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When a student asked Dave Hansen if he would be interested in presenting a “Last Lecture,” his answer was a simple, “no, not really.”
This was in 1998, and was the second time in Hansen’s six decade career at Linfield, where he served as an economics professor and Wildcat athletics broadcast announcer, that he had been asked this question. He eventually caved and agreed to give the lecture, essentially a reprise of his first “Last Lecture,” given in 1978.
The “Last Lecture” series was created in 1978 as a way to give professors and faculty the chance to give a lecture on any topic they choose. The idea was picked up again five years ago by the Office of Alumnae Relations, run by Debbie Harmon, the director of alumni and parent relations, and Hansen’s daughter.
T.J. Day 222 was packed with students and colleagues from each decade of Hansen’s career here at Linfield when he took the podium, a set of large flashcards sitting on a music stand to his right.
“This is not, as I perceive it, a lecture at all,” Hansen said, loosening his tie and undoing his collar button as the first flashcard read: THIS IS NOT MY FIRST TIME. “I don’t think I’m going to impart any knowledge, you won’t get much of an education from this, and I plan to stay away from anything remotely inspirational.”
Hansen explained that his first two “Last Lectures” had been quite personal, focusing on the knowledge and life lessons he would like to leave his two daughters. He approached this lecture as he believed a famous singer would approach their last concert, sharing some of their greatest hits.
“But as I reviewed my record, I realized I don’t have any greatest hits,” Hansen joked. “So I decided to share some of my favorite stories.”
“I tried my best to remember what I really remembered [and] what I think I remembered that may not in fact be really true,” Hansen explained of the title choice “Twice-Told Stories—Most of Them True,” in the clear voice that won him so many fans as the radio announcer for Linfield sports games.
As Hansen continued his lecture, the flashcards changed to introduce new stories from his career.
DENNIS, another flashcard, told the story of a student who could predict the outcome of sports games and became a school icon for folding up his chair and leaving when there would be a clear Linfield victory.
LINFIELD BASEBALL 1971, his next flashcard, was about the National Championship Series when Hansen and three others drove to Phoenix to see the team play, and then beat the team back to Portland to meet them at the airport.
As Hansen concluded his lecture, President Tom Hellie went to the podium to express his gratitude to the man who had devoted his teaching career to Linfield College, a career lasting from January 1969 to December 2012.
President Hellie also announced a new position in the process of fundraising, the Dave Hansen Chair of Economics.
The new chair currently has $1.85 million in funding, with the goal at $2 million. An anonymous donor contributed $1.3 million over the summer, proposing that Dave Hansen’s name be attached to the position.
“So although Dave Hansen won’t be teaching at Linfield anymore,” Hellie said, “we will always have a Dave Hansen professor of economics.”
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Upward Bound is hosting its annual Give and Go event around campus, asking students and faculty to donate everything from furniture and appliances to food and clothing to help raise money for scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
Students can donate items by going to any of the residence halls and placing items in the blue bins. For students who live in the Hewlett Packard Park apartments, blue bins are placed on each end of the building, and the students in the College Avenue, 540 or Blaine Street apartments can find blue bins inside of the laundry rooms.
With the donations given, Upward Bound first gives clothes and food to students and families involved in Upward Bound.
“Every family has a chance to take some food with them,” said Greg Mitchell, director of Upward Bound.
Items that are not given to families are also offered to other charities, and anything leftover is then sold at the annual Upward Bound rummage sale to help raise money to give low-income graduating seniors scholarships for college.
“The secondary aspect is the green side of it. Very little of it ends up actually going in a dumpster,” Mitchell said.
The Give and Go event usually raises about $5,000 in total, which is then split up between 10 to 15 senior students who help plan and organize Upward Bound’s annual garage sale. Two of the students receiving scholarships this year will be attending Linfield College next fall.
This year’s garage sale will be taking place in Linfield College’s warehouse on the corner of Booth Bend and highway 99 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on July 12, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on July 13. For students who need help moving items to donate, Mitchell encourages them to call (503) 883-2205 to ask for help.
“It’s going toward hopefully helping [the students] achieve their goal of going to college,” Mitchell said. “That’s what we’re all about.”
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Nicholson Library was filled with chatter and posters May 17, as students stood side by side with their posters, discussing the implications of their projects at Linfield’s 21st Annual Science and Social Symposium.
Students from all years and majors who have conducted research this year presented their work at the symposium.
The projects ranged from gene manipulations to engineering to societal issues, and were judged by various judges.
Examples of projects included ones such as the project by freshmen Katie Rees, Austin Browning and Riley Self, who worked on a project that tested Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) silencing.
They placed a florescent gene from a jelly fish called Green Florescent Protein into a fruit fly.
This is an ongoing study with the results hoping to be collected by the end of the summer.
“If genes are in fact silenced, then there are several genes in our bodies that are not expressed,” Rees said. “We could use this idea to change the mutated genes by the RNA silencing process.”
Junior Mary Depner had the same idea. She worked alongside Rees, Browning, and self manipulating fruit fly genes.
Depner added additional criteria to her study; she focused on Target of Rapamycin (TOR).
“TOR integrates signals from numerous cell-signaling pathways, responding to the presence of insulin, growth factors and amino acids,” Depner said.
Depner is working to discover if TOR plays an important role for microRNA functioning.
Further down the hall stood Linfield graduate Jenna Johnson and colleagues. Their project focused on advertisement effects on women.
This study began last year, and finished this year with three studies.
The studies focused on how women felt after viewing an advertisement.
Johnson concluded from the research that women felt more negative and focused more on their body type.
Students at Linfield have put a lot of time and effort into all these projects with the hopes of finding a cause to something.
Faculty from all departments supported these students so that they could have access to resources and an advisor to help them along the way.
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It seems like if there isn’t a natural disaster that is killing the planets population off, it’s something that we are, or aren’t doing, like getting vaccinated for the flu.
Nancy Bristow, a history professor at the University of Puget Sound, chronicled the social and cultural response to the devastating influenza pandemic of 1918 on May 13 in Jonasson Hall.
Her lecture focused on the culture of America as a whole and how it was not equipped to deal with any sort of sickness on that level. She made the point more personal focusing in on individual people and telling their tales of the pandemic.
One culture that was ravaged by influenza the most was the Native Americans. Bristol looked at one girl in particular, who had been given away by her parents to a Native American reform school. A place where they could make them “civilized.” Unfortunately, it turned into a breeding ground for the influenza. A series of letters from the school were sent to the parents of this girl, assuring that their daughter would be fine and was in capable hands. It only took 48 hours for the next letter to be sent out, telling the parents that their daughter had taken a turn for the worse. Then a telegram five hours later telling them that their daughter had died and had already been buried in order to quarantine the body, and that they could try to exhume the body in a year if the courts allowed.
This was just one of a few stories that Bristol told. She was able to bring the lecture up to the present day and focused on how important it is for us today to get vaccinated. Bristol explained that a different strain of influenza always has a possibility of breaking out, and that we need to do everything we can to protect ourselves.
“I haven’t been vaccinated for quite awhile but after hearing about all of this, I think I am going to go this week,” senior Jordan Baca Haynes said. “I thought I knew everything there is to know about the flu until I heard this lecture.”
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