Linfield Reports, 11/15/10


Linfield College students, faculty and staff are recognizing national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with a series of events Nov. 15-20.

In January 2010, 936 people were homeless in Yamhill County. One in 17 families in Oregon is hungry, the highest rate in America. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is nationally recognized as an opportunity for college students to educate and advocate for these hunger and homelessness issues. Linfield’s activities are sponsored by Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Linfield Alternative Spring Break, the Chaplain’s Team, and ASLC with the Office of Community Engagement and Service.

The series of events will kick off Monday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. with an educational panel in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall. A panel of local agency representatives and scholars will discuss how hunger, food insecurity and homelessness impact the members of our community and what is being done to address these critical issues in Yamhill County. A year two update to the Yamhill County Ending Homelessness Plan will be presented. The panel includes Gennie Harris, assistant professor of education, along with partners from Yamhill County Housing Authority, Regional Food Bank, YCAP and Yamhill County Health and Human Services. Light refreshments will be served.

Later that evening, students will take part in “One Night Without a Home,” an attempt to simulate the experience of homelessness, on the Intramural Field. A movie focusing on the issue of homelessness will be shown at 7 p.m. followed by a food challenge. Participants will sleep out until 7 a.m.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, a Hunger Banquet will be held at 5:15 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. The banquet is designed to simulate global wealth disparity. In 2009, 10 percent of the global population owned 85 percent of the global wealth. Participants will be assigned to an income bracket and will eat only the food that can be afforded on that wage. Discussion afterward will focus on global poverty.

Throughout November, in conjunction with Sodexo, Linfield’s food service provider, a food drive will also take place on campus. All donations will go to the Regional Food Bank in Yamhill County to help feed families during the holiday season. Donations can be made in Dillin Hall.

Other events throughout the week include tables at Walker and Withnell Halls, a 20-hour famine experience, volunteer opportunities and an Alternative Spring Break fundraiser.

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

All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Lizzie Martinez, student engagement coordinator, at 503-883-2326 or


Enjoy the sounds of the Linfield College Concert Band and Wind Symphony, with guest conductor Jay Chen, as they come together to create music Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 125 SE Cowls St., McMinnville.

An ensemble of Linfield students as well as members of the McMinnville community will perform a combination of fall and winter pieces. The concert, “Autumn Leaves,” will showcase pieces such as “Russian Christmas Music,” “Petite Symphonie in B-flat Major” and “Suite of Old American Dances,” including “Wallflower Waltz,” “Western One-Step” and “Cake Walk.”

Chen earned his bachelor’s degree from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, and his master’s degree from Oregon State University, where he teaches trumpet. Chen also directs the OSU Trumpet Choir and has conducted the Willamette University Band for the last five years. He is conducting the Linfield College Band and Brass Ensemble in 2010 as a sabbatical replacement. Chen is the principal trumpet player for the Portland and Eugene Operas, and has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Bloch Festival, among others.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Linfield College international student Gerald Rusere from Zimbabwe will present his summer experiences at the World Cup Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

At the event, “Proudly African,” Rusere, a junior majoring in accounting, will speak about his cultural experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe. He will discuss the attitude of the African continent towards the World Cup and how South Africans felt about hosting such a huge event.

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, contact the International Programs Office at 503-883-2222,


Greg Hill, Linfield College athletic trainer and assistant professor, will explain the use of aquatic activity in rehabilitation during an upcoming faculty lecture at Linfield.

“Concepts and Exercises Related to Aquatic Rehabilitation and Conditioning of the Lower Extremity” will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Hill will explain the concepts and principles behind aquatic activity. He will give details on the guidelines of rehabilitation, specifically looking at common injuries of the lower extremity. Hill will then discuss the effectiveness of rehabilitation conducted in aquatic settings which minimizes recovery time and maximizes the benefits available.

Hill received his master’s degree from Oregon State University in sports medicine and is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has been at Linfield since 2000 and has been a certified athletic trainer since 1998.

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.


Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen will discuss the role of poet laureate and read selected poems Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Petersen, who has presented readings in places that range from Oregon to India, will showcase poems from her various published works, including her most recently published collection, The Voluptuary. Petersen has lived her entire life in Oregon as a housewife, mother and eventually public high school teacher. She taught English at Mazama High School in Klamath Falls for eight years, publishing a number of poems in literary journals, with her first poem being published in The Oregonian. Petersen won a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and spent a year at Stanford studying with poets including Adrienne Rich and Grace Paley and has since been published in numerous magazines and her own publications. Her poetry can also be seen on Trimet buses in Portland as a part of Poetry in Motion.

Petersen was named Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate April 26, 2010 by Governor Ted Kulongoski. The Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state’s five cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office, and is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library, the Linfield English Department and the McMinnville Public Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517,


Trans-Health Day will be held Monday, Nov. 29, on the Linfield Portland Campus.

Events will focus on providing knowledgeable health services to the transgender community with a focus on dignity and improving the medical experience for individuals. Following a noon lunch in the Peterson Hall Gallery, a panel discussion will be held at in 110 Peterson Hall. Speakers include Zan Gibbs, social rights advocate; Solomon Butch Greenblatt, trans identified nurse and educator; Jose Miguel, student nurse and Outside-In TransHealth Clinic coordinator; and Suzanne Scopes, a naturopathic physician and medical director of the Outside-In clinic.

For more information, call 503-413-7561 or contact Regan Case ’10,, or Nina Spring ’10,


Anne Heenan, assistant professor of nursing, presented a poster, “Overtreatment and a Concept Map to Illustrate It,” at the Oregon Public Health Association’s 66th Annual Meeting and Conference in Corvallis Nov. 8. Her study explored the phenomenon of overtreatment and concluded that overtreatment is caused by several behavioral, cultural and economic factors which results in waste of health care resources, limitation to access of health care, and sometimes even harm to patients.

Sandy Soohoo-Refaei, associate director of International Programs, took part in the NAFSA Region I Conference in Corvallis Oct. 27-28. She was an invited panelist, “Advising Students with Disabilities in Education Abroad: Promoting Equal Opportunities and Best Outcomes.” She also served as chair and co-presenter for “International Education Career Roundtables: Explore and learn about career pathways in the field of international education” and “Collegial Conversation: Successful Collaboration in Faculty Led Programs.”

Janet Gifford, director of marketing DCE, presented a session on “Digital Public Relations: Search Engine Optimization and E-marketing’s Big Secret,” at the University and Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Region West conference in Seattle in October. She presented case studies showing how the Divisions of Continuing Education of Linfield College and Harvard University have effectively utilized digital public relations.



All Week: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

5 p.m.: Educational panel, Fred Meyer Lounge

7 p.m.: One Night Without a Home, Intermural Field


Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker

7 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Concordia

7:30 p.m.: Fall band concert, McMinnville First Baptist Church


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

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Gerald Rusere, “Proudly African,” Jonasson

5:15 p.m.: Hunger Banquet, Jonasson

7:30 p.m.: Greg Hill faculty lecture, “Concepts and Exercises Related to Aquatic Rehabilitation and Conditioning of the Lower Extremity,” 201 Riley Hall


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


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


All day: Swimming at Northwest Invitational

11 a.m.: Cross country at NCAA III nationals

Noon: Football vs. Cal Lutheran, NCAA Division III playoffs


All day: Swimming at Northwest Invitational

3 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Trinity

8 p.m.: Women’s basketball at La Verne


Noon: Thanksgiving potluck, Jonasson

7 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Cal tech


7 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Pomona-Pitzer

7:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Corban