Linfield Reports, 2/11/13


San Francisco Guitar QuartetThe highly acclaimed San Francisco Guitar Quartet will perform Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

The quartet, hosted by the Linfield Chamber Orchestra as a guest artist performance, will share music from a rich background of traditions, including classical, world and improvisation. Founded in 1997, the San Francisco Guitar Quartet has established itself as a dynamic force in the guitar world through its groundbreaking concerts and recordings.

Tickets will be offered at the special price of $10, available at the door. Linfield students are admitted free with student ID.

Linfield students will have the opportunity to interact with the quartet during a “Meet the Musicians” session on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m. in Delkin Hall. Group members will talk about their careers as musicians and preview a selection from the concert.

The SFGQ includes recent addition Roberto Granados, a home-schooled 13-year-old guitarist, arranger, composer and ukulele virtuoso who began studying classical guitar at age 6. He joins seasoned group members Mark Simons, Patrick O’Connell and Jon Mendle, all acclaimed performers. The members of SFGQ have each distinguished themselves as recording artists and chamber musicians through their national and international touring, CD releases, and such achievements as first prize in the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition, a Fulbright scholarship, and a concert appearance in Carnegie Hall. Group members also hold faculty positions in Bay Area colleges and universities.

The SFGQ tours nationally and internationally; with performances on Guam and Taiwan, as well as appearances across the US, including New York, New Jersey, Florida, the Northwest Guitar Festival, University of Texas Guitar Festival, Arizona State University, UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Fresno and Glendale Community College. Other past performances include San Francisco’s Omni Series, La Guitarra California Festival and Pasadena’s Guitarra del Mar series, as well as radio spots on NPR and the syndicated radio shows West Coast Live and Classical Guitar Alive!

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



An Interactive InstallationLinfield Gallery will hold an artist reception for Modou Dieng and Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. A talk featuring both artists will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. in 127 Nicholson Library.

Dieng has collaborated with VanHouten-Maldonado on “An Interactive Installation,” an exhibit that draws inspiration from a history of heroes and antiheroes in Mexico and Senegal. The exhibit examines the way history is represented in a contemporary context in the information age.

Viewers interact with the work using a provided lens, in order to investigate cultural history and ethnicity using contemporary ools. A clash of digital and analog cultures determines a hybrid aesthetic of history and ethnicity, the artists say.

Dieng is a Senegalese artist now living in Portland who uses mixed media, painting, photography and installation to focus on issues of race, social status, gender and belonging. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, Brussels, Paris, New York, Madrid and other cities and was listed as a Critic’s Pick on, based in New York City. He is an assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), and founder and curator of Worksound Gallery. Dieng received his BFA from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Senegal, in 1995, and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006.

Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado lives and works in Portland, Ore. In the first several years of his young career, he has exhibited extensively, with a focus on alternative spaces and community activism. VanHouten-Maldonado has been involved with important local projects such as These Prison Walls. He has also been involved in international projects such as Global Studios in Dakar, Senegal. In 2012, VanHouten-Maldonado created The Bunker, an alternative art space dedicated to experimental exhibitions.

The exhibit will run through March 16. For more information, call ext. 2804.



Pioneer Hall on the McMinnville CampusThree Linfield College professors will discuss research in the areas of communication, nursing and psychology during “A Sampler of Faculty Research” Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Susan Currie Sivek, assistant professor of mass communication; Melissa Jones, assistant professor of nursing; and Yanna Weisberg, assistant professor of psychology, will each present information about their research.

Sivek will speak on “Packaging Inspiration: Al Qaeda’s Digital Magazine and Self-Radicalization.” Inspire magazine, a digital publication of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, seeks to motivate potential terrorists to carry out attacks in the West. The magazine has seemed to be effective, resulting in its connection to a number of recent plots. Sivek will discuss the magazine’s potential for aiding prospective terrorists through the self-radicalization process. Sivek, at Linfield since 2011, holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, and a master’s and Ph.D. from University of Texas.

Jones will present “Influence of Generational Differences on Learning in the Online Classroom.” In response to increasing enrollment in RN-BSN programs, schools of nursing are developing online and distance curricula. As more experienced nurses return to higher education, knowledge development related to generational diversity is needed to address the unique needs of RN-BSN students in the online classroom. Jones’ study looks at the gap in nursing education research related to learning and the diversity of students from a generational perspective. Jones, a member of the Linfield faculty since 2009, holds a bachelor’s from Salish Kootenai College, and a master’s from Oregon Health & Sciences University, and she is currently completing doctoral studies at Capella University.

Weisberg will present “Becoming a Different Person: Personality Change Due to Self and Others.” Can people change their personalities to become more like how they want to be? In a study of young adults, Weisberg investigated how and why personality can change over four months. Results show that personality can and does change, and that this change is an effect of both what the individual wants and outside influences. Weisberg has been at Linfield since 2011, and holds two bachelor’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

For more information, call ext. 2409.



Roosevelt MontasRoosevelt Montás, director of the Center for the Core Curriculum and associate dean at Columbia University, will present “Education for Freedom: Access and the Promise of Democratic Citizenship” at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in 201 Riley Hall.

Lunch, available on a first-come first-served basis, will be served at 11:45 a.m., and the lecture will begin at noon.

Montás will discuss the relationship between liberal education and good citizenship. His research is focused on Antebellum American literature and culture, with a specific interest in citizenship and American national identity. His dissertation, “Rethinking America: Abolitionism and the Antebellum Transformation of the Discourse of National Identity,” won the 2004 Bancroft Award. Montás is currently writing on the interrelated biographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass and Charles Sumner. He also lectures and writes on the history and future of liberal arts education.

For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, ext. 2246,



Robert Michael PyleAcclaimed author Robert Michael Pyle will read from his new book, The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion, on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

The Tangled Bank, published in October by Oregon State University Press, explores Pyle’s fascination with every aspect of his surroundings. He begins with Charles Darwin’s vision of “a tangled bank” as a window on the world, and goes on to show how every living thing is always changing and interesting, with new information to give. Pyle’s 52 essays, which appeared in Orion magazine over 10 years, concern themselves as much with our own species as with others.

Pyle is the author of 16 books and hundreds of papers and essays including Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place and Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage. In 2010 he published Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year, chronicling his adventures across the continent in 2008 to view and document as many of the native American butterflies as possible.

Pyle lives across the Columbia from Astoria with his wife, Thea. A Guggenheim Fellow and founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, he loves to discuss butterflies, slugs and Big Foot. Pyle holds a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517.



Music Professor Anna Song and Linfield Concert Choir The Linfield College Concert Choir will present the final concert from their Costa Rica tour Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

The choir took part in a 10-day concert tour to Costa Rica, Feb. 2-12, where they performed for and interacted with various communities along the way, sharing music, providing service and engaging in cultural exchange. A video of the tour will be shown at the concert.

Under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music, the program will include pieces by Rheinberger, Mendelssohn, Sweelinck and Copland, as well as folk songs from Costa Rica, Aruba, New Zealand and America. The program will also include performances on trumpet by Joan Paddock, professor of music, and organ by Chris Engbretson, visiting assistant professor of music.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held June 21-22 at Patton Middle School in McMinnville. Join the Linfield College team, in its 14th year, by registering here. If you are not able to participate, donations are also accepted.

For more information, contact co-captains Suzanne Frum,, ext. 2618 or Lisa McKinney,, ext. 2713.



Michael Leahy, visiting associate professor of health sciences, spoke at the 2012 State of Reform Health Policy Conference Dec. 13 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. He was part of a three-person panel on “Coordinated Care Organizations: Reforming the Delivery System.”

Lex Runciman, professor of English, has recently published poems in these venues: Elohi Gadugi Journal (Fall 2012), Cloudbank (Winter 2013), Revival Journal (Limerick, Ireland, #24), New Verse News (Jan. 30, 2013) and for The Gettysburg Review (Spring 2013).

Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, will facilitate Journal to the Self workshops for cancer patients at Compass Oncology in Portland.




11:50 a.m.: SOAN Voices, Dillin

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: San Francisco Guitar Quartet, “Meet the Musicians,” Delkin


Noon: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. PLU

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis at PLU

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

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

8 p.m.: San Francisco Guitar Quartet, Ice


2 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Lewis & Clark

3 p.m.: Artist reception, Modou Dieng and Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado, Linfield Gallery

4 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Whitman

6 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Whitman