Linfield Reports, 4/24/17

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 sports fansA 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.


Students collaborate on “Commit to be Fit” fair

Commit to be FitLinfield College students and faculty are teaming up with McMinnville community-based organizations to encourage healthy lifestyles.

The second annual “Commit to be Fit: Healthy Lifestyle Fair” will be held Saturday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center. The event is hosted by the Student Nutrition and Activity Clinic for Kids (SNACK) Program and Linfield College students and faculty.

Participants can learn from a variety of exhibitors offering information about health and wellness services and nutrition education and participate in fun activities and sessions. The day will include fitness activities every 10 minutes, including yoga, dance, tag games, gymnastics and more. Free screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, body composition and grip strength will also be offered.

The event is free, and Commit to be Fit Passports are available for $5. Passport holders who complete six activity sessions and visit five exhibitors of their choosing will be entered into a drawing to win a fitness tracker.

This “Family Fitness Challenge: 60 Minute Madness” aims to provide participants opportunities to reach 60 minutes of exercise during the event. Participants who complete six sessions will reach the daily recommendation of one hour of exercise, showing participants that getting an hour of activity can be split up across the day and can include a variety of activities.

Register at Registration will also be available the day of the event. Cash or check only for passport purchases.

This event is made possible by Yamhill Community Care Organization’s Build Forward Program and is a part of Yamhill County’s Every Kid Healthy Week, which runs April 23-29. The week features a super hero 5K, a Wildcat Workout in Linfield’s upper gym, a yoga night also in Linfield’s upper gym and the healthy lifestyle fair. Details about those events are on the SNACK Program Facebook Events Page.

SNACK offers free, personalized lifestyle support for children and their families in Yamhill County. SNACK facilitates behavior change towards healthy eating and active living using family-centered nutrition education sessions, group cooking and exercise sessions, and community-wide health events.

For more information, contact Katie Sours, SNACK program coordinator, at 503-434-8278,


Students, faculty plan cello extravaganza

Linfield College cello extravaganzaLinfield College will present a cello extravaganza on Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield College.

The Linfield Cello Ensemble will perform arrangements of popular classical and non-classical works, from Bach to the heavy metal band Apocalyptica, plus solo performances by music majors.

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


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.


Roberto Gonzales, Harvard professor and author, to speak

Roberto GonzalesRoberto Gonzales, assistant professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, will discuss his work from a 12-year-study of undocumented youth and education on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College.

Gonzales is the author of “Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America.” The book is a vivid ethnography that explores why highly educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with their less-educated peers, despite the fact that higher education is touted as the path to integration and success in America. Mining the results of a 12-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, “Lives in Limbo” exposes the failures of a system that integrates children into K-12 schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor.

Gonzales, one of the nation’s leading experts on undocumented immigrant youth and young adults, is also associate editor of the journal “Social Problems,” has conducted research focusing on the ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the experiences of poor, minority and immigrant youth.

A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by Academic Affairs, the President’s Office, Nicholson Library, Unidos Bridging Community and the Diversity Advisory Committee. For more information, contact Gerardo Ochoa at 503-883-2617 or


Theatre concludes 97th season with ‘The Women of Lockerbie’

The Women of LockerbieLinfield College theatre students will explore grief and healing in the face of intolerable pain when they present “The Women of Lockerbie,” the final show of the 97th season.

Performances are May 4-6 and 11-13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre. In addition, Deborah Brevoort, playwright, will be in residence working with students and presenting talks for the community on issues surrounding the play.

“The Women of Lockerbie” transports the audience to the hills of Scotland seven years after Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed in 1988 by a terrorist bomb and crashed into the small village, killing all 243 passengers, 16 crew members, and 11 individuals on the ground. It tells the plight of a mother from New Jersey traveling to Scotland to find her son’s remains. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. Inspired by a true story, the characters and situations in the play are fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, the play is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. It is the winner of the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.

Brevoort will be in residence at Linfield May 4-6 to celebrate the opening of Linfield’s production. The residency is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College. The Lacroute Arts Series is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor.

Playwright-in-residence special events:

  • Book signings: Prior to the performances on Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5 from 7-7:25 p.m., Brevoort will sign copies of her book “The Women of Lockerbie & The Comfort Team.” Books will be available for purchase at the signing.
  • Behind the scenes with the production team: On Thursday, May 4, after the performance, stay for a short question & answer discussion with the playwright, designers and director as they share their ideas about creating this production.
  • Meet the playwright dessert reception: Join Brevoort at a dessert reception before the show on Friday, May 5, from 6 -7p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall.
  • Post show discussion, “From Tragedy to Healing”: On Friday, May 5, immediately following the performance, Brevoort, Gupton and the actors will join the audience in a discussion of the themes developed in the play.
  • Writing process talk: Brevoort will present “The Women of Lockerbie: The Journey from Inspiration to the Stage” on Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. She will talk about her writing process, from the moment of inspiration to the staged production. She will also discuss the many detours along the way, such as adapting Greek tragedy to a contemporary subject; Aristotle; playwriting craft issues; poetry; contending with critics; and new play development programs.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (age 10+, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available online at and tickets will be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Tuesday, April 25. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open May 6 and 13 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and on May 7 from noon to 2 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

Linfield’s Marshall Theatre takes part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights free of charge. The production is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


‘Works in Progress’ dance showcase set at Linfield

Linfield College danceLinfield College will host the spring dance showcase, “Works in Progress,” on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The Linfield Dance Showcase is a culmination of work developed by adjunct Professor Michele Ainza, Linfield dance students, the Dance Team and Hip Hop Club. The showcase will feature a variety of dance styles, including contemporary dance, jazz dance and hip hop. Students performing are from departments across the college who all share the love of dance. The showcase will run approximately 30 minutes.

Ainza earned a master of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, and a certification in Laban/Bartenieff  Movement Analysis from the Integrated Movement Studies based out of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She is also a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.

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


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