Daily Archives: September 13, 2010
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The plans to renovate the long-abandoned Northup hall are finally coming to fruition with construction that
started in early July and plans for completion in mid-June of 2011.
Work on the renovations has been progressing smoothly, Director of Capital Planning & Development
John Hall, said.
“We are implementing the plans that are the most current that we have to date, and the project’s moving
along fine,” Hall Said. “We plan on being completed, I would say, sometime around mid June. The building
will be open then for next Fall.”
Northup Hall used to house Linfield’s library but has been used for storage since 2003 when the library
was moved to the newly constructed Nicholson building near the Miller Fine Arts Building. Starting next
fall, Northup will be home to the business, economics, English and philosophy departments along with the
Writing Center and Linfield Center for Northwest Studies.
It was initially decided that the business department would be moved to Northup Hall to vacate Taylor
Hall in preparation for its own renovation, but the additional space in Northup was still open to other
departments or uses.
The additional departments were chosen after discussions with various faculty members and other school
“President Hellie wanted to make sure that the business department had other academic departments
that were with them, that they were not an island just to themselves, for good academic reasons,” Hall
said. “The departments that were determined that might be a good fit were the economics department,
philosophy, and English.”
The renovation of Northup Hall is only the start of a series of remodels of the academic quad (Northup,
Talyor, Murdock and Graf halls). Once Northup is completed, planning and work will begin on the vacant
Taylor Hall. Discussions about which department will move into Taylor are currently being held.
“Our goal, ultimately, is to tear down Mac Hall, build a new biology building, connect it with Graf, remodel
Graf and remodel Murdock Hall,” Hall said.
The project stems from a report compiled in 2005 about how to improve the college’s sciences. Hall said
it would take some time before everything was complete due to the time it takes to plan and raise money.
“This whole process may take 10 to 15 years,” he said. “There’s going to be this activity going on in the
academic quad area during that time, all in the effort to modernize our academic spaces and our science
labs, and to expand the science labs.”
The cost of the renovations to Northup Hall alone cost around $8.4 million, Hall said. This includes the
cost of construction, permits, furniture and other various fees.
The new Northup Hall will feature state-of-the-art technology and is the first Leadership for Environment
and Development (LEAD) building on campus.
“It’s going to be highly energy efficient,” Hall said. “It’s going to be able to be a healthier environment for
the occupants and users of the building, have a lot of special features in the heating and cooling system and
the ventilation system inside the building.”
There will also be a solar panel on the building and a flat screen monitor inside that will constantly display
the its energy output.
Currently, workers are done tearing down the walls that won’t be used on the inside of the building and
other demolition work around the outside.
Since the building is being redesigned rather than torn down and reconstructed, planning has been more
complex and more costly, Hall said.
However, he also said the recycling and redesign of Northup coincides with the college’s mission of
sustainability and reusing old materials.
Along with a plethora of new, advanced features, Northup Hall, built in 1932, will retain some of its
original, more charming aspects, such as an original fireplace in one of the reading rooms.
Hall has high hopes for the new building and expects students to enjoy the specially designed layout
once it opens for the next fall semester.
“Our architects did a wonderful job … of making the program fit and work,” he said. “We’re all very excited about it.”
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1. To begin a strategic planning process, that will result in a vision, mission statement, and strategic plan
by February 2012. (This is likely to commence in discussions with trustees during their November 2010
2. To revisit, evaluate, and possibly revise the facilities masterplan that was first created 10 years ago and
updated in 2007. (In the short term we will take a close look at the plan to be sure that we are making the
right decisions on spaces vacated in Taylor and Melrose.)
3. To evaluate our enrollment plans in McMinnville, aiming to increase the number of ethnic minorities,
international students, and out-of-state transfers.
4. To begin developing long-term budget models that enable us to plan more effectively for the future.
5. To re-examine and reinvigorate our fund-raising campaign for endowed professorships and student
scholarships, while also increasing the alumni-giving rate.
6. To complete the renovation of Northup Hall.
7. To implement the integrated marketing plan.
8. To develop the Board’s strategic agenda and membership.
President Thomas Hellie spoke about the successes of Linfield during an economic recession and warned against complacency now that the storm of collapsing economy is over during his state of the college address Sept 8.
Boasting that Linfield survived the worst of the recession virtually unscathed when its competitors were cutting staff, faculty and programs, Hellie outlined the eight subjects he felt Linfield must address to remain a successful small college.
“One year ago, we were worried,” Hellie said. “The Great Recession had swept across our country … We had one of the smallest freshmen classes in years, some 10 percent below our original budget projections.”
Hellie also spoke about the sudden acceleration of the Northup Hall renovation, citing a sudden drop in construction costs and the effort of the faculty and staff involved in the project, along with Chair of the board of trustees Dave Haugeberg and T.J. Day, who he identified as a major donor.
“Were it not for the trustees — and especially those two men — Northup would still be in mothballs,” Hellie said.
Hellie thanked the college relations department and its head, Bruce Wyatt, for achieving record donations during a recession. To punctuate the turnaround made by Linfield, Hellie proudly announced the record number of incoming students.
“Today we have 535 freshmen enrolled at Linfield, more than 23 percent of them Americans of color,” he said.
Hellie then thanked the faculty for their dedication to recruiting more freshmen and urged the assembled staff to take pride at their accomplishments in the face of adverse conditions.
Hellie cited a list of publications that had recently mentioned increased respect for Linfield.
“I believe these ranking systems are unreliable and unscientific, but I can’t deny that it helps our college when we rise 13 places in the U.S. News college issue or when Parade Magazine names us as one of the 26 best small colleges in the country,” he said.
Hellie’s peak topic was the success of the branding of Linfield as a small college environment and the standardization of its promotional materials.
He encouraged faculty to join him in actively planning for the future and increasing the diversity at Linfield.
“We need to enhance our reputation and outreach and enroll students from a more diverse set of states and nations,” he said.
Hellie closed with a letter of gratitude from a Linfield graduate’s parents, thanking the college for the education it provided.
“We are so proud of Tommy [Thomas George] and appreciate everything that Linfield provided him,” wrote George’s parents, Tim and Tami George. “I’m sure that he would rather his parents not write or send this but that was not an option. It was time to say thanks to Linfield, and for the Linfield way.”
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Don’t be surprised if you see Susan Hopp wandering around the Oak Grove with a “furry little thing” (her
words) on a leash. Hopp said she walks her dog Charlie, a Lhasa Apso, around campus several times a
day. And the Oak Grove is one of her favorite spots on campus.
“It’s just really nice to be able to stand in the grove and look at the original buildings,” she said. “They’re
so full of history.”
Hopp, a Florida native, went to undergraduate school for English and humanities at Stetson College in
Florida, where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She received a master’s in student affairs
at Indiana University Bloomington and a doctorate in public policy and administration at Portland State
Although she doesn’t have a long commute from her rental home in McMinnville to the campus, Hopp
said she has her radio dialed to NPR.
When she’s not settling into her new job as dean of students, she likes to garden, cook and travel, she
Hopp’s many years in student affairs provided her with experience connecting to students, but the mother
of three can relate to parents as well. Her oldest daughter is an urban planner back in Florida, and her
middle daughter is studying graphic design in New York.
As for the youngest? She’s finishing up high school in Lewisburg, Pa., where Hopp worked at Bucknell
“I’m doing the empty nest a year earlier than I had planned it,” Hopp said.
She said she’s encouraging her daughter (and her daughter’s friends) to attend Linfield after graduation.
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