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Adult Degree Program student honored, graduates with son

As a junior transfer student and working a full-time job any student would question if school was the right fit for them.

By enrolling in the Adult Degree Program Deborah Marsh was able to work and attend school.

“I am thrilled to still be able to graduate from Linfield,” Marsh said.

This year Marsh received the Adult Degree Program Alumni Scholarship which is only given to high achieving students.

Shocked and honored by her award she was extremely grateful to receive recognition.

Marsh was shown support, through this scholarship, which aided her through the most difficult parts of her journey.

Majoring in social and behavioral sciences through the Adult Degree Program, Marsh feels that her entire experience at Linfield College has been amazing.

“I think my favorite part was in the Environmental Studies with Nancy Broshot. I got pretty close to her and others in my class and the fact that I was over 40 didn’t really stand in the way. I really felt a part of Linfield,” Marsh said.

Marsh will not be alone on stage at graduation. This June she will be sharing the stage with her son, Adam Kearl, as they are both are given recognition for graduating this year.

Marsh shares that it is an emotional time to be graduating and how proud she is of her son’s accomplishments.

“I hope we will be allowed to walk together to celebrate our hard work and accomplishment,” Marsh said.

Marsh works for Yamhill County Behavioral Health in the Abacus Program where she is a peer support specialist and Community Support & Integration Teams Coordinator.

Through Marsh’s time there, she says that the program has helped to support her through some difficult times.

Through offering supported employment and wellness classes she has been able to work though even the roughest patches.

Marsh once doubted if she would even graduate. Now there is no doubt in her mind.

The end is in sight and she is in the final stretch. The scholarship that she received gave acknowledgement to her outstanding achievement and reinforced that Linfield truly is her home, and will support her during her time here.

She is overwhelmingly appreciative for the scholarship she received.

“I am so grateful, I am grateful to God, to my family, my fellow students, professors, all the staff that have made this dream a reality,” Marsh said.

“That sort of sounded like an Academy Award speech but it is true…I could not have accomplished this without the love, support, and encouragement of all of these individuals; especially to come out of a life of hopelessness and into a life of promise. What an adventure.”

Kathryn Devore / Staff writer

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Linfield alum set to give Commencement Address

Linfield alumni, Dr. Stephen Lopes, will be delivering the Commencement Address during this year’s graduation ceremony.

Lopes graduated Linfield College in 1984 with a degree in Communications and after earning his doctorates of education from the University of Pennsylvania, serves as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the University of Southern California Athletics Department. He is responsible for managing all financial resources and operations of the $100 million athletic department budget at USC in addition to being an assistance adjunct professor at the USC’s Rossier School of Education.

Lopes also serves as the executive director and program coordinator for the Sports Management Institute which aims to provide a unique educational experience to train individuals into specialize sports management professionals that understand the value of academic theory and athletic practice.

During his time at Linfield, Lopes was deeply involved in both athletics and academics. Lopes played offensive tackle for the Wildcats under legendary football head coach, Ad Rutschman and Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame, Ted Henry. Lopes achievements in football also translated to other sports as he lettered in both wrestling for two years and gold for one year.  Lopes was inducted in the Linfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 with his teammates on the 1982 championship team.

Lopes describes that Linfield “allowed me to combine athletics and academics, led me to understand that these two endeavors are interconnected and in fact compliment each other.”

He also describes how just like most undergraduates, he was never truly one hundred percent sure on what he wanted to study.  He believed however in the value of being a hardworking individual and taking advantage of what is given to you.

“What you want to do is to have a well-rounded education, understand how to learn, build a network and then work hard,” Lopes said. “I had no idea what I was going to do when I left Linfield, but I had a solid liberal arts degree in business and communications and my success in athletics gave me confidence that I could do whatever I wanted, even if I was somewhat naïve, not knowing how big, competitive and unforgiving the work world is.”

As for a message he wants to leave students who will not be able to attend this year’s commencement ceremony, Lopes wants to encourage all students that anyone has the potential to be successful, as long as you recognize and take action on the opportunities given to you.

“Be productive every day, have impeccable character, trust your heart and appreciate the ride and those people around you, family, friends and co-workers who you get to share the ride with each day. Nothing is given to you, adversity is a part of life and you have to find something positive about each day of your life, even when life is challenging.”

This year’s commencement ceremony will be on Sunday, June 1 on the commencement green in front of Riley Hall.

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Camille Weber / Sports columnist

Seniors Hurdle Over Paperwork To Graduate

Already missed a deadline?

No not a homework deadline, but a registrar form deadline… I didn’t even realize it was due at the end of my junior year. Let’s tack that on to the growing list of stuff I have to finish before I can graduate—just one email reminder would have been nice. At the beginning of each school year, every student is plagued with getting back into the grove of being back at school, as well as jumping on growing piles of school work and catching up with friends that we haven’t seen in three months.

But as a senior, the start of our last year at Linfield is bitter-sweet. With the excitement and fear of having the end in sight, we have a lot to deal with. We have deadlines, paperwork, thesis, capstones and etcetera to finish in just a short nine months. While it is not necessarily their job to remind us about these types of deadlines, who else is going to? We have not been seniors before, and new advisors might not be familiar with everything that needs to be done.

The paper work necessary to graduate may be required, but it is not a recurring task that students have to perform each year, such as clearing our accounts, getting our semester stickers or registering for classes. So us seniors are not sure exactly what is required of us. This also does not fall onto the staff of the registrars office. This should be included in academic advising’s responsibilities. Academic advising is the office in charge of dealing with our majors, other than our advisors.

Just like the incoming students, there should be a check off list of things that need to be done before our huge occasion sneaks up on us. Or even just a tab on the current students page on the Linfield website would be helpful. Even with the forms online, there’s no guidelines or reminders of what else seniors need to do.

Instead of having to go look for three or four different things, in different places, it should be more simple! One master form or website that lists all of the requirements would definitely make life easier for seniors and end all of the confusion. What we don’t need is scrutiny when we turn these forms in late, unsure of what we were supposed to do, and then told that we can’t turn it in until we fill something else out.

I think this confusion could all come to an end with three simple things: communication, updated technology options and patience. Now we don’t need to be babied, but a little help would be appreciated. Just like the big adjustment of coming into college, going out into the real world is scary and some times intimidating, we need the support of our small college.

Kaylyn Peterson / Managing editor

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

Study finds low graduation rates among part-time students

Growing numbers of college students are in school part time, and they face increasingly long odds of ever graduating, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report, Time is the Enemy, by the nonprofit group Complete College America, includes data on full- and part-time students at public colleges and universities in 33 states, including California. It was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and others.

“There is a new generation of students who are poorer, more likely to be a minority, working and with families,” said Stan Jones, the organization’s president. “The graduation rates are very low, so that even though more people are going to college looking to better themselves and better their economic circumstances, those goals are not being realized because the system is failing them.”

Among the report’s key findings:

There is a new majority on U.S. college campuses, with 75 percent of students balancing jobs and schools and commuting to class. Only one-quarter of students attend full-time, live on campus and have few work obligations.

Part-time students rarely graduate: Only one-quarter of them complete a degree, even when taking twice as long as the traditional four years.

Minority students and those who are poor or older are attending college in greater numbers, but fewer than one in five earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.

In California, 14.8 percent of full-time and 6.1 percent of part-time students seeking bachelor’s degrees finished in four years. After eight years, about 60 percent of full-time and 41.6 percent of part-time students had earned a degree.

The report, however, includes data only from the California State University system and not from the University of California or the state’s community colleges. That information may be included in an updated study next year, officials said.

A Cal State spokesman said the school system is trying to address the issues raised in the report.

“The data in this report is nothing shocking to us; it identifies our specific student demographic of part-time, underserved students needing remediation,” spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said. “There are a host of programs we’ve initiated and are going to initiate more. We’re trying to fix it.”

Carla Rivera/
Los Angeles Times

Seniors need more time to move out, make memories

The end of the school year is always busy and stressful for students. There are finals to worry about, papers to write, senior theses to submit and final projects to complete. And, of course, there is also having to move out on time. For underclassmen, moving out is a pain, but for seniors, it can be just as stressful as finals.

This year, the Reading Day date change altered the finals schedule, and seniors only have a brief window of time to move out. In addition to the long list of activities occurring in the next two weeks, including Wildstock and the Linfield Bar Crawl, finals are May 23-26, the Baccalaureate Service and Grad Finale/Senior Celebration are on May 28 and graduation is on May 29. Students are expected to be moved out by noon the following day of graduation.
In addition, family and friends of the graduates come to visit and might want to spend time with them to celebrate. Many seniors are stressing out about the time crunch.

Seniors who live in campus apartments have a lot to pack. During their years at Linfield, seniors accumulate a plethora of things, from furniture to food to clothing. Students living in the area have the luxury of taking multiple trips to transport their belongings. Out-of-state students are not so lucky.

There is also excess anxiety for seniors who do not know where they will be living after graduation. Students who choose not to live at home are forced to find summer living arrangements, quickly. Being stuck with boxes of stuff and nowhere to put them presents a challenge.

The Review believes the time period for moving out should be extended to June 1. The extra time would allow students not only to pack, but to say goodbye to college friends and professors.

However, there are some ways to lessen the stress of moving out. Seniors can prioritize their time by beginning to pack their belongings in advance. But understandably for some seniors, good organization is not enough to overcome the frustrations of moving out.

Students who truly need more time to pack up and to move out can contact Area Director Joni Tonn at jtonn@linfield.edu or Associate Dean of Students/Director of Resident Life Jeff McKay at jmackay@linfield.edu to ask for an extension.

-The Review Editorial Board