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Coming full circle: Hansen’s speech rounds off seniors’ four years at Linfield

In late August 2007, Dave Hansen, professor of economics and dean of students emeritus, welcomed the class of 2011 to Linfield with an orientation speech in the Oak Grove. Four years later, Hansen will give the Commencement speech for the class of 2011, and bring its time at Linfield to a close in that same spot on the Oak Grove.

On their first day in 2007, the class of 2011 listened to Hansen speak of the future. He asked students who they were and where they had come from, and then asked them to look forward to their four years at Linfield and to Commencement day. He asked them to imagine what he would say about them on their Commencement day and how they would change in their four years on campus. Hansen asked them to consider the development that they would undergo throughout their stay at Linfield and to consider the challenges and opportunities that would await them.

On May 29 Hansen will again ask the students to look into the future, but also into the past. He will ask them what developments they have made, what challenges they have faced and what victories they have had. He will ask them to imagine what lies ahead in five or 10 years and how they will further grow outside of Linfield’s campus. Hansen’s Commencement speech is intended to be a companion to the speech he gave August 2007, and will focus on many of the same elements.

Most importantly, Hansen said he would focus on the nature of the celebration. He said that Commencement is an important day to celebrate for students and their families and that it is the beginning of a new part of their lives. Hansen would like students to focus on the celebration.

“I think what I do want them to remember is the feeling of joy and elation,” Hansen said. “I want them to take away a sense of joy.”

Hansen also said he is happy to be given the responsibility and honor of giving the Commencement speech. He said he could not remember his own Commencement speech, but, instead, remembered the celebration of the day, and he would like to focus on that joy.

“I suspect the day will be a memorable day in their life whether I speak at all,” said Hansen.

Although he will not add any individual memories within his speech, Hansen said he has had many memorable moments, and watching his students graduate will be an emotional occasion for him. He said that he will fondly remember the students whom he has watched grow and thrive as they receive their diplomas.

Marissa Cole/News editor
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Get to know the 2011-12 ASLC Cabinet

Name: Daniel Teater
Position: IM Sports Director
Age: 21
Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Powell Butte, Ore.

Qualifications: Teater said that he has played a lot of sports, such as soccer, basketball, golf and track in high school. He has also played basketball for the Wildcats for the last three years. Another qualification that he possesses is leadership experience through multiple positions, he said.
Reasons for applying: Teater said he applied for this position because he is active in intramural sports and thought he could meet the needs of the students who participate in them. He said he also wants more experience with management and leadership.
Goals: Teater said one of his goals is to increase turn out and student participation. He said he also wants to keep track of the number of participants for each IM sport to determine if there has been an increase. Another goal he has is to add a few more day events, such as dodge ball, kickball and a home run derby, he said.

“I plan on doing these things but might be limited by the budget cut made by Senate,” Teater said.
Words of Wisdom: “Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try new things,” Teater said.
Interests: Teater said he likes all sports and enjoys camping and being outdoors. He also likes meeting new people, he said. He enjoys watching iron man competitions and studying nuclear physics.

“I like getting super jacked in the weight room,” Teater said.
Favorites: Teater’s favorite color is aquamarine.

“That’s the color of my truck,” he said.

His favorite animal is the horny toad, and he likes listening to country music. His favorite TV shows are “Family Guy” and “Swamp People.” He said his favorite movies are “American Gangster,” “Super Troopers” and “Forest Gump.”

~Compiled By Jessica Prokop/Editor-in-chief

New Change Corps leaders hired to oversee issue areas

The Linfield Office of Community Engagement and Service hired  five student leaders for its new Linfield Change Corps program for the 2011-12 academic year.

Sophomore Lori McEwen, alternative spring break and first year programs director and freshman Shelby Hollenbeck, communications and events director, will oversee the three issue area coordinators. These coordinators are freshman Ashlee Carlson, poverty: hunger & housing service coordinator; sophomore Collin Morris, environment & conservation service coordinator; and junior Amanda McGee, youth development & literacy service coordinator.

The leaders just completed their May training and orientation. However, they are required to come back to school early for the 2011-12 academic year to receive additional training. This training will be McGee’s first because she is abroad in Ireland this semester.

Change Corps is a group of people who engage in service projects and encourage other students to get involved. And, they are employees of the Community Engagement and Service office, VISTA Student Engagement Coordinator Lizzie Martinez said.

When hiring, Martinez said she was looking for students who are motivated, self-starters, committed and passionate about community service.

A few of the group’s objectives are to plan alternative spring breaks and long-term service opportunities. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) is included in this long-term service category. However, after receiving student feedback from this previous year, it was decided that MLK Day will be local-based this year. A few of the reasons for this included cost, time and transportation.

So far, Taste of Service is set to be the first service event of the school year. Stop Oregon Litter & Vandalism (SOLV) beach cleanup is another service opportunity that will be offered to students. Make a Difference Day will also be offered in the fall. However, something that will return next year is Children in the Community, which is reading to youth in transitional housing.

Another change for next year is Service Saturdays, which will rotate by community issues.

“I am so excited to have Change Corps in our office and to empower these students to go out and serve and encourage others,” Martinez said.

Martinez said that next year will be a building year since she is leaving and the Office of Community Engagement and Service is hiring a new VISTA Student Engagement Coordinator.

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Linfield students honored with prestigious Kemper Scholarships

In Linfield College’s first year as one of the 16 Kemper Scholars schools in the United States, two of its students received the prestegious Kemper Scholarship on May 13.

Freshmen Blake Densley and Joseph Gladow were recipients of Kemper scholarships this year. Applicants must be first year students and have a 3.0 grade point average or higher. They must also be mature students who are involved with extra curricular activities, have academic achievements, are involved in community service and possess leadership abilities.

Densley studies exercise science and serves as a student ambassador for the Office of Admission. He is also involved in the Associated Students of Linfield College Senate and is a member of the Outdoor Club.

Densley said he hopes to expand his already existing leadership skills.

“I hope to gain a good amount of interpersonal skills, more so than I already have. The Kemper internships will help me learn what it takes to be a leader in successful non-profit and for-profit organizations around the world,” he said. “I will  obtain real world skills that will better help me in organizing my time effectively and to take on a different perspective from a college campus environment.”

In return, Densley would like to use the skills he learns in the Linfield community.

“With the knowledge and skills I will gain from the scholars program, I would like to set an example for other prospective students and current students since we are the future leaders of this world,” he said. “I would like to get into some sort of leadership position, whether it be in the student government (ASLC) or the Linfield Activities Board.”

Gladow, the second recipient, is also actively involved on campus. Gladow runs cross country and track, and serves as Treasurer-elect of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Like Densley, Gladow hopes to gain experiences that he can use after graduating.

“I feel like the Kemper program will give me experience in some of the fields that I want to enter after college, as well as the opportunity to meet other students from around the country who have similar interests and ambitions,” he said. “Plus, connections with employers, organizations and other students can be extremely valuable in finding work after college.”

Gladow also said that he hopes to gain real world experience from the Kemper scholarship. By gaining this kind of experience, Gladow will apply these skills toward his academic career, but is unsure where he will apply his skills otherwise.

“At this point, I’m not exactly sure what all I will get involved with here at the college, and I hope the Kemper program will give me some more direction,” he said. “I’m currently running cross country and track, and although the skills don’t directly translate, I would like to become more of a leader in these programs later on.”

In receiving this honor, both freshmen will attend an internship with different non-profit groups in Chicago, Ill. Along with the internship, they will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $3,000-$10,000 depending on the need, and they can earn up to $6,000 during their summer internships.

“I am incredibly excited and humbled by this opportunity and cannot wait to experience what it has in store for me in its entirety,” Densley said.

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Two Linfield seniors receive Fulbright grants

Two Linfield seniors were awarded Fulbright Grants this year, making them the 21st and 22nd graduating Linfield students to receive the grant since 1999.

Craig Geffre was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship to Thailand and Jade Severson received an English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. Severson was not available for an interview.

Geffre said he views this opportunity as an integral piece of his educational and work experiences.

“Traveling to different places and interacting with people firsthand can teach us a lot about different cultures and ourselves,” he said. “It can challenge our assumptions and teach us what it means to live in a multicultural world.”

Geffre said he would serve as a teaching assistant for elementary students and that his community project would involve assisting Buddhist monks in Thailand with their English.

“I plan to help [the monks] with their English so that they can teach about Buddhism and vipassana meditation to international visitors,” Geffre said. “95 percent of the population in Thailand is Buddhist, and Buddhism is an important aspect of Thai culture.”

Geffre said he attributed much of his motivation for applying for the grant to Professor Hillary Crane, assistant professor of anthropology.

“[She] gave me a tremendous amount of encouragement and support. Without her, I never would have even applied for a Fulbright grant,” he said.

He said a variety of experiences through Linfield have helped prepare him for his time in Thailand, including serving as a teaching assistant for an introduction cultural anthropology course and being the student orientation leader for incoming exchange students from a Japanese university during Fall 2010.

Geffre’s passion for teaching English abroad stems from his time studying in Hong Kong during his junior year, he said. He attributed his interest in Buddism to his thesis project.

“I became interested in Thailand after traveling there during my semester abroad and working with a Thai monk in Portland on my thesis on vipassana meditation,” he said.

Geffre said he is excited for his time in Thailand, but that he is trying to focus on learning Thai language during the four months before he leaves.

Geffre advises future Fulbright applicants to begin working on their applications during their junior year because the application and decision process are time consuming. He also recommends that students consult Debora Olsen, director of academic advising and instructor of history, as soon as possible.

“Finally, just be brave,” Geffre said. “It’s hard to step out into a new culture and part of the world, but I don’t think I’ve ever met a student who came to regret the experience.

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