This year’s campaign chair, Mark Wickman of Corrigan Wickman Advisory, Linfield President Vivian Bull and the PIP steering committee will host the annual Linfield Day breakfast with a special program at 7 a.m. in Jonasson Hall on the Linfield Campus. Following the breakfast, campaign volunteers will make calls and collect pledge cards from local businesses throughout the day.
The community fund drive, which began in the 1950s and adopted the name PIP in 1974, promotes the partnership between McMinnville and Linfield. Community involvement and volunteer support is key to the success of the campaign, which has garnered regional recognition over the years. The award-winning campaign is recognized as a model for outstanding town-gown relationships.
Wickman, a 1978 Linfield graduate, understands the importance of maintaining a strong relationship between Linfield and McMinnville and hopes to solidify the partnership with the campaign.
"It’s remarkable that a town the size of McMinnville is home to a quality institution like Linfield," said Wickman, a PIP volunteer for the past eight years. "The college offers all sorts of opportunities that often aren’t realized in larger metropolitan areas."
As a student, Wickman excelled in both academics and athletics, competing in basketball and track and field. After graduation, he played professional basketball in Europe, taught and coached, and began a career in financial planning before moving back to McMinnville in 1995.
"One of the biggest reasons for our return to McMinnville was the community," he said. "We discovered the privilege and opportunity that exists with Linfield as a part of the community."
With two children, ages 14 and 12, Wickman’s family regularly attends athletic events and appreciates the broad perspective offered through Linfield’s international programs. So far, they have come to know students from Holland and Korea.
"For our family, it’s very important to have that interaction with students from other countries as it helps us develop a broader view of the world and relationships with those from different cultures," he said.
Campaign gifts will benefit students and the community in the traditional areas for PIP including scholarship support for Yamhill County students, Linfield athletics, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra and the Nicholson Library. In addition, support is being sought for a new music building to complete the arts quadrangle on the Keck Campus.
This year, 65 volunteers will take part in the program and will be contacting approximately 400 businesses and individuals. Other members of the PIP steering committee are Kathleen Bernards, class of 1976 and a McMinnville CPA; Chris Browne of Chris Browne Insurance; Carole Burcham, retired businesswoman; Dave Haugeberg of Haugeberg, Rueter, Gowell, Fredricks & Higgins PC; Jayne Hurl, retired businesswoman; Robert Lunt, class of 1952 and a retired businessman; Linda Schwichtenberg of West Coast Bank; Dale Tomlinson, a retired Linfield administrator; Lee Vasquez, a law enforcement consultant; and Harold Washington of Washington Roofing Co.
Staff members assisting the steering committee are Andrew McNall, director of annual giving; Linfield President Vivian A. Bull; and Bruce Wyatt, vice president for college relations. For more information on the PIP campaign, call 503-883-2282.