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Beloved Linfield art prof dies at 81

Kaylyn Peterson / Managing editor

The Linfield community will gather to celebrate the life of Nils Lou at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Ice Auditorium.

The celebration of life event is being organized by faculty in the art department. Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Brian Winkenweder is creating the program for the event, according to an email from Ron Mills, Professor of Painting, Drawing, Printmaking.

An email from the President’s Office announced the death of Lou, Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture, on Dec. 26.

Lou passed away in afternoon on Dec. 25 according to John McKeegan’s email.

Lou began teaching at Linfield in 1987. Lou’s artwork has been featured around the world, and  he has created many paintings and sculptures on the Linfield Campus, including the sundial on Murdock Hall.

Lou’s Spring 2014 classes will be co-instructed by Cindy and Don Hoskisson, a couple close to the Lou family.

Lou lived in nearby Willamina, Ore., and he would have been 82 on Jan. 5.

In an article written in the Linfield Review in 2010, Lou commented on the similarities of relationship between people and art.

“I think it’s almost like any relationship, whether it’s with another person or anything that we personalize,” Lou said. “We assign it a certain vitality and life, and it takes on a form sometimes that goes beyond what we think it might.”

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Photo courtesy of Ron Mills

Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture Nils Lou discusses a piece with potter Cindy Hoskisson in Willamina, Ore. Lou’s Spring 2014 classes will be co-instructed by Hoskisson and her husband, Don.

Professor’s hard work pays off with recent awards

It is every writer’s hope that their determination and hard work will lead to publication and hopefully, acknowledgment.

Lissa Wadewitz, an associate professor of history, is one example of hard work paying off.

“The biggest challenge, I think, is persevering. It takes a lot of time and energy, and when you’re teaching as much as we teach, it means really the summer is your main time to write and to fill research holes, so I think being able to stay up on that at the same time as teaching is a real challenge energy wise,” Wadewitz said.

Her “Nature of Borders: Salmon and Boundaries in the Salish Sea,” was published in July 2012, after nearly a decade of preparation.

A year later, Wadewitz found about her win of the Hal K. Rothman prize from the Western History Association and a few months later, she also won the John Lyman Award from the North Society for Oceanic History.

“It is wonderful to find that these different organizations see the value of the story that I was trying to tell and the value of the information included in the book as well,” Wadewitz said.

“I have had several people contact me and tell me how useful they found it, for contemporary issues surrounding fishery management, which is really gratifying,” Wadewitz said.

According to Linfield News, the John Lyman Award is given to “recognize excellence in the publication of books that make significant contributions to the study and understanding of maritime and naval history.”

Being a historian as well as a writer goes hand in hand, according to Wadewitz “it is pretty common for historians to write books, that is not true of all disciplines.”

As anyone who has ever taken a class with Wadewitz knows, she tried to impress the importance of well written work to her students.

“Trying to write a book that you don’t want to be boring is also a challenge, so thinking about narrative and thinking about ways to engage readers and to have it be a history book and a serious history book, but also be something that people might also want to read, I think, was also a real challenge. Hopefully I succeeded,” Wadewitz said.

This outlook certainly affected the success of Wadewitz’s debut novel.

One of the best things about Linfield is that so many of our professors are recognized authors in their field and as students it is our duty to take advantage of resources like Wadewitz.

In order to learn how to be, not only successful in the academic world, but also in the real world.

Paige Jurgensen / Columnist

Paige Jurgenson can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Erin Heltsley/Freelance photographer

Assistant Professor of History Lissa Wadewitz holds up her book “The Nature of Borders.” Wadewitz has recently received two awards for her book, which was published in July 2012 and details the history and troubles with the current boundaries of salmon fishing on the Salish Sea off the coast of Washington and Canada.

Tenure process up for debate

Amy Orr, George A. Westcott III distinguished professor of sociology, will present a lecture on the role of tenure for professors and whether it is necessary in the present day at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Riley Hall 201.

It is titled “Academic Tenure: Needed Protection or Outdated Tradition?”

“I imagine that there will be a very diverse range of reactions to what I will say,” Orr said. “I anticipate that people may feel intrigued, angry, surprised, happy, frustrated, relieved and various other emotions. Perhaps some will even feel empowered. In the end, I at least hope that we are all better educated.”

Orr is the chair of the sociology and anthropology department and has worked at Linfield since 2001.

Her work often focuses on inequalities due to race and sex and especially how those inequalities apply to the classroom.

“This might be one of the most important faculty lectures that I present,” Orr said. “This issue of academic tenure is critical.”

Academic tenure is the position a professor can reach after a certain number of years at a university, and typically the time allotted to reach tenure is a specific number of years. Tenure means that a professor cannot be fired unless there is a just cause for doing so.

Established in 1905, tenure is different between colleges and universities, but once a person reaches tenure it is quite difficult to fire them.

Its creation was seen as a way for professors to speak their minds and develop their own opinions apart from the official opinions of the college or university they worked for.

This allowed for more freedom of speech and a break from rigid authority on college campuses.

This process takes into consideration their teaching effectiveness, professional achievements and service to Linfield, their profession and the community.

“Overall, I believe that the issues that I will discuss affect every college and university, though at varying degrees. Linfield is not an exception. I imagine  and hope, that members of the Linfield community will be able to apply what they learn to our own college,” Orr said.

Olivia Marovich / News editor

Olivia Marovich can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.