Linfield Reports, 4/18/11


The risks and benefits of exercise will be the topic of a faculty lecture by Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

“The Science Behind the Health Benefits of Exercise” will address the importance of physical fitness as it relates to long-term health. Exercise reduces the risk for chronic disease, helps manage weight and improves mental outlook. The Surgeon General recommends participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day on at least five days per week. To explain how this activity translates into health benefits, Peterson will draw from some of the core sciences including biology, chemistry and physics to evaluate the role of exercise in human health and disease.

Peterson teaches exercise physiology and nutrition at Linfield and is the interim director of academic advising. She received her bachelor’s in premed and biology from the University of Southern California, her master’s in kinesiology from California State University Northridge and her doctorate in preventive care from Loma Linda University. Her research interest focuses on human health related to life style choices. She is particularly interested in the physiological adaptations to physical inactivity, activity, environment and nutrition. Her recent research endeavors include the health benefits of participating in a community-based outdoor recreation education program, increasing physical activity opportunities in adolescent females and the health consequences of low altitude porters working and living at high altitudes in Nepal.

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.


The experiences of nurses and patients who work with or live with HIV/AIDS will be the focus of discussion Monday, April 18, from noon-2 p.m. in Peterson 110 on the Portland Campus. Speakers will present from noon-1 p.m. and follow-up resource tables will be available from 1-2 p.m.

Find out what it is like to be a patient with HIV/AIDS, and to receive treatment in a healthcare setting. What have nurses done that has been helpful or harmful? How has stigma affected treatment? How can nurses ensure that patients receive the best experience possible?

Three speakers will share their unique perspectives and answer questions including Lauren Nathe, a registered nurse and president of the local Association of Nurses in AIDS Care chapter; Rachel Pobi, who will provide a patient perspective; and Neal Rosenburg, a registered nurse who conducts research in Cameroon and the U.S. focused on HIV-related stigma among healthcare workers. Rosenburg will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Linfield nursing and health sciences alumni event Tuesday, April 19, at Mercy Corps. Our House of Portland and Cascade AIDS Project will also be on hand to share information and community resources.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield Queer Club. For more information, call 503-413-7561.


Ron Mills, professor of art, will discuss “New approaches to critique in studio art pedagogy” at the Faculty Learning Commons Tuesday, April 19, at 11:45 a.m. in Dillin NW Alcove.

Critiques in studio courses have long relied on art professors’ comments about objective compliance with often highly structured skill-building “assignments” or, conversely, unstructured and often subjective comments by professors and peers about independent or interpretive work created in response to a given thematic provocation.

While most teaching artists are skillful conducting critiques, student participation is often spotty. Mills is experimenting with more structured means of linking student-articulated “objectives” with more focused critical assessments, both on the part of the student artist as well as his or her peers. Mills is involving his online AAVC 120 Drawing, AAVC 260 Painting courses as well as his regular AAVC 220 Approaches to the Figure course. His intent is to produce instruments, rubrics and best practices that may be useful in all his courses and those of his colleagues, hopefully leading to more aware and confident student participation as well as more focused creative engagement.

For more information, call 503-883-2308.


The 20th annual Study Abroad Photo Contest will be held Tuesday, April 19, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

Enjoy student and faculty photos from Linfield-sponsored study abroad programs. Vote for best photos in the categories of landscape, architecture, people, judge’s award and Linfield students abroad. For more information, call the International Programs Office, 503-883-2222.


“Hand in Hand,” a collaborative sculpture built by Linfield College art students, will be burned Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the field west of the Miller Fine Arts Center, on Lever Street behind Albertsons.

Students from Introduction to Studio Art, a January Term class taught by Totem Shriver, adjunct professor of art, built the structure with the intent to burn. For millennia, humans have used fire as a purifying ritual form. Spring is a time of release and regeneration.

Bring finger food to share and roast marshmallows. The burning will begin at 7 p.m. For more information call 503-883-2804.


The Linfield College Theatre and Communication Arts Department will present a public lecture by Adam Mendelson, assistant professor of lighting and sound at the University of Wyoming, “Performance in Global Contexts,” on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall.

Mendelson will discuss the joys and challenges of presenting performance art at international venues. In 2003 and 2006, Mendelson toured original dance pieces to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

In addition to the lecture, Mendelson will conduct a workshop for students involving the use of multimedia in theatre production. He will also work with students and faculty involved in the creation of a multimedia environment for Linfield Theatre¹s May production of “Execution of Justice” by Emily Mann.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 503-883-2802.


The life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher will be captured in a reading by author and Linfield alumna Anne Zimmerman Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The event will feature Zimmerman’s book, An Extravagant Hunger: the Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher. The book depicts the life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, who was an author and dedicated connoisseur of good food. In her biography, Zimmerman describes Fisher’s early years, love and knowledge of food, her time in France and development as an author. Having followed Fisher’s footsteps from Northern California to Cambridge, Mass., and then to Paris, Zimmerman pieced together the personal life behind the writer’s public persona. The author shares her discoveries in her book and will reveal more at the reading.

Zimmerman was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Linfield in 2000 and received her master’s from San Diego State University. She lives in San Francisco.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517,


Garrick Rozario ’12 will introduce the Linfield community to his home country during “Sri Lanka ̶ A Land Like No Other” Thursday, April 28, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Topics will include the civil war and current economic condition, Theravada Buddhism, sports, tourism and more.

The talk is sponsored by the International Programs Office and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 503-883-2222.


A discussion on the current unrest in Libya will be presented by a Linfield graduate, part of the Linfield College series “Pizza and Politics.”

The discussion will take place Thursday, April 28, at 5 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield. The presentation will be led by Nadia Abraibesh, a 2010 graduate of Linfield. After graduation, Abraibesh traveled to her father’s homeland to meet her Libyan family and refine her Arabic. During her stay in Libya, she experienced the uprising first hand and will share her views. Topics will include life under Gaddafi, and life as the uprising began.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the International Programs Office. For more information call 503-883-2222.


NANCY DRICKEY, associate professor of education, and Emily Urness ’11 and Maylyn Foo ’13 received funding from a Freeman Foundation grant to conduct research in middle school math classrooms in China. They traveled to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai March 16-31.

NANCY BROSHOT, associate professor of environmental studies, has published a paper on change in trees in Forest Park, “Mortality and recruitment in an urban forest (Forest Park in Portland, Oregon) between 1993 and 2003.” The paper includes ramifications regarding the potential causes for change in the trees including air pollution and perhaps even climate change. The abstract, published by Urban Ecosystems, is currently online and will be in print at a later date. Find it at



Today through April 22: Alumni Appreciation Week,

Today and tomorrow: Track and field at NWC Multi-Events

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

Noon: HIV/AIDS discussion, 110 Peterson, Portland Campus


11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin

11:45 a.m.: Ron Mills, Faculty Learning Commons, “New approaches to critique in studio art pedagogy,” Dillin

3 p.m.: Study Abroad Photo Contest, Fred Meyer Lounge

4 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Janet Peterson faculty lecture, “The Science Behind the Health Benefits of Exercise,” 201 Riley


Today and tomorrow: Track and field vs. NWC Championships

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Tuition free day, Fred Meyer Lounge

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

6:30 p.m.: Hand in Hand sculpture burn, Miller Fine Arts

7 p.m.: Adam Mendelson, “Performance in Global Contexts,” Ford Hall lobby


Today and tomorrow: Softball at NWC Conference Tournament

Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC Championships

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

1 p.m.: Baseball vs. George Fox


10 a.m.: Easter egg hunt, Oak Grove

Noon: Baseball vs. George Fox

7:30 p.m.: Cynthia Lester student recital, Ice