Linfield Reports, 12/6/10


A number of Linfield College music ensembles will present the annual chamber music recital on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Vivian Bull Music Center Delkin Recital Hall at Linfield.

The recital will include performances by the Linfield Wind Symphony, led by Jay Chen; the Linfield Flute Choir, coached by Denise Westby; the Linfield Saxophone Ensemble and Linfield Clarinet Ensemble, coached by Steve Kravitz; and an accompanied Schubert song coached by Gwen Leonard.

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


Begin the holiday festivities by attending the Christmas Choral Concert, “In Dulci Jubilo,” at Linfield. The concert will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

“In Dulci Jubilo,” Latin for “In Sweetest Rejoicing,” is a concert of holiday music featuring the Concert Choir, the Women’s Vocal Ensemble and Wildcat Men’s Glee Club. The groups will perform a wide variety of musical styles to celebrate the Christmas season.

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


Linfield College jazz vocalists and musicians will present a Jazz Night concert on Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Double Vision, Linfield’s vocal jazz ensemble led by Dana Libonati, and the Linfield Jazz Band under the direction of Steve Kravitz, will perform a number of pieces. The evening will begin with pre-concert music by The Jessie Goergen Experience. The Double Vision performances will include pieces such as “Something to Talk About,” “Under the Jamaican Moon,” “Something,” “Shape of my Heart,” “Another Star,” “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” “On Days Like This” and “Orange Colored Sky.”

Linfield Jazz Band performances will include “Cruisin’ for a Bluesin’,” “You and Me,” “Donna Lee,” “Omaha,” “Brush Taps,” “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and “Bari, Bari Good.” Several students will be featured soloists during the evening.

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


Linfield will host the annual Christmas candlelight service on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

“A Christmas Celebration” will include traditional Christmas readings and carols from around the world. The Christmas story of the birth of Jesus will be read in different languages with special participation by members of the Modern Languages Department and Linfield international students.

The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Linfield Chaplain’s Office. For more information, contact Linfield Chaplain David Massey at 503-883-2259,


A total of 148 candidates for degrees will be presented at the Linfield College fall commencement exercises Sunday, Dec. 19, 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.

Casey Jacobs-Jones, a 2007 graduate of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, will present the commencement address. In addition to a BSN from Linfield, he also earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Knox College. He currently works in the Medical Cardiac Intensive Care unit at Emanuel Health Center in North Portland. He has been accepted into the doctor of nursing practice/family nurse practitioner program at the University of Portland.

He has been active in a number of service projects and organizations. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala in 1992 and was an AmeriCorps volunteer in Eugene in 1999. He is an active nurse volunteer at the North by Northeast (NxNE) community health center and represented the center as an interim board member of the Coalition of Community Clinics. He is a standing member of the United Way Health and Wellness vision council, a grant review committee that oversees grants in the four counties surrounding Portland. He will serve as trip leader for Sustainable Health Abroad to Uganda, East Africa, in January.

For more information, call 503-883-2202.


Faculty and students traded places as 400 undergraduate students and professors from the Pacific Northwest converged at Linfield to share research findings with one another.

Twenty-five private liberal arts colleges in the region participated in the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference, held Nov. 12-13, which offered science and math students an opportunity to share oral presentations and research posters, and offered faculty an opportunity to provide mentoring.

Sponsored by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the event is designed for private four-year liberal arts colleges in the region and is hosted by a different school each year. The goal is to strengthen faculty and undergraduate student research in the sciences.

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 gave oral and poster presentations, and had a chance to compare their work with research by peers from other institutions.

“The quality of the work the students are presenting is incredible,” according to Elizabeth Atkinson, associate professor of chemistry at Linfield. “Throughout the year, undergraduate students have the opportunity to do real research with faculty and that really makes a difference in their educations.”

Not only does the Murdock conference provide an opportunity for students to learn about the work of their peers, but they also gain experience in talking about their research in front of a large audience. These opportunities are invaluable for science students who continue into professional or graduate school programs involving research or clinical work.

Juniors Amanda Cordes, Katie Armes and Bonnie Hastings gave oral presentations. Cordes, who has plans for the Peace Corps and graduate school in her future, is studying a threatened pine species. “It’s important to get the story of this tree out to other people so that they can become more aware of both its importance and its threatened situation,” she said.

Other Linfield students who participated in the conference include seniors Andrew Carpenter, Cameron DuBois, Robert Ferrese, Carson Moscoso, Quinn Murphy, Claire Steele, Christopher Turpin and Chris Watson; juniors Kathryn Baker, John Frank, Lily Ratliff, Joelle Reyes, Kari Tanner, Jannell Wilder and Amanda Wolf; sophomores Dylan Bartholomew, Katrina Lee and Yangfan Wu; and 2010 graduate Frank Andrews.

Faculty members representing chemistry, biology, physics and computer science, also took part in the conference. They are Christopher Gaiser, professor of biology and event organizer; Elizabeth Atkinson, associate professor of chemistry; Michael Crosser, assistant professor of physics; Dan Ford, assistant professor of computer science; Brian Gilbert, associate professor of chemistry; Anne Kruchten, assistant professor of biology; Joelle Murray, associate professor of physics; Mike Roberts, professor of biology; John Syring, assistant professor of biology; and Chad Tillberg, assistant professor of biology.


Help local Yamhill County families in need instead of paying library fines during the Food for Fines food drive held through Thursday, Dec. 23, at Nicholson Library. Staff members are collecting food and monetary donations for YCAP and removing patrons’ fines. One package 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.


Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, Theta Chi Fraternity, and SPURS are partnering with the Yamhill County Commission on Children & Families this month to raise 12,000 books in 12 days through sites in Yamhill, Marion and Polk Counties. Donations of new or gently used children’s books are sought to distribute to children, youth and families in need. Books will be collected through Sunday, Dec. 12, in the Fred Meyer Lounge, Nicholson Library and the Pre-Kindergarten in Potter Hall.


Theta Chi Fraternity at Linfield College will collect donations for two adopted families and individual gift tags when they kick off their annual “Theta Chi 12 Days of Christmas” now through Dec. 10 at the college.

Brothers of the Delta Alpha chapter of Theta Chi will be on hand around the clock during the 12-day period to serve refreshments and accept donations at a recreational vehicle parked near Dillin Hall. Sodexo Inc., the Linfield food service contractor, is donating refreshments throughout the event.

There will be a giving tree outside the vehicle with gift tags and the fraternity is adopting two families. Donations of any kind are appreciated and can be made at any time, said Justin Williams, Theta Chi philanthropy chair coordinating the event. In addition to financial contributions, the 47-member fraternity will collect items such as food, clothing, toys, school supplies and sports equipment. Proceeds will benefit the Yamhill Community Action Partnership.

Assisting the community and local organizations has always been a priority for Theta Chi. “It makes you feel good to be able to help people in need, especially during the holiday season,” said Williams. “12 Days of Christmas is a special event because it gives us the opportunity to directly contribute to those around us by donating all our contributions locally.”

For more information about Theta Chi’s 12 Days of Christmas, contact Justin Williams ( or 503-740-8079) or Beau Slayton ( or 541-968-4769).



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

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

4 p.m.: Chamber music recital, Delkin


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

3:30 p.m.: Farewell reception for graduating and departing international students, Jonasson

7:30 p.m.: Christmas choral concert, Ice


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


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

8 p.m.: Jazz Night, Ice

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Simpson


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


1 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Eastern Oregon

7:30 p.m.: Christmas candlelight service, Jonasson