Linfield Reports, 2/6/12


Church of Totem art exhibitAn opening reception for “Church of Totem,” featuring recent works by McMinnville-based artist Totem, will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. The first of a series of audience-inspired collaborative performances scheduled for the duration of the exhibition will begin at 8 p.m. The reception and performance will be held in the Linfield Gallery, and the show runs through March 17.

Totem, Linfield adjunct professor of art, is an accomplished woodcarver whose creations reflect indigenous cultures and portray a pronounced reverence for the natural world. Totem’s more recent pieces are imbued with a Cubist-style movement and musicality.

Totem has created an artist’s sanctuary that features the “Church of Totem” and includes new woodcarvings, photography and installation art. The collection resides somewhere between traditional indigenous design and contemporary graffiti art, and each piece, he says, approaches the same question: What would I want on the walls of my church? Totem’s body of iconography and symbols represent his current beliefs and contradictions.

“There is a good deal of mystery in art-making,” Totem said. “I try to get out of the way and be a channel for something deeper than words.”

Totem invites viewers to insert their own experiences, both mentally and physically, by bringing copies of family photos that will be pinned to the gallery wall, forming a collaborative installation.

Every Friday night at 7 p.m. for the duration of the exhibition, Totem will host a public meeting in the gallery. These events will be free-form, collaborative gatherings of the community that will feature musical and art performances, and impromptu discussions.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 503- 883-2804.



Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology at Linfield College, will present “X-treme Housing Assessment in Guatemala,” Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Riley Hall 201 at Linfield. For more information, call 503-883-2409.



Inuit Doll at the Linfield Anthropology MuseumAn 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 Hall at Linfield CollegeNoted 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.



Members of the Math Department are getting settled into newly renovated Taylor Hall this week, as the building reopened for spring semester classes. Math Alley has been relocated to the spacious central area on the second floor. The hall features new trim and finishes along with energy efficient windows in the original architectural style and ADA updates. All classrooms feature contemporary technology. A small courtyard was added on the east side of the building featuring seating and additional bicycle parking. HVAC work in the attic spaces will take place this summer. Taylor was formerly home to the Business Department, which is now located in the newly renovated T.J. Day Hall.



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



Tomika Dew has been named assistant vice president for College Relations. She formerly served as the executive director of Rotary Club of Portland and, prior to that, The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Legacy Health System.

A Linfield Magazine article written by Mardi Mileham, director of communications, has earned a bronze award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. “Tracing the demise of salmon,” which ran in the fall 2011 issue, focused on research by Lissa Wadewitz, assistant professor of history, about the decline of salmon runs over the last century.

Music majors Kayla Wilkens ’12 and Chelsea Janzen ’12 have excelled in various voice competitions. Wilkens won a position in the Featured Young Artist Awards of MetroArts and first place in the Classical Singer auditions in Seattle. Janzen won fourth place in the Classical Singer auditions in Portland. Both will proceed to the national level of competition in Chicago in May.

Joanna Kaakinen, professor of nursing, has been invited to serve on the Mayday Interprofessional Pain Management Competency Advisory Committee, sponsored by the UC Davis Health System. The goal is to develop interprofessional competencies related to pain, for nursing and medical students. From there, a curriculum will be developed for implementation in nursing and medical schools, in an effort to improve clinical practice/care.




3 p.m.: Japanese language table, Walker Japanese classroom


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

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

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker


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

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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin


Today through Sunday: Swimming at NWC championships

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

7 p.m.: Opening reception, “Church of Totem” art exhibit, Linfield Gallery

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


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

6 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Whitman

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