Linfield Reports, 4/21/14


Linfield BandsThe Linfield College Concert Band will present its spring concert, “Linfield Concert Band Goes to the Movies!” on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities, and four student conductors, the concert band will perform a variety of pieces from well-known films and composers. Student conductors include seniors Zach Davis and Joe Komarek and juniors Amanda Pierce and Christian Santangelo. The concert will feature pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Camille Saint-Saëns, John Williams, Harry Alford, John Philip Sousa and Ennio Morricone, among others, and will feature music from Looney Toons, The Bridge On the River Kwai, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Nightmare Before Christmas and others. The concert will also feature the first movement of “First Piano Concerto,” which was written and will also be conducted by Davis.

Davis studies piano performance and composition. He has been featured as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and solo performer, and has performed at the Portland International Piano Festival and Oregon Bach Festival as a pianist. His compositions have won the American Federation of Music Club’s competition for chamber music and one was featured at the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival.

Komarek studies composition. This is his first year in concert band and his first time conducting a large ensemble. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in music and start an independent music publishing service after graduation.

Pierce, who is also a first-time conductor, is a music and religious studies double major. She plays both the trumpet and French horn, and was selected to play trumpet with the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band in 2012.

Santangelo studies percussion performance. He played lead guitar for Linfield’s spring 2013 production of “Spring Awakening,” was featured as a soloist with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and performed with the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and the Oregon Crusaders Indoor percussion ensemble. Santangelo has also performed with the CBDNA Collegiate Honor Band.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Jon DaviesNationally recognized psychologist Jon Davies will present a lecture in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, “The Importance of Engaging Men in Preventing Sexual Assault,” Tuesday April 22, at 7 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall.

Sexual assault is one symptom of a larger health crisis impacting the lives of men and particularly college men. Davies will describe this health crisis, along with the male socialization process and gender role expectations that increase men’s risk for sexual assault. He will discuss sexual assault prevention strategies to engage men that are congruent with the culture of masculinity, and talk about what can be done both individually and collectively to reduce sexual assault. Though most men are not perpetrators, 95 percent of the sexual assaults that occur in the United States are committed by men so it is crucial that sexual assault prevention efforts focus on men.

Davies specializes in men’s health and violence prevention and is the director of the McKenzie River Men’s Center, promoting men’s health and violence prevention in Lane County. He co-founded and served as advisor to the University of Oregon Men’s Center, where he worked as a psychologist for two decades. One of the first men’s centers in the nation, the UOMC was designed to help men lead healthy lives and reduce male-perpetrated violence against women. Based on their experiences, Davies and his colleagues co-founded the Men’s Center Approach to addressing the needs of college men. He has co-authored several articles including “The Men’s Center Approach to Addressing the Health Crisis of College Men” and “Engaging Men in Difficult Dialogues about Power.” He is a frequent presenter on men’s issues at local and national conferences and was recognized as Practitioner of the Year by the American Psychological Association’s Society of the Study of Men and Masculinity.

The lecture is sponsored by Student Health, Wellness and Counseling and the Consent Awareness Training Squad (C.A.T.S). For more information, contact Adria Godon-Bynum, ext. 2806,



The Importance of Being Earnest, photo by Kristeen CrosserLinfield College theatre students will don corsets and English accents for the spring production of the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. The production runs April 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

The Importance of Being Earnest, which originally premiered in the 1890s, is a farcical comedy in which the main characters maintain fake personas in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play confronts serious institutions such as marriage with witty dialogue and a satiric take on London’s high society.

Under the direction of Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, the comedy is a change of pace following two dramatic productions by the theatre department this season – Legacies of War Onstage and Ajax in Iraq.

“We wanted a classic that would allow our students to work with sophisticated language and a heightened sense of reality,” said Gupton. “The show also provides wonderful costume and scenery opportunities.”

The Importance of Being Earnest features a 13-member cast including junior Nicholas Granato as Algernon, freshman Heidie Ambrose as Cecily, freshman Murphy Jackson as Jack and senior Jenny Layton as Gwendolen. It will be performed in arena style, also known as “in the round,” which features the audience surrounding the stage. According to Gupton, the intimate setup requires extra attention to detail for stage design, lighting and acting. For example, Set Designer Kristeen Crosser looked for low backs on the settees and other furniture to keep sight lines open.

“Working on a comedy always makes rehearsals fun and a bit crazy,” said Gupton, referring to the mood of the rehearsals. “Add to that corsets, fans, cucumber sandwiches, tea etiquette and the British dialect, which the majority of the cast is required to learn, and you have quite a circus of events unfolding.”

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days.

For more information, call ext. 2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.



Holland tulipsLinfield College freshman Vince van ’t Hoff will present “Holland: So Far, But Still So Close” on Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Van ’t Hoff, an international student from Holland attending Linfield for one year on a Fulbright scholarship, will provide a glimpse into his home country along with highlights of his year at Linfield. He will provide information on life in Amsterdam, the difference between the names Holland and Netherlands, and his personal life and interests.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call ext. 2434 or email



Linfield CollegeJarek Kaspar, acting assistant professor of Physics at the University of Washington, will present “Next Generation Muon G-2” at the Linfield College Science Colloquium Thursday, April 24, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Kaspar will discuss current experimental efforts to push the boundaries of our understanding of particle physics. He will focus on the muon g-2 experiment, which shows hints of violating the standard model of particle physics.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Physics. For more information, contact Jennifer Heath, ext. 2267,



Joseph Komarek '14Joe Komarek will present a senior recital Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Komarek, a music major focusing on music composition, will display original instrumental and choral works written by him during his recital.

Komarek began producing original electronic music at age 14 and developed a love for classical music soon afterwards. He studies music composition at Linfield under Richard Bourassa and Jon Newton. Komarek has been involved with the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium and Tallis Scholars Summer School. In 2012, Komarek became a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. After graduation, Komarek plans to further his composition studies, as well as start an independent music publishing service.

This recital is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Linfield TheatreLinfield College will host a theatrical reading of the new play Broken Stones on Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Written by Fin Kennedy to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, Broken Stones takes an alleged conspiracy surrounding the oldest relics in the world and weaves a tale that calls into question the very nature of reality. It is focused on priceless relic looting from the Baghdad Museum during the height of the Iraq War. Inspired by real events after the fall of Baghdad in 2003, the play is a disturbing existential thriller about truth, myth, nationhood and the responsibility of a writer to their subject. The play was supported by the Arts Council England and developed by Portland Center Stage as a part of the 2012 JAW Festival.

The reading will be directed by Stephanie Mulligan and feature Linfield alumni and current students.

Kennedy is an award-winning playwright from the United Kingdom, as well as a teacher, writer-in-residence at the Mulberry School for Girls and co-artistic director of the Tamasha theatre group based in London. He is a graduate of the MA Writing for Performance program at Goldsmiths College, London, and his plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad. His play How to Disappear Completely & Never Be Found won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Playwriting Award, the first time in 40 years that an unproduced play won the award, and has been produced in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Portland.

Mulligan, a Linfield alumna who is currently teaching stage management at Linfield, is a stage director in both the professional and educational arenas. She has directed many productions, including The Wizard of Oz, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Laramie Project and The Comedy of Errors. Mulligan is a longtime associate of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre. She has also been a guest lecturer at universities in Oregon, as well as in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

The reading is free and open to the public and seating is limited. It is sponsored by the Linfield Theatre Program and PLACE. For more information, call ext. 2802 or visit



Ismet Prcic, photo by Melissa PrcicAuthor Ismet Prcic will discuss his book, Shards, on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library. The reading is a part of this year’s MacReads program and PLACE initiative.

In its 10th year, MacReads is a community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates in a presentation by the author. Schools, book clubs and residents throughout Yamhill County are encouraged to participate. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is open to the public.

Shards describes the story of a young Bosnian, also named Ismet Prcic, who has recently fled the city of Tuzla during the Bosnian war. He escapes Tuzla with a theatre troupe on its way to Scotland, and ultimately finds his way into the U.S. Throughout the story, Ismet, also known as Izzy, battles the guilt he feels for leaving his family behind. To deal with this guilt and make peace with his past, Izzy writes down all of his memories, thoughts and feelings. One aspect of his writing includes a viewpoint of another young man, real or imagined, named Mustafa, who stayed in Bosnia to fight. The result of these conflicting viewpoints and experiences reveals a truthful description of one man’s journey to make sense of the life he left behind in Bosnia, while at the same time piecing his life together in the U.S.

Prcic was born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1977 and lived there until he immigrated to the U.S. in 1996. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. He is also a recipient of the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts and fellow for the 2011 Sundance Screenwriting Lab. In addition, Prcic won the 2013 Oregon Book Awards’ Ken Kesey Award for Shards.

MacReads uses a common book to create community conversations that cross lines of generation and acquaintance. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library, McMinnville Public Library, Third Street Books and the Linfield English Department.

For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517.



AmazonLinfield College sophomore Maria Jose Vargas will present “Bolivia!” on Thursday, May 1, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Jose Vargas, an international student from Bolivia, will provide a glimpse into her home country. She will share information on Bolivian culture, Carnival, must-see places and what it means to be a Bolivian.

This event is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call ext. 2434 or email




Hawaiian Lu'au 2012Linfield College will host the 42nd annual lu’au celebration, “Keiki ‘O Ka ʻĀina,” with live music from Hawaiian duo Hema Pa‘a, on Saturday, May 3. A Hawaiian dinner at 5 p.m. will be followed by a live performance at 7:30 p.m.

For more than four decades, Linfield students have brought the aloha spirit to enthusiastic regional and campus crowds. More than 70 students will share dances and music from the Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa. This year’s theme, “Keiki ‘O Ka ʻĀina,” translates to children of the land. The evening will include a fire knife dance performed by a Linfield student and other traditional dances, including a Samoan dance.

The dinner will be catered by Ohana Café and served by Linfield students, and will feature a number of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Dinner will be served from 5 and 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 event will also feature live Hawaiian music by Hema Pa‘a, featuring Baba Alimoot and Chris Kamaka. Kamaka is the father of Linfield junior Ihilani Kamaka, who is co-chairing the lu’au along with junior Jonah Flores.

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.

Linfield parents 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 $28 for reserved seats. Student and senior (60+) tickets are $18 and $20, and require I.D. Children’s tickets are $10 and $15. Children under age two, seated on their parents’ laps, are admitted free without a meal. Tickets can be purchased at

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Hawaiian Club, and the Multicultural Programs and College Activities offices. Visit or call ext. 2435.



Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English, presented “Can the Terrorist Speak: Trauma, Testimony and the Genre of 9/11 Literatures” April 10 at The University of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minn.

Nick Buccola, associate professor of political science, secured a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions program to develop and implement a course called “What is Freedom?” to be taught in 2015 and 2016.

Lissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history, earned a fellowship ($33,000) to extend her sabbatical from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation to support research on a project titled “Whaling the Pacific World: Race, Sexuality, and Environment on the High Seas (1820-1920).” She also received a grant of $4,000 from the American Philosophical Society in support of the same project.

Rachael Woody, archivist, secured her second grant of $15,000 from the Oregon Wine Board for the expansion of the Oregon Wine History Archive. This summer, she and a student intern will pursue collection development and record oral histories on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla and Columbia valleys.




Noon: ASL table, Dillin

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

7 p.m.: Jon Davies, “The Importance of Engaging Men in Preventing Sexual Assault,” 222 T.J. Day

7:30 p.m.: Spring band concert, Ice


Noon: German language table, Dillin

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

7:30 p.m.: The Importance of Being Earnest, Marshall Theatre


4 p.m.: Vince van ’t Hoff, “Holland: So Far, But Still So Close,” Jonasson

4:10 p.m.: Science Colloquium, Jarek Kaspar “Next Generation Muon G-2,” 105 Murdock

7:30 p.m.: The Importance of Being Earnest, Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Track and field, NWC championships, Tacoma, Wash.

Today through Sunday: Women’s tennis, NWC championships

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

7:30 p.m.: The Importance of Being Earnest, Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf, NWC championships, Oregon Golf Association

Noon: Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark

7 p.m.: Joe Komarek senior recital, Delkin

7:30 p.m.: The Importance of Being Earnest, Marshall Theatre


10 a.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Skagit Valley Community College

Noon: Baseball vs. Lewis & Clark