Linfield Reports, 2/27/17

Engel to spend day with nursing students, faculty

Linfield College Portland CampusMarcus Engel, bestselling author and speaker, will meet with students and present a lecture Monday, Feb. 27 at the Linfield College School of Nursing.

He will present “The Other End of the Stethoscope” at 9 a.m. for Semester One nursing students, and again at 4 p.m. in 110 Peterson Hall for the entire Portland Campus community. There will be an opportunity to purchase his books following the afternoon presentation.

Engel inspires and empowers audiences nationwide. His extraordinary story of recovery after being blinded and catastrophically injured by a drunk driver challenges individuals to achieve success by making intelligent choices. His memoir, “After This…An Inspirational Journey for All the Wrong Reasons,” chronicles his amazing journey.

As a college freshman, Engel was blinded and nearly killed after being struck by a drunk driver. Through two years of rehab, more than 300 hours of reconstructive facial surgery and adaptation through a multitude of life changes, Engel remained committed to his goal of recapturing life. His story is the basis for “The Drop,” a multi-award winning short film, and is currently in development as a feature film.

For more information, contact Jackie Webb, 503-413-7190.


Happy birthday, Linfield! College turns 159

Happy Birthday Linfield 2016It’s time to celebrate Linfield’s birthday and there’s plenty of cake to go around!

The Linfield community will celebrate Happy Birthday, Linfield! on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield.

The celebration, hosted by Linfield for Life – Student Alumni Association, is honoring Linfield’s 159th birthday and the campus community is invited to the party to enjoy cake, music, a photo booth and more.

Follow activities throughout the day at @LinfieldCollege and @LinfieldforLife, and use the hashtag #HBDLinfield.

For more information, contact Mariah Torres at 503-883-2282 or


Core Ensemble to present ‘Ain’t I a Woman!’

Aint I A WomanIn celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Core Ensemble will present “Ain’t I a Woman!” on Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. In “Ain’t I a Woman!” actress Shayla Simmons portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.

“Ain’t I a Woman!” celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women – renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex–slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, folk artist Clementine Hunter and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age and contemporary concert music by African Americans. “Ain’t I a Woman!” is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of  four passionate and accomplished women.

This is Core Ensemble’s third visit to Linfield. Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine and the British Virgin Islands. It has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

The performance is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series, the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, and the Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2802. The Lacroute Arts Series is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor.


Mary Sully’s artwork focus of Jonasson lecture

Phil DeloriaPhilip Deloria, a Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan, will present “Towards an American Indian Abstract: The Art and Politics of Mary Sully” on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Between the late 1920s and mid 1940s, Dakota Sioux artist Mary Sully created a unique portfolio of art, completely unknown to contemporary American or American Indian art history.  Deeply engaged with modernist art and design, and with indigenous women’s traditions of the Northern Plains, Sully’s work is both aesthetically pleasing and conceptually challenging. In this talk, Deloria will offer close readings of several images in order to make the case that Sully’s art both belongs in, and alters, the canon of American and American Indian arts of the twentieth century, and that its engagement with ‘culture and personality’ anthropology helped produce a politics visible in both form and content.

Deloria received a Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University in 1994. His research focuses on the social, cultural and political histories of the relations between American Indians and the United States. His 1998 prize-winning book “Playing India,” traced ‘Indian play’ from the Boston Tea Party to the New Age movement, while his 2004 book “Indians in Unexpected Places,” examined the ideologies surrounding Indian people in the early twentieth century and the ways Native Americans challenged them through sports, travel, auto-mobility, film and musical performance. Deloria is a former president of the American Studies Association, a past trustee of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture that honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history, who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote “Bricks Without Straw,” a history of the college.

For more information contact Lissa Wadewitz at 503-883-2719 or


Lecture to address International wine marketing

Alex GambalBurgundy vineyard owner Alex Gambal will share his experience and global perspective of international wine marketing during a lecture on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield College.

Gambal is the owner of Maison Alex Gambal in Burgundy, France. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 1979, Gambal quickly began a career in real estate in Washington, D.C. Because of his passion for Burgundy, he left the world of real estate to explore the Cote D’Or. During his exploration he attended viticulture school in Beaune, and in 1997 founded Maison Alex Gambal, an estate-based, biodynamic producer in Burgundy. Following the creation of his winery, he continued to acquire vineyard land in Burgundy and became the first foreigner to purchase vineyards in the Grand Crus of Puligny and Chassagne.

Currently, Maison Alex Gambal produces approximately 6,000 cases of wine a year, 55 percent of which is white. The range of his appellations extends from Bourgogne Pinot Noir and Bourgogne Chardonnay, Village, Premier Crus and Grand Crus; such as his Batard-Montrachet, Corton- Charlemagne Clos Vougeot and Latricieres-Chambertin. Maison Alex Gambal now exports to 20 countries around the world.

The talk, part of the Linfield College Wine Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2766.

Marine sponge research talk set

Jeremy Weisz, professor of biologyJeremy Weisz, associate professor of biology at Linfield College, will present “Symbiosis in the Sea: Studying Relationships between Marine Sponges and Marine Microbes” on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Weisz will share his recent work on Florida sponges, especially the bioeroding sponge Cliona varians, and their unique symbioses with microbes. He will discuss how sponges enter into mutualistic interactions with bacteria and algae to reduce their need to filter feed.  Weisz will share how Cliona sponges use these symbiotic interactions to erode the coral reef, in ways that are both harmful and beneficial to the reef.

Weisz, a Linfield professor since 2010, received a bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the 2016 Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award given at Linfield. He also received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund research with Linfield students and has also worked to bring to Linfield the Small World Initiative, a national program which engages students with real-world microbial research.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Linfield Theatre to perform ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

Circle Mirror Transformation“Circle Mirror Transformation,” Annie Baker’s 2009 Obie award–winning play, will be presented March 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield College.

When four lost New Englanders enroll in Marty’s community center drama class and begin to experiment with harmless theatre games, hearts are quietly torn apart and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The eclectic assortment of characters include Marty, the teacher, her husband James, a recently divorced carpenter, a reticent high schooler and a former actress. This is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Stephanie Mulligan, a 2013 Linfield graduate, is the guest director. She is a stage director in both the professional and educational arenas. Based in the Pacific Northwest, she has been a frequent participant in international programming, through which she has collaborated with theatre artists in India, Vietnam and Australia. She returns to Vietnam this summer as an Arts Envoy of the U.S. Department of State.

Cast members include Ben Bartu, Joella Cordell, Antoine Johnson, Bailey Sipila and Arianna Strong, with scenic and lighting design by Ty Marshall, costume design by Laurel Peterson and sound design by Rob Vaughn. Alyssa Lawrence is stage manager.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at Tickets will be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Tuesday, March 7. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on performance days.

For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.


Linfield to offer music workshop for K-12 educators

Linfield College Music DepartmentA workshop aimed at providing new and innovative approaches to teaching music is open to local elementary educators and Linfield College students.

Little Kids Rock will partner with Linfield to share popular music education techniques with K-12 students on Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Woolley Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center at Linfield.

Dozens of music students and elementary education majors from Linfield, along with local elementary educators, will gather to widen the door to music participation for all students and rock out with their peers. This workshop prepares educators to reach and connect with their students through the program, which teaches students the popular musical styles of the past 60 years, from rock and reggae to Latin and R&B, among other genres. The program complements existing music electives such as jazz band, choral ensembles, marching band and orchestra.

The workshop is created by Little Kids Rock, a provider of free instruments and music instruction to U.S. Public Schools, and hosted by Linfield Professor Anna Song. Attendees will receive professional development from Bryan Powell, director of higher education at Little Kids Rock.

The workshop is free to attend. Participants are asked to bring guitars, if possible. Registration deadline is Monday, March 13. For more information, contact Song at 503-883-2406 or


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