Linfield Reports, 9/26/16

Linfield to host Homecoming events for students, alumni

Linfield Homecoming 2015A series of homecoming events for students and alumni are planned for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at Linfield College.

Student activities begin with “Culture of Consent” on Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, students can get coffee and donuts during morning passing periods in the Walker Courtyard. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. a Drag Show will be held in Ice Auditorium. On Thursday, Sept. 29, an Open Mic will be held at 8 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall with free food for the first 150 people. On Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. the annual Mr. and Mrs. Linfield will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Registration for alumni activities begins Friday, Sept. 30, 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 Brooks Winery.

Kerry Nordstrom-Bradley, class of 2010 and recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, will present “Living on the Edge: Counseling on the Bering Sea,” at 3 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. She will discuss her experience as a school counselor in Scammon Bay, a bush village in Alaska, and how her Linfield career brought her to where she is today.

Floyd McKay, class of 1957 and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, will give a talk at 4 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. McKay is the author of “Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed the State.” He will discuss his time as an Oregon reporter and journalist.

“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 Nordstrom-Bradley and McKay, other award winners include Pete Dengenis, class of 1964 and Alumni Service Award recipient, and David and Jeanne Beck, owners of the Crawford-Beck Winery and recipients of the Walker Service Award.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Oct. 1, with registration at 9 a.m. and campus tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. At 10 a.m., a “Nifty Fifties” brunch for alumni from the 1950s will be held in Dillin Hall. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a Kanto Gakuin University celebration in Jonasson Hall and an English department 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. Lewis and Clark Pioneers football game at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., the men’s soccer team will take on Pacific Lutheran University. At 4:30 p.m. Kappa Sigma Fraternity will host a post-game barbecue outside Ford Hall. Post-game class reunions will be held for the classes of 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006. At 7 p.m. comedienne Jenna Brister, class of 2006, will perform in Ice Auditorium.

Alumni and friends may also participate in the Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. at Maxwell Field. Proceeds from the 3.5-mile event benefit the scholarship created in his memory.

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

Wilkins to present new collection ‘When We Were Birds’

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of EnglishJoe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield College, will read from his latest work on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Wilkins will present his new book of poems, “When We Were Birds.” In this collection, he wrestles his attention away from the grief, deprivations and high prairies of his Montana childhood. He turns instead toward “the bean-rusted fields and gutted factories of the Midwest” — toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.

Wilkins is the author of a memoir, “The Mountain and the Fathers,” which won a GLCA New Writers Award in 2014, as well as two previous books of poetry, “Notes from the Journey Westward” and “Killing the Murnion Dogs.” “When We Were Birds” was selected by former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series.

This reading, part of the “Readings at the Nick” series, 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,


Annual run/walk honors Parker Moore

Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/WalkThe Linfield community is invited to participate in the Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk. The 3.5-mile Run/Walk will take place during Homecoming weekend, Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m.

Linfield students and staff receive a 35 percent discount by entering linfieldstrong35 on the payment page. All proceeds support the Parker Archie Moore Scholarship. Visit the event page on Facebook at Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk.

For more information, to register or to make a gift, visit RunSignUp–Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk. Questions can also be directed to Kellie Berger at 503-883-2496,


Town Hall forum to feature state representative candidates

Linfield CampusTwo candidates for Oregon State Representative, District 24, will participate in a non–partisan candidate forum on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The town hall-style event will feature Ken Moore, democrat, and Ron Noble, republican, who will share their thoughts on issues and answer questions from moderator Dimitri Kelly, assistant professor of political science. They will answer questions from the audience as well.

For more information, contact Kelly at 503-883-2330,


Artists explore gender and society at Linfield Gallery

Linfield GalleryThe art of Wendy Red Star and Kaj-anne Pepper will be featured in “Alterations,” an upcoming exhibit at Linfield Gallery.

The exhibit will be on display Oct. 5 through Nov. 19 in the Linfield Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College. An artists’ reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

Through textiles, video, performance and installation, the exhibition explores how identity is performed. While very different, the work of Red Star and Pepper each address the ways in which costume and ritual can create, reinforce or subvert cultural identity.

Red Star’s costumes are inspired by traditional Crow Indian men’s “hot dance” outfits, but are re-imaged as women’s fashion. Pepper’s work as a performance artist in the drag community exposes the trauma and artifice of gender. Shown together for the first time, these two artists each illuminate different aspects of how cultural identity is performed intentionally and unintentionally.

Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonist structures, both historically and in today’s society. Red Star creates a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art. Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Domaine de Kerguéhennec and St. Louis Art Museum, among others. She was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2015. In 2016, she participated in Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy at the Portland Art Museum, and recently mounted a solo exhibition as part of the museum’s APEX series.

Pepper is a Portland-based performance and theatre artist, educator and choreographer. Pepper’s drag persona, “Pepper Pepper,” is a humorous and thoughtful gender bending MC and entertainer, through which Pepper explores vulnerability, artifice and identity. Pepper was a member of the gender terrorist drag troupe, Sissyboy, and has toured the United States with The Genderfluids. Pepper currently MC’s Dark Night of the Soul, an evening of stand-up tragedy, and drag extravaganza Critical Mascara which occurs annually at PICA’s T:BA festival. Pepper also pursues contemporary dance, performing with Linda Austin, Tahni Holt and Mizu Desierto.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. This exhibit is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series and the Department of Art and Visual Culture. Additional support comes from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, which includes funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Community Foundation.

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 online at


New multicultural centers celebrate campus diversity

Linfield College Multicultural CenterThe Linfield College community celebrated the opening of two multicultural centers, one in McMinnville and the other in Portland, last week.

In Portland, the dedication was held Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Suite 34 Loveridge Hall. In McMinnville, it was held Friday, Sept. 23, in Withnell Commons.

The centers, a result of feedback from campus-wide diversity forums held last year, will provide space for students to learn from each other and celebrate differences, as well as engage in open dialogue about diversity. The areas will also encourage collaboration and empower all students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds.

“We are very excited for these campus spaces,” said Jason Rodriquez, director of multicultural programs. “The centers provide an opportunity for intercultural dialogue and programming, and will help further the mission and goals of the college, particularly with creating a more inclusive campus.”

Janeth Macias, coordinator of multicultural programs on the Portland Campus, said the center will be an additional resource to further enrich the social and academic experience for nursing students.

“With the increase of diversity on both Linfield campuses, it is essential to provide a space where people can come together and learn about one another culturally,” she added.

Linfield tied for first among liberal arts colleges in Oregon and Washington in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Ethnic Diversity list. In August, the college also offered a Spanish-language orientation program for new students and their families for the second consecutive year.

For more information, contact Rodriquez in McMinnville at 503-883-2574,, or Macias in Portland at 503-413-7273,


Community news

The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing hosted the Community College Partners Fall Summit on Sept. 16 at the Portland Campus. This was the 5th annual Fall Summit held with the community college leaders who work in partnership with the RN to BSN program and the School of Nursing. Nurse leaders including faculty and administrators were in attendance from Central Oregon Community College, Chemeketa Community College, Clackamas Community College, Columbia Gorge Community College, Linn-Benton Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon Coast Community College and Portland Community College. “A rich discussion unfolded the importance of an articulation model for nurses to transition to baccalaureate preparation,” said Joanna Rowe, professor and interim dean for the school of nursing. “Given the economic environment and free community college at a state level, more students will pursue this approach to higher education. Therefore, these community partnerships are crucial to higher education and in our ability to contribute to the health of the community.”

The Linfield College President’s Report, detailing highlights of the college in 2015-16, is online and arriving in mailboxes. In the pages you will meet four students who are making the most of their liberal arts education, and you will hear firsthand their stories of growth and achievement. In addition to the student profiles, the report includes a message from President Thomas L. Hellie, financial facts and details about the past year.


Campus calendar


This week: Homecoming


12:30-1:30 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, 106 HHPA

7:30 p.m.: Joe Wilkins reading, Nicholson Library


Noon: German table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: Women’s soccer at Pacific


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at GFU Culturame Classic

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Lewis & Clark

Noon: Spanish Table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Whitman Invitational

9 a.m.: Cross country at Willamette Open

1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Lewis & Clark

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

5 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific


9 a.m.: Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk, Maxwell Field

2 p.m.: Candidate forum, 201 Riley Hall

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Puget Sound

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