Linfield Reports, 5/22/17

Linfield Gallery hosts thesis exhibition featuring artist trio

Senior Thesis Art ExhibitWork by three senior art majors at Linfield College is showcased in the thesis exhibition, “JAK The Trifecta: A Story of Coalesce,” on display through Sunday, May 28, in the Linfield Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

Work by seniors Alex Andreotti, Jasmine Fojas and Kytana Winn is featured. Coalesce means to unite, grow or come together to form one mass or whole. A trinity of women who come from diverse backgrounds, independent aesthetics and a variety of mediums have formed a bond that enables them to be inspired within each other’s works. The work of Andreotti, Fojas and Winn may look different in appearance, but are all rooted from growth and transformation through the trials and tribulations of what it means to be an artist.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery online at


Emotions focus of anthropology exhibit

Pioneer HallThe spectrum of emotions between love and hate is the emphasis of an anthropology exhibit curated by Linfield College students.

The exhibit, “Unreasonably Human: Material Expressions of Love and Hate,” is on display in the Linfield Anthropology Museum (LAM), located in the Walker Hall lobby. The exhibit was coordinated by students in Anthropology 355: Museums, Exhibiting Culture, under the guidance of Leslie Walker, LAM coordinator and instructor of anthropology.

This exhibit examines how the spectrum of emotions between love and hate are expressed through practice, material objects and visual representations. It also explores the ways in which humans act and engage with the material world in seemingly irrational or unreasonable ways. The exhibit takes an anthropological look at the role that strong emotions play in actions and the construction of the material world.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Walker at


Wong to deliver commencement address

Linfield College commencementMore than 670 Linfield College graduates will be honored during commencement exercises Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove.

Su-Yen Wong, chief executive of the Human Capital Leadership Institute and a 1989 Linfield graduate, will deliver the commencement address to the class of 2017. The Rev. Lynne Smouse Lopez, pastor of Ainsworth United Church of Christ in Portland, will present the baccalaureate address Saturday, May 27, at 5 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium.


Commencement speaker

Su-Yen WongWong is the CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, established by the Singapore government to develop global leaders. She is chair of the board at Nera Telecommunications, a global telecom and IT solutions provider that operates in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. She is also a member of the board of MediaCorp, Singapore’s leading media company; Yoma Strategic Holdings, a business conglomerate in Myanmar; and NTUC First Campus, the largest provider of childcare services in Singapore. She is an active member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, Women Corporate Directors and the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Wong has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, risk management, organizational transformation, human capital and leadership development. She is recognized as a multicultural, client-focused, people-oriented and innovation-driven leader, and has been based in the United States, Thailand, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Wong graduated from Linfield with a bachelor’s degree in music and computer science. She participated in concert choir, Linfield Theatre and the international student community. She received an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Baccalaureate speaker

Lynn Smouse LopezLopez has been the pastor of Ainsworth United Church of Christ in Portland since 1996. Under her leadership, Ainsworth UCC received a service award from Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for housing an HIV Day Center. The church also received the first Local Church Justice Award from the UCC national Justice and Witness Ministries in 2001.

Lopez received a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University in 1976 with a duel major of special education and elementary education. She obtained a master’s of education in counseling, also at Kent State University, in 1980. In 1989 she graduated from the School of Theology at Claremont, Calif., with a Master’s of Divinity.

Baccalaureate has existed for centuries in colleges and universities as a time of worship for graduating members of the senior class. College officials, faculty and graduating seniors wear academic dress for the occasion. Linfield’s baccalaureate service is ordered according to the traditions within Protestant Christianity and strives to touch on the universal theme of common humanity that can be found in all of the world’s great religions.

Commencement ceremony guests are encouraged to dress for unpredictable spring weather. For more information, call 503-883-2408 or visit


Community news

Jennifer Nordstrom, professor of mathematics, secured her third and final Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant ($5,000) from the Mathematical Association of America in support of Math PLUS, a middle school mentorship program in which Linfield undergraduates pair with students from Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School to work on research projects in mathematics.

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies, published a piece in The New Yorker on May 12, “With Her Eerily Timely ‘Indecent,’ Paula Vogel Unsettles American Theatre Again.”


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