Linfield Reports, 9/4/12


T.J. Day Hall recently received a LEED Gold certification for sustainable building, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The historic building on the school’s McMinnville Campus underwent a $10 million green restoration, which was completed in the summer of 2011.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, and is based on a rigorous third-party review. In addition to ecological benefits, LEED-certified buildings are designed to improve the health and well-being of occupants.

Portland-based SRG Partnership and Walsh Construction Co. partnered on the restoration of the building, originally constructed as a library in 1936. Many original features have been retained, but some elements are new. The interior lobby, for example, features a soaring space topped with clerestory windows that flood all three levels with natural light.

Earlier this year, Linfield was featured in the Guide to Green Colleges, published by The Princeton Review. The guide profiles 322 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that have an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices.


An opening reception for “Social Landscapes: Two Views,” featuring the work of Liz Harris and Katharine T Jacobs, will be Saturday, Sept. 8, from 3-5 p.m. at the Linfield Gallery. The show will run through Oct. 6.

The exhibition features two large-scale installations that explore the concept of social landscapes through a variety of content and materials. The show is curated by Cris Moss, gallery director.

For her installation, “Event Horizon: living on the edge,” Harris uses more than 2,700 individual ceramic forms to create a landscape that pays homage to the explosion and sinking of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon in 2010. The event killed 11 workers, injured 17 others and released almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing a massive environmental disaster. The installation serves as a reminder of a critical social issue with complex regional and global ramifications.

Jacobs’ collection of portraits, “America, I ♥ You,” was taken throughout the 50 United States over an eight-month period. Each portrait, shot with a 4×5 large-format camera, captures a window into the social landscape of U.S. states.

Harris is an intermedia artist who lives and works in Portland. Her work is based in sculpture, animation and video, and often culminates in installations that combine all three disciplines. She is investigating the creation of multiples in ceramic with a focus on craftsmanship, process and repetition. Harris received her bachelor of arts degree from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jacobs is a graduate of Oregon College of Art and Craft. Originally from the rural foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Katharine began her education at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. Her focus in street photography and large format shooting inspired her journey across the country and the production of her largest body of work to date: “America, I ♥ You.”

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.


Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, and David Sumner, associate professor of English and environmental studies, will present the first faculty lecture of the academic year Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The lecture, “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame,” will trace the history of the term “eco-terrorism” and its use in the United States to stigmatize the protest activities of environmentalists. Weidman and Sumner will report on their research, which assessed acceptance of the term in public discourse, specifically in U.S. newspapers, and found that the term has been widely adopted. Drawing on theories from rhetoric and mass communication, the authors argue for a linguistic and ethical distinction between acts intended to harm humans and acts intended to harm only property.

“We concluded that the politicized term ‘eco-terrorism’ is an inaccurate label for the activities of environmental activists, for whom the sacredness of life is a core value,” Weidman said.

Sumner and Weidman worked with Linfield students on the project, who helped to analyze newspaper articles that contained the word “eco-terrorism.” Research findings were first presented at the annual conference of the European Society for Environmental History in Turku, Finland, in June 2011. The paper has been accepted for publication in the journal Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

Sumner arrived at Linfield in 2004 and in addition to teaching, also directs the writing program. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, where he focused on the relationship between American nature writing and environmental ethics. He also holds a master’s from Brigham Young University, and a bachelor’s from the University of Utah. He has published several articles on the genre and ethics of nature writing and western American literature as well as a series of interviews with contemporary nature writers. As a Fulbright fellow in 2007, Sumner taught courses in American nature writing and western American literature at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He has also delivered invited lectures on these topics at several universities in Germany as well as at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Weidman, at Linfield since 2009, teaches courses in journalism, public relations and advertising. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in media administration and mass communications, respectively, from Syracuse University. She has published several articles and book chapters that examine influences on media content, as well as other mass-communication topics.

For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Linfield College English Professor Anna Keesey will read from her widely acclaimed debut novel, Little Century, on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The novel, which came out this summer, quickly landed on Oprah’s Top 16 Best Books for June and was also selected for The Christian Science Monitor and Vogue Magazine summer reading lists.

The coming-of-age story follows Esther, a young woman from Chicago who rides the rails west in search of her last living relative. At the urging of her older cousin, a cattleman, Esther lays claim to land outside the lawless frontier town of Century, Ore., where a bitter range war between cattle ranchers and sheepherders explodes in violence.

Keesey’s novel, part feminist Western, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale, also illuminates the conflicts that have shaped and continue to shape the American West.

“In the contemporary world all kinds of resources are becoming scarce and multiple parties have legitimate claims to the same space,” Keesey said. “Water politics and heated fights over control of land characterize the West.”

Keesey is an associate professor of English at Linfield and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories.

The book has been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York City.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, call 503-883-2517.


Linfield Wildcats are banding together to raise funds for cancer research. Linfield students, faculty, staff and alumni, the “Linfield Wildcats For The Cure” team, will participate in the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure on Sunday, Sept. 16. Team organizers hope to raise $1,000. Direct donations to For more information, call Lisa Burch, director of student services, Portland Campus, at 503-413-7561.


The Linfield nursing program received a grant of $50,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Associate dean Bev Epeneter and former associate deans Peggy Wros and Laura Rodgers have provided crucial oversight of the program. Current employees Gerardo Ochoa, Michael Reyes Andrillon and Mindy Cowan, and former employees Leticia Hernandez, Claudia Garcia, Ninfa Murillo and David Groff have all played a key role in NCIN program implementation, which has translated into successful reapplications for funding. Todd McCollum has been most helpful in providing the data needed for the application. Since 2008, Linfield has been the recipient of three grants totaling $290,000 in New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These scholarships go to students from populations underrepresented in nursing who are enrolled in our accelerated nursing program.

The work of Linfield Student Affairs was featured in a journal article for American College Personnel Association. The article follows an award that was received last year regarding assessment of the learning of student leaders. The May Dunn Ward Innovative Program Award was created in 1987 to honor the achievements of May Dunn Ward, an early educator and student affairs leader.



7 p.m.: Women’s soccer vs. Warner Pacific


2 p.m.: Volleyball at Bethel Invitational

4 p.m.: Volleyball at Bethel Invitational


1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Hardin-Simmons

2 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Whittier

3 p.m.: Opening reception, “Social Landscapes: Two Views,” Linfield Gallery

8 a.m.: Volleyball at Bethel Invitational

Noon: Volleyball at Bethel Invitational


1 p.m.: Women’s soccer at Trinity Lutheran

2 p.m.: Men’s soccer at UC-Santa Clara