Linfield Reports, 3/29/10


Members of the Linfield College Concert Choir will perform a concert on Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The performance is the final show of a spring break tour by the choir. Students will perform five concerts throughout Washington before concluding with a final performance at Linfield. While on tour, they will also work with high school choirs and provide an opportunity for student demonstrations and interactions.

Under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, the choir will perform motets by Rheinberger and Victoria, “Benediction” by Kathleen Skinner, “Snow: The King’s Trumpeter” by John Muehleisen, selections from “Mass in G minor” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and spirituals and multicultural songs.

The concert choir was organized in 1930 and is the oldest such group in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history, the choir has distinguished itself with concerts throughout the 10 Western states and Canada. It has also performed extensively throughout the world in locations including Austria, Germany, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, China and Southeast Asia.

For more information, call 503-883-2275.


The community will be given the opportunity to learn a piece of forgotten history through a book The Oregonian listed as one of the top 10 in the Pacific Northwest last year.

Gregory Nokes will discuss “Massacred for Gold, The Chinese in Hells Canyon,” Thursday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

His book is the first authoritative account of the 1887 massacre of as many as 34 Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. The piece uncovers a heinous crime that has been lost to history. Nokes believes it also underscores the often overlooked contribution of Chinese immigrants to the development of the American West.

Nokes also wrote an article on the massacre for the fall 2006 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and has another book in mind that he hopes to start this year. Nokes retired in 2003 after 43 years in journalism, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years with The Oregonian in Portland. During his career as a journalist, he traveled to more than 50 countries. Since retiring, he has embarked on a second career as a writer and lecturer on the experience of immigrant Chinese in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Willamette University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1972.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield Mass Communication Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517,


Linfield College will host a Good Friday service Friday, April 2, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. An Easter morning service will be held at 7:30 in the Oak Grove directly in front of Melrose Hall. In case of inclement weather, it will move to Jonasson Hall. Both services will be led by David Massey, Linfield chaplain. For more information call 503-883-2259.


Award-winning author Gina Ochsner will discuss her latest book on post-Soviet life Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Ochsner will read from her novel “The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight,” a book of post-Soviet lives that moves between the magical, the comical and the transcendent to portray a people who rely on dreams to defy the coming of neglect and termination.

Ochsner divides her time between writing and teaching with the Seattle Pacific Low-Residency MFA program. She has been awarded a John L. Simon Guggenheim grant as well as a grant from the National Endowment of Arts. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review. Ochsner is the author of the short story collection “The Necessary Grace to Fall,” which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction and the story collection “People I Wanted to Be.” Both books are recipients of the Oregon Book Award.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517, or email


Singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells will play a stripped down, acoustic show featuring songs from his new album “Remain” Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College.

The concert is a benefit for Linfield College Alternative Spring Break, a week-long immersion in which students perform community service, learn about social and environmental issues, and grow as engaged leaders and citizens. ASB students volunteer at the local, national and international levels in partnership with schools and community-based organizations.

This year 30 Linfield students, faculty and staff comprising two teams – the Northwest Sustainability Challenge Team and the Habitat Collegiate Challenge Team – spent spring break in service focusing on sustainability and green building projects and affordable housing initiatives, respectively. Partner organizations that hosted Linfield volunteers included the Tacoma Area Habitat for Humanity of Washington; the Westwind Stewardship Group and Tryon Life Community Farm of Oregon.

In addition, the Northwest Sustainability Challenge Team collaborated with Linfield College Facilities Services during the week to construct a bike shelter on campus that will serve as a community demonstration site for green roof and solar energy technologies and encourage alternative modes of transportation.

Since 2004, ASB has engaged more than 115 students in service contributing more than 4,300 hours to the community to create meaningful change.

All of the April 2 concert proceeds will benefit the Linfield College Alternative Spring Break program and provide scholarships to participating students with financial need.

Tickets are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets, Advance ticket prices are $5 for Linfield students with college ID and $10 for the general public. Tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis for $10 and $15 respectively. Seating is general admission, and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Opening talent includes Roy Jay and Tony Lucca. For more information about Wells, go to

To learn more about Linfield Alternative Spring Break, contact Jessica Wade, Linfield community service coordinator,, 503-883-2636.


Jessica Wade, community service coordinator; Robert Gardner, assistant professor of sociology; Lacey Dean ’11; and Lee Means, Yamhill Community Action Partnership executive director; will present “Campus-Community Partnerships in Times of Need: Learning and Serving Through Yamhill County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness” at the 13th Annual Western Region Campus Compact Consortium’s Continuums of Service Conference Friday, April 2, in Portland.

Through a collaborative partnership between agencies representing Yamhill County Oregon’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, Linfield has engaged students, faculty and the broader community in addressing issues of rural poverty, homelessness and housing insecurity. Participants in the workshop will learn about Linfield’s model for sustaining community-campus partnerships and building curricular and co-curricular service learning opportunities for students.



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


7:30 p.m.: Choir tour home concert, Ice Auditorium


7:30 p.m.: Greg Nokes reading, Nicholson Library


Noon: Good Friday service, Jonasson Hall

Noon: Baseball at UPS

Noon: Softball vs. George Fox

3 p.m.: Track and field at Willamette Invitational

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Whitworth

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Whitworth


9 a.m.: Track and field hosts Linfield Invitational

11 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Whitman

Noon: Baseball at UPS

Noon: Softball at Lewis & Clark

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Whitman


7:30 a.m.: Easter service, Oak Grove