Linfield Reports, 2/24/14


Ezgi Tanriver '14Linfield College senior Ezgi Tanriver will present “Turkey: The Bridge Between Asia and Europe” Monday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Tanriver, an international student from Turkey, will share insights about her country during the presentation including historical background, culture, dance and food. She will also discuss specific points of interest, and locations to visit while there.

The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth, ext. 2434,



Chris BallardChris Ballard, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, will present “The Power of Storytelling” on Monday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Ballard will discuss the power of narrative to sway the hearts and minds of readers. Using examples from the literary world and his own career, Ballard will deconstruct the architecture of successful nonfiction stories and explain how they can be utilized to introduce and advance ideas. He will explain how to think cinematically, develop characters, identify flash points and create rising action. Ballard will also discuss how to apply storytelling tools to create a compelling narrative.

Since joining Sports Illustrated in 2000, Ballard has covered the NBA and the NFL, written more than 20 cover stories, penned the back page “Point After” column and produced features on a wide range of topics. In 2012, Ballard was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in profile writing for a piece on a Jehovah’s Witness struggling to choose between religion, his family and basketball. His work has won a National Headliner Award, the Joanie Award and the Henry Luce Award for outstanding story, the highest annual honor at Time Inc.

Ballard’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and New York Times Magazine. He is the author of One Shot at Forever, Hoops Nation,”The Butterfly Hunter and The Art of a Beautiful Game. In addition to One Shot at Forever, four of his magazine stories have been optioned for film, including one that is currently in production at Lionsgate Studios. Ballard is currently working as a consultant on two of the films. He holds degrees from Pomona College and Columbia University.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield College Departments of Mass Communication, English and Political Science, as well as the sport management major and Linfield Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Pat Cottrell at



Sarah MirkSarah Mirk, a journalist and editor for Bitch Media, will present “Five Bright Ideas in Feminist Media” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Mirk will discuss five ideas in current feminist media and illustrate the ideas using powerful art and projects that activist groups have created over the past year in the United States. She will also talk about how journalism and feminism are both dynamic and alive, despite discussions about their decline.

Mirk is a multimedia journalist who focuses on gender, politics and history. Besides working as the online editor for Bitch Media, she writes daily pop culture articles, hosts the podcast Popaganda and runs the magazine’s social media. Previously, Mirk has worked as a staff reporter for The Portland Mercury and The Stranger. She is the author of Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules, due for release this summer. Mirk graduated from Grinnell College in 2008.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield College Mass Communication Department and Linfield College Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Susan Currie Sivek, ext. 2521 or



Linfield CollegeFour Linfield alumni will participate in a panel discussion focused on the business world Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall.

Peter Fisher ’95, partner for Human Investing; Samantha Lau ’12, marketing coordinator at Rex Hill/A to Z Vineyards; Joe Murray ’08, global merchandising manager for NFL Apparel, Nike; and Brenna Patterson ’12, sales and marketing coordinator for Ponzi Vineyards, will make up the panel.

The alumni will discuss their career paths and provide insights and advice. The panel is sponsored by Delta Mu Delta business honorary.

For more information, call Tyler Laird-Magee at ext. 2243 or



Happy Birthday LinfieldA time capsule and Wildcat naming contest will be two of the highlights of Happy Birthday Linfield Thursday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

The celebration, hosted by the Linfield Student Alumni Association (SAA), honors Linfield’s 156th Birthday. The campus community is invited to the party, which will include a time capsule, cake, games, prizes and photos with the Wildcat. The history archives are compiling the memories of students from 2013. Bring pictures and artifacts to add to Linfield’s rich history.

In addition, participants are welcome to submit names for consideration in the Name the Wildcat contest. Go to for more information. Follow activities throughout the day at @LinfieldCollege and @LinfieldSAA, and use the hashtag #HBDLinfield.

Linfield joins nearly 100 schools participating in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day. The initiative is designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses. Institutions from the United States, England, Canada, Australia and other countries will participate.

For more information, contact Heidi Reeley, at or ext. 2282.


Pioneer Hall at Linfield CollegeJoelle Murray, associate professor of physics, will present “From radioactivity to quark-gluon plasma: an overview of nuclear physics” during the Linfield College Science Colloquium Thursday, Feb. 27, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Nuclear technologies span many areas of modern life, such as warfare, energy and medicine. But where did all of these technologies and more originate? Beginning with the discovery of radioactivity through current areas research, nuclear physics has a long history of surprising, fundamental and useful discoveries. This history provides a framework for understanding what we know about nuclear physics, how that knowledge was developed, and the questions being asked today.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heath, ext. 2267,



Hand2Mouth TheatreLinfield will host Hand2Mouth Theatre’s production of My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre.

My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow, directed by Jonathan Walters, H2M artistic director, is a one-woman performance by Erin Leddy, an H2M ensemble member who also wrote the production. The production is based on the memoirs of Leddy’s grandmother, Sarah Braveman. Braveman was an actress in New York for more than 40 years, performing throughout the Northeast from the 1950s through the 1980s. Leddy lived with her grandmother in 2001, during which time she recorded Braveman’s audio memoirs and began to conceive of a solo performance that would eventually become My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow, which is a meditation on consciousness, memory, loss, fear and the creative process.

While on campus, Leddy will also work with Linfield theatre students. She has been a H2M company member for the last 10 years, creating, performing and touring new productions for the Portland-based theatre company during that time. Leddy has played a key role in the creation of 15 original H2M productions with a special focus on arranging and composing songs, as well as creating teaching choreography. She received her bachelor’s from Emerson College, where she worked with both the radio and theatre departments.

This production is free. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. It is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield and the Linfield College Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information, call ext. 2802 or visit


Linfield CollegeLinfield will host an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 5, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College. The event is sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office. For more information, contact David Massey at ext. 2259,







Chris DombrowskiAward-winning poet Chris Dombrowski will present a reading from his book Earth Again on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library. It is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series.

Dombrowski is the winner of the Associated Writing Programs Intro Award, Alligator Juniper’s National Poetry Prize and a writing fellowship from the UCross Foundation. His publications include the chapbook Fragments with Dusk in Them, the collection By Cold Water, which was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year award, and Earth Again.

His work has been published in Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry as well as appearing in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Making Poems, Michigan Quarterly Review and Poetry. Dombrowski has also taught creative writing at The University of Montana, Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Missoula Writing Collaborative and the 406 Writers Workshop.

The lecture is sponsored by Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at ext. 2517,



Cuentame Coyote, Russell J. Young PhotographyLinfield will host the Teatro Milagro production of Cuéntame Coyote on Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre.

Cuéntame Coyote, written and directed by Dañel Malán, follows the journey of two cousins abandoned in the desert as they risk their lives in a border crossing adventure of courage and perseverance. The play is based on sacred stories and migrant tales collected from the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona.

Malán co-founded the Miracle Theatre Group in 1985 with her husband Jose Eduardo Gonzalez, and created the bilingual touring program Teatro Milagro in 1989. She has written and produced many productions, including Frida, un retablo, B’aktun 13, Duende de Lorca, El Ultimo and Zapatista. She has also worked collaboratively to design bilingual curriculum for K-12 schools, colleges and community groups and is currently working on her master’s in curriculum design at Portland State University. The 2014 tour of Teatro Milagro is possible thanks to the support of Juan Young Trust, Bloomfield Family Foundation, Carpenter Foundation, Target and The Ventura Group, Inc.

The cast of Cuéntame Coyote includes Alida Holguin Wilson-Gunn as Maria, Nathaniel Patterson as El Coyote, Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi as Jose and Mariel Sierra as multiple characters. Wilson-Gunn has been working as the director of Borderlands Theater’s education outreach programs in Arizona for the past seven seasons. Patterson is an actor, director, playwright and designer currently working toward his master’s degree in theatre at Portland State University. Terrazas-Tripathi, in his fourth year performing with the Milagro touring company as a performer and teaching artist, assists with grant writing and development efforts and holds a theatre arts degree from Oregon State University. Sierra began her theatre education at Studio East Training for the Performing Arts. While there, she participated in Young Actors Professional Intensive and spent three summers teaching in youth camps.

The Miracle Theatre Group’s outreach and performances give voice to issues affecting the local and national Hispanic community. Miracle Theatre also collaborates with local and regional human and social service agencies to address important issues impacting health, education and cultural sensitivity.

The production is free. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. It is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield and the Linfield College Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information, call ext. 2802 or visit



Michael Leahy, visiting associate professor of health sciences, presented “Global Health Information – Past, Present, Potential” at Moi University Medical School in Eldoret, Kenya, Jan. 23. Leahy and Tara Lepp, professor of health and human performance, led nine nursing and health students on a January Term course, “Healthcare in Kenya.”




4 p.m.: “Turkey: The Bridge Between Asia and Europe,” Jonasson

5:30 p.m.: Chris Ballard, “The Power of Storytelling,” 201 Riley


Noon: ASL table, Dillin

4 p.m.: French table, Fred Meyer Lounge

5:30 p.m.: Sarah Mirk, “Five Bright Ideas in Feminist Media,” 201 Riley

6:30 p.m.: Alumni business panel, 219 T.J. Day


Noon: German language table, Dillin

4:30 p.m.: Japanese language table, Fred Meyer Lounge


11 a.m.: Happy Birthday Linfield, Fred Meyer Lounge

4:10 p.m.: Joelle Murray, Science Colloquium, 105 Murdock


Today and tomorrow: Track and field vs. Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Alma

7:30 p.m.: My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow, Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Pacific Lutheran Invitation

11 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Puget Sound

11 a.m.: Baseball at Pacific

Noon: Men’s tennis at Puget Sound

Noon: Softball at George Fox


Noon: Baseball at Pacific

Noon: Softball vs. Pacific

2 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pomona-Pitzer