Linfield Reports, 10/8/12


A series of homecoming events for students and alumni are planned the week of Oct. 7.

Student activities begin Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. with an interactive comedy, “A Shot of Reality.” On Monday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 p.m. a relay race and barbeque will be held on the IM field and on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m. students are invited to a bowling trip to Walnut City Lanes. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. a song and banner competition will be held on the football field. On Thursday, Oct.11, at 4 p.m. a campus-wide game of capture the flag will start on the IM Field, and speaker John Corvino will present a talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. On Friday, Oct. 12, at 11:30 a.m. the Linfield Victory Bell will be unveiled in the Fred Meyer Lounge and at 8 p.m. the Mr. and Miss Linfield competition will be held in the Ted Wilson Gym. Cost is $2 or two cans of food benefitting YCAP. On Saturday, Oct. 13, at 12:30 p.m. students will host a homecoming rally at the people fountain. Students will purple-out, wearing purple in support of the Wildcats during the Homecoming football game vs. Whitworth at 1:30 p.m. Student homecoming events will conclude Saturday with comedian Ron Funches at 9 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Registration for alumni activities begins Friday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge. The Founders’ Society Luncheon will take place in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. Alumni are also invited to take a tour of downtown McMinnville or attend a class at 2 p.m., “Genius of East Asian Civilization,” taught by Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese.

Erika Janik ’02, recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, will give a presentation at 3:30 p.m. in T.J. Day Hall. Janik will discuss how the past is vital to understanding the present and how to use history to tell stories in all types of media.

“Linfield’s Finest,” a gathering for alumni, friends and faculty, will salute the alumni awards winners at 5:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. In addition to Janik, the Linfield Alumni Association will honor award winners including Peter Ellefson ’84, the Bar West Classic Committee and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra Board. Ellefson will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his achievement in music and education. Bar West Classic Committee will receive the Alumni Service Award for their service in connecting alumni through reunions and events. Linfield Chamber Orchestra Board will receive the Walker Service Award for their commitment to linking college and the community. Ellefson, a trombone soloist, will also present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Oct. 13, with registration starting at 9:15 a.m. At 10 a.m., the alumni of Sigma Kappa Phi will gather in Ford Hall; the SPURS reunion will take place in the Vivian Bull Music Center; the Hewitt Hall residents reunion will be held in Hewitt Hall and the Whitman Hall residents will reunite in Whitman Hall. At 10:30 a.m., the math majors reunion will be held in Taylor Hall and the business and economics majors reunion will be held in T.J. Day Hall. At 11 a.m. the Japan study abroad reunion will be held in Jonasson Hall. 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 Whitworth Pirates football game at 1:30 p.m. Post-game class reunions will be held for classes of 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the sociology and anthropology majors reunion will be held at 2 p.m. in Riley Hall.

For more information contact Debbie Harmon Ferry at ext. 2607 or; or Dan Fergueson at ext. 2435 or


Victoria E. Bynum, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Texas State University, will speak on her latest book, The Long Shadow of the Civil War, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Her book is a series of uncommon narratives about common Southern men and women who did not fight for the Confederacy, but against it. It focuses on three Southern States, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas and builds on her earlier book, The Free State of Jones, a work that has been optioned by a major Hollywood producer to be made into a film. Bynum’s lecture will seek to answer the extent of union support among common Southern folk during the war, how they fared and the legacies of the Civil War and the reconstruction for class and race relations then and now.

Bynum has a Ph.D. in American history from the University of California at San Diego. She spent most of her academic career at TSU. For the past 25 years, her research and teaching interests have centered on gender, class and race relations in the 19-century U.S. South. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships and is the author of several scholarship articles and anthology essays. She is the author of two additional books, The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, and Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South.

The lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture that honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history, who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote “Bricks Without Straw,” a history of the college.

For more information, contact Peter Buckingham, ext. 2479,


Chris Ballard, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, will speak about writing, sports and his new book, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

Earlier that day, Ballard will also lead a workshop on narrative construction and other tricks of the trade at 2:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Ballard’s latest book, One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach and One Magical Baseball Season, is the story of a small-town Illinois baseball team in 1971 and its run to the state finals. He examines the role teenage memories – and coaches and mentors – play in shaping lives.

In addition to reading from the book, Ballard will also discuss a range of topics including the reporting and research that go into a historical nonfiction book, what it’s like to come within one stop of the New York Times Bestseller list and the differences between literary and cinematic narrative.

Ballard has been with Sports Illustrated since 2000, covering basketball and baseball and has written 20 cover stories. His work has been included in the Best American Sports Writing series. In addition, he was one of five 2012 finalists for a National Magazine award, received a National Headliner Award, was the winner of The Joanie Award in 2011, and his 2010 story, “Magical A Season of the Macon Ironmen,” was included in the notables section of the BASW anthology. He has published three other books, Hoops Nation, which was named to Booklists’ Top Ten Sports Books of the Year, The Butterfly Hunter and The Art of a Beautiful Game.

Ballard earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his graduate degree from Columbia University.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the departments of political science, sociology and anthropology, English, mass communication and academic affairs. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517,


A lecture by Gregg Andrews, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Texas State University, originally set for Thursday, Oct. 11, has been cancelled.

Andrews’ lecture will focus on “Thyra J. Edwards: Black Activists in the Global Freedom Struggle,” his biography of Thrya J. Edwards, a woman who in 1938 was called the embodiment of the spirit of Afraamerican womanhood. She was a lecturer, writer, social worker, labor organizer, advocate of women’s rights and, above all, a civil rights activist. While she achieved international celebrity, Edwards’ life received little attention from historians until Andrews’ biographical study.

Andrews is a labor historian whose awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities. In addition to having published several articles and anthology essays, he is the author of three scholarly books, two of which have won national awards. His books are: Shoulder to Shoulder? The American Federation of Labor, the United States, and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1924; Insane Sisters: Or, the Price Paid for Challenging a Company Town; and City of Dust: A Cement Company Town in the Land of Tom Sawyer.

Andrews, who is also a published singer-songwriter and assistant editor of the Journal of Texas Music History, uses public performances, classrooms and scholarship to integrate music and history. He is working on a book on Texas labor and working-class culture during the Great Depression. His current work includes a study of black longshoremen in the Galveston strike of 1920, and of the larger struggle of black trade unionists against racial segregation and discriminatory practices in the Texas State Federation of Labor.

Andrews has a Ph.D. in American labor history from Northern Illinois University. He spent most of his academic career in the Department of History at Texas State University.

For more information, contact Peter Buckingham, ext. 2479,


A master class and trombone recital featuring Peter Ellefson ’84, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, will be held.

The master class will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall. The solo trombone recital will take place Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Ellefson is a professor of trombone at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He will present a master class with performance opportunities for Linfield students as well as students from local colleges, universities and high schools. Debra Huddleston, Linfield adjunct professor of music, will assist in both the master class and the solo recital.

The solo trombone recital will include works by Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, and compositions in the style of these composers by Jean-Michel Defaye in addition to the “Deux Danses” by Defaye. Ellefson and Joan Haaland Paddock, Linfield professor of music, will perform “Cousins” for cornet and trombone duet by Herbert L. Clarke. Ellefson will perform the virtuosic theme and variations for trombone in Arthur Pryor’s “The Blue Bells of Scotland.”

Ellefson is also a lecturer and artist teacher at Northwestern University and Roosevelt University. He has performed, recorded and toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Ellefson has also performed with the Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and the Oregon Symphony. He has given concerto performances of works by Bloch, Bourgeois, Deemer, Dorsey, Grøndahl, Guilmant, Larsson, Maslanka, Pryor, Pugh, Serocki, Tomasi, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rouse. Ellefson has also taught at the University of Costa Rica and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He has taught trombonists in the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony as well as several of the premiere military bands in Washington, D.C. His solo CD, “Pura Vida,” was released in March 2010.

Admission is free. It is sponsored by Linfield Department of Music and Office of College Relations. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.


A piece of Linfield history has been restored and will be unveiled Friday, Oct.12, at 11:30 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

The Linfield Victory Bell was cast in steel in 1859 by Naylor, Vickers, and Co. in Sheffield, England. The bell was shipped to McMinnville where it hung in the town’s education building until 1883 when Pioneer Hall was constructed. From the original building to Pioneer Hall, the bell rang for more than 100 years. It signaled athletic victories and successful college fund drives. The sound of the bell was heard throughout McMinnville.

In the fall of 1961, a small crack was discovered in the side of the bell and it sat silent for over 10 years. It was removed from the bell tower in the early 1970s and taken to the field beside Cozine Hall. In the mid-1970s, Bob Wells, a member of Linfield’s maintenance staff, rediscovered the bell and moved it to the basement of Larsell Hall.

This move was the beginning of a long journey for the Victory Bell. From Larsell, the bell moved to the former brick plant by Potter Hall. It was then taken to the facilities warehouse on campus where it was rediscovered in spring of 2012 by Jeremy Odden, Linfield sophomore and archives technician.

For more information, contact Rachael Woody, college archivist, at 503-883-2734,


A postcolonial perspective on the events of 9/11 will be the topic of a lecture by Amitava Kumar, professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair at Vassar College, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library.

Kumar will present “Literature of 9/11: A Syllabus Starts with the Lives of Our Students.” He is a postcolonialist scholar with a range of published work including fiction, non-fiction, literary theory, journalism, memoir and political theory. His creative writing pieces address issues of postcolonialism, globalization, terrorism and multiculturalism.

Kumar is the author of several works of literary non-fiction, including “Passport Photos,” “Bombay-London-New York” and “Husband of a Fanatic.” His latest book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, offers a meditation on cultural and human repercussions of the global war on terror. His novel Home Products was short-listed for India’s premier literary award and republished in the U.S. as Nobody Does the Right Thing.

Kumar was born in Ara, Bihar, India, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna. He received a master’s degree in linguistics from Delhi University and a master’s degree in English literature from Syracuse University. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies and comparative literature from the University of Minnesota. Kumar serves on the editorial board of several publications and co-edits the web-journal Politics and Culture. He is also the script-writer and narrator of the prize-winning documentary films Pure Chutney and Dirty Laundry.

The event is co-sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund, Nicholson Library and the departments of English, sociology/anthropology, political science, theatre/communication arts, mass communication, as well as the programs in International Relations and Gender Studies. For more information, call 503-883-2210.


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, 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 feature 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 numerous television shows including the Today Show, Good Morning America, American Sportsman and many 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 information on the lecture, contact David Sumner, ext. 2389,


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.

The coats 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.



Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

2:30 p.m.: Chris Ballard workshop, 201 Riley

3:30 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 304 Walker

6 p.m.: Chris Ballard lecture, Nicholson

7 p.m.: Victoria Bynum, “The Long Shadow of the Civil War,” Jonasson


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Peter Ellefson ’84 master class, Delkin


11:30 p.m.: Victory Bell unveiling, Riley

Noon: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

3:30 p.m.: Homecoming: Erika Janik ’02, Outstanding Young Alumna talk, T.J. Day

5:30 p.m.: Homecoming: Linfield’s Finest, McMinnville Grand Ballroom

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Willamette

7 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Pacific

8 p.m.: Peter Ellefson trombone recital, Ice


10 a.m.: Cross country at Lewis and Clark Invitational

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Lewis and Clark

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

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Lewis and Clark


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Willamette

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at George Fox