in celebration of Media Literacy Week, Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

A viewing of the documentary film “Screenagers” will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. It explores the struggles that social media, video games and Internet addiction can create, and how technology impacts child development. A panel discussion will follow the viewing to share insights from parents, educators and experts on media and psychology.

The week’s events relate to “The Digital Self,” this year’s campus-wide theme for the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). The week is designed to bring attention and visibility to the importance of media literacy. Along with the screening, Linfield will also host other events exclusively for students throughout the week, teaching them how to be more savvy and thoughtful users of technology.

The screening is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) and the Linfield Department of Mass Communication. For more information, contact Susan Currie Sivek at 503-883-2521 or


Linfield Theatre presents ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’

Madwoman of ChaillotLinfield College theatre students will tackle emotions of power, greed and rebellion when they present “The Madwoman of Chaillot” in the Marshall Theatre.

Performances are Nov. 3-5 and 10-12 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. On Thursday, Nov. 3, join the designers and director after the opening-night performance for a short question-and-answer discussion about the production.

“The Madwoman of Chaillot,” written by Jean Giraudoux and adapted by Maurice Valency, is a poetic and comic fable, set in The Café Chez Francis in the posh section of Chaillot, Paris, in the 1940s. When businesspeople plan to dig up Paris for the oil they believe lies beneath, their plan comes to the attention of the Madwoman of Chaillot, an eccentric woman who appears to have lost her marbles. Together with other eccentrics who frequent Café Chez Francis, the Madwoman plots against those who would strip the world of its natural resources, replace workers with robots and hoard all of the money for themselves.

Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, will direct the production, with scenic design by Ty Marshall, sound design by Rob Vaughn and costume design by Laurel Peterson. Rachel Kiefer, senior theatre arts major, is lighting designer.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (any age, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Online ticket sales are available at and at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3-5 p.m., and until performance time on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 5 and 12 from 3-7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 6 from noon-2 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. The production is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.

For more information, call 503-883-2292.


Veterans honored during upcoming band concert

Linfield College BandsA Veterans Day band concert, “I Remember Vietnam,” will be presented by the Linfield College Concert Band and the McMinnville Second Winds Community Band on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center.

The bands will perform music honoring veterans, including American music, music that was popular during the Vietnam war and music written to commemorate those who have sacrificed for their country. The concert will feature the world premiere of “Emblems of Sacrifice,” written specifically for the concert by Oregon composer Kevin Walczyk. The piece was commissioned by the Second Winds Community Band. Stan Primozich, Yamhill County Commissioner and Vietnam veteran, will narrate the concert.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, the Linfield Concert Band is comprised of student musicians who are music majors and minors, or non-music majors from across all disciplines. Instrumentation includes woodwinds, brass, piano, bass guitar and percussion.

Paddock, at Linfield since 1994, is professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield. She is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University, and received the Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway, and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. She is a member of Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra trumpet section, and performs on-call with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera. She is a trumpeter with Halcyon Trio Oregon and holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education and Oregon Band Directors Association, among others. She is also on the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster for the Council of International Exchange Scholars.

The Second Winds Community Band gives new life to a variety of music for band, including descriptive overtures, ragtime pieces and small ensemble pieces performed by Recycled Brass and the Second Winds Jazz Band. Broadway musicals, patriotic music, big band swing of the ’30s to ’60s, and rock round out the band’s repertoire. The band began in March 1998 under the direction of Pat Lay and is now led by Mark Williams.

Williams, musical director of Second Winds Community Band, plays lead trumpet in the Frank Messina Big Band and Freddy & Stump Jumpers Dixieland band. He also serves as the minister of music at Pioneer Evangelical Church in Dayton and is the artistic director for the Dayton Community Chorus.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for families of deployed troops. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit or


Politics and media choices topic of faculty lecture

Dimitri Kelly, assistant professor of political scienceDimitri Kelly, assistant professor of political science at Linfield College, will present “Red News, Blue News: Political Learning and Media Choice” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The event will be streamed and archived on the Linfield Live Facebook page.

Speaking the day after the 2016 presidential election, Kelly will discuss how people learn about candidates in today’s media-driven society. In a fragmented media market, the availability of news with a partisan slant changes what and how the public learns. Evidence points to a preference for information that reinforces existing beliefs, yet research also demonstrates people want unbiased and objective news.

“This presents an interesting puzzle, that people may sincerely prefer objective news in the abstract, yet choose to consume biased news in practice,” explained Kelly, who will discuss some of the potential consequences for elections and democracy, as well as his recommendations.

Kelly joined the Linfield faculty in 2013. His academic interests lie in American politics with a focus on political behavior, media and politics, political psychology and elections. Kelly has received funding from the National Science Foundation for ongoing research exploring cognitive responses to biased news and the effects of partisan news media on political polarization. He received his bachelor of arts at the University of California, Davis and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The talk is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


NSA mathematician to speak on the WWII Enigma

Linfield College, Pioneer HallDavid Perry, a cryptologic mathematician at the National Security Agency, will present a pair of talks about WWII-era Enigma code-writing machines in November at Linfield College.

Perry will present the first talk, “Coming of Enigma,” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m., and the second, “Cracking of Enigma,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. Both will be held in 201 Riley Hall, and both will be streamed and archived on the Linfield Live Facebook page.

The Enigma, a code-writing machine used by the Germans before and during World War II, was initially thought by analysts to be unbreakable. In his first talk, Perry will address how the machine worked and why it was thought to be so secure. He will also discuss the history of code making and breaking, which informed the machine’s design.

In his second talk, Perry will discuss how the Polish cipher bureau eventually cracked the Enigma by employing mathematics in a way that had no precedent at the time. Shortly after, cryptology moved into the purview of mathematicians, which remains true today.

Perry received degrees at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught at Ripon College for two years before joining the National Security Agency, and taught at the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth program for 20 summers, where he was co-architect of their cryptology classes. He is working on the second novel of a trilogy, a work of historical fantasy purporting to tell the true story of David and Goliath.

Both talks are free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) and the Linfield Department of Mathematics. For more information, contact Christian Millichap at 503-883-2428 or


Alumna to read from prize-winning book

Melissa YancyCalifornia author Melissa Yancy, a 1999 Linfield alumna, will read from her book, “Dog Years,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

“Dog Years” explores Yancy’s personal experiences, from everyday frustrations to deeper experiences with hospitals and medicine. It was selected as the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner and will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October.

Yancy is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in “Glimmer Train,” “One Story,” “Prairie Schooner, “Zyzzyva,” “The Missouri Review” and others. “Dog Years” and another one of her works, “Consider this Case,” received Special Mention in the 2016 Pushcart Prize XL. She is the recipient of the 2016 NEA Literature Fellowship and earned her M.P.W. from the professional writing program at the University of Southern California.

Author Anthony Doerr said “Dog Years” is cause for celebration.

“Melissa Yancy’s stories make me swoon with recognition,” he writes on the book’s back cover. “They’re funny and sad in the same breath; they’re incredibly well executed; they’re about the endlessly fascinating machinery of relationships, about the weird intersections of medical technology and human dignity, and about the ways time catches up with everyone in the end. I’ve been waiting a long time for her stories to be collected in a book.”

This reading is a part of the “Readings at the Nick” series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or


Community news

A new essay by Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, “Dry Season,” was published in The Sun. The essay resulted from Wilkins’ experience at the Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency on the Rogue River.

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies, published an article, “Harry Potter and Hamilton From the Stage to the Page,” on

 An article by Kevin Curry, director of integrated media, “More and more people get their news via social media. Is that good or bad?” was published in The Washington Post Sept. 30. Curry was also included in an article, “Surviving Election Season on Social Media,” on Healthline.


Campus calendar


This week: Media Literacy Week

4 p.m.: Halloween Trick or Treat tour, HHPA Upper Gym


12:30-1:30 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, 106 HHPA

4 p.m.: Peter Buckingham, “Eyewitness to History: A Sabbatical to Ireland 2016,” 201 Riley Hall

5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Fieldhouse

7:30 p.m.: Erik McLaughlin ’96, “Northwest Wineries Mergers and Acquisitions: An Industry in Transition,” Ice Auditorium.


Noon: German table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall


5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Fieldhouse

7 p.m.: “Screenagers,” Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium

7:30 p.m.: “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Marshall Theatre


6 p.m.: Swimming at Whitworth

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.: “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Marshall Theatre

7:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Portland State


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitman

1 p.m.: Football at Puget Sound

1 p.m.: Swimming at Whitman

1:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Willamette

5 p.m.: Volleyball vs. George Fox

7:30 p.m.: “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitworth

2 p.m.: “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Marshall Theatre

3 p.m.: Veterans Day band concert, “I Remember Vietnam,” McMinnville Community Center