Linfield Reports, 11/28/11


Pioneer HallMark 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 in Nicholson Library.

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.



ArtLinfield College students will display their original artwork in the 2011 Annual Juried Student Exhibition Nov. 28 through Dec. 18 in the Studio Gallery in the Miller Fine Arts Center.

Original artwork including painting, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture graphic design, ceramics and mixed media will be displayed. Three cash awards will be presented to the Jurors Choice, second runner up and third runner up. Awards will be announced at the artist reception, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the studio gallery.

Three guest jurors will determine the top three submissions, including; Avantika Bawa, artist and curator; Liz Obert, Linfield associate professor of art; and Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Linfield vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Bawa received her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India Studio Center in 1995 and her master of fine arts degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. She has exhibited her work throughout the world.

Obert received her bachelor of fine arts degree from College of Santa Fe and her master of fine arts degree from Washington State University. She has exhibited her work locally and internationally.

Agre-Kippenhan has served as dean of the College of Arts & Architecture at Montana State University since 2006. She previously served as chair of the Department of Art at Portland State University, visiting art and design professor at the University of Ulsan in South Korea, and art professor at Loyola University Chicago.

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.



Native American Stephanie Wood will present a brown bag luncheon presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at noon in Dillin West Wing. Wood will provide a cultural presentation on the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and participants will discuss interactions with tribal nations and working in Indian country.

The presentation is sponsored by the Linfield Center for the Northwest and Linfield Multicultural Programs. For more information, call 503-883-5269.



Linfield Chamber OrchestraThe Linfield Chamber Orchestra will present an intimate concert that highlights the strings section and features works ranging from the Baroque era to the 20th century. The performance will be Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m., in Ice Auditorium and will include a pre-concert discussion by Conductor Michael Gesme at 7 p.m. and a reception immediately following the concert, both in Jonasson Hall.

The performance will highlight the radically different sounds of orchestral string playing over a span of 250 years, with a reflective look to past eras for inspiration, and a decidedly modern look forward.

Musical selections will include the crisp, clear sounds of the “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the lush sentimentality of “Two Lyric Pieces” by Edvard Grieg and “Liebeslieder Waltzes” by Johannes Brahms. “Simple Symphony,” by Benjamin Britten, will highlight the composer’s talent for treating the most traditional of musical forms with freshness and originality. Other featured composers will include David Diamond and Heinrich Ignaz von Biber.

Conductor Michael Gesme is now in his eighth season with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. He has served as conductor and music director of the Central Oregon Symphony for 14 years, and is a music professor at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.

Single reserved tickets are $27. General admission is $20, and $5 for students K-12. For ticket and concert information, visit Linfield Chamber Orchestra or contact the orchestra at 503-833-2637 or

This concert series marks the orchestra’s 21st Anniversary Season, and is sponsored by WillaKenzie Estate, a family-owned winery in the Willamette Valley.



Dance ShowcaseMembers of the Linfield College dance ensemble will present the annual Fall Dance Showcase on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall.

The ensemble is led by Emily Crocker, Linfield adjunct professor of dance and dance ensemble director. The dance ensemble gives students a chance to perform and produce their own dances.

The showcase will feature the Linfield Dance Team and dance ensemble participants performing student choreographed dances of various styles including modern dance, hip-hop, ballroom and others. The dance showcase is designed to bring Linfield’s dance community together.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.



Kayla WilkensKayla Wilkens, a vocal performance major, will present her senior recital on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The performance will feature a variety of music including selections from Handel, Strauss, Poulenc, Whitacre, Heggie and other celebrated composers. Wilkens will be joined by collaborative pianist Debra Huddleston, violinist Brandon Correa and fellow Linfield student musicians.

Wilkens, of Salem, has studied with Gwen Leonard, Linfield emerita professor of music, for five years. She has participated in various music groups including the Linfield Concert Choir, Opera Theatre workshops, Gallery Theater collaborations, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra (LCO) and various other campus ensembles. Memorable performances include her contribution to Faure’s “Requim,” Schubert’s “Mass in G” and Bach’s “Magnificat,” as the soprano soloist. She was selected as an LCO concerto competition winner in 2008 and earned first place in the college female category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing this fall.

The event is free and open to the public. The performance is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or email



Eric SchuckEric Schuck, economics professor at Linfield College, will share his 11-month experience as a naval reservist in Kuwait on Monday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall in the lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

In his lecture, “Reflectively Belted: A Year (Well) Behind the Lines of OIF/OND,” Schuck will address his experiences as a participant of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OID). OIF was the invasion and occupation of Iraq which began in March 2003 and ended in August 2010. OND is the phased withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq. Schuck, the logistics department head for Commander Task Group 56.5, was present while forces were both being sent into Iraq, as well as when they were starting to pull out.

Schuck will discuss trading academic robes for combat boots, life on imminent danger pay, traveling the gulf as a military tourist and his homecoming and reintegration.

Schuck’s main role was as head of the Logistics Department, where he led a diverse task department consisting of the Supply Engineering and Boat Maintenance shops. Schuck also served as a force security watch officer, providing security coverage for vessels entering and exiting ports.

“We were responsible for the movement, sustainment and support of over 300 USN and USCG personnel in four different countries as well as the maintenance and support of over 20 USN and USCG patrol boats in two separate countries,” Schuck said.

Schuck received his B.A. in economics from Pacific Lutheran University, his M.A. from the University of Montana and his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Washington State University. His academic interests include natural resource, environmental and agricultural economics with an emphasis on water use during droughts and controlling agricultural runoff.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth at or 503-883-2434.



Explore various topics surrounding Oregon’s death penalty during a panel discussion, “Perspectives On The Death Penalty In Oregon,” Monday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in 110 Peterson Hall on the Linfield Portland Campus. A live feed will be available in 222 T.J. Day Hall on the McMinnville Campus.

On Dec. 6, an execution has been planned at the Oregon State Penitentiary, the first execution in Oregon since 1997 and only the third in Oregon since 1962. The panel discussion will provide a safe and educational environment to learn about Oregon’s death penalty and to discuss the role and impact of correctional health nursing. Two panelists are nurses whose practices are in correctional nursing in Oregon. They will discuss correctional nursing practice and opportunities for employment in these facilities.

The panel will include nursing students Samantha O’Connor ‘12 and Sarah Bochsler-Brauser ‘11; Carol Roberts, an ethicist from Legacy Health Systems and Linfield faculty member; Kate Grey, poet and Clackamas Community College faculty member; Mary Raines, medical services director for Coffee Creek Correctional Facility; David Graf, nurse manager for the Oregon State Penitentiary; Kim Kintz, Linfield assistant professor of nursing; and Jan Selliken, Linfield associate professor of nursing.

For more information, call 503-413-7624.




7 p.m.: Mark Stroh, “Practicing Diplomacy Amid Contested Nation Building,” Nicholson


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

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

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Pacific

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Pacific


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

Noon: Stephanie Wood brown bag presentation, Dillin West Wing

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker


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

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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin


8 p.m.: Linfield Chamber Orchestra concert, Ice


1 p.m.: Swimming vs. College of Idaho

3 p.m.: Student artists reception, Studio Gallery

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Pacific Lutheran

8 p.m.: Dance Showcase, Ice

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Pacific Lutheran


4 p.m.: Kayla Wilkens senior recital, Ice