Linfield Reports, 9/17/12


The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded almost a quarter of a million dollars to science programs at Linfield College.

The grant of $223,182 will allow Linfield’s Department of Biology to purchase a state-of-the-art microscope system that will support the scholarship and research of science faculty and students. The system will enable high-resolution imaging and data analysis, and will strengthen Linfield’s molecular and cell biology facilities. In the past five years, the school’s biology department has experienced significant growth, and currently spans multiple subdisciplines, from ecology studies to cancer research.

The equipment will also give a boost to Linfield’s Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Program.

Linfield students across the scientific disciplines conduct research in partnership with faculty, generate publishable data and present their findings at national conferences. Many co-author papers with professors that are published in peer-reviewed journals.

The NSF grant was awarded to biology Professors Anne Kruchten, Catherine Reinke and Jeremy Weisz.

“We want to provide outstanding research facilities to help prepare our students for future research or medical careers,” Kruchten said. “About 40 percent of our biology graduates in the past five years have gone on to graduate school or professional programs, and the trend is increasing.”

The National Science Foundation (NSF) currently funds 20 percent of all federally supported research at U.S. colleges and universities.


Linfield College students will open the 2012-13 theatre season with the annual Student Icebreaker. Old Saybrook will be presented Sept. 20-22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

This year marks the 93rd season of plays at Linfield and the 10th season in the Marshall Theatre.

In the play, a one-act comedy by Woody Allen, an orthodontist and his wife host her sister and her sister’s husband, a plastic surgeon, at their estate in Old Saybrook, Conn. When a secret is revealed about the house, chaos ensues as marital infidelity and other confessions come to light.

This play may not be suitable for all audiences and contains mature language and subject matter.

The cast consists of seven members in addition to seniors Chris Forrer, who is directing the piece and Daphne Dossett, stage manager. Cast members include freshmen Logan Mays and Travis McKenna; sophomores Mariko Kajita, Nicholas Granato, Timothy Singer and Emily Meinel; and senior McKenna Peterson.

Tickets are $5 and seating is reserved. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Sept. 17. Tickets are available at, by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days.

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


A debate on “Has the War on Terror Undermined the U.S. Constitution” will be the focus of this year’s Constitution Day program on Friday, Sept. 21, at 11:45 a.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The debate will feature Steve Knott, professor of national security affairs at the United States Naval War College, and Ofer Raban, professor of law at the University of Oregon Law School. The debate will center on the question: is the war on terror consistent with the letter and spirit of the Constitution?

Knott’s most recent book, Rush to Judgement: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics, was published last spring. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia’s Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. Knott received his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia.

Raban’s recent publications include “Constitutionalizing Corruption” (on the Citizens United decision) and “Cloak of National Security Obscures Logic.” Raban received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his D.Phil. in legal philosophy from Oxford University. He worked as a prosecutor in New York before returning to teaching. Raban taught law at the University of Oxford and the University of Utah, among other places.

This event is free and open to the public, but food is available on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Please RSVP to

The debate is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, launched by the Department of Political Science to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the public to participate in discussions of the rule of law, individual rights and competing conceptions of justice. This event will be co-sponsored by the PLACE pilot project on “The Legacies of War,” the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Jack Miller Center Constitution Day initiative.

For more information, contact Nick Buccola, 503-883-2246,


Linfield College will host the fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2-5:30 p.m. on the intramural field behind Pioneer Hall at Linfield.

Members of the Yamhill County and Linfield communities are invited to attend the afternoon event, which recognizes September as Hispanic Heritage Month.

The event will feature entertainment including music, dancing and free food from 2-3:30 p.m. Other food items such as tamales, cotton candy, snow cones and Mexican pastries will be offered for sale. Games will include piñata breaking as well as a piñata making station, raffles and other activities.

The event is open to the community and sponsored by Linfield College Latinos Adelante and the Multicultural Programs Office. For more information, call 503-883-2574.


James Miller, chair of liberal studies and professor of politics at the New School for Social Research, will speak on “Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche” Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Nicholson Library.

Miller’s lecture will be based on his latest book, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche, in which he explores the lives of 12 great philosophers and reconstructs their answers to life’s most fundamental questions.

Miller, who received his Ph.D. in the history of ideas from Brandeis University, is the author of five other books, “Flowers in the Dustbin: the Rise of Rock & Roll, 1947-1977,” winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award and a Ralph Gleason BMI award for best music book of 1999; “The Passion of Michel Foucault,” an interpretive essay on the life of the French philosopher and a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for General Nonfiction, which has been translated into nine languages: “’Democracy is in the Streets’: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago,” an account of the American student movement of the 1960s, also a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for General Nonfiction and recently recommended by Michael Kazin as one of the five essential books to understand the roots of the Occupy Wall Street movement; “Rousseau: Dreamer of Democracy,” a study of the origins of modern democracy; and “History and Human Existence – From Marx to Merleau-Ponty,” an analysis of Marx and the French existentialists.

The debate is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, launched by the Department of Political Science to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the public to participate in discussions of the rule of law, individual rights and competing conceptions of justice.

For more information, contact Nick Buccola, 503-883-2246,


Campus and community members are invited to view historic photographs of McMinnville and Yamhill County in Nicholson Library.

The “McMinnville 100 Year Ago Project: Then, Now and Beyond” is sponsored by the Yamhill Enrichment Society, which was founded by Linfield College supporter Susan Sokol Blosser. Professor Michael Huntsberger’s mass communication students looked at McMinnville in the early 1900s through the eyes of newspapers and other mass communication of the time.

The photographs will be on display in the Nicholson Library during the month of September.

“Take a break, walk down to Nicholson, and look at these lovely glimpses of life here in 1912,” says library Director Susan Barnes Whyte. “That’s the year Oregon women got the vote, the year Third Street was paved and the year the Carnegie-funded public library was built.”


Jennifer Ballard, director of institutional research, earned a master’s in applied statistics from The Pennsylvania State University in August, complementing earlier graduate work in religious studies/Buddhist studies.

Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, presented a webinar, “NACA and the Student’s Experience,” part of a new advisor orientation for the National Association for Campus Activities Sept. 5.



7 p.m.: “Social Landscapes, Two Views” artists talk, 109B Miller Fine Arts Center


Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 304 Walker


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: “Old Saybrook,” Marshall Theatre


11:45 a.m.: Constitution Day debate, 201 Riley

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.: “Old Saybrook,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer at Puget Sound

2 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Day, Riley Field

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran

7 p.m.: Volleyball at George Fox

7:30 p.m.: “Old Saybrook,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Puget Sound