Linfield Reports, 11/14/11


Janice ThompsonJanice Thompson of Common Cause Oregon will speak on “Options for Campaign Finance Reform in the Wake of Citizens United,” Monday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room.

Johnson, the executive director of Common Cause Oregon, will discuss the state of campaign finance issues and possibilities for reform. Her work in Oregon ranges from building coalitions and lobbying for democracy reforms in Salem, to “following the money” in Oregon politics, and answering the phones and talking with members from all across the 10th largest state in the country. She joined Common Cause in August 2009 after having led the Money in Politics Research Action Project and Democracy Reform Oregon since 1998. She has bachelor degrees in biology from Carleton College and in education from the University of Minnesota.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Pizza and soft drinks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Edith Green Endowed Lecture Fund. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246,



John Winthrop HagerAn author and historian who is also an authority on pinot noir will describe what it’s like to be a wine historian on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall.

Characterized as a conversation rather than a lecture, “Solving Mysteries: Evidence in Wine History” will feature John Winthrop Haeger, special projects director at the Stanford University Libraries.

Haeger is the author of North American Pinot Noir, named the Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year for 2005. In 2008, he published Pacific Pinot Noir: A Comprehensive Winery Guide for Consumers and Connoisseurs, an expanded and updated companion volume to his first book. It has been called the “best single source of information on world-renowned pinot noirs from California and Oregon.” He focuses exclusively on what he calls the Pacific Pinot Zone, stretching from the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon to Santa Barbara in California and extending up to 30 miles inland.

Haeger’s interest in wine began in graduate school and his articles about wine have appeared in publications such as Connoisseur, Wine & Spirits, Sunset, Los Angeles and Saveur.

Haeger is a Princeton University graduate with a doctorate in Chinese history from the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed a specialty in the history of the Sung Dynasty. He has taught at Pomona College, Linfield and the University of California, San Diego, and worked for The Asia Foundation, the Research Libraries Group and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Wine Economists.

The program is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Renshaw Endowment and the President’s office. For more information, call 503-883-2498.



Del SmithDel Smith, a trustee emeritus of Linfield College, was honored for his long-time support of the college when the Board of Trustees approved the naming of the softball stadium as “Del Smith Stadium.”

The board approved the new name during its recent meeting, but the announcement was delayed until the annual Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, Nov. 12, which Smith attended.

Smith, founder and owner of Evergreen International Aviation, Inc., served on the Linfield Board of Trustees from 1975 to 2009. He has supported the college through numerous gifts and by providing internships to hundreds of Linfield students at his local businesses. Many of those interns went on to work full time at Evergreen after graduation.

“Del Smith’s support of Linfield students, both athletically and academically, has changed the lives of countless young people,” said President Thomas L. Hellie. “It is fitting that we recognize his support by naming the softball stadium in his honor. His gifts have been instrumental in the development of our softball program into the national spotlight.”

Linfield has long been known as a powerhouse in football and in baseball. In recent years, the Linfield softball team has also become nationally known – winning two national titles in the last five years. Upgrades to the softball facilities in recent years have aided in the success of the program and have been made possible with Smith’s generosity. The stadium now features a 400-seat grandstand, enclosed press box, an enhanced scoreboard and two covered and partially enclosed batting cages. Linfield is recognized as having some of the finest athletic facilities of any Division III college in the Pacific Northwest.

Smith was inducted into Linfield’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 for meritorious service to the athletics program including providing lodging, transportation and meals for the baseball program, and financial gifts for the construction of the Rutschman Field House, renovation of Helser Field and upgrades to the football and track fields.

His support for the college has extended far beyond athletics and includes contributions to the Nicholson Library, Linfield Business Department, Edith Green Endowed Lecture Fund and the President’s Discretionary Fund in addition to numerous internships and full-time employment for students at Evergreen Aviation, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, and Wings and Waves Waterpark.



Linfield College students, faculty and staff, along with Yamhill County residents, are invited to observe Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 12-18. Several events are planned as part of the week, which is nationally recognized as an opportunity for college students to become educated on pressing community issues and to understand and advocate for solutions.

Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in Riley 210: Howie Harkema, operations manager of the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen in McMinnville, will present on hunger and poverty issues impacting low-income and homeless community members.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Church on the Hill (700 NW Hill Road): The Yamhill County Ending Homelessness Governing Council will host a community meeting to present updates to the county’s 10-Year Ending Homelessness Plan.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. in Dillin Hall: A Hunger Banquet will simulate the global wealth disparity. Participants will be assigned to an income bracket and will eat the food that can be afforded on that wage. Discussion afterward will focus on global issues of food security and poverty.

“We hope through these events that the community gains a greater awareness of the complexity and depth of the issues of hunger and homelessness both locally and globally,” said Jessica Wade, community engagement and service director.

Throughout the week, staff and students are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items at collection barrels located in Nicholson Library, the first floor of Riley Hall and the first floor of Melrose Hall. All food will be donated to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership regional food bank.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week officially launches Linfield’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge and is sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement and Service, the Office of Spiritual Life and Chaplain’s Team, and Yamhill County’s Ending Homelessness Governing Council. For more information, contact Wade,



The Linfield Fine Art Gallery will present Open Walls, a week of gallery events and performances, Nov. 15-19.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m.: Wayne Bund – AKA Feyonce Art Performance. Bund is an interdisciplinary artist whose work resides within the act of performance. He uses photographs, videos, installation and performance to explore notions of persona and authenticity.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m.: Avantika Bawa artist talk. Bawa, an artist, curator and academic, has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (1995). She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center and Jentel Artist Residency Program. Her work has been reviewed in international publications including The New York Times, Art Papers, Art Lies, Art India, Art Asia Pacific, The Oregonian, and The Times of India.

Friday, Nov. 18, 3-5 p.m.: Prowler, an environmental rock band, will perform.

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 503-883-2804.



Mark Stroh, spokesman and press officer at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, will present “Practicing Diplomacy Amid Contested Nation Building” on Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Stroh will discuss the conflict in the Middle East. The lecture, sponsored by Linfield’s International Relations major and the Dean’s Office, will wrap up a day-long visit to campus.

Stroh arrived in Islamabad in September 2011 after serving two years in the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat, where he worked as a special assistant for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In two years, Stroh travelled to 35 countries in support of the secretary’s overseas engagements, including her participation in the Copenhagen, Denmark, COP-15 Climate Change Conference in December 2009 with President Barack Obama; her travel to Prague, Czech Republic, with President Obama to sign the New START agreement with Russia; her hosting in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, of trilateral talks between the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Authority; and her participation with President Obama in the 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.

Stroh joined the Foreign Service in 2003 and has served in Kuwait City, Kuwait; Basrah and al-Hillah, Iraq; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Kabul, Afghanistan, where he served as embassy spokesman and press officer from August 2007 to July 2009. While in Kabul, Stroh created exchange programs bringing European journalists to Afghanistan and sending Afghan officials to Europe which remain key to Embassy public diplomacy programs.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Stroh worked for several years as a newspaper reporter in Richmond, Va., and at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1994 with a bachelor’s in history and political science and earned his master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2000.

During Stroh’s visit to Linfield, he will also speak with students about the current trends of US-Pak relations and his work with Secretary Clinton.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science, at or 503-883-2477.



ZoomugandaZoomUganda, a photo exhibit documenting an AIDS-ravaged village in Africa, will be on display Nov. 28-Dec. 16 in the Peterson Hall Photo Gallery on the Portland Campus.

Julie Resnick, project director, and colleagues from the Portland Harambee Centre, will give a presentation about the exhibit Friday, Dec. 2, at noon in 110 Peterson Hall.

The exhibit shares the journey of 12 girls, documenting through photography their lives in an African village that has been devastated by AIDS.

For more information, go to, or call Josh Merrick, student services coordinator, 503-413-8293 or



Linfield nursing studentsA group of Linfield College students attended the National Student Nurses’ Association MidYear Convention Oct. 27-30 in Memphis, Tenn. Participants took part in workshops that fostered professional growth and discussed issues vital to a career in nursing. Students included Margaret Ngai ’11, NSNA vice president; Elizabeth Diaz ’11, OSNA president; Caitlin Reid ’11, OSNA treasurer; Jessica Stratton ’12, LSNA vice-president; Sarah Edmiston ’13, LSNA membership and outreach coordinator for spring 2012; and Amber Brunner ’12, LSNA member, former student leader of pre-nursing club on the McMinnville Campus. Stephanie Griffin ’11 attended as the newly-elected professional consultant for OSNA.




12:30 p.m.: Janice Thompson, “Options for Campaign Finance Reform in the Wake of Citizens United,” Pioneer Reading Room

7 p.m.: Howie Harkema hunger and poverty talk, 210 Riley


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

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

7:30 p.m.: John Winthrop Haeger, “Solving Mysteries: Evidence in Wine History,” 222 Day

7:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Corban


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

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker

5 p.m.: Hunger Banquet, Dillin


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

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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Open Walls, Wayne Bund – AKA Feyonce Art Performance, Linfield Gallery

4 p.m.: Open Walls, Avantika Bawa talk, Linfield Gallery


Today and tomorrow: Swimming vs. Northwest Invitational

3 p.m.: Open Walls, Prowler rock band, Linfield Gallery

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Northwest Christian


11 a.m.: Cross country NCAA III championships, Oshkosh, Wis.

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Evergreen

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Concordia


7:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball at La Verne

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


6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Pamona-Pitzer


4 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Whittier


7 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Northwest