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Students discussed the culture and issues surrounding cycling May 16 at the Bike Co-op.
Junior Katherine Ann Takaoka has been involved with the Bike Co-op since it began, and is going to be next year’s manager.
There has been an increase in bikes on campus over the last few years and members of the Bike Co-op wanted to know how it can improve and what students wanted from it.
The Bike Co-op was an old storage unit that Greenfield affiliated members transformed into the Bike Co-op with the help of a grant from the Oregon Campus Compact.
Members of the Bike Co-op would like to have more discussions about biking as another form of transportation to cars and how we can make biking safer for people.
The cycling culture is also influencing fashion, especially in the ways in which pant legs get rolled up to prevent them from getting greasy or tangle up in the chains.
They also talked about how cycling can help promote the economy because if people bike, they are more inclined to spend more time in shops.
Members of the Bike Co-op would also like to create a better sense of community with bikes on campus, and they would like to help educate people about bikes, and how to fix them.
They are trying to increase the number of employees and help keep the co-op running more smoothly and more available to students with consistent hours.
The Bike Co-op has loaner bikes, where students and staff can rent for a week at a time. Members of the Bike Co-op are hoping to have bikes they can loan for an entire semester beginning in the fall. They are also hoping to be open for at least a few hours on the weekend as well as being more connected with the Associated Students of Linfield College.
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Several students and faculty members received recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for their participation in the UMW play performed in March.
Juniors Monterill Anderson, Madison Sanchez and sophomore Mariko Kajita received Irene Ryan nominations. Sophomore Jeremy Odden received the Meritorious Achievement Award Certificate of Merit for Multi Media Engineer, and senior Amanda Maxwell received Meritorious Achievement Award Certificate of Merit for State Management.
Faculty recognition includes Linfield Professor of Theater Arts Ty Marshall who received the Meritorious Achievement Award Certificate of Merit for Projections, and guest director and Linfield alum Michelle Seaton who received the Meritorious Achievement Award Certificate of Merit for Direction.
“I’m not a theater major, or even a minor, but being in shows is something that I love to do,” Sanchez said. “The theater community is half of what draws me in also, and I’ve seen a few talented friends get nominated for this award since I’ve been here. I never thought I would ever have the honor of being nominated for an Irene Ryan along with them. I loved the experience UMW gave me, and I was so happy just to be a part of it, but this recognition was the cherry on top.”
UMW had it’s world premiere at Linfield March 19 and Rob Urbinati, a Linfield artist-in-residence, wrote it using inspiration from some experiences of real Linfield students. It focuses on the themes of racism and bigotry that exist in a small, private college with a mostly white population.
“The students have been able to give continuous feedback with questions of language and generation-specific culture, said Urbinati, according to the press release on Linfield’s website.
“It empowers them and it helps me. If the dialogue sounds authentic, it’s due almost entirely to their input.”
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As strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” drift from college campuses this month, odds are improving that new graduates’ next stop will not be their parents’ basements.
Hiring isn’t strong, but it sure looks better than it has since the economy tipped into recession a little more than five years ago.
“For sure, I thought I would graduate with a job—definitely,” said Morgan Woodbury, 22, a senior at Kennesaw State University. “I think the job market is good right now.”
Her experience is evidence: Woodbury felt confident enough to turn down an initial offer from shipping service DHL. The company offered a different job with better pay and—with her graduation still a few days away—Woodbury is working in international sales in a territory arcing from Atlanta to Chattanooga.
“The pay starts with a pretty good base, plus an allowance, plus commission,” she said.
Job growth isn’t absorbing all of these new graduates, said Phil Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. “There has been steady improvement but it’s not enough to clear the new grad market. We need some double-digit (job) growth.”
Still, the hiring outlook is improved. In 2009, when most of this year’s grads started college, the unemployment rate was cresting at 10 percent nationally. Since then, the national rate has ticked down to 7.5 percent in April.
And the job market is better on average for college graduates. Among people with at least a bachelor’s degree, the jobless rate is 3.9 percent.
Another hopeful sign: starting salaries for grads nationally are up 5.3 percent this year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The biggest pay boost comes in the health care sector, while the highest starting salaries go to engineers, according to the NACE survey.
Business hires are averaging 7 percent more than a year ago.
Dennis Loubiere, 51, of Marietta, Ga., went back to school to finish his undergraduate degree after being laid off by a mortgage company amid the housing bust. He graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State and stayed on to get a master’s degree this year in business.
“There is definitely hiring going on,” he said. “For the first time in quite awhile, I actually feel confident that I can get a job.”
Technology and finance are the hottest sectors.
“We hire a ton of people each year,” said Bob Eichenberg, greater Atlanta market human resources leader at PwC, a global auditing, accounting and consulting company with about 1,250 employees here.
Experts in finance have been in steady demand, he said. “People still have to have audits. They still have to file their tax returns.”
Grads with liberal arts degrees have to show that their skills “are transferable” to business needs, said Emory University senior Alexi Lauren New, 21, who majored in sociology and anthropology. With so many unemployed Americans, companies can be very selective, so that argument is not an easy one, she said. “I think it’s a tough market out there.”
The Rockville, Md., native has a yearlong fellowship in Washington.
By last year’s commencement, only 16 percent of Emory’s graduating seniors were unsure what they would do in the coming year, said Paul Fowler, executive director of the university career center. About half of them ended up going on to more school.
The situation is about the same this year, but “we have seen a number of companies calling us out of the blue this year,” Fowler said. “That’s an indication that things are getting better.”
There is risk for graduates who do not find a position fairly quickly.
Going without a job—or taking a poor-paying position you’re overqualified for—may handicap a young employee’s economic potential, said Carl Van Horn, director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University and author of “Working Scared (Or Not at All).”
“The basic point is that where you start with your salary and benefit has a tendency to influence the first decade of your career,” he said. “The reason is that employers look at salary history and they tend to pay accordingly.”
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The Associated Students of Linfield College Senate recently approved revisions to the ASLC Bylaws, which aim to change the structure of the ASLC Senate. Students will be voting on the changes in Fall 2013, and if approved the revisions will go into effect in Fall 2014.
The changes include restructuring Senate to be similar to a class council model, which will include having 10 student representatives from each class rather than having 27 individual senators. Senators will also be elected freshmen year and hold the position for all four years at Linfield College. They will be allowed to step down if they go abroad or no longer wish to hold the position.
“I’m hoping it will bring more interaction between the student body and Senate,” said senior Susana Fajardo, former ASLC vice president. “Students will be represented by class rather than club membership.”
The changes were officially approved May 7 after multiple discussions within Senate.
“It was a really good conversation,” said junior Jake Baker, current ASLC vice president. “It’s adding more numbers and perhaps making it more accessible to students.”
Two years ago Senate was also restructured, going from 90 to 27 members in the hopes of making Senate move more fluidly, Fajardo said. However, the ASLC Senate was not as connected to the student body as they wanted to be.
Fajardo hopes that the student body will approve these changes in the fall to allow each class to focus on issues that pertain to them.
“More general campus issues will be handled by Cabinet,” Fajardo said. “[Class] issues will be handled by Senate.”
Issues such as lighting around campus and homecoming will be dealt with in ASLC Cabinet. Issues that are more specific will be addressed in Senate by differing classes. For example, the freshmen class senators would address any issues with colloquium.
“It’s a shift in focus and breakdown,” Fajardo said. “We’re hoping it will build continuity.”
This summer Baker, along with other members of ASLC, will be planning different ways to educate students about the changes to the ASLC Bylaws before students vote on the changes in the fall.
“It’s either you have faith in the system or you don’t,” Fajardo said. “And I really believe in Senate.”
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A total of 108 students, two staff members and one organization were recognized at the Annual Recognition Convocation on May 16 at 3 p.m. in Ice auditorium. Junior Max Milander took home the most money of $2,500 in scholarships, and senior Tori Ann Ogawa received the most awards.
Faun Tanenbaum Tiedge, department chair and professor of music, presented three scholarships of $1,000 each. The William J. Burton Sophomore Choir Service Endowed Scholarship was awarded to freshman MacKenzie Linder. The Jon A. Burton Junior Choir Service Endowed Scholarship was awarded to sophomore Christopher Meadows. The Hilja Elizabeth Burton Senior Choir Service Scholarship was awarded to junior Max Milander.
The new members of the International English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, Linfield chapter, Alpha Tau Nu, were announced by the chapter president, junior Austin Shilling.
The new inductees are juniors Kaleigh Ansdell, Mackensie Sempert, Caren Siegel and Summer Yasoni. Also being inducted were seniors Moniqa Beatty, Kristin Castanera, Hillary Krippaehne, Kyra Rickards, Madelyne Wong, Matthew Broussard, Julia Cooper, Elizabeth Dadoly, Brittani Drost, Kelsey Hatley, Stephanie Longmate, Lori McEwen, Mary McMullan, Katelyn Tamashiro and Elizabeth Turner.
Other awards and honors in order of presentation were:
Brad Thompson, department chair and associate professor of mass communication, presented the Charlotte Filer Linfield Journalism Award to sophomore Carrie Skuzeski along with a $1,000 scholarship.
Professor Thompson also presented the J. Richard & Evelyn Nokes Scholarship to sophomore Samantha Sigler and junior Max Milander. They received $1,500 each.
Martha Van Cleave, associate dean of faculty for curriculum, assessment and development and professor of mathematics, presented the graduating students of Oregon’s Epsilon Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, a mathematics honor society, with honor chords. To be eligible students must have a minimum of a 3.00 college GPA and 3.3 mathematics GPA. The graduating seniors are Amanda Bowers, Matthew Broussard, Feng Chen, Ellyn Edwards, Joshua Melander, John Portin and Rachelle Ridout.
Christopher Keaveney, professor of Japanese, presented honor chords to seniors receiving the Japanese National Honor Society Certificate of Outstanding Achievement at the Post-Secondary Level of Japanese Language Studies. In order to be eligible a student must be a graduating senior with a 3.5 minimum GPA in Japanese and have taken at least five Japanese classes. The graduating seniors are Brittani Drost, Catherine Nakamura, Gabrielle Nygaard, Katelyn Tamashiro and Elizabeth Turner.
Laura Kenow, athletic training program director, associate professor of health and human performance and certified athletic trainer, presented the Outstanding Athletic Trainer Award to junior Victoria Kraft.
Gary Killgore, Health, Human Performance and Athletics department chair and professor, presented the Vern Marshal Award to juniors Kramer Lindell and Karina Paavola. Lindell was not able to attend the event because he was in Texas with the baseball team.
Killgore also presented Health, Human Performance and Athletics Honors to graduating seniors Nicole Barton, McKaley Brewer, Jason Cheyne, Christian Juanillo, Geoffrey Kunita, Katie Main, Rachel Miles, Elizabeth Murphy, Sara Peterson, Sarah Ritacco and Julia Vaughan.
Ellen Crabtree, interim director of academic advising, presented the Outstanding Colloquium Peer Advisor Award to sisters sophomore Malley Nason and senior Haydn Nason.
Jean Caspers, reference librarian, presented the Jereld R. Nicholson Library Award to seniors Tessa D’Alessandro, Danica Andresen, Julia Cooper, Spencer Garing, Kadin Hashimoto, Kathleen Keith, Kathleen O’Brien, Tori Ann Ogawa, Stephanie Raso, Brogan Pierce and Leah Rensel.
Liz Obert, associate professor and coordinator of electronic arts, presented the Ballenger Scholarship of $1,000 to junior Robin Cone-Murakami. Professor Obert also presented the Helen Blumenstiel Merit Award in Studio Arts, Outstanding Junior, in the amount of $250 to junior Katherine Straube, and the Helen Blumenstiel Endowed Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to sophomore Taryn Takara.
Nils Lou, professor of ceramics and sculpture, presented the Nancy Stofan Lou Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to junior Holly Vader.
Brian Winkenweder, associate professor of art history and visual culture, presented the Ballenger Merit Award in Studio Arts, Outstanding Senior, to senior Laura Goodwin.
He also presented the Blackfish Gallery Exhibition award to seniors Lucas Cook and Chloe Raymond.
Winkenweder presented The Do More Than Expected Award to senior Laura Goodwin.
He also presented the Art and Visual Culture Thesis Honors award to seniors Lucas Cook, Laura Goodwin, Chloe Raymond.
Kristi Mackay, assistant director of career development, presented the Service, Patriotism, Understanding, Responsibility, Sacrifice to seniors Maya Chong, Reilly Everaert, Stephanie Longmate, Lori McEwen, Tori Ann Ogawa and Sara Peterson
Tyler Laird-Magee, assistant professor of business, presented the Oregon Society of CPA’s Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to senior Tylor Edison.
She also announced the new members of the Delta Mu Delta, National Business Honorary. To be eligible for Delta Mu Delta, students must be business majors in the top 20 percent based on GPA and be of junior or senior standing. The students were juniors Jessica Calderon-Duyck, Katrina Chinn, Claire Hann, Erin Harris, Taylor Klopp, Jessica McGraw, Lindsay Sterkson, Shelby Vandebergh, Andrew Villeneuve and seniors Sujan Dhoju, Ellyn Edwards and Samantha Javier.
Shaik Ismail, director of international programs, presented the Linfield International Ambassador Award in three categories of international student, domestic student, and faculty or staff. He presented the awards in the international category to seniors Sujan Dhoju and Maylyn Foo. The award in the domestic category went to senior Stephanie Raso. The award in the faculty or staff went to Floyd Schrock, assistant director for international admission.
Freshman Nicholas Konen presented this year’s Dave Hansen Senate Outstanding Service Award to Sarah Burkhardt-Beckley, area director for training and assessment.
Alexis Powell, program coordinator for community engagement and service, presented the Student Group Outstanding Service Award to the fraternity Kappa Sigma.
Jason Rodriquez, director of multicultural programs, presented the Rising Star Award to nine first year students. The recipients were freshmen Stephanie Arciga Najar, Eli Biondine, Janae Brown, Ruta Gebremariam, Hannah Hall-Dolezal, Shawna Jacobson-Sims, Piikea Kailio, Monica Molina and Shane Whitson.
He also presented the Multicultural Excellence Award to 40 students.
The recipients were sophomores BrieA’nna Battle, Christopher Clavel, Tanika Finch, Jonah Flores, Christyn Kamaka, Olivia Marek, Robyn Maxwell, McKenzie Olson, Cirrena Troutt, Alan Venegas, Sofia Webster, and Aidan Willers. Also receiving this award were juniors Monterill Anderson, Ashlee Carlson, Dillon Casados, Andrew Gladhill Elizabeth Guzman Arroyo, Shelby Hollenbeck, Ashley Kimi, Ariana Lipkind, Timothy Marl, Miriam Morales-Ayala, Vesta Namiranian, Breanna Ribeiro, Morgan Seymour, Tyson Takeuchi, Kristen Ursino and Madelyne Wong.
Also, seniors Amy Bumatai, Maya Chong, Miriam Corona, Sujan Dhoju, Susana Fajardo, Aaron Hire, Christian Juanillo, Tyler Kimmett, Clara Martinez, Lori McEwen, Nicholaus Miles and Tori Ann Ogawa.
Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts and director of forensics, presented the Roy “Hap” Mahaffey Memorial Merit Scholarship in Forensics to junior Megan Schwab.
He also presented the Singletary communication Arts Scholarship to senior Clara Martinez
Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts and resident director, and Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, director of theatre and resident designer, presented the Donald and Nelda Balch Endowed Scholarship to juniors Jennifer Layton and Gabrielle Leif.
They also presented the Roy “Hap” Mahaffey Memorial Merit Scholarship in Theatre to sophomore Nicholas Granato.
Nancy Drickey, associate dean of faculty for planning and budget and associate professor of education, announced the James B. Conaway Nominated Students. They are seniors Hanna DeLuca for elementary education, Tori Ann Ogawa for early childhood education, Rachelle Ridout for high school education, Sara Ritacco for high school education, and December 2012 graduate Nolan Taylor for elementary education.
Drickey also presented the James B. Conaway Award for Student Teaching to seniors Maylyn Foo for middle school education, Kelly Gess for elementary school education, Emily Jenkins and Lori McEwen for high school education.
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