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Faculty practices own style of TED talks


The first faculty lecture of the spring semester was held Feb. 20 in Riley 201.

When Susan Agre-Kippenhan, dean of faculty, introduced the speakers for the lecture, she took a moment to explain an experiment that the Office of Academic Affairs was doing with faculty lectures, “We are experimenting with our own style of TED faculty talks. The faculty members will each talk for 15 minutes, in alphabetical order.”

In recent years, TED Conference’s TED Talks have caused many to rethink the idea of a lecture. There have been TED Talks from professionals in many fields of academic study.

During this experimental lecture event, three Linfield faculty spoke briefly about an area of study that they have been focusing on recently: Susan Currie Sivek, assistant professor of mass communications, Melissa Jones, assistant professor of nursing, and Yana Weisberg, assistant professor of psychology.

Sivek was the first to speak. She spoke about a recently published article she wrote entitled: “Packing Inspiration: Al Qaeda’s Digital Magazine Inspire in the Self-Radicalization Process.”

During Sivek’s talk, she talked about the fact that Al Qaeda members, like the former Inspire editor Samir Khan, created digital magazines to try to get people to become self-radicals and commit acts of terror.

Susan Currie Sivek, assistant professor of mass communication, was one of three professors to talk during Linfield’s faculty lecture Feb. 20 in Riley 201. She discussed a published article she wrote about Al Qaeda’s digital magazine.

Sivek stated on a slide of her Prezi presentation that “[Inspire] mimics the style of western magazines to normalize participation in terrorism as self-radicals.”

She went on to talk about how the narratives in the magazine articles mirror those of western superheroes and display acts of heroism. The magazine creators also use political slogans from Americans and turn their meanings around. This can have huge impacts.

One observer pointed out, “It is backward that they would use western culture as influences because of the huge amount of hatred they have toward us.”

Sivek ended her talk with a disclaimer that just because an individual reads these magazines will not guarantee that they will be moved to commit acts of terror; at the same time, when addressing a question from a member of the audience, she made it known that it is unknown to find out how many people download and read each issue of Inspire.

The next Linfield faculty member to talk was Jones. Jones presented some initial results of her research for her dissertation.

Jones talked about the generational differences of learning that appear in the online classroom.

At the moment, she is still in the process of data collection and only beginning to analyze what material she does have.

On her presentation she wrote that a reasoning for her research was a “gap in nursing education research related to learning and the diversity of students from a generational perspective.”

This information has become so important because of the trending statistics that nurses with associate degrees are being forced to go back to school to get bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

The return of many to school has created a wide variety of people who take advantage of online learning.

Jones is conducting her study using nurses in an online class that range from ages 26 to 56.

Because of the huge variation of ages in online classes, there are a variety of comfort levels among the students with technology.

Jones shared a statement from one of the older nurses, “I was able to gain a perspective on issues from my (younger) project partner that I would not have thought about on my own, and it helped me grow in tolerance and understanding.”

As her research continues it seems as if the trends of mentorship will evolve in two directions, from elder, more experienced nurses teaching younger nurses techniques for nursing, as well as the younger participants teaching the elders about technology and how to effectively use it both on and off the job.

The last lecture was given by Weisberg. She was interested in finding out if people can change their personalities if they had the desire to do so. Weisberg conducted a study using surveys of 228 college students to see what their goals for change were and how much they did change during the course of eight weeks.

The 228 people surveyed were made up of 114 couples so she was also able to see how one participant’s personality affected that of their partner. The study also allowed Weisberg to talk about what happens when two partners have different personalities.

“I am in a relationship so I thought that it was interesting to see what happens when your partner has a different personality trait than you,” said freshman Lacey Dykgraaf, a member of the audience.

The general trend of the data showed that personality can change during the course of eight weeks. The majority of results that Weisberg shared were ones that had positive changes, but she did share when asked that the changes can certainly go both ways.

This series of lectures inspired by TED Talks was quite informative.

The reception in the crowd was welcoming to the variety of materials that were covered during the hour and a half long event.

“I am addicted to TED Talks, which was my inspiration to come tonight.  I feel that the lecture fulfilled this goal because it opened the listeners up to new ideas,” said freshman Dana Lester, a student at Linfield College.

The mini lecture series offered observers the ability to hear what was going on in a handful of the departments on campus.

Weisberg said at the beginning of her lecture that she was excited to be able to hear what people in other disciplines on campus are researching.

Julian Adoff

Multimedia editor

Julian Adoff can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

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News Briefs

Tobacco stays on campus

At the end of November, Senate voted on a resolution for a tobacco-free campus, which was sent to the President’s Cabinet and the Board of Trustees. Last week, President Hellie announced his decision to continue allowing the use of tobacco at Linfield College, despite student support for a ban.

The current college policy prohibits smoking in any indoor areas, any indoor or outdoor gatherings, in college vehicles and within 30 feet of building entrances or open windows.

Hellie stated in his letter to senior Bradley Keliinoi, vice president of the Associated Students of Linfield College, that a total ban would be difficult for Linfield to enforce and the schoo

l could not legally prohibit smoking on the public street (Linfield Avenue), which runs through campus.

~ Andra Kovacs/Senior reporter


Changes made to nursing program

This semester, the Student Policy Committee chaired by Sandra Lee, professor of international communication and English as a second language, has been discussing a few changes to be made to the nursing program at Linfield. They decided to pass one of the four motions and sent the three others back to the committee to be reworded, discussed and presented again to the faculty assembly in May.

Motion 2, which was passed and will be added to the handbook, states that it will restrict students from “enrolling at the McMinnville Campus to gain automatic entry to the Nursing major, if that student applied for and was denied admission to the Nursing major as a transfer student from the general application pool.”

It also approves replacing the word “native” with the word “resident.” These statements will be added into the handbook on behalf of the Faculty Assembly.

~ Andra Kovacs/Senior reporter

Hawaiian Club celebrates its culture

“Na A’a Hawai’i: The Roots From Which We Grow” reflects the students of the Hawaiian Club and acts as the theme of their 40th Annual Lu’au.

Guests will be treated to traditional Hawaiian food and performances May 5, which also falls on Linfield’s annual Mom’s Weekend.

The Hawaiian Club will be selling merchandise in a “country store” that is shipped from Hawaii itself. Food and the “country store” will be available in the Rutschman Field House and the Lu’au performances will be in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

The Hawaiian Club puts on a traditional Hawaiian dance show after the guests eat. Dances will include hula, Haka, Samoan and slow Tahitian.

Besides the Hawaiian Club and the Hawaiian community, several other organizations around campus are involved in the planning of Lu’au.

~ Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor