Linfield Reports, 9/27/10


Rabbi Gary Ellison will speak about Linfield College’s 200-year-old Yemenite Torah scroll Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Ellison will speak on Yemenite Judaism and the practices surrounding the Torah scroll. The Torah scroll will be on display before and after the presentation.

The scroll, donated to Linfield last year by Cindy Boyce, was written in an Arabian Jewish Scriptorium by Yemenite Jews about 200 years ago. It is now housed in special collections at Nicholson Library.

Ellison received a master’s degree in Hebrew letters and rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990. He received his B.A. in comparative religion from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has been a congregational rabbi in Modesto, Calif., and Salem. Ellison has served as advisor to the Linfield Jewish Student Association for the past three years, and has served as guest lecturer for several courses. He also serves as a resource on campus for students and faculty.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library, the Department of Religious Studies and the Chaplain’s Office. For more information, call 503-883-2259.


“Under the Umbrella of Civil Rights: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act” will feature three days of events and programming at Linfield.

The program is designed to educate and increase awareness of civil rights law as it pertains to disabilities and social justice. Several events will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 1. On Wednesday a representative from the Guide Dogs for the Blind will give a presentation in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. On Thursday faculty and staff with various disabilities will hold a roundtable discussion, also in Riley Hall. Several activities designed to raise awareness about disabilities will be held Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the foyer of Walker Hall. The film “Temple Grandin” will be shown Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield.

Kevin Michael Connolly, 23, may have been born legless, but that has not stopped him from becoming an award-winning skier who tears down slopes in his custom-built mono-ski to professional photographer best-known for “The Rolling Exhibition,” an exhibit of photos he shot from his vantage point on his skateboard as he traveled around the world.

He will speak Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Connolly received undergraduate degrees in film and photography at Montana State University and studied in New Zealand in 2006. While traveling in Europe, he began shooting photos of people who stared at him and continued routinely taking photos of people staring as he rolled by on his skateboard. His photographs capture the curiosity that can pull people out of their everyday situations to stare. “The Rolling Exhibition” has been shown around the world and is featured in a book released last year.

Connolly was the gold medal winner in the overall junior competition at the U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was the silver medalist in the giant slalom in 2005. He was the silver medalist at the inaugural mono skier cross event at the 2007 X Games.

The play, “Not Until You Know My Story,” will be presented Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. Produced by Had to Be Productions, “Not Until You Know My Story” is a play that includes the stories of 14 characters based on actual interviews. The differences addressed include race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, size and privilege. The play is followed by a workshop where the participants discuss diversity issues triggered by the play that relate to the workplace and practice “crossing the bridge,” a technique of imagining how it feels to be other people as a tool for conflict resolution and inclusion in the workplace.

The events are sponsored by the Linfield Learning Support Services, Counseling Office, Student Affairs, Multicultural Programs, Athletics, Academic Affairs and the President’s Office. For accommodations or access concerns, call 503-883-2562. For more information, call Patti Bonofiglio, 503-883-2563,


The Linfield College Theatre Department will present a staged reading of “Checkmate,” a one-act play written by Linfield sophomore Christopher Forrer of Gresham. The reading will be held Friday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theater in Ford Hall.

Forrer, who is majoring in theatre and political science, had his 10-minute play “The Smoker” chosen as a regional finalist in last year’s American College Theatre Festival Region VII Conference in Reno, Nev.

The play is being offered as part of the Oregon Cultural Days.

“Checkmate” takes place in the fictional town of Monopolis, where characters based on board game pieces once lived in harmony. Detective Sam Bishop, private eye, is hot on the trail of the crime lord “Queen,” along with the help of his assistant, Megan “Rookie” Castle, and former partner, Sergeant Patrick McKnight. But with a group of wannabe Scrabble pieces, two warring gangs of jazzy checkers and a shifty marble-dealing hippo standing in his way, does the gutsy detective have the moxy to bring down Queen? Watch as board game pieces take on lives of their own.

The staged reading will last approximately 30 minutes. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


Prize-winning pianist Dean Kramer will perform an all-Chopin recital Monday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Kramer was one of the few pianists to have received lessons from the great Vladimir Horowitz, and has worked with legendary artists such as Arthur Rubinstein and Gina Bachauer. Kramer is a prize winner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, and has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in the United States as well as internationally. He was chosen by the United States Information Agency to represent the United States as an Artistic Ambassador to Hungary, Romania, Malta and Egypt. Kramer has appeared as a soloist with renowned groups such as the Vermeer Quartet, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble and the Russian River Chamber Players. Kramer has been a member of the piano faculty at the University of Oregon since 1983.

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


Up against stiff competition, 14 Linfield nursing alumni were selected from among 699 applicants to fill 61 RN residency positions at Portland-area Legacy Health locations.

“We are incredibly excited about our Nurse Residency program,” says Mary Lyn Feldt, a patient care specialist at Legacy and the RN residency manager. Linfield alumni represent the largest group in the resident cohort.

The residency program aims to increase RN competence and confidence, thus enhancing quality patient care and outcomes. Legacy partnered with Versant, who provides content, structure, process and evaluation as the new RNs transition to practice.

Individual units and departments hired individual residents, who participate as a cohort in the training program for 18 weeks. “The training basically condenses an 18-month program; it’s an intensive and golden opportunity to ramp up quickly into practice,” according to Jorge Juliano ’09.

Linfield alumni participating in the Versant RN Residency program at Legacy include Katherine Allen ‘10, Sarah Brown ‘10, Laura Carlson ‘10, Alejandrina Felipe ‘09, Dana Fisher ‘10, Katherine Hadley ‘10, Kristen Johnson ‘10, Jorge Juliano ‘09, Cynthia Olivares ‘10, Kathleen Pearson ‘09, Lisbeth Pelsue ‘09, Jennifer Streissguth ‘10, Jennifer Wieczorek ‘08 and Elizabeth Wyzik ‘10.


Linfield College has been awarded 30 Students in Service (SIS) AmeriCorps member slots to fill this year, a three-fold increase from 2009-10, and will provide 30 students with an education award of $1,132 upon completion of 300 hours of community service over the course of one year. This amounts to nearly $34,000 in scholarships for Linfield students to apply directly to tuition, student loans or graduate school.

Students are eligible to enroll in SIS if they perform volunteer work in partnership with schools and community organizations including tutoring, mentoring and environmental restoration. Students completing part-time or full-time teaching positions at qualifying schools, or service-related academic internships or service-learning projects with a non-profit, faith-based or government agency are also eligible.

A number of Linfield students have served with the SIS AmeriCorps program, including Ashlee Hockett, class of 2010, who is now working with Looking Glass in Eugene, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 8,000 at-risk youth and their families per year. Heidi VandenBos, class of 2010, is beginning her master’s in music therapy at Marylhurst University after performing her SIS hours at Hillside Retirement Community in McMinnville, where she taught residents to play the piano. Lizzie Martinez, class of 2009, completed the program during her sophomore year and has now returned to Linfield as the AmeriCorps VISTA student engagement coordinator.

Linfield’s SIS program is made possible through Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps Education Award Program.

For more information, call 503-883-2636.


An article by Janet Gifford, director of marketing, division of continuing education, titled Digital Public Relations: E-Marketing’s Big Secret, was published in the Fall 2010 issue of the Continuing Higher Education Review, by the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education, in affiliation with the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

Shirley Tighe GSH ’60 and Linfield ’76, retired Good Samaritan School of Nursing faculty, is preparing the eighth edition of her book, Instrumentation for the Operating Room, a Photographic Manual, published by Mosby Elsevier. It is now published in six languages: English, Italian, Portuesege, Philipinio, Classic Chinese and Korean.



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Gary Ellison lecture, Nicholson Library


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

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

8 p.m.: Kevin Connolly lecture, Ted Wilson Gym


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

8 p.m.: “Temple Grandin,” Ice


Today and tomorrow: Family Weekend

11:30 a.m.: ADA activities, Walker

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitman

7:30 p.m.: “Checkmate,” Marshall Theatre

8 p.m.: “Not Until You Know My Story,” Ice


9 a.m.: Cross country at Willamette Open

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitworth

1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Willamette

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Whitworth

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitworth


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitman

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Whitman