Appreciating Alumni Who Contribute Their Time and Talents
Alumni give back to the college in many ways. One is by sharing their time and their expertise. Whether by serving as a guest lecturer, participating as a panelist at a career workshop, representing Linfield at a college fair, coordinating an alumni event or allowing a student to spend the day job shadowing, alumni demonstrate the power of a small college for both students and other alumni. See just a few examples of alumni who have shared their time and talents this year.
Dan Roth '00
Roth majored in international business and participated as a member of the forensics team at Linfield. Since earning his degree, he has had a career in politics and public relations, currently serving as Senior Director of Public Affairs for The Beer Institute in Washington, D.C. Though Roth lives across the country from the college, he has found numerous ways to contribute as an alumnus. He reviewed and provided comments on student research papers from the Communications Arts Department. When he returned to campus in 2015 to receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Roth spoke to classes and shared his experiences. He grew up near Sacramento, Calif., and after graduating served as a mentor for an incoming freshman from that area. Now, he has offered to serve as a mentor for alumni who move to the Washington, D.C. area. Recently, Roth hosted an alumni event at his place of work, The Beer Institute.
Leslie (Nevins) Hui '94
Hui graduated with a degree in mass communications. She uses the skills she learned in that major in her role as a senior vice president for WE Communications. Hui is the mother of two daughters, but she still finds time to contribute to the college. Two years ago, Hui hosted a Linfield Professionals Network event for alumni. On numerous occasions she has conducted information interviews for students in the Career Exploration class and recently she participated in an on campus career fair. We are fortunate that Hui continues to assist Linfield students and alumni seeking career connections.
Giselle Naranjo-Nelson '17
Naranjo-Nelson is a recent graduate and already making an impact with her service to Linfield College. She works for Kaiser Permanente as a regional bilingual pediatric community health navigator for healthy eating and active living. Her passion for non-profit work was solidified early in her Linfield career when she took the Non-profit Management Career Exploration class during January Term 2015. This year, returned to the class as a guest speaker to help the next generation of students who are exploring non-profit management as a potential career. Naranjo-Nelson is also one of the key organizers of a new Linfield Latinx Alumni Network created to help support Linfield students and alumni who identify as Latinx. As a member of that group, she hopes to continue to provide support to two key programs she helped create - Spanish orientation and Spanish commencement.
Eric Phillips '09
Phillips, who majored in Spanish, is the Chief Sales Officer at Schilling Cider. In that role, he is responsible for the distribution and growth of Schilling Cider. Though his job keeps him quite busy, he is still able to find time to return to campus to assist students who are considering pursuing careers in sales. In April, Phillips will come to campus to participate in a Lunch On us program, and in May he will be back to serve on a panel answering questions about careers in marketing. Linfield is grateful to Phillips for his willingness to share his expertise with others.
Morgan Gerke '16
Gerke was very active as a student. She was a peer advisor, a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority, a tour guide for the Office of Admission and participated in the theater. After graduating, Gerke was hired as a recruiter for Aerotek. Still active at Linfield, Gerke volunteers as the recruitment adviser for Alpha Phi. She also participated at Competitive Scholarship Day, representing alumni and answering questions from prospective students and their parents, and on more than one occasion, she has returned to participate in various campus career fairs.