Linfield Reports, 2/27/12


A screening of the film “Miss Representation” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College. The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion.

The film addresses the relationship between mainstream media and the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in the U.S.

A panel discussion regarding the issues in the film will be moderated by Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English and co-coordinator of the gender studies program. Panelists will include Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science; Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science; Jennifer Linder, associate professor of psychology; and Mary Stern, Yamhill County commissioner.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Orr, professor of sociology, at



The Linfield College Math Department will host an Alumni and Career Panel Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. in 106 Taylor Hall. The presentation will feature advice and career information from four math graduates including Pam Canady ’04, mathematics teacher at McMinnville High School; Jennifer Halttunen ’08, actuarial analyst; Alex Mueller ’09, Cognos framework developer and application engineer; and Andrew Nelson ’09, an analyst at Human Investing. For more information, contact 503-883-2654,



Richard H. Waring, distinguished emeritus professor of forest ecology at Oregon State University, will speak on the effects of climate change Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Waring will present “Effects of Climate Change on our Forests and Options for the Future.” He is the author of numerous publications, including Forest Ecosystems: Concepts and Management. His research focuses on environmental change on forest productivity and biodiversity across landscapes and regions.

Waring began his distinguished career as a research assistant at the Quetico-Superior Wilderness Research Center in 1953. He went on to earn a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in botany with a minor in soils from the University of California, Berkeley, joining the faculty at OSU in 1963. In addition to working within the OSU School of Forestry until 2001, Waring worked with NASA and conducted research during sabbaticals in Canberra, Australia, Edinburgh, Scotland, Innsbruck, Austria, and Uppsala, Sweden.

The lecture is sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lectureship Fund. It honors Dirks-Edmunds, a professor of biology at Linfield from 1941 to 1974. The endowment is used to bring speakers to campus to address critical environmental concerns and biological issues, and to support student-faculty collaborative research. Dirks-Edmunds recognized the importance of ecological issues and humanity’s impact on nature long before environmental issues became part of the public agenda. For more information, call 503-883-2221.



Malcolm Greenlees, the Glenn L. and Helen S. Jackson professor of business, will present “Culture, Countries and Casinos” on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall at Linfield.

Greenlees will discuss the differences in business between Southeast Asia and the United States. He will also address how cultural differences affect gaming in casinos, why Macau’s casino revenue has become five times the size of the Las Vegas strip and how Singapore has exceeded the strip in just two years.

“I’m blown away by the tremendous differences in culture,” said Greenlees, who will present a photo slideshow along with his talk. “Each country has something very unique about it. Different cultures simply play different games.”

Greenlees came to Linfield in 1984 when he began teaching courses in managerial accounting, cost accounting, auditing and other related topics. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Washington. In addition to teaching, he is also the author of several books and articles dealing with economics and financial management including Casino Accounting and Financial Management. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Educator for Oregon Award and the Linfield College International Ambassador Award.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield International Programs Office. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth at or 503-883-2434.



Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will present “The College: Our Shining City on the Hill” Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Townsend, the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, is an attorney who has written articles that connect faith to the push for a fairer society. She authored Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing their Way, a book about faith and contemporary politics that calls for spiritual renewal.

Townsend will be in residence on the Linfield College campus March 5-9, where she will attend classes and meet with students. Her visit is sponsored by the President’s Office and the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, a program that supports small liberal arts colleges by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives for the purpose of discussion and learning.

Townsend served as the first women lieutenant governor of Maryland, from 1995-2003. Prior to that appointment she was the deputy assistant attorney general of the United States. She founded the Maryland Student Service Alliance to make Maryland the first, and still the only, state that requires young people to engage in community service as a condition of graduation. While serving as lieutenant governor, she helped institute the office of Character Education, to help youth become responsible, engaged citizens. Townsend also helped launch the nationally acclaimed Police Corps, a program that gives college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduating.

Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Points of Light Foundation. As chairwoman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, she created the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. In 2010 she became the chair of American Bridge, a nonprofit organization that supports Democratic candidates and causes.

Townsend has appeared on Meet the Press, the Colbert Report, Larry King and Greta Van Susteran. She has taught at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, where she focused her efforts on faith and public life.

For more information, call 503-883-2202.



Have a flat bike tire and need a new tube? Stop by the Linfield Bike Co-Op, located on College Avenue, for all your bike needs. Service is free, although there is a charge for parts. Borrow a loaner bike for up to a week free of charge. Spring semester hours are:

Monday: 6-9:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 4-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Noon-3 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.

Friday: 12:30-2:30 p.m.



Art work by Liz Obert, associate professor of art, “Latitude 45 and Longitude 122,” is on display through Sunday, March 4, in the Studio Gallery in Miller Fine Arts Center. Beginning in April, her work can be seen in the Blue Sky’s Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, Portland, Oregon, juried selection 2012. Obert’s work will also be included in the “9 X 12” exhibition at Pen-Club Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 24-Sept. 15.




4 p.m.: Math alumni panel, 106 Taylor

6 p.m.: “Miss Representation” film screening, Ice


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

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Malcolm Greenlees, “Culture, Countries and Casinos,” Jonasson

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Richard Waring, “Effects of Climate Change on our Forests and Options for the Future,” Ice


11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

4 p.m. Japanese language table, 304 Walker


Today and tomorrow: Track and field, Linfield Erik Anderson Icebreaker

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

Noon: French language table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Pacific Lutheran

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Pacific Lutheran


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

Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at The Coast Open

11 a.m.: Baseball at Pacific

Noon: Softball at Lewis and Clark

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Redlands

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Willamette

3 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Willamette


Noon: Baseball at Pacific

Noon: Softball vs. Pacific

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Puget Sound