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Publication prompts praise for professor, poet

Linfield is able to declare that it has an award winning author in its faculty.

Associate professor of English Joe Wilkins, the latest edition to the English department won one of the nine High Plains Book Awards for his collection of poetry, “Notes from the Journey Westward.”

The High Plains Book Awards recognize regional authors and their literary works that examine and reflect life in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

“I’ve written two other books: a memoir, ‘The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry,’ and a previous collection of poems, ‘Killing the Murnion Dogs.’ Both books were finalists for a number of post-publication book prizes, including the Orion Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and it’s great to be a finalist, but it’s really nice to finally win one, too,” Wilkins said in an email.

“Notes from the Journey Westward” received an award in the poetry division for the High Plains Book Awards.

Wilkins has written poetry previously. His latest novel elaborates on his other work.

“In many ways, ‘Notes from the Journey Westward’ can be read as the second and final installment of the poetic project I began with ‘Killing the Murnion Dogs,’ my first full-length collection. Both books begin in the high plains of eastern Montana and then travel miles across the American interior, and both grapple with similar questions,” Wilkins wrote.

Wilkins began writing the poems that would become “Notes from the Journey Westward,” in his final year of graduate school at the University of Idaho, in the spring of 2007 and completed the last few poems in the summer of 2010, while on a writers’ residency in the Adirondack Mountain’s of New York.

“Notes from the Journey Westward” was picked up and published in the fall 2012 by White Pine Press.

“I worked so hard on my first two books. ‘Notes from the Journey Westward’ came a little easier, both in the writing and the publishing, which, I think, has led me to neglect it a little bit. The award has been a nice reminder that this [work] matters just as much as the others,” Wilkins wrote.

Wilkins came to Linfield this fall from Waldorf College, he directed the creative writing program there for six years.

Before that, he received his Masters of Fine in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho, where he worked with the poet Robert Wrigley and the memoirist Kim Barnes.

Wilkins taught in the Mississippi Delta for two years as a member of Teach For America and he earned his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Gonzaga University.

“I’m just loving Linfield,” Wilkins wrote in an email. “My students are working so hard and writing so well, my colleagues are great, and McMinnville’s a pretty cool small town.”

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New faculty member performs for Linfield College

The newest music faculty member of Linfield College gave his faculty recital on Sept. 28 in Ice auditorium.

Dr. Albert Kim joined the Linfield College music department this August as an assistant professor of music.

Currently, he teaches music theory and keyboard classes and applied piano lessons.

He also recently received his doctoral degree on piano performance from Eastman School of Music in New York.

In his recital, he first performed Ave Maria by French Renaissance composer, Josquin des Prez. This is a piano arrangement of vocal work.

Then, he played Patita No.2 by J.S. Bach, and Sonata No.8 by Sergei Prokofiev.

The second half, he performed Notturno by Italian composer, Ottorino Respighi and several Scherzos by Chopin.

At last, and also the climax of the recital, Kim performed his original transcription and arrangement of La Valse by French composer, Maurice Ravel.

The recital was a big success, and many people spoke highly to this recital and the talented skills of Kim.

I fortunately had a chance to have a short interview with Kim.

When talking about his first impression of Linfield, he cannot hide his excitement.

“It is amazing how much activities go on in this music building, which is something I’ve already really love, and the other part is that all of students who are studying music here bring energy every day,” Kim said.

Kim emphasizes the passion of teaching at Linfield.

“When I was younger, I thought about what I could be doing or what I have to do, but it’s neither of those –it’s what I want to do, and I want to teach,” Kim said.

He expects his students in Linfield work hard and have fun with music.

“For the students, work. That’s all you can do,” Kim said. “Also enjoy it, that’s the other part of it. What’s wonderful I think about music is while you enjoy the study it, you past it on when you perform and teach. Remember, work hard and why you’re working.”

Yucheng Zhang / Senior photographer

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YuCheng Zhang/Senior photographer

Dr. Albert Kim, assistant professor of music, performs the Patita No.2 by J.S.Bach, piano sonata No.8 by Sergei Prokofiev, several Scherzos by Chopin, and his piano arrangement of La Walse by Maurice Ravel. Kim recently received his doctorate degree from Eastman School of Music.

Professor to give last lecture before retiring from Linfield

Eugene Gilden, professor of psychology, will be giving his last lecture about what he hopes the most important thing students learned from his classes was at 7 p.m. May 2 in T.J. Day Hall room 219.

The lecture will be partially autobiographical, as Gilden discusses how his interests started while he was an undergraduate student, how those interests influenced him and how different events contributed to those topics.

Gilden will also be focusing on social psychology and its affects on everyday life.

“The major thing that I’m interested in, and I think that I have explored some, is the way that very subtle kinds of influence turn out to be quite powerful in our lives,” Gilden said. “While human beings do have agency [and] some level of free will, we are a lot more influenced by things that we’re unaware of.”

Gilden has given numerous lectures before, but he finds it “nerve-wracking” to give this final lecture because it is a different type of audience, he said.

He won’t have time to establish a relationship with the audience, which he thinks is important when giving a lecture.

When asked to do the lecture, he was given wide latitude to talk about anything he wanted to, Gilden said.

Because of this, he has no idea if the audience will enjoy his final lecture, but he is still excited to see how students and faculty respond.

“Now all I have to do is execute it,” Gilden said.


Samantha Sigler/News editor

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Psych professor retires from 
Linfield after 30 years of service

Eugene Gilden, professor of psychology, is retiring from Linfield after 30 years.

“[Since] my very first day on campus one of the things that has remained is how attractive the campus is,” Gilden said. “It really looks like how a college campus ought to look.”

Before coming to Linfield, Gilden worked at various research positions and at Oregon Health & Science University in the medical psychology department.

When Gilden first began working at Linfield, he was not sure if this was where he really wanted to be working for the rest of his career. However, he ended up falling in love with the campus and the people.

“I had the thought that this would be okay for a first job, and I guess I was kind of right about that,” Gilden said. “It was my first full-time academic position.”

Gilden received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, his masters degree from California State of Los Angeles and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston.

Although he began college as an anthropology major, after about a year, he found psychology to be more interesting and switched majors.

Gilden also knew as soon as he started college that he wanted to work in an academic career. Because Gilden has always been a disciplined self-starter, he thought that working in an academic job would be perfect for him, he said.

“It’s kind of interesting because there’s a combination of constraint and freedom at the same time,” Gilden said. “You’re constrained by the boundaries of the academic calendar and the semester and things like that, but at the same time between each of the days within those constraints, you have a lot of freedom of how you’re going to spend your day.”

Although Gilden is ready to move on from Linfield, he will miss the opportunities and relationships he’s had with people in all departments and areas on campus.

“I think at a lot of schools there are less opportunities for cross-talk among different departments and different parts of the faculty, but I came here at a time when there’s a lot of interaction between people,” Gilden said.

Having past students furthering their careers and lives because of things that Gilden taught them or helped them with will also be something that Gilden will miss after retiring, he said.

However, Gilden said he is looking forward to traveling, working with new research opportunities and participating in music opportunities.

“The top thing I’m looking forward to is being able to pick up and go from September through the end of May if I want to,” Gilden said. “Time will tell.”


Samantha Sigler/News editor

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Professor hosts lecture against animals as mascots

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Joan Forry, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, discussed with students the colleges that use live animals as mascots, and why students should instead find a different way to represent themselves.

On Nov. 29, Joan Forry, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, presented her academic lecture “Against Animals as Sports Team Mascots.”

Forry received her undergraduate degree from Heidelberg University, home of the Student Princes, and received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Temple University, which has the mascot Hooter the Owl, in 2008.

Forry’s lecture asked the question: “How many colleges and universities have mascots?” and “How many animal mascots are used?”

There are 33 live animal mascots in the
Division-I schools of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference alone. For the purposes of her lecture, Forry focused primarily on Louisiana State University’s live animal mascot, Mike the Tiger.

“I’ve been interested in animal ethics for a while,” Forry said. “What drew me to the topic was Mike the Tiger. I’ve been following it for a while.”

The first Mike the Tiger was purchased for $750 in 1935 from the Little Rock Zoo. Fans used to be encouraged to pound on the cage to make him roar, but the school was asked to cease after complaints of animal cruelty. After, there were reports of the Tiger being poked with an electric cattle prod to make him roar, which was also shut down.

In the early 2000s, during the age of Mike the Fifth, LSU was ordered to improve his environment on campus. In 2005, a $3 million habitat was built on LSU’s grounds.

The problem with live animal mascots is that the animals might go through direct harm, which she defined as “individual animals that receive inhumane treatment” and indirect harm, which is “symbolic harm through misunderstanding and misrepresentation.” However, according to Forry, “It’s not entirely clear what constitutes harm.”

One example of explicit harm toward animals in the name of athletics was when an unnamed high school in Iowa that was playing against the “Golden Eagles” spray painted a chicken gold and had the young athletes stomp it to death to inspire school spirit.

“I don’t have it entirely fleshed out,” Forry said when asked about the argument against costumed animal mascots. “I think it depends on the body of knowledge that surrounds the mascots. There might be some kind of misrepresentation.”

“Most mascots are offensive somehow,” Forry said when asked about other mascots. “So, we should find another way to represent ourselves.”

Paige Jurgensen

Staff writer

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