Linfield Reports, 9/19/11


Award-winning poet and Portland native Matthew Dickman will present a reading Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room.

Dickman will read from his new book, slated to be published in fall 2012 by W.W. Norton & Co. He will also read from his award-winning first poetry book All-American Poem, which won the Honickman First Book Prize, the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Kate Tufts Award from Claremont College, and the 2009 Oregon Book Award from Literary Arts of Oregon.

Dickman is also the author of two chapbooks, Amigos and Something about a Black Scarf. His poems have appeared in Tin House Magazine, McSweeny’s, Ploughshares, The Believer, BOMB online, and The New Yorker among others. He holds a degree from the University of Oregon.

The Los Angeles Times claims “Dickman crystallizes and celebrates human contact, reminding us…that our best memories, those most worth holding on to, those that might save us, will be memories of love.”

The lecture is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517 or


The Linfield Student Nurses’ Association, along with the Linfield Public Health Association, will host Environmental Health Day on Monday, Sept. 19, at noon in 110 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus.

Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis, environmental health program director for Oregon Environmental Council, and Maye Thompson, environmental health program director for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, will present “Healthy Environment, Healthy People: How Exposure to Toxic Chemicals Impacts our Health.” The event will include a noon luncheon, 12:30 p.m. panel presentation, and 1:30 p.m. question and answer period.

Thompson will present on recently published research about nurses’ occupational exposure to toxic chemicals and how to limit that exposure. In addition, the panel will engage students and faculty in a question and answer session. Information on how to pursue the process of influencing legislation locally, statewide and nationally to limit the effects of toxic exposure on human health will also be discussed.

For more information, call 503-413-7561.


The context of higher education and the special role of liberal arts colleges like Linfield are the subjects of a presentation by George Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Indiana University.

Kuh will present “What Matters for Student Success: Lessons for Linfield” Monday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. in Ice Auditorium, in Melrose Hall. He will also discuss Linfield’s data from the National Survey of Student Engagement at 1:30 p.m. in Riley 201.

The discussion will include what matters for student learning and engagement, high impact practices for teaching and learning, and creating supportive institutional climates.

Kuh has received several national awards for teaching and scholarship, is the author of over 300 publications, and has made several hundred presentations on topics related to institutional improvement, college student engagement, assessment strategies and campus cultures. He served as the director of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and serves on the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities “Liberal Education and America’s Promise” (LEAP) initiative. His two most recent books are Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter (2005 and 2010) and Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle: Research, Propositions and Recommendations (2007).

A reception will follow. It is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of Student Affairs and Office of Academic Affairs. For more information contact Susan Agre-Kippenhan, vice president for academic affairs/dean of faculty, at or Susan Hopp, vice president for student affairs/dean of students,


The Linfield College theatre will present Anton Chekov’s comic shorts including “The Proposal,” translated by George Malko, and “The Bear,” adapted by Brian Friel. Chekov pokes fun at love, marriage and the battle of the sexes for audience members in his two satires.

The production will be performed Sept. 21- 24 at 7:30 p.m., at the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

“The Proposal” tells the story of Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov, a man whose marriage proposal cannot be accepted until he settles a dispute of land ownership. Lomov must prove himself in a battle of the sexes before he can propose marriage to his neighbor’s daughter, Natalia.

In “The Bear,” Chekov explores the fine line between love and necessity in Russia during the late 1800s. Chekov tells the story of Smirnov, a man who must collect a debt from Popova, owed to him by her deceased husband. Popova defends her scoundrel husband and enrages Smirnov to the point of attraction.

Guest-director Jan Powell will lead the production, which features first-year students Tim Singer of Lake Oswego, Jeremy Odden of Seattle, Wash., and Nicholas Granato of Damascus, as well as veterans to the Linfield stage, senior Kanon Havens of Japan, junior Chris Forrer of Gresham and sophomore Jenny Layton of Corbett. The performers are supported by stage manager Bailey Maxwell, a senior from The Dalles; scenic and lighting designer Tyrone Marshall; costume designer Alethia Moore-Del Monaco; and sound designer Robert Vaughn.

Powell compared all the translations she could find for each play, roughly eight versions of each, and chose the pair for their natural-sounding language and punchy comic timing.

“Sometimes I would say the lines out loud, to test their effect on the ear, because spoken language operates very differently than language that is read, particularly when it comes to humor,” she said. “I’m very pleased with the versions we are using. In each play, Chekhov brings together perhaps the two most unlikely pair of lovers, and toys with how he might bring them together. Wonderfully fun stuff.”

The Linfield cast is working within a brief rehearsal period. With the start of the academic year, students had only three weeks to prepare for opening night.

“Because we have to work so fast, everyone is on their ‘A’ game ̶ remarkably open and willing to fully commit to any direction I give them, and to work efficiently, making every second count,” said Powell.

Powell is the founding artistic director at the Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company and continues to direct at colleges and universities across the country. With a principal focus in Shakespeare, Powell has produced and directed most of the canon, including all of Shakespeare’s histories. Powell’s past experience has taken her around the world, from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, to directing “The Taming of the Shrew” for Kingsmen Shakespeare in Los Angeles. Most recently, Powell worked as artistic director of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, where she helped guide their transition into producing.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. The box office in Ford Hall is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open Sept. 24 from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 503-883-2292.


The 2010-11 President’s Annual Report is now available online. It records Linfield’s recent successes, includes a programmatic and financial overview of the last fiscal year, and offers four stories on members of the Linfield community including Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science; Janet Sasaki ’02, assistant director of admission; Susan (Maben) Davis ’83; and Beau Slayton ’11. The link is


“Out of Language,” the work of Atlanta artists Josh Smith and Jenene Nagy, will be on display through Oct. 1 at The Linfield Gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Art Center.

“Out of Language” is a two-person exhibition featuring works by Smith and Nagy. Exploring ideas of the unknown, duality and structure, this effort is a result of two artists working in close proximity for three years. This exhibition is the first time Smith and Nagy have exhibited together. Along with singular works by each artist, “Out of Language” also features the duo’s first collaborative piece.

Smith was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1975, and studied at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Since 2005 he has shown his work locally and internationally in solo and group efforts. Selected exhibitions include Contemporary Craft Museum, Portland, Oregon; Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, Pacific NW College of Art, Portland, Oregon; K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas and Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. Additionally, Smith is one half of the independent curatorial team TILT Export.

Nagy is an Oregon-based visual artist living and working in Portland and in Atlanta. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Oregon in 2004. Nagy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Portland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany, and Dam Stuhltrager in NY, among others. Along with a rigorous studio practice, Nagy is one half of the independent curatorial team TILT Export:.and currently serves as Disjecta’s first curator-in-residence.

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.


“Wine Wars: A Tale of Curses, Miracles and Revenge” will be the focus of a lecture by Mike Veseth, an economist, author, and editor or co-author of more than a dozen books.

The lecture will be Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. It is free and sponsored by the Departments of Business and Economics and the Linfield Center for the Northwest.

Veseth is the Robert G. Albertson Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He is the author of Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck and The Revenge of the Terroirists. The book tells the story of the war between the market trends that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. Wine and the wine business are at a critical crossroad today, transformed by three powerful forces.

Veseth also writes a well-known wine blog, The Wine Economist, (, described as a cross between the Wine Spectator and the Economist, which analyzes and interprets today’s global wine markets. Veseth reviews books, offers commentary on topics such as “natural vs. authentic wine” and biodynamic viticulture, wine tourism and a variety of other topics.

Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “Of all the wine blogs in the wide, wide blogosphere, one that I look forward to reading the most is Mike Veseth’s Wine Economist. There’s nothing else quite like it….As of this month, Professor Veseth’s thoughts are available in long form. He’s just published a book entitled Wine Wars in which he tackles economic forces as diverse as Two Buck Chuck (he’s a fan), the oft-debated descent of ‘real’ wine into ‘McWine,’ and much else. It’s more business book than guide to wine — but students of wine as well as the economy will find much to enlighten and even entertain, thanks to Professor Veseth’s readable style.”

Veseth is also the author of Globaloney 2.0: The Crash of 2008 and the Future of Globalization, Globaloney: Unraveling the Myths of Globalization, The New York Times’ Review of the 20th Century: The Rise of the Global Economy among others.

Veseth has taught at the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (Prague, 2005, 2006) and at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna, Italy, 1997). He was academic advisor to the award-winning educational website for the PBS/WGBH series, The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy.

Veseth has received a number of teaching awards and academic honors. His book Globaloney was named a Best Business Book of 2005 by Library Journal. He was appointed to the Albertson Professorship in 2007 and named Washington Professor of the Year in 2010.

Veseth has a bachelor’s from UPS and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University.

For more information, call 503-883-2405.


John F. Kerrigan, Jr., director of the Counseling Center, was an exhibitor at the 28th annual Oregon Health and Science University Parkinson’s Disease Symposium held Sept. 10 in Portland. Kerrigan, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease seven years ago, showed examples of his photography, along with other artists and hobbyists with Parkinson’s disease.



Noon: Environmental Health Day, 110 Peterson Hall, Portland Campus

1:30 p.m.: George Kuh, National Survey of Student Engagement, 201 Riley

4 p.m.: George Kuh, “What Matters for Student Success: Lessons for Linfield,” Ice

7:30 p.m.: Matthew Dickman reading, Nicholson


11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Japanese language table, Walker Japanese classroom


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: “Chekov’s Comic Shorts,” Marshall Theatre


11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

11:50 a.m.: VOICES Soan table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: “Chekov’s Comic Shorts,” Marshall Theatre


7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitworth


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Invitational

10 a.m.: Cross country at Linfield Preview

Noon: Football vs. La Verne

Noon: Women’s soccer at George Fox

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. George Fox

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitman

7:30 p.m.: “Chekov’s Comic Shorts,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Willamette

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Pacific