Linfield Reports, 3/3/14


Pioneer Hall, 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. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent. The event is sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office. For more information, contact David Massey at ext. 2259,



Melrose Hall on McMinnville CampusGraham Rankin, professor of forensics at Marshall University, will present “Legal and Not So Legal Highs: Emerging Designer Drugs” during the Linfield College Science Colloquium on Thursday, March 6, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Hallucinogenic products sold as “herbal incense” and “bath salts” have been the focus of news media and law enforcement in recent years. The composition of these products rapidly changes as legislation is enacted to limit or control their sale and distribution. This creates challenges to forensic chemists and toxicologists who are called upon to analyze such materials. Attendees will learn about these analytical and legal challenges and research is underway to find solutions using a variety of instrumental techniques. Emphasis will be on the analysis of such compounds as seized by law enforcement and submitted for forensic analysis, and recommendations of the draft SWGDRUG document on Analogs and NIST/DEA workshop on Emerging Drugs as to the definition of analog and testimony in court.

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



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



Reshmi Dutt-BallerstadReshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English, will present “The Anxious Canon: Post 9/11 Literatures” Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Dutt-Ballerstadt will discuss the various modes of anxiety and repercussions produced by 9/11 and the “war on terror” on the lives of ordinary citizens, witnesses and bystanders. She will explain how these “presumed suspects” are being represented in the emerging genre called 9/11 literatures.

Dutt-Ballerstadt joined the Linfield faculty in 2004 and also co-coordinates the Gender Studies program. She is the author of a scholarly monograph “The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant” and her articles and creative writings appear in journals such as The Asian American Renaissance, South Asian Review, Rocky Mountain Review, Saranac Review and others. Her current research investigates the numerous literary representations of 9/11 in a transnational framework.

For more information, call ext. 2409.



Andrew BacevichAndrew Bacevich, a leading expert on American national security policy, former Army officer, bestselling author and professor of international relations and history at Boston University, will speak on “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Bacevich is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, and served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Germany and the Persian Gulf before retiring as a colonel. Time magazine called him “one of the most provocative – as in thought-provoking – national-security writers out there today.” In this lecture at Linfield, Bacevich will illustrate how previous administrations, dating back as far as the end of World War II, have led America on this increasingly unsustainable path and offer suggestions on how to reverse it.

His bestseller, “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War,” is a critique of the country’s military industrial complex. In “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” he argues that America’s lust for empire and its sense of entitlement, coupled with its myth of indestructibility, has deluded and diminished the nation at home and in the eyes of the world. His book, “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” is a critique of the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war.

Bacevich received his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has also held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bacevich is also the author of “The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II,” “The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War” and “American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy.” His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers.

The lecture is sponsored by Linfield’s Edith Green Lectureship and Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell at



Heath Goodall, ASL professorLinfield College will host “Deaf Puppy Dog Follow,” a performance incorporating American Sign Language, on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

“Deaf Puppy Dog Follow” is a two-man comedy by actors and teachers Heath Goodall and Patrick Fischer. It integrates sketches, poetry, solo stories, comedy and folk tales in American Sign Language, which parody contemporary themes in deaf culture.

Goodall, adjunct professor of American Sign Language at Linfield, was made deaf shortly after his birth due to an antibiotic used during surgery and was introduced to ASL during his senior year of high school. In addition to Linfield, he teaches ASL courses at Portland Community College and Chemeketa Community College. He is an artist, storyteller, actor and poet. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of New Mexico and graduate work at Western Oregon University.

Fischer has been involved in various aspects of theatre and art, including producing, teaching and performing. In 2005, he launched a theatrical business that provides services to those who want to learn more about theatre through the experiences of those who are deaf. When not working in theatre, Fischer is an ASL professor at Portland Community College. He earned the Stephen M. Ryan Teacher of the Year award for his contributions to the understanding of deaf culture and humor in deaf studies by the American Sign Language Teachers Association. Fischer is also a director of artistic sign language at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and owns a design business.

This production is free and sponsored by the Departments of Theatre and Communication Arts and Modern Languages, the Linfield Offices of Academic Affairs and Multicultural Programs and the English Language and Culture Program. For more information, call ext. 2802 or visit



Linfield CollegeLinfield is participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement beginning Tuesday, March 4, and running through mid-April. All first-year students on the McMinnville Campus and all seniors in McMinnville, Portland and the Adult Degree Program will receive email invitations to participate over the next few weeks. Students will be asked about their level of involvement in activities that are known to support learning. If you are involved with groups of first-year students or seniors in classes, sports or other areas, encourage them to participate in the survey. Participation is voluntary and all individual responses are confidential.

The college participates in this survey to help understand what Linfield is doing well and should keep doing; to understand where Linfield is not doing as well and should direct attention or resources; and to understand how Linfield is changing over time. For example, when the survey was last completed in 2011, it showed that 15 percent of first-year students and 14 percent of seniors had never attended an art exhibit, play, dance, music, theatre or other performance. Is that still true in 2014?

For more information contact Jennifer Ballard x2509 or



Faun Tiedge, professor of music, contributed to the audio guide for the new exhibit “Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music” at the Portland Art Museum (Feb. 15 through May 11). She speaks about musical life in 18th century Venice with European art curator Dr. Dawson Carr.

Linfield College earned the Outstanding Associate Member Award given by the McMinnville Downtown Association, recognizing the partnership between the college and community.

Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, presented a talk about mass media and public relations in a lunch and learn session of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 19.

Sharon Bailey Glasco, associate professor of history, was selected to participate in the Mellon-funded ASIANetwork seminar “India: Religion, Globalization, and the Environment in the 21st century” in June 2014.

Anne Kruchten, associate professor of biology, and the Biology Department received a grant of $30,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in support of faculty start-up research funds for a new member of the biology faculty.

For the third year in a row, the Apgar Foundation awarded Nicholas Buccola, associate professor of political science, a grant ($15,000) for the Frederick Douglass Forum for Law, Rights, and Justice.

Buccola and Susan Barnes Whyte, library director, successfully applied to the American Library Association for Linfield College to host the exhibition Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, which will be featured on campus in spring of 2016.




Noon: ASL table, Dillin

4:30 p.m.: French table, Fred Meyer Lounge


Noon: Ash Wednesday service, Jonasson Hall

Noon: German language table, Dillin

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

6 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. George Fox


4:10 p.m.: Graham Rankin, Science Colloquium, 105 Murdock

7:30 p.m.: Chris Dombrowski poetry reading, Nicholson


Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Cal Tech

7:30 p.m.: Teatro Milagro production of “Cuéntame Coyote,” Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Puget Sound Invitational

TBA: Men’s tennis at Cal Tech

10 a.m.: Track and field at George Fox

11 a.m.: Baseball vs. Willamette

Noon: Softball vs. Puget Sound


TBA: Men’s tennis at Hardin-Simmons

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Hardin-Simmons

Noon: Women’s lacrosse vs. Kenyon

Noon: Baseball vs. Willamette

Noon: Softball vs. Pacific Lutheran