Linfield Reports 9/25/17

‘One Mind, Three Cultures’

Linfield senior Lizette BecerraLinfield Senior Lizette Becerra, will discuss her semester in Ecuador. Her talk will cover her struggle as a first-generation Latina student; biculturalism as a Mexican-American in Ecuador; and reflections on Quito. The talk will be on Monday, September 25, at 3 p.m. in Riley 201.

Linfield to celebrate Homecoming 2017

Linfield Homecoming 2015Linfield College will be bustling with activities, students and alumni as the college celebrates its annual Homecoming Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

Student activities kick off 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 noon, students can have lunch with alumni and get professional advice at a career alumni luncheon in Jonasson Hall in the lower level of Melrose Hall. On Thursday, Sept. 28, students can enjoy a night of the video game Rock Band and free food at the “Battle of the (Rock) Band!” in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. On Friday, Sept. 29, a performance by the Flow Arts Club will be held on the Intramural Field.

Alumni events will begin with the Founders’ Society Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 29, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. At 1:30 p.m., alumni can sample local wine during a tasting at Youngberg Hill Winery.

Seth Prickett, class of 2005 and recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, will speak at 3 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall. He will discuss his experience juggling four careers: realtor, bar owner, political consultant and nonprofit founder, and how they all have one common goal—giving back.

Jeff Baguley, class of 2000, will speak on behalf of his late wife, Brittany (Hartzell) Baguley, class of 2000, the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award. Baguley’s talk will be held at 4 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall, where he will discuss Brittany’s work fighting crime and injustice from inside a laboratory and her many accomplishments in the fields of analytical chemistry and forensic science.

“Linfield’s Finest,” a gathering for alumni, friends and faculty, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom to honor the alumni award winners. 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, Walker Service Award holder.

Later that evening, the brothers of Delta Psi Delta will host a dinner at the Michelbook Country Club at 7:15 p.m.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Sept. 30 with 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” panel in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall, featuring four long-time faculty members reflecting on their time at Linfield. The panel will include Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communication arts; Tom Love, professor of anthropology, member of the environmental studies faculty and coordinator of Latin American studies; Barbara Seidman, professor and chair of the Department of English; and Peter Richardson, professor of German. President Thomas Hellie will serve as the panel moderator.

A mass communication department reunion will be held 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, 1987, 1997 and 2007. At 7:30 p.m., alumni can enjoy acoustic music from Jeremy Moll, class of 2012, in Ice Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Registration for alumni activities is on Friday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge. 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

Gallery hosts ‘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.

“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 visit Linfield Gallery at

Poets read from latest work at the Nick

Lex Runciman, professor of EnglishAcclaimed poets Lex Runciman and Robert Wrigley will read from their works on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

This reading is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series.

Runciman, Linfield professor emeritus of English, has published four college textbooks, two anthologies and six collections of poems, including “The Admirations,” which won the Oregon Book Award. His new and selected poems, “Salt Moon: Poems 1981-2016,” was published in 2017. His work has appeared in such magazines and journals as Ploughshares, Southern Review, Northwest Review and The Gettysburg Review, as well as in a number of anthologies, including “From Here We Speak,” the poetry volume of the Oregon Literature Series from Oregon State University Press. Runciman taught at Linfield for 25 years, retiring last year. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied with Madeline DeFrees and Richard Hugo.

Wrigley, the first male in his family to escape work in a coal mine, was also the first to graduate from college. Wrigley also earned his master’s degree from the University of Montana. His collections of poetry include “Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems,” winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award; “Beautiful Country; Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems”; “Lives of the Animals,” winner of the Poets Prize; “Reign of Snakes,” winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award; and “In the Bank of Beautiful Sins,” winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets. His latest collection is entitled “Box.” Wrigley recently retired from directing the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Idaho, and he lives with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes, in the woods of Idaho.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,

Community news

Michelle Nelson, professor of business, talks about connecting advertising students and professors with agencies and marketers in Advertising Age.

Michael Hunstberger, associate professor of mass communication, has been invited to speak at the 2017 Jim Joyce Symposium of Political Communication, “The Politics of Public Media,” sponsored by the University of Nevada-Reno on October 26.

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