Linfield Reports, 11/11/13


Pioneer Hall at Linfield CollegeThe campus community is encouraged to welcome guests to campus when the Office of Admission hosts the annual Fall Open House Monday, Nov. 11, welcoming more than 100 prospective students and families to campus. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at x2213 or visit the website.






Ajax in Iraq, Marshall TheatreLinfield theatre students will explore the timeless struggle of soldiers and war when they present Ajax in Iraq, a play inspired by interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families. The production will run Nov. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin’s mash-up of Sophocles’ classic tragedy Ajax with the modern day war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war presides over the whole play, which explores the struggles soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.

McLaughlin’s plays have earned national and international accolades. Her plays include Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Iphigenia and Other Daughters and The Trojan Women. She has taught playwriting at Barnard College since 1995.

The 17-member cast of Ajax in Iraq consists of Linfield students and faculty, in addition to several students working on design elements of the show. Daniel Bradley ’15 will play Ajax and Alley Halley ’15 will play A.J. The role of Athena will be played by three women – visiting French Fulbright teaching assistant Amandine Gravier, Amanda Kern ’17 and Kristie Castanera ’14.

A post-show discussion, “Veterans: Serving Those Who’ve Served Us,” will be held Friday, Nov. 15, after the performances to discuss prevalent issues raised in the play. This discussion will examine the challenges faced by soldiers returning to civilian life and how those at home can prepare and help that transition. The discussion is free and open to the public. Attendance at the performance, while recommended, is not required.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students (any age, any school). Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. 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. 16 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.,

For more information, call ext. 2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.



Giuseppe VerdiIn honor of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, the Linfield Music Department will present “Verdi’s Operas and Changing Social Values in 19th-Century Italy” on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

A pre-concert discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Soloists include soprano Natalie Gunn, mezzo-soprano Beth Madsen Bradford, tenor Giovanni Formisano and baritone Anton Belov. The Linfield Concert Choir, under the direction of Anna Song, will also perform.

The concert, part of the Lacroute Art Series, “The Arts and Social Change,” will feature Giuseppe Verdi’s famous choruses, ensembles and arias from “Nabucco,” “Ernani,” “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Il Trovatore” and “Falstaff.” Many of his works reflected vital social questions of the time and contained thinly disguised political messages. His operas are distinguished by their dramatic power, demanding vocal lines and unforgettable melodies.

Belov, assistant professor of music at Linfield, has earned praise from critics and audiences alike for his portrayals of Count di Luna in “Il Trovatore,” Germont in “La Traviata,” Escamillo in “Carmen,” Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni.

Gunn, an award-winning soprano and adjunct professor of music at Linfield, has performed with various groups, including the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Portland Chamber Orchestra.

Madsen Bradford ’96 performs regularly throughout the West Coast and has appeared with Portland Opera, Tacoma Opera, Skagit Opera, Oregon Symphony, Juneau Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theater Oregon, Des Moines Metro Opera and others.

Formisano is a native of Torre del Greco and a leading soloist throughout the United States. His recent operatic appearances include the roles of Rodolfo in “La Bohème,” Cavaradossi in “Tosca,” Nemorino in “Elixir of Love” by Donizetti and the Young Gypsy in “Aleko” by Rachmaninoff.

The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit


Katherine Thomas '14Katherine Thomas ’14 will present “Marseille: the City of Contradictions,” Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Thomas, a French major who spent last year studying in Marseille, France, will discuss the city’s multicultural identity, and share current and future implications of the city’s political and social differences. She took part in a program through the American University Center of Provence.

“There are a million things I love about Marseille,” said Thomas, who will also talk about the diversity of the city. “I can remember sitting in my room one evening, my window open, and I could hear an Arab family across the street chanting and clapping to a song. I knew when I left Marseille that I’d miss little things like that.”

The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call ext. 2434,


Roy "Hap" MahaffeyUndergraduate students from across the Northwest will compete in the 83rd annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 15-17.

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. The public is invited to observe all competitions. Check schedules and event information in Riley Hall.

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 or



Peter Nathaniel MalaeYamhill County author Peter Nathaniel Malae will discuss his latest novel, Our Frail Blood, Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Our Frail Blood, published this year by Grove/Atlantic, is about a family’s struggle over power and loyalty, and the blood that ties them together. Malae’s story wrestles with the individual problems of each family member and places them in stark relief to one another.

Malae has also penned another novel and a collection of stories. His novel What We Are was the winner of the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Jackson Award and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award. His story collection, Teach The Free Man, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion’s Prize, the Glasgow Prize and the Story Prize. Malae is a former Steinbeck and MacDowell Fellow.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at ext. 2517,



Jazz NightThe Linfield College Music Department will host a Jazz Night concert Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The performances will include original compositions and popular big band music. The concert will feature “Slide Ride,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Feelin’ the Funk” and more. Soloists include Izgi Gulfem Torunlar ’14 and Max Milander ’14.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at ext. 2275.




Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeLinfield College music students will perform a musical theater cabaret on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

“The Lullaby of Broadway” will feature scenes and songs from Broadway, and is the culmination of the musical theatre cabaret class, led by Natalie Gunn, adjunct professor of music at Linfield. Student performers include Izgi Gulfem Torunlar ’14, Ryan Thompson ’15, Jeremy Odden ’15 and Mary Beth Jones ’17. The group will perform scenes and songs from musicals such as “Anything Goes,” “The Fantasticks,” “Street Scene,” “Carousel,” “The King & I,” “Showboat,” “Guys & Dolls,” “Annie, Get Your Gun” and more.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at ext. 2275.



Janielle Losaw, academic advisor for the Adult Degree Program, has completed the program offered by the Council of Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL) and is now a certified career and education advisor for adult students.

Gerardo Ochoa, associate director of financial aid on the Portland Campus, earned the Superstar Award given by the Oregon College Access Network (OrCAN). The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to increasing opportunities in postsecondary education for Oregon’s youth, through either their professional or volunteer activities.

Nancy Drickey, associate dean of faculty and associate professor of education, has been elected to the board of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Her three-year term as a regional director will begin at the April NCSM annual conference in New Orleans, La.

Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, was featured in a story on OPB, “Community-Created Marquam Mosaic Showcases Local Flora and Fauna.” She was part of a project that transformed amphitheatre steps into a mosaic.




Today: Fall Open House

Noon: French table, Dillin


Noon: American sign language table, Dillin

6:30 p.m.: Verdi pre-concert discussion, Ice

7:30 p.m.: “Verdi’s Operas and Changing Social Values in 19th-Century Italy,” Ice


Noon: German language table, Dillin


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

Noon: Japanese language table, Dillin

4:30 p.m.: Katherine Thomas ’14, “Marseille: the City of Contradictions,” Jonasson

7:30 p.m.: Ajax in Iraq, Marshall Theatre


Today through Sunday: Mahaffey Forensics Tournament

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Wheaton

6 p.m.: Swimming at Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.: Ajax in Iraq, Marshall Theatre


9 a.m.: Cross country at NCAA III west regionals

1 p.m.: Football at Pacific

1 p.m.: Swimming at Puget Sound

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Cal Lutheran

7 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Old Westbury

7:30 p.m.: Ajax in Iraq, Marshall Theatre


5 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Portland Bible