Linfield Reports, 5/19/14


Pioneer Hall at 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



Wall on TerrorWhen students in Professor Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt’s 9/11 literatures class expressed frustration at their generation’s lack of understanding of the repercussions of 9/11 and the ongoing “war on terror,” Dutt-Ballerstadt gave them a choice – forgo the final class paper and instead take action.

The students chose action.

As a result, they have constructed three large walls on campus as a part of their project “Wall on Terror.” The walls, located near Walker and Riley Halls and Nicholson Library, each represent different aspects of war including casualties, war debt, creative reflections, living soldiers and veterans. Students hope the walls will prompt discussion and encourage people to ask questions as well as talk about how war has affected them personally.

“We’re hoping to challenge the community to get informed and perhaps give them a basis of information to jump off of,” said Shauna Koester ’15.

Students will discuss the project at two events – “Legacies of War and the Liberal Arts: Learning from Difference,” Monday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall; and “Wall on Terror Reflections: Community Dialogue,” Tuesday, May 20, at 4:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall.

Dutt-Ballerstadt, at Linfield since 2004, has been inspired by the collaborative nature of the class and the impact of the student-initiated interdisciplinary civic engagement.

“This is a powerful example of what students can do with their ‘bookish’ knowledge combined with creativity and urgency beyond their classroom space,” said Dutt-Ballerstadt. “As a faculty member, nothing is as wonderful as beginning to learn from your own students!”

In addition to designing and building the walls, the students are recording the process and the reactions of peers in a video.

“One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that war doesn’t end when the battles end, and wars don’t start just one day,” Koester added. “Scars from the war dig deep into our culture and impact the way we interact with other cultures and people.”



Linfield Music DepartmentThe Department of Music will host an honors recital Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

The evening will feature top music student vocal and instrumental performances from spring juries and the recent Chamber Recital. A reception will follow in Jonasson Hall.

For more information, call ext. 2275.





Linfield CollegeLinfield 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



Richard Bourassa, professor of musicA faculty recital and reception, “From Brahms to Bourassa,” will be held Thursday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in Bull Music Center.

The recital is planned in recognition of the retirement of Richard Bourassa, professor of music, who has been at Linfield since 1992. For more information, call ext. 2275.





Linfield College commencementMore than 700 Linfield College graduates will be honored during commencement exercises Sunday, June 1, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove.

Dr. Stephen Lopes, a 1984 graduate of Linfield College and the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the University of Southern California Athletics Department, will deliver the commencement address. Dave Hunt, past president of American Baptist Churches USA and former speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, will present the baccalaureate address Saturday, May 31, at 5 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium, located in the Health, Human Performance and Athletics Building.

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland. Tickets are required to attend the event.

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.

Commencement speaker

As COO and CFO, Lopes is responsible for managing all financial resources and operations of the $100 million athletic department budget at USC. He negotiates and administers multi-media contracts including television, radio and internet, as well as sponsorship agreements with NIKE, Fox Sports and others. He’s overseen the growth of department revenues from $21 million in 1995 to $100 million in 2014. He works directly on Title IX compliance and NCAA certification and has been involved in the increase in fundraising for the athletic department from $5.5 million in 1995 to $22 million in 2012.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Lopes also serves as an assistant adjunct professor in the Rossier School of Education at USC, teaching a graduate-level course in athletic administration. He is the executive director and program coordinator for the Sports Management Institute, a sports management executive education program that has trained more than 70 current or former intercollegiate athletic directors and is sponsored by the Universities of Southern California, Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Georgia.

Baccalaureate speaker

Hunt is the son of a Linfield alumnus and American Baptist pastor. He was raised in Seattle, Wash.; Clearfield, Utah; and Eugene. He majored in political science at Columbia University and served as a congressional staffer for three members of Congress over a 10-year period. He served for 16 years on the general board of American Baptist Churches USA, where he was elected as the youngest-ever ABC/USA president.

Hunt was elected to five terms in the Oregon House of Representatives, where his legislative colleagues elected him majority leader and speaker of the house. Under his leadership, the house passed the largest jobs package in Oregon history, expanded health insurance to 90,000 uninsured Oregon children, created Oregon’s first Rainy Day Fund, and passed two historic laws expanding religious liberty.

For more information, call ext. 2408 or visit



Jason Rodriquez, director of multicultural programs, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). The three-year term runs through 2017. NCORE is housed in the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies under Outreach at the University of Oklahoma.




4:30 p.m.: “Legacies of War and the Liberal Arts: Learning from Difference,” Ice


Noon: ASL table, Dillin

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

4:30 p.m.: “Wall on Terror Reflections: Community Dialogue,” 219 T.J. Day

7 p.m.: Honors recital, Ice


Noon: German language table, Dillin

8 p.m.: “Broadway Baby!” Delkin


All day: Reading day

Today through Saturday: Track and field at NCAA outdoor championships

2:30 p.m.: “From Brahms to Bourassa,” Delkin


Today through Tuesday: Baseball at NCAA finals

Today through Thursday: Final exams

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove