Linfield Reports, 9/30/13


Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeA series of homecoming events for students and alumni are planned this week.

Student activities begin Monday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. with a student cat cab and campus meal catered by Thai Country near the Walker Hall Fountain. A field day will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. on the Intramural Field. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m., a song and banner competition will be held on the football field. “Shot of Reality,” focusing on alcohol awareness will be on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. On Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. the annual Mr. and Miss Linfield competition will be held in the Ted Wilson Gym.

Registration for alumni activities begins Friday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. The Founders’ Society Luncheon will be held at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. Alumni are also invited to go wine tasting at the Willamette Valley Wine Center at 1:30 p.m. or relive the excitement of learning, without the exams, at two classes that afternoon.

Anne Zimmerman ’00, recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, will discuss her book, An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher and her overall fascination with the work of M.F.K. Fisher. Zimmerman will present at 3 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall.

Scott Hamilton ’77, recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award, will discuss his recent expedition to restore eyesight to the people in Mustang, a “Forbidden Kingdom” in the Himalayan range, and show a short film clip from his journey at 4 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. Hamilton is being honored for his outstanding career on Wall Street and extensive humanitarian activities.

“Linfield’s Finest,” a gathering for alumni, friends and faculty, will salute the alumni award winners at 5:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. In addition to Zimmerman and Hamilton, award winners include Ryan Carlson ’98, Alumni Service Award winner; and Bob Breshock, chair of the Parents Council Leadership Team, who will be honored with the Walker Award.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Oct. 5, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and campus tours at 9:30. At 10, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority reunion will be held in Ford Hall; a Peace Corps panel and reception will be in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall; and a Theta Chi meet and greet will be held at the Keck Campus parking lot. At 10:30, a political science reunion will be held in the Pioneer Reading Room in Pioneer Hall. Also at 10:30, a business and economics reunion will be held in T.J. Day Hall. At 11 a Costa Rica study abroad reunion and lunch will be held at Pura Vida restaurant in McMinnville.

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. the Pacific Lutheran Lutes football game at 1:30 p.m. Those in attendance are encouraged to show their pride by wearing purple. Post-game class reunions will be held for the classes of 1953, 1963, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1993 and 2003.

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



Professor Amy OrrAmy Orr, George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology, will present “Academic Tenure: Needed Protection or Outdated Tradition?” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The principles of academic tenure for college professors were established a century ago, in 1915. Orr, who is also the chair for the Linfield College Sociology and Anthropology Department, will discuss the sociohistorical context in which tenure for college professors was established and whether or not the system is still relevant in contemporary society. She will also discuss common criticisms of and misperceptions about academic tenure, as well as proposed alternatives.

Orr, who joined the Linfield faculty in 2001, teaches a wide variety of classes in the SOAN department and has served as the senior thesis coordinator for the department since 2003. She has a master’s of arts and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s of science in sociology – anthropology/psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

For more information, call ext. 2409.



Nicholson LibraryLightning presentations by Yamhill County authors Stephen Long, Frank Lisciandro, Richard Cheverton, Mark Pederson and Ellie Gunn will be presented Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library. The event is co-sponsored by Third Street Books, the McMinnville Public Library and the Linfield Nicholson Library. For more information, call ext. 2517.






Author Tom PeekAuthor Tom Peek will discuss his latest novel, Daughters of Fire, Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Daughters of Fire, published by Koa Books in 2012, is a murder mystery romance novel that takes place on the big island in Hawaii. The novel explores the interaction of two cultures in Hawaii and delves into the unique history of the islands.

Peek grew up in Mississippi and traveled throughout Polynesia before settling in Hawaii, where he lives with his wife. He writes novels, magazine and newspaper articles and creates award-winning videos. Outside of his literary and video work, he works as a mountain and astronomy guide and also is involved with firefighters around the volcanoes in Hawaii.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is sponsored by Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, ext. 2517.



Music Professor Anna Song and Linfield Concert Choir Linfield College will host a fall choir concert “Lift Every Voice,” Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

The Linfield Concert Choir, Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Vocal Ensemble will perform a musical program focused on the varied faces of loss and hope. It will include American and Indonesian folk songs, as well as works by Carlo Gesualdo, U2 and selections from Johannes Brahms’ “Neue Liebeslieder.” The choir is directed by Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Linfield.

Song earned her bachelor’s in composition at UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has conducted the Portland Symphonic Choir and Yale University Chapel Choir, and also taught at DePaul University. She has been teaching music and conducting choirs in the Portland area since 2001 and performs regularly with In Mulieribus.

For more information, call ext. 2275, or go to



Pacifica QuartetPacifica Quartet, a Grammy award-winning string quartet, will perform Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall.

The performance, part of the Linfield Lively Arts series, will feature works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten and Maurice Ravel.

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The group tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica Quartet was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009–2012) and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002 the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the appointment to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming only the second chamber ensemble so honored in the grant’s long history. In 2009, the Quartet was named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America.

An ardent advocate of contemporary music, the Pacifica Quartet commissions and performs many new works, including those by Keeril Makan and Shulamit Ran to be premiered during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. In 2012, Cedille Records released the second of three volumes comprising the entire Shostakovich cycle, along with other contemporary Soviet works, to rave reviews.

The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Bloomington, Ind., where they serve as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at the Jacobs School of Music. Prior to their appointment, the quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2012. The Pacifica Quartet also serves as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series and presented in partnership with Friends of Chamber Music. The Linfield Lively Arts music series features guest artists in concerts and in outreach activities, including master classes, open rehearsals and “Meet the Musicians” events with students and local audiences.

Tickets are $10 at the door and free for Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Gary MachlisGary Machlis, science advisor to the director of the National Park Service and professor of conservation at the University of Idaho, will speak on “The Ecology of Hope and Devastation,” Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Machlis will discuss the effects of war on the ecology of impacted communities and how ecological principles can be used to help restore ecosystems that have been destroyed by natural and human disasters. The lecture is sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lectureship and PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).

Machlis is the first scientist appointed as the science advisor of the NPS. He advises the director on a range of science policy issues and programs. He has served as interim associate vice president for research at UI and has been a visiting professor at Nanjing Technological College in China and at Yale University.

Machlis received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. in human ecology from Yale. He has written numerous books and scientific papers on issues of conservation, including “The State of the World’s Parks” (1985), the first systematic study of threats to protected areas around the world. He is currently at work on his next co-authored book, The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems. His research has been published in journals as varied as Bioscience, Climatic Change, Conservation Biology, Society and Natural Resources, and Science.

The Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lecture series honors Dr. Dirks-Edmunds, a professor of biology at Linfield from 1941 to 1974. The endowment is used to bring speakers to campus to address critical environmental concerns and biological issues, and to support student-faculty collaborative research.

For more information, contact Jeremy Weisz, assistant professor of biology, ext. 2704,



Lissa WadewitzLissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history at Linfield College, has received a pair of awards for her latest book, The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea.

The Nature of Borders, released in 2012, has received the John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History. It is awarded annually to “recognize excellence in the publication of books that make significant contributions to the study and understanding of maritime and naval history.” The Nature of Borders won in the category of “naval and maritime science and technology” for books published in 2012.

Wadewitz’s book has also won the Hal K. Rothman prize from the Western History Association. This award is given out once every two years to “the best book in western environmental history defined in its broadest sense.” The Nature of Borders won the award over all other entries from 2011 and 2012.

“I am thrilled that my book has resonated with other scholars,” says Wadewitz. “I am deeply honored to have been selected for these awards.”

The Nature of Borders, released via the University of Washington press, is about the decline of the Pacific salmon runs due to a combination of greed, politics and the border between British Columbia and Washington State.



Anton Belov, baritone and assistant professor of music, was a featured artist in the Portland Opera’s Big Night Concert Sept. 21 at Keller Auditorium. Also that evening, Sherill Roberts, instructor of cello, played as a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra and Susan McDaniel ‘97, staff accompanist, made her Portland Opera debut as principal accompanist.




All week: Homecoming

Noon: French table, Dillin


Noon: American sign language table, Dillin


Noon: German language table, Dillin


11:50 a.m.: Voices, SOAN table, Dillin

Noon: Japanese language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Lois Leveen reading, Nicholson


7 p.m.: Volleyball at George Fox


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at Culturame Classic

Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Whitworth Invitational

9 a.m.: Cross country at Willamette Open

1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Pacific Lutheran

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at George Fox

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Pacific


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Willamette

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Pacific