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10/14/2002 Student, alumni homecoming events set at Linfield

McMINNVILLE?Linfield College students and alumni are gearing up for the annual homecoming celebration Oct. 23-26.

Activities for students will begin Wednesday, Oct. 23, and alumni events are scheduled to start Thursday, Oct. 24.

Students have been divided into five different teams to compete in several events throughout the week. The teams selected were: Theta Chi and Zeta Tau Alpha; Phi Sigma Sigma and off-campus residents; Pi Kappa Alpha and on-campus residents; Delta Psi Delta and Sigma Kappa Phi; and Kappa Sigma and Alpha Phi.

Student events will begin with the Mr. Linfield contest on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center. Mr. Linfield contestants will compete in five areas: self-introduction, swimsuit, surprise, talent, and a question and answer competition. A Twinkie-eating contest will also be held. Mr. Linfield will be named and team winners announced during half time of the football game Saturday.

Three student activities will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, beginning with the College Bowl at 5 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. A tug-o-war contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Maxwell Field, followed by a song and poster contest at 8 p.m. at the bonfire pit outside of the Athletic Complex.

The lip sync competition will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center. Student teams will also compete in a canned food and aluminum can drive during the week with all donations going to the Oregon Food Bank. Those who bring two cans of food to the Mr. Linfield and lip sync contests will be admitted to the events at 7:30 p.m.

Alumni homecoming activities will begin on Thursday, Oct. 24, with registration in Riley Hall from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Also that afternoon, a campus tour beginning in Riley Hall is planned at 4:30 p.m. and an all-alumni reunion dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Reunion events will be held for various Linfield graduating classes including 1942, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1977, 1987 and 1997. A special reunion for former and current volleyball players will also be held. Friday activities begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. in Riley Hall. Richard Bourassa, music department chair, and Dave Hansen, vice president for student affairs, will present ?Linfield Memoirs ? A Walk Down Linfield?s Memory Lane? from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge. A Founders? Club luncheon, recognizing those individuals who have made a commitment to Linfield through planned and deferred gifts, will be held in Jonasson Hall at noon.

Afternoon events include tours of new Linfield facilities or a Yamhill County wine tour at 1:45 p.m. The class of 1952 reunion dinner will be a country barn barbeque at 5 p.m. A dinner for all other alumni will be held at 6 p.m. in Jonasson Hall. The play "Picnic" will be presented at 8 p.m. at the Gallery Theatre in downtown McMinnville.

Saturday?s registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Riley Hall. President Vivian Bull will provide insights on the state of the college during ?What?s Happening Next?? at 10:30 a.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

Four individuals will be honored for their commitment to Linfield and their profession during the alumni awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Athletic Complex.

Alicia (Lang) Swindel, a 1948 alumna of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing and a 1977 graduate of Linfield College, will be honored as Alumna of the Year. Swindel, who lives in Portland, had a long career in public health nursing. She worked in the Isolation Hospital, in home health care and helped improve access to medical care for Portland's low income population. The award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions in their professional fields.

Tom McFadden, a 1980 graduate, and Gerry and Jackie (Schaake) Painter, classes of 1950 and 1954 respectively, all from McMinnville, will receive Alumni Service Awards for outstanding contributions to Linfield. McFadden has continually given of his time and talents to the basketball team serving as official scorekeeper, timekeeper and occasional announcer at home and away for the Wildcats. The Painters will be honored for their contributions to the library, their coordination of the 50th reunion for the class of 1950 and their involvement in the Partners-in-Progress campaign.

The volleyball reunion dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Jake?s Deli.

Homecoming events also include a number of athletic events.

The volleyball team will take on Colorado College on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. and George Fox University on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

The Linfield football team will play Menlo College Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Maxwell Field. Reserved tickets are $8 and general admission tickets are $5.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium. For ticket information call 503-883-2637.

For more information on alumni activities, contact Lisa Garvey, director of alumni relations, at 503-883-2492. For more information on student activities, contact Dan Fergueson, director of student activities, at 503-883-2435.