Linfield Reports, 4/5/10


Award-winning author Gina Ochsner will discuss her latest book on post-Soviet life Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Ochsner will read from her novel “The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight,” a book of post-Soviet lives that moves between the magical, the comical and the transcendent to portray a people who rely on dreams to defy the coming of neglect and termination.

Ochsner divides her time between writing and teaching with the Seattle Pacific Low-Residency MFA program. She has been awarded a John L. Simon Guggenheim grant as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review. Ochsner is the author of the short story collection “The Necessary Grace to Fall,” which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction and the story collection “People I Wanted to Be.” Both books are recipients of the Oregon Book Award.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517, or email


Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication, will present “Teaching and learning with blogs, twitter, audio and video podcasting” at the Faculty Learning Commons on Wednesday, April 7, at 12:30 p.m. in the West Wing of Dillin Hall.

Huntsberger has been using online and wireless media tools for teaching and learning since 2003. In this presentation, he will examine how students can use blogs to develop their research and analysis techniques, writing and electronic media productions skills. He will also discuss how he has used video podcasts to conduct classes from overseas, audio podcasts to support environmental studies and community service projects and social networking applications to build scholarly awareness.


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.


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.


Career and Community Services is hosting three events this week to prepare students for the work force.

Monday, April 5 – Resumania, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 124 Walker Hall. Students can prepare for the job fair by having resumes reviewed.

Wednesday, April 7 – 21st Annual First Avenue Career and Graduate School Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Chiles Center, Portland. More than 100 organizations will have representatives available to talk to students about summer jobs, internships, entry-level opportunities and graduate schools. In addition, there will be a networking session during the fair with 40-50 professionals available to talk with students.

Friday, April 9 – Career planning field trip. Classes will visit Regence and the Portland Children’s Museum to learn about the organizations and talk with employees. A networking lunch in between will include several Linfield alumni who work in Portland.


Linfield College and Chemeketa Community College are teaming up to help local students interested in pursuing a four-year college degree.

The new program will offer Linfield scholarships to qualified Chemeketa Scholars interested in completing their bachelor’s degrees at Linfield.

The Chemeketa Scholars Program currently offers full tuition scholarships to those accepted into the program. It is open to all high school students in the community college district who hold a 3.5 cumulative grade point average when they graduate from high school and enroll full time at Chemeketa.

Beginning this fall, Linfield will award up to 10 “Chemeketa Scholars at Linfield Awards” of $13,500 to qualified students who complete two full years of coursework at Chemeketa Community College as Chemeketa Scholars, and transfer to Linfield College. Priority will be given to students who meet Linfield’s admission qualifications and apply by the transfer application priority date of April 15. The award is renewable at the same dollar amount for two years of continuous enrollment at Linfield College.

“Linfield and Chemeketa want to jointly explore ways to serve talented local students who are interested in pursuing four-year degrees,” said Victoria McGillin, Linfield’s vice president for academic affairs/dean of faculty. “Because this special partnership will serve students in the local community college district, the Chemeketa Scholars at Linfield Award program will provide a higher scholarship award than our traditional transfer scholarship program.”

This new program will build on the strong relationship that has existed between Chemeketa and Linfield for many years. Discussions are under way to develop programs to assist Chemeketa students with the transition from community college to a four-year college, including mentoring, campus work projects or visit programs.

“This is an amazing partnership,” said Chemeketa Scholar, Alyson Williams. “The last two years at Chemeketa were a complete blessing because I did not have the means to pay for college. Now, it feels like my hard work is paying off and I could pursue my bachelor’s degree at Linfield College on the same type of scholarship.”

For more information on the program, contact Dan Preston, dean of enrollment management, 503-883-2294,; or Denise Galey, First Year Experience Coordinator at Chemeketa, 503-399-5129,


Admitted students and their families can live the life of a Linfield student 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. For more information, call 800-640-2287.


Cris Moss, adjunct professor of art and visual culture and Linfield Gallery director, is the point person for the “Portland 2010” biennial, featuring Oregon artists. Moss featured 18 handpicked artists, chosen from more than 300 artists and groups. The exhibition has received extensive media coverage. Hosted by various galleries in Portland, it runs through May. Moss will present a curator’s talk and open forum on Saturday, April 24, at 3 p.m. at Disjecta.

Poems by Ansley Clark ‘10 won the Best Imaginative Writing award at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature held at the University of Portland March 20. Clark read from her poems and also presented a critical paper discussing Milan Kundera’s novel The Joke.

Eight Linfield students were named to key leadership positions in the Oregon Student Nurses Association. Students include Elizabeth Diaz ‘12, vice president; Whitney Hawk ‘12, treasurer; Mike Spear ‘11, media director; Sarah Heath ‘12, convention director; Stephanie Griffin ‘11, legislative director; Jenny Jen ‘12, professional development director; and Margaret Ngai ‘12 and Melody Andrada ‘12, nominating and elections committee.



9 a.m.: Resumania, 124 Walker


Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Willamette

5:30 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Pacific


10 a.m.: First Avenue Career and Graduate School Fair, Chiles Center, Portland

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

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

12:30 p.m.: Faculty Learning Commons, Michael Huntsberger, “Teaching and learning with blogs, twitter, audio and video podcasting,” Dillin


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. George Fox

7:30 p.m.: Gina Ochsner reading, Nicholson Library


All day: Career planning field trip

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Men’s tennis at George Fox

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Puget Sound


All day today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC spring classic

9 a.m.: Track and field at Pacific Luau

11 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Baseball vs. Lewis and Clark

Noon: Women’s lacrosse vs. Pomona-Pitzer

Noon: Softball at Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Pacific Lutheran


Noon: Softball at Puget Sound

1 p.m.: Baseball vs. Lewis and Clark