Linfield Reports, 5/13/13


Dave HansenDave Hansen, professor emeritus of economics, will present “Twice-Told Stories – Most of Them True” on Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall.

Hansen joined the Linfield faculty in 1969 and retired in December 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and master’s from Portland State University. He served as Dean of Students for 22 years. He also briefly served as Linfield’s tennis coach and continues to broadcast Linfield Wildcat football games.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. His talk is part of Linfield’s last lecture series, which enables retiring faculty to give a final presentation to the community. For more information, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry, at ext. 2607 or



Linfield CollegeFour students will share their study abroad experiences during Pecha Kucha, Japanese for “chit chat,” Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Each presentation will consist of 20 slides with 20 seconds of “chit chat” per slide, for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Presentations include:

  • “A Renewed Love” by Dana Hellie ’14 (South Korea spring and fall 2012)
  • “In the Land of AUS” by J.B. Lange ’15 (January Term 2013: ECON 398 Aboriginal and Environmental Economics of Australia)
  • “Appreciating the World: My Experience Abroad” by Stephanie Raso ’13 (Austria fall 2011)
  • “From Aloha to Pura Vida” by Mariah Torres ’15 (Costa Rica fall 2012)

For more information, call ext. 2222.



PandemicThe social and cultural responses to the influenza pandemic after World War I will be the focus of a lecture by Nancy Bristow, American history professor at the University of Puget Sound, Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

The presentation, “Remembering Catastrophe: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic,” will address Bristow’s research on the different responses to the influenza and the factors that influenced them. She recently published a book on her study of the influenza pandemic, “American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.” In her book, Bristow provides a social and cultural analysis of the American response to the pandemic at the end of World War I. She presents a range of perspectives from flu patients and their families, to medical professionals and community leaders based on her extensive study of primary sources. Bristow is the great-granddaughter of two of the pandemic’s fatalities.

Bristow has held the position of Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound since 2006. She has numerous teaching awards, including the Carnegie and CASE Washington State Professor of the Year in 2007. Her other publications include Making Men Moral: Social Engineering During the Great War. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

The lecture is sponsored by PLACE and Linfield’s Health, Human Performance and Athletics Department. For more information, contact Sarah Coste, at ext. 2481 or



Peter RockAuthor Peter Rock will discuss and read from his book, My Abandonment, on Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library The reading is a culmination of this year’s MacReads program.

Inspired by a true story, My Abandonment is a tale of survival and hope, which illustrates the young narrator’s transformation. This novel is about a 13-year-old girl and her father who live in Forest Park, the enormous nature preserve in Portland. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a creek, store perishables, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden and even form a library of sorts. They remain separate from society except for once a week when they go to the city to buy groceries and attend church. A small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, provoking an eerie and surreal flight.

Rock attended Deep Springs College, received his bachelor of arts in English from Yale University and then held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Deep Springs College and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and is professor of creative writing in the English department at Reed College.

MacReads is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library, Third Street Books and the Linfield English Department.

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



Linfield College bandLinfield will host a spring chamber music recital Thursday, May 16, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

The recital will feature nine chamber ensembles including trumpet trio, piano trio, four hand piano, string quartet, wind quintet, solo voice with piano, clarinet quartet and four hands, two pianos. The performance will feature part of a four-movement work for clarinet quartet composed by music major Yucheng (Alex) Zhang ’14. It will also include pieces from Mozart, Danzi, Dvorak, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Britten and Barber.

The recital is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department. For more information, call 503-883-2275.



Linfield CollegeThe 21st Annual Linfield College Science and Social Science Symposium and 8th Annual Linfield College Humanities and Creative Projects Symposium (previously known as the Linfield College Student Collaborative Research and Creative Projects Symposium) will be held Friday, May 17, at 3 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

From its inception in 1993, the Linfield College Science and Social Science 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. Each symposium is open to all students involved in research or who have worked on special projects, independent studies or other suitable class work.

Abstracts are posted in DigitalCommons@Linfield in advance of the event, and presentations will remain on display through Thursday, May 23. For more information, contact ext. 2224 or



Linfield College Jazz NightThe Linfield College Music Department will host a Jazz Night concert Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The performances will include original compositions, big band standards, Dixieland and contemporary rock. The evening will feature pieces such as “In The Mood,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “Caravan” and “Boogie Stop Shuffle” among others. Senior jazz band performers Jenny Morgan and Jenaveve Linabary will play Pink Martini’s “Little Tomato.” This will be the seniors’ final jazz band performance at Linfield. Also performing will be freshman Eason Stowell playing “West End Blues” and junior Katelyn Henson featured in “Night Train.”

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



Linfield College commencementThe Linfield College Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, June 2, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove. Theresa Betancourt ’91, an internationally known advocate for child health and human rights, will deliver the commencement address. Charles U. Walker, who served as president of Linfield College from 1975 to 1992, will deliver the baccalaureate address Saturday, June 1, at 5 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Golden Grads, individuals who graduated from Linfield 50 or more years ago, will also be marching in the commencement ceremony, and several will accompany their grandchildren who are graduating. Following the commencement ceremony, the Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

The school expects approximately 660 graduates during the 2012-13 academic year.

Betancourt will present “The Rest is Up to You.” A Linfield summa cum laude graduate, Betancourt now directs the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity at Harvard University. The center works to protect and promote the rights and wellbeing of children and their families in developing countries, through research, teaching, advocacy and targeted action. In addition to her directorship and professorship at Harvard, Betancourt teaches at the Center for International Health and Development at Boston University. She also serves as an associated scientist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Over the years, she has advocated for and helped thousands of homeless children in India, former child soldiers in Sierra Leone, Rwandan children and families affected by HIV/AIDS, and Eritrean Kunama refugees, among others. Betancourt graduated from Linfield with a degree in psychology and minors in French and international studies. She completed her doctoral work in maternal and child health with concentrations in psychiatric epidemiology and health and human rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. Betancourt received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Linfield in 2010.

Walker, who served as Linfield president from 1975-92, will present “The Question of HOW.” During his 17 years as Linfield’s leader, Walker built a reputation for community involvement, and his retirement has proven no different. The Linfield president emeritus has been prominently involved in the Ford Family Foundation, serving as vice chair of the board and helping design the foundation’s two major initiatives, the Ford Scholars Program and the Ford Institute for Community Building. Walker was founding chair of the Oregon Cultural Trust, which makes grants to cultural organizations in addition to raising funds toward a $200 million permanent endowment.

His interest in education led to his involvement in the Chalkboard Project, designed to help strengthen K-12 education in Oregon. A classical music enthusiast, Walker established Neskowin Chamber Music in 1994.

For more information, call ext. 2408 or visit



Susan Barnes Whyte, library director and associate professor, has been elected to a four-year term on the board of the Association of College and Research Libraries. ACRL is the major professional association for academic (university, college, and community college) librarians in North America. She has also been named co-director of the New College Library Directors Mentoring Program, a seminar for new college library directors from around the country.

Kelly Bird, sports information director, and Scott Carnahan ’73, director of athletics, successfully applied for a Strategic Alliance Matching Grant from the NCAA. This three-year grant (approx. $80,000) enables the college to continue its strong day-to-day outreach in sports information while further enhancing athletics marketing, promotions and fundraising opportunities.

Tara Lepp, professor of health and human performance, has been selected for the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award from the National Athletic Trainers Association. The award will be presented in June at the NATA’s annual conference in Las Vegas. One of the NATA’s highest honors, the award recognizes exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities.

The Linfield Relay for Life team raised $307 at the Relay Resale May 4. The McMinnville Relay for Life will be held June 21-22 at Patton Middle School in McMinnville. The opening ceremony is Friday at 6 p.m. and the closing ceremony is Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Support team Linfield.




7 p.m.: Dave Hansen last lecture, 222 T.J. Day

7 p.m.: Pecha Kucha, Ice


7 p.m.: Nancy Bristow lecture, Jonasson


Today through Sunday: Baseball at NCAA Division III regionals


11:50 a.m.: SOAN Voices, Dillin

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Chamber music recital, Delkin

4 p.m.: Track and field, George Fox final qualifier

7:30 p.m.: MacReads featuring Peter Rock, Nicholson


1 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

3 p.m.: Science and Social Science Symposium and Humanities and Creative Projects Symposium, Nicholson

8 p.m.: Jazz Night, Ice


6 p.m.: Reveca Primachenko senior recital, Delkin


Today through Saturday: Track and field, NCAA Outdoor championships


Today through Tuesday: Baseball at NCAA Division III finals