Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly


Volume 5, Issue 12 – October 31, 2017

Academic Alerts for your Advisees

Some of your advisees might have received Academic Alerts last week. Academic Alerts are intended to galvanize a student’s academic team, and this is why notifications about Academic Alerts are sent to the student, the faculty advisor, and Academic Advising.

Follow-up from faculty advisors is a crucial part of this process, so if your advisee has received an Academic Alert please contact them to set up a meeting. With timely information provided by an academic alert and guidance from academic advisors, students can make an informed decision to adjust their approach to the course or withdraw from the course by the Friday, November 3 deadline.

Finally, if you have not already submitted Academic Alerts to students currently earning less than a “C” in your courses, please do so immediately. Refer to last week’s Academic Affairs Weekly for details.

Supporting Student Retention

Please be aware that withdrawing from one or more courses can be an early signal for students who are planning to leave Linfield—especially first year students. Students who drop classes and don’t meet the minimum number of credits to maintain full-time status (12 credits) are retained at much lower rates.

Ask questions of students and advisees who withdraw from classes: are they overwhelmed, or not challenged enough? Do they need tutoring? Are they receiving appropriate advising?

If you are aware of a student who is struggling, please refer them to Ellen Crabtree or Amy Thomson in Academic Advising, Melrose 010.

Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Forums

Faculty Representatives of the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) will be hosting Diversity and Inclusion Forums by division. In preparation for the monthly forums, faculty are asked to take a few minutes to complete a survey to share their thoughts about relevant discussion topics. The survey is anonymous, but responses will be processed both in a composite, and by divisions. They will help guide discussions and forums in the upcoming year. You may complete the survey here: Questions may be submitted to the DAC co-chairs Dawn Graff-Haight or Gerardo Ochoa.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to a full-time junior-level applicant at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 academic year. Criteria for selecting Truman Scholars include:

  • Extensive records of public and community service,
  • Commitment to careers in government or elsewhere in the public sector,
  • Desire to influence public policies or education programs, and
  • Outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.

The campus deadline for applications is Monday, January 22, 2018.

Please encourage students who meet these criteria to contact Competitive Scholarships Advisor Tom Mertes at

MEChA Leadership Institute

Last Friday we hosted the 2017 MEChA Statewide Leadership Institute attended by roughly 175 students representing 20 Oregon high schools. This is one of the ways in which we showcase the College to prospective students. Linfield is thrilled that we will host this event for another two years. We are especially grateful to those of you who provided assistance throughout the day. Your support is much appreciated.

Explore Linfield

Our second Explore Linfield event is scheduled for Friday, November 10. If a prospective student expresses interest in having lunch with faculty in a particular discipline, the department chair has been contacted by the Office of Admission. We hope that this new model will make the best use of your time with students.

Antonio Martorell in the Media

If you missed Antonio Martorell’s Artist Talk last week, there are some opportunities to hear him talk about his work from the October 28 State of Wonder on OPB, and October 27 segment on Univision.

Please Remind Students…

Last day to drop a course with a W
Portland: Friday, November 3
Friday, November 3
OCE: Friday, November 10

Jan Term and Spring Registration
Portland: Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3
McMinnville: Monday, November 6 - Thursday, November 9
OCE: begins Monday, November 13 (priority registration ends Friday, November 17) 

Department Chair Deadlines

CEP Cost Analysis Discussions with Mike Williams
Wednesday, November 1—Thursday, November 2
Please refer to the October 31 email from Meridith Symons for times.
All meetings take place in the President’s Dining Room, Dillin Hall. 

2018-19 “Basic” Load Sheets
Department Chairs are encouraged to schedule time with Jackson Miller or Amy Scholer for help or questions. We’ll come to you!
Due Friday, November 17

2018-19 Budgets
Please refer to October 30 email from Susan Agre-Kippenhan.

Important Deadlines

Submit IRB Applications requiring full review
Submit applications via email to
Due Thursday, November 2 

Submit CourseEval Custom Questions
Submit to Amy Scholer at indicating Department Chair approval.
Due Friday, November 10 

Upcoming Events

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“What Constitutes a Student Organization?”
Presented by Susan Hopp
Tuesday, October 31
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Trustees Michelle Giguere ’78 and Phil Bond ‘78
“Policy Differences and Politics”
A conversation about political disagreement, collaboration, and civil society
Facilitated by President Hellie
Please refer to October 31 email from President Hellie for more information.
Thursday, November 2
7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium 

Board of Trustees Meetings
Thursday, November 2 – Saturday, November 4 

Faculty Assembly
Monday, November 6
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201/ videoconference to Peterson Hall Conference Room in Portland

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“CRAC (Critical Reasoning Across the Curriculum)”
Presented by Leonard Finkelman
Tuesday, November 7
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Series
“First Generation on Campus”
Wednesday, November 8
12:00–1:30 p.m. in Riley 201

First-Year Faculty Lunch: Academic Advising
Friday, November 10
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW

Department Chairs’ Meeting
Monday, November 13
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW

PLACE events
We Stand With You


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