Daily Archives: September 17, 2012
With the growing demand for employees in the medical field, students everywhere are choosing to do what it takes to become a nurse. Five students have chosen to continue their studies at Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing with the help of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholarship.
Jessica Blume, Eli Falk, Amy Frankel, Jacob Prinz and Peter Sunderland have all joined the Linfield’s accelerated nursing program after graduating from other institutions and will graduate in 2013.
The five winners were recognized by the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship program. The program supports nursing students who are traditionally underrepresented in the health care industry and pursuing a second career in nursing. It helps train and support nurses who are culturally competent.
With a focus on cultural competence, both Frankel and Sunderland spoke about their definition of the term.
“Cultural competence is being aware that every client I serve lives within the context of his or her culture,” Frankel said. “Learning about cultures and developing the skills to provide culturally competent care is a never-ending process. Most importantly, I have the desire to always learn more.”
While Frankel’s definition of cultural competence focuses on the ongoing learning process, Sunderland defines it as “[the] obligation to not only understand the needs of various cultures, but also look at [his] own values and beliefs and make sure [he is] accepting of the values and beliefs of other cultures, allowing them an equal opportunity to receive quality care.”
The RWJF prides themselves in their mission to “improve the health and health care of all Americans” and “to help [American] society transform itself for the better,” according to its website.
With the backing of the RWJF, each student was awarded $10,000 and will receive mentoring and participate in a pre-entry immersion program and leadership program.
With the winners thinking toward their futures, they reflected on where they’ve been and where they are going.
Frankel previously graduated from New York University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre.
“The RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship awards students enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs in order to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase diversity in the nursing field,” Frankel said. “My GPA from my pre-requisite studies, personal insight essays and half-Israeli/half-American ethnic background may have played a part in my receiving of this award.”
Sunderland was awarded the scholarship after receiving a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he graduated in 2002, and completing his prerequisites at Portland Community College.
“I plan on continuing my education at another university, ultimately seeking a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner—Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree,” Sunderland said. “I would like to work to decrease the stigmas surrounding mental health and offer services to the severely underserved populations in rural areas.”
Frankel said she isn’t quite sure what the future holds for her, but has an idea of what she wants to do after graduation.
“ I have an interest in combining my musical theatre background with my nursing skills,” Frankel said. “I’m currently pursuing teacher-training for an organization called Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. This organization offers dance classes around the world to people suffering from Parkinson’s. I’ve been approached by the Portland branch of this organization about becoming a certified dance teacher for them.”
Blume, Falk and Prinz could not be reached for an interview, but also received RWJF scholarships.
Rag and bone clothing store is owned by Eric Bechard, one of McMinnville’s local businessmen, in addition to a few other stores on Third Street.
Eric Bechard also owns Thistle, deemed one of Oregon’s fine-dining restaurants.
Eric Bechard has started more business ventures in the last three years than most people do in an entire career, or could even hope to do.
Bechard not only owns Thistle, one of Oregon’s most acclaimed fine-dining establishments, but also Rag and Bone Clothing and Tacos de los Muertos, his most recent Third Street addition. He has been busy doing what he loves—building community by incubating small businesses.
An entrepreneur extraordinaire, he also helped design and launch The Old Oak, a college-themed bar, and the Community Plate, a downtown lunch venue featuring ingredients from farms within a 50-mile range. With such spinoffs, he hopes to pave the way of others and help promote both new and old
“I am vested in the town of McMinnville,” said Bechard, a classically trained chef whose first love is fine cuisine.
“I want to be a part of building community,” he said. And that is exactly what he has done.
Linfield College senior Andrew Carpenter appreciates that as he sips his favorite beer at The Old Oak, relaxing in the presence of an array of Linfield memorabilia after wrapping up a week of classes.
“The Old Oak has a perfect atmosphere for hanging out with my friends,” he said. “And the way it looks really appeals to the inner hipster in me.”
Carpenter is among a growing number of Wildcats coming to adopt the The Old Oak as a home away from home.
Bechard’s goal was to offer members of the college community a setting, menu and atmosphere keeping them from feeling as if they had to trek to Portland or Salem for night life.
“People should be proud to call McMinnville home,” he said. “For as small as this town is, there is a lot going on.”
Rag and Bone Clothing, one of Bechard’s newest businesses, sells American-made clothing from the ‘50s, ’60s and ’70s. It, too, was designed to fill a niche.
Bechard said his overarching motivation for starting successful businesses in McMinnville is to put
money back into the community.
“People are excited,” he said. “Anything that brings people into a community is great for small businesses.”
One thing that sets Bechard’s ventures apart from many on Third Street is this: He is trying to develop businesses serving the city’s population 12 months out of the year, not businesses aimed primarily at capturing tourist dollars during the summer months and barely getting by the rest of the year.
“If it can only be operational for four months out of the year, it is really tough to be successful,” he said.
Although he has enjoyed running restaurants, bars and clothing stores the last few years, Bechard would like to focus more on the design aspect, and less on the operational aspect, with future ventures.
“That’s what I really love,” he said.
“I did all of the design work for Community Plate, and it turned out great. I want to continue doing that kind of work for other folks who plan on opening businesses.”
For the Review
T.J. Day Hall’s energy efficiency and environmental design has won it the Leadership Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification.
The recently renovated T.J. Day Hall has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. LEED certification is awarded to buildings and institutions with sustainable building design, construction and operations.
President Hellie signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (APUPCC) in 2008 with the goal of eliminating greenhouse gases.
Linfield developed a policy that requires all new major construction projects to be built to LEED Silver standards. This includes all major remodels and new construction.
There is a formal application process and detailed verification that is required to obtain LEED certification. A rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council determines what level
of certification a building will receive.
“Obtaining LEED certification is a complex process where a third party evaluates 73 potential LEED credits within six categories,” said John Hall, director of capital planning and development, via email. “How many credits a building earns dictates what LEED certification will be awarded (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum). Categories include sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, environmental quality and innovation in design. T.J. Day earned credits in all six categories.”
Early in the design process, planners notified architects and engineers that it was necessary to design for a minimum of Silver LEED status, Hall said. They decided which credits to try to complete based on construction constraints and financial considerations.
Through the “Green Fee,” Linfield students funded
approximately $34,000 toward purchase and installation of the solar panel system on T.J. Day, providing 20 percent funding for the panels.
Hall said his favorite green feature in the renovated building is the radiant ceiling heating and cooling system.
“The T.J. Day facility is the third building in Oregon with this type of system,” Hall said. “It is very complex and efficient. At the south lower level entrance there is a description and an exposed panel showing how the system works. Due to low floor to ceiling heights, this was the most practical way to heat and cool most of the spaces within the building and is the most efficient.”
T.J. Day hall uses less
energy than a conventional building and conserves water. The toilets use dual flush systems, and the roof deflects heat to keep the building cool. A digital control system heats or cools the building based on class schedules and current temperatures of the rooms. Lights switch off when rooms are unoccupied, monitored by sensors.
“According to our engineers, the building operates about 30 percent more efficient than buildings constructed
with standard systems,” Hall said. “The building life is at least 75 years, so over the life of the building there will be significant savings to the college.”
Along with the remodeling of T.J. Day, the college
expanded science facilities, moved the business department from Taylor Hall to T.J. Day, moved the math department to Taylor Hall and remodeled Graf and Murdock Halls.
Eco-terrorism is a word that is overused and often misused. David Sumner, associate professor of English and environmental studies, and Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, shared their research and knowledge of the term with faculty and students in their presentation “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame” on Sept. 12 in Riley 201.
The presentation was not so much about what eco-terrorism actually is, but rather focused on the power of the terminology itself. Sumner claimed that the word is widely
and carelessly used.
“Most who use the term do so uncritically,” he said. “The terms we choose matter.”
Sumner and Weidman began by drawing a distinction between the different types of terrorism. This included domestic terrorism and the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Radical environmental activists sometimes use arson and other destructive means to get their messages across, and such acts have been classified as eco-terrorism.
Over time, other terms such as “cyber terrorist,” “artistic terrorist” and even “psychological terrorist” have been invented. But the professors argue that this dilutes the true meaning of the word terrorism and that can be
The question they ask is, “Is terrorism an accurate description of destruction of property?”
Their answer is if acts harm property, but are careful not to harm people, it can’t be called terrorism. Arson, destruction and sabotage are better terms for the actions that people associate with eco-terrorism.
“I will be honest,” Sumner said, “I do not agree with the tactics of radical environmentalists. I think it sets the environmental movement back.” However, both of the professors agree it is not technically terrorism.
According to Sumner and Weidman’s research, there have, in fact, been no actual claims of radical environmental movements that hurt people.
So how did the term gain so much momentum?
The two began their research when they attended an event that sparked their interests in the words eco-terrorism and eco-tage. Weidman and Sumner looked at newspapers to see the frequency with which reporters used the words, and with what tone it was used. They analyzed 594 total articles from 1999 to 2009 that used the words eco-terrorism, eco-sabotage, eco-arson and other variations. They found that 84 percent of authors used it and 15 percent of authors’ sources used it.
The way authors used the word was much more often accepting than distancing. This means that journalists and reporters recognize the meaning of the word and agree with it. However, the professors’ hunch was right. The overuse of the word has decreased the potency of the meaning.
This led to the professors’ argument that journalists need to think of the implications that a term can carry before using it. They need to choose their words thoughtfully and carefully.
A trend can be seen of certain interest groups “taking back” a word that is misunderstood or meant for something else and redefining it.
“This takes the teeth out of a word when you really want to use it,” Weidman said.
Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, chats with audience members during her co-lecture with David Sumner, associate professor of English and environmental studies, titled “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame” on Sept. 12. Weidman and Sumner discussed the careless usage of the word eco-terrorism in today’s society.
It is every students dream to gain success after college, to prove that all our hard work while here would not go to nothing. Two individual Wildcat alumni and two Linfield associated groups have been recognized for their great achievements and their contributions to society with alumni 2012 awards.
The two individuals awarded were Peter Ellefson, class of ’84, and Erika Janik, class of ’02. Ellefson received the Distinguished Alumnas Award, while Janik was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumna Award.
The news came to a surprise to Janik, who said she felt very flattered.
“You go through your day-to-day life so immersed in the details that it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture of your work and accomplishments,” Janik said. “I learned so much from my time at Linfield and think so highly of the school that it is a real honor to know that the people at Linfield could think the same of me.”
Ellefson had a similar reaction when he received news of his accomplishment and described the experience as unexpected.
“I openly espouse the value of a liberal arts education, and I credit Linfield with teaching me a little bit about a lot of things,” Ellefson said. “I have been so involved and busy in my career that it never occurred to me that such an honor existed. The notification gave me a chance to pause and reflect on the great ride that I have enjoyed these past 28 years.”
The two were recognized for their hard work, innovation and generosity.
Ellefson is a professional trombone performer and a professor of music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University-Bloomington, regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious schools of music. He was a 10-year member of the Seattle Symphony, and his music has been featured in movies, television and video games. He also has performed, recorded and toured with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.
Janik is a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio, a historian and award-winning writer. She has written four books, which vary in subject from Wisconsin to the history of the apple.
Janik has a bachelor’s degree in history from Linfield, a master’s in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Also recognized were the Bar West Classic (BWC) committee and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. The BWC committee was awarded the alumni service award.
Formed in 1971, the BWC has held fundraising events, such as barbecues, the annual golf tournament and a Casino Night. The BWC gives Linfield support by attending homecoming each year.
The other group to receive an award was the Linfield Chamber Orchestra Board (LCO). The LCO Board was given the Walker Service Award.
Providing service to Linfield students, the LCO Board is a group that offers Linfield student musicians the opportunity to play alongside professionals and puts on classical music concerts for the Yamhill County public.
Having earned these recognitions, both Ellefson and Janik passed along advice to current and future Wildcats.
“Talent is important but hard work and diligence are vital,” Ellefson said. “Desire makes it all worth it. Find a passion and don’t let up until you achieve your dream. Think big.”
Janik similarly encourages students to work hard, but to also take their time along the way.
“Try things out and don’t be afraid to take risks,” Janik said. “You just never know where you’ll end up.”