Linfield Reports, 5/3/10


Linfield College theatre students will give an upcoming Shakespearean production a contemporary twist.

“The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare and adapted by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts at Linfield, will be performed May 6-8 and 13-15 at 8 p.m. and May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

The performance, evocative of today’s situation comedies, features a modern slant in setting, costumes and acting style. Set in the International Market Place of Waikiki in the present day in Honolulu, Hawaii, the production features two sets of twins who have been separated since birth and create confusion when they are mistaken for the other by their business associates and loved ones.

In addition to Gupton, the production also includes set design by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts; assistant set design by theatre major Alessa Downing ‘11; sound design by Robert Vaughn, instructional associate and technical director; costume design by Alethia Moore-Del Monaco, instructional associate and costume shop manager; assistant costume design by theatre major Steven Stewart ‘11; lighting design by theatre major Matthew Sunderland ‘11; and properties design by theatre minor William Bailey ‘12.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors; and $5 for students, with a special $2 discount on opening night. For the matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, mothers will get in for the special price of $5.

For more information, call 503-883-2292.


Career & Community Services will host “How to Make a Difference After Graduation” on Wednesday, May 5, beginning at 4 p.m.

Sessions will feature current volunteers and recruiters from AmeriCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA. Students interested in exploring entry-level positions through these post-graduate volunteer programs are invited to attend the Information Fair from 4-5 p.m. and a Career After Hours Panel from 5-6 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Peace Corps will hold its information session in Walker 203 from 4-5 p.m.

This event is open to the community. Several agencies including YCAP and Linfield will have available positions through these programs next year. For more information, contact Jessica Wade, 503-883-2636,


Members of the Linfield College Dance Ensemble will present a dance concert, “Global Movement: Peace. Love. Dance,” Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall at Linfield. The event is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Brenna Mollerstrom, adjunct instructor of music, students will perform 16 different pieces each representing a different relationship to dance and the message of movement around the world. Featured dance styles include ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, pointe and belly dancing. Members of the spring dance ensemble class participate in the concert. In addition to performing, students help with responsibilities associated with the production.

For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment will be featured at this year’s 38th annual Linfield College Hawaiian Lu’au Saturday, May 8, in the Rutschman Field House and Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

The Linfield Hawaiian Club will host the event, which includes dinner and a show. This year’s theme is “96 Degrees in the Shade.”

Dinner will be served in the Rutschman Field House from 5 to 7 p.m. with the entertainment portion held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Doors for the show will open for the public at 6:15 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. This year’s show will include a pre-show performance by Kaloku Holt continuing with a concert by Na Hemo later that night.

Tickets will be sold 11 to 2 p.m. outside Walker Hall or from 5 to 7 p.m. in Dillin Hall. Tickets can also be purchased online at Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students kindergarten through college and senior citizens, and children under two are free. For more information, call 503-883-2435 or email


The Asian/American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) is hosting the Asian Culture and Health Connection, Monday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Peterson Hall Photo Gallery.

The evening celebrates Asian culture and health awareness and is a fundraiser for Mercy Corps’ China Earthquake Fund.

Event highlights include a full Thai buffet dinner, raffle drawing and an evening of entertainment and education. Hear guest speakers from the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and the Asian Health and Service Center. Be entertained by the Maharlika Dance Troupe as they perform traditional Filipino dances. Take in the colors and exotic styles of traditional Asian clothing.

Tickets are $5 students and $8 general admission. Contact AAPINA at for tickets.


Young authors will have the opportunity to hone their writing skills at the Linfield Writing Camp Saturday, May 8.

Two sessions will be held – pre-k and kindergarteners will meet from 9-10:30 a.m. and first through fifth graders will meet from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Both camps will be held in Potter Hall and taught by elementary education majors. The writing camp is free to all participants and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Mindy Larson, assistant professor of education, 503-883-2203,


Michael Mann, a climatologist and a leading figure in research on climate change, will speak on “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming” Tuesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield. This free lecture is sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks Edmunds Fund.

Mann is the director of the Earth System Science Center at The Pennsylvania State University. His 1998 report in the journal Nature included a graph of temperature data and model predictions that came to be known as “The Hockey Stick Graph.” His recent research endeavors include understanding modern climate change and extreme weather events, climate modeling, and paleoclimate reconstruction. Mann’s lecture at Linfield will address the evidence that climate change is happening, and that human activity has a role in causing it.

Mann has served as director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State since 2005 and is also a professor in the Department of Meteorology.


This year’s MacReads selection, “In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country,” will be featured in a reading by author Kim Barnes Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Barnes will speak to classes and sign books on Wednesday, May 12, from 3-4 p.m. at Third Street Books. The event is free and open to the public.

“In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country,” a memoir focusing on family, religion and the Idaho wilderness, was selected as a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Barnes is also the author of the novel “Finding Caruso” and “Hungry for the World.” Her latest novel, “A Country Called Home,” has received the 2009 PEN USA Literary Award in Fiction and was the Barnes and Noble book-of-the-month club selection in December.

For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield’s Nicholson Library, 503-883-2517.


Kevin Terraciano, professor of history and chair of the Latin American Studies Program at UCLA, will present “The Unspeakable Cocoliztli of Colonial Mexico: How People Talked about Disease in the Age of American Epidemics” on Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Using a variety of pictoral and alphabetic sources from the 16th century, Terraciano will discuss how indigenous populations in Mexico understood disease during the age of exploration and the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Terraciano is chair of the Latin American Studies Program and associate director of the Latin American Institute. He specializes in colonial Latin American history, especially Mexico and the indigenous cultures and languages of central and southern Mexico. He is the author of a variety of publications, six of which have been awarded prizes.

The lecture is sponsored through the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture. For more information, call 503-883-2306.


Linfield will take part in “Spring Cleaning – Reading for All,” a country-wide book drive May 8-16. Collection bins will be located in Melrose Hall, Nicholson Library and in the Pre-kindergarten in Potter Hall.

A variety of good quality books are needed including children’s books, picture books, primary easy-reader books, and books in English and Spanish. Books will be redistributed to children, youth and families in the county through local food banks, community groups and events. For more information, call 503-434-7326.


Gennie Harris, assistant professor of education, and students from the Multicultural Education class hosted 50 English Language Learners from Memorial Elementary School April 29 at Linfield. Students spent the day in learning centers and read-aloud stations, and had lunch on campus.

Linfield College hosted the Japanese Senior Summit April 25, an event which brought together majors of Japanese and Japanese studies from Linfield, Lewis and Clark, Willamette and Pacific. Fifteen Linfield students delivered presentations about the senior theses, participated in a tea ceremony workshop and had opportunities for informal discussion about their future plans. View a slideshow of pictures here.



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin


11:20 a.m.: Voices SoAn table, Dillin

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Track and field at John Knight Twilight

4 p.m.: Volunteer information fair, Fred Meyer Lounge

4 p.m.: Peace Corps information session, 203 Walker

5 p.m.: Career After Hours panel, Fred Meyer Lounge


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

8 p.m.: “The Comedy of Errors,” Marshall Theatre


All day: Mom’s Weekend

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Opera theatre “Carousel,” Gallery Theater

8 p.m.: “The Comedy of Errors,” Marshall Theatre

8 p.m.: Dance Concert, Ice Auditorium


All day: Mom’s Weekend

9 a.m.: Linfield Writing Camp, Potter Hall

3 p.m.: Track and field at Oregon Twilight

5 p.m.: Hawaiian Lu’au, Rutschman Fieldhouse

7:30 p.m.: Opera theatre “Carousel,” Gallery Theater

8 p.m.: “The Comedy of Errors,” Marshall Theatre


2 p.m.: “The Comedy of Errors,” Marshall Theatre