Linfield Reports, 9/18/17

Linfield College No. 1 in Pacific Northwest for ethnic diversity

For the second year in a row, Linfield College is tied for the No. 1 spot among Pacific Northwest liberal arts colleges for “Best Ethnic Diversity,” according to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report list.

The magazine uses a formula to create a diversity index based on the proportion of students of color to the overall mix of the student population. Nationally, Linfield is 34th among liberal arts schools on the list.

“Linfield is far more diverse than people give us credit for,” said Scott Bernard Nelson, director of communications. “We are proud of the diversity on our campuses, and happy to be recognized for it.”

Linfield has seen significant growth among students of color in the past few years. The fall 2017 incoming class is more than one-third American students of color, as is the overall student body.

“Reaching this point did not happen overnight,” says Gerardo Ochoa, Linfield’s assistant dean of diversity and community partnerships. “Over the years, many faculty, students and staff have dedicated tremendous effort to be a more diverse and inclusive campus.  While we have made great strides, we know we have much more work to do, but we’re up to it; it’s a commitment we make to our students.”

The U.S. News and World Report list was released as part of the overall “Best Colleges” ranking, where Linfield was once again ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges. Linfield jumped 11 spots, to #117, its highest rating since 2010.

“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?

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.

Constitution Day event to spotlight student speakers

Linfield College, Pioneer HallIn honor of Constitution Day, Linfield College will host an event on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 11:45 a.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The event will feature several nominated students who have been charged with the following question: “How ought we, as members of the Linfield community, live together?” Each student will deliver a five-minute response to this question. Lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. Speeches will begin promptly at noon.

The event is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement, the John Templeton Foundation, the Elliot Alexander Fund for Political Science and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Nicholas Buccola at 503-883-2246 or

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

Linfield 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 Douglas Soderberg ’79,  adjunct professor of theatre.

All tickets are $5, with a special price of $3 for students on opening night, and seating is reserved. Tickets are available at and in the Marshall Theatre Box Office. 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. 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. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or 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 in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield College.

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

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


Homecoming Week, Sept.25-Oct. 1

Linfield Homecoming 2015A series of homecoming events for students and alumni are planned for the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at Linfield College.

Student activities begin with the annual Linfield Charm competition (previously known as Mr. and Mrs. Linfield) on Monday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium in the health, human performance and athletics building. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. the annual drag show will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium, hosted by Poison Waters. On Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 12 p.m. there will be a career alumni event for students to attend in Jonasson Hall in Melrose Hall. On Thursday, Sept. 28, enjoy a night of the video game Rock Band and free food at the “Battle of the (Rock) Band!” event in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. On Friday, Sept. 29, the Flow Arts Club will perform on the IM Field.

Registration for alumni activities begins Friday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge. The Founders’ Society Luncheon will be held at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. At 1:30 p.m., alumni can sample local wine during a wine tasting at Youngberg Hill Winery.

  • Seth Prickett, class of 2005 and recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, will present at 3 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall. He will discuss his experience juggling four careers: a realtor, bar owner, political consultant and nonprofit founder, and how they all come together with one common goal: giving back.
  • Jeff Baguley, class of 2000, will present on behalf of Brittany (Hartzell) Baguley, the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award, who tragically passed away in July 2016. He will give a talk at 4 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall, discussing his wife’s work and her many accomplishments in the fields of analytical chemistry and forensic science.
  • “Linfield’s Finest,” a gathering for alumni, friends and faculty, will present the alumni award winners at 5:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. In addition to Prickett and Baguley, other award winners include Eric and Robin (Burmeister) Nichols, class of 1981 and 1982, Alumni Service Award recipients, and Debbie Day, recipient of the Walker Service Award.
  • That evening, the brothers of Delta Psi Delta will be hosting a dinner at the Michelbook Country Club at 7:15 p.m.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Sept. 30, with registration at 9 a.m. and campus tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. At 10 a.m., a Sigma Kappa Phi Sorority reunion will be held in Ford Hall and a “Nifty Fifties” brunch for alumni from the 1950s will be held in the Northwest Room in Dillin Hall. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a “Linfield Through the Years” faculty panel in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. A mass communication department reunion will also take place at 10:30 a.m. in Renshaw Hall, as will an economics and business reunion in T.J. Day Hall.

An all-alumni barbecue begins at 11:30 a.m. in the parking area of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, followed by the Linfield Wildcats vs. Whitworth University football game at 1:30 p.m. Post-game class reunions will be held for the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007. At 7:30 p.m. enjoy acoustic music from Jeremy Moll, class of 2012, in Ice Auditorium.

For more information on alumni events, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry, director of alumni and parent relations, at 503-883-2607 or For more information on student activities contact Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, at 503-883-2435 or

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

“Present Tense” sculpture installation by faculty member

Linfield College entryLinfield Gallery is featuring “Present Tense,” an installation of newly created work by Scott Ross, assistant professor of sculpture. The installation is on display through Saturday, Oct. 7.

In a startling denial of the gallery’s typically soaring architecture, “Present Tense” creates an environmental experience that addresses themes of compression, pressure and the duality of the familiar and unfamiliar. Using typical building materials, the venue is transformed into a distorted space in which audiences are invited to contemplate both their own physical presence, as well as the movement of light through cracks in the ceiling.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or the visit Linfield Gallery at

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