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10/10/2003 Student, alumni homecoming events set at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College students and alumni are gearing up for the annual homecoming celebration Oct. 15-18.

Activities for the students will begin Wednesday, Oct. 15, and alumni events start Thursday, Oct. 16.

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

Student events will begin with the Mr. Linfield contest on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center. Three student activities will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, beginning with the college bowl at 4 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall. A tug-o-war contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the intramural field, followed by a song and poster contest at 8 p.m. at the bonfire pit outside the Athletic Complex.

The lip sync competition will be held Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center. Student teams will also compete in a canned food drive during the week with all donations going to Oregon Food Bank. Those who bring two cans of food to the Mr. Linfield and lip sync competitions will be admitted to the events at 7:30 p.m.

Alumni homecoming activities will begin on Thursday, Oct. 16, with registration in Nicholson Library from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Also that afternoon, tours of Nicholson Library, Ford Hall and Miller Fine Arts Center are planned from 2 to 4 p.m., and an afternoon tea and poetry reading will be held at 4 p.m. in the Nicholson Library Austin Reading Room. Other events on Thursday include the Alumni Art Exhibit opening reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Fine Art Gallery and "Living Well Without Wheat," a conversation with Bette Hagman, a 1943 alumna and author of several gluten-free cookbooks, at 7 p.m. at Harvest Fresh Grocery. Cost is $8.

Reunion events will be held for the Linfield graduating classes of 1953, 1963, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993 and 1998.

Friday activities begin with registration at 9 a.m. in Nicholson Library and golfing at Michelbook Country Club, starting at 8:30 a.m. Tours are available at the Evergreen Aviation Museum from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A Founders' Society luncheon, recognizing those individuals who have made a commitment to Linfield through planned gifts, will be held in Jonasson Hall at noon.

Afternoon events include the choice of visiting the new Linfield facilities or a Yamhill County wine tour at 2 p.m. There will also be alumni gatherings at 4 p.m. in both Nicholson Library for library alumni and Ford Hall for theatre, forensics and communication arts alumni. The class of 1953 has planned a social event at 5 p.m. A reception and dinner is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in Renshaw for all alumni, friends and faculty. "Linfield Follies '03," a theatrical revue featuring Linfield faculty, staff and alumni, will be presented at 8 p.m. in Marshall Theatre.

Saturday's registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Nicholson Library. A number of class socials and tours will be held throughout the morning. The Wildcat Fun 5K Run/2 mile Walk will also begin at 8:30 a.m. on Keck Campus. A $15 donation is requested to support the student athletic training program. For more information, 503-883-2580.

Four individuals and the McMinnville community will be honored for their commitment to Linfield and their professions during the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony in Marshall Theatre, Ford Hall at 10:30 a.m.

LeLand Chou, a 1951 graduate of Linfield College, will be honored as Alumnus of the Year. Chou, who lives in Wilmington, N.C., is being honored for his musical talents and for enriching the lives of children and adults through the arts. He established the Albemarle School of Arts in 1994, a free after-school program that is devoted to arts and music and targeted to low income students. The award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions in their professional fields.

Brian Simpson, a 1997 graduate from Arlington, Va., and Jody Stahancyk, class of 1970 from Portland, will receive Alumni Service Awards for outstanding contributions to Linfield.

Simpson is the director of group sales for the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals and previously worked as director of ticket sales for the Tacoma Sabercats hockey team in Tacoma, Wash., where he helped organize a number of Linfield alumni gatherings at football games and other events. Since moving to Arlington he has continued volunteering his time organizing events for alumni in the Washington, D.C., area in conjunction with Capitals' games.

Stahancyk is a 1970 graduate of Linfield, a successful attorney and active community member. She is the senior shareholder of Stahancyk, Gearing, Rackner & Kent. Stahancyk has served on a variety of local boards and was a member of the Linfield Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2000. She has been a strong advocate of mentoring students and has been active in Linfield's Career Mentor Day, designed to give students an opportunity to explore a profession in which they are interested. Stahancyk regularly employs Linfield students in her practice, providing practical on-the-job experience and an inside look at the legal profession.

Winthrop Dolan of McMinnville will receive the Walker Award, which is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through long-standing, unselfish and significant service to Linfield College. The award is named in honor of Charles and Cherie Walker. Charles Walker served as president of Linfield College from 1975 to 1992. Dolan is an emeritus professor of mathematics at Linfield, and taught from 1948 to 1974. During his career at Linfield, he served twice as interim president, in 1968 and 1974. Now an emeritus member of the Linfield Board of Trustees, Dolan served as a member from 1974 to 1989. He was also heavily involved with the Linfield Research Institute for many years.

The City and people of McMinnville are being presented the Community Award by the Linfield Alumni Association in recognition of community's extraordinary support of Linfield throughout its history. Mayor Ed Gormley and Kathy Bernards, a 1976 graduate and immediate past chair of the Partners-in-Progress campaign, will accept the award. The Community Award was established in 1997 to recognize members of the greater Linfield community for their contributions to and support of the college.

Afternoon events include a homecoming barbeque for alumni at 11:45 a.m. At 1:30 p.m. the football team will take on the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers on Maxwell Field. Reserved tickets are $12 and general admission tickets are $8. Following the game there will be a dedication ceremony of Roy Mahaffey Hall, formerly known as South Hall, at 4:30 p.m. There will also be several class reunion gatherings around McMinnville during the evening and "Linfield Follies '03" will be presented at 8 p.m. in Marshall Theatre, Ford Hall.

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.