Monthly Archives: December 2008
Through an opportunity made possible by the Bonneville Power Association, McMinnville Power & Light asked Linfield to embark on an energy efficiency project to insulate apartment complexes on campus, Wes Thomas, a representative from McMinnville Power & Light, said.
“There is a tax credit available for these projects,” Thomas said.
The state implemented a pass-through program, allowing companies simultaneously wanting tax write-offs and energy efficient projects to buy these tax credits from institutions such as Linfield College.
Thomas said funding from McMinnville Power & Light comes directly from its general funds and is reimbursed to the company from the Bonneville Power Association.
“We have taken the position that we want to pass through 100 percent of the dollars that are made available to us as a reimbursement to the college because that enables the college to get the best bang for its buck, and it also really ensures that the project will get completed,” he said.
Thomas said the Legacy, White, Green and Red apartment complexes are the four major buildings set to be insulated.
Hall said he is excited about the undertaking.
Part of the insulation project was completed during Thanksgiving Break.
“We [insulated] some of the buildings underneath where we could get into the buildings without having to get into the rooms,” he said.
The rest of the installations are scheduled to take place between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2, Hall said.
“Most of the students are going to be gone, so we’ll have some international students and people that are just around the campus, but that’s a very small number of folks,” he said.
Hall said he has been at Linfield for 10-11 years and has been involved with most of the energy conservation projects completed on campus.
“This is the first one, though, that we’ve gotten fully funded by other people,” he said.
Hall estimates the college will save 300,000 kilowatts of energy each year, which is equivalent to
having more than 4,000 100-watt light bulbs on for a month.
“It’s the right thing to do for sustainability; if we can conserve and not use as much energy-especially electrical energy-we’re going to lower our carbon footprint,” he said.
The project will also save the college operational dollars. Hall said the college could save up to $17,000.
“We’re doing the right things as stewards of the land, and we get the side benefit of decreasing the amount of money that we spend on electrical energy,” he said.
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Jackson Miller, associate professor of theater and communication arts and director of the Linfield forensics team, will give the commencement address for the fall graduation ceremony Dec. 21 in Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Miller was chosen to speak partly because this is his first year serving as the Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, Dean of Faculty Vicki McGillin said.
“He is, in many ways, the voice of the faculty,” McGillin, who officially invited Miller to speak at the ceremony, said.
Approximately 400 people are expected to attend the commencement ceremony, which will cover free speech and civil rights.
While there are not strict guidelines as to choosing commencement speakers, the speakers are generally determined by President Hellie and members of the office of Academic Affairs.
“I believe it has been a tradition that a faculty member be selected as a commencement speaker in December,” McGillin said.
As of Dec. 9, 111 students are expected to graduate, including students from the Adult Degree Program and the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing.
“It’s a wonderful, kind of intimate ceremony,” McGillin said.
More people are expected to attend the ceremony this year because the pinning ceremony for Nursing graduates from the Portland campus will take place directly after commencement, McGillin said. In this ceremony, which usually takes place the day following commencement in Portland, graduates receive a pin indicating their completion of their Nursing degree.
“[Nursing students] don’t have to worry about which [ceremony] they’ll pull their family members to,” McGillin said.
The ceremony is important to the staff at any college because, McGillin said, it is the faculty’s “last chance to plant one last seed.”
Most agree that the purpose of a commencement address is to connect with the graduates.
“It’s got to be interesting and engaging, and it should relate to the graduates in some way so they’re hooked,” said Fred Ross, senior adviser and assistant to President Hellie.
A producer and camera crew from Oregon Public Broadcasting were on campus Dec. 9 shooting footage for an annual program set to air in either January or February.
The program focuses on the process of acquiring financial aid and is targeted to high school upperclassmen and their parents.
Dean of Enrollment Services Dan Preston is one of the show’s panelists who will answer questions and explain the process of getting financial aid. He has been part of the show for the last 15 years.
Steve Amen of Oregon Field Guide will host the show.
Kate McMahon, the show’s producer, graduated from Linfield in 1998 with a major in mass communication. She has previously worked for ABC Nightline. In 2006, one of the films she worked on, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
The footage McMahon and her crew shot will be featured in the show to give examples of various colleges in the state, McMahon said. They filmed Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance Janet Peterson’s Nutrition class, Assistant Professor of English Anna Keesey’s Iraq War Across the Genres INQS, KSLC student-powered radio and captured general footage of the campus.
“We talk about going off to college in the show, and Linfield really captures the look and feel of a college,” McMahon said. “Unlike other campuses, I had a better idea of where to shoot, so we didn’t have to scout the location.”
The program normally broadcasts live on OPB, with a phone bank set up for viewers at home to call in with questions. This year, the panel discussion will be filmed ahead of time, but the phone bank will still be available during the broadcast, with financial aid administrators available to answer questions.
“It is good for us as a college to be a part of a program like this,” Director of Public Services Mardi Mileham, said. “Anything we as educators can do to educate the general public about things like financial aid is beneficial to us, as well as to them because financial aid can be a very complex issue.”
Linfield is a member of the Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the program is made in conjunction with the OASFAA and OPB.
Preston became involved with the program because he has been a member of the association since 1987 and was once its president. The association’s current president is Linfield’s Director of Financial Aid Crisanne Werner.
“I seem to do a little above-average in public speaking,” Preston said. “So they said, ‘We need to keep you a part of this.’”
This year, the program will feature information on the aid that is still available, despite the current economic crisis. High school seniors are likely already accepted and enrolled in college and financial aid programs, but juniors and their parents are facing more of a struggle with finding aid. The show hopes to emphasize that there is still money available, McMahon said.
Because the program is aimed at incoming college students, Preston encouraged all those who are currently students at Linfield and need financial aid assistance to seek guidance in the Financial Aid office in Melrose Hall.
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Cases of disrespect toward students by Linfield Campus Safety officers have been circulating campus, prompting Interim Director of Campus Safety William Curtin to take action.
“I’m writing some new policies that are in the formulative stage,” Curtin said.
Numerous students have reported to the Review that they feel LCS officers have been acting unconventionally toward them this semester. The most common complaint is of students not being told why they were “pulled over” by LCS when either stopped while in a vehicle or on foot.
Curtin, who took over for Mike Dressel last month, said he is planning a training for the eight officers to take place during the break between semesters. The training will focus on tactical communication skills, report writing, patrol techniques and general security training.
Other areas of improvement Curtin aims to work on include making LCS more present on campus and integrating it into the campus community.
“Campus Safety officers are private security providers, not police officers,” Curtin said.
LCS officers are on campus to serve and protect the Linfield community, but they do have limitations on what they can and cannot do, Curtin said. Their main role is to uphold the Student Code of Conduct, which can be found in the Linfield Student Handbook.
For example, officers cannot detain people or limit their movement, but if an officer is a witness to a crime, he can detain the criminals until local authorities arrive.
Students also told the Review they felt too great an emphasis has been placed by officers on writing citations and not protecting students.
“We want students to complain to us; we think it makes us better,” Curtin said. “It is very hard to deal with rumors.”
Curtain said he wants to make sure officers are behaving properly and guarantees every complaint made will be investigated by him.
“I want to talk to people,” he said. “I don’t want the way we engage the community to be disrespectful.”
Curtin pressed that he is willing to talk to students whenever and wherever.
Students can also file comments or complaints online by going to linfield.edu/safety/contact and filling the form.
With the fall season wrapped up and winter basketball and swimming action on hiatus for finals week, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to recognize a few of Linfield’s most outstanding
This list is by no means flawless, but it is my interpretation of the people who had the largest role on each team in helping his or her group find success or persevere through frustration.
Men’s cross country:
junior Shawn Fisher
One of the most seasoned runners on the team, Fisher was a consistent performer, and his blistering time of 26 minutes, 39.44 seconds at the Linfield Open set a new course record. Fisher
finished in 6th place at the West Region Championships and 112th in the national championship race.
Women’s cross country: junior Marci Klimek
She carried the load early on in the season, winning her first four races. Klimek was untouchable before she fell to Willamette University senior Maddie Coffman at the Willamette Open. She placed 13th at regionals before moving on to nationals for the second year in a row, where she finished 45th, the highest finish ever by a Linfield woman at nationals.
Football: senior defensive end Taylor Summers
The plague of quarterbacks around the conference, Summers was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the Northwest Conference.
While the team struggled to find an offensive rhythm, Taylor’s tenacious pass rush kept the opposition at bay. He totaled 36 tackles this year, including 12 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.
Men’s golf: junior
After helping the ’Cats win their first conference title in more than four decades last year, Nelson’s proved himself to be a reliable and motivational co-captain. His fine-tuned stroke helped the team win all of its meets this fall; Nelson finished second with 145 strokes over 36 holes at the NWC Fall Classic.
Women’s golf: sophomore Brynn Hurdus
She placed second at the NWC championships as a freshman, and she has continued to shine this season. Highlights for her include a double eagle at the Linfield Invitational that helped the team place second and finished fifth with an 88 at the fall finale.
Men’s soccer: junior
forward Kurtis Wong
A solid offensive threat, Wong put pressure on the opposition’s defense almost every game. He scored nine goals, second-most in the conference, four assists and always made his presence known on the pitch with leadership and offense.
sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Hasselblad
With a conference-best 149 saves, Hasselblad kept the ’Cats within striking distance consistently. While the offense struggled to score, the team was never quite out of it with Hasselblad in the net. She allowed an average of 1.77 goals per game, and she started all 20 contests.
Volleyball: junior middle blocker Emily Vuylsteke
Earning All-America recognition in the process, Vuylsteke led the conference with a .325 hit percentage and posted a team-best 212 kills. Her performances helped the team recover after a slow start to go on to a five-game win streak at the end of the season.
Freshmen of the fall:
volleyball outside hitter Samantha Lau and men’s soccer forward Kyle Wallace
Lau successfully filled the role left open after standout Katelyn Baker graduated last year. Lau totaled 166 kills throughout the season and started 19 of 20 games.
Wallace switched from midfielder to forward at the start of the season, and he found his niche in the process. He went from setting up goals to scoring them. Wallace was second-best on the team with six goals, also providing one assist. His fiery, tough play helped him score a lot of goals this year, but it also made him draw a handful of yellow cards.
Team of the fall:
Without so much as a single faltering moment on the links, the team made good on its anticipated first-place finish. They won all the competitions they participated in and set themselves up to finish off the rest of the NWC and win a second-straight conference championship in the spring.
Coach of the fall:
In his 31st year as head coach of the volleyball team, not much rattles Kimura. Faced with the prospect of replacing several all-conference athletes from last year, his team struggled early on but came to life in the end. The team won five of its six final games to finish 13-7 overall, notching Kimura’s eighth winning season in the past nine years. It was a bright end to a hard-fought season.