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1/21/2008 Local fifth graders spend day at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – A group of local fifth graders will experience college life first hand when they enroll at Linfield College Friday, Jan. 25.

Students from Wascher Elementary School in Lafayette will participate in the "I'm Going to College" day at Linfield. The 70 students will take theatre and athletic classes, in addition to learning about registration and financial aid.

The day-long program, sponsored by Linfield, is designed to encourage children to plan for a college education, both academically and financially. Students were introduced to basic college information during visits from Linfield representatives. They applied for admission and financial aid and received a letter of admission from the college.

At Linfield, fifth graders will be immersed into college life as they register for classes, receive a student ID card, pay for tuition with a mock scholarship check and pick up a backpack and other school supplies from the bookstore. After a welcome by Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie, they will attend mini-classes taught by Linfield professors, tour the campus, meet with Linfield students and have lunch in the dining hall with members of the Linfield men's and women's basketball teams.

Classes will include a theatre workshop, led by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, and a water safety and basketball clinic, led by Gary Gutierrez, head swim coach and aquatic director, and Robyn Stewart, head women's basketball coach.

For more information, contact Sharon Sweeney, program coordinator, at 503-883-2226.