Linfield Reports, 4/12/10


The environmental and health consequences of nuclear weapons testing will be the focus of an upcoming lecture at Linfield College.

Anthropologist Holly Barker will present “Nuclear Weapons Testing in the Marshall Islands: How Anthropology Helps in the Aftermath” on Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall, at Linfield.

During the Cold War, the United States used the Marshall Islands to test its atomic and thermonuclear weapons. These tests helped the U.S. “win” the Cold War, but as Barker’s participatory research demonstrates, they had devastating impacts on the health of the people and land in the Marshall Islands.

Barker, who teaches anthropology at the University of Washington, is the author of “Bravo for the Marshallese: Regaining Control in a Post-Nuclear, Post-Colonial World” and co-author of “The Consequential Damages of Nuclear War: The Rongelap Report.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2286.


Anna Keesey, fiction writer and assistant professor of English at Linfield College, will present “Mill of the Mind: Contemporary Writers and Historical Fiction,” Wednesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Keesey will discuss the work of several contemporary historical fiction writers, including her own current project. She’s a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and teaches creative writing at Linfield. Her novel, “Little Century,” will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux in early 2011.

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.


Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology, will present “Service Learning Abroad” at the Faculty Learning Commons on Wednesday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the West Wing of Dillin Hall.

Peterson will present an exploration of how to maximize the service learning experience abroad. Drawing on experiences in Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Guatemala, Peterson will discuss the use of service learning pedagogy as one way to maximize the travel abroad experience for students through service and in-class learning followed by application and synthesis.


Students have the opportunity to rate their Linfield College experience.

The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory continues to be distributed this week to all students on the McMinnville and Portland Campuses and DCE students to get insight into how satisfied students are with some college functions and services, and just how important they think those services and functions are.

This type of survey was last done in 1998, in conjunction with our last accreditation process, said Dan Preston, dean of enrollment management. It provides a great opportunity for the college to hear from students about issues and services that are more important to them. And it gives the college an idea of where improvements need to be made.

“The survey will tell us if we are not putting enough emphasis on the things that are important to students, or if there has been too much emphasis on things less important to students,” Preston said. “It is a comprehensive survey that covers a wide array of items that affect students. However, if students don’t fill out the survey, we won’t know what issues they consider important, and how well or poorly the college is doing in those areas.”

The survey will help reveal where there are gaps about things that students think are important and measure how satisfied they are with the college’s performance. The results will help Linfield set priorities to meet students’ needs. The survey will be administered again in a few years to see if progress has been made.

“The more participation we can get, the more useful the survey results will be,” Preston added. “This is where students can influence the direction of the institution for the next several years.”


The Linfield Chamber Orchestra will present “Adoration,” featuring British concert pianist William Howard Friday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield.

Howard has performed in more than 40 countries in a musical career that includes solo recitals, concerto appearances and performing with chamber and instrumental ensembles. Howard will perform Robert Schumann’s “Humoresque,” “In the Mists” by Leos Janacek, Gabriel Faure’s “Romance San Paroles” and “Impromptu and Nocturne,” and Frederic Chopin’s “Ballad No. 1” and “Scherzo No. 2.”

Tickets are $25 reserved seating, $18 general admission, $5 K-12 and non-Linfield students, and Linfield students free with current student ID.

To reserve tickets call 503-883-2637 or email


Admission will host a number of visit days this spring.

Admitted students and their families can live the life of a Linfield student during Spring Visit Days April 12 and 19. Information regarding Linfield’s academic programs and student activities will be shared. Students are encouraged to stay overnight in a residence hall.

High school juniors and their families are invited to campus for the Spring Open House April 26. The day will include sessions regarding choosing the right college, the admission and scholarship process, academic departments, student life, study abroad opportunities and athletic programs at Linfield. For more information, call 800-640-2287.


The Linfield College Department of Music will present the spring band concert featuring the Linfield Concert Band and the Linfield Wind Symphony Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield College. The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Jay Chen, conductor of the Linfield College Band and Brass Ensembles, the band will present multiple pieces. The performance will include “Celebration Overture” by Paul Creston, “Suite Francais” by Darius Milhaud, “Trevelyan Suite” by Sir Malcolm Arnold, “Old Scottish Melody” arranged by Charles Wiley and “Second Suite for Band” by Alfred Reed.

Chen earned a bachelor’s degree from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China and a master’s degree from Oregon State University. He directed the OSU Trumpet Choir which toured in China during September 2009. Currently at Linfield for the spring, Chen conducts the Linfield College Band and Brass Ensembles as a sabbatical replacement. He is the principal trumpet for the Portland and Eugene Operas and has worked with both the Oregon and Eugene Symphonies. He has performed in the Oregon Bloch Festival in Newport, the Oregon Coast Festival in Coos Bay, the Sunriver Music Festival and the Cascade Music Festival in Bend. He has been a brass faculty member at the Marrowstone Music Festival in Wash., and is currently on the trumpet faculty at the Young Musicians and Artists Summer Camp in Salem. Chen also serves as a soloist, clinician and adjudicator in China as well as throughout the Northwest.

For more information, call 503-883-2275.


An exhibit featuring “The Kitchen Counter Collective” by Jesse Hayward is running now through May 1 in the gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

Whether it is with painted toothpicks that participants stab into an amorphous armature or with several hundred painted boxes the participants stack and re-stack throughout the run of the show, Hayward creates installations that are intended for direct audience manipulation. Utilizing repetition and ritual, he builds and paints objects in his studio that are then re-imagined through a collaborative, installation practice, articulating a space wherein boundaries are blurred. The sculptural commingles with the painterly, the co-active with the drawn. The resulting works exist in diminished hybridization, with multiple genres collapsing parasitically one upon the other. Rhythms of color and form soften and obscure their own structural underpinning, foreshadowing the instability and immateriality of all future outcomes.

Born in 1973, Hayward earned a BFA from Pomona College in 1995 after first studying art at Phillips AcademyAndover. Hayward went on to receive his MFA from California College of Art in 2002. His work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure and Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, Calif., and at PDX Contemporary Art and The Jupiter Art Fair in Portland. In 2006, Hayward’s work was included in the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum. His work has been reviewed in The Oregonian, PORT, PDX Magazine, Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury. Most recently, Hayward was short listed for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Award and exhibited a collaborative installation at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s 2009 Time Based Art Festival.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 503-883-2804.


Bill Apel, professor of religious studies, has been invited to speak to the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland in Oakham, England, about “The Engaged Spirituality of Thomas Merton and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Merton is the 20th century American monk and writer best known for his autobiography “Seven Storey Mountain.” Bonhoeffer is the German pastor and theologian who lost his life opposing Hitler, best known for his books “Cost of Discipleship” and “Letters and Papers from Prison.” Apel will speak of the lessons they have to teach about building a more just and peaceful world today.



All day: Spring visit day

Today and tomorrow: Track and field at NWC Dec/Hep

7 p.m.: Holly Barker, “Nuclear Weapons Testing in the Marshall Islands: How Anthropology Helps in the Aftermath,” Jonasson


Noon: French conversation table, Dillin


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

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

12:30 p.m.: Jeff Peterson, Faculty Learning Commons, Dillin 7:30 p.m.: Anna Keesey, “Mill of the Mind: Contemporary Writers and Historical Fiction,” 201 Riley


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


All day: Men’s and women’s tennis at NWC championships

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Baseball at Chapman

8 p.m.: Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Ice Auditorium


All day: Men’s and women’s tennis at NWC championships

9 a.m.: Track and field at George Fox dual

Noon: Softball vs. Willamette

1 p.m.: Baseball at Chapman

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Puget Sound


Noon: Baseball at Chapman

Noon: Softball vs. Willamette