Monthly Archives: December 2010
An annual, regional conference is held to showcase the work of undergraduate science students and to present their work to fellow peers.
This year Linfield held the conference in Murdock Hall on Nov. 19-21.
Sophomore Amanda Wolf, a member of the conference, said more than a dozen schools were represented at the conference in all major areas of science.
The expo was not a competition, Wolf said, but a time for Northwest undergraduates to come together and share research with one another on various projects they worked on during the last year.
Each of the Linfield students who presented set up a poster displaying his or her research.
The three students from Linfield were Wolf, junior Joel Reyes and senior Andrew Carpenter.
The students were required to answer questions on their research and stand by their posters.
Wolf conducted research all summer for a paid research job under Associate Professor of Chemistry Brian Gilbert.
She did research on how enzymes bind to substrates, and she used lasers to determine how that takes place.
She was also selected to present her research in Anaheim, Calif., this spring at the Chemical Society National Meeting Expo along with the other chemistry students who presented their research during the conference.
The expo will take place March 27-31.
“The conference was a wonderful opportunity to be able to present my research before going to Anaheim; I got to see what kinds of questions I would be asked,” Wolf said.
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Freshman Linnaea Funk was nominated for being active on campus and contributing to the Linfield Community.
She is the first winner since the program was changed from a weekly to a monthly award.
“[She was picked because] she is a very genuine person, she’s always there to help, and she tutors and things along those lines where she’s there to support her friends,” ASLC President senior Colin Jones said. “I think that’s a great thing to be recognized for.”
Funk said that when the Campus Liaison Committee told her she had been nominated, she didn’t think she would win.
“I feel very honored to have received this award,” she said in an e-mail. “I am astonished that out of anyone who was nominated, I was chosen, since I am a first-semester freshman.”
The Wildcat of the Month replaces the Wildcat of the Week program from previous years.
There are six boxes around campus where students can submit nominations.
Submissions can also be made by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
After receiving the nominations, the Campus Liaison Committee selects a winner.
“In previous years, it was weekly, so you got a lot of, ‘This person should be Wildcat of the Week because they have really great hair.’ With that kind of frequency you ended up with a lot of nonsense,” Jones said. “It was really hard to do major recognition every week.”
For these reasons, Jones said, this year’s Campus Liaison Committee decided to find a way to make the program better without getting rid of it completely.
“They felt like once a month was a solid recognition period. It makes it a little more significant because there’s only going to be about eight a year, and it means that we can afford to give [a small prize],” Jones said. “It makes it a slightly bigger deal: fewer people, a little bit more prestige.”
Jones noted that based on the nominations they received this month, the intended changes seemed to have taken effect.
“From the sorts of answers that we got, it really seemed like people were going, ‘Wow, this is really cool. There are great members of the Linfield community,’ rather than, ‘Eh, you know, I like their teeth’ and silly things like that,” Jones said.
ASLC Vice President senior Katie Patterson said that the program lacked publicity, structured criteria and incentives, in the past, but it has been changed with positive results.
“I am impressed not only with the dedication of the Campus Liaison Committee but also in Linfield students who are taking the time to recognize their peers by nominating them for Wildcat of the Month,” Patterson said in an e-mail.
Campus Liaison Committee Chair senior Wesley Allegre said his goal was to get more faculty involved and to make more people aware of Wildcat of the Month.
“The people we choose are going to be people who are doing good things around campus, and that’s what we want to highlight,” Allegre said.
Allegre said he is currently working on getting a board set up in Riley Campus Center to display the Wildcats of the Month.
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Students donated to the Alternative Spring Break program on Nov. 14.
The “Be the Change” coin drive fundraiser involved pairs of Alternative Spring Break volunteers knocking on doors and collecting spare change.
Organized by senior Lauren Ross, the Alternative Spring Break student coordinator, the fundraiser was a tremendous success, bringing in more than $600 in donations after two hours of door-to-door visits.
Twelve students participated, which is roughly one third of the students involved with the Alternative Spring Break program this year.
The plan was simple: divide up the campus, introduce themselves to students, talk about the program and ask them to donate spare change.
The Linfield community was more than up to the task.
Ross is in her fourth year with the program. She described Alternative Spring Break as an excellent opportunity for “focused and concentrated service work.”
Alternative Spring Break sends students to help in various communities during the vacation.
This year, the program will send students to work with Habitat for Humanity in Tacoma, Wash., and in New Orleans, and students will help with the urban homelessness problem in Portland.
The “Be the Change” coin drive is one of several fundraisers Alternative Spring Break is holding this year.
Next, it will sponsor a staff night out on Dec. 3 when the New Orleans team will supervise and entertain the children of any faculty or staff member looking for babysitters.
Students signed up in September to become involved with Alternative Spring Break.
Participants spend the next few months teambuilding and fundraising.
Alternative Spring Break will show a presentation about what the volunteers did during their week of service.
“It’s a great way to experience something outside of your bubble, something profound, and to make some new friends,” Ross, a sociology major, said.
More information is available on the Career and Community Services website: www.linfield.edu/ccs/community-service.html
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Linfield students are taking their non-perishable food items to Nicholson Library as part of its first Food for Fines program.
Library Evening Supervisor Justyne Triest said the idea for the Food for Fines program came about during a library staff meeting in September.
“We would like to help raise awareness that there’s a lot of homeless people in Yamhill County,” Triest said.
According to a press release from the library, one package of donated food will result in $1 being deducted from an individual’s library fines. Up to $20 of library fines can be removed.
Checks are also accepted in place of canned food.
The press release said collected pet food will be donatedto Homeward Bound Pets.
Triest said that Linfield students and town patrons can participate in the program.
The needed foods include rice, canned meals, dry beans, tuna, pasta, packaged meals, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter, soup and condiments, according to the press release.
“It’s a good time of the year to be generous,” Triest said.
She said that the program will end Dec. 23 and all of the food and checks will be donated to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership on Dec. 24.
“We want the outcome to be an alternative for students to choose if they’d like to give food for people who need it rather than pay a fine to the library. There are a lot of hungry people in Yamhill County,” Library Director Susan Barnes Whyte said in an e-mail.
Senior Ngan Hoang, who works at the library circulation desk, said that some people who have fines as low as 50 cents still donate multiple cans of food.
“If they donate extra, that would be ideal,” Hoang said, referring to people who plan to take part in the program.
For more information about the Food for Fines program, contact Justyne Triest at email@example.com.
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