Daily Archives: May 7, 2010
Four Linfield students received teaching assistantship and research grants for the prestigious Fulbright program this year, a record high for Linfield.
Previously, the record was three recipients in one year, Scholarship Adviser and Instructor of History Deborah Olsen said.
Seniors Ashley Bennett and Brett Tolman will teach in Mainz, Germany, and Sri Lanka, respectively; seniors Krista Foltz and Lily Niland will conduct original research in Chile and Peru, respectively.
As part of their teaching assistantship, both Bennett and Tolman will use their foreign language skills to teach the English language at a school in their host country.
Bennett, an economics and German double major, said she originally
intended to apply for the research grant to investigate water economics in Germany.
But with aspirations to become an economics professor, she said teaching sounded more appealing.
“I thought it would be fun to try teaching,” Bennett said. “I’m looking forward to spending a longer amount of time in a German-speaking country and getting the chance to positively impact a child’s
For political science major Tolman, applying for Sri Lanka was a natural choice.
During his sophomore year, he conducted a case study about the country’s democratic, environmental and societal facets.
Although Tolman said he is unsure what career path he will choose when he returns, he said he believes the program will help guide his choice.
“It seemed like a good segue into any sort of future I want to have,” he said. “I think it’s important to take advantage of all the things around you.”
Niland, an intercultural communication major and double Spanish and Japanese minor, said she
wanted to blend her passion for both languages in the program.
Peru was an ideal choice, because of the late 19th century influx of Japanese immigrants, which resulted from land scarcity, she said.
“My main focus in applying was finding a place that used both Spanish and Japanese,” she said. “I want to see how [Japanese residents] use Spanish now.”
She will examine attitudes toward Japanese language use as well as adopted and rejected language practices.
Foltz, a math and education major, will combine her passion for math and teaching in her research by examining gender stereotypes of females learning math in the classroom.
She said she wants to examine the phenomenon of “stereotype threat,” which states that females perform equally to males in math when the teacher treats them equally. Otherwise, they begin to feel nervous and panicked, which impedes their willingness and ability to learn.
“I’ll be learning what I should be looking for when teaching in the classroom,” Foltz said. “I expect to come back and be a better educator.”
After an intensive application process, the four recipients said they are eager to embark on their cultural journey.
“It’s a time for me to decide what I want,” Bennett said.
Tolman said he is going in with an open mind and few expectations.
“Whenever I go anywhere, I try to not have any expectations and take advantage of all of the things around me,” he said. “This will be a good, real-life case study.”
The awards bring the number of Linfield recipients to 20 since 1999, representing a 25 percent increase.
“We get a large number of students applying who have been abroad,” Olsen said.
The four Linfield students competed among roughly 5,000 applicants who submitted applications during between the 2009-10 school year, according to the Fulbright website.
“Linfield gives an amazing amount of support,” Niland said.
The Fulbright program is designed to forge stronger ties between the United States and developing countries. Its patron is the U.S. State Department, and Fulbright sponsors American and foreign students in cultural exchanges.
Created in 1946, the organization seeks to foster peace through the understanding of other cultures.
Through the Fulbright teaching and research programs, students explore cultural diversity and contribute to the host nation’s educational development.
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The Institute of International Education, which administers the Fulbright Student Program on the State Department’s behalf, was founded in 1919. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946. The Review apologizes for the mistake. (5/10/10)
The Linfield and McMinnville communities made a collaborative effort to eradicate hunger last weekend.
The 2010 CROP Hunger Walk, sponsored in part by the Linfield College Chaplain’s Team, took place May 1.
“People got sponsors who pledged them a certain amount of money to walk,” senior Katie Cowgill, social justice committee chair for the Chaplain’s Team, said. “The objective was not only to raise money but to raise awareness.”
Oregon is ranked second in hunger, Howie Harkema said to the crowd during a presentation he gave as a part of the pre-walk activities. Harkema is the operations director for the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen in McMinnville; the organization was a partial sponsor for the CROP Hunger Walk. During the presentation, Harkema said that 1.5 billion people would go to bed hungry that night.
The event brought in 63 walkers. Among them were six Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity members, Cowgill, sophomores Joanna Peterson and Sarah Korn and junior Tim Wagar of the Chaplain’s Team. Participants chose between a 10K or 2-mile walk that started and ended at Lower City Park.
Pledges for the event totaled $3,455. The Salvation Army Food Bank will receive one-fourth of the funds raised, and the remaining money will be donated to Church World Services International, an organization aimed at the promotion of peace and justice in the world by way of conquering poverty and hunger.
The college has been involved with CROP Hunger Walk in the past, Community Service Coordinator Jessica Wade said. Typically, student volunteers contribute by staffing both the event and a water table station on one of the corners of the walking route. This year, she said, she wanted to facilitate student involvement in a more formal way.
“It’s not just involvement for the sake of involvement,” Wade said. “It’s important to note that, in this economic recession, our community has an increased demand on food pantries and soup kitchens. We have more people across the county experiencing food insecurity — meaning that people have a lack of access to enough food to meet their basic needs on a day-to-day basis.”
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Sometimes, Linfield does not offer everything students wish it did. The A Cappella Club is trying to change that.
Junior Will Stewart, A Cappella Club president, said that the new club aims to provide an informal outlet for students to enjoy and perform contemporary music, an opportunity that has not been available to students until now. Although the music department at Linfield provides various performance opportunities for students, A Cappella Club organizers said that they wanted something different.
This is not the first time students have attempted to create such a club.
”Different people have tried to start one about three times before,” Stewart said. “But this is the first time it got off the ground.”
The club was granted a temporary charter from the Associated Students of Linfield College at the April 26 ASLC Senate meeting. With the club starting up near the end of the semester, club organizers have faced a time crunch.
“ASLC has been very accommodating,” Stewart said. “It’s been a bit of a rush, but it’s gone pretty well so far.”
Stewart said that one of the club’s main goals for this semester is to receive a permanent charter so that it can participate in the Activities Fair next year.
The club will also work toward selecting and learning music with the objective of eventually participating in competitions. Song selections will be decided by members of the whole club, not only those in charge.
“We don’t want one person making all the decisions for everybody,” Stewart said.
To participate in the club, students are required to perform a brief audition. Sophomore Jessie Goergen, who has been involved in organizing the club, said that students should not be intimidated by the audition. The primary requirement is a love for music.
“It’s basically just to see if you’re able to sing,” Stewart said. “We haven’t turned anyone down yet.”
Stewart said that he has been surprised by some of the students who have joined the club, as he did not realize that some members had an interest in singing.
The A Cappella Club will meet at 8 p.m. May 12 in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center. Interested students are welcome to attend.
“If you haven’t auditioned by then, you can sing for us after or during the meeting,” Stewart said. “We’d be happy to have you show up.”
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Linfield hosted more than 1,000 high school students, parents and teachers for the Oregon Activities Association Solo Music Championship on May 1.
This was Linfield’s first time hosting the event.
“I heard nothing but positive feedback about how everything went,” Professor of Music Joan Paddock said.
Paddock, who is on sabbatical this semester, was the site host for the event.
The annual competition, which features several instrumental and vocal categories, is held at a different college or university each year, contest director Rob McGlothin said. McGlothin is also the band director at Sandy High School in Sandy, Ore.
“For many years, the championships were held at the University of Oregon because it was a central location,” McGlothin said. “It wasn’t too far for students from the Portland area or from Southern Oregon. College directors suggested that we switch colleges every year because the competition provides good recruitment potential, and Linfield is one of the schools in the rotation.”
To qualify for the state competition, students had to win in their category at the district level and receive a certain rating from the districts’ judges. There are 15 districts in the state, McGlothin said.
West Linn High School in West Linn, Ore., sent 14 students to the competition, which was more than any other school. Other programs with 10 or more participants were Clackamas, David Douglas, Gresham, Reynolds, Sam Barlow, South Salem and Tualatin high schools, McGlothin said.
In all, 465 participants representing 102 high school programs attended the competition. Many students and parents were impressed with the campus, and the admissions office offered tours to the guests, Paddock said.
“Some people were taking pictures of the campus, and a lot of people were saying how beautiful it was,” Paddock said. “We wanted things to be just right when we’re showing off the campus.”
The performers competed at several venues on campus, including the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, Ice Auditorium and Jonasson Hall. The first round of performances began at 8 a.m.
“It was nice that the students didn’t have to perform in regular classrooms,” McGlothin said. “The venues selected were great locations for them.”
For the event to run smoothly, Paddock needed to find volunteers to work at each performance location. She contacted the 234th Army Reserve Band about sending 35-40 members to volunteer and perform at the awards presentation, but she said other obligations caused the band to cancel on short notice.
“We found out about three weeks before the competition that they weren’t going to be able to help out,” McGlothin said. “Joan Paddock did some scrambling to find students to volunteer, and she did a great job at fixing the problem.”
Paddock e-mailed local musicians, colleagues, faculty and Linfield music students about volunteering for the event.
“I chose to volunteer mainly because Dr. Paddock needed the help,” freshman Beth Turner, who also plays flute in both Pep and Concert bands, said. “I felt obligated to pitch in. I also wanted to portray Linfield positively to prospective students.”
Along with Turner, 12 other Linfield students volunteered. Faculty and alumni also helped, Paddock said.
“I think there was a last-minute need that inspired everybody to help, and it produced a powerful group,” she said. “The success of the event was in their hands.”
Volunteer and judge orientations were held at 7 a.m. May 1. McGlothin started hiring judges for the competition more than a year ago, he said.
“They were all professional players throughout Oregon and professors from different colleges throughout the state.” McGlothin said.
Both Paddock and McGlothin spent months preparing for the event. Linfield was selected as the host of the event more than two years ago.
“Last spring, I went to the University of Oregon, where the state competition was held,” Paddock said. “I took pages of notes on things that could be improved on, which helped things run more smoothly this year.”
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A collegiate guide to college selection, The Princeton Review, named Linfield College among 286 sustainable colleges in the United States.
The guide is supported by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating environmentally friendly buildings.
Creating sustainability, providing efficiency and finding ways to become more “green” has finally paid off for Linfield.
The Princeton guide begins by describing Linfield as a school that “aims to mitigate the effects of global warming in the Pacific region through a combination of education, campus life and community outreach.”
The guide identifies strategies such as reducing the energy of pumping steam from the boilers that heat the school that students have taken to make the campus more environmentally friendly.
There are additional projects that have been created on campus to make Linfield more viable.
“Greenfield has made a program for installing light bulbs all over the community in order to be more sustainable,” junior David Kellner-Rode said. “The light bulb installment will also provide solar panels. We also had a large Power Shift West conference and we have supported bike transportation as a different means of getting around.”
Kellner-Rode has been the president of Greenfield since the beginning of the school year.
Many students on campus have observed other sustainability methods, such as Trayless Tuesdays, the new garden next to Renshaw Hall and a composting bin in Dillin Hall.
“Over the last 10 years, the college has saved an amount of natural gas that is equivalent of the amount of electricity used in almost 700 homes in one year through its energy conservation efforts,” the guide stated about Linfield.
Organized alphabetically, it gives each college a chance to explain why it is sustainable. This is important because the methods for sustainabilty are a large factor when students choose a school they may attend.
Freshman Haydn Nason said that Oregon is far more sustainable than her hometown of Billings, Mont.
“I would say it is important when choosing a college to know whether or not they are sustainable,” she said. “It makes a difference since more and more schools are promoting energy efficiency.”
For more information visit www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx.
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