Linfield Reports, 3/8/10


Linfield College reference and distance learning librarian Carol McCulley will share examples of digital repositories and their impact on institutions during an upcoming faculty lecture at Linfield.

“Digital Repositories: Places to Discover, Showcase and Preserve” will be presented Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

McCulley will share examples of how institutions use digital repositories and describe initial projects for Linfield, which will launch its own repository this fall. According to McCulley, digital repositories offer exciting opportunities not only to preserve, but also to publish and make discoverable the vibrant scholarly life of an institution.

“These new technologies create new connections,” she said. “Faculty can gain wider recognition for their teaching and research scholarship. Students can have their work recognized for its excellence, which may impact their futures.”

In addition, campus and community collaboration can be shared, alumni can connect more easily to their alma mater and unique programs can be discovered in a Google search.

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


Alfred Habegger, a biographer and former professor of English, will speak on “Chasing Hidden Lives: Confessions of a Biographer” Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

His biographies, both of which have won awards, are “The Father: A Life of Henry James, Sr.” (1994) and “My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson” (2001). At present he is completing a life of Anna Leonowens, who taught English at the Siamese Court in the 1860s and became the model for the governess in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, “The King and I.”

Habegger did his graduate work at Stanford University, writing his dissertation on Henry James and receiving his Ph.D. in 1967. As a professor of English, he taught in the English Department at the University of Kansas for 30 years, and at the University of Bucharest in 1972-1973 as Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature. Research fellowships include four independent study fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His scholarly articles, essays and reviews have appeared in American Literature, New England Quarterly, PMLA, Novel, and other journals, and in various collections of essays. His book-length critical studies are “Gender, Fantasy, and Realism in American Literature” (1982) and “Henry James and the ‘Woman Business’” (1989).

Habegger writes that he first specialized in the fiction of Henry James and William Dean Howell and later became interested in 19th century women’s novels and certain social and political aspects of fiction. He became aware of gaps in previous biographies of Henry James Sr. and through further research he became “an investigative literary biographer: someone who tries to get at the seam between a writer’s life and work by undertaking an exhaustive quest for anything that offers to shed light on the subject.”

“As a biographer, I’m on the lookout for what seem to be telling details of family, economic, and religious history, and I travel to many kinds of archives and record depositories, also making use of the internet,” he said. “I search for school records, census records, passenger lists, tax assessments, surviving letters of neighbors and friends, contextual matters as preserved in local newspapers, and on and on. To be a biographer is to be overwhelmed by the scattered traces a writer leaves behind and then to try to assemble these materials into a coherent and truthful narrative. Having begun as a reader of discrete texts, I now find myself pursuing the messiest occupation imaginable.”

The lecture is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund and is free and open to the public. Ericksen, a professor of English at Linfield since 1965, 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 503-883-2583.


Violetta Ramsay, associate professor of Spanish, will present “The Many Benefits of Classroom Collaborative (Group) Work” at the Faculty Learning Commons on Wednesday, March 10, at 12:30 p.m. in the West Wing of Dillin Hall.

The constant interaction with peers required in group work enhances learning: all students interact, learn more easily, inspire each other, keep pace fast and, above all, they are involved. The session will explore why involvement is crucial in learning and ways group work can be orchestrated to be fully effective.


Linfield College senior Andrew Pohl will present a student voice recital Saturday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium located in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Pohl, a music and finance major, will perform 17 dramatic works that will be sung in various styles and from many different time periods. These include baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century musical theatre. At Linfield, Pohl began studying under Gwen Leonard, professor of music, and is currently involved in musical theatre. Recently, he was cast as Billy in the Linfield Opera Workshop production of “Carousel.” After graduation, Pohl plans to pursue a career as a financial analyst.

The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Linfield Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Linfield College senior Heidi Vanden Bos of Lake Forest Park, Wash., will present a student piano recital Sunday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield College.

(Note new time and location.)

Vanden Bos is in her final year as a music major and will perform a variety of selections including music from Baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary periods. She will present “Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major” by Bach, “Sonata in E Major” by Beethoven, “Rhapsody in C Major” by Dohnányi and three pieces by Chopin.

Vanden Bos earned a competitive scholarship in music at Linfield and has studied with Linfield music faculty members Jill Timmons, professor of music, and Susan McDaniel, adjunct instructor in music. As a freshman, she won the Linfield Chamber Orchestra concerto competition. She plays piano for local churches, Chaplain’s Team services, Linfield CatCabs and the Salt ‘n’ Light club. She is president of the Linfield Concert Choir.

The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Linfield Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing and interim associate dean of nursing, has participated in international and interdisciplinary research with psychiatrists, psychologists and students in the Russian Far East (Khabarovsk). She is co-author on a study published in the International Journal of Psychology entitled “Cortisol and symptoms of psychopathology in Russian and American college students.” The study investigated the relationship between cortisol and survey measures of stress and psychopathology as well as lifestyle in Russian and American college students.

Jeannette O’Brien, assistant professor of nursing, is the author of a chapter entitled “Gerontological Family Nursing” in F. A. Davis’ newly published book Family Health Care Nursing.



11:20 a.m.: Voices SoAn table, Dillin

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

12:30 p.m.: Violetta Ramsay, Faculty Learning Commons, Dillin West Wing

7:30 p.m.: Carol McCulley, “Digital Repositories: Places to Discover, Showcase and Preserve,” 201 Riley Hall


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pacific

7:30 p.m.: Alfred Habegger, “Chasing Hidden Lives: Confessions of a Biographer,” Nicholson Library


All day: Track and field at NCAA III Indoor Championships

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin


All day: Track and field at NCAA III Indoor Championships

9 a.m.: Track and field at Pacific Preview

11 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Willamette

Noon: Softball at Whitworth

Noon: Baseball vs. Willamette

1 p.m: Men’s tennis vs. Willamette

4:30 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Birmingham-Southern

8 p.m.: Andrew Pohl senior recital, Ice Auditorium


10 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Pacific

Noon: Softball at Whitworth

Noon: Baseball vs. Willamette

2 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Pacific

3 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Lewis and Clark

7:30 p.m.: Heidi Vanden Bos, piano recital, Delkin Recital Hall