Linfield Reports, 2/13/12


Guatamalan housingJeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology, will present “X-treme Housing Assessment in Guatemala” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

As Habitat for Humanity changes its focus from producing new houses to also improving houses, data are needed to measure the impact of houses, but also to produce the organizational change required to meet the housing needs of Guatemala. Changes are analyzed using a three-year survey, examining the health and economic impact of a HFH-G house on 250 families in five states. However, the survey is also used to produce organizational change, sending coded messages to the field staff regarding the change in mission, distribution of resources, and their roles in working on the constructed environment in both urban and rural communities. Peterson’s presentation examines the navigation of this complex assessment process in the field.

Peterson joined the Linfield faculty in 1994, after earning his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He has an extensive background in guiding students into the rigors of fieldwork conducted both domestically and abroad, including month-long courses in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, as well as a homelessness immersion experience in Portland. He has served as field director for the college’s semester-long field schools in Cuernavaca and Oaxaca, Mexico, a program he and Ron Mills, Linfield professor of art, helped establish. Peterson continues an ongoing collaborative research program with students on entrepreneurship within the Willamette Valley Latino community.

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.



Inuit DollAn exhibit featuring historical Arctic items, “Expressions of Arctic Traditions,” will kick off with an opening reception Thursday, Feb. 16, at noon in the foyer of Walker Hall at Linfield. The exhibit will run through May at the Linfield College Anthropology Museum.

In the Inuktitut language, “to make poetry” is the same as “to breathe,” and art and life are interchangeable. Curated by Keni Sturgeon, adjunct professor of sociology and anthropology, with objects on loan from the Jensen Arctic Museum, “Expressions of Arctic Traditions” presents objects from the Arctic dating from pre-contact to present day. The objects represent three of the branches of Arctic people: the Inuit of Canada and Greenland, the Yup’ik of Southern Alaska and the Inupiat of Northern Alaska. The pieces are drawn from some of the collections donated to the Jensen Arctic Museum over the years, and several come from Gerald McCray Sr., a McMinnville resident.

The works on display reveal the connectedness between the human and animal worlds – or rather, humans’ dependence on animals, which is the basis of life in the Arctic – as well as the interconnection between people and the Arctic environment. Objects include Yup’ik masks, fur parkas, stone and ivory carvings, baskets, prints and photography.

The museum is free and open to the public. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Sturgeon at



Pioneer HallThe Office of Admission will host over 300 admitted high school seniors on Sunday, Feb. 19, for Competitive Scholarship Day. The day is an invitation-only event and participants take an academic exam and compete for scholarships that range between $10,000–$16,000 (awarded over four years). Students are invited to stay overnight and attend class on Monday, Feb. 20. See a full agenda at






Richard Etulain photo credit Brian LibbyNoted historian Richard W. Etulain, the 2012 Linfield College Ericksen lecturer, will present two upcoming talks at Linfield.

Etulain, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, will present “With Malice Toward None” on Monday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 in T.J. Day Hall 219. His talk will focus on Lincoln’s vision for post-Civil War political reconciliation, based on Etulain’s forthcoming book on Lincoln and also drawing on a presentation for the Oregon Humanities “Conversation Project,” with which he is affiliated.

Etulain will also present the annual Ericksen lecture, “Wallace Stegner: Wise Man of the American West,” Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Etulain, an award-winning author and public speaker, specializes in the history and culture of the American West, the modern U.S. and Abraham Lincoln. He is the author or editor of more than 45 books including Conversations: Wallace Stegner on History and Literature. Wallace Stegner, who died in 1993, was an American historian, author and environmentalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972.

Etulain has been involved in public humanities and historical programs for nearly four decades. Originally a high school instructor of social studies and English, he completed a doctorate and spent the next 35 years as a classroom instructor in history, English and American Studies at Northwest Nazarene College (now University), Idaho State University and the University of New Mexico. Etulain has served on state humanities boards in Idaho and New Mexico, and received New Mexico’s annual Outstanding Humanist Award. He has lectured in several countries including as a Fulbright lecturer in the Ukraine in 2004. Etulain holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

The lectures are sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund and are free and open to the public. Ericksen, professor emeritus of English at Linfield, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring speakers to campus for several days to work with faculty and students and to present a public lecture. For more information, call 503-883-2210.



Leonard PittsPulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts will present “Owning What You Know,” a lecture about “truthiness” in the media, Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Since 1994, Pitts has penned a syndicated column of commentary on pop culture, social issues and family life. Now, twice each week, millions of newspaper readers around the country seek out his rich and uncommonly resonant voice. In a word, he connects with them.

His book, Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, was released in May 1999 and reissued in paperback in June 2006. His critically-acclaimed first novel, Before I Forget, was released in 2009, and a collection of his columns, Forward From This Moment, was published that same year.

Pitts’ work has appeared in such publications as Musician, Spin, Reader’s Digest and Parenting. He wrote, produced and syndicated Who We Are, an award-winning 1988 radio documentary about the history of Black America, and has written and produced numerous other radio programs on subjects as diverse as Madonna and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2004, Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In 2009 and 2002, GLAAD Media awarded Pitts the Outstanding Newspaper Columnist award. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awarded Pitts its inaugural Columnist of the Year award. Other recognitions include the prestigious ASNE Award for Commentary Writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Feature of the Year ̶ Columnist award from Editor and Publisher magazine, both in 2001.

Millions of readers were initially introduced to Pitts through a column he penned in response to the 9/11 attacks. His defiant, open letter to the terrorists circulated the globe, generating 30,000 emails, and has since been set to music, reprinted in poster form, and quoted on television and radio.

The Linfield lecture, held in honor of Black History Month, is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Nicholson Library, Department of Mass Communications, President’s Office, Student Affairs and Multicultural Programs. For event information, call 503-883-2202.



Craig CramerThe Linfield Chamber Orchestra will feature celebrated organist Craig Cramer on Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. at Linfield. He will present a pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m., and a reception will follow the concert.

Cramer will perform on Linfield’s Alice Clement Memorial Organ, built in 1969 with resonant tones produced by more than 2,300 pipes and three divisions.

Professor of organ at Notre Dame in Indiana, Cramer performs in cathedrals and concert halls throughout the world, and is a frequent guest on American Public Radio. In the U.S., he has performed in 46 states and been named winner of a national organ recital competition, the Fort Wayne Competition. He is featured on 15 CD recordings.

The “Revelation and Interpretation Concert” selections will include work by Johann Christian Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Ethel Smyth and contemporary composers Joel Martinson and Toni Zahnbrecher. This is not the first time Cramer has celebrated the music of baroque composer J.S. Bach. In 2000 he performed a series of all-Bach recitals in 38 cities across the U.S. and Europe.

The concert will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. The pre-concert lecture and reception will be in Jonasson Hall, in the same building.

Single reserved tickets are $27. General admission is $20, and $5 for students K-12. For more information, contact 503-833-2637 or



Molly GlossThe award-winning book The Jump-Off Creek by Molly Gloss will be featured in this year’s MacReads program.

In its eighth year, MacReads is a community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates in a presentation by the author. Schools, book clubs and residents throughout Yamhill County are encouraged to participate in the program. MacReads will conclude with a reading by Gloss on Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library at Linfield College. Gloss’ talk will track the public perception and the reality of the lives of women homesteaders, and other independent women across an historical and literary spectrum. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is open to the public.

The story of The Jump-Off Creek highlights the life and struggles of Lydia Bennett Sanderson, a hardship-honed widow, homesteading in the backcountry of Oregon in 1895. As the months pass, there is good and ill fortune, the exchange of fair-and-square favors and, at the close, a long road back from trial and grief. The Los Angeles Times called the book “A classic of its kind.”

Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian who resides in Portland. She was raised in rural Oregon in the 1950s and began her writing career with Western novels. Her novel The Jump-Off Creek was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for American Fiction, and a winner of both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Oregon Book Award. In 1996, Gloss was a recipient of a Whiting Writers Award. Some of her other work includes The Dazzle of Day, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and was awarded the PEN Center West Fiction Prize.

MacReads uses a common book to create community conversations that cross lines of generation and acquaintance. It is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library, Third Street Books and the Linfield English Department and is open to all interested persons or groups. Books will be available at Third Street Books, McMinnville Public Library and Linfield’s Nicholson Library. Dates of the community discussions will be announced later.

For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, library director, 503-883-2517.



Local youth are invited to enroll in KidFit, an after-school program promoting good nutrition and physical activities for ages 7-17.

KidFit will be held March 1 through April 26, Mondays and Thursdays, from 3:45-5:45 p.m. in 112 HHPA. Cost is $20 and scholarships are available. Register Friday, Feb. 24, 4-6 p.m. in 112 HHPA or email



Four Linfield nursing students were recently elected to serve on the 2012-13 Oregon Student Nurses Association Board of Directors. They include Mariah Blodgett ’13, convention director; Jayna Braden ’13, breath through to nursing director; Sarah Edmiston ’13, community outreach director; and Casey Johnston ’13, secretary.

Edna Kovacs, English Language and Culture Program instructor, is facilitating journal writing workshops at Compass Oncology, St. Vincent’s West, this spring.




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

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

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker


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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

4 p.m. Japanese language table, 304 Walker


11:30 a.m.: Japanese language table, Dillin

Noon: French language table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at George Fox

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball at George Fox


6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Puget Sound

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Puget Sound


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