Linfield Reports, 5/12/14


Mike RobertsMichael Roberts, professor of biology, will present a “Last Lecture” on Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Roberts, who joined the Linfield faculty in 1981, will retire at the end of the academic year. His talk is part of Linfield’s last lecture series, which enables retiring faculty to give a final presentation to the community. During the lecture, Roberts will share stories about his more than 30 years of teaching biology and talk about his plans and work now that he won’t be teaching full time.

Roberts co-wrote the book “Receptor Biology: Physiology and Evolution,” due out this fall, with fellow Linfield faculty member and department of biology Chair Anne Kruchten. In addition, Roberts has had a multitude of his work in thermoregulation and receptor pharmacology published in various places. He holds a bachelor’s in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and conducted his postdoctoral research at Yale University.

A reception will follow. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information, call ext. 2547 or email



International students 14The International Programs Office will host a farewell party for graduating and departing international scholars and students Tuesday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

The group includes 15 graduating seniors, 10 exchange students and four departing scholars. For more information, call ext. 2222.






Linfield TheatreThe Linfield College Theatre Program will present “Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts” May 14-17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

The Marshall Theatre will host three short plays Wednesday, May 14, and Friday, May 16, with two more on Thursday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17. All shorts will be directed by students.

The Wednesday and Friday shows will feature “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” directed by junior Emily Meinel; “The Actor’s Nightmare,” directed by junior Nicholas Granato; and “The Most Massive Woman Wins,” directed by senior Jenny Layton. The Thursday and Saturday shows will feature “The Dumbwaiter,” directed by junior Daniel Bradley and excerpts from “Tea,” directed by junior Mariko Kajita.

“For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” are comedies by American playwright Christopher Durang. “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” parodies Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” while “The Actor’s Nightmare” is about an accountant suddenly thrown into a theatrical production that he wasn’t prepared for. “The Most Massive Woman Wins,” a comedy by Madeleine George, takes place in the waiting room at a liposuction clinic where four women explore body image issues.

“The Dumbwaiter” by Harold Pinter is set in a basement where two hit men are awaiting their next assignment. “Tea,” by Velina Hasu Houston, is about five Japanese women who marry American soldiers after World War II and find their lives in upheaval as they are displaced to Junction City, Kan., during the 1950s and 60s.

Some plays are not suitable for all audiences due to mature subject matter and language.

Tickets are $5 for all seats and 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.

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



Chamber music recitalThe Linfield College Department of Music will present its spring chamber music concert on Thursday, May 15, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

The concert, which will be comprised of students and faculty, will feature several ensembles. These will include horn, clarinet and string quartets; a woodwind ensemble featuring flute, clarinet and bassoon; a variety of four-hand piano duo selections; a string quintet; a mixed octet with piano, percussion, strings and winds; and a trio featuring clarinet, violin and piano.

The concert will feature works and composers that span nearly four centuries and seven countries: Russia, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, England and the United States. Composers whose works will be performed include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Franz Schubert. The concert will also feature works from living composers Kerry Turner and Kevin Walczyk, a professor of music at Western Oregon University.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Nicholson LibraryThe 22nd Annual Linfield College Student Scholarship Symposium will be held Friday, May 16, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

From its inception in 1993, the Linfield College Student Scholarship Symposium (sponsored by the Wendell L. Foote Science Endowment, and formerly known as the Linfield College Science Symposium) has provided a venue for students in the sciences and social sciences to present their work to the community. In 2006, a second symposium primarily centered on disciplines within the humanities was established. This year, the two symposia have been combined into one celebration, open to all students involved in research or who have worked on special projects, independent studies or creative work.

Abstracts are posted in DigitalCommons@Linfield in advance of the event, and presentations will remain on view through Thursday, May 22.



Jazz NightThe Linfield College Jazz Ensemble will present a Jazz Night concert Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The performance, under the direction of Steve Kravitz, adjunct professor of music, will include popular big band music and jazz. It will spotlight seniors Izgi Gulfem Torunlar singing and Max Milander playing piano. Songs will include “Attitude Dance,” “Night Train” featuring the trombone section, “Bye Bye Blackbird” featuring the trumpet section and “Take Five.”

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Linfield's Opera TheatreLinfield College music students will present a series of opera scene performances during “Make Me Laugh, Make Me Cry – Operatic Scenes in Italian and French.” The performance will be Sunday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The concert, performed by students in Linfield’s Opera Theatre class, will feature a variety of fully staged scenes from beloved operas. The varied program will contrast excerpts from comedic and witty operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi with works by Hector Berlioz, Léo Delibes and Charles-François Gounod. Highlights will include the duet from Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona,” the earliest example of operatic comedy; the hilarious trio from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro;” “Là ci darem la mano,” a seduction scene from Don Giovanni; and the “Flower Duet” from Delibes’ “Lakmé.”

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Opera TheaterLinfield College music students will perform a musical theatre cabaret on Wednesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

“Broadway Baby!” will feature scenes and songs from Broadway, and is the culmination of the musical theatre cabaret class, led by Natalie Gunn, adjunct professor of music at Linfield. Student performers include seniors Angie Aguilar and Chelsea Ploof, sophomore Megan Uhrinak and freshman Mikenna Whatley. Susan McDaniel, principal staff accompanist and a 1997 Linfield graduate, will accompany the performances on the piano. The group will perform scenes and songs from contemporary Broadway musicals such as “Les Miserábles,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “The Secret Garden,” “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark,” “Avenue Q” and more.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at ext. 2275 or visit



Linfield CollegeTwo years of study about the impact of war will culminate in a final event, “Legacies of War and the Liberal Arts: Learning from Difference,” Monday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The event, a PLACE Talk, will include a series of short, student-led presentations that have resulted from a two-year examination of the legacies of war through the Linfield Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). Faculty and students from eight courses that relate to Legacies of War will compose the program. In addition to students, faculty participants will include Patrick Cottrell (political science), Barbara Seidman (English), David Fiordalis (religious studies), Tom Love (anthropology), Scott Smith (history), Dawn Nowacki (political science), David Sumner (English) and others.

PLACE is a campus-wide program to promote innovation in liberal arts education and civic engagement through the exploration of thematic connections among modes of thinking and inquiry. PLACE Talks is a forum for stimulating interdisciplinary learning around the thematic content of a given year. The event is designed to appeal to a broad audience, prompt thought about important issues in new ways and consider how to apply this knowledge to some greater good. It’s organized through collaboration between PLACE faculty fellows and the student-led PLACE Club.

For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell at



Organic Chemistry LabLinfield College has been named to the list of colleges and universities approved by the American Chemical Society.

Linfield faculty and students are enthusiastic and actively engaged in the educational process, according to the selection committee. The chemistry program was evaluated on its breadth and depth, the qualifications of the chemistry faculty, the adequacy of the physical plant, condition of instrumentation, access to the current chemical literature, and opportunities for a meaningful research experience.

Students may select a specific set of courses that leads to an ACS-certified major. Certification requires foundational course work in five subdisciplines and advanced course work in four of the five areas. In addition, the student must complete a minimum of 400 laboratory hours through coursework or other research experiences.

The Department of Chemistry offers a sequence of courses to provide a solid background for employment as a professional chemist or for graduate training in the various branches of chemistry. Courses are organized so that certain parts of the sequence can provide a foundation of chemical knowledge for pre-professional students or for majors in departments requiring chemistry.



Sharon Wagner, professor of business, and Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, will present two papers at upcoming conferences. They will present “Communicating the Good Life: How Oregon Wineries Use Facebook to Connect with Consumers” at the International Communication Association Conference in Seattle, Wash., May 22-26. They will also present “Reputation Management on the Internet: Content and Impact of Oregon Wineries’ Websites and Facebook Pages” at the Academy of Wine Business Research conference in Geisenheim, Germany, in June. Four students assisted them with the research funded by a grant through the Linfield Center for the Northwest — Katherine Byers ’14, Katelyn Henson ’15, Ashley Streich ’13 and Shelby VandeBergh ’14.




7 p.m.: Michael Roberts “Last Lecture,” 105 Murdock


Noon: ASL table, Dillin

4 p.m.: IPO Farewell party, 4 p.m., Jonasson

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


Today through Saturday: Baseball at NCAA regionals

Noon: German language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: “Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts,” Marshall Theatre, Ford Hall


10 a.m.: Track and field at West Coat Invitational

4 p.m.: Chamber music concert, Delkin Recital Hall, Bull

7:30 p.m.: “Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts,” Marshall Theatre, Ford Hall


Today and tomorrow: Softball at NCAA III super regionals

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

4:30 p.m.: Student Scholarship Symposium, Nicholson

7:30 p.m.: Jazz Night, Ice

7:30 p.m.: “Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts,” Marshall Theatre, Ford Hall


7:30 p.m.: “Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts,” Marshall Theatre, Ford Hall


7:30 p.m.: Opera theatre, Ice