Linfield Reports, 5/8/17

Events planned to celebrate National Nurses Week

Portland CampusLinfield College will celebrate its Wildcat nurses May 8-12 on the Portland Campus in honor of National Nurses Week. Daily giveaways and activities will be held throughout the week. Students can also honor the nursing faculty with thank you cards and roses that will be delivered on Friday, May 12.

May 1 – 14: RN to BSN nurses apply for free. Linfield Online and Continuing Education is waiving the $50 application fee for all students applying to the online RN to BSN degree program. Applicants who are interested in starting Summer term (June 19) are especially encouraged to apply now, although students can apply for ANY term using the application waiver.  Just go to the application and select “I am an RN applying for the RN to BSN degree” to qualify for this waiver.

Monday, May 8 – Linfield Student Nursing Association presentation, noon, 103 Peterson Hall. The talk will focus on the transition to nursing from being a student and coping with the stress of the job. Sandra Calm, owner of The Float Shop, will talk about self-care in nursing and floating therapy.

Tuesday, May 9 – Lunch & Learn: Demystifying Travel Nursing by Michelle Dedeo, noon, 103 Peterson Hall. Is travel nursing as amazing as it seems? The practice of professional nursing is an opportunity to experience and practice in a variety of diverse settings and with diverse populations. Attendees will learn what travel nursing looks like, professional practice obligations of a travel nurse, and special considerations to help decide if this opportunity is a good fit.

May 9 & 11: The OCE Admission office and RN to BSN program are hosting a series of webinars highlighting our RN to BSN program.  On Tuesday, we will be offering two webinars: “Nursing, School, & Family – Oh My! Balancing your Linfield online RN to BSN”  and “Curriculum & Community: A Firsthand Look from Linfield Faculty.”  On Thursday, the topic will be “Trends in Palliative Care Nursing: Highlights from the Linfield RN to BSN Curriculum.”  Webinar speakers include a variety of faculty, alumni, advisors and admission counselors. Check the webinar schedule to sign up for one or more (and share this link with any RN who is considering getting her or his degree.)

Wednesday, May 10 – Yoga class, 5 p.m., 111 Loveridge Hall

Thursday, May 11 – Massage sessions, noon, Multicultural Center, Loveridge Hall

Friday, May 12 –Birthday cake for Florence Nightingale, noon, Loveridge Hall Lobby

The events are sponsored by the Linfield College Good Samaritan School of Nursing Student Life Office. For more information, contact Lisa Burch-Windrem, 503-413-7561,


Linfield thanks community for Giving Day support

Giving Day 2017Linfield Gives 2017 was a great success, thanks to the generosity of the Linfield community. More than 500 donors contributed $167,066, quadrupling the results from last year’s Giving Day,
 all to the benefit of students.

Giving Day was held Tuesday, May 2, and included activities on both the Portland and McMinnville campuses. Thanks to faculty and staff who made gifts that day and throughout the year.

When Linfield gives, students thrive. For more information, call 503-883-2217.



Marshall to share faculty lecture on theatre scenic design

Ty MarshallTy Marshall, Linfield College professor of theatre arts, will present “Scenographic Illusions II: Designing for the Theatre” on Wednesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

In the lecture, Marshall will explore the process he employs to create scenographic illusions that provide an environment in which a play comes to life. He will focus on designs created for Linfield plays produced in Marshall Theatre.

Marshall has been a member of the theatre program at Linfield since 1987. In addition to teaching classes, he is the director of the theatre and a resident designer. He creates the scenic and lighting designs for most of the program’s productions and on occasion designs for theatres in Portland.

He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Kennedy Center medallion, considered the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and one of the great honors in theatre education, several Meritorious Achievements Awards from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) and the Horace Robinson President’s Award from the Northwest Drama Conference. At Linfield he received the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching Effectiveness in 1990, the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award in 2003 and the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award in 2016.

He is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. His recent research has led him to join departmental colleagues and students as a member of the team working on the ongoing project “Launching Through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City.” The project includes the development of a permanent historical archive for the fleet housed in DigitalCommons@Linfield and numerous other presentations.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Spring chamber music concert planned

Linfield College cello extravaganzaLinfield College will present a spring chamber music concert on Thursday, May 11, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Featured in this program are the woodwind quartet, brass duo, string ensemble, music for voice, piano and viola, and piano duos.

Pianists, coached by Albert Kim, assistant professor of music, will perform music of Ravel. Two viola duos will perform the music of Wilhelm Friedman Bach and a string quartet will play Mozart’s Quartet No. 14 in G Major. Both ensembles are coached by Victoria Gunn, adjunct professor of music.

The woodwind quartet and brass duo are coached by Joan Paddock, professor of music. Woodwinds will perform music by Raymond David Burkhart, Toshi Nagata and Parker Wells, a Linfield senior whose composition “Vrandenburg” will be premiered. Brass will perform music by Henry Purcell, George Frederic Handel and Philip Bliss. In collaboration with Kim and Gunn, soprano Keri Dixon will perform vocal works by Jules Massenet and Frank Bridge.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Theatre concludes 97th season with ‘The Women of Lockerbie’

The Women of LockerbieLinfield College theatre students will explore grief and healing in the face of intolerable pain when they present “The Women of Lockerbie,” the final show of the 97th season.

Performances are May 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre. In addition, Deborah Brevoort, playwright, will be in residence working with students and presenting talks for the community on issues surrounding the play.

“The Women of Lockerbie” transports the audience to the hills of Scotland seven years after Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed in 1988 by a terrorist bomb and crashed into the small village, killing all 243 passengers, 16 crew members, and 11 individuals on the ground. It tells the plight of a mother from New Jersey traveling to Scotland to find her son’s remains. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. Inspired by a true story, the characters and situations in the play are fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, the play is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. It is the winner of the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.

Brevoort was in residence at Linfield May 4-6 to celebrate the opening of Linfield’s production. The residency is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College. The Lacroute Arts Series is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (age 10+, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available online at and at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open May 13 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

Linfield’s Marshall Theatre takes part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights free of charge. The production is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


Students, faculty prepare spring choir concert

Linfield College choirLinfield College will host a spring choir concert on Sunday, May 14, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The Linfield Concert Choir, the Wildcats Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble will present a special Mother’s Day program showcasing an eclectic mix of music from the Beatles and Les Miserables, to the St. Nicholas Mass by F.J. Haydn. Students, faculty and guest soloists, as well as a full chamber orchestra, will be featured. The groups are directed by Anna Song, associate professor of music.

The Linfield College Concert Choir is the premier choral organization at Linfield. As the first such ensemble in the Pacific Northwest, this select group has toured annually since its formation in 1930 performing throughout the western United States, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, Southeast Asia and Costa Rica.

The Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Vocal Ensemble offer students and staff from across campus and the community the opportunity to sing and perform a wide variety of literature written for male and female voices throughout the year and occasionally combine to perform repertoire for mixed voices.

The performance is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Admission hosts upcoming visit day

Linfield College, Pioneer HallThe Office of Admission will welcome prospective students and their families to campus Monday, May 15, for Explore Linfield.

Visitors are invited to see what life is like as a future Wildcat. The morning will begin with registration and exploration fair covering the academic divisions and co-curricular programs, which will be followed by presentations about the admission and financial aid process and the academic experience at Linfield. The half-day event is offered three times in the fall and once in the spring.

Thank you for helping to welcome our guests and future students to Linfield. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.


Honors recital features student work

Linfield College Music DepartmentThe talents of Linfield College music students will be showcased during an honors recital on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The evening will feature top student vocal and instrumental performances nominated by Linfield College music faculty for excellence in achievement in applied music lessons. The program includes solo pieces for piano, trumpet, cello, guitar and voice, along with a presentation of endowed music scholarship awards.

The recital will also recognize Albert Kim for his contributions as an assistant professor of music at Linfield and congratulate him on his new position at the University of Central Missouri, beginning this fall. An audience appreciation reception will follow the recital.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Wong to deliver Linfield commencement address

Linfield College commencement 2016More 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

Wong 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

Lopez 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

Michael Huntsberger, associate professor of mass communication, presented “Surfing as Pedagogy: The Mass Media Timeline Project” at The Broadcast Education Association Convention in Nevada, April 22-25. The presentation was part of BEA Ignite, where invited faculty share innovative ideas for teaching and learning in mass communication. He will also continue as the vice chair of BEA’s Radio and Audio Media Division, overseeing the division’s annual paper competition.

Trust Management Services awarded $8,000 to Linfield in support of the WISE mentorship program at Patton and Duniway middle schools, which is overseen by Joni Tonn, director of community engagement and service, and coordinated by Change Corps leadership students.

Paul Smith, assistant professor of nursing, presented “Cultural Competence of Nurse Practitioners: Providing Care for Gay and Lesbian Clients” at the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association annual conference in St. Louis, Mo., in September.

Henny Breen, associate professor of nursing, and Melissa Robinson, associate professor of nursing, co-authored “Service learning enhances conceptual learning in a RN to BSN program” in the International Journal for Innovation Education and Research. Breen was the primary author.

Liz Obert, associate professor of art and visual culture, will display a photograph from her Bedroom series in “Functionally United” May 4-27 at White Box.

A number of nursing professors have been selected to give presentations at upcoming conferences:

  • Paul Smith, assistant professor, and Julie Fitzwater, visiting assistant professor, will present “Incorporating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Concepts into Nursing Curricula: What Nursing Faculty Should Know” July 13-15 at the 2017 Nurse Educator’s Conference in Breckenridge, Colo. Fitzwater will also present a poster on the acutely hospitalized elderly.
  • Kimberly Kintz, assistant professor, and Henny Breen, associate professor, will present “Cross Cultural Service Learning – Enhancing Student Perceptions of Nursing Practice and Career Goals” at the 44th Biennial Convention Oct. 28-Nov. 1.
  • Jake Creviston, assistant professor of nursing, took part in a collaborative two-year project for the Oregon Action Coalition, Nurses on Boards Toolkit. The project was the result of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP.


Events calendars 

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