Linfield Reports, 5/24/10

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Linfield College will graduate 518 students at its 2010 Spring Commencement Sunday, May 30, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove on the McMinnville Campus.

Humanitarian physician Jill Seaman will present the commencement address, followed by departmental receptions in the Oak Grove.

The baccalaureate ceremony is Saturday, May 29, at 6 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium on the McMinnville Campus. The closing convocation for the nursing school will also be Sunday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

The Reverend Stephan Ross will offer the baccalaureate speech, “Life Interrupted.” He has served as pastor of the McMinnville United Methodist Church since 1998 and is currently co-pastor of the McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. He previously served congregations in Silverton, Marquam, Alsea and Philomath, Ore., and in Burley, Idaho. Ross has been active in the McMinnville Downtown Association, Lions Club, Area Habitat for Humanity and the Citizens Committee. He completed his master of divinity degree at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif.

Graduates came from 21 states and 11 countries, including Nepal, Turkey and Mongolia. Sixty-six percent are female and 34 percent are male. The most popular majors were business, education, exercise science and nursing.

Commencement speaker Dr. Jill Seaman was featured as one of Time Magazine’s 1997 Heroes of Medicine for her single-minded efforts to prevent an epidemic of kala-azar in Sudan, Africa. The deadly disease, which often results in a painful death, was decimating villages prior to her arrival, with one village experiencing a drop from 1,000 inhabitants to four. Seaman became the driving force behind a Doctors Without Borders intervention and prevented the epidemic from turning into a modern-day version of the Black Death. Along the way, Seaman developed new procedures for treating the disease and emerged as one of the world’s leading experts.

Working conditions in Sudan, one of the most remote, impoverished and war-torn areas of the globe, are harsh. It was there that Seaman treated thousands of kala-azar patients, perhaps more than any other single doctor in history. Her clinic was well known, with people traveling many miles in hopes of obtaining help. She refused to charge for medical care or medicines, and even donated her own blood in an effort to keep dying children alive.

Seaman established her own medical organization and continues to work in Sudan for part of each year, spending the remainder in Alaska providing health services to Yup’ik Eskimo communities. In 2009, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, with a $500,000 stipend to continue her work for the benefit of human society.


A reception celebrating the service of Dave Hansen, dean of students and vice president for student services, will be held Monday, May 24, at 4 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. Hansen, who came to Linfield in 1969 as professor of economics, has served as dean of students since 1988. He will step down from the dean’s position at the end of the academic year. He will remain at Linfield as a part-time professor of economics. The campus and community are welcome. For more information, call 503-883-2217.


The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council recognized Linfield College’s commitment to sustainability in their recently released guide to green colleges. The guide profiled the top 286 schools out of 2,000 invited to participate in their sustainability survey.

There is a growing interest among students to enroll at schools where there is a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, according to the Review.

The publication noted Linfield’s contribution to mitigation of global warming in the Pacific Northwest region through campus and community initiatives and activities.

Linfield has reduced its carbon footprint through green building standards and implementation of energy conservation projects across campus. Buildings have been retrofitted for energy efficiency and all major capital projects are required to meet LEED Silver standards. The school was among the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest to partner with U Car Share, a car sharing program that reduces the number of personal vehicles on the road and provides low-emission compact and hybrid cars for participants.

Greenfield, the student-initiated organization, focuses its efforts on awareness and mitigation of climate change. One hundred students walked door to door in the community, offering free energy efficient compact fluorescents in exchange for incandescent light bulbs as part of a collaboration with McMinnville Water & Light. For every bulb replaced, students earned a $2 energy credit to be applied toward solar panels on campus.

Students also spearheaded Power Shift Linfield, a conference dedicated to giving students the tools and skills to address climate change. They promote alternative transportation through a student-managed bike shop that loans bikes to the campus community free of charge. Students also partner with faculty on research projects dedicated to sustainability and serve on the campus Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability.

“Sustainability doesn’t have to mean making huge lifestyle changes,” said Duncan Reid ’10. “Taking small steps can lead to big results. Sustainability is being aware of your surroundings, being intentional about your actions and being aware of their consequences.”

Linfield students were also recognized this year in the National Wildlife Federation’s report, Generation E: Students leading for a sustainable, clean energy future. The report highlighted 165 campuses in 46 states.


Ragged pieces of cardboard line the walls of the Linfield College Anthropology Museum, a backdrop for the latest exhibit, “Runaways and Throwaways: Homeless Youth in Yamhill County.”

The exhibit, presented by the Linfield Sociology and Anthropology Departments, is the work of anthropology major and student curator Shannon Merrick ’10. It features photographs, quotes and displays to capture the experiences and struggles of Yamhill County’s homeless youth.

The process of creating the exhibit was one that began early in the year for Merrick during an internship with Yamhill County Prevention Programs where she took part in youth outreach. “With my experiences there, I was inspired to raise awareness about the homeless youth issue in our own community, something that is primarily unseen and often denied,” Merrick said.

There are currently 380 homeless youth within Yamhill County. Merrick hopes the exhibit will shed light on this prominent issue affecting the community.

“The most important part of this entire thing, and what I want to highlight most, is the impact I’m hoping to have on the community,” said Merrick, who worked with Keni Sturgeon, professor of anthropology, to develop the exhibit. “Teenagers need a safe, supportive, stable place where they can eat, sleep, hang out, be themselves and find acceptance. Both a drop-in center and emergency shelter are desperately needed.”

The display is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through August in the museum, located in 121 Walker Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Merrick at or 971-221-9656.


Two Linfield College art shows celebrate the work of 2010 thesis students and 2010 portfolio students. Both shows are on display through Friday, May 28 in the James F. Miller Fine Art Center. “Face to Face” features work by thesis students in the Linfield Gallery. Students include Anthony Kordosky ’10, Meghan Meehan ’10, Joy Nelson ’10, Dominic Rieniets ’10 and Matthew Statz ’10.

A Portfolio Exhibition is on display in the Linfield Studio Gallery. Students featured include Burt Bonk ’10, Rachel Burand ’10, Tarie Caouette ’12, Gabriel Stallings ’11, Keeley Thurman ’10, Jennifer Worcester ’12 and Catherine Wyckoff ’10.


Kristin Schweitzer, secretary/receptionist in the Office of Financial Aid, was recently promoted to financial aid specialist and began in her new role May 17. She has been with the financial aid office for over two years.



10 a.m.: Softball, NCAA III finals, Eau Claire, Wis.; streaming video, Ice

4 p.m.: Dave Hansen celebration, Fred Meyer Lounge


Today through Saturday: Track and field, NCAA III championships, Berea, Ohio

4 p.m.: Staff vs. students softball game, softball field


Today through Tuesday: Baseball, NCAA III finals, Appleton, Wis.


6 p.m.: Baccalaureate, Ted Wilson Gym


10 a.m.: Commencement, Oak Grove

2:30 p.m.: Nursing closing convocation, Ted Wilson Gym