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Senior wins national award for local health

Senior Colin O’Brochta was awarded the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship through the American College of Sports Medicine for his contributions to local health.

O’Brochta, an exercise science major, currently leads Linfield’s Student Nutrition and Activity for Kids program (SNACK), which was started several years ago and works in conjunction with the Physicians Medical Center in McMinnville.

The Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship is awarded by the ACSM to two undergraduate students nationally who have made significant contributions to their community’s health, fitness and education. O’Brochta applied for a similar scholarship last year but did not win.

This was his second time applying for a scholarship through the ACSM and this time his persistence and hard work paid off.

“I think that applying for this scholarship, even though I did not win it last year, was a good lesson for me and anyone who is interested in advancing in their field of study to stay persistent,” O’Brochta said.

The set-back also taught O’Braochta to have confidence in his skills and abilities even if set-backs and disappointments did sometimes get in the way.

O’Brochta worked with previous SNACK coordinator Sara Peterson (class of 2013) this past summer in order to transition into leading the SNACK program. O’Brochta and other volunteers and physicians help counsel over-weight and obese children and their parents into achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

“Last year I volunteered to help with the program’s activity sessions,” O’Brochta said. “I loved working with the kids so I decided to take on a leadership role to help expand and grow the program.”

Winning the scholarship has inspired O’Brochta to continue to try and make a difference in the lives of the people around him and his community.

He also expresses that being awarded with an honor of this caliber will continue to push him to strive more both academically and personally.

“It serves as a reminder that I really can do a lot to impact their lives with what I have learned from my time here at Linfield,” O’Brochta said.

The SNACK program without a doubt was a key factor in O’Brochta’s growth and success in the Exercise Science program.  O’Brochta admits that his success would have been limited without the help and the opportunities given to him from Linfield, specifically Janet Peterson– associate professor of health, human performance and athletics, and faculty fellow for academic advising–, the Physicians Medical Center, and all the students who volunteer with the SNACK program.

“The credit for any success from the SNACK program should really be given to the group of people who each do their part and as a whole make a difference in our community”  O’Brochta said.

O’Brochta will receive $1,000 this spring and complimentary registration to the 2014 ACSM Summit in Atlanta, Ga., in April to accept his award. A story about him will also appear in ACSM’S “Health and Fitness Journal.”


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.