Linfield Reports, 4/17/17

Linguist to describe Nepalese fieldwork at Linfield lecture

Mark TurinAnthropologist and linguist Mark Turin will present “Collaborations in Language: from Documentation to Resurgence” Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

Turin’s lecture will focus on several partnerships he has had over the last two decades. The partnerships have been with members of historically marginalized, indigenous communities in the Himalayan region, and increasingly with a committed global community of scholars in print, on air and online. Turin will draw on long-term fieldwork in Nepal and India with speakers of Thangmi, a community whose language has long been affected by the national record in the states where it is spoken. He will also reflect critically on the decade that he has spent directing two international, interdisciplinary collaborative research initiatives – the Digital Himalaya and World Oral Literature Projects. The presentation explores issues of orality, orthography and representation.

Turin is chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program at the University of British Columbia and acting co-director of the university’s New Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. He writes and teaches on ethnolinguistics, language endangerment, visual anthropology, digital archives and fieldwork methodology. He is the author or co-author of four books and three travel guides, the editor of eight volumes and the co-editor of the journal “Himalaya.” He also edits a series on oral literature.

The lecture is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement at Linfield. For more information, contact Hillary Crane, associate professor of anthropology, at 503-883-2286,


Concert Band to present spring performance

Linfield Concert BandLinfield College will host a spring band concert Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Selections on the program include John Boyd’s transcription of the “Little Fugue in g minor” (originally for organ) by Johann Sebastian Bach and two pieces by John Philip Sousa — “The Glory of the Yankee Navy” March and “The Flashing Eyes of Andalusia.” “Variations on a Sioux Melody” by James Ployhar will feature woodwind and percussion soloists. “Intrada” by Japanese composer Satoshi Yagisawa will highlight the brass and percussion. “Concerto for Two Horns” by George Frederic Handel and arranged by William Schaefer will feature horns, accompanied by the woodwinds and timpani. “Pavanne” by Morton Gould and arranged for band by Paul Yoder will also be performed.

Five graduating seniors will be recognized during the concert: Adrian Clifford, alto saxophone and guitar, Sequim, Wash.; Rachael Conway, horn, Troutdale; Olivia Marquardt, tenor saxophone, El Dorado, Calif; Sarah Warfield, flute, Tacoma, Wash; Parker Wells, clarinet, Happy Valley.

The concert band will also perform for the region’s fourth graders in two children’s concerts on Wednesday, April 19, sponsored by YES (Yamhill Enrichment Society). The band is conducted by Joan Haaland Paddock, Linfield professor of music and director of instrumental activities.

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


Evening of opera and musical theatre set

Linfield College Music DepartmentA collage of scenes from Spanish operas and American musical theatre will be highlighted at the opera and musical theatre workshops on Sunday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The Linfield Musical Theatre Ensemble will present a lighthearted and humorous program of favorite scenes for musical theater’s golden age. The evening will include hits from “The Music Man,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Candide,” and more. Student performers are seniors: Rachel Bradshaw, Robert Murphy Jackson and Bailey Sipila; junior: Marcos Galvez; sophomores: Ryan Cully, Melory Mirashrafi, Madison Ryder, Brittany Seyl and Alexander Satterlee; freshman: Elise Martin; and Clement Hossaert, French language teaching assistant.

Linfield Opera Workshop will present selections from Spanish light opera or zarzuela, an art form deeply rooted in folk song, the rythms of flamenco and the classical operatic tradition. Although very popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world, zarzuela is all but neglected in the United States. The program includes duets and arias from “Luisa Fernanda,” “La Revoltosa” and “El gato montés.” Student performers are senior: Gilberto Garibaldo; juniors: Jamie Foglesong and Marcos Galvez; sophomores: Madison Ryder, Melory Mirashrafi and Jose Madrid; freshman: Mary Grace Sizemore; and Megan Uhrinak, a 2016 graduate.

The scenes are directed by Anton Belov, assistant professor of music, and Hannah Penn, adjunct professor of music, with musical preparation by principal pianist Susan McDaniel.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Service-learning best practices focus of lecture

Nancy ChristophNancy Christoph, Pacific University Spanish professor, will present “Serving and Learning in the Local Latino Community: A Guide to Best Practices” on Monday, April 24, at 12:15 p.m. in 311 Walker Hall.

The talk will be in English preceded by a class in Spanish with students from MLSP 290—Spanish for Bilingual Heritage Learners at 11 a.m.

The talk will focus on how to add or enhance an element of service-learning to any program seeking to work with the local Latino community. Christoph will share the criteria she uses for deciding site placements for students, how she prepares her students for their off-campus experiences, how she weaves the service-learning element of the course into the themes and texts studied within her classroom, and how she strives to maintain a positive working relationship with the local organizations in which she places students.

Christoph has worked with the local Latino community in Forest Grove for more than a decade.  She has taught a community poetry class to low-income Latinas since 2003, and regularly teaches Spanish courses with a service-learning element, wherein students work with local organizations that serve Spanish-speaking individuals. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

The presentation is made possible by a Diversity mini-grant and co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and the Office of Community Engagement. For more information, contact Sonia Ticas,


Tanriver to give talk about Turkey

TurkeyAlican Tanriver ’18 will present “Turkey: The Gateway Between the East and West,” on Monday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room at Linfield.

Tanriver, a physics major, will discuss his home country – where it is, its history, culture, cuisine, music and religion. He will also talk about what your bucket list for visiting Turkey should look like.

This talk is free, open to the public and sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call 503-883-2434 or email


Campus invited to annual IPO photo contest

Linfield College study abroadThe International Programs Office is hosting the 26th Annual Linfield Study Abroad Photo Contest Wednesday, April 26, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

Participants in Linfield Study Abroad Programs from the 2015-16 academic year, Spring and Fall ’16 semesters, and January Term ’17 have submitted photos from their time abroad to be voted on by the Linfield Community. Photo categories include

People, Linfield Students Abroad and Academic Excursions, Landscape, Architecture and Judges’ Award. Come vote for your favorite photos and enjoy music by a Linfield student.

For more information, contact the International Programs Office at 503-883-2222.


Panel to explore ‘The Digital Sports Fan’

Linfield Wildcat footballA panel of experts will discuss what it means to be a sports fan in the digital era on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The event is a part of this year’s Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) theme, “The Digital Society.”

Digital technologies have changed the experience of being a sports fan. Significant changes have been brought on by social media; live Web streaming of sporting events (often with a chat feature allowing fans to communicate with each other during the game); smart-phone applications such as and ESPN Tournament Challenge that allow fans to follow the progress of their favorite teams and compete with other fans to predict outcomes; and online fantasy sports leagues such as Draft Kings and Fan Duel. These technologies have made it possible for fans to communicate directly with professional athletes, teams and other fans from a distance. Sports teams are also using these technologies to encourage deeper involvement and loyalty of fans.

An expert panel will discuss these changes and other digital issues. The panel, moderated by Lisa Weidman, associate professor of mass communication, will feature Andrew Billings, director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama; Lindsay Schnell, staff writer at Sports Illustrated; Rob Moseley, editor-in-chief of and official Twitter voice of Ducks athletics at the University of Oregon; and Travis McGuire, Linfield director of social media.

PLACE promotes innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning in the liberal arts at Linfield College, whether within the classroom, across our physical and online campuses, or in the broader community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lisa Weidman at or 503-883-2219.


Annual lu’au highlights island traditions

Linfield College Luau 2016Traditional island dances and an authentic Hawaiian meal will highlight the 45th annual Linfield College Lu’au, “Huliāmahi (Come Together as One)” Saturday, April 29.

Tickets are available online at Follow the event on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at #LinfieldLuau2017.

Linfield College students will share the Hawaiian culture with the community, including performing dances from the Hawaiian Islands as well as New Zealand, Tonga, Tahiti and Samoa.

The dinner will be catered by Ohana Hawaiian Cafe and served by Linfield students, and will feature a number of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rutschman Field House, with dinner service ending at 6:45. The “Country Store” will open at 5:30 p.m., also in the Rutschman Field House. The store features foods, leis and gifts donated from Hawaiian companies, with proceeds helping cover event costs. There will also be a concession stand available during the performance. The live performance will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event includes pre-show entertainment.

The annual lu’au has been organized by members of the Linfield Hawaiian Club, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian alike, with students involved in all aspects of the production including choreography. New dances are created each year, and student performers began rehearsals in early February.

Many parents of Linfield students help with the event, buying Hawaiian fabric, sewing costumes and collecting donations from Hawaiian companies and the Linfield community. They also gather foliage and leis and coordinate shipments to McMinnville.

General admission tickets for the performance are $15. Tickets for both the show and dinner are $25 for general admission and $30 for reserved seats. Student and senior (60+) tickets are $15 and $20, and require I.D. Children’s (ages 3-12) tickets are $10 and $15. Children under age two, seated on their parents’ laps, are admitted free without a meal.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Hawaiian Club, and the Multicultural Programs and College Activities offices. For more information, visit or call 503-883-2435.


Winemaker, author to share vineyard history

Ken and Karen WrightAward-winning winemaker Ken Wright and McMinnville author Jim Gullo will present “History of the Vineyards,” a history of some of Oregon’s top vineyards, Monday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The talk grows out of a series of reports that Wright, owner of Ken Wright Cellars pictured left with wife Karen, commissioned Gullo, pictured below, to undertake that explore the histories and land usages of 13 Willamette Valley vineyard properties Wright farms and/or sources for his award-winning lineup of Pinot Noir wines. Beginning in 2015, Gullo has researched and written stories about properties like the Freedom Hill Vineyard, Canary Hill Vineyard and others that Wright sources. The properties lie in several Oregon AVAs, including the Yamhill-Carlton, Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills.

Emerging from the vineyard histories is a rich tapestry of the people and events who shaped Oregon lands long before the wine industry began to take hold over the last 50 years. Farmers, blacksmiths, judges, pioneers, Civil War and Indian War heroes, and the first flock of sheep ever to be driven across the plains to the Oregon Territories all wound up, at one time or another, on Willamette Valley lands that today produce some of the finest wine grapes in the world. The stories were published on the Ken Wright Cellars blog ( and were the centerpieces of a marketing campaign.

“The history of these properties is rich and varied, and Jim did a fantastic job rooting out the people and stories that bring these properties to life,” said Wright.

Wright moved to Oregon and founded Panther Creek Cellars in 1986, then established Ken Wright Cellars in 1994 in Carlton. His 2012 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir was named the top wine in the world for 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Gullo is a McMinnville author and journalist whose articles about wine, travel and regional subjects appear in the Oregon Wine Press, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Portland Monthly and the Horizon Airlines Magazine. He has written ten books including “Trading Manny” and “The Comedy Keeper.”

The talk, part of the Linfield College Wine Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2766.


Education majors host school supply collection drive

Beyond BackpacksLinfield College education majors are collecting school supplies to fill the backpacks for Yamhill County youth this month.

Linfield’s Sigma Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society, will hold a school supply and stuffed animal drive for the Beyond Backpacks campaign, which provides supplies to low income youth (K-12) in Yamhill County.

Throughout April, supplies can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Potter Hall at Linfield. Items needed include stuffed animals, children’s socks, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, spiral notebooks, folder, pencil boxes and other school supplies.

Alyssa Kaplan, co-president of KDP, has volunteered with Beyond Backpacks for the last three years but took a more active role this year after seeing the benefits of the program first-hand as a student-teacher.

“I jumped on the opportunity to be involved, excited to help such an awesome organizations that I have personally seen benefit students in the classroom,” she said.

The supplies will be distributed at an event in August, where youth can choose from a wide selection of backpacks, notebooks, pens, scissors and other goods. Stuffed animals will also be provided for younger siblings. After students choose their supplies, they can enjoy a “fun zone” complete with temporary tattoos, popcorn, snow cones, carnival-style games and a guest appearance by Mack the Wildcat.

In addition to providing the necessary items for school, the pickup event creates excitement as youth prepare for school.

“It’s a fun experience for everyone involved,” said Kaplan.

KDP’s mission is to advance quality education by inspiring teachers to prepare learners for future challenges. It is open to education majors or minors and provides professional development and volunteer opportunities.

For more information, contact Kaplan at


Community news

Nancy Drickey, professor of education, completed a three-year term on the Executive Board of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). As an elected regional director, she had major responsibilities at NCSM annual conferences in New Orleans, Boston, Oakland and San Antonio, plus a multitude of regional math leadership conferences in California, Washington, Hawaii and Oregon. She also participated in NCSM board meetings and professional development events across the country, and served on NCSM committees, initiatives and projects.

An article by Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English and co-coordinator of the Gender Studies Program, “On Being the ‘Right Kind of Brown,’” has been republished in India in the April 2017 issue of “Liberation.”


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