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Two Linfield political science professors received faculty awards for their dedication and scholarship.
Three faculty rewards are given out each year to three different professors, usually in different departments, to award those who have proven their dedication to Linfield’s students and fellow staff
This year, however, two of them went to assistant professors of Political Science Patrick Cottrell and Nicholas Buccola.
Prestigious as it is that two professor’s from the same department won the awards, the acknowledgment is made even more notable given the fact that both professors have been at Linfield for less time than the majority of their students.
Cottrell, who has only been teaching at Linfield since 2008, won the Allan and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholarship Award before the start of the Fall Semester.
He said that he felt particularly honored, as the Kelley scholarship does more than simply provide a plaque and bonus. It also relieves the recipient of his or her course load for the following semester.
For a professor who is as focused on research as Cottrell, this comes as a huge advantage.
“Time for faculty is a massive commodity … you need time for research, but, of course, teaching always comes first,” Cottrell said.
Without classes to teach this semester, Cottrell plans on spending all his time focusing on research, and on the books and articles he is working to publish.
Already an accomplished name in academia, he has had articles published in Foreign Policy Analysis, the European Journal of International Relations and International Organization.
In addition, he is finishing a book on the legitimacy of international institutions and weapons-ban treatise.
Cottrell credited the award to his ability to use his experiences from the professional world in a classroom setting.
Before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctorate in political science in 2007, Cottrell served in the State Department’s Bureau of Non-Proliferation and with then-Deleware Senator Joe Biden on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
“Though my experience was a decade ago, it still informs my research and helps me provide students with connections between the classroom and the world they live in,” he said.
Nicholas Buccola, who has been teaching American politics since 2007, also felt fortunate to receive the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award.
While not offering a course load relief, the Graf Award will provide him with a monetary bonus and acknowledgment of his extracurricular work in spearheading several new programs at Linfield.
Pizza and Politics, a political lecture program that meets a few times a semester, has been Buccola’s brainchild during the last two years, and he is now bringing in more than 50 people, on average, to each session.
This program has been instrumental in increasing campus awareness of politics and international issues, according to Chairwoman of the Political Science Department, Dawn Nowacki, who said she was thrilled that Buccola took the lead on getting it started.
Further, Buccola has also been organizing meetings for the faculty of
various departments to come together and share their research with each other.
“He kind of knows how to just pick up the ball and run with it,” Nowacki said.
Like Cottrell, Buccola also juggles his teaching and extra-curricular programs with his own research and outside projects.
He is finishing up his first book about the prominent 19th century African-American orator and abolitionist movement leader Frederick Douglass.
In addition, he has been working collaboratively with students on various research projects to both increase the students’ knowledge of research methods as well as his own on various topics.
“Linfield doesn’t have a grad program in ‘poli sci,’ so it’s a cool thing to be able to share these collaborative research projects with students,” Buccola said.
The two winning professors also stressed that neither of them would have won their awards without the steadfast leadership of Nowacki.
Never having won a faculty award herself, Nowacki often comes across as a silent leader, more interested in seeing her students and
faculty succeed then winning awards for herself.
“If the students are successful then I feel successful,” she said.
In 2008, political science department was dealt a double blow when then-chairman of the department Howard Leichter retired, and former professor David Gutterman left to teach at Willamette University in Portland, Ore.
While concerns were raised as to what the losses meant for the future of the department, Nowacki said she believed these concerns have been put to rest with the successes of the department over the last few months.
“Our guys winning these awards shows that the department is just as strong as it used to be … and shows we’re on a strong
trajectory,” she said.
All three professors hope that the success of Buccola and Cottrell will help the department gain more prestige in the college and across the country.
“Hopefully this sends a message that we’re a small but sturdy department excited about teaching and helping students’ work,” said Buccola.
The third faculty award, the Edith Green Distinguished Professor Award, went to Garry Killgore, chairman of the Health, Human Performance and Athletics Department.
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A Hispanic Linfield student was one of only six in the U.S. to win a competitive scholarship from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
Senior Karen Bastian, a student at Linfield’s Good-Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, received a $1,000 scholarship.
“There’s a minority — there aren’t very many
multi-cultural nurses and there are barriers for many patients,” Bastian said. “Many nurses only speak English, but my family doesn’t even speak English. I want to help the minorities, and I want my patients to be confident.”
The association provides its members with educational and career
opportunities to aspiring Hispanic and Latino nurses.
It also offers numerous scholarships and educational assistance to increase the number of bilingual and multi-cultural nurses nationwide.
“After I was introduced to the scholarship, I filled out an application and had to write a paper about why I wanted to be a nurse in the Hispanic community,” Bastian said.
Bastian first learned about the NAHN and its opportunities through Linfield. She said that NAHN has chapters all across the country and as soon as she discovered the benefits, she joined Oregon’s chapter.
Leticia Hernandez, financial aid and scholarship outreach counselor, worked with Bastian to find the NAHN’s scholarship opportunities.
“This scholarship helps put Linfield on the radar for a nursing school and shows how we care and assist our students,” Hernandez said.
Linfield has been involved in increasing the amount of Hispanic nurses in the workforce over the past few years.
The Office of Multicultural Programs was established in 2004 to offer support to multicultural nursing students.
“We know that Linfield is a private school. This scholarship will assist [Bastian] with her studies and allow her to continue her education here at Linfield,” Hernandez said.
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The plans to renovate the long-abandoned Northup hall are finally coming to fruition with construction that
started in early July and plans for completion in mid-June of 2011.
Work on the renovations has been progressing smoothly, Director of Capital Planning & Development
John Hall, said.
“We are implementing the plans that are the most current that we have to date, and the project’s moving
along fine,” Hall Said. “We plan on being completed, I would say, sometime around mid June. The building
will be open then for next Fall.”
Northup Hall used to house Linfield’s library but has been used for storage since 2003 when the library
was moved to the newly constructed Nicholson building near the Miller Fine Arts Building. Starting next
fall, Northup will be home to the business, economics, English and philosophy departments along with the
Writing Center and Linfield Center for Northwest Studies.
It was initially decided that the business department would be moved to Northup Hall to vacate Taylor
Hall in preparation for its own renovation, but the additional space in Northup was still open to other
departments or uses.
The additional departments were chosen after discussions with various faculty members and other school
“President Hellie wanted to make sure that the business department had other academic departments
that were with them, that they were not an island just to themselves, for good academic reasons,” Hall
said. “The departments that were determined that might be a good fit were the economics department,
philosophy, and English.”
The renovation of Northup Hall is only the start of a series of remodels of the academic quad (Northup,
Talyor, Murdock and Graf halls). Once Northup is completed, planning and work will begin on the vacant
Taylor Hall. Discussions about which department will move into Taylor are currently being held.
“Our goal, ultimately, is to tear down Mac Hall, build a new biology building, connect it with Graf, remodel
Graf and remodel Murdock Hall,” Hall said.
The project stems from a report compiled in 2005 about how to improve the college’s sciences. Hall said
it would take some time before everything was complete due to the time it takes to plan and raise money.
“This whole process may take 10 to 15 years,” he said. “There’s going to be this activity going on in the
academic quad area during that time, all in the effort to modernize our academic spaces and our science
labs, and to expand the science labs.”
The cost of the renovations to Northup Hall alone cost around $8.4 million, Hall said. This includes the
cost of construction, permits, furniture and other various fees.
The new Northup Hall will feature state-of-the-art technology and is the first Leadership for Environment
and Development (LEAD) building on campus.
“It’s going to be highly energy efficient,” Hall said. “It’s going to be able to be a healthier environment for
the occupants and users of the building, have a lot of special features in the heating and cooling system and
the ventilation system inside the building.”
There will also be a solar panel on the building and a flat screen monitor inside that will constantly display
the its energy output.
Currently, workers are done tearing down the walls that won’t be used on the inside of the building and
other demolition work around the outside.
Since the building is being redesigned rather than torn down and reconstructed, planning has been more
complex and more costly, Hall said.
However, he also said the recycling and redesign of Northup coincides with the college’s mission of
sustainability and reusing old materials.
Along with a plethora of new, advanced features, Northup Hall, built in 1932, will retain some of its
original, more charming aspects, such as an original fireplace in one of the reading rooms.
Hall has high hopes for the new building and expects students to enjoy the specially designed layout
once it opens for the next fall semester.
“Our architects did a wonderful job … of making the program fit and work,” he said. “We’re all very excited about it.”
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1. To begin a strategic planning process, that will result in a vision, mission statement, and strategic plan
by February 2012. (This is likely to commence in discussions with trustees during their November 2010
2. To revisit, evaluate, and possibly revise the facilities masterplan that was first created 10 years ago and
updated in 2007. (In the short term we will take a close look at the plan to be sure that we are making the
right decisions on spaces vacated in Taylor and Melrose.)
3. To evaluate our enrollment plans in McMinnville, aiming to increase the number of ethnic minorities,
international students, and out-of-state transfers.
4. To begin developing long-term budget models that enable us to plan more effectively for the future.
5. To re-examine and reinvigorate our fund-raising campaign for endowed professorships and student
scholarships, while also increasing the alumni-giving rate.
6. To complete the renovation of Northup Hall.
7. To implement the integrated marketing plan.
8. To develop the Board’s strategic agenda and membership.
President Thomas Hellie spoke about the successes of Linfield during an economic recession and warned against complacency now that the storm of collapsing economy is over during his state of the college address Sept 8.
Boasting that Linfield survived the worst of the recession virtually unscathed when its competitors were cutting staff, faculty and programs, Hellie outlined the eight subjects he felt Linfield must address to remain a successful small college.
“One year ago, we were worried,” Hellie said. “The Great Recession had swept across our country … We had one of the smallest freshmen classes in years, some 10 percent below our original budget projections.”
Hellie also spoke about the sudden acceleration of the Northup Hall renovation, citing a sudden drop in construction costs and the effort of the faculty and staff involved in the project, along with Chair of the board of trustees Dave Haugeberg and T.J. Day, who he identified as a major donor.
“Were it not for the trustees — and especially those two men — Northup would still be in mothballs,” Hellie said.
Hellie thanked the college relations department and its head, Bruce Wyatt, for achieving record donations during a recession. To punctuate the turnaround made by Linfield, Hellie proudly announced the record number of incoming students.
“Today we have 535 freshmen enrolled at Linfield, more than 23 percent of them Americans of color,” he said.
Hellie then thanked the faculty for their dedication to recruiting more freshmen and urged the assembled staff to take pride at their accomplishments in the face of adverse conditions.
Hellie cited a list of publications that had recently mentioned increased respect for Linfield.
“I believe these ranking systems are unreliable and unscientific, but I can’t deny that it helps our college when we rise 13 places in the U.S. News college issue or when Parade Magazine names us as one of the 26 best small colleges in the country,” he said.
Hellie’s peak topic was the success of the branding of Linfield as a small college environment and the standardization of its promotional materials.
He encouraged faculty to join him in actively planning for the future and increasing the diversity at Linfield.
“We need to enhance our reputation and outreach and enroll students from a more diverse set of states and nations,” he said.
Hellie closed with a letter of gratitude from a Linfield graduate’s parents, thanking the college for the education it provided.
“We are so proud of Tommy [Thomas George] and appreciate everything that Linfield provided him,” wrote George’s parents, Tim and Tami George. “I’m sure that he would rather his parents not write or send this but that was not an option. It was time to say thanks to Linfield, and for the Linfield way.”
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