Linfield Reports, 12/5/11


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.



Linfield CollegeExplore 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.

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.



Linfield musicSeven Linfield College music ensembles will present the annual chamber music recital on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Hall of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

The afternoon performance will showcase students from the Linfield chamber music class, along with community members, and their work throughout the semester. The class is divided into small performance groups, each led by a different instructor, according to Joan Paddock, professor of music.

The ensembles include the Linfield Brass Trio and the Percussion Octet, both led by Paddock; Chamber Music with Piano, coached by Jill Timmons, professor of music; the Woodwind Trio and Saxophone Quartet, coached by Steve Kravitz, adjunct professor of music; the Percussion Duo, coached by Florian Conzetti, adjunct professor of music; and String Ensembles, coached by Vicki Pich, adjunct professor of music. The recital will feature a variety of music composed by Mozart, Schubert, Bach, Corelli, Bartok and others.

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



Linfield musicThe Linfield College Department of Music will present the annual Christmas Choral Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The performance will feature various choral groups including the Linfield Concert Choir, Wildcats Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble. The groups will perform traditional Christmas carols and music for the holidays. Featured composers include Randall Thompson, Jonathan Dove, Irving Berlin and Gustav Holst.

The choral ensembles are led by director Anna Song, Linfield assistant professor of music. Song earned her bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has been directing choirs and teaching music in the Portland area since 2001. She is the co-founder and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble that focuses on the performance of early music. The ensemble has been featured on national radio programs such as Performance Today and Millennium of Music.

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



Jazz NightThe Linfield College Jazz Choir and Jazz Band will present a Jazz Night on Friday, Dec 9, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium located in Melrose Hall.

The Jazz Band, under the direction of Steve Kravitz, will perform big band standards and original compositions. Big band favorites include “A Tribute to Miles,” “I Remember Clifford” and “Attitude Dance.” Featured soloists are students Lynn Robinson and Cory Darnielle.

Linfield’s vocal jazz ensemble, “Double Vision,” will perform a variety of vocal jazz styles. Songs include original arrangements of songs by The Beatles and jazz standards including “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Green Dolphin Street.” The ensemble will also perform the classic Manhattan Transfer song “Birdland” and premiere an original composition, “Memories,” by director Dana Libonati. Senior soloists include Jessie Goergen, Logan Freitas and Jeremy Moll.

Kravitz, adjunct professor of music at Linfield, received a master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He has performed as a studio musician on productions including “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Grizzly Adams,” “The Thing with Two Heads” and the “Donny and Marie Show.” Kravitz received an Emmy for his work on an ABC-TV “Playbreak” special. Currently, he is an on-call musician for the Oregon Symphony, Portland Symphonic Choir, Portland Festival Symphony, Bassoon Brothers and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra.

Libonati, adjunct professor of music at Linfield, holds a master’s degree from the University of Portland. He performs as a jazz pianist and is the leader of the band “Ad Lib.” His published compositions include “Sound Unlimited,” various pieces for Warner Brothers, “UNC Jazz Press” and others. Libonati has recorded two children’s tapes of original music that have been sold internationally. He was selected to perform in the 2012 Ten Grands Concert in Portland.

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



Chelsea JanzenChelsea Janzen, a vocal performance major at Linfield College, will present her senior recital Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The performance will feature solo vocal selections ranging from the 17th century to 2007. She will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Debra Huddleston and fellow student musicians.

Janzen, of Amity, has studied with Gwen Leonard, Linfield professor emerita of music, for five years. She has participated in Linfield Concert Choir, Concert Band, Opera Theatre workshops and various other campus ensembles. She has also appeared in numerous Gallery Theater productions. Janzen was selected as one of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra (LCO) 2008 concerto competition winners and earned honorable mention in the adult female category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing this fall. Notable performances include her role as Susanna in scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro,” and a performance as soprano soloist in the world premiere of “Moabit Sonnets,” a commissioned work by composer Libby Larsen.

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



Nicholson LibraryHelp local Yamhill County families in need instead of paying library fines during the second annual Food for Fines food drive held through Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Nicholson Library. Food and monetary donations for Yamhill County Action Partnership are collected at the circulation desk in exchange for the removal of patrons’ fines. One can of food or $1 donated is equal to $1 of fines removed from the patron’s account, up to $20. Non-perishable food is requested. For more information, call 503-883-2261.





Daniel Namazi '14A group of Linfield College students and their faculty advisors traveled to Seattle University to participate in the 20th Annual Murdock College Science Research Program Conference in November. Linfield has participated in this conference since 1995.

The conference is sponsored by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and is designed for private four-year liberal arts colleges in the region. It is hosted by a different school each year.

Linfield students gave oral presentations in biology, chemistry and physics. The annual conference spotlights student and faculty collaborative science research funded by the Murdock College Science Research Program and by other sources such as college research endowments and outside research grants. Linfield students were given the opportunity to compare their work with peers from other colleges and universities in the region. These opportunities are invaluable for science students who continue into professional and graduate school programs involving research or clinical work.

Linfield students who attended the conference include senior Sean Boedeker of Camas, Wash.; juniors Stacia Cowgill of Salem and Amy Cunningham of Sebastopol, Calif.; and sophomores Matthew Creech of La Grande, Amy Hammerquist of Woodville, Wash., Kathryn Corp of Boise, Idaho, Daniel Namazi of Hagatna, Guam, and Addison Wisthoff of Sherwood.

Linfield students were advised by a number of Linfield faculty members representing chemistry, biology and physics including Jeremy Weisz from biology; Elizabeth Atkinson, Brian Gilbert and Jim Diamond from chemistry; and Joelle Murray from physics.



Amy OrrA total of 115 candidates for degrees will be presented at the Linfield College fall commencement exercises Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Closing convocation ceremonies for the Portland Campus will be held immediately following commencement at 3:30 p.m., also in the Wilson Gymnasium.

Amy Orr, the George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology, will present the commencement address. Orr is chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and has been at Linfield since 2001. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and both a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Special music will be provided by Linfield seniors Kayla Wilkens of Salem and Chelsea Janzen of Amity. Both are vocal performance majors.

For more information, call 503-883-2202.



Liz ObertWork by Liz Obert, associate professor of art, has been chosen for the juried exhibition ON THE ROAD: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vt., Jan. 17 through Feb. 11. Juror Sandra Chen Weinstein chose 40 photographs for the gallery exhibition, from over 900 photographs submitted. In addition to being in the gallery exhibition, Obert’s work will also be available for viewing online at






3 p.m.: Eric Schuck, “Reflectively Belted: A Year (Well) Behind the Lines of OIF/OND,” Jonasson

6 p.m.: “Perspectives On The Death Penalty In Oregon,” 110 Peterson Hall, Portland; 222 Day Hall, McMinnville

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


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

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

4 p.m.: Chamber music recital, Delkin


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

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Christmas Choral Concert, Ice

7:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Concordia


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

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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Eastern Washington


7:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Chapman

8 p.m.: Jazz Night, Ice


6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Colorado College

7:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Warner Pacific


7:30 p.m.: Chelsea Janzen senior recital, Ice