Linfield Reports, 9/11/17

State of the College

President Hellie at the 2017 State of the CollegePresident Thomas Hellie gave his annual State of the College address on Sept. 11, in which he outlined his goals for the year.

He said, “To remain strong, we must be flexible…we must be creative and smart.”

The 2017-18 goals are: to increase campaign gifts and commitments, to improve enrollment, to begin and fulfill Linfield’s institutional self-survey for reaccreditation, to create multiple opportunities for civil debates on campus and to complete a successful presidential transition.

Regarding civil debates on campus, Hellie said, “Reason, fact-based debate and civil disagreement should be the hallmarks of our college discourse.”

“I pledge to do my utmost on behalf of Linfield as we contemplate an even brighter future for Linfield,” he concluded.

Linfield Annual Report available online

Pioneer HallThe Linfield College Annual Report, detailing highlights of the college in 2016-17, is online and arriving in mailboxes. The report, “Access to Excellence,” includes a message from President Thomas L. Hellie, financial facts and details about the past year.


López Frías to discuss ethics, technology and sports

Javier López FríasJavier López Frías, a professor at Penn State University, will present “Ethical Challenges Raised by the Technologization of Professional Sports” on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield College.

In this lecture, López Frías will discuss Nicholas Agar’s notion of radical enhancement to explore ethical issues in the debate on the use of technology to enhance athletic performance. He will focus on two concepts that are critical to such a debate, namely “normalcy” and “intrinsic value.” By subjecting Agar’s understanding of both concepts to critical analysis, he will provide a normative framework to morally adjudicate technology use in sport.

López Frías is an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology and a research associate at the Rock Ethics Institute and the bioethics program at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Valencia, where he also completed a master’s program in ethics and democracy. He researches sports ethics and human enhancement but is also interested in political philosophy, normative ethics and applied ethics. Frías has published numerous papers in international journals, as well as book chapters, book reviews and books.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 503-883-2398.

Career Development to host an accounting career fair

Linfield College entryCareer Development is hosting an accounting career fair where students can meet and make professional connections with partners, managers, recruiters and Linfield alumni from accounting firms that wish to hire Linfield students post-graduation. The fair will be in the Fred Meyer Lounge on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 2:30–4 p.m.

For more information, email

“Is Truth Dead?” topic of faculty lecture

Kaarina Beam, philosophy professorKaarina Beam, assistant professor of philosophy at Linfield College, will present “Is Truth Dead?: Fact You!” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield.

The talk explores the nature of truth, truth-seeking education and the philosophy underlying an educational search for truth in a pluralistic world. Daily reports of hostile confrontation, fake news, alternative facts, ad hominem attacks and increasing tribalism are distressing. But those divisions also indicate something good about our democratic system.

Public discourse is increasingly polarizing and unproductive. Is there a common ground upon which we can build discourse and seek a common public good? To what can we appeal for common ground? Do we appeal to truth or power? Philosophers have traditionally sought truth to legitimate power and parsed education as a search for truth. But, as Alasdair MacIntyre asked, Whose truth? Which rationality?

Beam, at Linfield since 1999, received her undergraduate degree from Bellarmine College and her master’s and doctorate from Purdue University.

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.

An evening of short plays opens Linfield’s 98th theatre season

Marshall TheatreLinfield College will open its 98th theatre season with “An Evening of Short Plays” by Lauren Gunderson, Sept. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

“Damsel and Distress Go to a Party,” “Or Not,” “Two Chairs” and “Two Pigeons Talk Politics” are written by America’s most produced living playwright, Lauren Gunderson. The plays are directed by adjunct professor of theatre Douglas Soderberg ’79.

All tickets are $5, with a special price of $3 for students on opening night, and seating is reserved. Tickets are available at starting Sept. 11 and in the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Sept. 18. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. On performance days, the box office is open until 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2292.

Faculty recital to feature new assistant professor of music

Johnandrew SlominskiJohnandrew Slominski, assistant professor of music at Linfield College and internationally acclaimed pianist and recording artist, will present “The Voice of the Piano” on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The recital will feature pieces from Chopin, Franck, Gershwin, and others. Slominski enjoys a distinguished reputation as a performer and educator. Slominski has been hailed as “a remarkable, brilliant and gifted pianist” (Chautauquan Daily) and recognized for his communicative performances. His 2016 San Francisco concert debut, presented by the New Piano Collective, earned praise from of the San Francisco Examiner. Slominski seamlessly navigates the landscape of a varied and thriving career as a soloist, chamber musician, music theorist, author, educator and speaker.

Slominski has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music, the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College and Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has also served as a joint faculty member at the Eastman School of Music in both piano and music theory. Slominski is the founding director of Classical Music on the Spot (an institute for improvisation at the Eastman School of Music), a co-founder of the San Francisco International Piano Festival and a founding faculty member of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at the University of South Florida. Slominski is a New Piano Collective artist.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Visiting saxophonist and pianist to present recital

Idit ShnerSaxophonist Idit Shner and pianist Eun-Hye Grace Choi will present a recital of new works on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall at Linfield College.

Shner commissioned several new works for her tour throughout the Midwest and Oregon. One of these new works, “Saturation,” was composed by Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music composition and theory at Linfield.

An active performer of both jazz and classical music, Shner has played in various distinguished venues in the United States and abroad. Her third CD, “Le Merle Noir” was released on Origin Classics in August 2013. She is the associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the University of Oregon and was recently awarded the 2016 University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award.

Choi began playing the piano at the age of six and has worked with many renowned artists. Choi has won several competitions and performed extensively as a collaborative pianist throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a degree in composition from Yonsei University in Korea, a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Florida State University and a doctorate’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Reinkemeyer is a freelance composer, with recent commissions from the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield, The Wild Swan Theater and many others. Before becoming a professor at Linfield, she served on the faculties of Mahidol University International College, Thailand, and Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She studied composition at the University of Michigan and the University of Oregon.

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

Third annual Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk set

Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/WalkThe 3rd annual Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk will take place during Homecoming weekend, Sunday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. at Maxwell Field. Linfield students and staff receive a 35 percent discount by entering LinfieldStrong35 on the registration page. For more information, to register or to make a gift, visit RunSignUp–Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk.

Registration includes a tech T-shirt (order up if between sizes) and an entry in a raffle drawing. All proceeds support the Parker Archie Moore Scholarship. Visit the event page on Facebook at Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk. For more information, contact 503-883-2496 or

Community news

Wendy Sagers, English language and culture program coordinator, contributed a teaching tip, “Simultaneous Presentations to Small Groups,” to the Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Spring Newsletter. The newsletter is available at

Jacob Creviston, assistant professor of nursing, has been working with the Oregon Action Coalition and the Oregon Center for Nursing, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to prepare nurses for board service. He has recorded a six-part podcast series on nursing leadership and board roles.

Greg Jones, director of wine education and professor of environmental studies, had his September “Weather and Climate Summary and Forecast” for the Northwest wine industry quoted by the blog Great Northwest Wine.

Events calendars

View the Linfield events calendar or the Linfield athletics calendar.